Why do I listen to so many sad songs?

Tom Ravenscroft's music blog.

Lots of sadness, this week, and it would appear most weeks -- it turns out that I like sad. I clicked the button on my computer that tells me, in order, which records I listen to the most and the results were a little forlorn.

Despite my computer being armed with a function capable of minor character assassinations, I dont feel particularly sad; I think that, musically, I am maybe just better at unearthing a bit of sorrow.

The New Zealand songwriter Tiny Ruins has a new album called Some Were Meant for the Sea, which has almost buried me this week. Hollie Fullbrook, as her friends call her, manages to avoid the applied angst that so often ruins the work of British female singer-songwriters and created a debut album of vast beauty. It isn't out in the UK yet but, hopefully, it should be soon. If not, I'll spend the rest of the year making you all copies; everybody should have one.


Terrors is a man who seemingly has spent his life drifting across the US, dropping grubby, washed-out and distantly recorded cassette tapes of his occasionally almost tragic-sounding music as he went. Thankfully, a record label called Weird Forest was close behind to pick them up and put them somewhere safe. They have now compiled them into an album called Lagan Qord, which I love.

Listen to songs from Lagan Qord here.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.