“All artists are dear friends and have creatively collaborated with me. It’s a constant inspiration, hence ‘the noise in my head.'”
Here is a collection of songs that have impressed me one way or another over the past five years or so.
After perusing through all the recent “best albums” of the year I’ve seen being posted on various news outlets, I realized I have such a hard time finding new music because pop is considered the boundary pusher in contemporary music.
Chris Stein, the co-founder and guitarist of Blondie, was there.
Photographer Jeff P. Elstone II has set out on a new project that seeks to capture the many facets of touring life, ranging from traveling, to performing, to meetings, to sleeping, with some of techno’s most renown artists today.
For Yang Li, the London-based fashion designer, music has always been front and center.
Some time ago in Tallinn, Estonia, I went to a Depeche Mode bar. That such a thing exists is emblematic of the deeply devoted fan following that the band has commanded since its inception. That Depeche Mode is a phenomenon that is hard describe is old news – it’s essentially a pop band that has blundered into the zeitgeist, instinctively grasped it and has held it tight to its chest for decades, more often than not not knowing exactly how or why. Depeche Mode is simultaneously surface and depth, lightness and darkness, seriousness and silliness. Its range of work runs from the cringe-inducing to awe-inspiring. It’s a band that has often been bewildered by its wild success, one whose members who for the first time knew they had a sure hit in “Enjoy The Silence,” ten years after they began making music. In other words, Depeche Mode is a band that despite its mostly electronic sound is quintessentially human. Perhaps this is why the world has been so generous to it, so patient with its failures, and so richly rewarding in its successes. Not to mention that the band’s influence on electronic music, from techno to industrial, cannot be underestimated, but that’s a whole different story.
We recently got a rare chance to photograph Nine Inch Nails in concert at Riot Fest in Chicago. Our photo essay is below
On Saturday Boris Bidjan Saberi New York hosted the musicians Tale of Us and Philipp Return for a private fashion week event. Below is our coverage of the event.
Ali ‘Dubfire’ Shirazinia proudly wears the battle wounds of public self-realization not often found in the “everyone’s a techno DJ and producer” scene of today.