Slint : "Spiderland"

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ライター:Amanda Petrusich
翻訳元:http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/5923-top-100-albums-of-the-1990s/9/
翻訳者:トマトケチャップ皇帝

Top 100 Albums of the 1990s 第12位

64号線を辿り West Virginia をかすめ東から Louisville に向かってドライブすると、道路脇に薄汚れたアメリカ的なるものが散らかっている。古びたトラックタイヤから剥がれ落ちた黒いゴム片、社交クラブが近くにあることを示す大きな黄色の広告、法人向けアウトレット煙草の販売を謳う標示、コーヒーとビスケットの用意が3マイル右にあると告げる勧誘。それは進むべき道であり、広がり、確としてある。That Slint は不幸にも(そして今も)正当に評価されてこなかったポストロックの元祖であり、この状況は適切な扱いとは言えない。『Spiderland』は Slint の記念すべき2作目であり、百万もの異なったアメリカの遺物の欠片から成っており、偏ってはいるが自身に対する苛立ちも含んだ不満のポートレイトだ。
Louisville の Squirrel Bait(訳注:メンバーが在籍したバンド)の残骸から産まれた Slint はボリュームとテンポに対する考え方を一変させ、新世代の先鋭的なプレイヤーたちにインスピレーションを与えた。Dirty Three から Sigur Ros 、現代の旗首 Godspeed You! Black Emperor にいたるまで。『Spiderland』それ自身は幻惑的でチルな音楽体験である。イレギュラーで催眠的なメロディー、断片化したビート、ミスマッチな詞は新しい価値観を産みだしインディーズにおける曲作りの概念に新風を送り込んだ。半ば呟くような半ば叫ぶようなボーカル、故意のパーカッション、ドローンからアグレッシブまで振れるギター、ここまで生々しい絶望は他になく『Spiderland』の切迫感はトラウマになりそうだ。
このレコードへ送られた賞賛は楽曲それ自体よりも多く聞かれ、名前だけは知ってるような批評屋たちによってペラべラ語られる。実際『Spiderland』が与えた影響は、それまでの先達より刺々しく複雑だった。音量つまみを回し、道を踏み外そうぜ。

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN READY-TO-WEAR AND BESPOKE

by David Isle

Comparisons between bespoke and ready-to-wear jackets are usually complicated by different makers, different fabrics, different wearers, and all manner of other variables that could matter, at least in the addled mind of a potential bespeaker. Our recent group order of Sartoria Formosa sport coats in the above Delfino flannel offers a rare opportunity to control for many of these confounds. 

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Exclusive CVLT Nation Premiere: MTHR’s “Wise Blood”

Are you ready to dream? Are you ready to walk through the forest of your mind? Are you ready to hear an epic new band called MTHR from Charlotte, NC? CVLT Nation has been given the honor of sharing with you their brand new song  “Wise Blood” off their upcoming EP Howl. Get ready…

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DRESSING WITH PURPOSE

by Neil Watson

Even if there is no clear understanding of what it means to “dress well” outside of personal opinion and taste, maybe there is something to be said about dressing with purpose. The Scandinavian design mantra of building simply, cleanly and functionally has spread from electronics and DIY furniture to an emerging group of style conscious men.

 

Scandinavians tend to find inspiration in the pragmatic. “There is still the yearning to stay within certain color palettes,” says Manolo editor Andreas Weinas, pictured above in shades: simple greys, blues and blacks, bearing a family resemblance to the unending greyish weather, disregarding the almost non-existent summer. But what it actually allows for is a bit of adventure in fabric choices, where one can truly see what the cloth is made of, figuratively and literally speaking. Scandinavian real estate prices force a degree of minimalism. Andreas calls himself as a pundit for conscious consuming. As he puts it, everything is bought and used because it has a purpose as there is very little room in his closet for the superfluous. He is a part of the changing tide in Europe as a whole, where men believe in building a wardrobe in lieu of a random collection of clothing easily worn and then discarded just as easily.

 

It’s easy to forget that most men buying suits are not menswear journalists, but guys with real jobs. As a Finnish lawyer, Atte Rytkönen (above in the turtleneck) explains, while he is very much driven by the “peacocking Italian,” he is still firmly set on having a dress code when meeting with clients and his partners. He puts it, “…people have this kind of image of a typical lawyer in their head, and it is easier for them to listen and hear the message when those expectations and images are fulfilled.” It is on this very premise of expectation that foundational dressing has been firmly built, unwavering but subject to a tweak here and there. 

 

Like anything worth while, it will take time for the so-called cultural dress code to shift completely. But there is an emerging and growing movement of young Scandinavians doing their part. 

The Amazing Amiibo

The amiibo is Nintendo’s first entry into the toy to life platform. Unlike the Skylanders or Disney Infinity equivalents, the amiibo can receive data as well as send it, and functions outside of a solitary franchise. Nintendo’s smart toy line can currently be used with Mario Kart 8, Hyrule …

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