Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • Hy Brazil Vol. 4

    Discover the Future of Brazilian Electronic Music on 'Hy Brazil Vol. 4'

    Five hundred years ago, sailors spoke of a phantom island shrouded in mist called Hy Brasil. This mythical rock had nothing to do with South America; the name is believed to derive from an Irish clan name, and the island was thought to lie somewhere in the North Atlantic. The Hy Brazil compilation series, on the other hand, is an explicitly Brazilian proposition, one designed to showcase an emerging generation of electronic-music producers scattered across that vast and varied land.That the series' curator, Novas Frequências artistic director Chico Dub, should draw inspiration from the European sailors' tale seems fitting, because the object of Hy Brazil's search is equally elusive. Like its predecessors, Hy Brazil Vol. 4 asks a simple question: What is the sound of contemporary Brazilian electronic music?

  • Frankie Knuckles

    Celebrate Frankie Knuckles' Life with His Warehouse Top 50

    As news of Frankie Knuckles' death spreads, social media is abuzz with tributes to the Godfather of House. We've seen photographs of street signs on Chicago's Frankie Knuckles Way, a snapshot of Knuckles with President Obama, and an outpouring of encomia from far and wide, young and old — friends like David Morales, figurative grandchildren like Disclosure, and even hip-hop producer Just Blaze and jazz pianist Robert Glasper. It's a range that suggests how deeply Knuckles changed the shape of popular music. Questlove called him "the DJ that DJs aspired to be," which pretty much says it all.For those who want to immerse themselves in Knuckles' musical world, Red Bull Music Academy has helpfully put together a YouTube playlist featuring the "Warehouse Top 50," a list of 50 classic songs Knuckles spun at Chicago's Warehouse club.

  • Ultra Music Festival, security guard, critical condition

    Security Guard in Critical Condition After Gatecrashers Storm Ultra

    Gatecrashers massing outside Ultra Music Festival toppled a fence and trampled a private security guard late Friday, reports the Miami Herald. Police say that the 28-year-old guard suffered severe brain hemorrhaging and remains in "extremely critical" condition.The incident occurred near Southeast First Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard, at a point in the festival's perimeter where police requested additional fencing, two hours before Ultra began admitting ticketholders at 2 p.m.; no reinforcements were supplied.

  • Laurie Spiegel,

    Own an Authentic Piece of Space Music Without Leaving the Heliosphere

    Of all the records listed on Discogs, none is rarer than a first pressing of The Golden Record. To begin with, only two copies of it exist* — and, what's more, both of those are currently located roughly 15 and 19 billion kilometers away from Earth, and traveling fast. (And you thought paying shipping on Japanese imports was expensive.) Barring some unforeseen quirk in the multiverse, no human will ever lay his or her hands on the thing.

  • Jamie xx

    Jamie xx Plays Mr. Sandman on 'Sleep Sound'

    Jamie xx's "Sleep Sound" has been floating around for a while now, as ephemeral as the title would suggest. It first surfaced last November as an untitled rip from the xx-man's Live at Night + Day Berlin mix for Red Bull Music Academy; a few weeks later, when he concluded his BBC Radio 6 set with the spongy, 2-step-meets-doo-wop jam, we learned that it was called "Sleep Sound." Now Young Turks have uploaded the full song to YouTube, in all its pneumatic glory. The song is accompanied by a computer rendering of what appears to be a pink gum eraser, which makes sense, given the way the song can clear out a wide swath of soothing empty space in even the most cluttered psyches. Fire it up, close your eyes, and feel the world melt away."Sleep Sound" comes out May 6 via Young Turks, accompanied by the new song "Girl"; pre-orders for iTunes downloads and 12-inch vinyl are open now.

  • Hprizm

    Anti-Pop's Hprizm Draws a New Map for Fourth-World Boom Bap

    Kyle Austin is on a mission. Or, as he puts it, "a caffeinated mission," to be precise. Trying to navigate a transatlantic time difference, we had scheduled our interview for 5 a.m. Philadelphia time — his choice — only to scuttle it, due to the vagaries of Skype. Six hours later, I've finally got him on the horn, and he tells me that he still hasn't slept. "My sleeping pattern is kind of erratic," he says, "so I'll just go 'til I crash, and wake up and keep going."Austin's circadian arrhythmia certainly gels with the music he makes in his Hprizm guise.

  • Boots,

    Hear Beyoncé Collaborator BOOTS' Smoldering 'Ride Ride Ride'

    The producer known only as BOOTS had just about the most public artistic debut possible; that'll happen when you co-write and produce several songs on a Beyoncé album, especially one like last December's Beyoncé, which was met with the kind of fanfare that once greeted the arrival of comets. (See SPIN's Complete Guide to Understanding the 44 Names in Beyoncé's Beyoncé Credits.)Since then, however, the Brooklyn-based, Roc Nation-signed musician has kept his profile at nearly Burial-like levels of low, surfacing only to grant a fascinating interview with Pitchfork. In their talk, BOOTS comes across as both guarded — as you might expect, given the tsunami of interest that followed Beyoncé's splashdown — and also unusually candid.

  • Dub Thompson Dograces Dead Oceans

    Watch Dub Thompson's Fuzzed-Out 'Dograces' Video

    The video for Dub Thompson's "Dograces" looks a little bit like a long-lost cable-access broadcast recorded to VHS and unearthed in the moldy recesses of some rural storage unit. The song comes from the band's forthcoming debut album, 9 Songs. Core members Matt Pulos and Evan Laffer recorded the record last August while living with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado in Bloomington, Indiana, and the sticky fingerprints of the Midwestern summer are all over the recording. Whole generations of basement-tape shenanigans are baked into their lurching, overdriven sound, alternatingly stripped-down and blown-out: Big Black, Liars, the Fall, and even the Burning Sensations' version of Jonathan Richman's "Pablo Picasso," whose ropy bass line and sardonic delivery directly inform "Dograces"' Roto-Rooter blues.9 Songs is out June 10 on Dead Oceans.

  • William Tyler

    William Tyler's 'Whole New Dude' Is a Rootsy Road-Trip Epic

    William Tyler never shies away from the Big Themes. Last year's Impossible Truth, his second LP under his own name and first for Merge, was a finger-picking paean to the destruction of Los Angeles informed by heavy tomes like Mike Davis' Ecology of Fear and Barney Hoskyns' Hotel California, and evoking American roots music at its most expansive."This is cyclical, spiritual, innately visual music, as striking in the background as it is intense on headphones," wrote SPIN's David Bevan."Whole New Dude," a song from the Nashville guitarist's upcoming Lost Colony EP, is cut from similarly generous cloth. The title stems from a conversation Tyler had with Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor regarding Julian Jaynes' The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (short version: Primitive Monkey Person discovers fire, straightens up into a Whole New Dude).

  • Banks

    BANKS' Cover of Aaliyah's 'Are You That Somebody' Is Heavenly

    One of the highlights of BANKS' Hype Hotel set at SXSW last week was a sublime cover of Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody," correctly identified by our own Jem Aswad as "Timbaland's greatest gift to the world." ("Like an R&B Singin' in the Rain, wrote Charles Aaron when we dubbed it one of SPIN's Top 20 Singles of the '90s, back in 1999.)Yesterday, the Los Angeles singer pulled up a stool in BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge and knocked out a heavenly cover of the song.

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