Listen to This Fan-Created Version of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume 3
Disquiet’s Marc Weidenbaum highlights some of the best tracks on Richard D. James’ Soundcloud account.
Luxury’s Unique Rock n’ Roll Story Is Becoming a Documentary
Luxury’s story isn’t necessarily your typical rock n’ roll epic, what with the priesthood and all, but it is a fascinating one.
Dynamic Stillness by Steve Roach (Review)
Dynamic Stillness is one of the more challenging Steve Roach releases; it’s not without its rewards, but it makes its own demands of the listener.
Building Better Blog Networks
Blog networks can be powerful tools, but they’re only as good as the support they offer their bloggers, and there’s plenty of room for improvement there.
Nostalgia & Heartache in Starflyer 59’s Gold
The shoegaze reunions continue with this stripped down acoustic performance.
Reading: “Chrindie” Music, Sufjan Stevens, Protecting Kids from Porn, Parks and Recreation, Coptic Martyrs, and more
Also: Jeffrey Overstreet discusses prayer songs, transhumanism as gnosticism, and more.
Trophies, Luxury’s First Album in a Decade, Is a Brilliant & Bracing Return to Form (Review)
Regardless of why Luxury released a new album after a decade, I’m glad they did; simply put, Trophies contains the best music I’ve ever heard from them.
Reading: Farewell Jon Stewart, American Horror Story, Marvel’s “Infinity Gauntlet” Saga, ISIS and American History, and Shamed on Social Media
Also: The music industry’s production tricks, crowdsourcing’s fatal flaw, Tarkovskian video games, Kendrick Lamar’s new single, adoption, a better Facebook community, and more.
The Diverse Genius of Yoko Kanno
I’ve compiled some of my favorite Yoko Kanno compositions to showcase the remarkable diversity and flare that typifies her music.
Reading: Newsweek vs. The Bible, “Mid-Reputable” TV, Vaccines, Star Trek, Kendrick Lamar, Political Correctness & More
Also: The design flaws of the U.S.S. Enterprise, sci-fi background, Facebook’s inadvertent cruelty, and some bonus links.
Starr Mazer and Children of Morta Prove 16-Bit Games Are as Cool as Ever
The seemingly sub-par artwork and animation found in 8-bit and 16-bit video games can have its own charm and cleverness.