Concerts: Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach in Geneva and Music in Twelve Parts in Dublin, Akhnaten broadcast live from the Met in New York. Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Low. The Necks. Peter Rehberg & Russell Haswell, Bill Orcutt and Richard Youngs at Cave 12. The Unthanks at Towersey Festival, Lankum in Dublin. Meeting Gavin Bryars and talking to him about Cornelius Cardew, AMM and pencils. Records: new releases by Tindersticks, La Féline, Richard Dawson, Peter Hammill & Isildurs Bane. Glass’ Music in Twelve Parts live in Paris from 1975. The staggering :zoviet*france: box set on Vinyl on Demand. Peter Hammill’s Not Yet Not Now. Film: didn’t see many new releases, but loved Locke and Marianne & Leonard. A great year for TV though: Years and Years, Chernobyl, The Deuce, Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale, True Detective. Reading: Iain Sinclair’s The Last London, David Stubbs’ Mars by 1980. Visits to Manila, Delhi and DRC. Seeing the Taj Mahal and the Long Room at Trinity College Dublin. Biggest downer: Brexit, Johnson and media lies. New Year’s resolution: to restart this moribund blog.
2019: that’s a wrap