Category: Writing

  •’s best albums of 2014’s best albums of 2014

    WHERE IS T-SWIFT? Ok, I admit it, I didn’t listen to it. Nor did I get through albums by Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Keyshia Cole, Calvin Harris, et al and sundry. I also didn’t hear all of Ariel Pink, Foxygen, Swans, TV on the Radio, Leonard Cohen, Julian Casablancas and too many others […]

  • Cot Damn Fall ’14 Masterpiece No. 3: Clap! Clap!

    Cot Damn Fall ’14 Masterpiece No. 3: Clap! Clap!

    Clap! Clap!Tayi BebbaBlack AcreReleased Sept. 8 2014 Maybe it was the mysterious nature of the Italy-based producer behind Tayi Bebba, but the phrase ‘cultural appropriation’ is now probably the first thing dance aficionados associate with Clap! Clap!. That’s a shame. Let’s assume for a moment that the person is a white man; is this then […]

  • The five best records you missed in August

    The five best records you missed in August

    (Well I don’t actually know if you missed them, for all I know you’ve been bumping Lee Gamble in your jeep at all the cookouts I just don’t get invited to.) James Hoff Blaster PAN I did not know that James Hoff was 1) a “conceptual artist” – scare quotes very much intentional – or […]

  • Top 25 Singles of 2014 so far

    Top 25 Singles of 2014 so far

    There have been a lot of records this year in the burgeoning BANG! BOOM! CRASH! subgenre, where the samples and/or drums are so loud they feel like they’re jumping out of your speaker and hitting you in the face, even at low volume. But the best of them remain undeniably musical, and even catchy. Evian […]

  • Hidden gems of 2014

    Hidden gems of 2014

    Click here to listen to the Soundcloud playlist, featuring tracks from each album Bitchin Bajas Bitchin Bajas Drag City This is the album I wanted Bitchitronics to be. The drones are hypnotic, the strings perfectly calibrated to their purpose, the electronics subtle yet rich. I’ve always been a fan of early drone pioneers like Tony […]