Massive Attack makes the kind of music that sounds great when youre alone. Referencing dub reggae, backpack hip-hop, post-punk, rave culture, and R&B without sounding like any of them, it plays on paranoia and longingoften in the same song.
Spirit Duplicator, the second record from Brooklyn quartet the Wingdale Community Singers, begins with an enticing simulacrumnot a chord strummed on an acoustic guitar but the naked skeleton of notes that would seem to form that chord.
Wanting to live in New York and actually doing it are two separate beasts. First theres the tableau: drinking coffee from one of those Greek-motif cups the Law & Order cops are always holding; reading the Post and Observer; riding the subway. But this has little to do with the actual living part of living in New Yorkthe competition, the paralyzing stress, and a plummeting job market. I havent bought a copy of the Post in two years.
Yeasayers vigorous mix of dance-inspired electronica and indie guitar-rock, presented live at Berlins Postbahnhof on March 10, was much needed in the arctic wastes of a city slowly crawling out of a long, arduous winter.
Martíns production follows the arc of the book, covering Arenass life from childhood in Cuba to exile in New York City. As a youth, Arenas joined Castros rebels and soon moved from the provinces to Havana to pursue writing. But his writings and openly gay lifestyle soon got him into trouble with the Communist regime.