White Light From the Mouth of Infinity (1991) by Swans

Categories: 1991 and Music.

I have only ever heard one Swans album previously, and I have seen them live once. The cumulative result of that was that I think I can say that they are a band that is an acquired taste and that is more impressive (if not likable) live. This record completely changed my mind. I respect Children of God but I don’t know that I like it…yet. I also respect a band that can be so loud that I wanted earplugs over 100m from the stage while I was outdoors (!). But I don’t know that I like that either. (They Read More

The Best Day (2014) by Thurston Moore

Categories: 2014 and Music.

I can’t say I’m familiar with Moore’s solo work up until this point (and I had no idea he was so prolific) and I am hardly the biggest Sonic Youth fan, I only know three of their albums well. Haven’t listened to anything they put out since the late ’80s. Without that context, this album feels to me like some kind of marriage between Sonic Youth, Television and some singer-songwriter I can’t name off the top of my head. I am not really a fan of Moore’s lyrics, and I kind of wish his voice wasn’t so prominently mixed (compared Read More

Swans and St. Vincent Live at Yonge and Dundas Square, June 20th, 2014 (North by Northeast)

Categories: 2014 and Music.

The last time I was at one of the NXNE free concerts at Yonge and Dundas Square, everything was late, so this time I stupidly showed up late for Swans, expecting them to be late. Swans were something. It’s hard to compare the volume of one show to another – especially a show inside with a show outside – but Swans might have been the loudest show I have ever heard in my life. I was over 150 feet from the stage (give or take) and I found the volume in stomach. I have only ever heard Children of God Read More

Bish Bosch (2012) by Scott Walker

Categories: 2012 and Music.

Walker continues his unique path – nobody else makes music like this as far as I know – which seems to my ears to be some kind of combination of the singer-songwriter of the folk and rock traditions with someone who listens to way too much serialist and horror film music (and also no wave and post-no wave, specifically Swans). Walker has made a few concessions towards his audience this time (at least on some of the songs) where riffs that could conceivably be found in rock songs do indeed appear, briefly. I can’t decide whether this makes what he Read More

Four Guitars Live at Luxx by Lee Ranaldo, Carlos Giffoni, Thurston Moore and Nels Cline (Important 2006)

Categories: 2006 and Music.

Pretty directionless. And there are many times where I can’t really distinguish all four players. This is the kind of thing I would gladly waste 45 minutes on if it was live, but as a home listening experience it just doesn’t work. Still better than top 40 though. 5/10 Read More