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So Complex: An Interview with Keyboard Kid

Keyboard Kid, born Greg Phillips, is perhaps best known for his work with Lil B, the 22 year old rapper/rap deconstructionist who’s back catalogue numbers at least 1400 songs. Keyboard Kid and Lil B have been working together since 2007, their partnership creating such modern classics as “Chasing the Rain”; “Lone Warrior”; and “I Hate Myself.” ... Continue reading ›

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Alive, Bright, Dead, Harsh: An Interview with Damned Dogs

The last 18 months has seen rapid development and mutation of electronic-based instrumental music. Seemingly obsolete gestures have reemerged: the well-meaning tones of ambient music, the lulling repetition of Krautrock, the starry-eyed spirituality of New Age. The contemporary artists exploring this territory—examples include Emeralds, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Infinite Body—tend to describe sound as an illustrative ... Continue reading ›

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Voice is calling: An interview with Muscles of Joy

“What does it sound like? Sixties Italian horror movie soundtracks performed by a seven-piece all-female matriarchal tribe whose gods are [1970s UK post punk band] … And the Native Hipsters. Vocal harmonies and non-traditional rock instruments – blowy things and honking noises and funk and pop and it’s massively inventive.” -Tasmin Chapman, for Collapse Board It’s okay to ... Continue reading ›

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Bookstore Picks: Best of 2011

Herbert Pfostl, the New Museum’s buyer, has rounded up his 20 favorite titles of 2011. 1. I Listen to the Wind that Obliterates My Traces: Music in Vernacular Photographs 1880-1955 Edited by Steve Roden DUST-TO-DIGITAL 2. Into One-Another Berlinde De Bruyckere in Dialogue with Cranach and Pasolini Hirmer Publishers 3. Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life Alastair Brotchie MIT Press 4. Pierre Molinier by Pierre Molinier PRESSES/MENNOUR ENG ... Continue reading ›

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Bookstore Picks: Fall 2011

The New Museum’s Buyer, Herbert Pfostl, shares his favorite titles this season: 1. I Listen to the Wind that Obliterates My Traces Edited by Steve Roden (Dust-to-Digital) 2. Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life By Alastair Brotchie (MIT Press) 3. Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage Edited by R. Klanten, H. Hellige, J. Gallagher (Gestalten) 4. It Happened at Pomona Edited by Rebecca ... Continue reading ›

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Felix Kubin: The Symptom of the East

Erik Bulatov’s triptych of paintings in the New Museum’s third floor gallery comprises one of the key encounters of the exhibition Ostalgia. The yearning, majestic beauty of these oil-painted skies is invaded by text, Cyrillic letters spelling “home” or “blue skies” that claim the canvas’s territory. The number of contradictions illuminated by these paintings is astonishing: ... Continue reading ›