Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • Thom Yorke

    Atoms for Peace Suddenly Cancel Poland Gig Over Unspecified Safety Concerns

    Atoms for Peace have cancelled their appearance at Poznan, Poland's Malta Festival today. Thom Yorke announced the cancellation on Twitter this morning, citing "technical reasons" and the "safety of the event." A statement on the festival's website uses similar language: "We are sorry to inform that due to technical reasons related to the safety of the event, today’s concert of Atoms For Peace has been cancelled.""Yes, it's true, the concert is cancelled," Anna Reichel, a publicist for the festival, told Poznan's Gazeta, but she declined to elaborate further. "At the moment we're concentrating on giving a refund for tickets," she said. A police spokesperson told Gazeta that the department was unaware of any risks associated with the concert.

  • Dance Tracks of the Week: Paul Woolford Doesn't Need No Stinking Titles

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Paul Woolford Doesn't Need No Stinking Titles

    Paul Woolford, Untitled (Hotflush) Grant the Hotflush label this much: Scuba knows exactly what kind of sound he's after. Paul Woolford's new one, widely tipped to be one of the biggest "underground" tracks of the summer, neatly epitomizes the Hotflush school of stern-but-yearning house, unabashedly big-room in its intentions. It's got the bruising, overdriven drum machine, the '90s house stabs, and, crucially, the soulful vocal sample (borrowed from Switch and Andrea Martin's 2011 Dubsided track, "I Still Love You"). Beefy and booming, every element is targeted for maximum impact — muscular as well as emotional. A title would be entirely beside the point; those chords are their own calling card, designed to elicit cheers of recognition as soon as they strike.

  • Varg Vikernes in prison

    Burzum's Varg Vikernes, Neo-Nazi, Arrested in France on Terrorism Suspicions

    Just four years after finishing 15 years of a 21-year sentence for murder, arson, and stockpiling explosives, the Norwegian musician Varg Vikernes, of notorious black-metal outfit Burzum, has been arrested by French police, reports Euronews.The French radio network RTL reports that police in the Correze region picked up Vikernes upon the suspicion that he was planning a "massacre." According to Euronews, Vikernes "is said to be one of the people to have received the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik," the far-right terrorist responsible for a 2011 car bombing in Oslo and subsequent massacre in Utoeya, Norway, which killed 77 people.

  • Daleri (Eric Kvarnström and Rob Kanat)

    Swedish DJs Daleri Mock EDM Cliche With Hilarious Viral Mini-Mix 'Epic Mashleg'

    For festival EDM, this is the summer of the mosquito with a bullhorn. Track after track has been built upon the same trope: A nagging, monotone riff that sounds like a malfunctioning defibrillator hooked up to an air-raid siren. Now the Swedish DJ duo Daleri has struck back with "Epic Mashleg," a mini-megamix that pokes fun at the phenomenon. Sourced from Beatport's top 100 charts in electro house and progressive house, the mix cobbles together one-bar phrases from 15 current tracks that all employ the same percussive, syncopated lead.Singling out tunes from artists Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Krewella, and W&W, and from Tiësto's Musical Freedom label and Afrojack's Wall Recordings, it is, in essence, a supersaw supercut, and its brilliance lies in its simplicity.

  • Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich Abandon Spotify in 'Small Meaningless Rebellion'

    Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich Abandon Spotify in 'Small Meaningless Rebellion'

    When both the Eagles and Pink Floyd finally made their catalogs available on subscription services Spotify, Rhapsody, and Rdio last month, classic-rock fans and streaming-music advocates cheered. That two of the last major resisters of streaming services would come in from the cold suggested that there was nothing but blue skies ahead for "cloud" music. But now Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich have decided to swim against the current. Yesterday, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich announced on Twitter that he and Yorke were pulling the catalogs of their solo and side projects (Thom Yorke, Atoms for Peace, and Ultraísta) from Spotify, declaring it a "small meaningless rebellion." Yorke added, "We're standing up for our fellow musicians.""The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model..

  • An early flyer from Pal Joey's archives

    New York House Pioneer Pal Joey Compiles 24 Years of 'Hot Music' for BBE

    As the house music of the 1990s has come back into fashion, one name has remained curiously, conspicuously absent from the list of names frequently invoked as icons. Pioneers like Larry Heard, Kerri Chandler, Todd Edwards, and Cajmere have all gotten their due, both imitated by younger generations and celebrated for their current output. But Pal Joey remains known mainly to connoisseurs, despite the fact that the New York producer's records from the late 1980s and early 1990s helped pave the way for much of the moody, sample-heavy, jazz- and soul-inflected deep house that followed. Finally, London's BBE label intends to rectify the situation.

  • DJ Koze, riding high

    Dance Tracks of the Week: DJ Koze's Noble, Photoshopped Aspirations

    DJ Koze, Burn With Me (Pampa) Judging from most DJs' press photos, electronic music is serious business. Downcast headshots are enough of a thing that there's an entire Tumblr, Depressed DJs, dedicated to the phenomenon. But DJ Koze is not like other DJs. He may be capable of jerking tears on the dance floor, but he tends to play the class clown in ways that, say, James Blake never will. Koze doesn't act zany for the sake of acting zany; he doesn't resort to pratfalls and props, like, say, the doofuses in Dada Life. He's more like an actual Dadaist, lacing his self-presentation (like his music) with a sense of humor that's not so much funny-ha-ha as funny-what-the-fuck-just-happened-here?

  • Eric Copeland, 'Joke in the Hole' (DFA)

    Hear Black Dice Dude Eric Copeland's Singularly Twisted 'Cheap Treat'

    When Eric Copeland isn't watching Japanese cult animation with Animal Collective or writing Spy Vs. Spy tributes with his bandmates in Black Dice, he can be found turning out darkly cartoonish approximations of dance music under his own name. On his forthcoming album Joke in the Hole, due out August 6 on DFA, Copeland continues to work as a kind of sonic haruspex, searching for the future by digging through pop music's entrails. Like last year's Limbo, it's a gooey, visceral sound, a fine mess of slowed-down breakbeats, pitch-shifted disco, and reconfigured Afrobeat that often sounds like several records being played at once. "Cheap Treat" is suggestive of Yellow Magic Orchestra playing pinball with the Happy Mondays at the bottom of a very deep well, and is exemplary of the album's unusually twisted textures.

  • Larry Gus

    Larry Gus: Psychedelic Beatmaker Crafts Complex Soundtrack From Dustbin of History

    Who: Born in Greece and based in Milan, Panagiotis Melidis — a computer engineer and obsessive listener with magpie tendencies — makes wild, plunderphonic pop under the name Larry Gus. The alias is a rough transliteration of "λάρυγγας," the Greek work for "larynx," but it's something of a red herring: While Panagiotis does sing, he admits that it's not his forte. "Most of the time I'm just improvising until I find the right voice," says Melidis. "Generally I try to write vocal melodies that incorporate interval leaps, as though a guitarist were playing them. For instance, in "With All Your Eyes Look," the final melody was directly influenced by Television guitarists Richard Lloyd and Tom Verlaine.

  • Blondes

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Blondes Breathe New Life into Techno-Spelunking

    Blondes Swisher (RVNG) Blondes' Sam Haar and Zach Steinman started out making chiming, chugging, not-quite-dance music poised somewhere between Krautrock and nu-disco, Smallville and Delorean. But at some point between their self-titled debut album, from 2011, and Swisher, something seems to have happened, and it changed them — perhaps involving falling down a well, spending 48 hours at Berghain, or both at the same time. Swisher, released last week with virtually no advance notice, is darker than anything they've done before. The rhythms are more linear; much of the Balearic mist has burned off, revealing a cold, hard, metallic underlay.

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