Larry Ryan is an Assistant Home News Editor for The Independent. He also writes the "Caught in the Net" music column for the paper's Arts & Books section on Friday. He wears thick glasses and talks slowly, traits which people occasionally mistake for signs of intelligence.
Chris Clark, the UK electronic musician/producer – shortened down to just Clark in recent years – has turned out a fine new album. Iradelphic is gorgeous dose of diverse sounds from low-key techno and expansive electronica, to minimalist pianos and vocals from Marina Topley Bird.
The ambient and electro-pop producer Dayve Hawke, better known as Memory Tapes, came to prominence during the burst of so-called Chillwave music a few years back. He’s still going strong and in July releases his new album Player Piano. First single “Wait in the Dark” has been available since May, while you can see the [...]
UK MC Ghostpoet has picked up some nice notices for his impressive debut LP Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, released in February on Giles Peterson’s Brownswood label. It’s a record full of understated electro beats marrying nicely with the MC’s low-key rapping, bearing the good influence of Roots Manuva and Tricky among others.
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Nick Cave’s Grinderman have a new single out on 14 March, the third to come from their well-received 2010 LP, Grinderman 2, Palaces of Montezuma.
The digital and vinyl formats of the single – called “Palaces of Montezuma” – come with a new mix of the track along with the original album version. There’s also a cover [...]
Somewhat surprisingly “Coronado”, the penultimate track (and also a standout) on Deerhunter’s fantastic new album Halcyon Digest, is greatly aided by the appearance of a saxophone throughout.
The use of sax in rock has always been a risky endeavour: there’s the jazz-inflected self indulgence potential, the extreme cheese factor, and the general image of a dude [...]
I think we’ve exhausted the football and political analogies in recent “Top of the posts” rundowns, so all I’ll say is that it’s getting very tasty in the duel battles for the Indy’s most read blogger and most read blog post.
Here are this week’s results (I think it would be best to read these aloud [...]
According to reports, thousands of people gathered at the “Protest the Pope” march on Saturday in London in opposition to Pope’s four day state visit to Britain. The Independent’s Johann Hari spoke at the rally. Here is a video of his speech.
In my Caught in the Net column on Friday I mentioned LA musician/artist Cameron Mesirow, and her burgeoning one-woman band Glasser (read a brief interview I did with her last year here).
Following last year’s much praised EP ‘Apply’ comes her debut LP, Ring. It picks up where the EP left off but in somewhat higher-fi, [...]