Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • Matmos' M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel

    Expressway to Yr Skull: Matmos Discuss 'The Marriage of True Minds'

    Anyone who thinks that experimental electronic music must be humorless, self-important, or dry as a dissertation abstract has clearly never encountered the work of Matmos.Elevating sampling from an art form to free-for-all tour de force, the duo has squeezed sounds out of everything from crayfish to rhinoplasty to the cage of their dead pet rat. Colliding their punk-rock backgrounds with their adult lives as academics — Martin Schmidt used to teach at San Francisco Art Institute, while Drew Daniel, a medieval scholar, is a tenure-track professor at Johns Hopkins University — they see nothing wrong with invoking Ludwig Wittgenstein alongside Darby Crash.

  • Inc.

    Inc., 'No World' (4AD)

    Atmosphere is everything in R&B these days, from the erogenous dirigible of Usher's tantric "Climax" to the Weeknd's baR&Biturate haze. Naked expression is out; suggestive veils (murmur, distortion, the omnipresent scrim of crushed bits and tape hiss) are in. So it seems fitting that one of the genre's most ethereal examples yet would come from 4AD, the iconic former home of shadowy sorts like Cocteau Twins, Bauhaus, and This Mortal Coil.Inc., the duo of brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, don't make Goth&B. Indeed, compared to airy, arty types like How to Dress Well and Holy Other, they're refreshingly traditional, sounding more like neo-neo-soul than any other "alt-" appellation.

  • Haxan Cloak

    The Haxan Cloak: U.K. Producer Channels Demons, Curdles Blood

    Who: Hailing from Wakefield, England, Bobby Krlic is the Haxan Cloak, a producer of dark ambient music as blackened and viscous as a scorched crème brulee. He takes his alias from the 1922 silent film Häxan, a hallucinatory exploration of witchcraft and psychosis, and his death-rattle strings and amorphous drones (with titles like "Raven's Lament" and "Burning Torches of Despair") leave little doubt as to his sepulchral inclinations. "Ever since I was a child, I've always warmed to the darker-natured things in life," Krlic admits. "My brother is eight years older than me, and when I was a kid, he'd bring home Napalm Death records, but also Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, and a lot of the imagery and lyrical content in those records is very dark.

  • This Spud's a Dud: Diplo, Skrillex, and A-Trak Make Hash of Motor City History

    This Spud's a Dud: Diplo, Skrillex, and A-Trak Make Hash of Motor City History

    Be careful what you wish for, keepers of the old-school flame.Diplo, A-Trak, and Skrillex's new YouTube channel, POTATO, launched yesterday, but instead of anything you might have been expecting from its debut episode — a roundup of twerking public servants, say, or animated tubers doing Baauer's "Harlem Shake," or a roundtable discussion on the three DJs' preferred frequent-flyer programs — viewers were treated to a history lesson about the roots of techno. Or maybe it was a travelogue on Detroit? Actually, what the hell was that?In an eight-minute clip that feels twice as long, we first learn, via Professor Skrillex, that "Detroit is the birthplace of electronic music, electronic dance music, whatever you want to call it, techno, whatever.

  • Stoker Soundtrack

    Hear Philip Glass' 'Duet' From Park Chan-wook's Psycho-Sexual Thriller 'Stoker'

    Going by the preview, you might describe the elevator pitch for Park Chan-wook's new film, Stoker, as "Lolita meets The Talented Mr. Ripley." (Fangoria calls it "an Alfred Hitchcock film as captured through the lens of Terrence Malick.") Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) plays India, a loner with a musical streak and a simmering, sublimated violence. After her father dies in a car crash — on her 18th birthday, mind — her uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), previously unknown to her, arrives on the scene to care for poor India and her nutso mother, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Sexual tension and a rising body count ensue.

  • PVT

    See PVT's Woozy 3D 'Vertigo' Video

    If you've got a pair of 3D glasses lying around the house somewhere, left over from Avatar or The Hobbit or Top Gun or whatever, put 'em on now. Australia's PVT have pulled out all the stops for their new video for the single "Vertigo" — a claustrophobic but motion-filled clip that's been shot in glorious, stereoscopic red-and-blue. Oh, and if you've got a spare Dramamine lying around, now would be a good time to fish it out of your duffel bag as well. The video might begin calmly enough — indeed, you may at first find yourself wondering why they bothered shooting in 3D at all, given the five-foot depth of field and egregious lack of projectile effects — but the genius of their take on the trope is the way it sneaks up on you.

  • Shazam it! / Photo by Miguel Gutierrez/AFP/Getty Images

    Beatmatching: Shazam Adds 1.5 Million Dance Tracks to Database

    As club culture migrates online, thanks to DJ mixes posted to SoundCloud and real-time streaming venues like Boiler Room, technology has enabled clubbers unprecedented access to information about the music being played. Gone are the days when DJs could keep their music secret by spinning white labels (or even covering their records' center stickers with fake labels, as dancehall's competitive selectors once did).

  • Sorcerer

    Stream Synth-Disco Magician Sorcerer's Carefree 'Island Rescue' EP

    The nu-disco dream-weaver Sorcerer is back with his first release in over three years, and he sounds as spellbinding as ever. Sorcerer is the solo alias of San Francisco's Dan Judd, a member of the sun-kissed duo Windsurf (with Hatchback, a.k.a. Sam Grawe) and the equally atmospheric space-disco group Shock (with Michael Taras and Rubies' Teri Lowenthal, Judd's former bandmate in Call and Response). Last we heard from Sorcerer, he was taking the whole "desert island discs" concept literally: 2010's Neon Leon (Tirk) sounded like the work of a guy left marooned with a stack of Jan Hammer, Alan Parsons Project, and Giorgio Moroder records (or, alternately, Tom Hanks drawing smiley faces on a disco ball).On his new EP for Diskotopia's A Kind of Presence sub-label, Judd sticks with the Balearic message-in-a-bottle theme.

  • St. Lucia

    St. Lucia: South African Dance-Pop Dabbler Shines an Ecstatic Light

    Who: Born and raised in South Africa, New York resident Jean-Philip Grobler is the creative force behind St. Lucia, a solo studio project and five-piece live band whose billowy textures and soaring choruses offer a potent elixir of tropical breezes and distilled sunshine. Grobler credits a youth spent performing in the Drakensberg Boys Choir ("South Africa's singing ambassadors") with the development of his lush, polyphonic esprit: "I assume that had something to do with it; learning classical theory and being surrounded by contrapuntal music made me feel like I needed to make something that's multi-layered. But that's not the only thing that I do. In the future, there might be some stuff that's a bit simpler."Sheltered No More: St.

  • Ulrich Schnauss / Photo by Jason Evans

    Stream Ulrich Schnauss' Full Brooding LP 'A Long Way to Fall'

    When it comes to the German musician Ulrich Schnauss' recorded output, the term "oeuvre" seems particularly apt. The three albums he recorded between 2001 and 2007 — Far Away Trains Passing by, A Strangely Isolated Place, and Goodbye — are designed less for listening to than for crawling inside, like nests woven together from twigs of shoegaze, swatches of Kompakt's ambient pop, and shimmering threads plucked from the Cocteau Twins' ethereal spool.The title of his last solo album marked the artist's move from Berlin to London; in retrospect, it also seems to have been a way of saying farewell to the style he had spent six years fine-tuning. Six years after Goodbye, Schnauss finally returns with a new solo album, and while it's impossible not to hear his signature in its gossamer textures, A Long Way to Fall represents a subtle but significant shift in his approach.

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