First quarter listening: songs

Right, so FACT have done their state of first quarter 2010 thing, and informative it is too. Check it out! I’m not going to suggest 20 best albums of the quarter. I’m not sure I’ve even listened to 20 new albums in the last quarter. (This will largely be explained below.) What I will doContinue reading “First quarter listening: songs”

Ke$ha – Animal

Sony Records (2010) When a pretty, young, popstress is introduced to the world via a guest spot on a FloRida song, and is sufficiently well-connected to secure a P. Diddy cameo on her first solo single, you might be forgiven a touch of cynicism. However, Animal is an album of a high quality that isContinue reading “Ke$ha – Animal”

Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall

Matador (2009) Internet punk rock darling Reatard is back with his second Matador album (let’s face it: Singles ’08 was an album on staggered – and ridiculously diminishing – release). But does this new record see the rock world ready to live in his shadow, or is he fading all away? Whether Jay is headingContinue reading “Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall”

Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ‘08

(2008, Matador) It has apparently become necessary to mention in each review of Mr. Reatard’s work that he recently punched someone at a gig. I have punched people at gigs, though it is rather less newsworthy due to the fact that I have never composed a song as good as ‘See/Saw’. Or ‘Screaming Hand’. OrContinue reading “Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ‘08”