The Act of Killing (Madman)

 

“One of the most challenging and disturbing films you will ever see.”

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Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter The Slasher House (Domino)

“This is postmodern outsider pop for the new millennium, a knowingly ironic homage to a psychedelic jokey pop past that never truly coalesced – except in Tare’s mind. It mines 50’s and 60’s American pop, without neglecting the last decade and a bit of his life with Animal Collective.”

Full review here.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Melbourne Recital Centre

“The first thing you realise when you witness an afrobeat show for the first time is that it’s all about the spectacle, this is showmanship of the highest order. It’s not like the music isn’t explosive enough, driving slabs of funk grooves, stabbing horns and traditional African percussion, with shakers, hand drums even a woodblock. But that’s only the beginning. It’s how afrobeat operates, there are multiple levels at play here, and its extremely unlikely that anyone who experiences the show wont be moved by at least one. 

Full review here.

 

Fragmented Frequencies April 2014

Have you ever been astounded by how terrible most people’s music taste is? Yeah? Well what have you done about it? In 2007 music critic Carl Wilson went to the coalface of bland populism and explored Celine Dion’s Lets Talk About Love album in his 33 1/3 book of the same name. Whilst most in this series tend to be devotional train spotting odes to albums they love, Wilson used the book to explore his own aversion to Dion and what it represents. By detailing her Quebecois heritage, exploring her fan base, even (gasp) attending a concert in Vegas, he unpacks the notion of cool, explores schmaltz and uncovers her surprising popularity in rough Jamaican neighbourhoods. But when he turns the microscope onto his own revulsion, well that’s when things get interesting. He uses cultural critics like Pierre Bordieu to understand that he can never hear Dion like her fans do, his own prejudices, his own desire for cultural cachet will always prevent him. Wilson performs a peculiar form of alchemy, by the time you turn the last page you’re no longer sneering at Dion’s bland grandeur, as you’re too busy plugging the holes in your own self-perception.

Let’s talk about Love has just been re released, with additional chapters from Drew Daniel (Matmos), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), James Franco who cites the book as the reason he starred in a soap, and Owen Pallet (Arcade Fire) amongst others. What does your taste say about you? And what would you like it to say?