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Living in a country where you don’t understand the language all too well means you’ve got absolutely no reason at all to watch the television. Instead, our downtime most evenings has been spent listening to a lot more music, the radio and occasionally watching the odd police drama on Netflix.

A long time ago, I would write a monthly post summarising new albums I’d been listening to, gigs/festivals I’d been to, as well as random stuff that was going on in my early twenties. I’ve recently been reading these and having a laugh at my own expense. Who was I trying to be? What did I want to get out of writing these? Who did I expect would be reading them? I’m no good at writing!

One thing I’ve got out of reading these 9 years later is, why did I stop? Who cares if no one apart from myself reads them, it’s my own personal space to remember stuff.

This is the second coming.

I’m going to try post a short summary each month of albums I’ve been listening to, gigs I’ve been to and anything else that I might want to remember 10 years from now.

Mark Lanegan Band - Gargoyle

Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle

Since January, BBC Radio 6 has been getting a lot of airtime in our flat: Marc Riley’s show being a particular favourite way to spend an evening. His live sessions have been a pretty good way to discover new music, Manuela, Wesley Gonzalez, Wreckless Eric, Pins and Hot Shorts have been some of my most recent favourites. The latter, includes a friend of mine who I went to Uni with, Joel.

Here are some albums, new and old, that I’ve been enjoying since January. Most of which are by artists performing at this years Glastonbury festival:

The xx – I See You [2017]
The Shins – Heartworms [2017]
British Sea Power – Let the Dancers Inherit the Party [2017]
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down [2014]
Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle [2017]
Maxïmo Park – Risk to Exist [2017]
The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody [2017]
Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits [2016]
Bonobo – Migration [2017]
The Cinematic Orchestra – Ma Fleur [2007]
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85–92 [1992]
Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle [2013]

As for gigs, it got to a point in London where I really couldn’t be bothered. Dunno why, just couldn’t. But there’s something about seeing a band in a different country that I get quite excited by.

The Radio Dept.  Friday 03 February @ Berghain Kantine
Got lost looking for the venue, how could we miss it? It’s right next door to Berghain. Anyway, I had to ask 2 guys getting out of a cab if they knew how to get in, which they didn’t. You’d have thought 2 members of the headline act would know. Was good to chat to them briefly though. Long time since I’ve seen these guys live, very enjoyable.

The xx – Saturday 25 February @ Arena Berlin
Interesting venue, would definitely go back to see something else. The band were great, the lighting was great, it’s just a shame we didn’t have enough cash to get a drink.

Jagwar Ma – Friday 10 March @ Berghain Kantine
A highlight from Glastonbury 2014, there was no way I was missing them at such an intimate venue. Still very surprised they played there. Material from the new record sounded great.

Thee Oh Sees – Monday 08 May @ Columbia Theatre
Must admit, I’m late to the party on these guys. Only really started listening to them last year and have been working my way through their older records. Finally got to see them live. Full of energy, loud, and 2 drummers! Very enjoyable.

That’s about it for this inaugural post.