Tuesday, March 5
Crate Diggin': “The Significance of Sampling”

Sam Frampton waxes poetic on vinyl, sampling, and their role in hip-hop.     My best friend from home recently resolved to “get into beatmaking.”  Naturally, I fired a few technical questions at him.  In essence, I asked him how he planned to accomplish such a mammoth task.  He declared that first of all, he…


Tuesday, March 5
Tea and a Biscuit: “All Hail King Charles!”

A different week. A different Brit.   There are few things in life that I like better than British artists who sing in their native accents. As a Brit myself, I might be slightly biased, but the accent is such a great one that it would seem silly to waste its obvious allure by swapping…


Thursday, February 28
Album Review: Running “Amok” in Place

Comparisons to Radiohead are inevitable when listening to “Amok,” the long-awaited debut album from Thom Yorke-fronted supergroup Atoms for Peace. They’re inevitable, and for that reason, justified. It’s impossible for Yorke’s solo work to step out of Radiohead’s monolithic shadow, but this is less a testament to our myopia than to the sheer scale of his…


Tuesday, February 26
Post Post Punk

You could forgive someone who grew up listening to the Police for thinking that “Post Office” was a synonym for retirement. After all, the label “post punk” described that guitar-heavy, angsty music of the late ’70s and early ’80s as simply “that which came after punk,” so wouldn’t “post office” be, whatever comes after office?…


Monday, February 25
Words About Words About Music: A Historical Orientation

  How do we talk about music, and can it be talked about? Doing violence to the “text” and the language of music as anti-language.    A Historical Orientation   “Logocentrism” is a favorite word of mine, because it sums up the main thing that the projects of modernity and post-modernity are ultimately up against.…