The opening song sounds like My Bloody Valentine. You may well be enthused by this prospect and you may well not be. Either way it does not matter. What matters is the personal connection you make with the music… does it reach you somewhere deep inside? Does it help you cope with your daily struggle, […]
Y’know, that character I conjured for the Viet Cong review wasn’t a total fiction. That pathetic, miserly anti-ego still rips holes in my skin, still tells me I can’t write whenever I sit down to the keyboard, still gets off on corpse-resting-on-marble-tomb stuff like Clan of Xymox. I know it’s that side of me that […]
Before we begin, let’s review the rule book. HOW TO REVIVE SHOEGAZE IN 4 EASY STEPS 1. Get a chick. 2. Figure out how to make that bendy guitar string sound. 3. Lay down some woozy vocals. Sing as soft as you can. It’s best if you can’t understand anything later once you add in […]
This line. It might be thin, so thin that it can’t be seen by the human eye so I can only give you a representation, but it exists – believe you me. Here. Here’s a reminder. OK. Let’s get on with the chart. Reminder: to qualify, the band needs to have been great in the first […]
It’s a thin line. I’m not sure I want to quantify it; I have a feeling it keeps moving. Association. That’s what I’d like to talk about here. No, not association. The way the line keeps moving. I’m not the person I was in 1993. I am the person I was. I’m not the person […]
Stop. Breathe in for four counts, hold for two, out for six. Repeat until you’re calm enough to lay the ad hoc dagger on the table. OK. Focus. Let’s talk about Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy. a) Trust Fund outclassed Joanna Gruesome on their previous split. The latter stuck to their discordant guns and handed […]
What? When did this come out again? Three months ago, you say? Oh WHO CARES. Gems like this ought to be dredged up again and again to save our souls from the marble-ogling masses. Why? ‘Cos I’m puh-SESSED. Fuck the headphones. FUCK ‘EM! This is 80-miles-per-hour music, (yeah,I said miles – SUCK IT, WORLD), the […]
Time for one final list from 2013 (barring any straggling best-of lists), the all-important most read articles of the year. 1. Secret Memo Regarding Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ Reissue Leaked People not only like to read the same story over and over again, they demand it. Our job is to retell the story, to reinforce the […]
Hookworms is the bruise on your thigh from a drunken early morning collision with the kitchen table.
The nastiness, the blackness and bleakness, is a lot of the attraction.