Death From Above 1979 Reform

Canadian ‘dance punk’ two piece Death From Above 1979 have announced they are reforming for this year’s Coachella festival. After the band disbanded in 2006 Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler worked on various solo projects most notably MSTRKRFT. But with the electro bandwagon having ground to a halt I guess DFA 1979 have decided … Continue reading

Yuck – S/T (Fat Possum, 2011)

Yuck was formed in late 2009 by frontman Daniel Blumberg and lead guitarist Max Bloom, following the dissolution of their previous band, Cajun Dance Party. Cajun Dance Party released a handful of singles and a full length album, The Colourful Life in 2008, whilst studying for their A levels. The Colourful Life received largely positive … Continue reading

10 for 2010

1. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor 2. No Age – Everything In Between 3. Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts 4. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest 5. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs 6. The Fall – Your Future Our Clutter 7. Calories – Basic Nature 8. Sleigh Bells – Treats 9. Small Black – New Chain 10. … Continue reading

No Age – Everything In Between (Subpop, 2010)

On Everything In Between No Age have distanced themselves from Punk and in doing so freed themselves from the genre’s nihilistic trappings. Shred and Transcend sums it up well; a rush of sci-fi distortion turning nostalgia on it’s head and challenging Johnny Rotten’s tired cackle. The tracks here aren’t screaming “No Future” but speaking to … Continue reading

Small Black – New Chain (JagJaguar, 2010)

Small Black were the one worthwhile thing to come out of Chillwave; This year’s dumbest microgenre. I have a fundamental problem with the label – what does it say when one of the most popular sounds of our time is premised on “chilling out”? And what does it really mean to chill? A gradual cooling … Continue reading

Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts (Subpop, 2010)

Male Bonding’s debut album Nothing Hurts seems to me the sound of macho insecurity. There’s aggression and exuberance by the bag but it all strikes me as somewhat wounded. The album title is a massive decoy as the lyrics are undoubtedly about being kicked right in the fucking heart. This is very much a break … Continue reading

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest (4AD, 2010)

Where Deerhunter’s previous efforts repelled me with their loneliness Halcyon Digest drew me into it’s wall of despair. In the past I felt as though their music was keeping me at a distance from whatever lay behind it. Be it the whirling aggression of Turn It Up Faggot, the hazy rush of Cryptograms, the vast … Continue reading

The Sound of Ideologies Clashing

My colleague and drinking partner makes several good points in his post, “A Giant Leap Backward…” He is correct to say that the history of popular music is built on a spirit of resistance which stems from folk and blues, and skewers rock & roll and punk on its way through to dupstep. Of course, … Continue reading

Islet headline the Shape Records Christmas Party at Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff

Cardiff four piece Islet were the perfect band to headline Shape Records’ Christmas party at Clwb Ifor Bach. The independent label is run by a member of Islet and has played an important part in the band’s development. Speaking after the December 13 show Islet member Emma Daman said: “The point of Islet is to … Continue reading

A Giant Leap Backward: The political relevance of Billy Bragg

My overview of Jon Savage’s Queen is Dead article took a pounding from Lewis G. Parker. Taking issue with Morrissey’s political relevance Parker said: What utter nonsense, trying to breathe relevance into old music with tenuous comparisons to modern-day events. Sure, The Smiths are all about being an outsider, but not the kind of political … Continue reading