The Future Of War by Atari Teenage Riot

Years before Prodigy released their seminal Fat Of The Land, there was Atari Teenage Riot making a racket with their acerbic digital punk. The Future of War, their second album, was the logical conclusion of the futuristic fusion of aggressive guitar riffs and skull-caving beats. Atari Teenage Riot's original incarnation - Alec Empire, Hanin Elias,… Continue reading The Future Of War by Atari Teenage Riot

Sooner Or Later by Peter Milligan & Brendan McCarthy

1986. THATCHER'S BRITAIN. THE FINANCIAL 'BIG BANG' SAW THE RICH GET RICHER. RIOTS ERRUPT IN PRISONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND MICKY SWIFT IS STILL ON THE DOLE! Sooner or Later is something of a lost masterpiece, occupying the back page of 2000AD. But while most writers and artists would struggle to do anything interesting in… Continue reading Sooner Or Later by Peter Milligan & Brendan McCarthy

Goo by Sonic Youth

Some records are defiantly underground. Others are absolutely mainstream. Then there's Goo by Sonic Youth. Though released on a major label (Geffen), it looks and sounds like the work of artists hellbent on confusing the listener. Sonic Youth always had the reputation of confounding expectations; they were serious about what they did but had a… Continue reading Goo by Sonic Youth

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

I can't quite imagine how Ottessa pitched this novel to her agent. The main character goes unnamed and the story follows her efforts to sleep for a full year. How? Through pills, pills, and more pills. She should have asked my brother. He can take up to twenty-five Valium and remain somewhat awake. We've even… Continue reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Stay Sick by The Cramps

The Cramps should be easily dismissed due to their camp aesthetic, but then that would be dismissive of their punk ferocity, the skill and talent of their combined musicianship. Poison Ivy, still the baddest bitch on the block, also seems to me like one of the most underrated guitarists in the game. Guitarist? Also the… Continue reading Stay Sick by The Cramps

Get Skintight by The Donnas

A problem I always felt people had with The Donnas was an all-pervading idea that they were somehow novelty, less serious than proper guitar bands. For me, they were a dream come true. They looked like brats. They made a racket. They wrote songs about drinking, partying, dating, and...Doin' Donuts. Less serious than 'proper' guitar… Continue reading Get Skintight by The Donnas

The Arthur Nersesian Fan Club

Some authors are so good that I'll literally drop whatever I'm doing to rush off to a bookshop so I can get their latest novel. However, it isn't always that easy, if only because not all bookshops stock the authors I stalk. One example is Arthur Nersesian. I love his fiction ardently. His writing style… Continue reading The Arthur Nersesian Fan Club