The Guardian: Isolation albums

Cottage industry: the enduring power of the ‘cabin in the woods’ album From Bon Iver to Taylor Swift, artists and audiences continue to be drawn to the homespun allure of the isolation album For some, the “cabin in the woods album” aesthetic reached critical mass around 2011, with a headline in the Onion: “Man Just Read more about The Guardian: Isolation albums[…]

BBC Travel: Russia’s strange bread-sniffing ritual

Investigating why Russian people sniff bread while drinking vodka offers a portal into the realities of Russian life at a time when sympathetic cultural insight is sorely lacking. “Somebody in Bristol started making a vodka called Novichok,” said our host, Natasha Ward, faux-scandalised at the reference to the toxic nerve agent. “And they were immediately told, Read more about BBC Travel: Russia’s strange bread-sniffing ritual[…]

Rolling Stone: LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Sound of Silver’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know How tin-foil-covered walls, a Bulgarian psychiatrist, a certain sneaker giant and other factors helped shape James Murphy’s genre-defying 2007 opus Rolling Stone – see also 10 things on Vampire Weekend, Smashing Pumpkins and Arcade Fire “There’s too much music” declared LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy in 2007. “Major labels Read more about Rolling Stone: LCD Soundsystem[…]