February, the month Kanye West popped up f’in and blindin’ on ITV with more black artists on stage with him during one song than had appeared in the previous 30 years of the Brits.
Taylor danced, Lionel looked confused and Liam Gallagher pronounced it utter s%^t… so all in Yeezy must be doing something right. There was also a cape.
Anyway the Brits aside here are my musical highlights of the month.
You know those people who say that the NBA is better when the Lakers, Celtics, and Knicks are all good? (Sorry, NBA) I’m one of those people who think indie rock is better when Montréal, LA, and DC are good. So, the collective resurgence of the Montréal scene, from Silver Mt. Zion’s release last year Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything to 2012′s release by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, the group’s first release in 10 years, has been an unexpected windfall. This week, GY!BE announced their new album, Asunder, Sweet and other Distress will be out March 31 via Constellation (preorder). That’s the cover art up there. To accompany the announce, GY!BE has shared a nearly 8 min excerpt of a track, because Godspeed don’t do nothin’ short. Enjoy the orchestral madness sure to tear up your speakers and make your co-workers wonder if you’re going to repurpose the copier for your zine, again.
In 1995, a few months after she released her best album, I saw PJ Harvey play an American football stadium. Alternative rock was firmly entrenched as a business interest by then, and major labels and radio programmers had started seizing on bands — Candlebox, say, or Bush — who could replicate the sounds of young […]
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