Meg Baird & Lea Cho (Blues Control)

“It can seem kind of corny to be super influenced by place, but I totally am. It’s hard not to be.”

/\\ • Aught

“Guessing as to the circumstances under which the sounds took form is, as we’ve said elsewhere, beside the point.”

Favorite Mixtapes of September 2015

Shade-winking, self-mythologizing defiance, and the trap house code

What A Time To Be Alive

Buzz Poetry, Plastic Bags, and Brand Loyalty

2015: Third Quarter Favorites

20 picks from the third quarter of the year

Julia Holter

“[Academic music] is music that you can explain, and I find that my music is not always explainable, or ‘makes sense.’”


“My schlong is very nice. It’s not deformed.”

Read The Label #6: Dais Records

“I simply wrote: ‘Is this Derek from Annabelle’s Garden?’ The response was: ‘Yes, I haven’t heard those words in years.’”

Narcissism Behind the Beauty

The Weeknd’s imaginary self and the falsity of sex in pop


“Some sort of beautifully surreal nightmare.”

Favorite Mixtapes of August 2015

Tinder-swipe, fake Versace, and ballistic double-time volleys

Mike Cooper

“Making music is a way of getting through life; a pleasurable way.”

Book Review: The Next Next Level: A Story of Rap, Friendship, and Almost Giving Up

“Could it be that while everyone else on the planet moves to New York to chase their dream, Juiceboxxx had come to bury his?””

Kara-Lis Coverdale + LXV

“David wanted to explore this ethereal idea, whereas I wanted to explore something more violent and commanding.”

Elysia Crampton

“The older I get, the uglier I want my music to feel, to be.”

Favorite Mixtapes of July 2015

Ice cream tattoos, red dye 40, and diabolus in rap musica

Night Court

“Absolute lawlessness, corruption touching every level of government, a struggle to restore justice and order but in reality no future but total blackness.”

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival 2015

A worthy paradigm of the smaller film festival

Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

“Looping visuals played on the screen, with pink-dressed Death beckoning the audience toward the hypnotic fuzz.”

Psychic Reality

“I don’t know if I make pop music, actually. [Taps fingers on table] But I think I realized it’s what I do.”