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A sentimental, indulgent wallow in my personal history with the music of @philipglass, who celebrates his 83rd birthday today.
I aspire to be described as terrible and lovely
In Mali, the jihadists threaten to destroy musical instruments, cut the tongues out of singers, & silence Mali’s great musical heritage,” said Sissoko. “And yet, ironically, it is the USA customs that have in their own way managed to do this.
The social media behemoth is about to face off with the IRS in a rare trial to capture billions that the tax agency thinks Facebook owes.
But budget cuts have hamstrung the agency’s ability to bring the case.
Motor neurone disease has left the French hip-hop artist totally immobile – yet he still found the means to compose a remarkable album inspired by Kate Bush
Wonder if the driver was haulin’ oats?
A Washington State trooper was surprised to find a semi-truck he pulled over this week was being used by its driver as a recording studio — complete with party supplies.
We sit down with Josh Eustis to dissect the sounds and techniques behind Dreams Are Not Enough
this shouldn’t be evergreen and yet here we are again
I spoke to @EspeSpalding, @blkfootwhtfoot, @TheonCross, @orbitalband and Natalie Clein about the bond between musician and instrument.
for my first Pitch piece, I wrote about teen pop stans and TikTok freaks disseminating bootlegged music on Spotify via podcasts.
I interviewed @_GuidedByVoices (as well as their management, crew and inner circle) for this @FortuneMagazine deep dive into their surprisingly lean, savvy bottom line. Register for free and read/speed on. Many thanks to @RadTV!
Why Iceland Seems To Punch Above Its Weight On The International Musical Scene
Gyda Valtysdóttir attributes Icelandic music to a lack of formal musical education: “When I started out in Múm at 16, I really was a beginner and it was just for the joy of playing; there wasn’t any thought that somehow you weren’t capable.” #iceland
He wrote bleakly comic tales which were subject to obscenity trials in the States thanks to their dwelling on sodomy and drugs but which later saw him elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The new High Fidelity is pretty likable, but this is a very smart breakdown of the ways it feels off in the moment.
The Mazzy Star, Opal and Rain Parade songwriter, who has died aged 61, had a subtle but profound influence, paving the way for the hazy sound of Lana Del Rey
David Roback: hallucinatory guitarist still sending pop into a dream
Also in the new issue of @LondonInStereo, I argue that sometimes it actually IS okay for journalists to listen to music on laptop speakers.
New interview with @GreatDismal in the New Statesman in which we learn that his initial recognition of what future shock felt like was the result of his first encounter with… glam rock.