Albums of 2014

So, if you’re anything like me, you will have asked Santa to bring you lots of CDs (or iTunes vouchers, you modern maniac) in order to catch up on the year’s best music. Despite trying my hardest, there are a fair few critically lauded long-players that have managed to slip me by, so come Boxing Day I’ll be playing catch-up living inside my Sennheisers.

With just over a week to go until the big day, there’s time to get your orders in if you too are looking for some much-needed new music. In need of inspiration? Here’s one Geek’s choice playlist for the year, covering everything from skewed indie rock (alt-J, Jack White), sumptuous songwriters (Perfume Genius, Tori Amos, Owen Pallett) and lovely ladies (Lana, Lykke and Jenny Lewis).

There’s something here for everyone, and all of it is pretty damn awesome. Happy listening!

2014 music

Trailer Tuesday: Anne Hathaway Feels Heavy Metal – or a Bit Folky

Riding into Trailer-land straight from a Broadway showing of ‘Once’, new indie rom-non-com ‘Song One’ has a few things going for it. Sure, the trailer suggests a bit of a grim set-up and we’re all used to Anne Hathaway looking glum for an hour and a half, but the girl can sing – and the musical nature of this folk-inflected drama may give her a chance to flex those Miserables vocals alongside her co-star, none other than Brit coulda-been Johnny Flynn.

Well, I say coulda-been. After witnessing his comrades Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons and Alt-J hit it big in music, the singer-songwriter looked like he was swapping guitars for innuendo as lead in Channel 4 sitcom ‘Scrotal Recall’. However, now he’s combining acting chops with credible choons, hooking up with the dependably fantastic Jenny Lewis to provide the songs for ‘Song One’. With Christmas outta the way and post-New Year blues setting in, the movie – and its soundtrack – could very well be the cinematic warm cuddle every hipster’s after in cold, dank January. Could ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ be given a fiddly bluegrass makeover? Waiting to see is part of the fun.