LIGHT FROM A DEAD STAR: HOW THE HEAVENLY NOBODIES OF THE 1990s ARE SHAPING OUR SONIC LANDSCAPE

Last week, Oxford’s finest prodigal sons Ride announced plans for their first album in over 20 years. Combine that with the fact Slowdive are primed to release a new record. Oh, and AR Kane are making a lotta live noise all over the world. And although The Jesus and Mary Chain have been back togetherContinue reading “LIGHT FROM A DEAD STAR: HOW THE HEAVENLY NOBODIES OF THE 1990s ARE SHAPING OUR SONIC LANDSCAPE”

START YOUR YEAR RIGHT: 6 UPCOMING ARTISTS THAT WILL SET 2017 ALIGHT

Trendspotting is always a popular activity at the start of the year. The music journalists, they gather – like mop-topped vultures perhaps, or piranhas without the oral hygiene – and they draw up lists upon lists upon lists of the bands and brands and artists and disc jockeys that they think are going to populateContinue reading “START YOUR YEAR RIGHT: 6 UPCOMING ARTISTS THAT WILL SET 2017 ALIGHT”

[FEATURE] THE PRICE IT PAYS TO BE KNOWN

The recent hospitalisation of Kanye West has – like anything he does – split the general public in two. Some believing it’s all staged and “just another ploy for attention” whilst the other half believe it’s legitimate and actually accounts for a lot of his recent actions. So this got me thinking. How many musicians,Continue reading “[FEATURE] THE PRICE IT PAYS TO BE KNOWN”

THE WAVE’S ALBUMS OF THE YEAR… STAFF PICKS

2016, eh? What a year. Trump. Brexit. The deaths of Bowie and Prince, Leonard Cohen and Muhammed Ali, Johann Cruyff and Alan Vega, as well as Emerson, Lake and uhh, Castro. The rise of far right populism across Europe. No more Peep Show. It’s safe to say that 2016CE has been a year that may veryContinue reading “THE WAVE’S ALBUMS OF THE YEAR… STAFF PICKS”

[FEATURE] THE ISSUE WITH REISSUING

Reissues, special editions, deluxe editions, anniversary specials, are they a way for committed fans to show the extent of their appreciation for an artist or are they simply a way for record companies to bleed us dry? Do we dwell too much on past glories without looking forward for something to inspire us? It isContinue reading “[FEATURE] THE ISSUE WITH REISSUING”

[FEATURE] IN PURSUIT OF REAL MUSIC: THE BEST FIVE REAL MUSIC ALBUMS OF REAL TUNES

You might have noticed, if you went to one of those uhh, one of those clubs the youngsters are dabbing at these days, that all the music they play is electronic chart crap. It wasn’t like that in my day. In my day we listened to real music. None of this bleepy bloopy namby pambyContinue reading “[FEATURE] IN PURSUIT OF REAL MUSIC: THE BEST FIVE REAL MUSIC ALBUMS OF REAL TUNES”

[FEATURE] THE LATE AND GREAT LESTER BANGS

Lester Bangs, arguably the first journalist of his kind to overstep the line between musicians and journalists. If your goal in journalism is to completely immerse yourself in that world whilst also being able to escape at any moment (more crucially and surprisingly without being murdered for being a cheeky shit), Bangs is the oneContinue reading “[FEATURE] THE LATE AND GREAT LESTER BANGS”

[FEATURE] DREAM BABY DREAM: ADAM CURTIS, PROTEST MUSIC AND SELF EXPRESSIVE ART

Now, if you’re having any problems with mild insomnia, I’d suggest not undertaking any 3am screenings of Adam Curtis’ new documentary Hypernormalisation. Existential crisis doesn’t begin to explain the level of shit and dread you’ll have to face in a semiconscious state, the images and ideas burying deep into your psyche. Just try forgetting theContinue reading “[FEATURE] DREAM BABY DREAM: ADAM CURTIS, PROTEST MUSIC AND SELF EXPRESSIVE ART”