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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THE POP GROUP: CITIZEN ZOMBIE

By Christopher Nosnibor

The Pop Group’s legacy was an enduring one: the three albums they released between 1977 and 1981 are widely regarded as classic examples of the post punk era. Drawing on elements of myriad genres, spanning jazz and dub, they epitomised avant-gardism in a way that punk acts, and indeed, their peers, simply couldn’t…

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JAMES WILLIAMSON: RE-LICKED

By Christopher Nosnibor

The biographical details have more or less passed into legend now: James Williamson was recruited by The Stooges towards the end of 1970 as a second guitarist, but their seminal 1973 release, Raw Power cemented Williamson’s reputation as an integral member of one of the defining bands of the 20th century.

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IL SOGNO DEL MARINAIO: CANTO SECONDO

By Christopher Nosnibor

It’s so easy to become mired in genres and to stick with what you know, with what you’re confident you’ll like. Broadly speaking, it gets harder with age. Regardless of when they were born, people get locked into the idea that the music of their youth was the best and that anything produced after a certain point…

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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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SWANS: TO BE KIND

By Christopher Nosnibor

Swans aren’t dead. Not by any stretch. As we all know by now, they’d simply been in hibernation, and all the time Michael Gira was releasing delicate, acoustic-led albums with Angels of light, poison was festering in his veins until Swans were, through artistic necessity, reborn, a magnificent chimera…

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FOETUS: SOAK / JG THIRLWELL: THE BLUE EYES – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

By Christopher Nosnibor

I write unashamedly as a fan first and a critic second when it comes to JG Thirlwell’s work. But it isn’t because I’m blinded by awe that this man can do no wrong; I’m blinded by awe because he can do no wrong. No fence sitting here: JG Thirlwell is the only artist I can name who has produced such a body…

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SCENE GRAPHIC: SYNTHETIC REALITY

By Christopher Nosnibor
Photos By Dale Johnson

So near and yet so far… there was something there, in the mists that eddied around him, just beyond his perception and just out of reach… but try as he might to follow, he simply couldn’t get near to whatever it was, that intangible shadow, that will-o’-the-wisp, that flitted, fleetingly, a fraction of a metre…

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THE WINGDALE COMMUNITY SINGERS: NIGHT, SLEEP, DEATH

By Christopher Nosnibor

Life’s complicated. I mean, insanely so. You go to the shop and have to figure out if the three for two-offer is actually a better deal than just buying the big catering pack. You’ve got to figure out on-line banking, how to work your new smart phone or table device, there’s the bus or train or drive to work to negotiate…

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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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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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