Watching The Cure at #wayoutwest ; the first time I’ve seen them live without the need for binoculars. This is for you, Me 25 Years Ago.
The evolution of Stereolab's analogue-inspired record sleeves:
I’ve now posted my photos from #Indietracks to Flickr; they’re here:
My highlights from #indietracks 2019:
- Bis on Friday
- Surf Muscle (surf-rock instrumental covers done well)
- Randolph’s Leap (sweeping, swooning Scottish soul-pop)
- Nim Chimpsky (grebo’s not dead)
- Kero Kero Bonito 🤘⚡️
And a lot of other great sets. See you in 2020
If you liked the direct-to-VHS exploitation synthwave of Carpenter Brut and Street Cleaner but wished they were more in an 80s electro-funk vein, you’ll probably like Psychic Mirrors:
The tape archive of NZ indie label Flying Nun Records was donated to the National Library of New Zealand; here’s an article on the complicated project of archiving and digitising the lot:
Interesting survey of the various types of noise music: https://noise.thehardtimes.net/2019/07/03/a-beginners-guide-to-noise-music/
Also, it seems like The Hard Times are starting to publish things other than satire
Morrissey, as yet unmilkshaked, insists he is not racist, keeps digging:
New Madonna album described as “like Becky With The Good Hair got the same budget as Lemonade to compose her white, centrist response”: 🔥
An interesting interview with Momus, taking in Bowie, Bataille, art creeps, problematic faves, pomo, kitsch, the decline of online discourse and the return of fascism:
RIP Philippe Zdar; ½ of French filter-funk project Cassius and producer who worked with everyone from Phoenix to Hot Chip:
I just saw Loney Dear and band play a small concert, of mostly new songs, in a church in Södermalm, with grand piano, chromatic percussion and a stack of synths. The new songs are sounding fantastic; already lushly intricate, with the characteristic harmonies and grand crescendos, and of course the darkness and melancholy. One of the new songs’ harmonies and emotional register reminded me of a few other things: perhaps iLiKETRAiNS, perhaps early Paradise Motel, possibly something else as well.
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