‘Polarising’ doesn’t even begin to describe Ariel Pink adequately. 'Raving arsehole' is probably more appropriate. 'Nincompoop’ is even better. It’s exactly the sort of chronically unfashionable yet deeply self-aware term perfect for a man who looks like he’s stumbled out of a bedsit after spending ten years watching late night cable TV, recording drum synths onto an 8-track and masturbating into a My Little Pony sticker book.
TV on the Radio have long since shed their reputation as the best band in the world. I don’t think they really mind, if anything it takes the pressure off, but for me personally I find it difficult to reconcile the band they are now with the band they once were.
Completism. It’s an evil concept that makes prisoners of us all. I don’t need to review the new Foo Fighters album. I don’t particularly want to review the new Royksopp album. And you know what, this new Hookworms album is really hard to review too. However for the sake of completism I’ve perservering anyway just so I can provide you with my stupid irreverent thoughts on each and every one of them, even though they’ve been out a week and you’ve probably heard them all by now anyeay. Wow, that is some hot salesmanship right there.
Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River was produced as a tribute to keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright who passed away in 2008. Although tribute may be the wrong word. Five years too late apology for never taking him very seriously might be a better description.
As a tribute to Wright it's inexcusably bland. ...
At Popdin it's not just the uneducated, vaguely threatening ramblings of this editor-in-chief that get a public airing, occasionally another writer is allowed to hang his opinions out for all the internet kingdom to see.
In fact we have a whole panel of critics each with their own unique specialism here. There's the one who likes death metal, the one who likes Scandinavian pop, the one who likes ambient electronica, the one who likes REM and the one who hasn't turned anything in for about five months. We're a varied crew and clearly we cover ever possible genre of music more than adequately.
This week our resident European pop expert (you mean you don't have one?) gives us a run-down of his favourite international releases from the last few months.
It's very easy to mock music that's specifically designed to be played by Nick Grimshaw on Radio 1 or soundtrack a show on BBC3 about rich teens learning about what a plumber does.
You'll already have become bored of me telling you how great Run the Jewels 2
is already so let's move on to something new. Here are the best new albums in my not-quite-as-humble-as-it-probably-should-be opinion that were released in the latter half of October 2014. A time when once again Cthulu worshippers around the world failed to raise their favourite blood-thirsty octopus deity from the sea to scorch out the eyes of non-believers. Oh well, better luck next Halloween lads.
I like music. You like music. I like making mixtapes. I like you. Hey let's make this happen! Here are the the best 20 songs from the last couple of months all in one little playlist just for you.
Congratulations to Young Fathers on winning the 2014 Mercury Prize. Don't worry lads, it turned out alright for Pulp.