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Ho-Bloody-Ho! There Must Have Been More to 2012 Than Austerity, Censorship and the Mobot?

Matthew Phillips | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Phillips

The Chinese zodiac tells us that 2012 was the year of the dragon. It wasn't; 2012 was the year of the Boris. While George Osborne looked vampiric beside an increasingly choleric Cameron, Mayor Johnson marched through the capital with the air of an all-conquering war hero.

Don't Drink and Jive: Why Alcohol and Performance Do Not Make Cosy Bedfellows

Matthew Phillips | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Phillips

I don't feel the need to rid myself of inhibitions prior to a gig because, in all sincerity, the stage is one of the few places that I can be entirely myself, warts and all. If you can't amplify your neuroses and insecurities at a show then, frankly, what's the point?

You Might Be Able to Play the Viola, the Tuba and the Concertina, but I Can Play the iPad

Matthew Phillips | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Tech
Matthew Phillips

Imagine teaching Jackson Pollock how to correctly apply a paintbrush, or reprimanding Keats and Nabokov for their abominable spelling. Likewise, it probably wouldn't have harmed Lou Reed to have learnt how to properly pluck a guitar. Remember, art is not always about godlike displays of virtuosity.

Music and the English Language: I Don't Mean to Sound Slutty, but Please use Me Whenever You Want. Sincerely, Grammar

Matthew Phillips | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Phillips

What vexes me most is not that these artists are indolently committing crimes against the English language, but that they are wasting a hallowed opportunity. Words add depth, colour and personality to a song. In fact, they become even more powerful when projected onto a musical backdrop, which is why I shudder when lyricists make a conscious decision to rhyme nonsensical syllables.