Rhyton :: Pharaonic Crosstalk

From all their references to archaic civilizations, you might expect Rhyton to make an especially pompous brand of progressive rock or symphonic black metal. (A rhyton, after all, is an animal-shaped drinking horn from the Bronze Age, which, let’s be honest, sounds metal as fuck.) But, actually, no small amount…

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Myriam Gendron :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

There are some people, like me, who consider Myriam Gendron’s Not So Deep as a Well to be one of the finest albums of the 2010s. It’s been seven long years since the Montreal artist released her luminous collection of Dorothy Parker poems set to music, but the wait has…

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Group Listening

Group Listening—the UK duo of clarinetist Stephen Black and pianist Paul Jones—first caught our ear with their sparse and impassioned cover of Arthur Russell’s already perfect “A Little Lost.” That was from their debut, Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 1, an album which also found them employing a tastefully…

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Spiritualized :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

In the late 1980s, after a split with his Spacemen 3 partner, Peter Kember, Jason Pierce set out to make a new kind of music, less guitar-driven, more orchestral, founded on hauntingly simple melodies, but blown out with lush arrangements, blistering noise and free-wheeling instrumental improvisation. Spiritualized drew on pop,…

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New Chance :: Real Time

“I could enter the world on a wave,” sings Victoria Cheong on Real Time, her latest full-length as avant-garde electronic searcher New Chance. On the album, released last month via We Are Time, the Toronto vocalist and producer is surfing the crest of her own sonic waters, crafting hypnotic, self-echoed…

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Eight Music-Related Reasons to Move to California

By JOHN DALY When people talk about California, they primarily discuss Silicon Valley, its robust economy, the large tech companies, and beaches. But, if you’re looking to become the next big performer or you love live music, moving to California is a wise choice. America’s entertainment capital has been a…

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Videodrome :: Cold Eye | Helmut Newton & Jun Ropé

(Welcome to Videodrome. A recurring column plumbing the depths of vintage and contemporary cinema – from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir, documentary and beyond.) In 1980, German-Australian photographer, Helmut Newton, partnered with Japanese fashion brand Jun Ropé to direct Cold Eye. The commercial would become part of…

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