The image you see above, weirdly, is not a still from a likewise disquieting scene from a film, but rather an image of a “sky pool” that’s being constructed in …Read More
Today has been filled with musical surprises: firstly, everyone was parsing the Billboard Music Awards for things to GIF and things to grumble about. The event naturally represents music on the more accessible end of the spectrum, and while Britney and Iggy were being Pretty and Taylor’s Blood was being Bad, somewhere far away, a more experimental musical genius was deconstructing his, er, evanescent backend expulsions to show that there’s a classical symphony to just about everything. Meanwhile, Björk straddles the line of those who make off-puttingly corporeal symphonies (she did, after all, once collaborate with Matmos, whose song “California Rhinoplasty” wears its title quite literally) and the more Billboard-friendly mainstream. Last Friday, she did a DJ set at Tri-Angle’s fifth anniversary party in New York, where she played everything from Kate Bush to Death Grips to The Haxan Cloak. She uploaded her whole set earlier, and you can check it out at The Quietus.
Is the unholy shotgun marriage between pop music and institutional high art about to end in divorce? It’s hard to say. But after MoMA’s fiasco-level failure of a Björk retrospective, a relationship built largely on shared megalomania, reputational gain, and, well, money, appears to be on the verge of collapse — like most celebrity marriages.
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“I spend 80% of the writing process of my albums on my own…The 20% of the album process when I bring in the string orchestras, the extras, that’s documented more. That’s the side people see. When I met M.I.A., she was moaning about this, and I told her, ‘Just photograph yourself in front of the mixing desk in the studio, and people will go, ‘Oh, OK! A woman with a tool, like a man with a guitar.’” So Björk told Pitchfork this January; Female Pressure is a response to that advice. The network of female electronic artists posts images of its members in the studio on its Tumblr, and we’ve collected some of our favorites here, along with the artists’ names and a link to their music. Click through and check out the images of women at work.
All day Wednesday, the sky dumped snow on much of the eastern United States. Especially for those of us in the Northeast, this is nothing new — this unusually harsh season has been bringing us snowstorm after snowstorm, cold snap after cold snap, for months. Spring may officially be only two weeks away, but you wouldn’t know it from the icy tableau that is New York (or Boston, god help them). So, to soothe — or perhaps just distract — you blanket-covered, tea-sipping masses, here’s a collection of songs that encapsulate the experience of endless …Read More