Von Hertzen Brothers plus Messenger at The Rainbow, Birmingham 23 March 2016


Seeing a band of Von Hertzen Brothers’ quality and experience up close in a small venue was a rare opportunity and a treat for any live music fan. For VHB fans particularly, this was a great opportunity to catch them before they headline larger UK venues, which is where the band deserve to be.

Top ten albums of 2012

Playlists, Reviews

Now is the season of top 10 lists and end-of-year reviews. This is my contribution to the interweb’s melting pot of unsought opinion. 2012 has been a year of rock for me. Old names resurfaced with surprising quality while plenty of new blood made great rock records and toured. In no particular order, here’s a rundown of my favourite albums released in 2012 plus a standout track from each album (shared on Spotify).

10 standout blues artists summer 2012

Playlists, Reviews

I’ve made a Spotify playlist of 10 blues tracks I’ve enjoyed listening to this summer:

  1. New Horizon by Royal Southern Brotherhood
  2. Saw My Mama Cryin by Walter Trout
  3. Jump That Train by Joanne Shaw Taylor
  4. Let Me In by Gráinne Duffy
  5. Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go by Joe Bonamassa
  6. Nickel Soul by WT Feaster Band
  7. Long Distance Lover by Cherry Lee Mewis
  8. What’s My Name by Henrik Freischlader
  9. Gotta Get Back Up by Laurence Jones
  10. Freedom at 21 by Jack White

Read on for a rundown of each artist and track.

Visualisation of 2010 listening habits


I’ve made a visualisation showing the 50 artists I listened to most during 2010.

The size of the artist photo is proportional to the number of times I listened to any track by the artist.

Most listened to artists in 2010

If you’re interested in the mechanics of making such a visualisation using the last.fm API and Google Spreadsheets, I’ve shared the method on gavinwray.com.