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Compulsive List Making
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The Haul
Internal Affairs
iPod Chicanery
Quick Takes
Reading List
Record Collection Reconciliation


Reviews: The Life and Times' The Life and Times
Reviews: Atoms and Void's And Nothing Else
Reviews: Survival Knife's "Traces of Me" and "Divine Mob" Singles
2013 (and 2012!) Year-End List Extravaganza
Reviews: Girls Against Boys' The Ghost List EP
Reviews: Bottomless Pit's Shade Perennial
Reviews: Carton / Alpha Cop Split Single
Reviews: Fuck Buttons' Slow Focus
Reviews: Speedy Ortiz's Major Arcana
Reviews: Two Inch Astronaut's Bad Brother


1. Days of Heaven
2. Le Doulos
3. The Forms live
4. George Washington
5. All the Real Girls
6. Army of Shadows
7. Badlands
8. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
9. Chungking Express
10. Patton Oswalt - Zombie Spaceship Wasteland


Juno Documentary
Compete Level
Dusted Magazine
Mark Prindle
The Onion AV Club
Rate Your Music


Albums I Own
Barbotian Ocean 2.0
Between Thought and Expression
Big Western Flavor
Bradley's Almanac
Built on a Weak Spot
Can't Stop the Bleeding
Clicky Clicky Music Blog
Discover a World of Sounds
Do You Compute
First Order Historians
Hardcore for Nerds
Língua Não Identificada
Magicistragic's Weblog
The Middle Cut
Mondo Salvo
Music Is My Wife
Muzzle of Bees
Pretty Goes with Pretty
So Much Silence
Songs That Are Good
Sotto Voca
Willfully Obscure
Zen and the Art of Face Punching

About New Artillery

Oh hello, I’m Sebastian Stirling. I live in Stoneham, MA, with my wife, dog, and two cats (only one of which is named after a member of Jawbox). I grew up near Poughkeepsie, NY, and went to college in Champaign, IL, before moving back to the east coast for my MA in English Literature. I edit computer programming books in my professional hours. My non-musical interests include hockey (both playing and watching), photography, modernist fiction, and finding new storage possibilities for my ever-expanding vinyl collection.

Site History:

New Artillery started in October 2001, one year after I folded Signal Drench, my online music magazine. Signal Drench, which began in the summer of 1998, did not survive an attempt to mirror then-rival Pitchfork’s move to a four-reviews-a-day format, in large part because I tried to write three of those reviews myself. After letting the site lay dormant long enough for most readers to assume the worst, I posted a fake obituary. The webmaster of a Dismemberment Plan fan site unfortunately believed the news of my passing. Oops. Signal Drench was a great learning experience, but I realized at the Insound Zinefest in the summer of 2000 that I wasn’t willing to make it my life’s pursuit.

Having briefly run a blog titled Recidivistic on my University of Illinois web space, I tried to avoid the rigidity of that site format when I started New Artillery, which led to a five-year war on focus. While certain elements have remained consistent over the course of New Artillery’s lifespan—concert photography, year-end lists, Juno fandom—I readily admit that little else remained consistent, particularly not updating frequency. I’ve always been tempted to return to the music magazine format, perhaps to the point that I viewed New Artillery as a temporary endeavor, but this site has outlasted Signal Drench by a wide margin and seriously, who runs music magazines this days?.

For those searching for a base for my tastes, here’s an arbitrary list of my favorite albums.

  Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen - Elektra, 1993
  Archers of Loaf - Vs. the Greatest of All Time EP - Alias, 1994
  David Bowie - Low - RCA, 1977
  Built to Spill - Perfect from Now On - Warner, 1997
  C-Clamp - Longer Waves - OhioGold, 1999
  Castor - Tracking Sounds Alone - Mud, 1997
  Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come - Atlantic, 1959
  Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst - Dreamworks, 1996
  Eluvium - Talk Amongst the Trees - Temporary Residence, 2004
  Faith No More - Angel Dust - Slash, 1992
  Frank Black - Teenager of the Year - 4AD, 1994
  Gang of Four - Entertainment! - Warner, 1979
  Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords - Geffen, 1995
  Girls Against Boys - Venus Luxure #1 Baby - Touch & Go, 1993
  Hum - You’d Prefer an Astronaut - RCA, 1995
  Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart - Atlantic, 1994
  Juno - This Is the Way It Goes and Goes and Goes - DeSoto, 1999
  Juno - A Future Lived in Past Tense - DeSoto, 2001
  Killing Joke - What’s THIS For…! - E’G, 1981
  Mclusky - Do Dallas - Too Pure, 2002
  Mogwai - Young Team - Jetset, 1997
  My Bloody Valentine - Loveless - Creation, 1991
  The Narrator - All That to the Wall - Flameshovel, 2007
  Paik - The Orson Fader - Clairecords, 2002
  Pavement - Crooked Rain Crooked Rain - Matador, 1994
  Pinebender - Working Nine to Wolf - Lovitt, 2006
  Pixies - Doolittle - 4AD, 1989
  Steve Reich - Music for Eighteen Musicians - ECM, 1978
  Rodan - Rusty - Quarterstick, 1994
  Shiner - Lula Divinia - DeSoto, 1997
  Shudder to Think - Pony Express Record - Epic, 1994
  Silkworm - Firewater - Matador, 1996
  Slint - Spiderland - Touch & Go, 1991
  The Smiths - Strangeways Here We Come - Rough Trade, 1987
  Smog - A River Ain’t Too Much to Love - Drag City, 2005
  Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline - Kranky, 2007
  Talking Heads - Remain in Light - Sire, 1980
  Tungsten74 - Binaurally Yours - Technical Echo, 2006
  Wipers - Youth of America - Park Ave., 1981
  Wire - Chairs Missing - Harvest, 1978