On Friday September 29, Ben and Tracey will be in conversation with poet Simon Armitage about their songs and books and their time in Hull where they formed Everything But The Girl in 1982. The event is part of Hull 2017, a year-long celebration of the city's culture, and takes place at the Central Library at 6pm. Tickets are free.
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Begun in 2014, SpinCycle - the regularly-updated Spotify playlist of my current listening - now stands at almost 500 songs. Packed with multi-genre gems (new, old and obscure) it has quietly attracted a following of over 5,000 dedicated listeners.
I wanted to create the perfect shuffle playlist, one where you never wanted to skip a track. I genuinely love everything on there. It’s what I listen to all the time and totally reflects my taste. I have listened to music passionately since the early seventies when I was a kid with a transistor radio, a jazz musician for a father and four older siblings with divergent record collections. When I was young I could hear Roland Kirk, Roy Harper and Roberta Flack all coming out of different rooms at the same time.
My time as a deep house DJ in the 2000s played to my love of crate-digging and the pleasure of the unexpected find, but in some ways it was very narrow and genre-specific. With my return to singer-songwriting and SpinCycle I guess I have gone back to the wider influences of my youth.
Hit the play button and have fun.
I am back on the road this month; solo shows accompanied by Rex Horan (double bass, backing vocals) in Belgium and the UK; and then three concerts in Italy joined by Bernard Butler (guitar).
You can win a pair of free tickets to the show of your choice. We will make a random draw of the winners. See all dates.
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Filmed in 2014 just before the release of the award-winning Hendra, this is the first chance to see the inside story into the making of the album. Includes previously unseen live footage and interviews with Bernard Butler, David Gilmour and Ewan Pearson. Filmed and edited by Edward Bishop. 28 mins.
Over the summer, while playing at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Bernard Butler and I were invited by The Talkhouse to take part in their 45-minute podcast, in which we simply started talking and then stopped. We covered how we worked together, old Smiths gigs, bootlegging, families, how Bernard feels about being replaced in Suede. Just two men randomly talking.