The Mancunion

Britain's biggest student newspaper

Joe Connell

Illustration by Joe Connell

Record Reappraisal: Swans – White Light from the Mouth of Infinity / Love of Life

Young God Records’ remastered release of two albums from Swans’ reverb-drenched ‘second phase’ unearths a monster

Photo:Album Artwork

Record Reappraisal: David Bowie – Low

Dedicated to the memory of the gender-transcending and timeless rock star, we reappraise Bowie’s most confessional album, Low

Photo: Album artwork

Top 10 Songs of 2015

As the curtains close on a rambunctious year of music, our writers cast their votes on the 10 greatest songs of the past 12 months

Illustration by Joe Connell

Top 10 Albums of 2015

The best albums of the year, as voted by those who’ve written for us all semester. Complete with loving praise and custom illustrations

Photo: Album Artwork

Album: Floating Points – Elaenia

Perfect marks for a spotless record. Sam Shephard’s first LP gives his sublime vision the space it needs to grow

Photo: Greg Neate@flickr

Live: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

A Blues Explosion live show is a refreshingly friendly and unserious affair

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

The problems of authenticity in male-dominated rock music journalism

Joe Connell examines the narrow scope of gendered rock criticism that has for decades revolved around the phallic symbol of an electric guitar. Is a paradigm shift upon us?

Liturgy; Photo: YouTube user 'unARTigNYC'

Live: Liturgy

On this showing, Liturgy didn’t earn the “transcendental black metal” badge they’ve pinned themselves with, but the return of Greg Fox salvaged some of their wonder

Photo: Youtube User 'Stav Peleg'

Interview: Melvins

“We never have been, so we were never has-beens”

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Modern Day Warriors: What we owe Prog

After the recent launch of the official prog chart, Joe Connell examines the place that an often caricatured genre has in music today

Photo: People's Assembly

Live: Beat Back – Music Against Austerity

Like a priest with severe halitosis, their preaching to the choir left Joe Connell feeling queasy about both the music and the cause

Floating Points

Club: Lost In Space opening party – Floating Points all night long

Floating Points hits the sweet spot with a rich wax arsenal at his disposal