Feedback! Dissonance! Adjective! The Most Significant Albums Of 2003, Part Three

When writing about music, there’s a tendency to summon the same stock phrases. Words such as nuance, reverberation, immediacy, bite. It’s the framework through which our sonic adventures function, I guess; snatches of inner monologue that basically translate as “ooh, that’s a gorgeous bass hook”. This use of template phraseology – apart from being demonstrative … Continue reading Feedback! Dissonance! Adjective! The Most Significant Albums Of 2003, Part Three

The Impact Of The Vinyl Stash: The Most Significant Albums Of 1997, Part One

Should you be in the business of calibrating your time on this planet against adventures in audio, it becomes easy to grow excited when contemplating the release schedules of certain years. It’s something you could label as nostalgia if you’re feeling unkind, but in reality it’s an essence far more dynamic than that – a … Continue reading The Impact Of The Vinyl Stash: The Most Significant Albums Of 1997, Part One

Self-Regarding Planetoid Of The Year (plus Robert Wyatt)

Alexis Petridis in the Guardian: “As with last year, there’s a sense that the Mercury prize is out to avoid controversy by sticking with the tried and tested: proven commercial or critical successes… the cumulative effect of the list is to somehow make current music look less interesting than it actually is.” Me not agree… … Continue reading Self-Regarding Planetoid Of The Year (plus Robert Wyatt)

Bad Cover Versions

Conversations about cover versions. “You mean the anaemic, faithful renditions with added dance moves that perennially clog up the charts?” But no, she didn’t mean that; had no idea what clogged the charts these days beyond the vague instruction she’d left; kick me when the charts are suddenly filled with decent fayre, or lizards. “It’s … Continue reading Bad Cover Versions