Critical Mob, a discovery site that curates, selects, and reviews the best in culture, discusses this week’s top musical picks; Thurston Moore forms new band, Riot Grrrl movement gets recognition in paper and print form, Danish band Iceage foments interest and a Swedish, ‘pagan-inspired’ collective releases a new album.
With the future of Sonic Youth uncertain due to the death of true love, Thurston Moore is focusing his noise-making energies on a new band, Chelsea Light Moving. And to show they’re serious about blowing minds and earbuds, the band have put it out there that they will play pretty much anywhere you want them to. The group’s self-titled debut album (which is streaming on NPR right now) will be out on March 5th.
On May 5, The Feminist Press will formally publish The Riot Grrrl Collection, a documentation of journals, photos, zines, artwork, letters, and more, all covering the Riot Grrrl movement from 1989-1996. Currently, The Riot Grrrl Collection is held in the Fales Library Special Collections at NYU’s Bobst Library and also includes journals, flyers, and audio/visual recordings. The Feminist Press’s publication will be the first time the collection is published as a book.
Most of today’s indie subculture bands don’t take a lot of their cues from the loud-fast-rules crowd; even artists who have a littleReplacements or Husker Du in their musical DNA tend to take their cues from their later work. This may be what makes the second offering of Denmark’s Iceage sound so refreshing: at a time when not one but two Black Flag lineups have announced reunions, it’s nice to see a new generation of kids, barely out of their teens, take up the hardcore mantel.
Goat is an anonymous, masked collective from northern Sweden whose self-mythology claims they’re only the current incarnation of a voodoo-tinged pagan cult that’s existed underground for decades. In fact, their first album is an unholy and captivating mess of outsider experimentation a la Father Yod and the Source Family, La Monte Young-style drones, and the more deliberately improvisatory and eclectic side of krautrock. And yet, these people are having so much fun that it simply becomes contagious.