Although it’s easy to list Pip Blom’s forebears, especially the Riot Grrl-inflected pop of the 1990s, their second album Welcome Break still sounds like it was made from scratch.  (More…)

Charlie Bertsch begins the illuminating introduction to his new book Listening for the Future by posing a question: “What do we ask of popular music?”  (More…)

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”  Penned towards the end of the Vietnam War by Hunter S. Thompson, in his 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the statement sounds truer than ever. (More…)

Sonic Hauntology, Raz Mesinai’s new album of field recordings for The Battleground, pushes that peculiar genre in exciting new directions.  (More…)

Imagine that you are listening to the new Lyra Pramuk album Delta without knowing anything about it. (More…)

Ronald Reagan was elected to a second term as America’s president in November 1984. (More…)

Since his early days with the Pop Rivets in the late 1970s, Billy Childish’s music has been remarkably consistent. (More…)

In Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy, Adam Tooze cites a fund manager’s assessment of the difficulties facing traders when the pandemic blew up in March 2020: (More…)

Fire, the new album by The Bug, hits hard, even harder than its rather distant predecessors, London Zoo (2008) and Pressure (2003). But it also hits soft.  (More…)

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