Albums of 2014 – Joseph

1. Dead – Young Fathers With each passing year, it feels like we’re getting closer to saturation point: sounds from the past fall in and out of vogue, classic records are re-issued again and again with meagre ‘bonuses’ and the same big bands rule the festival circuit. Against this backdrop, a three-piece ‘psychedelic hip-hop boyband’…

Retrospective: Icky Mettle – Archers of Loaf

To coincide with their reunion, Merge Records re-released the Archers of Loaf – the best band with the worst name – discography, starting with their debut album, 1993s’ excellent Icky Mettle. The underrated rock quartet may just receive the attention they deserve via those spruced-up deluxe editions, allowing older audiences to reminisce and younger audiences…

BACK

Hola! We’re going to ‘get back on the horse’ now, starting with every music journalist’s favourite: end of year lists. These will be coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can listen to episode #1 of Clap Hands Podcast (re-uploaded as the original wouldn’t let us re-edit it): http://claphandsmusic.podomatic.com And subscribe here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/clap-hands-1-never-hungover/id950389582?i=327157099&mt=2 We hope…

Retrospective: Exile on Main St. – The Rolling Stones

(In dearth of any new material because of annual exam nerves/rage/anxiety/ohgodit’ssobad, here’s an edited version of something I wrote last summer during shifts in my summer job, in between watching the Olympics on iPlayer and whoring the “refresh” button at the top of Facebook. My first music blog died a quick and mercifully painless death,…

Retrospective: Stankonia – Outkast

Step into a group of any people in their late teens or early twenties and say ‘I’m sorry Ms. Jackson’ and you will most likely be greeted with one response: ‘ooh’ (unless you’re talking to someone by the name of Ms. Jackson, of course). Such is the cultural significance of Outkast’s all conquering, Grammy-winning 2000…

Retrospective: In Utero – Nirvana

How do you follow an album that changed the face of music forever? This was a question that faced Nirvana after Nevermind killed off a genre (can you remember the last time a band was dubbed ‘hair metal’?) and ushered in ‘alternative rock’ as an option that you could take to the bank. Of course,…