We’re still here! At the end of last year, it seriously looked as if RR would be no more, and so the mood at the traditional end-of-year awards was distinctly downbeat. But we have survived, and the optimistic among us might claim that we’re stronger than ever, with a whole load of new people joining in each week, even if they haven’t for the most part made it across to the Spill. And I have a new job, so am less personally miserable than I have been over the last couple of years. So, let’s party!*
This is Stage One of an increasingly complex and laborious process designed to maximise the expression of the Voice Of The People; no, it never works very well, and numerous people end up throwing their vote away because they haven’t paid enough attention to what’s really going on – but anything’s better than leaving it in the hands of those arrogant liberal ‘experts’. Anyway, if the result is unclear we can call on a team of practised Russian hackers to manufacture a few more votes for suitable candidates. Continue reading →
Some of you may know that the annual BBC 6Music Festival is coming to Bristol next weekend.
Now, this is a really exciting thing for me, because I live in Bristol and the local music scene is something of which we should all be proud. Bristol has thrown up a huge range of different sounds over the decades; rock, jazz, reggae, punk, post-punk and, of course trip-hop.
Also, I have tickets for the Sunday afternoon and evening to see John, Grant, Laura Marling, Blue Aeroplanes, Julia Holter and Guy Garvey, amongst others.
Anyway, to celebrate the huge variety and inventiveness of Bristol’s music here is a playlist (which will hopefully open in a separate tab) of fairly randomly chosen tracks, all of which were released in the decades since I first came to the city which I am happy to call home.
The tracks are;
The Blue Aeroplanes – Jacket Hangs
The Pop Group – We Are All Prostitutes
Rip Rig + Panic – You’re My Kind of Climate
Portishead – Glory Box
Gary Clail – These Things Are Worth Fighting For
Martina Topley-Bird – Need One
Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
Tricky – Hell Is Round the Corner
Roni Size – Brown Paper Bag
Way Out West – The Gift
Nominations have been scrutinised and analysed, heads have been scratched, bribes have been quietly accepted, and so here we have the shortlists for the various Spill Awards 2015, as varied and eclectic as ever. Please vote for your favourites: one vote each for hero, villain, event, film and TV series, and three votes for album. Voting closes on 31st December at midnight, and the award ceremony will take place some time on the evening of Saturday 2nd January.
Sending in his nominations for this year’s Spill Awards (voting to open shortly, folks, so watch this space), GF asked why we didn’t have a category for books. Simple answer: it’s difficult enough to put together shortlists for the other stuff, although we’ve all lived through the same year and more or less kept up with current films, television shows and records. Books are arguably even more personal – and probably very few of us are so keen that we buy hardback editions the moment they’re published, so it wouldn’t even be ‘favourite books published in 2015)’ but ‘favourite books I happened to read in 2015’, and the chances of *any* overlap at all become even smaller.
So, attempting to produce a shortlist for a vote seems pretty pointless. But what we can do, and have done in the past, is have a post like this, where anyone who wants to can talk about what you’ve been reading this year, what you’d recommend to the rest of us – and maybe even the stuff you read and absolutely hated… Continue reading →