Author: Louie Sharp

SideTracked: A nasty temperament – A guide to Swans

Swans have one of the most harrowing and imposing discographies in rock music. With 15 studio albums and over 20 live albums and compilations, it can feel almost impossible to decide where to dive in.  In addition to the sheer quantity of music Swans has put out, they’ve experimented with many different sounds and styles…. Read more »

SideTracked: New voices, Same Problems – BROCKHAMPTON bouncing back

GINGER – BROCKHAMPTON Released 8/23/2019 / Question Everything/RCA Records Genres: Pop Hip-Hop/Alternative R&B After exploding onto the scene in 2017 with three amazing albums back-to-back-to-back, BROCKHAMPTON were poised to be one of the most important musical acts of the ‘20s. From the “SATURATION” releases, to being featured in a Viceland documentary, to getting signed to… Read more »

Mort Garson’s last masterpiece ­— exploring “Plantasia”

By Louie Sharp/For the Muleskinner One of the most unlikely success stories in music history is that of Mort Garson’s 1976 Moog masterpiece “Mother Earth’s Plantasia.” “Plantasia” was the last release by Garson, and it followed an eclectic stream of ambient synthesizer experiments based on such wildly different ideas as sensuality, the Zodiac, the musical… Read more »

Songs of love at every stage

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Despite the ice on the ground and the commercial exploitation of the holiday, this tradition taps into the sappy romantic in all of us. It would be remiss, then, for this reviewer to discuss anything but love songs. Love is a volatile thing though, and a… Read more »