Glee (1997) by Bran Van 3000

Categories: 1997 and Music.

I love genre-bending. A number of my most favourite bands are bands that can play a wide variety of genres well, and make these genres sound like their own (or, alternatively, convince you they are an entirely different band). So I should like this. I should like this even though it is based in music I don’t personally love (electronic, hip hop). Read More

The Faming Lips and Heady Fwends (2012)

Categories: 2012 and Music.

I want to make some kind of Supernatural joke but I can’t come up with one. I am all for pushing your creative boundaries, I think it is great that the Lips are being absolutely ridiculous with all these odd EPs and special releases. I won’t listen to most of it, but good for them for being ridiculous. I don’t see this compilation of collaborations to be consistent because of the collaborators; it’s actually quite consistent, amazingly enough. My problem lies elsewhere. This may sound weird, and it’s probably idiotic, but to me some of the tracks – the “rockers” Read More

The Singles Collect (Nettwerk America, 1999) by Skinny Puppy

Categories: 1999 and Music.

I can’t say that I like this particular style of music. It’s like a far more accessible Throbbing Gristle, and I’ve always only appreciated Throbbing Gristle (especially as a practical joke) rather than liked anything about them. I get it, it’s art. But it’s not my thing. And so I must feel the same way about a band that sounds awfully indebted to TG and all those other “proto-industrial” (for lack of a better term) “bands” (again, for lack of a better term). But I can’t deny that what they were up to is art: it’s provocative, it’s sometimes clever, Read More