Comic 5

Checkout the latest comic news

When the comics life fell apart, he sought solace in the music of 2016. He discusses the songs that saved his life

James Acaster strongly believes that 2016 was The Greatest Year for Music of All Time. If this sounds random, then know that theres slightly more to the story. Best known for eccentric, meandering standup shows with brilliant titles like Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, and a run of acclaimed Netflix specials, Acaster had an annus horribilis in 2017. Over 12 months, he broke up with his girlfriend, parted ways with his agent, and his mental health suffered, all while the world seemed to be imploding with Trump, Brexit and wall-to-wall celebrity deaths. And so, naturally, Acaster decided to invest in no less than 366 albums from the year before, kickstarting what he describes in his new book as a mild distraction [which] gradually grew into an obsession that ultimately changed my life. Perfect Sound Whatever, out now, is the tale of Acasters new record collection, his personal challenges, and how he made it through to the other side. Here he selects five songs that saved his life, from skittish Japanese electronica to yodelling. Music to make you love or laugh.

Jeff Rosenstock
Perfect Sound Whatever

I liked this one so much I named my book after it. Its by an American singer called Jeff Rosenstock whos been in tons of ska and rock bands, and its about how perfect[ion] is something that no one will ever achieve, and how its not even really a thing. That was something Id never really thought of until I heard the song; I definitely struggled every time I didnt get something exactly right or just got something wrong. Id really beat myself up about it and feel guilty. I dragged myself through the mud, a lot of the time. I didnt even know that that was what the song was about at first, until I put it on when I was filming my [Netflix] comedy specials and properly listened to the lyrics. I was feeling anxious that they werent going to be any good, and it made me feel relieved, and a lot less stressed. Do I think Jeff should be more well-known? I wouldnt want to fling him towards the audience of Britains Got Talent or something, so for his sake lets not make him too famous.


Id seen [US rapper] Nonames mixtape Telefone on loads of the Best of 2016 lists but I didnt really bother listening to it. When I did eventually get round to it I was like, Oh Ive been such an idiot! I used to judge records by their covers, and I just didnt like the front cover of her album, the skull drawing. I dont do that any more, though Ive got some great albums with ugly covers now. I love how she talks about so many universal experiences, and how shes really vulnerable and open with her feelings. Its a summery album, but there are also topics like police brutality and abortion in there. On this track, I love this line she slips in just before the chorus she just sort of squeezes it in: I wish I was a kid again I dont wish I was a kid again, but sometimes adulthood is still a bit daunting, and that thought does enter your head in the same fleeting little way that she sings it.

Mid Summer Night

Foodman is a Japanese experimental electronic artist, and his track Mid Summer Night really transformed my music taste. Nothings in time with anything else, and its a bit all over the place, but something about it really works. I love the feeling of the trembling, skittish drums that are off on their own; they get called sloppy drums, which a lot of drummers dont like because its actually the illusion of sloppiness and its actually really hard to get right. I would have disregarded this kind of music as noise before I started listening to all of these albums, but I got really into it. Ive always thought electronic music had to be either slick, highly produced stuff or a weird, impenetrable mess, but with this I found something in the middle. Im not into clubbing. I wasnt going out and listening to dance music, so I didnt have that experience. I feel like I should maybe go to [London club] Fabric at least once, though.

Kevin Abstract

You might know Kevin Abstract from Brockhampton, who are a kind of rap boyband with tons of members. They make quite topical music and they each have a load of different viewpoints. Its nice to have that encapsulated in a group. Still, I dont know how youd schedule band practice I struggle enough trying to hang out with one person. Emptys the first track from Abstracts solo album, American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story, which Id say has a kind of updated 90s feel to it. Here, hes mostly rapping about his boyfriend but also his mum, and feeling conflicted about being accepted by certain people but not by others. Its such a catchy song. Theres a lot of intelligent stuff going on in there, but its not heavy handed. Its a bit like Kanye West and those other artists whove made mainstream music a bit more inventive again.

Adam Torres
Juniper Arms

Out of all the songs that I listened to from 2016, this was the one that I loved the quickest upon listening to it. I just fell in love with Adam Torress voice its really high-pitched, almost like a yodel. Youll either like it immediately or youll laugh. I interviewed him and he was exactly as youd imagine from his music: he lives in Texas among all of this sprawling empty space, and the only things in his town, Driftwood, are a post office and a graveyard. I like to hear music thats a bit traditional but done in a non-traditional way. I also really like Awo, which is an album by a Black Sabbath-type math-rock album by an Ethiopian band called Ukandanz. What unexpected record would I make? Id probably collaborate with Slowthai. Weve grown up in similar places hes from Northampton, Im from Kettering we both like hip-hop, and we both seem to have a sense of humour. Id happily reach out.

Read more:

78 thoughts on “James Acaster: Adulthood is still a bit daunting

  1. This post was ammazing i actually ead your blog very often,
    andd you’re always coning out with some great stuff.

    I shared this on my blog, and my followers
    loved it. I reallly admire the very good work 🙂

  2. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but
    I find this topic to be really something which I think I would
    never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  3. This design is steller! You definitely know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start
    my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job.
    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!

  4. Howdy I am so happy I found your blog, I really
    found you by mistake, while I was browsing on Yahoo for something
    else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to
    say thanks for a incredible post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the
    theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all
    at the moment but I have bookmarked it and
    also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will
    be back to read more, Please do keep up the great work.

  5. What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads.
    I am hoping to contribute & aid other users like its helped me.

    Good job.

  6. hi!,I like your writing so so much! proportion we keep in touch extra approximately your article on AOL?
    I need a specialist on this space to resolve my problem. Maybe
    that’s you! Having a look ahead to see you.

  7. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could
    do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog.
    A great read. I will definitely be back.

  8. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this blog.
    I am hoping to view the same high-grade blog
    posts from you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own, personal blog now 😉

  9. I have been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of space .
    Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this website.
    Reading this info So i’m happy to show that I’ve a very good uncanny feeling I found out exactly what
    I needed. I most unquestionably will make certain to do
    not overlook this web site and give it a look on a continuing basis.

  10. Quality posts is the key to interest the viewers to pay a quick visit the website, that’s what this web page is providing.

  11. Heya! I know this is somewhat off-topic however I had to ask.
    Does building a well-established website such as yours require a massive amount work?
    I’m brand new to operating a blog but I do write in my journal every day.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can share my own experience and feelings online.

    Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or
    tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

  12. I precisely wished to appreciate you once more. I am not sure the things that I could possibly have taken care of without these pointers documented by you over my area of interest. It has been the hard crisis for me personally, but understanding your specialized style you managed that made me to weep for gladness. I am happy for your support and even hope you find out what an amazing job your are carrying out instructing the mediocre ones using a web site. Most probably you haven’t encountered any of us.

  13. I simply needed to appreciate you yet again. I’m not certain what I might have implemented in the absence of the tips provided by you over such situation. It actually was a very horrifying condition for me, however , spending time with a specialized strategy you dealt with it took me to weep for joy. I’m just thankful for your assistance and then trust you really know what an amazing job that you are accomplishing training the others through the use of your websites. Most probably you haven’t got to know all of us.

  14. I would like to show some thanks to the writer just for rescuing me from this dilemma. Right after searching throughout the world-wide-web and meeting methods that were not productive, I figured my entire life was gone. Being alive without the presence of approaches to the issues you’ve fixed all through the report is a crucial case, as well as ones that might have badly affected my entire career if I hadn’t encountered the website. Your good expertise and kindness in controlling the whole thing was valuable. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t encountered such a point like this. I can also now look ahead to my future. Thanks very much for your impressive and amazing help. I will not be reluctant to propose your web sites to anybody who needs to have recommendations on this subject matter.

  15. I truly wanted to compose a quick note to express gratitude to you for these nice items you are showing at this website. My particularly long internet lookup has finally been honored with sensible strategies to share with my friends and family. I ‘d point out that many of us readers are quite fortunate to be in a very good community with so many lovely professionals with very beneficial plans. I feel rather fortunate to have discovered your entire web site and look forward to tons of more awesome moments reading here. Thanks a lot once more for a lot of things.

  16. I and my guys have been going through the best things on your web page while before long I had a horrible suspicion I had not thanked the blog owner for them. All of the men became for this reason thrilled to learn all of them and have absolutely been using them. We appreciate you being simply helpful and for picking certain beneficial issues most people are really desirous to be aware of. Our honest apologies for not saying thanks to you earlier.

  17. Thank you for each of your effort on this website. Debby delights in setting aside time for investigation and it is easy to see why. We all hear all regarding the dynamic method you create practical thoughts on the blog and therefore attract response from visitors on this area then our favorite princess is now being taught a lot. Take advantage of the rest of the new year. You are conducting a superb job.

  18. I simply desired to appreciate you once again. I’m not certain the things I might have made to happen without those ideas documented by you concerning my topic. It actually was a very alarming crisis for me, but being able to see the very skilled mode you managed that took me to jump over delight. Now i’m happier for the support as well as have high hopes you recognize what a powerful job you were doing instructing many others through the use of your web blog. I am sure you’ve never come across any of us.

  19. Thank you a lot for giving everyone an exceptionally nice chance to check tips from here. It really is so good plus full of a good time for me and my office friends to visit your web site at a minimum 3 times in one week to read the latest issues you have. And lastly, I’m so always fulfilled considering the remarkable things you serve. Certain 1 facts on this page are truly the simplest we have all had.

  20. I have to show my appreciation for your generosity supporting people who need help on this important study. Your real commitment to getting the solution along became wonderfully important and have made some individuals much like me to reach their goals. This helpful information indicates a lot to me and even more to my office workers. Thank you; from each one of us.

  21. Spot on with this write-up, I honestly believe this amazing site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be
    back again to read through more, thanks for the info!

  22. Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist
    with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results.

    If you know of any please share. Thank you!

  23. Nice post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I’m inspired!
    Very useful info specifically the last phase 🙂 I care for such info much.
    I was looking for this certain info for a very lengthy time.
    Thanks and best of luck.

  24. Hi there would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker
    then most. Can you suggest a good web hosting provider at a fair price?
    Thank you, I appreciate it!

  25. Heya i am for the primary time here. I came across this board and I to find It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot.
    I am hoping to provide something back and aid
    others such as you helped me.

  26. Greetings! Quick question that’s entirely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My weblog looks weird when viewing from my iphone 4. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to fix this problem.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Thanks!

  27. whoah this blog is magnificent i love studying your articles.
    Keep up the good work! You recognize, a lot of persons are looking
    round for this information, you could aid them greatly.

  28. My brother suggested I might like this web site.

    He was entirely right. This post truly made my day.
    You can not imagine just how much time I had spent for this information!

  29. Unquestionably consider that which you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the web the easiest factor to be aware of.
    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed at the same time
    as other folks consider issues that they just don’t know
    about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and defined out the entire thing
    without having side effect , folks could take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  30. Have you ever thought about writing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog based on the same subjects you discuss
    and would really like to have you share
    some stories/information. I know my readers would appreciate your work.

    If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  31. At this time it looks like Drupal is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  32. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Many thanks,
    However I am experiencing issues with your RSS. I don’t know why I can’t subscribe to it.
    Is there anybody else having similar RSS issues?
    Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  33. Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just
    your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all.
    Nevertheless think about if you added some great photos
    or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics
    and clips, this website could definitely be one of the very best in its
    niche. Amazing blog!

  34. Hello I am so happy I found your weblog, I really found you by mistake,
    while I was looking on Bing for something else,
    Anyways I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a remarkable post
    and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don’t have time to browse it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep
    up the awesome job.

  35. Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  36. Thank you for some other fantastic post. The place else may anyone get that kind of
    info in such a perfect approach of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such info.

  37. It is appropriate time to make a few plans for the long run and it
    is time to be happy. I have read this submit and if I may just I desire to counsel
    you some attention-grabbing issues or suggestions. Perhaps you can write next articles relating to this article.
    I wish to read more things about it!

  38. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with
    my twitter group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really
    appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

  39. It’s amazing to visit this web page and reading the views of
    all colleagues regarding this article, while I am
    also keen of getting familiarity.

  40. whoah this weblog is fantastic i love studying your articles.
    Keep up the good work! You know, lots of individuals are
    searching round for this information, you can aid them greatly.

  41. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog
    and was curious what all is required to get setup?

    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% positive.
    Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

  42. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually
    understand what you’re speaking about! Bookmarked. Please additionally visit
    my website =). We can have a link alternate contract among us

  43. Hi, I do think this is an excellent website.
    I stumbledupon it 😉 I may come back yet again since I saved as a favorite it.
    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to
    guide other people.

  44. Thank you for some other magnificent post. Where else may anyone get that type
    of information in such a perfect method of writing?
    I have a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such info.

  45. Hi to every body, it’s my first visit of this web site; this
    webpage contains remarkable and genuinely fine information designed
    for readers.

  46. We’re a gaggle of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our
    community. Your web site provided us with helpful information to work on. You have performed
    an impressive job and our whole neighborhood will be thankful
    to you.

  47. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It
    truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give
    something back and help others like you helped me.

Leave comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *.