Wednesday, 25 March 2009


Really impressed with the new Dan Deacon album.

It does however seem to me that the central tension is not, as has been argued elsewhere, between community and individualism/solipsism, but between primitivism and futurism - progressivist technological vigour pushed to such an extreme that it comes full circle, and ends up as a sort of wonderfully innocent kaleidoscopic primordialism.

Seems like a perfect encapsulation of the spirit of the age - multivocal hyperactive excess combined with a hankering for a humane, back-to-basics simplicity.

Monday, 9 March 2009


Some of you may be cursorily interested to learn that, after a small amount of deliberation, I’ve lighted on ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes as my very least favourite tune of all time.

Moronic defeatist-descending riff + inordinate hype + style-over-substance + lack of either melodic or rhythmic elan + pointless retrogressiveness + bodiless look-at-me 'bluesy'/post-punk revival voice + heavy rotation on Radio 1 at the commencement of alt-rock’s high-Thatcherite dead-centre-of-mainstream phase + evocations of a spectacularly shite first year at uni = What ‘It’ Most Certainly Is Not ‘All About’.

Anyone else?