Club Classics: Brandt Brauer Frick

November 23, 2012
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For TIME MAGAZINE: Brandt Brauer Frick’s musical recipe works like this: they combine dark, repetitive piano melodies and minimal string and brass arrangements with four on the floor techno beats and live percussion, and glue it all together with a moog synthesizer. The educated, classically trained, Berlin-based trio can perform variations of their set in […]

Slinkachu: Large-Scale Miniatures

October 1, 2012
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For the ECONOMIST: A PINK lollipop has fallen to the ground in London, smashing a miniature Audi convertible no bigger than a lego brick. The car’s tiny owner stands next to the crumpled vehicle, holding his hand to his head in distress. In Hong Kong, a little man in a shirt and tie prepares to […]

Film: Skateboarding in Afghanistan

September 7, 2012

For the ECONOMIST: UNDER Taliban rule, sport in Afghanistan hovered between restricted and banned. Since the regime’s fall from power, it has seen a revival. Most famously, Afghanistan now has a cricket team that has risen quickly through the league. But resources and equipment for amateur sporting activities remain limited. When Oliver Percovich, an Australian […]

Anatomy of a Song: Zoe Keating

Dee Dee Ramone: 2001 Interview

My Post-Colic Stress Disorder

July 23, 2012

For the NEW YORK TIMES: Our son’s birth was not what we anticipated. My wife’s 43-hour labor resulted in an emergency C-section, so the calm birthing pool experience we hoped for never happened. The soothing birth soundtrack we compiled barely got played. Luckily our son was born healthy with no complications for him or my […]

Hip Hop: Women’s Voices in 2012

July 2, 2012

Smart, thoughtful, laid-back recordings from female hip hop artists like THEESatisfaction, Syd the Kyd, Kilo Kish, Yung Yadi and others is making 2012 more interesting.

Q&A: Fishbone’s Norwood Fisher

June 29, 2012

For the ECONOMIST: “EVERYDAY Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone”, a recent film by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler, is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Fishbone, a funk, ska, metal, punk and reggae band from Los Angeles. They rose to fame in the late 1980s but have spent the past two decades in obscurity, bouncing from one […]

Soul Music: Soundtrack for Now?

June 12, 2012

For the ECONOMIST: IT IS easy to understand why soul music is enjoying a revival. Faced with cuts in social spending and a sluggish economy, listeners in Britain may find solace in Adele’s throaty songs of heartache. Two wars, a recession and rising education costs in America have been more than enough to get people […]

Ray Bradbury: Dirty Shirt and All

June 7, 2012

For the ECONOMIST: THE sadness I first felt upon hearing the news of Ray Bradbury’s death soon gave way to a grin as I recalled how lucky I was to have met him in person. Bradbury died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness. He was 91. He is credited with bringing science […]

Show Review: Dum Dum Girls

May 14, 2012

In the crowd at a recent Dum Dum Girls show at the Islington Academy in North London was an unexpected number of over-40 male fans.

As Parents, Are Fathers the Second Sex?

April 28, 2012

For the NEW YORK TIMES: Ten months ago, my wife and I had our first child, a boy. He was born in London, where we’ve been living for nearly four years. We’ve both been happy with the prenatal and postnatal health care services provided, and have been equally pleased with the day care center he’s […]

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