Added on December 29, 2015
2015 , Alexis Petridis , Beach House , Courtney Barnett , Hannah Golightly , John Grant , Justin Edwards , Kurt Cobain , Laura Snapes , Lee Adcock , Mark Kozelek , Nirvana , Slaves , sufjan stevens , Sun Kil Moon , Viet Cong , worst of
The name “Viet Cong” So this year, we watched as a band named after an off-hand racist comment rose on the charts. They’ll no doubt crop up on bunches of more positive lists this month, even after colleges like Oberlin barred them from playing. Sang Nguyen, a writer at Impose and also a second-generation Vietnamese-American, […]
Added on October 6, 2015
2015 , album review , Beatles , Hannah Golightly , John Grant , Massive Attack
Some say that the job of good music is to elevate living into something more than survival. Some wish they had lived through the sixties… I wish to be living through John Grant’s career. I’d have seen him play Liverpool if only I’d been brave enough to go alone and I wish I had been. […]
Added on January 9, 2014
Arcade Fire , Austra , best of 2013 , Beyonce , Daft Punk , David Bowie , Disclosure , Footwork , haim , Jaco Pastorius , james blake , Janelle Monae , John Grant , Jon Hopkins , Julia Holter , Justin Timberlake , Kanye West , King Krule , Laurel Halo , M.I.A. , Miley Cyrus , Mount Kimbie , Simon Reynolds , The Dukes Of Stratosphear , The Weeknd , Thundercat , Vampire Weekend , Wallace Wylie
The worst thing about end of year polls is that they all come out in early December, which is hilarious because that means nobody got to talk about one of the best albums of the year. The Beyoncé album, called Beyoncé, was released with no fanfare, no reviews, and no warning. It then became one […]
Added on December 22, 2013
Arthur Russell , best of 2013 , Blanche Blanche Blanche , Body/Head , Coco Rosie , Colin Stetson , Deerhunter , Dirty Beaches , Dot Wiggin Band , Filthy Huns , haim , Happy Jawbone Family Band , Holograms , Hookworms , John Grant , Kanye West , karen green , King Krule , Laurel Halo , Lorde , M.I.A. , my dick , Pere Ubu , Rachel Kushner , Run the Jewels , Savages , Sky Ferreira , steve gunn , The Knife , The New Sound Of Numbers , Ty Segall , Willis Earl Beal
Man, what a crazy goddamned year. Not the music, the music was great.
Added on September 11, 2013
2012 , Aerosmith , Aretha Franklin , Austra , Bad Brains , Billy Joel , Boards of Canada , Bob Seger , Burial , Celine Dion , Chromatics , Destroyer , Dire Straits , Dirty Projectors , disco , Elliott Smith , Eric Clapton , Feature , Flying Lotus , Foreigner , Frank Ocean , Funkadelic , Garth Brooks , james blake , John Grant , Jon Hopkins , Journey , Julia Holter , Justin Timberlake , Kanye West , King Krule , KISS , Kraftwerk , Laurel Halo , Madonna , Matthew Dear , Metallica , Michael Jackson , Motley Crue , Mount Kimbie , Nico , Nirvana , Prince , Public Enemy , Richard Youngs , Sonic Youth , The Beatles , the eagles , The Raincoats , The Scorpions , The Slits , The Small Faces , The Velvet Underground , The Weeknd , THEESatisfaction , Throwing Muses , Thundercat , Twin Shadow , Van Halen , Wallace Wylie , X-Ray Spex
The real problem that the industry is dealing with these days is the lack of cultural importance given to popular music and the fact that popular music no longer has the same unifying power as it used to.
Added on June 28, 2013
baths , Beaches , Beat Mark , best of 2013 , CocoRosie , Daft Punk , fidlar , fol chen , foot village , Foxygen , girls names , grim tower , Happy Jawbone Family Band , jerusalem in my heart , John Grant , Jon Hopkins , Kanye West , lust for youth , Marnie Stern , Pere Ubu , pharmakon , Planningtorock , steve gunn , the memories , Vampire Weekend , Wampire , Yo La Tengo
The extra reading is well worth your time. I’m way more entertaining than I need to be, given the subject matter.
Added on June 14, 2013
Brighton , John Grant , Lucy Cage
Isn’t that the way a love song – and indeed love, and indeed religion – works? Takes the internal intangible and makes it audible, physical, present, be it a 7” single or a cathedral.
Added on June 4, 2013
2013 , Album Reviews , Beck , Bella Union , Beta Band , Captured Tracks , Grimes , John Grant , mac demarco , Magikal Cloudz , Magnetic Fields , Pale Green Ghosts , Pitchfork , Scott Creney , The National , Wampire
Pale Green Ghosts is an album as diverse and hilarious, as dying and alive, as life itself. What more could you ask for? Prior approval? Grow up. The music world is a lot bigger than Pitchfork, and there are far more interesting journeys to go on than the path from a publicist’s e-mail to a writer’s inbox.
Added on March 28, 2012
Amanda Fucking Palmer , Authenticity , How About I Be Me (And You Be You) , John Grant , Queen Of Denmark , Sinead O'Connor
Authenticity matters. I’m not sure how much it matters or why it matters or whether it should matter, but clearly it matters.