RIP Tom Verlaine
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
6h ago
I have a tribute pre-prepared, as it were, with this '87 column about Flash Light exhumed over here. To which I've added a round-up of useful writing about Television and T.V. (most of it posthumous but a few bits that are, er, humous and the best is a rhapsody in real time). I also discuss the challenge of writing about Marquee Moon: the music is a pure technique of ecstasy, the lyrics are ..read more
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The Corecore Encore
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
3d ago
 Cor! Here's Kieran Press-Reynolds with another report on the "chaotic contentscape" that is the internet and social media in 2023. He wrote the first piece on corecore back in November. Now that the meme-montaging videoclip genre has blown up and become a site of discourse fever (with journalistic pieces galore and K finding himself interviewed on the subject several times), he returns to ..read more
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RIP David Crosby
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
1w ago
I was talking just the other day about getting into "The Sixties"....That was 1982 and I think it was the following year that I discovered The Byrds. There had been references in the papers, in relation to R.E.M.I can remember several of us sitting in Hilary's room, listening to Younger Than Yesterday. I had borrowed the LP off our friend Micalef - I must have taped it for her, I know she didn't ..read more
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RIP Jeff Beck
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
2w ago
It was 1982 that I got into "The Sixties."  Well, for a while I'd already had, taped off a friend, the blue and the red Beatles compilations,  and I'd picked up on vinyl  the double-LP Rolled Gold, the Stones singles + odd album cut, and the similarly collated Doors double Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine. But  the academic year of 1982-83 was when I got really into "The Sixties," in that Motown ..read more
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RIPs in 3's
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
1M ago
My tribute to Terry Hall, the scowl and the soul of The Specials. Not forgetting Fun Boy Three, who despite the name could be even bleaker. RIP.RIP also to Martin Duffy, who played on one of the greatest songs of the 1980s, and one of the greatest songs of the 1990s. And RIP to Thom Bell, the man behind some of the most beautiful songs ever made. More mourning - a Coventry native's remembrance of ..read more
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A Blogging Renaissance
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
1M ago
I completely failed to register this when the anniversary rolled around two months ago: it's been 20 years since I started Blissblog.  Two whole decades - a third of my life - I've kept at this thing! Not just posting here, but at the daft profusion of satellite blogs spun off it - got a little carried away with the fun of proliferation!  Meanwhile, in the outside world, blogging is dormant ..read more
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RIP Manuel Göttsching
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
1M ago
Never really clicked with those first four Ash Ra Tempel albums, but when Manuel Göttsching starts to  get deeper into technology - delays and other FX - on Inventions for Electric Guitar and New Age of Earth and then this sequencer-like flowmotion enters the sound picture with those underrated late '70s albums for Virgin like Blackouts and Correlations -  it's marvelous. But my absolute favorite ..read more
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RIP Jet Black
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
1M ago
 The Stranglers are one of my most listened-to groups ever - initially because at a time when I had about 5 vinyl albums in total, tapes of my friend Mark's copies of the first four 'Glers LPs got a lot of play. Then there was a long period of  not listening at all. I suddenly got back into them in the early '90s - started with picking up the vinyl, used and cheap, and then there was a box set  ..read more
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WHEN MATTS MAKE BOOKS
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
2M ago
 It's out! Matthew Ingram's new book The S-Word, a collection of essays about music and spirituality is ready to order. Self-deprecatingly, Matt describes the tome as "very geeky" and "for music geeks only". But in fact anyone who is interested in music's capacity to engender higher states of consciousness and its  association with the devotional, the transcendent, and the sacred, will find this ..read more
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Kidding around
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by SIMON REYNOLDS
2M ago
Here's Our Kid with a piece for No Bells on corecore. "We're not kidding" the headline offers in a  proleptic parenthesis. Certainly, it does sound like a hoax, or a piss-take: one of those parodying-the-very-idea-of-genre entities that flicker up ephemerally on the internet. But apparently it is real, whatever that means in the increasingly derailed consensus hallucination that is life today:  a ..read more
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