Haruki Murakami Became a DJ on a Japanese Radio Station for One Night: Hear the Music He Played for Delighted Listeners

In his native Japan, Haruki Murakami has published not just fiction but all sorts of essays dealing with a variety of subjects, from travel to music to writing itself. One collection of these pieces came out under the title Murakami Radio, a possible inspiration for a broadcast of the same name this past summer on Tokyo […]

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The Origins of the Death Growl in Metal Music

When Arab-Spanish Sephardi Jewish merchant Abraham ben Jacob first encountered the Vikings in Denmark, he had this to say: “Never before I have heard uglier songs than those of the Vikings in Slesvig. The growling sound coming from their throats reminds me of dogs howling, only more untamed.” Now what Mr. ben Jacob actually heard […]

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Wendy Carlos’ Switched on Bach Turns 50 This Month: Learn How the Classical Synth Record Introduced the World to the Moog

When the Moog synthesizer appeared in the late 60s, musicians didn’t know what it was for, so they found some very creative uses for it, including making novelty tracks like “Pop Corn,” a huge hit for Gershom Kingsley from the 1969 album Music to Moog By. But the synthesizer was more than a quirky new toy. […]

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Aphex Twin’s Massive Catalog, Including Rare Unreleased Tracks, Is Now Free to Stream Online

Few things connect the electronic music of the 90s to that of today like Aphex Twin. The long career of Richard D. James—he of the sinister grinning face plastered on buxom models and a gang of violent children in his early NSFW videos—anticipated and in some ways invented the glitchy, clattering, squelching, cacophonous, alien sound […]

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Hear Brian Eno’s Ringtones Composed for Mobile Phones

In a Brian Eno interview from 2007, writer Gemma Winter reminded him of something she had read about him and ringtones: GM: I read an interview with you in Q magazine about seven years ago, and you were asked had you ever composed your own ringtone. You responded by saying you wouldn’t be that sad! […]

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How Joan Jett Started the Runaways at 15 and Faced Down Every Barrier for Women in Rock and Roll

These are dark days for everyone who cares about equality. After decades of painful progress and some hard-won victories for women in the U.S., the guardians of patriarchy seem hellbent on undoing modernity and setting the clock back decades to keep power. The misogynistic spectacle is nauseating. One remedy, Rebecca Traister recommends in her new […]

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Blondie Drummer Clem Burke and Scientific Researchers Show That Drumming Can Help Kids with Autism Learn More Effectively in School

Photo via the Clem Burke Drumming Project Musicians from classic bands take all sorts of unexpected paths in their late careers. We’ve seen Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart collaborate with NASA, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne take on—among a dozen other roles—the mantle of librarian, and Bruce Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt become a curriculum […]

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How Youtube’s Algorithm Turned an Obscure 1980s Japanese Song Into an Enormously Popular Hit: Discover Mariya Takeuchi’s “Plastic Love”

Spend time listening to 1980s hits, Japanese pop, or disco classics on Youtube, and you’ll almost certainly encounter Mariya Takeuchi’s addictive song “Plastic Love.” Though first released in 1985 in Japan, it remained almost entirely unknown in the rest of the world until a few years ago, when it all of a sudden attained an enormous […]

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The Deeply Meditative Electronic Music of Avant-Garde Composer Eliane Radigue

 Among a number of influential women in electronic music whom we’ve profiled here before, French avant-garde composer Eliane Radigue stands out for her single-minded dedication to “a certain music that I wished to make,” as she says in the video portrait above, “this particular music and no other.” Her compositions are haunting and meditative, […]

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Punking Out, a Short 1978 Documentary Records the Beginning of the Punk Scene at CBGB’s: Watch The Ramones, The Dead Boys & Richard Hell & the Voidoids

I hate to be one of those people who goes on about how punk was an all-American phenomenon before it crossed the pond. But hell, I’ve no less an authority on the counterculture than William S. Burroughs on my side, or on the side of Legs McNeil, at least, the music journalist who just happened […]

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