Hello again! Bet you forgot you still subscribed to this newsletter, huh? Tinyletter says it's been more than a year since I sent out a newsletter. Which is a shame, but I don't think I ever said this would be regular. A lot has happened since January 1, 2016—the last time I wrote to you. Donald Trump is the president now, and, though I don't know if this corresponds with any published statistics, America feels more violent these days. Seems there's no escaping it. But last year things were different.
You know Chaz Bundick as chillwave outfit Toro Y Moi. You know him for his signature clear-framed glasses. But right now he's not Toro Y Moi (and he doesn't have those glasses any more). Today he's teamed up with the Mattson 2 and gone full-on psych-surf-jazz—and the result is familiar and distant and totally thrilling. New Age is back. Not that it ever really died, but lately psychedelia has quietly re-infiltrated America.
On a recent, bitterly cold Saturday, the 3 Million Majority Marching Band was assembling on the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library, under the gaze of Patience, the library's southernmost marble lion. Around the musicians demonstrators were preparing to march up Madison Avenue to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.