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2007 Stories by Andy Beta

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  • Dominik Eulberg and Cadenza

    published December 11, 2007

    One of the funnier musical moments of the year can be found on Dominik Eulberg's singles collection, Heimische Gefilde. Each track... More >>

  • He Is Legend

    published November 20, 2007

    Iconoclast composer Harry Partch—in discussing his late masterwork, Delusion of the Fury—stated in his notes: "Words cannot proxy... More >>

  • The Old, Weird America Marches Onward

    published November 20, 2007

    In much the same way that modern writers must drive through the gateway of Ulysses, there's not a box set of culled folk music that can... More >>

  • 'Other' Music

    published October 23, 2007

    "Hullo?" Alfreda Benge's sleepy voice answers from the other side of the Atlantic, her English accent wool-thick. It takes all of my effort... More >>

  • Worry About the Government

    published October 16, 2007

    When Britain's hep world-music emporium Soul Jazz last investigated Brazil in 2006, the cover of their Tropicália set depicted cops... More >>

  • Arcade Fire/LCD Soundsystem at Randall's Island

    published October 2, 2007

    With the end of each summer comes a complementary outdoor concert meant to signal that imminent change of seasons. Woe to promoters, though, who... More >>

  • Lost in the Bewilderness

    published September 4, 2007

    In an interview conducted in 2003 with the NYC-by-way-of-Maryland Animal Collective (the group now roams somewhere between Brooklyn, D.C., and... More >>

  • The Chocolate Wars

    published August 21, 2007

    The New York Times sounded bummed last month when it crowned Rihanna's "Umbrella" as Song of the Summer, perhaps crestfallen that there was... More >>

  • Whose Nostalgia?

    published July 24, 2007

    If I'd fallen asleep in fifth-period English class of my junior year in high school for, let's say, 15 years and woken up just this summer, I... More >>

  • Stravinsky Meets Scrooge McDuck

    published July 17, 2007

    Nico Muhly is a dervish of activity. The 26-year-old composer, Philip Glass copyist, and Björk collaborator just caught a Brooklyn Youth... More >>

  • Fitter, Happier

    published July 3, 2007

    While their slacker neighbors in late-'90s Austin were busy toiling in obscurity making Gordian prog-punk or bluegrass covers of Snoop Dogg, Spoon... More >>

  • This Year's Model

    published June 12, 2007

    Von Südenfed "That Sound Wiped" From Tromatic Reflexxions (Domino) Though tweaking and tinkering all they... More >>

  • The Re-Entroducer

    published May 15, 2007

    It's the last day of this year's EMP Pop Conference in Seattle, the annual convening of music critics and academic scholars helmed by the... More >>

  • Public Space Is the Place

    published April 3, 2007

    Either by car or on foot, the traffic around Union Square coagulates constantly. On the southwest corner of the square, street vendors jostle for... More >>

  • We Perverted the Remix

    published March 27, 2007

    Faze Action "In the Trees" (Carl Craig C2 Remix 1) Juno Records 12-Inch When U.K. house music entered its first golden... More >>

  • Quiet-Loud-Quiet-Loud Thunderstorms With Passion And Stamina

    published February 6, 2007

    For the postrock zealot, whether it be profane concerns or secular idolatry, there is no room for frivolity. So when the West Texas gridiron... More >>

  • Face-Melting Power Trio Gets all Noodle-Y and Bewildering

    published February 6, 2007

    Interviewing Psychic Paramount guitarist Drew St. Ivany a few years ago, he stressed innumerable times that the power trio's blistering take on... More >>

  • In the Shadow of No Tower

    published January 23, 2007

    It's the final days before Tower Records on Broadway and East 4th closes its revolving doors forever, and the malnourished feeding frenzy within... More >>

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