Now I like the Beach Boys. Or rather, I like the idea of the Beach Boys. I mean sure, I love Pet Sounds as much as everyone else, and I absolutely love Brian Wilson's 2004 remake of Smile, but I really don't care that much for a lot of the earlier stuff, and I really … Continue reading Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue
Another Constellation record here, purchased largely speculatively. I basically trust Constellation to provide me with interesting music in a variety of styles and moods, presented with loving care and attention. There is something that connects most of the Constellation roster; it's partially an organic sound thing, but it's mostly a sense of character. They just … Continue reading Evangelista – Prince of Truth
A review of the new album by R.E.M.
In which I summarise my enjoyment of the most mainstream contemporary band I really listen to.
Ahah! Another list, see? Dakka-dakka-dakka! (That's my text-based Chicago gangster with a Tommy Gun impression - good huh?) I didn't play every game that came out this year. In fact, realistically, I don't really play that many new games in general. It's hard when you're short on cash, and - in the months from August … Continue reading Top Five Games of Twenty Ten
My review of a Sigur Rós without an effable name.
Yet another old unpublished review. The first line is now inaccurate, after having reviewed the latest Silver Mt. Zion. This may be the first review of a Constellation records release on thegrotto, but it's far from my first Constellation record. Anyway, even setting aside their Ascii-unfriendly name (which features Hebrew dots under the R S … Continue reading Hrsta – Stem Stem in Electro
So I've been listening to a lot of doom and drone recently. Sunn O))) are of course hugely important in the genre, but I've also moved off into other areas of the genre, more traditional Doom and of course this rather experimental band here Khanate. Now, the problem with reviewing a band like Khanate is … Continue reading Khanate – Things Viral
Another ancient review never published. Ruins. How on Earth could this band actually exist? This is a band made up of a bassist and a drummer, and yet, there's clearly a guitarist. Isn't there? No there isn't, that's the bassist. And he's playing a bassline at the same time. Through the ingenious use of various … Continue reading Ruins – Tzomborgha
This review was written about an age ago, but I never got round to uploading it to the old site because it was a pain to do so, and I'm lazy. Meshuggah are a really rather impressive and technical metal band whose spine-shatteringly heavy music is one of the most interesting anomolies in modern musica; … Continue reading Meshuggah – Nothing