Wednesday, December 19 2012
However you define atmospheric music, the albums on this list make a powerfully impressionistic impression. Just don’t expect to find warmth or love in them.
Thursday, December 13 2012
To paraphrase Frank Zappa, rock isn’t dead. It just smells funny.
Sunday, December 9 2012
From forward looking hip-hop and R&B to deep explorations of traditional roots music... from psychedelic pop masterpieces to ruminations on the economy, family, aging and disfunction... from genre-busting electronic music and jazz to rockin' indie... 2012 was a great year for new music.
Monday, December 3 2012
Here's a confession: It was hard to define what the term "indie rock" meant in 2012. But this list takes a shot by reemphasizing the "independent" in "indie rock".
Wednesday, September 19 2012
The end result of Swan's recent The Seer is a place where Gira’s demons, sages, and baffled, bruised mortals do the jig of life alongside the dance macabre, and the gentleness of John the Baptist rides upon the rage of Jehovah.
Wednesday, April 10 2013
In the three years since they reformed, Swans have developed into arguably the best band in the world. This gig on the south coast of the UK found them in devastating form.
Monday, August 27 2012
The Seer -- like its live companion We Rose From Your Bed With the Sun in Our Head -- is meant to overwhelm. Somewhere in its utter hugeness it breaks down barriers between listener and music, between sound and reaction to that sound.
Monday, September 27 2010
Michael Gira's legendary Swans return from over a decade of silence to create a heart-stopping album of sin, death, hope, and reclamation.
Thursday, October 3 2013
Genres like metal can be experienced as a cleansing agent, removed of anger, sadness, pleasure, and bereft of space and origin. Momentarily, you are negated, a joyous flipside to nihilism.