Douglas Wolk

A Dilemma of Horns

A Dilemma of Horns

Diana Ross, Brotherhood of Breath, Maher Shalal Hash Baz.

 

From left: Ikue Mori, Arto Lindsay, and Tim Wright c. 1981.

A Feast of DNA

There's an anomaly near the end of Caetano Veloso's A Foreign Sound (Nonesuch), the Brazilian singer-songwriter's new album of American popular songs. Veloso's definition of… Continue reading

 

The Go-Betweens: Robert Forster, left, and Grant McLennan.

After Hollywood

The Go-Betweens' Oceans Apart.

 

Almost Beaten to the Punch

Almost Beaten to the Punch

Motown: year four.

Almost Beaten to the Punch
Aging doesn't have to suck: Amsterdam's the Ex.

Anarchy in the NL

Dutch punk legends the Ex celebrate 25 years with the two-CD Turn.

Aging doesn't have to suck: Amsterdam's the Ex.
Artists Only: Talking Heads

Artists Only: Talking Heads

Given the Band's fondness for contemporary art, it's only fair to divide Talking Heads' career into early, middle, and late periods. The newly revised version… Continue reading

Artists Only: Talking Heads
Death Cab for Cutie, from left: Michael Schnorr, Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Chris Walla.

Big Plans for Everybody

Death Cab for Cutie goes major-label, with mixed results.

Death Cab for Cutie, from left: Michael Schnorr, Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Chris Walla.
Blinded by the Bright Lights

Blinded by the Bright Lights

RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson.

Blinded by the Bright Lights
Tortoise

Chicago, Now and Then

The Brave and the Bold was the title of a comic book in the '70s, teaming up Batman with a different character every issue. It's… Continue reading

Tortoise
Completing the Collection

Completing the Collection

Every record collection has its roots in a moment of complicated joy. We hear a song, and it makes us happy. We want to hear… Continue reading

Completing the Collection
Chloe (left) and Asya of Smoosh.

Discovering the Dream

Alison Krauss, Jimmy Sturr, and Smoosh.

Chloe (left) and Asya of Smoosh.
Arrow Brown in the early '70s.

Eccentric Elephants

Every great record's got a story behind it, but sometimes not-so-great records have even better stories. The Numero Group label has so far released two… Continue reading

Arrow Brown in the early '70s.
Deerhoof

Into the Cosmos

San Francisco's Deerhoof get loose.

Deerhoof
Boredoms, or maybe V∞redomes.

Invisible Man

EYE, Boredoms, and John Zorn.

Boredoms, or maybe V∞redomes.
Mark Stewart.

Kissing the Future

Mark Stewart and Andrew Poppy.

Mark Stewart.
Simon Johns, Laetitia Sadier, Tim Gane, and Dominic Jeffrey of Stereolab.

Living in Dual Mono

On Margerine Eclipse, Stereolab daydream in Technicolor.

Simon Johns, Laetitia Sadier, Tim Gane, and Dominic Jeffrey of Stereolab.
Ken Stringfellow

Losing the Plot

The knotty narratives of the Fiery Furnaces and Ken Stringfellow.

Ken Stringfellow
Elliott Smith in 2001.

One More Taste

Rarities from the vaults of Sly Stone, Elliott Smith, and Neutral Milk Hotel.

Elliott Smith in 2001.
Please, Please, Please

Please, Please, Please

James Brown's horrible new 'memoir.'

Please, Please, Please
Carl Newman

Power-Pop Grad School

An interview with the New Pornographers' Carl Newman.

Carl Newman