Attracted To Things Uncertain: The Most Significant Albums Of 2001, Part One

In the autumn of 2001, occasional Trent Reznor collaborator Chris Vrenna released an album under his Tweaker moniker; an intelligent, restrained slice of melodic, melancholic, and mostly instrumental synth-pop, smuggled out in the dead of night under the name The Attraction To All Things Uncertain. It’s a record I was highly smitten with at the … Continue reading Attracted To Things Uncertain: The Most Significant Albums Of 2001, Part One

Yes, We Have Jetpacks: The Most Significant Albums Of 2000, Part One

Let’s all meet up in the year 2000. Felt terribly futuristic at the time, what with us all whooshing around on jetpacks, and turning up at the opera tastefully attired in tin foil underwear. The records of this year weren’t bad, either. Take Elastica, for instance – who released one horrifically pedestrian LP back when … Continue reading Yes, We Have Jetpacks: The Most Significant Albums Of 2000, Part One

The Most Significant Albums Of 1997 – OK Computer, Revisited

You could dissect this album. Laboratory conditions; scalpels and drill bits and bone saws to hand, slitting the torso from collarbone to pelvic floor, then prising the rib cage open to discover what pulses at its heart. And what you’d find there is a small, smooth sphere, granite hard, like a singularity, an excession, so … Continue reading The Most Significant Albums Of 1997 – OK Computer, Revisited

A Stereo Full Of Wasps And Wow: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part Two

The two biggest selling albums on this year’s list are both examples of commercial, adult-orientated “rock” music that operate under intriguingly slanted parameters – albeit the “rock” epithet is used in its widest configuration, and any fascination is derived from contrasting sources. The intelligence behind Radiohead’s The Bends is how it manages to exist as a mass-market … Continue reading A Stereo Full Of Wasps And Wow: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part Two

Myxomatosis

The contours of music geekery. Katharine Viner in The Guardian explains why Meat Is Murder is her favourite album. Drowned in Sound have an article up about the Icelandic music scene, which when dissected in the LGM hive mind leaves us desperate to hop on the bus to Reykjavik right this fucking minute. And as … Continue reading Myxomatosis

Ukulele Radiohead

Autumnal licks, teenage kicks. Lessons accrued this week include the I Break Horses album (well worth investing time and money upon), and the implication of interloper status when attending an Amanda Palmer gig (or Amanda “Fucking” Palmer as she’s currently styling herself; the application of F word either a statement of intent or the suggestion … Continue reading Ukulele Radiohead

Airbag

Having spent the last three hours or so listening to cover versions of Radiohead’s Airbag – an idea along the lines of “this song will illustrate some ‘novel’ and ‘amusing’ position upon whatever subject I’m going to abuse” – I’m now feeling somewhat powered out. Trust me – every single cover of that particular track, cherished … Continue reading Airbag

Far Too Much Idlewild

This is rapidly becoming a blog of discarded articles. Of curling up on the sofa with laptop draped across torso, cursor blinking, words tumbling out – but the wrong words, in the wrong order. So forgive me – you’re not going to read of becoming attuned to cultural, musical differences picked up through living in one place … Continue reading Far Too Much Idlewild