DAVE MANDL is a writer (the Rail, the Wire, Slate, the Believer) and musician. He hosts the weekly music show World of Echo Sunday nights on WFMU.
NOV 2014 | Music
When youre a Silicon Valley tool with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Among other things, this means that nearly any object or phenomenon known to man is reducible to some formula or algorithm, and thus replicableonly better!in a lab or startup garage.
SEPT 2012 | Local
Im from Brooklyn. I mean, Im really from Brooklyn. I was actually born here.
MAR 2010 | Music
Rock camps and rock schools for kids are a very recent phenomenon, but the idea is already so established, and seems so natural, that it feels like theyve been around forever.
FEB 2009 | Music
I cant remember the last time I was asked about my Desert Island Discs, but for nearly twenty years my robotic response was the same: the two-LP Recommended Records Sampler (1982). There may have been more important compilations released in my lifetime, but I cant think of one at the moment.
FEB 2005 | Music
The cultural changes wrought by the iPod and the MP3-trading movement are now well known, but heres something to add to the list: It seems that radio listening habitsor at least online radio listening habitshave been deeply affected as well.
MAY 2004 | Music
Ken Freedman, station manager of WFMU, recently spoke with Rail music editor Dave Mandl about the current FCC controversies.
EARLY SUMMER 2002 | Music
Though you might not be aware of it if you live in the U.S.where mobile-phone technology is still a creaky Tower of Babeltexting is a massively popular phenomenon in the rest of the industrialized world, especially among young people.
DEC 13-JAN 14 | Music
As I near my 11th anniversary as the Rail’smusic editor, a slew of other obligations has made it impossible for me to continue tending the section in my usual obsessive-compulsive way, so I’ve decided to move on.
MAR 2011 | Music
While I cant claim to be the biggest fan of Jack Bruces work since, oh, 1974 or so, I consider the man virtually beyond reproach. A musical prodigy who was performing Dvorák and listening to Monk and the Modern Jazz Quartet when he was a teenager, Bruce is indisputably one of the most original and influential bassists of all time.
JUNE 2010 | Music
For the past 14 years, the London-based music mag The Wire has run a bi-monthly series of Primers that serve as quick-study guides to the artists and genres that are generally considered essential in the non-mainstream universe that is the magazines home turf.
NOV 2008 | Books
Studieseven pop studiesof the sociological aspects of the American system of government seem to be a vanishing species. In keeping with the nasty, selfish, finger-pointing tone of most mainstream political discussion this century, its no surprise that books on the subject tend to be highly partisan attacks on political parties or figures.
MAR 2005 | Music
Regarding great marginal or underground musicians, it’s often true that the less well known they remain, the better.
WINTER 2003 | Music
Jad Fair & R. Stevie Moore
FairMoore, Old Gold Records 2002
FairMoore brings together two fiercely original figures in the American music underground. Jad Fair, with his brother David, was the co-founder of the hugely influential post-post-punk group Half Japanese, who, as Fair gloats on his website, "have recorded more albums than the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined." (Incidentally, thats post-post-punk in style, not time; the groups first, home-recorded record was released back in 1977.
AUG-SEPT 2002 | Music
Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro is surely one of the most famous unknowns in rock-and-roll history.