It won’t be long until entire books are compiled from people’s tweets
Tim Thornton is a musician and writer from London. His latest novel, Felix Romsey's Afterparty, emerged in June 2018, and concerns a rock festival in the afterlife. His previous books are The Alternative Hero, described by the Guardian as “the indiest book of all time”, and Death of an Unsigned Band. Since 2005 Tim has been the drummer and guitarist for Fink, with whom he has recorded six albums for Ninja Tune and toured internationally. Fink’s music has been featured in The Walking Dead, Suits and The Black List, as well as a climactic scene in the Golden Globe and Oscar- nominated Selma.
It was the message we'd been waiting for. There'd been talk of Flood - one of the few contemporary producers for whom the word "legendary" isn't an exaggeration - taking on the new Fink album for some months, but it was a cold February afternoon when my phone finally beeped with the confirmation.
06/09/2017 13:16 BST
I don't know about you, but I've never been particularly horrid on the Internet, although I've had my moments. I think I've successfully steered clear of outright abusiveness, but many's the time I've looked back at a comment I've bashed out and wondered whether the recipient might have found me excessively sanctimonious, cutting, or just a little bit ranty.
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22/09/2016 16:26 BST
The Five Wives And Lives Of Melvyn Pfferberg the 17-minute comic epic to which I have added my Britpop-meets-Klezmer noises, has been filmed, post-produced and, finally, unleashed upon an unsuspecting global gaggle of film festival curators...at times like this, I like to muse upon precisely which bits of our creation a hopefully-packed theater of LA hipsters will enjoy the most.
25/08/2016 10:24 BST
All this casts fascinating light on the few major pop acts who've never been overwhelmed by the desire to jump back onto the rock'n'roll roundabout. Why are they resisting the enormous big fat cheques (surely) being waved at them almost perpetually by the world's promoters? And who is the least likely to ever budge from their zero-tolerance standpoint?
08/07/2016 15:13 BST
Hearing a few decent tunes never fails to calm me down, keep me sane, reassure me that - in the words of The Killers - everything will be all right. So I made a playlist. Each tune on the playlist is from a different EU country.
15/06/2016 08:26 BST
In Simon Reynolds' splendidly comprehensive discussion of pop culture's obsession with its own backstory Retromania, he states that "every generation as it ages will want to see its musical youth mythologised and memorialised." Looking at the eras currently being eagerly painted with the nostalgia brush, one decides Reynolds can only be right.
25/05/2016 12:54 BST
2016 is beginning to look amazingly like 1980. Are we, then, about to embark on a new 80s? Survivors have wildly contrasting views of that decade, but if there's a generally accepted rule, it's this: if you had money, you had a whale of a time. If you didn't, you didn't.
21/04/2016 17:22 BST
Everyone has had their own gateway into alternative/indie music. The Cure, The Smiths, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, The Stone Roses - they've all provided a door through which to enter the alternative grotto of delights. For me, that door was The Wonder Stuff.
22/03/2016 17:36 GMT
David Baddiel is a presumably urbane, intelligent, cultured and worldly fifty-something parent who works in the international entertainment industry. If HE hasn't got the Bruckingest clue about the Brexit question, then really - what hope do the rest of us have?
25/02/2016 17:50 GMT
Oh, I've heard all the arguments. That I needed to discover them when I was a student; that it's all about the setting - I need to sit down, preferably on a bean bag in a dimly lit room with a lava lamp, and listen to a whole album in one go; that the Gilmour stuff is rubbish, I need to get into the Waters stuff; that the Waters and Gilmour stuff is rubbish, I need to get into the Barrett stuff...
09/02/2016 17:40 GMT
Over the next five, ten, fifteen plus years, lots of rock stars are going to die. This is not a statement of murderous intent, it's just a scientific and mathematic certainty. Some of them will be very famous and universally loved. Some more "niche". But die they will.
18/01/2016 17:27 GMT
2015 was a particularly efficient 12 months for me in the realm of listening to new music, probably because I was on tour for most of it and therefore had much bunk time... Consequently I feel qualified to narrow down my experiences to 10 long playing records that rocked my world this calendar year. So, in true hit-parade style reverse order, here we go...
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