Philip Sherburne



  • Sky Ferreira at Primavera Sound, Barcelona, May 28-31, 2014 / Photo by Nic Bezzina

    Primavera Sound 2014: SPIN's Best Live Photos

  • Haim, Primavera Sound 2014

    The 10 Best Things We Saw at Primavera Sound 2014

    Barcelona's Primavera Sound 2014 will forever be remembered as the double-rainbow edition, thanks to the immaculate and frankly miraculous pair of rainbows that materialized above the Mediterranean following an all-consuming thunderstorm that had sent attendees scurrying for cover earlier in the day. Once the sun came out and those arcs went soaring above the horizon, it wasn't just nice to, you know, have some music again; it was, possibly, the world's greatest selfie opportunity, as evidenced by the scads of giddy hipsters lining up to pose in their disposable ponchos. It was a moment. Primavera Sound, now in its 14th year, was not short on moments.

  • Joakim at home in New York City, April 2014

    Joakim Splashes Down and Grows Up

    The whereabouts of Joakim Bouaziz's worldly possessions are currently unknown. To be more precise, they're somewhere between Paris and New York, packed inside cardboard boxes which are stacked on top of palettes which are lined up inside a shipping container. The whole bulging shebang is either on a boat or, he suspects, sitting in a warehouse in New York, waiting to clear customs. The French musician sounds remarkably calm about not knowing where it all is, despite the fact that the bundle includes tens of thousands of dollars' worth of recording equipment, not to mention some several cubic meters' worth of records."Honestly, I don't even know how many," says Bouaziz, speaking by phone from his apartment in downtown Manhattan, on the border between Chinatown and the Lower East Side. "I never counted.

  • Owen Pallett In Conflict

    Owen Pallett Breaks Down 'In Conflict'

    When he's not playing in Arcade Fire, composing Oscar-nominated soundtracks for Spike Jonze, and stringsplaining the music-theoretical underpinnings of Billboard chart-toppers, Owen Pallett records brainy, tuneful, and frankly swoon-inducing chamber-pop under his own name.This week, he releases In Conflict, his first album since 2010's Heartland. Featuring contributions from Brian Eno and foregrounding Pallett's rich string arrangements — as well as the buzzing tones of the vintage ARP 2600 synthesizer — it is a stunning piece of work, and one unlike pretty much unlike anything else out there.

  • Jokers of the Scene, End Scene, Throne of Blood, New Kanada

    Stream Jokers of the Scene's Expansive 'End Scene' LP

    Surely the only act ever to sneak beatless, blissed-out ambient music onto A-Trak and Catchdubs' Fools Gold label, Toronto's Jokers of the Scene are nothing if not versatile. Now, after two years of radio silence, the duo of Linus Booth and Chris Macintyre resurface on a new label with their new album, End Scene.The title aside, the album feels like a new beginning for the pair. Across a dozen tracks to be released as a joint venture between Throne of Blood and New Kanada, the Jokers give free rein to their imaginations and their synthesizers; the result is an album that draws from classic techno, piano house, '80s electro-pop, and New Age without ever settling into a single style. It's all as lush as grass after a spring rain, and as nostalgia-tinged as a beaten-up cassette tape.

  • Greg Gives Peter Space

    Greg Gives Peter Space to Fuse Chamber-Folk With Dub

    Dub music is often thought of as an almost mystical force, a kind of ghost in the machine, but to hear Greg Haines and Peter Broderick tell it, they came to dub mainly as a way to stop procrastinating. "We had all these tracks," recalls Haines via Skype. "We had stuff that built up over the years, and it's so hard to go back and mix that. It felt like a drag for a while, like we had these things, like, 'Oh, we should really get together and mix that thing.' Two people sitting over a mouse is just really, really — "He pauses, as though the word "dull" were too obvious even to merit saying, and Broderick chimes in: "Greg was expanding his studio over the years, with a mixing board and all these live effects that you can process stuff through.

  • Jupiter Lion Doppelgänger BCore Disc premiere

    Hear Jupiter Lion's Hypnotic, Krautrock-Inspired 'Doppelgänger'

    It makes sense that Jupiter Lion would choose "Doppelgänger" for a song title, because what better way to signify fealty to the Krautrock canon than to go with a German term? It's also a potentially risky move, just because the word in question is so loaded. Are they really trying to pass themselves off as dead ringers for their motorik forefathers? I don't think so: The Spanish trio makes no bones about its debt to bands like Neu!, but it also has little patience for retro pretense, and its obvious chops make all this parsing of influences effectively moot.On "Döppelganger," the band's first single since their 2013 album Silver Mouth, they dig into their hypnotic rave-ups with muscular gusto, balancing metronomic grooves with whirlwind drum-fill outbursts, and digging into gooey synth-and-bass drones like a truck spinning muddy wheels.

  • Swans' 'To Be Kind' Is a Monolithic Orgy of Blood, Guts, and…Love

    Swans' 'To Be Kind' Is a Monolithic Orgy of Blood, Guts, and…Love

    It will come as no surprise to learn that one of the most frequently used words on Swans' new album is "no." Michael Gira has a nihilist's rep, after all. He once published a magazine called NO, and in their early years Swans ran in No Wave circles. Throughout the band's career — from early songs like "Raping a Slave" through more recent fare like "You Fucking People Make Me Sick" — Gira has slathered himself in negativity like Iggy Pop in peanut butter, or like one of Herman Nitsch's supplicants in lambs' blood , which is a thing Gira actually did once.

  • CPI Túnel Proceso Hivern Discs

    Hear C.P.I.'s Acidic 'Proceso' via John Talabot's Hivern Discs

    Berlin meets Barcelona on the latest record from John Talabot's Hivern Discs label — with a fantasy detour through a Belgian basement rave. The musicians behind C.P.I. are Hugo Capablanca, a Berlin-based producer with Cómeme and Gomma ties, and Marc Piñol, a former resident of Barcelona's Nitsa Club. Not long ago, they got together to goth together in Piñol's studio, where they came up with two deep, dark fusions of acid house and EBM.Both songs are effective primarily in ways that don't necessarily translate to contexts like the one we find ourselves in right now —clicking on links, browsing the web, killing time while we wait for our coffee to brew, whatever — but never mind that. Just turn up the volume, close your eyes, and drift away on an imaginary cloud of dry ice and poppers.

  • Bicep Circles Aus Music

    Stream Bicep's Detroit-Inspired Techno Cut 'Circles'

    Ireland's Bicep take a turn towards techno on their new EP for Will Saul's Aus Music label — their first new material since their Satisfy EP last November. Bicep are best known for deep, disco-leaning house music of a faintly retro bent, but on "Circles," they jettison the diva samples and the acid-house flashbacks in favor of a tougher, quicker, and above all corkscrewier groove. Deep in the mix, a low voice mutters something indistinct, but it hardly matters what. Those shuffling 909s and glowing synths tell you everything you need to know: This is machine music for machine people."Circles" is out May 19, backed with the equally Detroit-inspired "NRG106." Listen to the song in full below.

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