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It’s already a little hard to remember, but as late as 2012 in Greenpoint—before Transmitter Park opened at the end of Greenpoint Avenue, before construction of ten waterfront towers began along West Street, and certainly before Northern Territory invited scores of loud drinkers to a rooftop above Franklin Street—the neighborhood still felt mysteriously forgotten. Photographers, graphic designers, artists, small fashion labels, jewelers, woodworkers, and many more took advantage of relatively cheap rents inside converted...
Today, we were treated to the long-awaited return of a beloved cult figure in modern pop. Finally, with her new band Exploded View, Anika has risen! (Wait, did something else happen too?) To date, Berlin via Britain singer Annika Henderson has been a fringe figure, with a small output and a mysterious air. Portishead’s Geoff Barrow produced her 2011 debut Anika with his sideband BEAK> providing instrumental backing. The record, a set of downcast...
Today Jenny Hval announced the follow-up to her 2015 album Apocalypse girl. Hval concerns herself with below-the-surface tensions and uses experimental production and brittle singing techniques to create songs that are unsettling, spooky, and intimate. The Norwegian singer and producer worked with Lasse Marhaug on the record, which is called Blood Bitch and is out 9/30 via Sacred Bones. Hval wrote extensively about what the album is meant to convey, read her words below,...
We'd never met, but I knew Marissa Nadler. Over the course of six albums I've been through little hells and thick, empty summers with her, I'd cried and sang along to the ballads about living, death and loss. Over a decade ago a critic wrote that Nadler has a voice you'd follow down to Hades, but that's not quite right. The truth is, she has a voice that makes the trip through Hades bearable,...

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