The Origin (and Death) of a Muse Fanboy

In September 2019, Muse announced the release of their Origin of Muse premium box set – a ridiculously definitive reissue of their debut albums, and rare early tracks and recordings, many of which are previously unreleased. Its artwork is beautifully intricate, featuring replicas of tour posters and programs from their early days. It is on sale for the princely sum of £125. Years ago, this … Continue reading The Origin (and Death) of a Muse Fanboy

Spotify Wrapped: How has my music taste changed in the 2010s, and why?

Spotify Wrapped has been unveiled. Anybody who has been signed up to Spotify for the last year can find out various statistics about their listening habits over the course of 2019. Try it here. However, if you have been signed up for ten years, it will also tell you your listening habits for the whole decade. A few facts and figures baffled me, so I … Continue reading Spotify Wrapped: How has my music taste changed in the 2010s, and why?

Desert Island Discs: What would my choices would be?

Since 1942, BBC Radio has broadcast over 3000 episodes of Desert Island Discs, which is a very impressive figure for a show that has such a simple framework for discussion with noteworthy figures: If you were cast away on a desert island, which eight songs, one book and one luxury item would you take away with you? I started nosing around the BBC archive of episodes, and … Continue reading Desert Island Discs: What would my choices would be?