Sounds Like Now

The middle class is the quintessential American category. It’s of foundational significance, although it is only since the Reagan era that it has had its current degree of political cachet. (More…)

It’s tragically appropriate that Mark Fisher, whose work was so deeply engaged with the idea of hauntology, about the persistence of the past, should speak to us from beyond the grave. (More…)

Nayda!, the debut album from Bab L’Bluz, demonstrates the virtue of running towards trouble instead of away from it. (More…)

Long gone are the days of walk-ins from sailors on shore leave or drunken bridesmaids. Now it is all about booking months in advance, getting tested for COVID-19 and being respectful of everyone’s safe space.  A tattoo has become one mistake too expensive, and, potentially dangerous, to get without proper consideration. (More…)

The West Coast is on fire which, grim as it is, has at least given everyone in United States something else to think about than COVID-19. (More…)

From the precise low throbbing that introduces AurAA to the menacingly crackly bass tones that ends it, Ellen Allien’s new album strikes a balance between four-on-the-floor minimalism with atmospherics that can’t be reduced to their danceability. (More…)

Few events make less sense than the demonization of “Cultural Marxism.” Fake news about its influence has done more to popularise the philosophy than at any time since the 1960s. (More…)

Clanging pots, banging cans, all playing in unison. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a concert, not a demonstration. But, this was Beirut, at the start of the October Revolution and these were demonstrators blurring the line between music and politics. (More…)

2020 has claimed another victim. David Graeber, the noted anthropologist and activist, died on Thursday, in Venice. (More…)