Scott Walker Was So Much More Than the Walker Brothers When he became disenchanted with the strictures of fame, Scott Walker struck a singular path away from it.
Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis and the Language of Silence “It was just not wanting to repeat what you’ve done. All the time, you’re getting older and everything and nothing is static.”
How Japanese Ambient Music Became a Thing in America “It’s music of high artistic merit, and that alone is the root reason why people gravitate to it.”
How Jessica Pratt Zoned Out and Made the Calmest Album of Her Career “I don’t feel I have to seek refuge from the world in order to create.”
Panda Bear Wants You to Pay Attention “I guess if there’s a common theme to all the songs, it’s either humility or it’s a love letter to humanity.”
A Brief History of Rock Musicians Who Went Electronic Including the time Eric Clapton made an album about shopping.
Nicolas Roeg’s Musical Legacy You can thank him for acting roles from David Bowie, Randy Newman, and also the career of Hans Zimmer.
Neneh Cherry’s Key Musical Moments The legendary singer on the songs that made her career.
Kamasi Washington Brought Jazz to a Pop Audience, but Where Does He Go Next? He remains the rare jazz artist to have their name appear in a big, legible font on Coachella posters.
Remembering Hugh Masekela The South African jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and prominent activist has died.
The Unexpected Longevity of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic The master of song parody continues to thrive in unexpected ways.
Revisiting Animal Collective’s Influential Sung Tongs Some 13 years on, the album’s charms remain largely intact.
The Lasting Influence of the Raincoats When Kurt Cobain got ahold of their first album he said, “It made me happier than playing in front of thousands of people each night.”
The Murky and Moody World of King Krule The Ooz is his most powerful statement yet — and it almost didn’t get made.
Space is the Place: A Somewhat Comprehensive Guide to Sun Ra’s Cosmic Jazz The jazz legend has a formidable back catalogue. This is your guide to where (and how) to dive in.
This Is the Best Meditation Music Zoning out isn’t easy, so here’s some meditation music to help get you there.
Meet the Legendary Producer That Time Forgot Patrick Adams was responsible for some of music’s biggest hits. Why don’t we talk about him more?
a decade later
Don’t Look Back: Animal Collective Grow Up Ten albums in, family remains a recurrent theme for Animal Collective, the childlike energy that underpinned early records giving way to a band with children of their own.