Archive for November, 2009

Open Letter to Mr. Glenn Branca

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

lp_longo_ascension-1Robert Longo, The Ascension by Glenn Branca, 1981.

The following is a response to a controversial opinions piece that composer Glenn Branca published yesterday morning on the New York Times’ Opinionator Blog, where he basically declares the end of music. You can read the full article here, accompanied by the hundreds of confused and irate comments it has generated.

Reviews: Moon Duo, “Killing Time” EP, Sacred Bones

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Killing Time EP Cover[1]With their/his new EP Killing Time, Moon Duo, a solo project from Wooden Shjips singer-guitarist Ripley Johnson, manages to overcome a slightly lousy band name and a potential first impression as a larky side project to emerge as the best thing yet to scamper out from Ripley and his Shjipmates’ collective womb. What we get is a 20-minute sl(ice)ab of reverb-y echo-y goodness, somewhere between Psychocandy-era JAMC playing NEU! covers on a hazy beach and a fetal Spacemen 3 jamming off on a Suicide tip in a gymnasium.