Everyone’s afraid of the word “hipster”

My old pal/former roommate/momentary bandmate/knife champion Brady Walker posted a blog recently about, among other things, the way and weight of the critical opinion and its confluence with hipster culture.  I should also note that Cajun Radio is an excellent name for a blog.  Please go read his thoughts before reading mine. (Click Read More … Continue reading

Animal Collective – Water Curses EP

Animal Collective – Water Curses (EP) Domino – 4 stars Picking up where the dense digistry of last fall’s Strawberry Jam left off, Water Curses finds America’s favorite animals tracking an uncharacteristically spare, wild territory.  While the tracks, which were recorded during the sessions for Strawberry Jam, retain the frenetic programming and glitchy percussion of … Continue reading

R’n’r Confessional: Animal Magnetism

Rock ‘n’ Roll Confessional Perhaps it’s time I started treating this column more like its namesake. I have a confession to make. If you read my last posting back in December, you may remember me demanding to know whether Animal Collective has any fans.  To me they’ve always been one of those bands that people … Continue reading

Albums of the Year: 2007

1.  The National — /Boxer/ In a year that saw face-plants from the Shins, Modest Mouse, Interpol, and the other usual suspects, Brooklyn’s National made what is probably the only clear-cut Great record of the year.  When I reviewed Boxer this summer, I called Matt Berninger’s exploration of 21st-Century American disenfranchisement “perfectly controlled and composed … Continue reading

R’n’r Confessional: Letter to an Indie Nation

Rock ‘n’ Roll Confessional, Dec 07 Letter to an Indie Nation Through convenient revisionist history, Bob Dylan lives in our minds just as he was in 1965: skinny, wild haired, hidden behind dark glasses, and smoking; jittery on methamphetamines and singing about morality; criticizing society while trying his best to find his place in it.  … Continue reading