There’s a review by me in the February/March issue of Bookforum on the anthology Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music.
Favorite quotes from things I’ve read or seen this week:
William Gibson on Second Life: “I think it only works if you’re hooked up socially. Otherwise it’s like walking around outside a shopping mall in Edmonton, Alberta, at 4 in the morning in December.” (from Salon, interviewed by Dennis Lim)
And, in one of the most meta things I’ve seen recently, here’s a live-action rendition/parody of Second Life, from Youtube.
RIP Tony Wilson
Just took a look a few days ago at Marooned–an anthology that just came out, which contains a piece by me on Alice Coltrane. No idea why the last two grafs of my piece are italicized–I certainly didn’t do that and I was kind of mortified–but hope you enjoy the piece anyhow. Just imagine that the last two grafs are un-italicized in your head. It takes some mental typographic rearranging.
Books I’ve read over the past week, while I’ve been sick:
Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen by Michel Chion
Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy by Stephen Duncombe
The Wealth of Networks by Yochai Benkler
The Auditory Culture Reader
Ricardo Villalobos on the cover of The Wire! Good work Phil!
Woebot with a great post on Todd Terry. One of the records that I always revisit when I’m going through tumultuous times (times such as these) (the record was found, of course, in a 99-cent bin in Brooklyn) is “The Circus/Weekend” [Fresh, 1989]. Probably because Todd Terry’s stuff sounds so tumultuous. Sometimes the modern ‘minimal’ sounds can feel like so many flecks of misty rain; this stuff hits you like water blasting from a fire hydrant. Powerfully refreshing. A psychedelic jumble of ideas, strikingly intuitive and non-intuitive at the same time.