“Many people judge the Smiths as being absolutely dour in their approach, but I like to feel that whatever assessments people make of the Smiths, the Smiths speak absolutely for now, singing about the way people live as opposed to the way people don’t live, which seems to be the cast-iron mode of songwriting these days. We live in a world which is unlike the way Top Forty records convey it.” - Morrissey
Happy 53rd birthday Morrissey! Read our 1986 feature on the Smiths frontman.
By this time, you pretty much know what you’re going to get with a new album from The National. Lots of sad lyrics, dark humor, shimmering guitars, pensive strings, and a sneakily good rhythm section that ends up being the heartbeat of the whole affair. (via The National: Trouble Will Find Me (4AD) | Under The Radar)
It’s the moment every Daft Punk fan has been waiting for. The brand new album – Random Access Memories - is out now!
On OK Computer, Radiohead take the ideas they had begun toying with on The Bends into the stratosphere. At a time when they could have played it safe, selling their psychedelic souls for more radio-friendly rock & roll, Radiohead have released a concept album whose theme — based on rock’s age-old fear of the imminence of a world run by computers — unfolds gradually during the course of the album’s 12 songs.
OK Computer was released 16 years ago today.
Trent Reznor is a network of balanced contradictions – and all the richer for it. His music can be as abrasive as chain saws or as melodious as birds – often in the same four minutes. Until The Fragile, he worked almost exclusively with machines but expertly wrung earthy warmth from their chips and bits. As much as his music screams “Fuck you,” it whispers “Love me.” It can sound simple, but it is meticulously crafted and complexly programmed. Reznor uncorks chaos but has the intelligence to harness it. As industrial, distorted and thrashing as Nine Inch Nails are, there is an inherent groove to the music that can’t be learned – like Prince, like Sly Stone.
Happy 48th birthday Trent Reznor!
Make sure to see Nine Inch Nails at Mountain Oasis Festival this year!