Zeal and Ardor – Devil Is Fine

I don’t even know what to make of this. But I stand corrected. In my last post, I suggested rock music (though still occasionally very good) didn’t really have anything new to say. I was wrong. Take “Come on Down”, a track by Zeal and Ardor, which seems to pretty much be a gentleman byContinue reading “Zeal and Ardor – Devil Is Fine”

Algiers – The Underside of Power

Stay calm, throughsilver; just write. Write, without proclaiming your need to do so. Just write about the album you told Dunc to buy, without having heard it yourself. That was a good recommendation: you just knew it was exactly what he needed to get on this trip to the UK. You can name this articleContinue reading “Algiers – The Underside of Power”

New Propagandhi album!

Propagandhi, then. Best band of the last decade, pretty clearly. Very few bands have made an album better than 2005’s Potemkin City Limits, but zero have made two albums as good as that and its follow-up, Supporting Caste (2009). And, until it became a decade old, last year, the prior album, Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes,Continue reading “New Propagandhi album!”

Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here

Editions Mego (2010) While very enjoyable, last year’s What Happened was a somewhat ephemeral delight, awareness of its quality fading into the dark recesses of memory. Perhaps a very clever reference to the inherent temporary nature of beauty. Or not. Whatever the case, that fact occurred to this reviewer when listening to Does It LookContinue reading “Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here”