Antony and the Johnsons

The 20 All-Time Best Lyrics About Sex

Last week, we ran a feature on some of the most ridiculous and cringe-inducing lyrics about sex that pop music has given us over the years. A couple of commenters asked whether we’d be running a similar feature about good lyrics on the same subject, and the answer is “yes, definitely,” and in the pursuit of egalitarianism, we have indeed gathered a list of some of our favorite lyrics about… Read More

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Pop Quiz: Amazon or Christgau?

Yesterday we ran a series of hilariously negative reviews of classic albums, and noted at the time that we could have cited several more from the inimitable Robert Christgau, a man who’s never been shy about putting his most controversial foot forward when it comes to music. Christgau’s hairy-chested prose, idiosyncratic tastes, and habit of reviewing himself rather than the album in question have often perplexed us, as has his Dean of American Rock Critics™ schtick. In view of this, after the jump, we’ve set out a selection of mystifying reviews — both good and bad — of notable records, and we’re asking you: which quote comes from an Amazon commenter, and which was penned by the man himself? The results, which you can find at the end of the post, may or may not surprise you. … Read More

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Incredibly Detailed, 3D-Printed Visualizations of Entire Albums

Experimental digital media, music, architecture, and sound art lab Realität — founded by Juan Manuel de J. Escalante — has created 3D-printed visualizations of different albums. The unique sculptural works include: Jewels by Einstürzende Neubauten, Another World by Antony and the Johnsons, Pink Moon by Nick Drake, Third by Portishead, and the composition “Für Alina” by Arvo Pärt. As works of art, the objects are compelling, but the process is equally fascinating.

Realität describes their Microsonic Landscapes as “an algorithmic exploration of the music [they] love. Each album’s soundwave proposes a new spatial and unique journey by transforming sound into matter/space: the hidden into something visible.” Each piece was created with the open-source, three-dimensional data visualization programming language known as Processing, and then printed via a programmable machine that can print in plastic called MakerBot. The results look almost exactly as you’d expect. Albums dominated by sweeping sounds maintain a concentric shape, while layered, complex noises take on the form of spikes and towers. The smaller, grooved details are exquisite. Head past the break for a closer look. … Read More

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Watch Antony and the Johnsons’ New Video with Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramović

This morning, we woke up to this haunting video for the previously unreleased title track from Antony and the Johnsons’ new live album, which drops tomorrow, and we have to admit, we were a little scared to come into the office afterwards. The song, originally written for The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, Antony Hegarty’s operatic biography of the Serbian-born artist, is full of Hegarty’s trademark lilting vocals and heartbreakingly beautiful chord progressions. The NABIL-directed video, which will screen on August 11 at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the Meltdown Festival, stars Willem Defoe, Carice van Houten (if you’re not quite sure why she gives you that sexy sinking feeling, she plays Melisandre on Game of Thrones), and of course, Marina Abramović herself, and is a restrained, moody enigma — and it also gets quite a bit violent, so if you’re squeamish, watch with caution. … Read More

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10 Albums You Need to Hear in August

The last couple of weeks have been a pretty dire time for album releases, but happily, there’s respite to be had in August — there’s a fair selection of worthwhile records due out over the next four weeks, and as ever, we’ve pored over the release schedules to bring you our selection of the 10 best, along with a quick roundup of other notable upcoming releases. There’s an eclectic selection to be found after the jump: everything from cerebral piano-led ambience to neo-dreampop and the return of Ariel Pink — and at least one genuine album of the year contender. (Spoiler alert: SWANS.) Let us know in the comments section what’s on your shopping list for August. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Seymour Glass

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Salinger’s number two angst man, Seymour Glass. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Robert Louis Stevenson’s two-faced mystery man (men?), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Gregor Samsa from ‘The Metamorphosis’

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin, or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Kafka’s poor victim of metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa. … Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: Joanna Newsom in ‘The Family Jams’

The year was 2004 — a simpler time. The music? Freak folk, of course. Kevin Barker’s film The Family Jams follows the movement’s leading lights — Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, and Vetiver’s Andy Cabic — on a US tour. If soothing psychedelia, Milk-Eyed Mender-era Newsom, guest appearances by the likes of Antony and the Johnsons, and lots of shirtless Banhart are your cup of herbal tea, you can check out a screening at Brooklyn’s reRun theater April 8th-14th. Watch the trailer after the jump. … Read More

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Pop Culture’s Most Iconic Androgynes, 1800-Present

Is there a place for hardcore androgyny in the fashion world? Although the industry itself is made up of an endlessly colorful variety of sexual and gender rebels, models often represent a masculine or feminine ideal. For boys who look like girls, the going can be especially tough. But, with the news that Andrej Pejic, a remarkably beautiful, deeply androgynous male model, has scored a major ad campaign with Jean Paul Gaultier, things may finally be changing.

After the jump, we celebrate Pejic’s rise with a retrospective of culture’s most iconic androgynes (not drag queens and kings, but people who actually pushed the boundaries of gender in their daily lives), from the days of George Sand to the present. … Read More

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