All posts filed under: Op-Ed

Electronic Jungle – CC Magazine

The musical ecosystem is a close and co-dependent world. Its biodiversity depends on very disparate species, mechanisms, and players all working together. There are a lot of ways to become part of this system; a person who interacts with music, whether on a professional or consumption basis, is part of that ecosystem. As a music journalist, I am a professional consumer of music. I make a living and spend most of my free time enjoying, writing about, listening to, and critiquing music in its many forms. But I also spend a lot of time just listening to it because I love it… click image to read full story

Take it From Me – Oh, Comely

I am a professional listener of music. Years of practice in self-isolation, my headphones lost beneath a mass of curls; hidden – during class, on walks, in the locker room at swim practice. Before technology had caught up with my sleuth listening capabilities, I carried a disc-man around in a knit turquoise bag. I could fit three jewel cases inside with it. Each day, three different CDs. One morning, a classmate nicked it off a bench and hid it. When I realised it was gone I burst into tears in front of our entire middle school. Sobbing, I searched for my homeroom teacher to fix this egregious trespass. Only when the disc-man was safely in my hands did the crying stop. I was 12. I should have been embarrassed, I was embarrassed by nearly everything – but I wasn’t this time. Music was everything.

My life had one continuous soundtrack – the royalties I must owe! – and in all that time, music grew with me. I never allowed a single moment – or person – to taint a song. To mark it with their humanness; sully it with the visceral ephemera of a memory.

The moment my father died was one devoid of music. He folded up the New York Times, and set it beside himself on the sofa. He looked at me and said, “you know, I really love those shoes,” – my brown, well worn, strappy sandals; then he went for a nap. From that point on, my brain only conjures up trauma flashes – frantic, fingers gripping our cordless phone, the tremble of my heart in my chest as I spoke into the receiver ‘my dad is dead’ to the nameless 911 operator. I stood in my apartment. Once there were two people here, now there was one.

NME’s Best Tracks of 2014 as Voted by You

The votes are in! Last week NME published its Top 50 Tracks and Albums of 2014 – and then we asked you to have your say. You re-ordered the Top 20, starting with Shamir’s ‘I Know It’s a Good Thing ‘ at number 20. From his debut EP ‘Northtown’, this track showcased Shamir’s addictive countertenor voice and his refreshing blend of disco, funk, soul and house. Read more…

Music For: [Mal]Adjusting to the Single Life – Guestlist

There’s plenty of great breakup songs, songs for smashing windscreens, for crying so hard your mascara dribbles down your chin, for the feeling of your throat being torn apart by wire wool after hours of shouting. No matter what kind of breakup you go through, there is undoubtedly fallout, text messages you wish you hadn’t sent, and drunken phone calls that you can’t take back. After some time has passed, and the serenity of resignation has taken over, these songs will help as you readjust into your new life, whether you see the light and feel refreshed, or wish you could jump in the tardis and do it all again. Read more…

Music For: Starting a Debate About Feminism – Guestlist

2014 has given rise to a new F-word – feminism. Not that the notion of feminism doesn’t predate 2014, but more and more it’s becoming a hot-button issue in the media. With artists either wearing it as a badge of honour, or running from it like a house on fire, there’s no doubt women’s issues have been at the forefront of pop culture media. These five songs are guaranteed to get someone on a soapbox. No matter what your views, it is the very act of debating that keeps music relevent. Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines’ This might be beating a dead horse, but there’s still merit in discussing the misogynistic overtones of this song and video. Whether you like or dislike the song, it’s clear that its popularity has caused a stir in the world of feminism. Not only do the lyrics perpetuate rape culture, but the video reinforces the idea that to be sexy, one has to be easy. Of course, the flipside of the vitriol against this video becomes slut shaming. There …