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Aard Labour 2: High Society
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(The second part of a series reconsidering Dave Sim’s Cerebus The Aardvark on the occasion of me actually finishing it. As before, I’m not worrying too much about spoilers or trying to draw attention to particular moments or bits of art: […]

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Omargeddon #41: Omar Rodríguez-López & John Frusciante
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I bought the Omar Rodríguez-López & John Frusciante CD upon its re-release in 2012 through his partnership with the Sargent House label, eagerly anticipating a thick-cut shredfest capable of clearing the earwax of everyone within a 2-kilometre […]

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Aard Labour 1: Cerebus
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As I said in the intro post, I’ll be posting expanded – in this case vastly expanded – versions of my Cerebus reviews on here. These aren’t really meant to advertise the comic, so I’m keeping actual images to a minimum, […]

Aard Labour 0: There Are Three Aardvarks
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So. I’ve finished Cerebus The Aardvark. Twenty years after it ended, as promised, with its 300th issue, thirty years (roughly) after I gave up reading it, thirty-seven years (I think) since I saw my first issue of it.

At the time I stopped r[…]

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22nd Freaky Trigger Annual Between Christmas And New Year Pub Crawl (#FTABCANYPC22): The Shepherd (Market) Crook
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As revealed last Sunday, we are finally realising an ambition of mine, to go all upper class and hoity-toity and do the Pub Crawl in Mayfair. In particular, I have always wanted to do Shepherd Market, though it is not actually that close to other pub[…]

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Omargeddon #40: Ciencia De Los Inútiles
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By now, it should be abundantly clear that owing to my total lack of even the most rudimentary understanding of music theory or technique, Omargeddon reviews are emotionally driven. As such, I’m forever trailed by a weird sense of, if not outright […]

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Four Candles
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One thing about the streaming revolution in pop is that it gives us a pretty accurate tracker of the UK’s changing tastes in Christmas songs. Now, by “tastes in Christmas songs” it’s probably fairer to say “what goes on Christmas playlists[…]

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3. Priceless Junk
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(The third part of the 3-part piece about the 1000th Number 1, the charts, and 20 years of writing about them. Part 1. Part 2. See also the pieces on #999 and #1000 on Popular.)

Here’s the thing, though. I still really like pop music.

When I […]

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2. All My Lazy Teenage Boasts Are Now High Precision Ghosts
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(This is Part 2 of a 3 part piece around the 1000th No.1. Part 1 is here but you might also want to read about the 999th Number 1)

Dr Manhattan is on Mars, some time before he leaves our Universe at the end of Watchmen to become a meme. It is 1958[…]

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1. No Bird Can Fly, No Fish Can Swim Until The King Is Born
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(This is part 1 of a 3-part piece designed to fit around the 999th and 1000th Popular entries, which will go up on the Popular site.)

Almost my first memory of the charts is of the charts being broken. Broken hearted; collapsed by shock and grief […]

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