Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Now this (scroll down a bit past the stuff about Folk Britannia) is an interesting link from Simon Reynold's blog. For those who need some kind of context, SR has been a journalist for Melody Maker, The Wire et. al. since the mid 80's. He first coined the term 'post rock' in 1994 and is one of the best music journalists around, with the recent mighty tome 'Rip It Up And Start Again', covering post-punk in the late 70's and early 80's, to his name...for much of the 90's, he remained, if not resolutely anti rockist, at least defiantly against Britpop (though not Pulp), instead singing the praises of 'ardkore' and jungle alongside covering the first wave of British experimental bands in that decade (Seefel, Disco Inferno, Bark Psychosis).
As we progressed to the 00's, his attention turned to much garage and the 'grime' scene, though naturally he still covers much of the more experimental fringe of alt-rock.

Given his commitment to futurism in music, his post on the Artic Monkeys seems pretty interesting. I always assumed he'd dislike them for being the very personification of the square four-piece indie outfit, but apparently not....could it be that he no longer believes that music has to be forward thinking to be valid? At one point he even says that much dance music has become just as retrograde as indie music - a startling admission by SR's standards.

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