Review: Xiu Xiu – Forget

Forget is an album full of surprises.

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Xiu Xiu write songs about things that you’re not supposed to talk about. Self-loathing, weird sex and death are all woven into a plethora of different sounds and styles. From the bare-bones acoustic songs of Fag Patrolto the “gay dance music” and neo-postpunk of Dear God I Hate Myself, Xiu Xiu are a band consistent in their inconsistency. Continue reading “Review: Xiu Xiu – Forget”

Bandcamp picks: Girl Platoon – Critters

GirlPlatoon are an Australian band specialising in TRASH. Their noisy approach to rock hearkens back to artists like Sonic Youth and places them in the fine Australian tradition of great psychedelic rock. Their new EP Critters is a belter. Continue reading “Bandcamp picks: Girl Platoon – Critters”

Why 2017 will be the year of bad protest music (and how to stop it)

If Punk is still alive, it works for President Donald J. Trump.

Today is Inauguration Day, that coveted day which occurs every four years in the American calendar, during which the Chief Justice of the United States transfers the power of presidency from one man to another. This happens via a mystical “essence sucking” ritual whereby the  previous President is drained forcibly and violently of his vitality by the Chief Justice.

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Review: Brian Eno – Reflection

The procreant urge of an alien world.

Ambient feels like an inaccurate term to refer to the work of Brian Eno. The genre has unfortunate connotations of mere passivity; a background noise to supplement something more substantial; conversation, study or work. It implies the unsavoury idea that music can be ancillary to something more robust, more practical. That is has a use value. Continue reading “Review: Brian Eno – Reflection”

Review: i.l.y’s – I’ve Always Been Good At True Love

Heavy distortion, psychedelia and rough-sounding electronic beats

It’s not easy being a Death Grips Fan. Ever since they’ve been in the public eye, the experimental hip-hop trio have had a rocky relationship with their listeners. Cancelled gigs, long-delayed albums and a later retracted announcement that the band was “over” have been just some of the products of their unconventional approach to, well – everything. Continue reading “Review: i.l.y’s – I’ve Always Been Good At True Love”