James Ellaby
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Having grown up dreaming of being a football journalist, James spent seven years doing just that on football website 4thegame.com, which inspired him to set up his own website to write about his other passions, music, TV, films and video games.

He currently runs New Adventures In Hi-Fi in his spare time around working in the digital industry in Manchester, having also worked in the environmental field.

He's been quoted in The Guardian, retweeted by some of his favourite musicians and wrote a feature for the one and only issue of Time Out Manchester, but doesn't feel that was the reason there was never a second issue.

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Will Miley Cyrus Suffer From Too Much Exposure?

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:50 PM

When you're launching a new album, it's important to get yourself noticed, but you can have too much of a good idea, so has Miley Cyrus shot herself in the foot?

There can't be many people around in this hyper-connected age who haven't seen almost all of the former Hannah...

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Are Albums Still Dead Then, Billy Corgan?

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 5:10 AM

The first iPod was released well over a decade ago, and the new freedom to pick and choose songs more easily led to inevitable claims that albums would soon be 'dead'. One advocate of that theory was Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, so how come they've got a new...

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Mad Men Season Five: Sex, Suicide and Songs

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 10:13 AM

The fifth season of Mad Men had a troubled creation, with behind-the-scenes squabbles threatening its existence and delaying it for what felt like years, so it's perhaps not surprising that it turned out to be very dark in tone. It may have begun with some Gallic singing and dancing but...

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The Beach Boys Are Back: Is It Time for a Mike Love Revolution?

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The Beach Boys have just released their first album of original material in 20 years, marking both their 50th anniversary as a band and the power of commercial forces to help individuals put aside their grievances. Certainly it isn't that long ago that the idea of Brian Wilson...

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Is Game of Thrones' Joffrey TV'S Most Vile Character?

(9) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Has there ever been a more fundamentally loathsome character on television than Joffrey Baratheon? The wretched boy-King from Game Of Thrones generally makes only fleeting appearances, but each time is more vile and detestable than the last, and when his uppance comes (and it surely will) it will be so...

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