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 Scott Creney

Scott Creney’s Album Roundup: Sept 2015

Scott Creney’s Album Roundup: Sept 2015

I’ve been a little sleep-deprived & out of focus lately and the news is a horror show filled w/lying sociopaths and so much abundant sadness that it makes the cloying relationship troubles of a band like Chvrches sound, at best, cloistered & obtuse. If anger is an energy then I guess passivity is a type […]

 Lee Adcock

Static Daydream – s/t (St. Marie)

Static Daydream – s/t (St. Marie)

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 […]

 Scott Creney

Considering Pitchfork’s 200 Best 80’s Songs

Considering Pitchfork’s 200 Best 80’s Songs

By Scott Creney Ask anyone who’s ever worked for a literary magazine, democracy is a shitty way to evaluate art. The polarizing stuff rarely makes it through. Instead you end up with a bunch of B-plus material—competent, workmanlike. Or in the case of this week’s Pitchfork Top 200 Singles of the 80’s, you end up […]

 Everett True

The return of Everett True | 126. LCD Soundsystem

The return of Everett True | 126. LCD Soundsystem

Being a contrarian, I switch off when other critics start forming clusters, mind-sets. I like to think I can figure it out for myself. Often, I can. It’s the American critics who wind me up most. In the U.K., most critics have some form of sense of humour, a pluralism, about what they do. Least, the ones […]

 Lee Adcock

Peaking Lights – Cosmic Logic (Domino)

Peaking Lights – Cosmic Logic (Domino)

It’s funny. Mike plays New Order’s Technique all the time in the shop, and some folks have told him how dated it sounds. To them we say, ha. Have you heard what the kids are into lately? Clear a space. Peaking Lights and I are gonna rumble. From the outset, I knew I could pin […]

 Lee Adcock

The Ballet School – The Dew Lasts An Hour (Bella Union)

The Ballet School – The Dew Lasts An Hour (Bella Union)

Well, I won’t lie. When I plucked Ballet School out of the lineup, I thought for sure I’d singled out another case of all-men groups dubbing their bands with feminine names (see Woman’s Hour, Girl Band). I stand corrected. However. As we all know, having the prerequisite chick on vocals don’t getcha a free pass […]

 Lee Adcock

Eagulls – Eagulls (Deranged)

Eagulls – Eagulls (Deranged)

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 […]

 Lee Adcock

Album Reviews: Future Islands – Singles (4AD) and Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Bella Union)

Album Reviews: Future Islands – Singles (4AD) and Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Bella Union)

So. By now you’ve probably seen the one TV performance that us muso-types can’t stop buzzing about. But, in case you’ve tuned out yr social networks lately (we are smack dab in the middle of Lent, after all), here it is. A fair chunk of the discussion ‘round this bouncing black-clad wonder has devolved into […]

 Everett True

My review of Dallas, as rejected by The Guardian

My review of Dallas, as rejected by The Guardian

By Everett True I wrote this several months ago. The Guardian had started up in Australia, and I was suggesting several different series to them, one of which would focus on notable Australian albums. They liked the idea, but eventually decided not to run with it. Sadly, this review slipped through the cracks while the […]

 Everett True

New Order – Lost Sirens (Rhino)

New Order have split up? Uh-huh. I don’t think so.