Richard James

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Putting Aphex Twin's New Album Syro in Context

    I'm ostensibly here to talk to you about Aphex Twin's new album, Syro, but first I need to admit to some Pavlovian conditioning. Over the years I've grown unreasonably excitable by the first few bars of "Xtal," the first track on his debut album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92. This has very little to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Five Albums That Make Their Fans Insufferable

    There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Oddsmaking: Will Thom Yorke Dance Away With The Short-Form Music Video Grammy?

    ​Unlike MTV's Video Music Awards, which usually reward some combination of pop excellence, symbolic audacity, and likelihood of being controversial, the Grammys' short-form music video category is a lot like the Oscars. They don't always pick the best videos—this year's list omits such h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2011

    Rightbloggers Counter Eco-Nazis' "Earth Hour" by Patriotically Wasting Electricity

    This weekend, an unknown number of people worldwide participated in the fifth annual "Earth Hour" sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. They turned off electricity to "take a stand against climate change." Landmarks were dimmed, but the effect on either energy consumption or awareness is unknown an ... More >>

  • Music

    March 18, 2008

    Nine Inch Nails' Ghosts I-IV

    Trent makes a middling ambient record. So can you, incidentally.

  • Music

    July 24, 2007

    Ghost in the Machine

    Aphex Twin, the Mozart (or Beethoven) of electronic music, re-emerges. Maybe.

  • Music

    August 30, 2005


    Inside nearly a dozen transparent sleeves, amid the inky blackness, Richard D. James starts over

  • Music

    January 25, 2005
  • NYC Life

    August 10, 2004
  • Music

    March 4, 2003

    Trio Savvy

    The Bad Plus's Equilateral Chamber Jazz

  • NYC Life

    September 3, 2002

    Prophecy Fulfilled

    The Rapture Is Coming

  • NYC Life

    May 21, 2002
  • NYC Life

    June 19, 2001
  • Music

    February 8, 2000