"Rock journalism is people who can't write
interviewing people who can't talk
for people who can't read."
(Frank Zappa)

Oh happy days: 5 albums we can't wait for in 2013

Oh happy days: 5 albums we can’t wait for in 2013

Have you read your fair share of Top-Whatever lists this December? Now that we’ve all established Japandroids’ Celebration Rock was awesome, let’s shut the door on 2012 and take a look at five albums we’re hotly anticipating in 2013: 1. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, We The Common / Release date: February 4,...
Eyes Downward Cast: The vanished scene of shoegaze

Eyes Downward Cast: The vanished scene of shoegaze

Today’s history lesson focuses on the perils of looking down. Shoegaze is an oddity. Easily described and circumscribed, it is a sub-genre of alternative music that flourished mostly in England between 1990-1995, and sank almost without a trace under the rising swell of Grunge in the US and Britpop (a la Suede) in the UK....
County Fair: This ain’t no CMT garbage

County Fair: This ain’t no CMT garbage

Alt-country, neofolk and the American Roots music movement have technically been around for more than 20 years – but one might be tempted to argue that they’ve always existed. Here’s a selection of songs with a taste of the county fair: some are urban songs sung with a country twang, some are in the purest...
Tweedle Dum: A beginner's guide to Twee

Tweedle Dum: A beginner’s guide to Twee

Twee [twee]: adjective; a type of simple pop music affectedly dainty or quaint; the original hipster soundtrack. You may be familiar with some of these songs and bands, but unless you make your own clothes or live in Portland, you probably won’t know them all. One of the key features of Twee – other than...