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 >>
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 >>
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 videosthis year's list omits such h ... More >>
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 >>
Trent makes a middling ambient record. So can you, incidentally.
Aphex Twin, the Mozart (or Beethoven) of electronic music, re-emerges. Maybe.
Inside nearly a dozen transparent sleeves, amid the inky blackness, Richard D. James starts over
The Bad Plus's Equilateral Chamber Jazz
The Rapture Is Coming