(Update, July 2016 – if you’re one of the more substantial wave of readers who’ve been coming here recently, be warned that the following is a little out-of-date. I’ll re-write it shortly.)
About the Blog:
‘Misfit City’ is an exploration of Dann Chinn’s diverse and questionable taste in music, and an attempt to share it with whoever is interested. The blog covers a wide range of musical approaches and styles, and reflects on them in detail.
Between 1997 and 2004 ‘Misfit City’ was an online music webzine: Dann has now revived and continued the work as a blog and Facebook page. As such, it’s an ongoing archive, containing new material written from late 2011 onwards plus reviews, articles and musings written (and sometimes misplaced) from about 1990 onwards. All of this is jumbled up together, so expect reviews of new (or new-ish) material to be alternating with reviews of old material.
Dann hopes to expand it into other areas, given time and inspiration – but for now it’s just one man and his ears.
About the Blogger:
Dann Chinn has been listening to music for as long as he can remember, and writing for almost as long as that. Over the years he’s built up a broad patchwork of musical knowledge, an interest in exploring further and a tendency to write about it. Sometimes, all of these things come together quite well. All opinions, errors, grand follies and flashes of genius on these pages are his.
In addition to various things he’s had to do to pay the rent, Dann has also worked as a production manager and/or performer with small opera and theatre companies, and as an occasional contributing writer/photographer to various publications. Outside of these activities and the music reviewing he writes fiction, joins promising people together and gets distracted too often. He lives (slightly precariously) in London with his wife, his young son and far too many soundfiles.
The odd spelling of his first name started out as an attempt to remind people of the genuinely odd spelling of his last name. It didn’t work, but it stuck.
Dann’s Playlist, August 2013
(in no particular order, and excluding items formally sent for review):
- Antipop Consortium: ‘Tragic Epilogue’
- BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis: “Richard Causton: Millennium Scenes’ (unreleased recording)
- Can: ‘Ege Bamyasi’
- Jonathan Coudrille: ‘Farmer Fisher’ single
- Disco Inferno: ‘Technicolour’ & ‘The 5 EPs’
- Dutch Uncles: ‘Out of Touch, In the Wild’ and ‘Cadenza’
- Everything Everything: ‘Arc’ & ‘Man Alive’
- Fossil: ‘The Devil Tree’ EP
- Gobble Gobble: ‘Neon Graveyard’
- Yasmin Hendrix: (various tracks)
- Julia Holter: ‘Tragedy’
- Huge Baby: ‘Portrait Of Ahead’
- Jobriath: ‘Lonely Planet Boy’
- Jim Lampi: ‘TV Weather’
- Carin Levine: ‘Wieland Hoban: Legion (for flute and tape)’
- Laura Moody: ‘Laura Moody EP’
- Mouth Music: ‘The Order of Things’
- Mr Pongle & The Tenor Ladies: (demos for forthcoming debut album)
- Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly: ‘Carlo Gesualdo: Complete Sacred Music for Five Voices’
- Minnie Riperton: ‘Come To My Garden’
- Sadhappy: ‘Live Before We Were Dead’ & ‘Good Day Bad Dream’
- Liam Singer: ‘Dislocatia’
- Tuner: ‘ZWAR’
- The United States of America: ‘The United States of America’
- various songs which my two-year-old son is trying to make up