People of the internet, behold! It is the end of Saturnalia for another year, so cease your gambling, take your Phrygian caps outside and burn them, and then get back to work slaves, for it is time for the best albums of 2013 AD. Last year I opted out of writing a top 10 album list which … Continue reading Best of 2013: Six Great Albums
Tanuki balls, flying pigs and lovely warm nostalgia.
In which I fold too many paper cranes.
In downtown Vancouver, on Howe Street between Davie and Helmcken Streets, there is a little art-house cinema called The Cinematheque. And through this December into early January, they are running a season of Studio Ghibli films. While I'm not obsessive about it, I do love every Studio Ghibli film I have seen to date. The … Continue reading Best of 2012: Castles in the Sky
I've been living in Metro Vancouver since August 2012. In that time I've come to realise Vancouver for what it is, little more than a large city. I mean it's a nice city, but it's still a city. And it's a trap too. It's easy to get stuck here, because it's so big, because it … Continue reading Best of 2012: Victoria, BC
After all that stuff I just said about Swans yesterday, I should note that I missed out on a chance to see Swans in Vancouver, which I'm still pretty gutted about. However, I did take a day off work earlier in the year to see songwriter Michael Gira performing live in a at St. Andrew's … Continue reading Best of 2012: Michael Gira, Live, Glasgow (6th April 2012)
The notion that Swans are an active musical project still boggles my brain. But what's more important is the quality of their output post-reunion, both live and in the studio. After their last record, a relatively successful collection of intense Michael Gira songs, the band set off on a lengthy tour during which the group … Continue reading Best of 2012: Swans – The Seer