Posts from 8th June 2000

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Jun 00

B*Witched

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B*Witched

They used to wear denim? And they don’t any more? Man! I really want to buy their record now. As for Buffalo G, I think they do my job pretty well themselves…

More Mixtape Theory

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More Mixtape Theory: small fonts, but this guy can write – great piece. This post-High Fidelity obsession with mixtapes is getting a little wearing, though. I might as well admit that I’ve never got so much as a snog off of the back of a mixtape, though for anyone who knows my mixtapes that can’t come as much of a surprise. (link via saturn.

In case you think Duel! isn’t meaty enough….

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In case you think Duel! isn’t meaty enough….: a real rockin’ issue to get to grips with.

Dear Diary

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Dear Diary: nicked from Fred’s blog but too great not to post here too, even sans commentary.

Daphne & Celeste

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OK. Hold on. Can I make sure I’ve got this right? This is the one sole teenpop act that we’re meant to think is funny and fresh and cool, the only one whose records it’s ‘OK’ to buy…..and they’re covering a song by Fishbone??? Something here has gone very, very wrong.

I can’t believe that in several months of reading

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I can’t believe that in several months of reading prolific I’d never clicked on the link to Croon, which is basically a site where you (that is, members of the netpublic) write about songs that mean a lot to them. It’s a simple and fine idea for a site, and exactly the kind of thing that the WWW is good for. I’d recommend individual entries, but that would be beside the point.

STOP THE PRESSES…PLEASE

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STOP THE PRESSES…PLEASE

Mere minutes after posting the below, I popped to the shops and found myself buying a copy of the New Musical Express, which just happened to feature an interview with the pustulent Muse themselves. “I’m trying to work out if I want to destroy society or make it a better place” blabbered their young and stupid frontman: frankly, actions speak louder than words, and while I don’t think society has much to fear, they’ve got a hell of a lot of back-pedalling to do before they can manage the latter. Encouraging the young fans of their ‘skewed gothic angst’ to throw their Muse records into the sea would be a start, perhaps with the band following swiftly after….well, I can dream.

But enough of Muse. Really, enough. Their NME interview is standard-issue for that wretched paper: a mock-stentorian tone, as if an issue of national importance was under debate; dark hints from the journalist that the really juicy stuff was off the record; a self-important paper positioning itself as the keeper of indie rock’s conscience. It’s the same old shit that NME’s been stirring for as long as anyone can remember: a big pompous feaure interview, some winkingly reported tour hijinks, the glibbest review section in pop, and a bit of radical posturing on behalf of ‘the kids’ from that wizened old goon Sutherland, who despite finally giving up the editorial ghost still seems to hold the paper in a clammy grip. This week he writes about (or puts a clippings folder together on) Napster, coming out bang on the side of the free-music ideologues. His bold stand against copyright will undoubtedly result in the removal of the statement of ownership on page 60: “reproduction without permission strictly forbidden”. Not that many people would want to. The NME, of course, has always trailblazed in fighting a good political fight while cringing behind ‘market forces’ when their principles don’t suit their finances. Fight, fight, fight against racism – but it would be the height of naivety to put more black people on the cover when it means the paper would sell less that week. Meet the new Best Band In Britain, same as the old Best Band In Britain. The sophistries NME writers use to deal with these arguments grow more threadbare with every outing, and nothing actually changes, and nothing actually will.

Mogwai: EP 2: Pitchfork Review

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Mogwai: EP 2: Pitchfork Review “I’d like to see them release an album consisting of a single hour-long track. Or perhaps a symphony, complete with movements. It may sound ambitious and bombastic, but Mogwai’s mission has always been to imbue guitar rock with the kind of emotional landscape previously reserved for classical music.”. My standpoint on this is predictable, but: how come nobody wants ‘classical music’ to try and approach the frankly staggeringly wide ’emotional landscape’ mapped out over 50 years of guitar rock (and other pop forms)?

Muse

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Muse

cf. Radiohead.

DUEL!

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DUEL!: Blur and Macy Gray – fight, damn you, fight!