A few weeks back, a plastic jar of gobstoppers arrived at the record store with all the usual promo parcels. Came with some rich, velvety-colored storybook banners which even the resident graphic designed doffed his (non-existent) hat to. Spot color inks, he said. Now, we’ve gone over this a hundred times – I’m still a […]
I’m going to preface this entry with a comment someone left on something I wrote about The Drones a while back. Yeah, I like the Drones but their songs depict the world as a cold, uncaring, violent place and people associate that with authenticity. One review says Gareth Liddiard, “tells it like it is.” But […]
What could be more exciting than ascribing numerical value to music? I mean, really?
Authority is All That Matters in music criticism, especially when it comes to creating Lists
It’s soul music and it’s sorcery and it’s subtle
Keep your ears tuned to the small towns. The future of music is living in South Dakota.
There’s a righteousness at the heart of these songs, a riveting freedom that makes Contemporary Indie — cute, smug, obvious, self-obsessed, eager to please — seem hilariously and stupidly irrelevant.
It’s a thin between sounding authentic and sounding like you’re writing the music for a future Levi’s advert.
Maybe, just maybe, I’m not the only one in this world with these fears and desires … and that’s what makes music so special.