Two Scandinavian metal innovators made my 2020 a little better.Read More The Nail of the Master
Tribute albums are so overdone that it takes an extremely special one to command my attention, let alone buy. Especially a tribute to Black Sabbath. The Nativity in Black tribute albums in the 1990s really kicked the metal tribute album fad into high gear, and anyone attempting to pull off a similar tribute album now […]Read More Satan’s Coming ‘Round the Bend
As ubiquitous as Prince was in the 1980s (you could not escape the reach of his brilliant songs if you tried) I’ve always been a little behind the rest of the crowd when it comes to fully appreciating much of his work. I had 1999 on cassette back in 1984, I thought it was pretty […]Read More Shut Up, Already. Damn!
4. Lana Del Rey, “Venice Bitch” I’ve greatly admired the way Lana Del Rey flirted with novelty status, righted herself, and became one of the more enduring solo acts of this decade. Her concept and persona seem shallow at first glance, but again and again she finds new ways to experiment with her sound. At […]Read More The Best Tracks of 2018, #4
5. Gwenno, Le Kov (Heavenly) Best remembered as a member of the Pipettes, a band whose first album I still adore, Gwenno Saunders kicked off her solo career in 2015 with Y Dydd Olaf. A jaw-dropping sci-fi concept album sung primarily in Welsh that mined the innovative sounds of such art rock legends as Can, […]Read More The Best Albums of 2018, #5
10. Various Artists, Climax (Original Soundtrack) My favourite movie of 2018 was Gaspar Noé’s Climax, a crazed film about a party at a dance studio that goes horribly, horribly wrong thanks to some spiked sangria. Mostly the movie is a blunt allegory for society in general, but because its characters are professional dancers, Noé makes […]Read More The Best Reissues/Live Albums/Compilations of 2018, #10 – 6