Tom Randall

6 (and a bit) favourite musical encounters from the first half of 2011, around which the miscellany of life lies

Most are gigs. Music lives in open air.

 Laura Witkowski

10 REVIEWS OF THE NEW CULTS ALBUM – 10: confessional

Confession: I am a 1960s girl group snob.

 Scott Creney

10 REVIEWS OF THE NEW CULTS ALBUM – 5: the good review (U.S.)

Cults knows the difference between an influence and a cliché.

 Everett True

10 REVIEWS OF THE NEW CULTS ALBUM – 1: in real time

Wouldn’t it be so great if something so obviously corporate-backed and hipster-fed turned out to be amazing after all?


THE BAD REVIEW Vivian Girls – Share the Joy (Polyvinyl)

When you think about it, music can be compared to the difference between kiddie rollercoasters, and humongous, death-defying coasters.

 Scott Creney

THE GOOD REVIEW Vivian Girls – Share The Joy (Polyvinyl)

There are still songs about love, but even the love songs sound wiser, more ferocious, more bitter, and ultimately more hopeful. Vivian Girls have grown up.

 Scott Creney

The Wussification of Indie Rock (it’s all Pavement’s fault)

A band like Arcade Fire has a hell of a lot more in common with Katy Perry than it does with Daniel Johnston.

 Hannah Golightly

Fuck The Dream. Marry for the love and not the money.

I sense a spirit of love that infuses the music with soul and self-expression. And if you think this description suggests a kitsch twee puke-fest, then I’d have sorely done the depth and strength of their music an injustice.

 Everett True

10 Most Read Entries on Collapse Board, 10.03.11-16.03.11

There’s been a focus on reviews this week. And not much dialogue going on. So the chart reflects that.


Best Coast @ Woodland 10.03.11

Sometimes I wonder what it must be like to be in a popular band and play on stage at a sold out show to a front row of people with their iphones held aloft, recording the moment for later playback rather than living than moment.