Jennifer Ruffelle

A Familiar Comfort

A Familiar Comfort

Album Review - Depeche Mode - Delta Machine (released March 26, 2013 on Columbia / Sony / Mute).

Continuing 2013’s apparent theme: “Remind me again, Doc Emmet Brown – what year is it?” Depeche Mode have once again managed to narrowly avoid break-ups, lawsuits and overdoses, releasing their thirteenth studio album – albeit a few weeks behind schedule, and with a moderate amount of record label drama. Thirty-five years into their career, having [...]

 Jennifer Ruffelle

Flume Keeps Rising

Flume Keeps Rising

Album Review - Flume - self-titled (February 19, 2013 on Mom + Pop Music).

As a global community, we tend to reserve a special place in our hearts for anyone who has the honour of taking a chart-topping position away from Justin Bieber. This special place teeters on the verge of gilded shrine when the same artist has a proven history of doing the same to One Direction. This [...]

 Jennifer Ruffelle

Dirty Bookish Scoundrels

Dirty Bookish Scoundrels

Literary Rogues - A Review

Andrew Shaffer’s Literary Rogues – A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors is a deliciously naughty bit of trash lit for the beach bound cultural aficionado (or those who would like to be). Opening with a detailed and somewhat deferential summary of the Marquis de Sade’s most memorable “achievements”, Shaffer offers the reader a comprehensive overview of the [...]

 Jennifer Ruffelle

Easy, Promiscuous Listening

Easy, Promiscuous Listening

Album Review - inc. - no world (February 18, 2013 on 4AD)

If there’s always room for a sultry ’80s-eque slow jam on your mix tape, you will definitely want to pick up Andrew and Daniel Aged (aka inc.) before picking up your button-down silk shirt and dust-busting your Iroc Z with the plug-in coconut air freshener. no world, the group’s full-length debut, was written, recorded and mixed [...]