Generally anything that required some degree of thought and effort in committing it to tape. I’m mainly in to electronic music and heavy rock/metal but choice artists at the moment would be Björk, Venetian Snares, Autechre, Xanopticon, Led Zeppelin, Slayer, Camille, Boards of Canada, Mogwai and quite recently I’ve been made aware of the existence of The National and Pony Up. Massive shouts however go to classic rawk, big up the Journey! Toto as well!
I hardly watch films these days thanks partly to rising ticket costs and mainly due to my depressing lack of an attention span. I’m not ashamed to admit that I like rubbish films and my line-up in 2007 proved exemplary: District 13, Transporter 2, Crank, War… What can I say? I like to be entertained. Go watch your black and white thoughtful melodramas, I’ll drink a beer and watch a series of explosions and ridiculous gunfights. Although I can’t write this section without mentioning how No Country for Old Men is possibly the best film I’ve seen since Primer (my current favourite film of all time, please watch both of these, thanks).
There’s so much to choose from TV-wise, although maybe not at the moment due to the writer’s strike. I love a good TV series and America has long been the world’s greatest exporter of well-written shows. Anyone who maintains that Britain has the highest quality output is hideously wrong in so many ways. In particular my current favourites are Battlestar Galactica, The Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Dad and South Park.
I was introduced to Cormac McCarthy towards the end of last year and I’ve just started my fourth title of his, The Border Trilogy. This man can write, honestly there’s no-one in the same league or even approaching his level. Like my taste in films there’s always a place for adrenaline-fueled popcorn-fests so I absolutely love the work of Harlan Coben. He writes books that are pure crack; chapters only five pages long, twists at the end of every one and a host of characters that are less trustworthy than all the players in a season of 24. I’ll pretty much read any comic that gets thrown my way but for the sake of this article I’ll just say that my favourite author Alan Moore has produced some truly outstanding and in every sense of the word, groundbreaking comics. V for Vendetta is still my favourite graphic novel of all time and I also can’t recommend Robert Kirkman’s series The Walking Dead highly enough. Otherwise my first love is pure science fiction. I’ve been reading stuff about robots and time travel since I was a kid and I don’t think this is ever going to change. I’m currently trying to go through the SF Masterworks series which is a collection of seminal and genre-defining work from the likes of Philip K Dick, HG Wells, John Brunner and Alfred Bester. The series is a great introduction to the world of SF and currently stands at 70 awe-inspiring titles.
I like lists of things so to finish here’s what I’m currently digging: writing reviews of random stuff for my site, my new record player, Oxfam record and book shops, American Gladiators, coffee by the pint, Samuel Smiths pub chain, my housemates, Radio 4’s coverage of the US election, zombies, my new headphones (Sennheiser HD600, yay), dinosaurs, Guitar Hero, dancing the robot to embarrass my friends, Hello Kitty, Tesco Value branded food (it’s quite nice actually), working on a radio show with lovely people and writing music.
Thanks for reading everyone!