A 500-word history of: James Murphy

There's a line out there from James Murphy talking about how a certain kind of kid discovers The Smiths at a certain age and builds an identity around them. In the bigmouth Morrissey era, that band is Murphy's own LCD Soundsystem.

The Year That Was – Part Three

The year of the selfie; the year of the paedo and the year of the suspicious meaty filling. Post-modernists appear to have been proved pretty much entirely right in 2013. Maybe the world should have cut its losses at the end of its last cycle and taken the easy way out paved for it by [...]

The Year That Was – Part Two

2013, the year Kate and William validated our very existence as a species by popping out a right royal sprog. The year Robin Thicke proved that it's definitely possible to make people's skin crawl through YouTube. The year pop stars decided that a song under four minutes and a video that wasn’t considered a ‘short [...]

The Year That Was – Part One

As another year draws to a close we're resurrecting our 'The Year That Was' blog segment to allow us to cast a nostalgic eye over the previous twelve months. If you are struggling to view this blog, we have both audio and brail versions available that have been provided for us by a very reliable [...]

The Year That Was – Part Three

‘The Year That Was’ is a short series of blogs where we, the writers at On The Beat, take a look back at our personal highlights of 2012. A different, more intimate, take on the masses of ‘Best Of’ lists that will be crowding up the world wide web in the next few weeks. In [...]