cantankerous jukebox: Jess’ novelty-fatigue is an illustration of why my wallowing in the mainstream this year – no, last year now, blimey – has probably been healthier than I credit. The only suggestion I’d make is that he drops the old vs new oppositional pose – I’ve bought as much old music as new for as long as I can remember, and they lend each other sense. (And yeah Jess I know – or guess, anyway – that the cantankerousness is less serious than the fatigue). Shun new music by all means but don’t think that the old isn’t in perpetual conversation with it.

(And why ’84?)