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About New Artillery

New Artillery is written exclusively by Sebastian Stirling. I am a stay-at-home dad to two kids, two cats, and a dog. I own a lot of records and sporadically get the impulse to write about them, and every now and then I actually have the time to do so. Everybody loves a fake Q&A, so here goes.

Will you write about my music?

I’ll be entirely honest here: probably not.

What about my concert? Will you attend and write about that?

Even less likely! It takes a lot to get me out of the house to see bands I already enjoy.

So, you’re a curmudgeon?

That’s a gentle way of putting it, yes.

Why bother, then?

I get a tremendous amount out of music, and find that formulating my thoughts on bands, records, and songs is a productive exercise.

Do you just listen to the same bands you listened to ten years ago?

My taste changes gradually, like a glacier. So to answer the question, sure.

Does this site use hilariously deprecated HTML?

Yes, along with the content management system Textpattern.

What records do you like?

Here are ten.

  Julianna Barwick / The Magic Place
  Brian Eno / Another Green World
  Grouper / Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
  Juno / A Future Lived in Past Tense
  Mogwai / Young Team
  Shiner / Lula Divinia
  Shudder to Think / Pony Express Record
  Stars of the Lid / And Their Refinement of the Decline
  Stereolab / Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements
  Wire / Chairs Missing