Wednesday, May 06, 2009


The new issue of Plan B is out today, and it happens to contain a review by me of the new Current 93 album, Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain (which I urge all readers, Stewart Home's hatred notwithstanding, to buy, preferably from the label itself). I'm actually rather proud of it, and the editing seems to have improved what was initially a very impressionistic and sloppy piece of work. Good. More importantly, there are cover features by Lauren Strain - who can make even the rather tedious Grizzly Bear sound good - and Joseph Stannard, on the various maverick strains of US Black Metal (Xasthur, Fauna, Wolves In The Throne Room, etc.) Available from all good retailers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thought that piece on grizzly bear was rubbish. shit writer. Kinda seemed like she just finished uni and wanted to be all flowery. Their new album IS ace though.

May 6, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Hm, now I remember why I used to prevent anonymous comments - to keep out know-nothing blowhards. My contributor copy hasn't arrived yet, but judging by her live review from last issue, Lauren can write the ASS off fuckin' Grizzly Bear. She's undoubtedly one of the best young music writers this country has: her ability for pinpointing and communicating the emotional subtleties of stuff that an avant-blockhead like me would dismiss is astonishing. And I would think that what the music press needs is MORE writers prepared to go out on a limb, stylistically and critically, more fresh and young blood, not worn-out hacks. Music-writing is *creative* as much as it is critical.

May 7, 2009 at 6:24 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

As regards the album itself, given the last one from them (which I'm pretty sure I reviewed at some point), I'm not hopeful. I will dwnld it and give it a try though.

(This is the same Daniel as above BTW, for some reason I have two blogger accounts.)

May 7, 2009 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger kek-w said...

"I will dwnld it " - this is why this country's gone to shit.


May 8, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger kek-w said...

"for some reason I have two blogger accounts" - another reason this country's gone to shit.

A Different Anonymous.

May 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Are you cursing my txt-spk or my lack of ethics, Kek? As it is, I can't dnld it, as the band seem to be up on blotting out any internet leakage at all. And I'm not particularly happy about having 2 blogger accounts either - I can't run gmail and blogger at the same time = a right pain in the arse.

May 8, 2009 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger kek-w said...

Lk v ethkz.

May 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

It took me a while to figure out what that meant, LOL. Damn kids, w/ yr digital idiolects...

To be fair, Kek, almost all of the CDs I buy - and it's quite a few in comparison to yr average consumer - are bought from independent sources, or the artists themselves. Also, my income is so constrained that it's not as if I have the usual choice between buying a CD or downloading it; it's often either download it, or don't hear it at all. So no-one's losing money by my activities - there isn't any money to lose.

I've just checked, and apparently it was Blitzen Trapper I reviewed a while back, not Grizzly Bear. Meh, they both have vowels, it's an easy mistake.

May 12, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

And also: the majority of stuff that I do download is out-of-print or exists only in very limited editions all in private hands. So it would be impossible for me to purchase anyway. Pretty much all in-print releases I delete off my harddrive relatively soon after getting them.

May 12, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

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