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(All photos by Paul D'Agostino.) As many other recent year-end roundups of all sorts have similarly stated, the year 2016 will be recollected for quite some time for a great many reasons, and perhaps primarily thanks to its all-too-well-played role as temporal host to so many things that profoundly sucked. A number of beloved celebrities passed away well before what would've seemed 'their time,' which made many people sad, because for some reason so many of...
The new exhibition season in NYC is not yet a week old, but it's fair to say that it's already, in a quantitative sense, well underway. That is, there were just enough gallery openings last week to note without exaggeration that there are now hundreds of new exhibits for you to see all around town. Sounds daunting, right? And wonderful as well? A welcome thrust of activity? True, true and true. Also, it's just the start. Plenty...
How do you end up writing all things music for Pitchfork, curating the same for MoMA PS1, launching a music fest like Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, AND collaborating with artists like Matthew Barney? Start making zines when you’re young and then write tirelessly about music. In sum, work hard and never forget where you came from. METAL. When did you first begin to curate shows and what drew you to working with live music? I started...
Did you listen to Björk's Vulnicura? Better question: Were you able to listen to it, nine brutal songs that illuminate in painful detail the dissolution of her thirteen-year relationship with artist Matthew Barney? Most breakups are awful because they're your own. But when I saw Björk at Carnegie Hall belt out her anguish over her final fucks with her husband, who (from her telling of it, anyway) indelicately shattered their covenant, I found the narrative so raw and specific and prolonged that I...