Discomfit Pop Any piece of music that conforms to your expectations of pop music (i.e. that said pop music be indelibly catchy, regardless of its content and/or trappings; expectations that overlap, but do not denote, Market Pop, which is a whole other kettle of fish) that—simultaneously—works to bring you out of your comfort zone (to “discomfit” someone is to make them uneasy, which can be done in myriad manners) and draws you into the purview of thought, however trivial or asinine or insipid or profound or deep or wondrous the thought may be. Use In A Sentence: XTC, Swindon’s finest, … Read More
Still is out now courtesy of Fantasy Records and Proper Records.
No Cities to Love is out now on Sub Pop Records.
The crux (or cruces, perhaps) of this year-end list is this: since I find straight ranking personally inimical/off-putting/arbitrary, I’m going to largely dispense with it. The shape of this list (roughly) adheres to a pyramidal paradigm. It starts with the Apex (which is ranked numerically and contains five items) and from there descends along the Faces (ten albums arranged in chronological order) and ends with the Base (fifteen albums ordered alphabetically by artist). Hopefully this does not cause too much confusion. Apex Faces Base
Like me, you may have come to know D’Angelo as a Y2K sex symbol — and, later, a one-off Judd Aptow joke — a reputation that apparently wrecked him as a human being. Indeed, that apparent appellation kept a wall between the R&B Jesus and me for the longest time. I didn’t think he was for me, straight white male I am. Well. After 14 years, after bloating and then descending into murkiness, to creep vampiric through other people’s recordings (that’s no slight against D’Angelo, but certainly a circumvention of the mythos that sprung up around the singer of “Untitled”) before gradually easing himself back into touring, … Read More
Final Days is out now on Sacred Bones
1) Don’t Renege on Our Love Tucker Phillips: The gallop of horses. Sean Reichard: I was just thinking that. It’s very gallopy. TP: Richard Thompson: the high plains drifter? SR: Maybe! He was the original guitarist in Fairport Convention. TP: This is good to know. I have no background with either Richard or Linda. Renege is a word that should get more use. SR: Linda was on the scene since the late 60s I think. Dated Nick Drake(?) TP: Dang. SR: Richard Thompson played on both Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter. TP: Double dang. Well, this seems a little sprightlier. SR: … Read More