I’m Rafi; I live in Toronto and work in digital strategy.
Fuzzcrush is an archive of my music writing, starting from 2004 to the present. I mostly write about records I like, but every once in a while I’ll review a lemon.
I’m currently finding most of my new music via Bandcamp, Youtube and my local record stores. Bandcamp has a great selection of independent artists and lets users support bands directly by buying physical merchandise on top of digital music downloads. I don’t use Spotify; it’s missing a lot of the artists I listen to. Sometimes there are albums that are available, but later they’ve disappear without explanation. In my opinion, that’s not good enough. I should be able to purchase and download a permanent copy that’s mine, rather than be subject to the whims of the platform.
I like these sites:
- The Quietus, a site I discovered by way of its fantastic review of The Bleach Room
- Prindle’s Rock ‘n Roll Review Site: a web 1.0 website featuring thorough rundowns of a dizzying array of bands, all delivered with humour and personality
- Ruthless Reviews: the leading authority on shitty ’80s cinema
There are some others, like Indieville, Left off the Dial and Earpollution, but they either aren’t around anymore or have changed formats.
Thanks for checking out the site.