“The debut album that plays like a Greatest Hits album” is an old rock-journo cliché, but sometimes that’s what you have to go for — and damn, the Cars’ debut album qualifies better than just about any major release of the late ’70s. Only three singles were officially released, but every one of its nine … More »
Arcade Fire just kicked off the European leg of their Everything Now tour, and they’ve been using the opportunity to have a little fun — playing around with their setlist, covering interesting songs, and bringing surprise guests out. In Dublin last week, they paid tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan by covering the Cranberries’ “More »
Jarvis Cocker’s last full-fledged solo album Further Complications came out almost a full nine years ago. An uncharacteristically raw outing for the Britpop legend, it was a caustic and lascivious document that came across like Cocker’s divorce album. Of course, Cocker’s always still around, frequently guesting on other people’s songs (like Feist’s), More »
Later this month, Netflix will come out with the fourth season of Peaky Blinders, the deeply addictive UK TV show about a family of British gangsters in the ’20s. Every season, the show has used a different version of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ clanking, hissing 1994 anthem “Red Right Hand” as its theme … More »
Pop music is littered with the shattered remains of relationships. As the stereotype goes: Personal strife often makes for good art. And for many artists, nothing is more of a catalyst for a great song than romantic discord or destruction. The list of classic breakup songs and albums feels endless; some artists’ whole catalogs seem … More »
With the U.S. having effectively departed the world stage as a global superpower, Iceland — perpetually lingering in the shadows, waiting to make its move — has stepped up as its rightful successor, and the first order of business on the path toward total galactic domination is the first iteration of hometown heroes and post-rock posterboys Sigur Rós’s music and arts festival, Norður og Niður.
The first round of artists set to turn Norður og Niður into the formal commencement of Iceland’s international power-play has been revealed, and it’s a veritable cache of global talents unlike civilization has ever laid its eyes on. We’re talking Julianna Barwick, Dan Deacon, Jarvis Cocker, and Kevin Shields alongside some of the most dangerous musical minds Iceland has to offer, including Sin Fang, Sóley & Örvar Smárason, JFDR, Hugar, and Sigur Rós themselves, who will be performing four shows over the course of the festival like they’re the goddamn String Cheese Incident or something. What terror hast thou wrought, Jónsi?!
Norður og Niður will take place from December 27–30 in the new cultural capital of Earth: Reykjavík. If you’re planning to jump on the Icelandic imperial bandwagon (which I assume is more of a fjord-traversing schooner), you can check out a Spotify playlist created in honor of the auspicious coup and buy tickets to the specific Sigur Rós shows now at the festival’s website, thereby granting yourself early-access to Norður og Niður 4-day passes, which are actually on sale September 28. I gotta say, though: if the whole epoch of the Modern Icelandic Empire is held down by this much red tape, it’s gonna get real irritating real fast. :-/
Later this year, during the week between Christmas and New Years, Sigur Ròs will play their first shows in five years in their Icelandic homeleand. The band announced earlier this year that they’ll play four straight nights at their own Reykjavik festival Norður Og Niður. And now they’ve also announced that some … More »
Musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Richard Ashcroft, and Marcus Mumford joined athletes and firefighters at London’s Loftus Road Stadium yesterday to play a game of soccer for charity. Around 200 free tickets for Game4Grenfell, organized in part by former Premier League player Les Ferdinand to raise money for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed … More »
This week, the puckish, conceptual British electronic duo the KLF reunited after a 23-year absence to throw Liverpool: Welcome To The Dark Ages, a three-day festival featuring events like “Why Did The K Foundation Burn A Million Quid?,” “2023: What The Fuuk Is Going On?,” and “The Rites of MuMufication.” On the … More »
Jarvis Cocker, Susanne Sundfør, John Grant, and Richard Hawley performed a tribute concert to Scott Walker at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms tonight, backed by conductor Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra. Cocker sang “Boy Child,” “Plastic Palace People,” “The War is Over (Sleepers),” and “Little Things (That Keep Us … More »