Because Im old and I prefer my living room above all else, I missed NYCs Drew Falty DL Lustman when he headlined the monthly Turbotax party at Hugs in Williamsburg recently. Lustman produces jumbled, sonically riveting electronic music via computer software, keyboards, and a couple of turntables.
As soon as I walked through the door of the Museum of Modern Arts Looking at Music: Side 2 exhibit, I had to seek out the video for Sonic Youths Death Valley 69.
It happened 20 years ago, a few turbulent years before Nirvana accidentally led alternative musics charge onto mainstream radio and MTV, puzzling record executives everywhere.
The poet Steve Dalachinsky, whose writing appears regularly in these pages, has had a monumental book published. Reaching into the Unknown: 19642009 (RogueArt, Paris) is a collaboration with the extraordinary French photographer Jacques Bisceglia, who has been taking photos of jazz musicians for 55 years.
I first heard Mary Margaret OHaras extraordinary voice in 1992.
Its Sunday night at the Sixth Ward, a pub on the Lower East Side, and three out of four members of Des Roar are standing behind the bar. Ryan Spoto, the groups bassist, grabs an opener and runs it across a slew of vodka bottles, creating a tinkling echo of beats.