A conversation with the music writer and acclaimed author of Capitalist Realism and Ghosts of My Life on music and mainstream culture, Popular Modernism, the struggle for time and the dizzying prospects of a political “new.”
Since 2010, the Mexican sound artist has been reflecting, recording, documenting and exhibiting the symbolic, personal, financial, legal, civic and human costs of Mexico’s War on Drugs.
Spectatorship, Part 1 | Ian MacKaye
“THAT'S THE POINT FOR THE RECORD COMPANY, BUT IT SHOULDN’T BE THE POINT FOR THE BAND.”
Spectatorship, Part 1 | Kim Gordon
“I’M REALLY SCARED WHEN I KILL IN MY DREAMS”
Spectatorship, Part 1 | Mark Andersen
“THAT’S THE REVOLUTION IN PUNK, IF THERE IS ONE.”
Spectatorship, Part 1 | Katie Alice Greer
“WE’RE VERY STRATEGIC IN HOW WE OPERATE AND CREATE.”
Spectatorship, Part 1 | Dan Deacon
“THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PROBLEM, MID-SIZE VENUES ARE DISAPPEARING”
Dan Barrow reactivates the nearly-forgotten punk film for 2015 and beyond.
Algorithms coded and deployed by Zack Zukowski and CJ Carr explore the possibilities of generative music composition and remix.The bots scour music online, post remixes to their own profiles and leave a trace by commenting on the original source. In this correspondence, Zukowski outlines the project and discusses the potential benefits and threats of a bot culture in music.
Glen E. Friedman
“IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, IT’S ABOUT DOING FUCKING JUSTICE TO THE SUBJECTS”
“The human voice is the organ of the soul.”
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Publicity | Ian Svenonius
The Fall of College Rock and the Rise of "Indie" or, Indie Rock as the Gentrification of Punk.
Publicity | Maria Minerva
“YOU’RE JUST 2 COOL 2 BE TRUE, CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU.”
Publicity | Mathew Dryhurst
Publicity | Johan Kugelberg
“YOUR HEROES HAD TO COMPULSIVELY BE MADE FUN OF.”
Letters from the Past: Pop-trunk
Peering into Yugoslavian Punk & New Wave
A look into the revolutionary potential in the Yugoslavian punk and new wave underground.
An ongoing effort with Jim O’Rourke and Keiji Haino, together one of the most vibrant trios active, was the subject of a recent correspondence.
Plural Machine Self-Manifest
Kraftwerk Performing “Die Roboter” on Rockpop on ZDF Television, March 29, 1978.
“We’re all addicted to music anyways.”
The Cairo Gang
“My relationship to my own music isn’t to be a record-making machine. It’s what I do constantly, but I don’t feel like I need to share everything with everyone. Some things are private.”
HIGHWAY is an intermittent publication about life with music and sound. The print and iOS editions are pocket-sized companions to the musicians, writers, artists, thinkers, documentarians, storytellers and objects we encounter.
Today, there are readers and listeners with a new curiosity into how these subjects and objects practice, converse, resonate and are remembered in the international worlds of music and sound.