Everybody goes away. Everyone’s still here.

When I was thirty, I ran a jazz record label from home. There’s an awful lot of wonderful memories from that time in my life, especially if you overlook the whole financially catastrophic business side of things. Great music, incredible experiences – and I...
A Brian Travers original

A Brian Travers original

My friend Brian – you know, Brian out of UB40 (namedrop, namedrop) – just popped over to give me an original piece of his artwork that I’d admired at an exhibition of his but could not possibly have afforded. It’s based on Concierto de Aranjuez...

RIP MC Chelo

In May this year, I was in MedellĂ­n, Colombia for Un-convention. As part of that we travelled around the city seeing some of the great work that young community leaders were doing through hip hop culture. These guys are amazing. They run after-school programmes and...

Bandcamp du jour: Evil Men Have No Songs

No You No Me by Evil Men Have No Songs I was looking for a Hungarian band to feature as Bandcamp du jour since I’m in Budapest, but there weren’t that many to choose from. Hardly any Hungarian bands use the service. Fortunately, the Evil Men Have No Songs...

Born to be Wide panel: What Next?

Born to be Wide seminar in Edinburgh, as seen from the panel Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. This is a recording I made...

Feedback du jour – from the mailbag

Photo by Sea Dream Studio Yesterday, I bought some great music on Bandcamp by Civil Civic, and then I made it today’s ‘Bandcamp du jour’. The music’s available on some very cool collectible cassettes, but I just wanted the digital version....