I’ll confess I had forgotten what Crack Cloud sounded like. I saved a couple of EPs by them a while ago and remembered I liked them, but when their debut full-length album dropped last Friday, it was a bit of a rediscovery.
I’ve heard it said that part of the reason why punk declined in popularity as the ’80s went on is that rap started to become more punk than punk. The second album from hip-hop/rapper Pink Siifu seems to prove that point – it is, for me, definitely a punk album.
I found Chinese dream pop band Cheesemind on a list of great 2020 albums (this one, in the spirit of helping fellow music bloggers) I looked at yesterday, so thought they’re new LP sounded an interesting listen.
There’s an interesting scene of Eastern European post-punk that’s getting very little attention over here. I’ve been listening to the Belarusian band Molchat Doma lately, and was about to review their last album, but they’re hinting at releasing another one soon, so under my fairly daft self-imposed “one album per act” rule, I’ve decided to hold off on it.
“Oh yeah, The Lawrence Arms,” I thought, when I saw they had an album out on Friday, kind of like when an old school friend brings up a classmate you’d forgotten about. TLA are one of a number of bands from the circa-2000 Epitaph/Fat Wreck punk scene that was my go-to music choice at the time, but I probably haven’t thought about for the last 10 years.
Just over six months ago, Jarvis Cocker found himself unexpectedly in with a shout of a Christmas number 1 with a campaign to get his 2006 song “Cunts are Still Running the World” to the top of the charts in response to the Conservatives winning the 2019 election.
Today saw the release of one of my most anticipated albums of 2020. I can’t quite believe that it’s been nearly three years since Detroit post-punks Protomartyr released Relatives in Descent, but here they are with their fifth album, Ultimate Success Today.
To Greece for the next entry in this blog. I’m surprised how much of the world I’ve managed to cover so far, without actually going out of my way to look for music from lesser-heard parts of the world. Well, I have a few times (Colombia’s Los Suziox and Belarus’s Messed Up) but most of it has been pretty natural.
If, like me, you grew up in the 1990s, you might mistakenly think of Edwyn Collins as something of an obscure one-hit wonder. He had a Top 5 single in 1995 with ‘A Girl Like You’ – a fine and timeless pop song that still crops up on adverts and mainstream radio today, but little other success as a solo artist.
I always think of Joy Division, Wire and Public Image Limited as the holy trinity of British post-punk, with The Cure too mainstream to be included and The Fall too much of a cult of their own. In reality though, there were loads more bands peddling the sound, and someone who likes the genre as much as me should be familiar with more of them.