As the weather in New York continues to baffle on a daily basis, spring continues to tease its way into being with sunny days undercut by blistering winds. It was against this unstable backdrop that I finally published an essay explaining my sexual orientation as demisexual and investigated how it's shaped my life. If you haven't checked it out yet, just scroll down below or click here.
Over at Gathering of the Tribes, I published my review of Barry Jenkins' masterful film Moonlight, which flouted conventional wisdom by winning the Best Picture award at this year's Oscars ceremony. Despite the review coming several months after the film opened, I still felt inspired enough by the film to explore how its pacing and anticlimactic nature subverts coming-of-age tropes while drawing a parallel besides Richard Linklater's 2014 film Boyhood, a film that very much should have the Best Picture award that year. With its humanist camera work and patchwork soundtrack, Moonlight not only draws in the viewer by showing them an earnest onscreen portrayal of black identity unlike any before it, but it also challenges the audience's very expectations and assumptions about how such a story can be told. Check it out here.
Finally, after doing three guest radio slots in January, I've started a biweekly radio show called Public Library. I will be mixing records from 2-4pm this Sunday, March 5, and every other Sunday Check out the mix here and scan the tracklist before. And after a quiet January and February, the site will be picking up in the next few weeks as I'll be publishing interviews with musician Pete Swanson about his new label, Freedom To Spend, and renowned visual artist Jaime Zhu alongside a new essay on the awkward process of coming out as demisexual, and essays looking at current music culture. Thanks for reading!
Reginald J. Lewis - Happy Machines (Public Information 2013) Martin Rev - Temptation (Superior Viaduct 1980/2013) Jahillya Fields - Servant Garden (L.I.E.S. 2012) Can - Future Days (Carl Craig Remix) (Bootleg) Pub - Summer (2001/2009) Dettinger - Tranquilizer (Kompakt 2001) M. Pittman -Cherry Lee (Down Syndrome Mix) (FXHE 2005) Pom Pom - 32 D2 (Pom Pom 2006) Beatrice Dillon - Can I Change My Mind? (Boomkat Editions 2016) / Jane Weaver / Pierre Raph (Disposable Music 2013) Vito Ricci - The Ship Was Sailing (Music From Memory 2015) Rene Hell - Untitled Solo 4 (NNA Tapes 2012) Rene Hell - The Bridge (NNA Tapes 2012) M. Zalla - Incidenti (Black Sweat 1974/2016) 1991 - No Hope (Boomkat Editions 2012) Luc Marianni - Faut Rester Groupes (DDD 2013) Loren Nerell - Eidolon (Forced Nostalgia 1986/2012) Emperor Machine - Linda Looks Good (DC 2004) Japanese Telecom - Game Player (Intuit Solar 2000) Loscil - Graupel (Kranky 2009) 0Growing - Fancy Period (Metal Blade 2003) Harry Forbes - Microtech (Parry Music Library 1985) Chris Carter - Solidit (Optimo Music 1980/2010) The Focus Group - Frumious Numinous (Ghost Box 2013) Bruno Spoerri -The Award (Edit) (Finders Keepers 2012) Leyland Kirby - Video 2000 (History Always Favors The Winners 2011) Raglani - Trampoline Dream (Editions Mego 2012) The Other People Place - Sunrays (Warp 2001/2017) Cooly G - Fuck With You (Hyperdub 2015) Aaliyah - Rock The Boat (Blackground 2001) DJ Rashad x DJ Spinn x Taso - New Start (Teklife 2016) Kode9 - Holo (Hyperdub 2015) Cruel Boyz - Umeqo Emagqomini (Dub Mix) (Gqom-Oh! 2016) @45 Zoviet France - Mohnomishe C2 (Red Rhino 1983) Kaba Blon - Furu Djougou (Sahel Sounds 2014) Osborne - Want To Jack (Shake Mix) (Spectral 2002) James T Cotton - Blue Blood (Spectral 2004) Pye Corner Audio - Autonomization (Ghost Box 2016) Martyn - Velvet (3024 2007) Terrence Parker - Untitled A2 (Intangible 1996)