Club tricks and treats for Halloween

Oct 31, 2008

Club tricks and treats for Halloween

With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, there’s a countrywide wealth of ghoulish fun on offer over the weekend — and even less excuse not to indulge in some serious sartorial inelegance and hit the town. Of course, some people don’t need Halloween ...

Flying Lotus brings a deeper hip-hop beat

Sep 26, 2008

Flying Lotus brings a deeper hip-hop beat

Even when he’s speaking from the other end of a crackly long-distance phone line, Steve Ellison sounds a lot like he does on record. As Flying Lotus, the Californian producer makes records of woozy, largely instrumental hip-hop whose beguiling surfaces conceal a restless, fidgety ...

Tokyo Conflux

Sep 19, 2008

Tokyo Conflux

Like natto (foul-smelling fermented soybeans), men’s handbags and John McCain, free jazz — and its European corollary, free improvisation — doesn’t inspire moderate reactions. But love it or loathe it, there’s no denying that this noxious subgenre is still in a rude state of ...

Killing Joke

Sep 5, 2008

Killing Joke

Most bands grow softer with age, but Killing Joke clearly aren’t one of them. “We must be the only group in the world who has done 12 to 13 recordings or more and there is not even one f*cking love song anywhere,” declared frontman ...

Bands gather under Hokkaido's rising sun

Aug 29, 2008

Bands gather under Hokkaido's rising sun

“Go for it, guys!” the staff on the wristband checkpoint shout as people file past. “Have a good time!” As the day wears on, they grow more enthusiastic. High-fives are exchanged, with the more ebullient customers even getting a hug. You know you’re a ...

Jul 25, 2008

Various "Post Flag"

It’s a shame that the era of homemade mixtapes is already behind us. “Post Flag” would have gone down well with the budding compilers of this world, sweating over their cassette decks as they searched for a choice oddity to slot between The Beatles ...

Jul 4, 2008

Flying Lotus "Los Angeles"

There’s been a good buzz around producer Flying Lotus recently — which makes it all the more unfortunate that his second album comes tagged as “wonky,” a genre descriptor so ridiculous it makes the likes of “trip-hop,” “nu folk” and “broken beat” sound positively ...

Taico Club

May 30, 2008

Taico Club

Whether it’s Bjork honing her vocal chops on the cliffs of Iceland or the Belleville Three birthing techno in the mean streets of 1980s Detroit, there’s a certain romance to seeing music in terms of the environment in which it was created. So when ...