BEST OF … The First Half of 2015



50 Kendrick Lamar, “Hood Politics”

49 Panda Bear, “Crosswords”

48 Lianne La Havas, “Unstoppable” Continue reading “BEST OF … The First Half of 2015”


REVIEW ROUND-UP: Courtney Barnett, Sufjan Stevens, Modest Mouse and more

Matthew E. White Fresh Blood 3 March 2015 DOMINO Continue reading “REVIEW ROUND-UP: Courtney Barnett, Sufjan Stevens, Modest Mouse and more”

CURRENT: Sufjan Stevens – “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”

Sufjan Stevens’ return to his acoustic-based roots is as welcome as it is devastating on Carrie & Lowell‘s first single, “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”. While he has always used poetic language in his songwriting, “Cross” finds Stevens examining some his darkest subject matter. “I’ll drive that stake through the center of my heart … Fuck me, I’m falling apart” he sings near the song’s end. There’s no hiding behind religious idols. Here, Sufjan Stevens steps out of the shadows and into the dark.

Carrie & Lowell is out on 31 March via Asthmatic Kitty.

CURRENT: Sisyphus – “Calm It Down”


Well, it looks we already have our first contender for Song of 2014 with this new one from Sisyphus, “Calm It Down.” Okay, while I’m entirely kidding about already looking at 2014’s best songs when there’s still 2 solid weeks left in 2013, that shouldn’t take away from the brilliance of this collaboration from Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti. The trio first collaborated as s/s/s, which Stevens now says “started to sound like the Nazi Schutzstaffel with a lisp.” So, name change. Obviously.

You can read more of Stevens’ thoughts on the making-of their debut self-titled LP in his interview at Asthmatic Kitty. Check out the simmering “Calm It Down” below.