I only agreed to do it because I thought it wouldn't happen. Twenty-one albums in 21 nights? More than 270 songs? Are you nuts? Sure, let's do it.
In May and June 2008, Sparks celebrated what was nearly their 40th year as a band with an astonishing three-week concert series: every night, they performed one of their then-21 albums in its entirety, ending with the just-released Exotic Creatures of the Deep
. Unlike most groups that formed in 1969
, Sparks has kept themselves appealing and intriguing through a series of reinventions that saw them playing glam rock
, new wave
and a couple varieties
. Unusually for a band in its third decade, 2002 saw a critically-acclaimed near-complete reinvention
of their musical approach, one that emphasized minimalist layering
, unusual (and hilarious) genre juxtapositions [note: kitties]
, and unusually clever and sinister approaches to lyricism
, then, was a virtuosic tribute to a virtuosic band, one whose appeal was far, far more than surface deep. Which is why, thank God, there is... [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Jun 4, 2014 -
Insane, inscrutable, and angelic, Montreal artist Grimes
's vocal melodies float on a barely subdued monster beat that threatens to uproot buildings and put holes in the ground. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte
on Jul 16, 2011 -
"Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage.
In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Voltaire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain."
posted by vronsky
on Nov 19, 2009 -