will probably win, but Field Music deserve it.
Evening Standard review seemed to also suggest it was a mess.
Maybe it's an expectation/taste thing. I remember his set at Breeders ATP being the best thing of the whole weekend, with a hugely extended Vent at the end. So incredibly intense that night.
Great review. As one of the older DiS readers, I bought this when it was first released and am amazed at how fresh and brilliant it still sounds. Met them at Groening's ATP and they were lovely people too.
This woman is a sensational talent. I cannot grasp why she isn't a huge star already. Maybe in time ...
at the Barbican on Saturday.
Wonderful review. That's all.
I got short shrift on the message board when I dared to say the magic was a bit lacking at the ICA gig but ... The magic is lacking in the record. I so want this band to be brilliant still but there's something lacking now. I'm not even sure it is Braxton, just some spark.
They are bland as shit.
Saw them play the appropriately named CAMP Basement last year.
"it will plant a flag for the queer aesthetic in the domain of indie rock"
I think you'll find 'Standing In the Way Of Control' has been an indie disco anthem for the best part of half a decade now.
unless, of course, its potential coarseness was intentional!
someone gives this band their due credit.
A great live draw too.
brilliant though it is, I always thought was a reference to Fairport Convention.
One - the Libertines - was silly.
The other, at both the 100 Club and the Albert Hall - was majestic.
but I agree.
It's quite horrible.
I bow down to nobody more than RW as a complete hero, but this is just a rather noodling, slight contrivance.
And loath as I am to carp with your reviewer, the version of 'At Last I Am Free' is not a patch on the magnificence of his early '80s recording. Clean out your ears, sir.
bought it on a whim at Fargo's shop in Paris and have been playing it a lot since.
She is playing Vortex on Wednesday. Can't wait.
is inevitably going to crush this record, whatever it sounds like.
Just joyous - amazing melodies, particularly Just Me.
But I can't help but hear the archness in it somewhere too.
is by my friend Keith.
Just wanted to point that out.
but this is my Album Of The Year.
An embarrassment of riches.
Wire sometimes needs to take its stuck-up, holier-than-thou, willfully obscurantist head out of its backside and lighten up every now and again. And I say that as someone who gets it every month.
Jaga Jazzist - very good thing in my book. They were amazing opening for Efterklang at the Barbican and I'm excited to hear this.
completely exceeded expectations ... and I normally hate the venue. Felt like a really intimate, special event. Death Disco was immense - he genuinely looked visibly moved during it.
it will be like neither of them, and the record that becomes their 'Fear Of Music' or 'Remain In Light'. And I speak as someone whose whole enthusiasm for music was spectacularly rekindled by the genius that is Funeral.
Rook is the most consistently played record of the last couple of years round our way and the new stuff they played at the Luminaire the other month was just as magical.
which might make it some way towards being the greatest album ever. Peerless from start to finish. Pure genius. The live TEE from the recent tours is quite incredible - particularly the bit as it shifts into Metal On Metal, which gives me the shivers every time.
but this promo video is something else.
that Julian House is right talented.
was the greatest night of the year so far for me. Utterly jaw droppingly sky-divingly spectacular. Special mention to Soap + Skin too. The encore will indeed live in the memory for ever.
is not that size any more!
Hope they don't disappoint at ATP.
But Jesus, don't they look smug and self-satisfied in that photo.
but this was my second Blk Jks live experience and I can't totally say I get the fuss yet.
Squarepusher would have easily been the most intense live thing I have seen this year had it not been for Sonic Youth on Monday.
13 I believe.
... from wishing it would happen to the unbelievable news that it's going to be at ATP so one last time:
an album I've been playing consistently for nearly 30 years, an utter masterpiece, and I have not been this excited about a gig for a long long time. I hope there is SO much love in that room when they play this.
My favourire record of the year by a mile. The stretch of what they always call 'Side 2' at the gigs which goes from Yesterday's Papers through Come Home to Scratch The Surface is flawless.
Playing with Stereolab tonight too!!
I can't go to SB Empire though - it's a ghastly venue, especially for any act who play sitting down.
but though I would never wish mental health or alcohol issues on anyone, she had an amazing edge to her work that's now completely gone. Her set with the Dirty Blues band or whatever they're called at ATP was like watching a cruise ship band trying to be cool.
Since I am 43, I can confidently say that this record has been a constant presence in my life since the week it was released.
It may in fact be the single most played album I have ever owned, and you know what - it never, ever palls. Pure genius.
if he took over Britain for a year.
ia a legend. Nobody sitting around me had the first idea who she was, every one of them was talking about her during the interval. Luckily they'd heard my huge holler for her at the end of her song and asked for more details about her.
Agree with this review - she was indeed the highlight of the night (closely followed by Guillemots, who I've never much cared for but who really attacked both their songs).
will be awash with a lot of very pissed off people late on Friday night.
get the masses through the turnstiles every time
Really sums up the wild genius of this record. Possibly the most deranged thing I've heard for quite some time.
thanks for that tip.
Dressed up to look like a doll kind of thing if I remember correctly. Efterklang was a magical highlight on a very damp day.
And yes, back to Conway Hall please. Homefires is such a great beast there - and of impeccable taste too.
Wasn't sure how they'd carry it off live but it was very impressive.
It definitely takes a few listens to sink in but this is rapidly becoming a highlight record of this year for me.
The absolute highlight for me. Lucky to be really close to the front so didn't have to endure the vast canopy of umbrellas - just got slowly more drenched while engrossed in Efterklang's spirited show.