A Smartphone Game That Captures the Futility of “Work-Life Balance”

newyorker.com — Last month in Wired, the writer Mary H. K. Choi embedded herself in the social-media world of five American teen-agers, exploring their habits and codes of conduct on an array of platforms, chiefly Snapchat and Instagram. Her report was refreshingly free of the sorts of scandalizing details that typically pervade writing about teens, replaced, instead, by a set of heartening and counterintuitive insights.

When Rent Was Cheap and Dance Music Reigned

newyorker.com — Halfway through Tim Lawrence's "Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor: 1980-1983," a six-hundred-page book about four years in the life of a dozen New York City clubs, there's a short chapter called "Shrouded Abatements and Mysterious Deaths."

High and Mighty - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — Dwayne Carter, the twenty-four-year-old rapper from New Orleans known as Lil Wayne, hasn't released an album or a single in months, though he has appeared as a guest on songs by other artists. But he is indisputably the rapper of the year. He has been recording songs constantly-sometimes three or four a night.

The Irresistible Chaos of 75 Dollar Bill

villagevoice.com — In the late Eighties and early Nineties, mutts thrived in New York. Bands like Curlew, Mofongo, The Scene Is Now, and V-Effect were descendants of all countries and none. Their music held traces of jazz harmony, prog-rock structures, the unpredictable accelerants of free improvisation, noise, melody, and force. As the...

The Beat Don’t Stop

newrepublic.com — Baz Luhrmann would not have been my first, third, or tenth choice to direct a show about how hip-hop, disco, and Ed Koch all handled New York in 1977. As a director, his production design is unmatched; as for making the parts of the film that transmit narrative, I have found most of his decisions almost unwatchable.

M.I.A.’s Provocative Pop

newyorker.com — Later this month, the inaugural London offshoot of Afropunk Fest-the forward-thinking musical event, held annually in Brooklyn, that explores race, identity, and visual art in black counterculture-will take place. Initially, the headliner was to be Maya Arulpragasam, the forty-one-year-old pop star known as M.I.A.

Frank Ocean, Genuine Misfit

newyorker.com — Four years ago, we heard Frank Ocean fretting in the back of a taxi, begging the driver to lend an ear. "Taxi-driver / Be my shrink for the hour / Leave the meter running," he sang, on "Bad Religion," from "channel ORANGE."

Swet Shop Boys’ Rap as Protest

newyorker.com — On a hot Saturday afternoon, the actor and rapper Riz Ahmed (a.k.a. Riz MC) and the rapper Heems (real name Himanshu Suri) headed to the Jackson Diner, an Indian buffet-style restaurant, in Queens. The pair had just finished filming two music videos in Flushing for their upcoming début album, "Cashmere."

How Nostalgia Drives the Music Industry

newyorker.com — Earlier this month, Dinosaur Jr. celebrated the release of its eleventh album, "Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not," by playing a show at Rough Trade, a small club tucked inside a record store in Brooklyn.

Random Access Denied

newyorker.com — Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" was recorded over the span of five years and in three cities. It cost the duo and Sony, at a conservative estimate, over a million dollars to produce and promote.
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