Words: Sophie Blackhall-Cain Photos: Reuben Beer For the first time in recent memory, Laneway’s line up this year failed to grab me. Megastars Lorde and HAIM made the relatively low ticket price seem worth it, but I was dubious as to whether each of the acts could pull off strong performances. So it was with […]
I totally blame Dave Grohl for this bullshit.
There’s been a lot of talk about Scott Creney’s review of the Haim album. So in the interests of fair play, here’s an alternative review.
An interesting volte face for the field of music criticism – from opinion-leaders and gate-keepers to mainstream cheerleaders
Haim’s pleasure, limited as even its enthusiasts admit, is the empty pleasure of an endless series of twinkies eaten over the course of 45 minutes. Fine enough in the beginning, but eventually destined to sicken.
1. “Our new sound will freak people out” (Mumford & Sons in NME) “Initial sessions were helmed by Aaron Dessner, from gods of gloom The National, and the album itself was overseen by Haim, Florence And The Machine and Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford” – ‘review’ of Wilder Mind, NME No. It won’t. It really won’t… […]
This blog entry is long overdue. After intense consultation with the other Collapse Board editors (not easy when there are so many, spread so far and wide), I was inspired to write it after reading photographer Pat Pope’s brave, discussion-provoking post on Louder Than War, An Open Letter to Garbage – which I wholeheartedly support. Think […]
March 2, 2015 – Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce the details of their forthcoming third album, Wilder Mind. I’m assuming the title doesn’t refer to Arizona Wilder, the Mind Control Slave. Nor can I assume it is some form of bizarre, semi-illiterate reference to a “broadening of the horizons” because, clearly, Mumford & […]
The way in which subcultures achieve authenticity is through what theorist Pierre Bourdieu calls cultural capital. Every object has economic capital, which is its monetary value, and a utility value defined by its purpose. However, more importantly for identity construction is the social associations made with the object. He writes, “Taste classifies, and it classifies […]
The whole music scene thing, it’s all a façade, really, said my landlord one morning, or something like that. He always says things like that whenever we meet in the kitchen. You know, that the government fabricated the war on drugs (the real one, not the band), that the students coming up seem dumber and […]