A Panorama

Klaus Nomi

A striking denizen of the New York underground of thirty years ago

New York, Downtown: Cazwell, Peaches, Lepore, and Vine

Here’s a collective playlist that presents some of the music, satire, and humor circulating in one particular corner of downtown New York – the one where Cazwell, Amanda Lepore, and Sherry Vine are to be found (and Peaches too when she’s in town). It includes some of their music, some of their fun self-promotion, and some … Continue reading New York, Downtown: Cazwell, Peaches, Lepore, and Vine

Eli Lieb

Although he’s since moved to Los Angeles, Eli Lieb visits the city in which his musical life began

Daphne Guinness

Known for her couture, the English heiress Daphne Guinness is less often recognized for

Henri Bergson: Matière et Mémoire

La vérité est que mon système nerveux, interposé entre les objets qui ébranlent mon corps et ceux que je pourrais influencer, joue le rôle d’un simple conducteur, qui transmet, répartit ou inhibe du mouvement. […] Autant il y a de fils allant de la périphérie vers le centre, autant il y a de points de l’espace capables de solliciter ma volonté et de poser, pour ainsi dire, une question élémentaire à mon activité motrice : chaque question posée est justement ce qu’on appelle une perception.

– Henri Bergson, Matière et Mémoire

Luiz Henrique Yudo

Luiz Henrique Yudo is a contemporary classical composer

Hess Is More

Over the last several years, under the moniker

Giacomo Leopardi: Pensieri

Grande tra gli uomini e di gran terrore è la potenza del riso: contro il quale nessuno nella sua coscienza trova se munito da ogni parte. Chi ha coraggio di ridere, è padrone del mondo, poco altrimenti di chi è preparato a morire.

– Giacomo Leopardi, Pensieri

French Cassettes

The band French Cassettes – a group from San Francisco

Pursuit Grooves

Pursuit Grooves (the multitalented Vanese Smith), known on both sides of the Atlantic

Patrick Thomas

Hailing from Dallas and currently residing in Nashville

Samuel Beckett:L’Innommable

Cela, dire cela, sans savoir quoi.

– Samuel Beckett,

Edgard Varèse: In conversation with Gunther Schuller

I don’t care about reaching the public as much as I care about reaching certain musical-acoustical phenomena, in other words, to disturb the atmosphere – because, after all, sound is only an atmospheric disturbance!

– Edgard Varèse, in conversation with
Gunther Schuller, early 1960s

Von Rosenthal de la Vegaz

In The Netherlands there’s a DJ who’s in a class all his own

Adam Cuthbért

Operating in the intermediate zone

Chen Zhangyi

In the music of this graduate of

Franck Christoph Yeznikian

This playlist is dedicated to the works of the contemporary classical composer

“Bizarre Love Triangle” (New Order)

This is a second playlist (the first, from a few months back, is on the Youtube channel) featuring some noteworthy covers of that wonderful song from the nineteen-eighties, New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle.” “Every time I think of you I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue.”

Whom by Fire (previously Caleb)

Whom by Fire (known earlier as Caleb) is a duo hailing from Southend-on-Sea

Shakespeare:King John

So foul a sky clears not without a storm

– Shakespeare, King John

Jakub Rizman

With a conservatory training, in the hands of this Slovakian musician

Nicolas Jaar and His Friends

Over the last couple of years, Nicolas Jaar has been turning

Shan Malaika

Hailing from Geneva, Switzerland, she is

A Mixtape for Midsummer (July 2014)

Halfway through the year 2014 it is, and thus high time to assemble several remarkable pieces, whether albums, EPs, mixtapes, sets, or single tracks into a summa æstatis in order to explore the varieties of shade and sunlight there are in summertime – including its stillnesses and sadnesses – in search of some musical semi-shelter.

Jonathan Nichol

Jonathan Nichol plays the saxophone in Billband, but his solo repertoire

Paul Valéry: “La Conquête allemande”

Tous les grands inventeurs d’idées ou de formes me semblent s’être servis de méthodes particulières. Je veux dire que leur force même et leur maitrise est fondée sur l’usage de certaines habitudes, et de certaines conceptions qui disciplinent toutes leurs pensées. Chose étrange, c’est justement l’apparence de cette méthode interne que nous appelons leur personnalité ! Il importe peu, du reste, que cette méthode soit ou ne soit pas consciente.

– Paul Valéry, “La Conquête allemande”

William Hazlitt: “On Living to one’s-self”

There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiful, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. […] The idea of what the public will think prevents the public from ever thinking at all, and acts as a spell on the exercise of private judgment, so that in short the public ear is at the mercy of the first impudent pretender who chooses to fill it with noisy assertions, or false surmises, or secret whispers.

– William Hazlitt, “On Living to one’s-self”


A trio comprising the Australian Hugo Race and two American counterparts


There are a number of talented a cappella singers

Ali Brustofski

Ali Brustofski is a New York singer – her videos, very well filmed, are often set there

André Breton: Manifeste du surréalisme

Les mots, les images ne s’offrent que comme tremplins à l’esprit de celui qui écoute.

– André Breton,
Manifeste du surréalisme

Heraclitus:Fragment Fifty-Three

Πόλεμος πάντων μὲν πατήρ ἐστι, πάντων δὲ βασιλεύς, καὶ τοὺς μὲν θεοὺς ἔδειξε τοὺς δὲ ἀνθρώπους, τοὺς μὲν δούλους ἐποίησε τοὺς δὲ ἐλευθέρους.

– Heraclitus, Fragment Fifty-Three


In its first incarnation at least, this playlist was the work of a night, and it draws its character from the nocturnal hours; please feel free to share it or to keep it for yourself, as you wish.

Jornt Karel

Jornt Karel is a musician and singer located in another corner of this country

Son Lux

One of the most interesting of young composers and musicians in New York

Isak Dinesen: In an interview with Bent Mohn

To me, the explanation of life seems to be its melody, its pattern.

– Isak Dinesen, in an interview with Bent Mohn, November 1957

Nöi Kabát

Női Kabát (the term, I’ve learned, means a “woman’s jacket” in Hungarian) is “a dark electronic three piece from London”

Craig Yopp

Craig Yopp is a singer in Sydney who, in some of his covers at least

Ilpo Jauhiainen

Ilpo Jauhiainen is a cosmopolitan Finn

Ben Carey

A saxophonist, a composer, and an adept of the computer

Nick Pitera

Nick Pitera can emphasize a vocal passage

A Short Playlist

The first one.

Fynn Farrell

The London singer and songwriter

Jasmine Thompson

Jasmine Thompson, a very young singer in London

Stephen Edwards

Stephen Edwards is a young American composer nearly finished with his studies

17 Hippies

The band 17 Hippies was first formed in the mid-nineties in Berlin

The Shures

Once again a trio

“Strangelove” (Depeche Mode)

This is a diverse playlist of various covers, mash-ups, and remixes – each is a homage – of Depeche Mode’s “Strangelove,” which surely remains one of the nineteen-eighties’ best anthems.

Friedrich Hölderlin: “An die Parzen”

Willkommen dann, o Stille der Schattenwelt!

Zufrieden bin ich, wenn auch mein Saitenspiel

Mich nicht hinab geleitet; Einmal

Lebt ich, wie Götter, und mehr bedarfs nicht.

– Friedrich Hölderlin,
“An die Parzen”

Dan Tramte

Currently pursuing a doctorate in composition and theory

The Fires of August

Πόλεμος πάντων μὲν πατήρ ἐστι, πάντων δὲ βασιλεύς, καὶ τοὺς μὲν θεοὺς ἔδειξε τοὺς δὲ ἀνθρώπους, τοὺς μὲν δούλους ἐποίησε τοὺς δὲ ἐλευθέρους. “War is the father of all,” said Heraclitus, and this August, the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War, offers a fitting occasion to reflect upon his dark idea. With … Continue reading The Fires of August

Pride Weekend Playlists (III)

The last of the three

Christophe Ruetsch

Though I chanced upon him to begin with on Soundcloud

Stephen Dedalus

Stephen Dedalus, a Joycean and a composer


This playlist represents a tribute of sorts

Le Peep

Le Peep, an evidently one-off musical collaboration

Leo Ornstein

A playlist of some works by Leo Ornstein.

Andy Lange, Andrew Garcia, Josh Golden, and Chester See

Andy Lange is a pop musician in Los Angeles; a songwriter, a singer, a musician (several instruments), and a producer all in one, he has single-handedly been creating some very pleasing music over the last few years, recently in conjunction with fellow musicians Andrew Garcia, Josh Golden, and Chester See. This playlist aims to showcase his … Continue reading Andy Lange, Andrew Garcia, Josh Golden, and Chester See

Stephen Carmichael

Stephen Carmichael (Brisbane, Australia), with his striking performance persona


Cornelia (Cornelia Dahlgren) is a young Swedish singer and master of the remix

Matthew Shlomowitz

A young composer from Adelaide

Michael Kiwanuka

Whether Michael Kiwanuka is letting loose with his band or going solo

“Tonight bring all your friends because a group does it better”

A “Heavy Metal Lover” medley for New Year’s Eve and beyond.

Stendhal:In a letter to his sister

Un peu d’étude de l’homme moral apprend la rareté de cet état délicieux ; un peu d’étude de l’homme physique montre combien il est rare. Pour le produire, il faut un éréthisme (une chanterelle de violon lâche donne le , on la tend à son ton naturel, elle donne le mi, on la tend encore, elle donne le fa, mais bientôt elle se casse, elle est en éréthisme) ; voilà nos nerfs.

– Stendhal, in a letter to his sister, August 1805


The Hungarian band Tripes – currently a duo

Telefon Tel Aviv

This playlist features the music of the band

Gertrude Stein: In an interview with William Lundell

Look here. Being intelligible is not what it seems. […] I mean by understanding, enjoyment. If you enjoy it, you understand it. […] If you did not enjoy it, why do you make a fuss about it?

– Gertrude Stein, in an interview with
William Lundell, November 1934

Tona Scherchen

Tona Scherchen is a present-day composer whose name, though not unknown

Andi Kristins

Andi Kristins, from Reykjavik and living in New York, is a singer, songwriter, and electronic musician

Yves Klein: “Le Vrai devient réalité”

C’est ce silence si merveilleux qui donne la « chance » et qui donne même parfois la possibilité d’être vraiment heureux, ne serait⁠-ce qu’un seul instant, pendant un instant incommensurable en durée.

– Yves Klein, “Le Vrai devient réalité”

Sir Philip Sidney:The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia

Vain is their pain, who labour in despair.

– Sir Philip Sidney,
The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia

Bertolt Brecht:“Deutschland”

Hörend die Reden, die aus deinem Hause dringen, lacht man.
Aber wer dich sieht, der greift nach dem Messer.

– Bertolt Brecht, “Deutschland”

Pride Weekend Playlists (I)

The first of three playlists d’occasion

Some Covers of “Applause” (Lady Gaga)

A.P.P.L.A.U.S.E. – spelling out the word

Tracks to Travel by

Some pieces of music for acoustic enjoyment while on the road.

A Long Playlist

Please feel free to listen to this longer playlist in whole or in part at your leisure.

Three Pieces for the End of the Year

A 2012 triptych.


Forestears is a band in Brighton with at least one pun in its name

Oscar Wilde: In conversation with Robert Ross

My dear Robbie, when I see a monstrous tulip with four wonderful petals in someone else’s garden, I am impelled to grow a monstrous tulip with five wonderful petals, but that is no reason why someone should grow a tulip with only three petals.

– Oscar Wilde, in conversation with Robert Ross

Detroit Swindle

Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, an Amsterdam DJ duo specializing in house music

Samm Bennett et al.

Samm Bennett’s path has led from

Walter Benjamin:“Traumkitsch”

Denn »Mißverständnis« heißt die Rhythmik, mit welcher die allein wahre Wirklichkeit sich ins Gespräch drängt.

– Walter Benjamin, “Traumkitsch”

Portico Quartet

Jazz in London has been updated by the Portico Quartet

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: De la Création de l’ordre dans l’humanité

Le progrès de la société se mesure sur le développement de l’industrie et la perfection des instruments ; l’homme qui ne sait ou ne peut se servir d’un outil pour travailler est une anomalie, une créature abortive : ce n’est pas un homme.

– Pierre-Joseph Proudhon,
De la Création de l’ordre dans l’humanité

Malcolm de Chazal:Poème


– Malcolm de Chazal,

Matthias Rascher

The repertoire of the gifted amateur organist in Knetzgau


A fellow from Kansas who lives in London

Hugo von Hofmannsthal: “Lebenslied”

Ihm bietet jede Stelle
Geheimnisvoll die Schwelle

– Hugo von Hofmannsthal,

Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan is a contemporary classical composer, producer, and educator

Sofia Gubaidalina

Heinrich Blücher: “Fundamentals of a Philosophy of Art – On the Understanding of Artistic Experience”

We time and we space in the world, but as a nuisance, as a task – but through art this is turned into a joy, into play: we enjoy it. Our ability to space and to time are actively turned into something transcendent and we are made masters of time and space – masters of space in painting and masters of time in music – and of tine and space that becomes meaningful.

– Heinrich Blücher, “Fundamentals of a Philosophy of Art – On the Understanding of Artistic Experience”

Pop Noir

A band from Manchester by way of Huntington Beach

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari:Qu’est-ce que la philosophie ?

La sensation est contemplation pure, car c’est par contemplation qu’on contracte, se contemplant soi-⁠même à mesure qu’on contemple les éléments dont on procède. Contempler, c’est créer, mystère de la création passive, sensation. La sensation remplit le plan de composition, 
et se remplit de soi-⁠même en se remplissant de ce qu’elle contemple : elle 
est « enjoyment », et « self-⁠enjoyment ».

– Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari,
Qu’est-ce que la philosophie ?

Landon Gadoci

Singer and pianist from Austin, Texas; one who knows well how to convey inward feeling.

The Vagary

In Amsterdam there’s a four-piece band

Daniel Rhode

Together with his friend Adam Cuthbért

Jan Kerckhofs

From Antwerp, Belgium, this singer and songwriter

Claude Lévi-Strauss: Tristes Tropiques

Lieues après lieues, la même phrase mélodique chantait dans ma mémoire sans que je puisse m’en délivrer. Je lui découvrais sans cesse des charmes nouveaux. Très lâche au début, il me semblait qu’elle entortillait progressivement son fil, comme pour dissimuler l’extrémité qui la terminerait.

– Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques

Jamie N. Commons

With his rough voice and perfect Southern accent in performance

Brian Petuch

Brian Petuch is a young composer in New York

Nicolas Jaar (II)

This is a second playlist of Nicolas Jaar’s music

Giovanni Dettori

A composer in Milan, Giovanni Dettori is well-known for

The Musgraves

A new band based somewhere in the Midlands

Georg Simmel:Soziologie

Gerade die Vielheit dessen, was das Gesicht offenbaren kann, macht es oft rätselhaft; im allgemeinen wird das, was wir von einem Menschen sehen, durch das interpretiert, was wir von ihm hören, während das Umgekehrte viel seltener ist. Deshalb ist der, der sieht, ohne zu hören, sehr viel verworrener, ratloser, beunruhigter als der, der hört, ohne zu sehen.

– Georg Simmel, Soziologie

Tiago Braga

A pianist, singer, and – it’s becoming clear – a born presence on stage

Soft Riot

Soft Riot is a musical project initiated by Jack Duckworth

Neil Jansen

A classically-trained euphonium player

“National Anthem” (Lana Del Rey)

These three versions and one reversal of “National Anthem” may when taken together help to flesh out one’s sense of the original song and Del Rey’s own intention or aim – in no small part by virtue of their very divergences.

Else Lasker-Schüler: “Mein blaues Klavier”

Ich habe zu Hause ein blaues Klavier

Und kenne doch keine Note.

Es steht im Dunkel der Kellertür,

Seitdem die Welt verrohte.

Es spielten Sternenhände vier

– Die Mondfrau sang im Boote –

Nun tanzen die Ratten im Geklirr.

Zerbrochen ist die Klaviatür. . . . .

Ich beweine die blaue Tote.

Ach liebe Engel öffnet mir

– Ich ass vom bitteren Brote –

Mir lebend schon die Himmelstür –

Auch wider dem Verbote.

– Else Lasker-Schüler, “Mein blaues Klavier”

Nguyên Lê

Since the 1980s the Parisian jazz guitarist

Vassily Kandinsky: Punkt und Linie zu Fläche

Durch das allmähliche Herausreißen des Punktes aus dem engen Kreis seines gewohnten Wirkens bekommen seine bis jetzt schweigenden inneren Eigenschaften einen immer mehr wachsenden Klang. Diese Eigenschaften – innere Spannungen – kommen eine nach der anderen aus der Tiefe seines Wesens heraus und strahlen ihre Kräfte aus. Und ihre Wirkungen und Einflüsse auf den Menschen überwinden immer leichter die Hemmungen.

– Vassily Kandinsky, Punkt und Linie zu Fläche


Next week, Gossip is coming to Amsterdam

Jules Michelet: “Avenir! Avenir!”

rêver = créer

velle videmur Chaque époque rêve la suivante, la crée en rêvant

avenir! avenir!

– Jules Michelet,
“Avenir! Avenir!”

Ørjan Matre

Ørjan Matre is a young composer in Norway

La Rochefoucauld: Réflexions ou Sentences et maximes morales

Il y a des gens qui n’auroient jamais esté amoureux, s’ils n’avoient jamais entendu parler de l’amour.

– La Rochefoucauld, Réflexions ou Sentences et maximes morales

Pride Weekend Playlists (II)

The second of three

Lady Gaga Live: Mainly Acoustic

Currently, Lady Gaga is back again on tour in Amsterdam

Prabhu Edouard

A tabla player and vocalist from southern India who’s made his home in Paris

Hannah Arendt: Über die Revolution

Was das Herz hervorbringt, sind Kräfte, aber keine Gestalten, und diese Kräfte haben die Neigung, miteinander in Streit zu geraten. Durch dieses streitende Spiel seiner Kräfte erhält das Herz sich lebendig, und eindeutig wird es erst, wenn seine Kraftquellen versiegt sind.

– Hannah Arendt, Über die Revolution

Peter Hollens

Peter Hollens, of Eugene, Oregon, is a prominent beatboxer

Wise Blood

As the name might already suggest

Soul Keita

Soul Keita is one of Nicolas Jaar’s colleagues

Avant la Lettre

A young band from Amsterdam, Avant la Lettre – the name’s French, but they perform entirely in English – has been breaking through this year with a number of live performances for Dutch radio and television, and a first album, Belief.


Here in Amsterdam there’s a two-piece band

Savage Furs

This is a London band

Yes the Raven

A native of Belfast and a resident


Hailing from Toronto, Canada, but moving about frequently

“Bizarre Love Triangle”

Today’s encounter with “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was unexpected, and I was struck, but not for the first time, how this song is one of those capable of evoking an entire period even decades later. Then, nearly automatically, I started to hum that other old hit, New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” which is even more … Continue reading “Bizarre Love Triangle”

Jennifer Left

Jennifer Dalby, better known as Jennifer Left

Valentin Stip

Here is a playlist of some compositions by another associate

Gregory Douglass

Gregory Douglass, a singer/songwriter in Burlington, Vermont


If you like these songs, please repost, share, and whistle the playlist in whole or in part on the internet and on the street.

Boogie Belgique

It’s a very witty sort of dance music that Boogie Belgique makes

Daisuke Tanabe

A DJ and electronic musician in Tokyo

Nostromo 7

Though the name of the band


How to sample outmoded or discarded records from near and far

The Soft Moon

This band makes “music for the end of the world,” and though the term

Angélica Negrón

Angélica Negrón is a very active composer in New York

Nikita Quasim

A short playlist of the compositions of Nikita Quasim

Garçon Garçon

A new Australian duo


Knalpot is an Amsterdam band that embraces sound technology yet eschews

Martin Heidegger:Sein und Zeit

Entfernen besagt ein Verschwindenmachen der Ferne, das heißt der Entferntheit von etwas, Näherung.

– Martin Heidegger, Sein und Zeit

New Order


Those who need a refresher course in electronica