About a month ago, in intervals roughly corresponding to time zones, Radiohead fans across the world shrieked with delight.
Sometime between 2 p.m. and midnight on a Thursday or Saturday, push buzzer #3 at 275 Church Street in Tribeca and wait. Youll be admitted, and the door will swing shut behind you. You are entering the Dream House, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeelas sound and light environment at the MELA Foundation.
The night we started bombing Iraq I was at Warsaw seeing the Streets. They're a British hip hop group that centers around Mike Skinner, a 23- year-old who has pushed the musical form into new and uncharted territories.
"You were looking at the score when you came in?" Petr Kotik asked at the end of our interview, holding up the folio of Tristan Murails Gondwana. "Its difficult!" he laughed.
Melvin Thipplewhite is best known as the English guitarist responsible for classic rock anthems such as (Talking About) My Peer Group and Other People Roughly My Age, (Hes a) Pac-Man Genius, and Fool Me Again? I Dont Think So! Now the legendary musician faces prison time for pleasurably exposing himself to Norwegian tourists in Westminster Abbey.
Plenty of recent pop albums feature fine production, tasteful arranging, and hummable tunes. The drag is that so many of them endlessly wallow in pops past glories; theyre based on worn templatesthe sounds of another time and another placethat were created decades ago.