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 Mike Turner

2012 & the Abysmal Company You Kept

Dum Dum Girls had a massive year — the Coke Zero of the indie world. You know, same taste as the original formula but not as filling.

 Everett True

Deconstructing the past – Galaxie 500

Yes, fuck, sure, I was way more hip than you were

 Scott Creney

How to edit music criticism

Nobody’s interested in hearing what you or I have to say, so we have to work a little harder for our credibility.

 Brigette

An Incomplete Visual History of Short Trousers in Popular Music

Shorts have always been a little difficult to pull off.

 Wallace Wylie

Death Rattle – The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Oasis and the travesty of British Alternative Rock in the 90s

Large elements of the UK alternative press seemed to be waiting for the right guitar band to get behind, the right guitar band to believe in. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Stone Roses.

 Everett True

Song of the day – 294: Young Marble Giants (new song!)

After 30 years, a new Young Marble Giants song! And it doesn’t disgrace. It is so sweet, so melancholy, so understated, so Young Marble Giants.

 Wallace Wylie

Destroyer – Kaputt (Merge)

Kaputt is a dark city with no easy escape routes. Washed-out horns blow sorrowfully into the night.

 Emily

5 Music Journalism Clichés Which Should Go Away Forever

1. “(INSERT FEMALE ROCK/POP MUSICIAN’S NAME HERE), THE BAD GIRL OF ROCK…” Description: Virtually every female musician who dyes her hair ‘punk’ colors and/or makes vaguely ‘rebellious’ (or quasi-feminist) pronouncements is saddled with this phrase in music reviews or featured interviews. This travesty of words has been going on since The Slits, and most notoriously […]

 Everett True

Song of the day – 231: Tunabunny

Bangs wept. This music makes me deliriously happy. It clatters, it splatters, it shatters, it matters. I’ve listened to the album front to back, back to front, sideways, length ways, every which wrong ways, adored the New Order steals, the slices of unrequited Bikini Kill/Skinned Teen screaming, the tributes to the female Captain Beefheart, the […]