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“You don’t have to be an activist to want to make a change” | Students on authenticity

“You don’t have to be an activist to want to make a change” | Students on authenticity

I should preface this list by stating that authenticity in popular music is mutable (if it exists), that it is utterly dependent upon genre, time…

An Antidote to Boredom 1 | “A young, Aussie, Cetaphil-wearing Kim Gordon prancing around with a microphone”

By Alice Rezende In a stampede of self-confidence and frenzied admiration, I told a writer on Collapse Board that I was going to link him some…

Why do you like Courtney Barnett?

Her name sounds like a firm of solicitors. It’s what I look for in an artist. She’s funny, she’s quite odd, she makes up words…

Do not mess with the critic, deutschbags. The critic is always right

Do not mess with the critic, deutschbags. The critic is always right

Here is the opening paragraph of what I wrote on Collapse Board, the night before…

In Search of Nirvana: Why Nirvana: The True Story Could Never Be ‘True’

In Search of Nirvana: Why Nirvana: The True Story Could Never Be ‘True’

In my book Nirvana: The True Story (2006), I undertake an autoethnographical approach to biography,…

So boring I forgot what I was going to type | the collected Facebook War On Drugs vitriol

So boring I forgot what I was going to type | the collected Facebook War On Drugs vitriol

This one started quite innocuously. A simple and well-liked comment on Facebook, Fuck man. Has…

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Bouquet – In A Dream EP (Ulrike / Folktale)

Bouquet – In A Dream EP (Ulrike / Folktale)

I’ve been bitter lately. It comes and goes, like the ghost limp that jumps between legs. There is this weight in the air, a nagging fear that’s set in with…

Surf City – Jekyll Island (Fire)

Surf City – Jekyll Island (Fire)

By Mel Echo Surf City have been around for 10 years, moving from NZ nun-pop to stoner rock in that time, with a few good Pitchfork reviews along the way. Their…

Beat Spacek – Modern Streets  (Ninja Tune)

Beat Spacek – Modern Streets (Ninja Tune)

OK. Time to go underground. Time I confess my secret affair. Y’know, listening to a radio show can be a bit like sitting at a bar full of men that…

Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv (Slumberland)

Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv (Slumberland)

You know that kick-in-the-head moment? You know, when you hear this modern song, and it reminds you of something dear, but you can’t put your finger on it? And then…