Music

FUTURE SOUNDS OF LONDON

I didn’t know what to call Kode9’s work when I first heard it, but neither did the label that put it out.

LIKE A BULLET LOVES THE SKY

What we talk about when we talk about love: the ’75 World Series, Anna Karenina, Annie Hall, David Foster Wallace, Star Wars, Sex and the City, the Big Bang. It’s all pop music, basically, and pop is what we talk about when we talk about metaphor.

THE MARKET HOTEL SHUTS DOWN, GROWS UP

Less than a month after the Market Hotel’s forced closing for serving alcohol without a license, the managers of the popular Bushwick DIY venue have announced plans to reopen the space as a nonprofit—an all-ages community space run partially by a board of governors that will include members of the New York-area arts community.

SUBLIMINAL SEDUCTION

Bora Yoon is a sound architect/conjurer who stirs into her acoustical cauldron circuit boards, hand-cranked emergency-frequency radios, turntables, feedback loops, oodles of wires, metronomes, windup toys, and whispers.

AIDE-MEMOIRE FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC LOVERS

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 magazine’s home turf.

OUTTAKES

One recent cold, full-moon spring night I was just about to give a second spin to Identical Sunsets, the new Dunmall-Corsano LP on ESP (the record is a killer), but instead the dial fell onto WKCR.

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