Starsailor: 'On The Outside'
Album Review - 17-10-2005
Starsailor - sort of a review
Franz Ferdinand: 'You Could Have It So Much Better'
Album Review - 3-10-2005
Franz Ferdinand: crucial step to Mount Eternal
Devendra Banhart : 'Cripple Crow'
Album Review - 19-9-2005
Devendra Banhart - equalizes artistic equilibrium
Live: Richard Hawley
The Scala, London

Live Review - 9-9-2005
Richard Hawley: artist out of but for all the times
In songs' honour
Interview - 2-9-2005
Mick Harvey - one man’s treasure of songs
Supergrass: 'Road to Rouen'
Album Review - 15-8-2005
Supergrass: Rouen? Nope - autoroute to Coolville
Add Pop Channel to My Yahoo!
Ace discs to own
First-half 2005
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: ‘B-Sides & Rarities’ (Mute)
Woodbine: ‘Best Before End:’ (Domino)
Maximo Park: ‘A Certain Trigger’ (Warp)
Dead Meadow: ‘Feathers’ (Matador)
Monade: ‘A Few Steps More’ (Too Pure)
Notes of a technaut

As we bravely crawl toward the future our technology leaps forward at a pace the Olympians can’t keep up with. Its application has brought incredible changes to our lives and culture, in particular - music, the virtual notes...

The changes are fundamental and affect our consumption and outlook of popular music, from a pop ditty to an avant-garde symphony. The first casualty is - album, as format, its sequencing, artwork… With the erupting trend of online buying - it is SONG that’s being emphasised again that, B-sides being long defunct, signals the single's end.

Individual cut or, hopefully, a cluster of songs rather than a collection we know as a ‘long playing’ record, is the ‘king’ again. Thus, running order - determined by whatever criterion artists use [emotional?] - is futile because a listener randomises the experience. Consequently a ‘concept album’ concept is instantly obsolete; artwork is also meaningless with all its credits, ‘thank yous’ and other trivia acts piled onto inlays-cum-booklets.

This shift has been caused by the small cyber matter Downloading is as well as by the current gen’s view of music as something - evanescent. This virtual consumption needs no physical possession and the non-materialistic way has resulted in destruction of the ‘First editions’ also by simply ‘bettering’ subsequent versions by remixing, re-digitising, adding bonuses, format-upgrading…

The neo-music lovers do not mind seeing details of a painting before being able [ever?] to view the whole picture. The iPod generation is happy to have it all on hardware that is nowt more than a glorified Walkman, effectively isolating a listener, again. It hopefully is just a passing phase, alike its cassette predecessor, but albums may only survive in the present form as long as the players are made. All VHS tapes are already part of techno-history...

Max Stresco