Charlie Bertsch / 22 Sep 2022

On Being A Fan

Growing Older With Pavement

As the first chiming notes of Pavement’s “Grounded” rang out, I leaned into my friend. “This is my favourite.” Although a huge fan herself, with her interior décor and a large tattoo to prove it, she looked up at me, quizzically. “Really?”(...)
Charlie Bertsch / 14 Sep 2022

Details Are Everything

Jean-Luc Godard’s Weekend

The first thing that came to mind, when I learned that Jean-Luc Godard had passed away, was a sequence from his 1967 film Weekend. Not one involving one of its many fiery car crashes or the guerrilla outfit that tramps around in the woods near the end, but something more subtle.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 08 Sep 2022

France in Revolt

Maudit Dragon on Punk

Maudit Dragon’s eponymously-titled debut demonstrates what happens when a band stubbornly pursues its artistic vision without worrying about whether it might be out of step with the times.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 17 Aug 2022

Egypt on Drugs

Mutate, by ABADIR

ABADIR’s Mutate is a remarkable achievement, both for its adroit fusion of divergent cultural traditions and the way in which it renders such descriptions irrelevant.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 10 Aug 2022

Post-War Youth

400 Blows After Netflix

François Truffaut’s  The 400 Blows is one of cinema’s all-time classics, the 1959 film that demonstrated how deftly a new generation of French critics could transform themselves into the filmmakers of la nouvelle vague.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 06 Jul 2022

Working Through History

Folk on Acid, by OOPUS

If you stumbled upon Estonian band OOPUS at a festival, where many different acts are on the schedule, it might take you a few minutes to realize how special they are.(...)

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