Wallace Wylie

Beck – Song Reader (Faber/McSweeney’s) THE BAD REVIEW

Beck selling sheet music is like McDonald’s selling a recipe book. “Hey, we’re not going to sell you the Super-Ultra-Mega Big Mac, but you can buy our recipe book and make your own version.” Those recipes might even look complex on paper, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t consuming garbage.

 Scott Creney

Micachu And The Shapes – Never (Rough Trade)

This is what it feels like to be alive in 2012 — connected to everything and more isolated than ever.

 Scott Creney

Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys (Atlantic)

Like McDonald’s, Death Cab For Cutie is nothing if not consistent.

 Wallace Wylie

No Alternative: Pitchfork and Indie Culture’s End Times

First off, we need to define alternative culture. Is it something that provides values for those who identify with it, or is it just mainstream culture decked out in thrift store apparel?

 Everett True

the inaugural Collapse Board award for services to Australian independent music

To keep in line with other awards voting panels, judges will of course be voting for their sixth favourite record of 2010. Or perhaps 2009.