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–Ryan Adams and Johnny Depp are out there covering “Mother.” I just wanna go out and watch, man.–No way, dude! They suck! (Shoves)–This one’s for you, Don Juan DeMarco! (Punches)

Ryan Adams and Johnny Depp are out there covering “Mother.” I just wanna go out and watch, man.

–No way, dude! They suck! (Shoves)

–This one’s for you, Don Juan DeMarco! (Punches)

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Lou Reed: “Waves of Fear (Live from The Bottom Line, 1983)”

Waves of fear, attack in the night

I woke up the other night at 3:17. Odd numbers. It was a snap-to, my senses immediately flooded: the night cool, my body flush; a barely audible tapping coming from the apartment above; the oily and sulfurous smell of a semi passing on the street below; the sensation one has when a television is on.

I’m too afraid to put the light on

It was the early stages of dying—as misperceived by the living—that comes from a mounting panic attack. I didn’t want to acknowledge it, wanted to sleep it away, but knew it was too far gone for that.

Waves of fear, pulsing with death

I’d watched A Night with Lou Reed a week or so earlier. I got up and went to the bathroom, that show’s version of “Waves of Fear” in my head. I took an Advil, returned to bed. I wasn’t going to ride this out in my head. I put the light on, picked up Don DeLillo’s White Noise, which I was reading for the fifth or sixth time. Waves and radiation, a dark billowing cloud, fear of death. The book was probably responsible in part for my current panic, a consideration of one’s own fear of death inevitable when reading. I read, regardless, Lou soundtracking scenes from “The Airborne Toxic Event.” After a chapter, the tapping had ceased, my body was cool. I went back to sleep.

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Three Sheets to the Wind

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"Spring is chain-snatching season."

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Jenny Hval & Susanna: “I Have Walked This Body”

With its carnality, drones, and iciness, I highly recommended this track for your next Eyes Wide Shut–like orgy, you beautiful, pervy creep, you.

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Favorite 14 Not of 2014


  • Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works Volume II
  • Life Without Buildings: Any Other City
  • Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
  • The Clientele: Suburban Light
  • Pixies: Bossanova
  • Led Zeppelin: III
  • Nas: Illmatic
  • Ride: Nowhere
  • Broadcast: The Noise Made By People
  • Cluster: Zuckerzeit
  • Elastica: Elastica
  • The Band: The Band
  • The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
  • Mobb Deep: The Infamous


  • The Clientele: “We Could Walk Together”
  • Catherine Wheel: “Black Metallic”
  • Aphex Twin: “(Rhubarb)”
  • Richard and Linda Thompson: “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”
  • Bryan Ferry: “Don’t Stop the Dance”
  • Björk: “Hyperballad”
  • The Beta Band: “Dry the Rain”
  • Smog: “Teenage Spaceship”
  • Superdrag: “Sucked Out”
  • Red House Painters: “Katy Song”
  • The Birthday Party: “Nick the Stripper”
  • The Monroes: “What Do All the People Know”
  • Lush: “For Love”
  • Iggy Pop: “Tell Me a Story”
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Favorite 14 of the 1st Half of 2014


  • St. Vincent: St. Vincent
  • Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal
  • A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Sea When Absent
  • The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
  • Todd Terje: It’s Album Time
  • Cloud Nothings: Here and Nowhere Else
  • White Lung: Deep Fantasy
  • Lone: Reality Testing
  • Swans: To Be Kind
  • Ought: More Than Any Other Day
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Wig Out at Jagbags
  • Mac DeMarco: Salad Days
  • Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness
  • Real Estate: Atlas


  • Cloud Nothings: “I’m Not Part of Me”
  • The War on Drugs: “An Ocean in Between the Waves”
  • A Sunny Day in Glasgow: “In Love with Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)”
  • Todd Terje: “Johnny and Mary”
  • Caribou: “Can’t Do Without You”
  • Lone: “2 Is 8”
  • Percussions: “Ascii Bot”
  • Sharon Van Etten: “Your Love Is Killing Me”
  • Ariana Grande: “Problem [ft. Iggy Azalea]”
  • St. Vincent: “Every Tear Disappears”
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: “Lariat”
  • Todd Osborn: “5thep”
  • Vic Mensa: “Down On My Luck”
  • Iggy Azalea: “Fancy [ft. Charli XCX]”
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Kara Walker / “A Subtlety” / Domino Sugar Factory, Brooklyn, NY

Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World,” which just closed on July 6, was a powerful and disturbing work. While the ghostly, charred children-worker sculptures—some of which were no more than toppled and melted remnants on the sticky factory floor—were quite haunting, what was most disturbing about the installation was how many of the visitors interacted with it. I felt kind of dirty just documenting the pieces—in this elegiac atmosphere a photo intimated trampling upon a grave. Meanwhile, others were posing with smiles before the child sculptures (or being posed by their parents, as seen above—Bonus Guilt: The appropriation of appropriation is still appropriation.) or taking selfies before the exposed backside of the sugar sphinx-mammy. One person left a hand-written note about appropriation and selfies, using the back of the waiver everyone had to sign before entering the dilapidated factory, behind the sphinx, which the staff saw and left sitting, even after some jokester got down and took a selfie with the note. I can’t say whether or not allowing for these types of interactions was part of Walker’s intention, but, regardless, it added even more meaning to the installation and felt like an appropriate rejoinder to Independence Day.

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