Category: Music

  • sing swan song / remembering Damo Suzuki

    Word came over the wire yesterday that Damo Suzuki, best known as the frontman of krautrockers Can at their creative peak, had passed away. (Ten years after a colon cancer diagnosis, apparently, which puts the guy into the Wilko Johnson league of unexpected and defiant longevity.) It reminded me that I had the fortune to…

  • being a nerd has always meant being a machine for liking things

    Via yer man Jay Springett, a gloriously excoriating piece of writing by Sam Kriss. After quoting a Warhol interview snippet which ends with Andy agreeing with the interviewer that Pop Art is all about “liking things”, and that liking things is being like a machine, “because you do the same thing every time. You do…

  • a celebration of endings

    It’s Biffy fuckin’ Clyro, ye radge. (Not that you could tell from this photo; my down-the-front days are long gone.) Rescheduled from February due to You Know What, this gig (last night at Den Grå Hal, Christiania, Copenhagen) happened to fall on the night before the last day of my contract at Lund. I’ve not…

  • 15JUL22 / accessions

    Few days late, these, but the accessions department is running at reduced capacity due to annual leave. Doom Patrol because I’ve known of it for years, but never read it. New Nina Allan because new Nina Allan. The Rankin-Gee because I read the blurb and was reminded almost instantly of half a dozen unfinished stories…

  • tooled up

    Went out-of-country on Saturday, for the first time in about a year—day-trip to Copenhagen, on the occasion of TOOL playing the Royal Arena over there, and me having bought tickets way back in October last year or thenabouts. I swore off arena shows after a disastrous and deeply disagreeable trip to see Deftones play what…