A House Full Of Leaves: The Most Significant Albums Of 1990

Because there’s all kind of texture, of nuance going on. The way records were composed, crafted, compiled and ultimately assimilated by an audience ravenous for sound, again and again. And yet there’s an entire decade’s worth of contrasting context between – say – 1980 and a 1990. The changes (if that’s what they are) – … Continue reading A House Full Of Leaves: The Most Significant Albums Of 1990

From Velouria To The Apex Of Summer: A Sideways Glance At The Legacy Of Pixies

The summers were long, and hot. The summers were always long and always hot, back then. It’s a well-worn trope of recollection. One of those biased slices of memory by which youthful exuberance is framed. And whilst it no doubt rained as hard and as frequently back then as it does in the here and … Continue reading From Velouria To The Apex Of Summer: A Sideways Glance At The Legacy Of Pixies

The Deliberate Omission Of The Stone Roses: The Most Significant Albums Of 1989

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines, or dates by which bills must be paid – Frank Zappa And whist Zappa wasn’t specifically speaking about 1989, I’ve always been terribly smitten with the concept of recorded sound as punctuation. As some sort of definite context; the significant albums … Continue reading The Deliberate Omission Of The Stone Roses: The Most Significant Albums Of 1989

Bowie Weekender

Notes on Bowie. As a musical constituency, it’s difficult subject to tackle without breeching some 10,000 word barrier. Mass is a factor – the significantly weighty impact of both quantity and quality – but it goes beyond even that; Bowie has always been a moving target – a Spring-Heeled Jack, fleet of foot and fast … Continue reading Bowie Weekender