2009: Year’s Best Music

Where “best” is used in the subjective sense of “what I liked the most”. You want analyses of what was most finely crafted or most significant in terms of pop cultural trends, go read Pitchfork or a music postgraduate’s dissertation. Here’s what caught my imagination, heart, and desire to put my fist in the air […]

Wrecktheplacefantastic – 3rd gig coming up!

It’s a while since I posted here about what my band is up to. In fact, I think it’s been so long that I haven’t even mentioned that we now have a MySpace page. Yes, it’s true, we finally caught up with 2004. We’re just in time for MySpace to continue its decline and watch […]

Wrecktheplacefantastic in the studio

A few weeks back my band spent the day in Studio 284, Brighton’s number one seafront-based DIY punx recording studio. I figured I’d write a little diary-style piece to celebrate our first crack at proper recording. Why were we there? We wanted to record a three-track demo for two reasons: firstly, so that we could […]

Learning the language

There’s a good discussion in the comments thread of a post in Nick Mamatas’s livejournal. (If you’ve not figured this fact out already, Nick’s blog is equal parts funny and intelligent – both the posts and the comments.) I figured out when I was in my mid teens that ‘getting’ music was about familiarisation, or […]

fulangchangandi – self-titled EP

Hailing from London, fulangchangandi (that’s pronounced “foo-lang-chang-and-eye”, and is the name of a Frida Kahlo painting) are one of those bands you wish came along more often… and at the same time find difficult to write about. Why? Well, because they’re inventive and thus resist lazy comparisons. It’s fortunate – for me, fc&i, and anyone […]

“What did they do with the bodies?” – Defiance Ohio @ Cowley Club, Brighton

DEFIANCE, OHIO + Madeline + Jakal + Kelly Kemp Cowley Club, Brighton, 28th May 2009 It’s a while since I’ve been down to the Cowley Club – not since last time I tried to see Defiance, Ohio, in fact, on which occasion Brighton’s only radical social club was so packed they’d instituted a one-in one-out […]

Gig Review: Parts & Labor, SJ Esau, Lonely Ghosts @ Brighton Prince Albert (20.02.09)

Another gig review within days of the last? Just what the hell is going on here? Does it make up for my total failure to post flash fiction for the past fortnight? Read on for the answers to precisely none of these questions. It’s OIB Records’ second birthday – hurray! To celebrate the occasion they’ve […]

Gig Review: Young Widows, the Plague Sermon, Bear Feet @ Brighton Prince Albert (18.02.09)

It’s been a while since I wrote about a gig on this blog. I often have the desire to do so, but this usually occurs the morning after a show, and at such times I’m usually feeling a little under the weather (a civil euphemism for being stinking hungover). Today I’m either level-headed enough to […]

“We Jam Econo”

I just got done watching We Jam Econo, the 2005 documentary about 80s San Pedro punk band the Minutemen. It’s a superb film, packed full of interviews with dozens of punk and hardcore veterans enthusing about one of the most enduring and treasured bands of the US hardcore and punk scenes. Interspersed with this are […]

Demo review: The Silence + Truly Beautiful Disaster

A couple of months ago I was contacted by London masked electro duo Truly Beautiful Disaster and Brighton’s grungey alt rockers The Silence in the hopes of a bit of publicity (well, so I assume). I’m still figuring out my policy on reviewing demos or unsolicited submissions but I think it’ll be along the lines […]