My review of the new Kayo Dot album, which is weird in all the odd places, and odd in all the weird complacences.
Okay, so I love the National. No need to look at me like that. I know it's weird to like a band who play songs that you can legitimately call songs. I know it's pretty out there to like a band that puts out records of 11-13 tracks, each around 4 minutes in length, all … Continue reading The National – Trouble Will Find Me
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
Old Man Gloom are pretty important to me, as far as music goes (which is a long way). For whatever reason, their particular combination of hardcore, doom metal and experimental noise really floats my boat. Add in a strong aesthetic of primitivism and the primal essence of man as animal, count me in. It's a heady mix … Continue reading Old Man Gloom – No
If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love Paul Simon. Over the years, without me really noticing, he’s probably been my favourite singer/songwriter of all time. A new Paul Simon album is an event for me. I ended up loving the last one a lot more than I thought I would, but … Continue reading Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
A review of High Violet by The National. Preview: I think it's quite good.