Agents of Change
Not Everyone Can Live Like Millionaires
Jewel Case Towers
Looking for The Phantom Lady
I wonder why the other kids didn't like me
Is This Uncool?
Striving For The Lazy Perfection
R Is For Razorcuts
Preparing To Swoon
Champions of the fucking world
Dancing On The Asylum Ceiling
Grey Skies Blue
Love With A Passion Called Hate
Count Me In On This One!
Cop That, Col!
Now and Then and Now Again
These Things Matter
Reinventing The Wheel
Waste of Paint?
Made To Make Your Spine Tingle
Singles Going Steady
Action Time Vision
Something To Believe
Garlands of Razor-Wire and Poppies
Close To Perfection
The Most Wonderfulest Thing
The Last Of The Steam Powered Trains
Bill Drummond Said
As Important As It Is Irrelevant
Quiet Suburban Dreams
Shave Your Head
California Is Just Over The Horizon
Get Your Kicks...
Crossing Off Names In Notebooks
There For The Duration
Travelling Without Motion
How Pop Is that?
Shot By Both Sides
Bored and Dumb?
The Story Of The Blues
Talk About The Past
Your Past is at Your Shoulder
Making the Grade
Add Some Music To Your Day
Sounds Pretty Good To Me
Like Nothing But Soul
Truth or Consequences
Sunlight on the snow
I Can Only Give You Everything
Still Turning The Pages
Times are Tough, We Can Still Picnic
I Love The Unknown
Pocko Book Angel
Thank you for the chocolates
Over Bramble Bridge
Sensational Summer Smash
Kitkats and Vinegar
Blue Waves That Spill
Something Worth Celebrating
Just A Daft Moustache
Beyond the Stars
Black and Blue
Just because it's obvious
Street Graphics Cuba
Ragamuffin Minstrel Boy
It's Only an Opinion, but Hey…
my empty-headed daydreams
'Facts' can take care of themselves
The Peacock Manifesto
Let's Get Out
Guided by Distraction
The One You Really Love
Match Of The Day Alistair makes a tape letter.
Old and Cranky Recent reading
Wonderful In Young Life Bluer, Higher, Wider: Simple Minds
Stuck In The Mud Alistair looks at the Stuckists and finds them lacking.
The Strength To Dream ZTT and the art of Propaganda and Frankie Goes To Holloywood
I Love It When You Blink Your Eyes Alistair loves Distortions
The Alphabet Is Useless
B is for Baxendale
C is for the Clientele
I destroy my heart to spite myself
The Smart and The Dumb The Magnetic Fields in London.
Don't drive. Can't drive. Won't drive On American Dream: 36 Drivetime Classics and why he's never learned to drive.
Forever and For Now The Visitors' Miss.
You Will Have Your Revenge Back-tracking on Baxendale and wittering on about Pop Moments again.
Looking At The Mist On The Hudson On, among other things, records by The Clientele, Stars, Aislers Set, Josef K, The Fan Modine, Departure Lounge, The Visitors, The Caribbean
We Can Meet On Christopher Street or why no-one ever writes good music novels. Sam Fussell, Lawrence Block and The Pictorial Jackson Review.
ch ch ch ch Changes On finally getting some Bowie records.
An Ode To The Travellers Some Friday Night ruminations.
cornflower blue skied picnics The Clientele, Arco, Tuesday Weld and Overflower.
Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole The books of Matthew Collings.
It Started With A Loop Some ruminations on lines and loops.
Fabulous Failure Remembering Plastic Toy Gun records, Kimberley and others from the faraway land of adolescence.
Gibberish Remembering the Teardrop Explodes.
Isolation A Tangents editorial and the nature of Arts Council funding
69 Cobras and Snowstorms 'Recent' listening
The Serpents' Kiss New literature
I Was Talking To The Trees New fiction.
there were punches that went to my head... Niki Lauda, Lance Armstrong and Kevin Rowland.
Spectacle of the Individual Grands Prix heroes.
Unfinshed Dreaming The Stars of Heaven
The Sweet Forever The new novel by George P Pelecanos.
En Vacances Some holiday musings on books and recordings.
PopNoir Blasts The Nick Stefanos books of George P Pelecanos
I Don't Love Anyone Not a review of the Belle & Sebastian record they titled Tigermilk
March Modern Classics Recorings by Velocette, Luna, Talk Talk and Peter Thomas.
February 14th 1999 Some new records by Bis, Whistler and Built To Spill reviewed.
Hindsight Recordings of 1998 reviewed.
Buy The Book (or don't) Some things sent to Tangents by the nice people at Virgin Books, including a dull encyclopedia, a picture book on the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams and some things about sex.
Don't Believe the Hype... Views on the MoWax release Psyence Fiction by UNKLE.
Cock Fun A brief history of Belle & Sebastian, and a review of their LP The Boy With The Arab Strap.
June of 98 Review of the best records of the first half of '98.
Sensation Number One Listening to the Laugh LP from 1988.
Magnetic Fields The Holiday and House of Tomorrow re-issues.
Endless Soul Josef K.
The Art of Noise The sleeve art of Andy Royston
Intimate Auto-Destruction Gustav Metzger at Spacex Gallery, Exeter, February and March 1999.
Cool Schmool A look at the nature of 'cool' and why the real hipsters couldn't care less.
Today A rant about fanzine writers from pop groups called Bis.
Fuck Dance, Let's Art (Clubbed To Death part 2) A glance at Club Culture.
Organised Sound The musical tapestry of the South West, from Aphex to Appliance, Brett Ashley to The Visitors
3, 6, 9 Seconds Of Light review of the new Belle & Sebastian EP, due out October 13th in the UK at least.
Some Sounds Tangents reviews tunes by Helen Love, Deborah Anderson, Arab Strap, The Sea & Cake, Photek, Matrix, Thunder, Laila France, East Of Suez, Port Friendly and To Rococo Rot.
Salaryman Review of Salaryman debut CD on City Slang. Plus Salaryman answer some Tangential questions.
Belle & Sebastian at the Union Chapel The B&S show.
In Your Bright Ray Former Go-Betweens singer/songwriter Grant McLennan's fourth solo album.
Lazy Line Painter Jane Review of the new Belle & Sebastian EP, due for release on July 28th.
Arabesque Meandering thoughts on the sounds of Arabesque and the brittle pop of Spain's 'Siesta' records.
7" Singles A Selection of those strange artefacts that seem to come from another age... Autocollants, Buddha On The Moon, Steinbecks, Ninotchka, Le Mans, Ohio, Poundsign# and Orange Cake Mix provide the platters.
Belle & Sebastian It's a review of their 'If You're Feeling Sinister' LP, honest.
Bis 'The New Transistor Heroes', debut LP by noisy Glasgow oiks.
Something Cool Cher Doll records' compilation under a fleeting microscope.
Spring Jungle, 1996 Tunes by Photek, Squarepusher and Source Direct amongst others. Includes a longer rant on the State of The Jungle at that time.
Post-Rock and Techno, the sounds of American post-rockers Trans Am, and European post-techno bods Kreidler and To Rococo Rot.
Swell The Swell LP, Too Many Days Without Thinking.
The Arab Strap Arab Strap's LP The Week Never Starts Round Here.
Do You Need Direction? The revenge of the Jasmine Minks.
(Not So)New Tunes. A few of the sounds released early in 1998.
Tangents end of Year review. The best sonic delights of 1997.
Angels In The Architecture. Belle and Sebastian at Manchester Town Hall.
Me. A personal account of Richey Edwards and Manic Street Preachers.
Breaking The Waves Views on a highly regarded piece of cinema.
Strawberry Switchblade New Pop and the art of polka dots; Glasgow's own scabby witch one-hit-wonders given a lengthy and in-depth retrospective.
Lara! Lara!Off the beaten track in Cyprus; the lowdown on mountain biking in the Akamas wilderness.
Felt. A retrospective.
Drag and Drop. Printed fanzines versus electronic ezines.
Snogs Shags and Fags. Cigarettes and alcohol: The Pleasures of New and not a mention of oasis. (well a slight one).
Clubbed To Death. Living room club culture and the spirit of eclecticism.