Just Played is a site for music enthusiasts in search of something decent to listen to. There are plenty of people whinging about how music isn’t as good as it used to be but they’re just not looking hard enough. As it becomes harder to get recommendations – local record shops largely deceased, alternative radio shows marginalised – the need for a site like this has increased and hopefully Just Played will bring you into contact with some fabulous records you didn’t otherwise know about.
Some of the writing you’ll find here also appears in Clash Magazine. although I’m increasingly crap at remembering to post my monthly print offerings on here. I already receive a reasonable number of promo bits and bobs but if you’re responsible for a band’s PR and would like to get in touch, please contact me via email@example.com I can’t guarantee to feature everything I receive, but I’ll certainly give it a listen. It may be something I pitch to my reviews editor, it may get written about on the site or it might just sit in a pile next to the computer. Who knows?
You can also follow the Just Played guide to music on Twitter at www.twitter.com/justplayed
Have a click around the site to see what stuff I really like, but you can see my End Of Year lists from 2008 and 2009 down the right hand side of the page and by clicking on the Futuremusic options, you’ll see some of the newer stuff I’ve enjoyed in recent months. The 40 From The Noughties link will take you to an index page for the 40 features I wrote at the end of 2009 on my favourite 40 albums of the first decade of the 21st century. The Best of 2010 is exactly that, providing you with links to pieces on the 30 best albums of last year. Feel free to comment wherever you see fit or to email via the address above. All feedback, debates and, most importantly, records are welcome.