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M. has written 11 posts for Bearded Gentlemen Music

Devo’s Hardcore: Machine Music for a Human Age

Growing up, I used to listen to my dad’s music a lot. He had a ton of stuff he taped to cassette, including bootlegs he and his brother had owned once upon a time. One was a Devo bootleg of all their early stuff (I think it was called Spud Patrol) and I probably played … Continue reading

Taylor Swift: Feeling 22, Rising and Not There Yet

The first line of the song’s a joke about hipsters and the video’s shot in 4:3, with a filter making it look like an Instagram picture. Taylor Swift is feeling 22 and maybe just a little ambitious. The first time I heard of Swift, a coworker was raving about this artist with a song about … Continue reading

Record Review: Daft Punk – Random Access Memories… Garbage

Isn’t it strange how once we forget to mock something it comes back and starts becoming cool again? A few years back, Journey became trendy again. In Fargo Rock City, mop-haired journalist Chuck Klosterman tried to make hair metal cool again. And now’s the latest and cruelest turn: Daft Punk and disco culture. The latest … Continue reading

Tomorrow’s list today: Anticipating the 2013 Polaris Prize shortlist

The 2013 Polaris Prize is fast approaching and with it, the usual controversies and hyperbole: who made the longlist, who was left off the shortlist and the arguments about over who wins the thing. But here at Bearded G Music, I’ve cut through all the chatter and niceties: it’s nice to make the longlist is … Continue reading

The Vault that Keeps on Giving: Frank Zappa’s Finer Moments

The most interesting thing to me about the Frank Zappa vaults is their seemingly endless supply of material. Most of it’s been concerts taped and stored for later use. Other releases have been snippets and odds and ends of live shows, songs clipped from reels and saved because there was a good solo, a one-time … Continue reading

Adopt This Album! – Visions of Grimes

Grimes – Visions (Arbutus Records – 2012) I’ve been thinking a lot about Grimes lately. There’s probably nobody in music I’ve changed my opinion onmore over the last 12 months than her. When she released Visions, I shoved her off to one side as a performance art-heavy kind of performer: maybe you remember the video where she … Continue reading

Daft Punk Fever – Best of the Random Access Memory Remixes

I’m not sure there’s another band that is as captivating as Daft Punk is right now. I’ve been thinking about them a bit recently: they’re gearing up to release a new album on a new label and have managed to keep nearly everything under wraps: we know the new album’s name (Random Access Memories), have … Continue reading

(A Soundtrack for Locutus’ Friday Night Out) Record Review: How to Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion

I’m not completely sure what to make of the new How to Destroy Angels album. I’m not sure because it’s so different from what I expect from Trent Reznor and what I remember HtDA sounding like. And I’m not sure actual humans put this album together: it’s so impersonal and cold it sounds like something … Continue reading

David Bowie – The Next Day (It’s Not What We Expected, But What We Should’ve Expected)

There’s a new Bowie album out which is a rare occurrence these days: the last time any new Bowie came out was 2003’s Reality and the last time new-to-you Bowie came out was 2010’s bloated Station to Station box set (three LPs! Five CDs! And a DVD 5.1 mix of the album!). So it’s been … Continue reading

Record Review: Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell and Angels (Not Coming to a Store Near You)

On March 5, Experience Hendrix and Legacy are releasing a new Jimi Hendrix album, People, Hell and Angels. Okay, so it’s not new: its previously unreleased material from some late 1960s sessions, with songs we’ve heard in other versions. “Bleeding Heart” for example, showed up on 1972’s War Heroes, 1994’s Blues and 2010’s Valleys of … Continue reading


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