Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Stefan Braidwood


Monday, December 27 2004

Counting Snowflakes...

'Asking me to rate albums of one genre against one another is a little like asking me how many gears I want on my tuna, so here's a trawl through some of the amazing music I've come to love over the past 12 months, sorted loosely by genre.'

Tuesday, July 27 2004

How Hip-Hop Music Is Slowly Transcending Its Circular Culture

If it is to stand any chance of representing a people, then hip-hop must be allowed that most fundamental of human compulsions: to grow, to transcend its own limitations, to change.

Saturday, December 31 1994

Music Should Be You: An Interview with Dälek

The members of Dälek search for the One in all kinds of music. Really, all kinds.

Saturday, December 31 1994

Dancing Through Song: An Interview with Feist

Feist explains how she became the Kevin Bacon of Canada's music scene.


Friday, November 7 2014

'The Girl in the Road' Blends Genres Into a Rich, Sensuous Broth

In its heartfelt, humorous appraisal of the shocking beauty of life, all scars and suffering included, The Girl in the Road is profoundly generous and humane writing.

Monday, June 9 2014

Quantic: Magnetica

Quantic's journey into Tropicália continues with another fine slice of mellow grooves, zesty vocals and full-bodied percussion. It's a well-rounded platter, fresh from around the globe.

Sunday, April 6 2014

Sohn: Tremors

Having launched the careers of Banks and Kwabs with brio, Sohn's full-length maiden voyage finds him deep in the witching hour waters of his own mind, a whirlpool as insidious and intoxicating as any siren song. Is he waking or drowning?

Thursday, January 12 2006

Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Chosen by the people, a young quartet with a frontman touched by greatness deliver a sometimes fine, sometimes fantastic, always fun debut with feeling. Pass it on...

Tuesday, December 13 2005

The Chap: Ham

Group of intellectual reprobate Brit pranksters proffer a sophomore album that values everything, is sweetly sad, rocks stoopid hard, and holds nothing sacred. Get your Ham on!"

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