Since the venues inception in 2005, a constant and ever-changing stream of new music has been flowing from the Stone, an intimate space nestled on the Lower East Side. Conceived by composer/improviser John Zorn, the Stone has a staunchly DIY ethos.
In a micro-trended, niche-market-driven world, musical genres and subgenres are becoming more and more finely labeled to convey the multitude of options listeners have when seeking out new music.
The more things change, goes the old saying, the more they stay the same. Twenty-five years after the Ronettes spoke for lousily lovesick teens everywhere, the Boom Children spiked their Sex Pistol riffs with Phil Spector melodies and proclaimed their post-pubescent angst with distortion pedals.
Theres a cruel condition often placed on pop stars, that they have to be unhappy to write good songs. They get off drugs, they get married, and they lose their edgeits a heavy burden to put on an icon.
David Byrne has been a busy downtown icon these last several decades, which is how long its taken him and producer/non-musician Brian Eno to get around to recording the follow-up to 1981s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.
I was recently diagnosed as bipolar, so I couldnt tell whether it was my mood swings and racing thoughts or those of the Xenakis opera Oresteia that so agitated me.