WELCOME TO A WORLD OF CACK: AN INTERVIEW WITH MR VAST

By Christopher Nosnibor

In my capacity of music reviewer, I receive all kinds of weird and wonderful releases. I get an awful lot of dross, too. Then there are those which seem to straddle all three bases. In the case of Mr Vast, his work doesn’t so much straddle as drape itself luxuriantly, an ostentatious shrug saying ‘yeah? c’mon, then…’

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STEWART HOME’S LIFE OF CRIME: BOXING, BULLSHITTERS, AND FABRICATED BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

By Edward S. Robinson

Over the course of a career the length of which has doubtless surprised many, Stewart Home has adopted many styles and left an ever-extending trail of confusion in his wake. From his early parodies of pulp youthsploitation novels to the campus novel on drugs that was Mandy, Charlie and Mary-Jane

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TIME, KINDNESS, AND TRANSCENDENCE: AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL GIRA

By Christopher Nosnibor

There’s simply no escaping time. In many ways, the inexorable march of time, the constraints of time, and a pervading lack of time defines the human condition. Michael Gira is a magician who has a command over time that is not of this earth. I first made this discovery around 1989, when I was 15 or so…

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THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: A DIGITAL Q&A WITH ACID PUNK PIONEER HELIOS CREED

By dixē.flatlin3

Pioneers of the Acid Punk movement Chrome emerged from San Francisco in the late-70s. Their fusion of bad sci-fi movies, noise, UFOs, and heavy rock laid the groundwork for a genre that would become known as Industrial music; however their obvious influence has been obscured by the passage of time.

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THE OUTSIDER: JOE CARDAMONE VS THE MAINSTREAM

By Christopher Nosnibor

The release of the latest album by The Icarus Line is prefaced by an angry statement from founder member and front man Joe Cardamone that first appeared at The Quietus before subsequently appearing on the band’s blog. To begin with, the initial description sounds more like a particularly brutal threat than…

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BETWEEN SUNSHINE WORLD AND A DARK CAVE: WALKING DOWN BAYVIEW WITH THE SCENICS

By Craig Woods

Hailing from the idiosyncratic punk scene of late 1970s Toronto, The Scenics were, from the off, a band whose outsider status extended beyond the boundaries of that milieu. While the city’s major exponents of punk, such as the Viletones, Diodes, and Demics favoured a blunt-edged, fast-paced sound directly…

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MOVING PICTURES: DOCUMENTING THE PROGRESS OF CINEMA CINEMA

By Christopher Nosnibor

‘Man Bites Dog: 1993. A French film, it’s a mock documentary, a satirical take on a murderer, almost like a Spinal Tap of sorts. He’s this really eccentric, crazy character, Benoît, and he goes round making his living in Paris killing people in various ways – he’s a serial killer. It’s a film I highly recommend…

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