With so many genres represented, it’s not possible to say anything coherent about the 2011 Unsound Festival, the annual conclave of experimental, electronic, and otherwise avant-garde music and ancillary media.
In the recent documentary Bill Cunningham New York, Cunningham states that if you did away with fashion it would be like doing away with civilization.
Just like Communism, the Residents looked better on paper. Historically, they knew their shit; their 1976 album Third Reich n Roll featured Dick Clark in Nazi regalia dangling a carrot in front of Hitlers face.
John Szwed, author of the recent biography of the late Alan Lomax, subtitled his book The Man Who Recorded the World. During his lifetime, Alan recorded thousands of hours of traditional music in the American South, the Caribbean, and Europe, while at the same time copying, archiving, publishing, and presenting on vinyl, radio, and paper collections of folk music from around the world.
ith Secret Curve, the Brooklyn musicians third outing with the avant-jazz-rock trio PAK, Anderson has willed into being something so mind-bending, frenetic, and complexbut tight and composedthat it mocks attempts to fit it into genre boundaries or even find points of reference to map its trajectories.
You never know what to expect with Polly Jean Harvey, who seems to have reinvented herself more times than Cher and Madonna combined. One thing you can always count on, however, is a bit of gloom and darkness. And some killer beats.