Neil Rumming

‘Dirty Transmission’, The Police Gym, London A series of six paintings, oil on canvas, warm the cold walls of the basement of a decommissioned Edwardian police station in the depths of London’s New Cross. Neil Rumming’s solo exhibition at The Police Gym is accompanied by a series of diary entries in place of a press…

Camera Obscura

My Maudlin Career (4AD) Tattooed in twee and unfairly compared to every Scottish group that went before them (most often fellow Glaswegians Belle & Sebastian), Camera Obscura once seemed destined never to find their own voice. With this, their fifth album, they appear to have finally shaken off the shackles of lazy comparisons that dogged…

Lost & Found

Billy Childish: A Short Study By Neal Brown (The Aquarium) It’s another Boston Arms, dirty water Billy Childish night; those same three chords, biting joy, twenty years of dancing to the hip-shaking bone crunch in thee church of Billy C. I’m wondering how you’d explain the whirlwind of rock‘n’roll force, this giggling demob prince, to…

Let's Wrestle

The drummer is a punk (in the old fashioned way: bondage strides, leather jacket and short Mohican). The bass player is a dandy with big shades and extravagant hand gestures. The singer/guitarist doesn’t really exist in the world at all until standing on a stage, where he becomes utterly compelling – this year’s unlikeliest pop…

Live Forever

Elizabeth Peyton’s intimate and romantic paintings, depicting an eclectic brew of rock stars, actors and historical figures as well as more recent images of her friends and fellow artists, are among the most familiar and acclaimed portraits of recent years. David Lock presents a personal portrait of the artist. Since the mid-’90s, American artist Elizabeth…

Resonance: '74/'80

Perhaps surprisingly, Thurston Moore, flannel shirted avant grunge god, has emerged as a lifelong David Bowie freak; he recently introduced ‘Early Music Videos by David Bowie’ – part of MoMA’s Looking at Music exhibition. This fictional piece imagines his early encounters and interactions with Bowie’s work. Initially we find the teenage Moore in the mid-’70s,…

Phonic Youth

A perpetuum mobile of a band, the ever-prolific Sonic Youth leave in their wake one of rock’s most dense, challenging and thrilling back catalogues. Daniel Tapper navigates two decades worth of vertiginous electric guitar assaults and coruscating art rock epiphanies. Originally released in 1983, Confusion Is Sex is Sonic Youth’s rst full- length album. Included…

Eternal Youth

“Youth has no age,” claimed Pablo Picasso, a point surely proven by New York music veterans, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Renaldo and Steve Shelley – collectively Sonic Youth, a quartet who should surely be known as Sonic Maturity by now, were they not as hungry, influential and effortlessly hip as scenesters half their age.…

Eternal Youth

“Youth has no age,” claimed Pablo Picasso, a point surely proven by New York music veterans, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley – collectively Sonic Youth, a quartet who should surely be known as Sonic Maturity by now, were they not as hungry, influential and effortlessly hip as scenesters half their age.…