"You always have this weird thing in the back of your head when you start sculpting something; you want it to flow at least as well as this thing you've read," says TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe.
Whatever you do, dont ask him about the hat, she says. Ive just met Jen, 22, and her husband Luke, 27, as were waiting for Junes Lightspeed Champion show to start at Maxwells in Hoboken. When I tell them Ill be interviewing the bands driving force, Dev Hynes, in a couple of days, Jen raises her eyebrows.
The curators at ISSUE Project Room, a linchpin in New York Citys experimental music scene, are hard at work on numerous fronts.
Saying the album is over is so overthese days, its the song itself thats played out. Artists used to present two twenty-minute arcs, one per side; with the CD, they were responsible for an uninterrupted hour. But the move in the market from the album to individual song downloads killed all that off, and now a song wont pass muster unless it will fit in a thirty-second ad spot: Witness Royksopps Remind Me, a Geico commercial hit.
Fans of the young and folksy contingent in musicwhich seems to be growing in numbers, like so many rolls of hay from a balerwill be content to fall asleep under a stack, sans horn, with the full-length debut from U.K. artist Johnny Flynn. Released in the U.S. in late July, A Larum is the latest from a community of music-makers from across the pond cutting albums in the British folk style
Two special treatsnot music in themselves, but with great musical contentwere the Nakadai film festival, which featured soundtracks by such greats as Toru Takemitsu, and Celebrate Brooklyns outdoor screening of Godfrey Reggios Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation. The latter featured live accompaniment by the Philip Glass Ensemble along with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
The Walkmen: You & Me (Gigantic) The Walkmen have come a long way since their first album more than six years ago, and its been two years since their last effortbut You & Me was worth the wait. While their tunes still have that feeling of off-kilter carnival music, this time around theyre playing with a new confidence.
Last December I got my buddy Rat and his girlfriend Veronica comps for the Deerhoof show in Miami. They brought Steve Mackay, the sax player from the Stooges, with them.
Famoro Dioubate is a Guinean balafonist descended from an 800-year-old lineage of West African griot, stretching back to the Malian king Sundiata Keita. The balafon is one of the oldest griot instruments, the African predecessor to what we refer to as the xylophone.