3 days ago | Books
Ottessa Moshfegh's stories present cleanly, no matter how unclean the subject. A high school English teacher keeps a summer house in a depressed town because nobody knows her and the drug dealers at the bus station are reliable. A man in an unname...
11 days ago | Music Reviews
A few years ago, I was trying to figure out if audio resolution was a perceptible thing or just a bunch of baloney, so I invited some teenagers over. I played songs they had chosen in three different formats: CD, MP3, and vinyl. They had no opinio...
1 month ago | Country
Miranda Lambert is one of the few names in the Nashville orbit that signifies for people who don't listen to country music. Anybody who has been to a supermarket in the past year has seen a tabloid headline about her divorce from Blake Shelton, wh...
2 months ago | Music Reviews
In February of 2001, Spin magazine ran a sidebar to accompany the results of its readers poll. Titled "Stuff the Artists Like," the text was a list of music recommended by the members of Radiohead, which was logical, as the readers mostly wanted t...
2 months ago | Essay
What's made 2016 a different order of shitty? Imbalance, hidden wars, and open ignorance are known knowns. Look back and you'll find the same bastards in different hats, the same structures under old paint. Maybe it's that the fear common to the t...
3 months ago | Music Reviews
How much can you take out of a band and still have a band? Nottingham's Sleaford Mods are down to voice and laptop, each with its own punchline. The laptop plays drumbeats and basslines programmed by Andrew Fearn, who adds a guitar and keyboard, i...