k-punk: Mark Fisher’s brilliant writing ranged across popular music, film, TV, politics and literature

For the past two weeks I’ve been feasting on k-punk, an 800-page collection of the writings of the late cultural theorist Mark Fisher. While skip(...)

Friends: stuck in second gear forever and ever and ...

If we know anything about popular culture we know that young people don’t watch television any more. They are watching Dutch maniacs unboxing Bluetoot(...)

Lights out: Sean Booth and Rob Brown of Autechre

Electronic musicians tend to stage elaborate live shows featuring dazzling lights, eye-popping visuals, and all sorts of bells and whistles. Kraftwerk(...)

Last year vinyl releases outsold digital downloads for the first time
Why vinyl refuses to die
  • Music
  • April 28, 2018, 06:30

Eight years ago, gonzo celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain published a book entitled Medium Raw, which contained a scathing chapter about the phenomenon o(...)

Mark E Smith of The Fall: shot through with an intensity bordering on feral

Mark E Smith, who has died aged 60, was alternative pop’s snaggletoothed eccentric uncle. He had fronted leftfield post-punk rock band The Fall since (...)

A candle in front of a painting of  David Bowie in Brixton, London, after his death was announced. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

In the wake of David Bowie’s death, the impulse to treat Blackstar like a puzzle to be solved was understandable yet seemed to defeat the point of his(...)

David Bowie in his 1972 Aladdin Sane phase, one of the many personas he adopted and then discarded in his long career. Photograph: Isolar  -----------------------------------------------------

Glam is perhaps the most derided and disparaged form of rock music. Even calling it rock feels strange; it’s pure pop – sexy, sugar-coated and aimed (...)