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Moldover’s New CD Package

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Moldover has reinvented the CD package with his new release. It’s a CD case, a circuit-bending musical instrument, and a ingenious design piece. Check the video: YouTube – Moldover

The Eternal Sonic Youth

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Sonic Youth is not a band. It is an institution. Where other bands who manage to stay together for over a quarter of a century (or much less) become legacy bands (i.e., bands that are only known and revered for a part of their careers long past), Sonic Youth continue to push themselves and their [...]

What Happened to Flatland BMX Coverage?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Here’s my first column for ESPN, entitled “The Revolutions Will Not Be Televised,” in which I reminisce and ruminate as to why BMX flatland television coverage disappeared. Here’s an excerpt: When I started riding flatland BMX, there were only a handful of flatland tricks to learn, and it was easy to see where to start [...]

Remembering the Music of the 90s

Friday, June 19th, 2009

The music scene of the 1990s was confused. At the turn of that last decade, Hip-hop was displacing Metal as the top-selling genre, and Nirvana was allegedly setting off the so-called “alternative revolution,” yet Guns ‘N Roses was all over MTV with opulent, twelve-minute videos and all over the charts with an epic double CD. [...]

Russian Circles interview

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Post-rock instrumental bands have been emerging from every crack and crevice of the map the past few years. You can usually tell them by their simmering introductions that build to explosive crescendos and their airy adverb-clause or sentence-length names. Russian Circles’ heavy brand of meandering rock leaves lesser bands choking on their smoke. Where amateurs [...]

Blessed Are They Who Bash Your Children’s Head Against a Rock: dälek’s Gutter Tactics

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

As elated as many of us are that we elected Barack Obama our next president, dälek is here to remind us that it ain’t all good. Opening with a minute-plus excerpt from a Reverend Wright sermon, Gutter Tactics (Ipecac, 2009) lets you know from [the] jump that dälek isn’t caught up in the hoopla of [...]

Of Campfires and Computers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

When Daniel Pinchbeck invited me to write something for Reality Sandwich, I sifted thorugh the piles of pieces I was already working on (some of which have been developed on this site) and put this together. It’s sort of an amalgamated excerpt from my book-in-progress. Here’s a polemical taste: James Howard Kunstler uses a computer [...]

Summer Reading List, 2008

Friday, June 20th, 2008

It’s that time again, time for my annual Summer Reading List, and this year’s is the biggest yet. As always, I asked several of my friends and colleagues for their recommendations — including newcomers Daniel Pinchbeck, Steve Aylett, Ian MacKaye, Mike Daily, Paul Saffo, Gareth Branwyn, Rodger Bridges, and Peter Lunenfeld, as well as return [...]