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Andy Beta

Coati Mundi: from post-disco to nu-disco

It Came From Spanish Harlem

It’s the last day of the Museum of Modern Art’s seasonal Warm-Up dance parties at PS1, an old public school in Queens, converted into a cutting-edge art and con...
Nite Jewel: Warm

Nite Jewel's 8-Track Hustle

“We’re going to play our hit song,” Ramona Gonzalez says, leaning into her mic as the last syllable of “ong-ong-ong” echoes throughout the cramped confines of N...
Perhacs counts Daft Punk

Linda Perhacs' Parallel Universe

A roommate first introduced me to the music of Linda Perhacs in 2000. Obsessed with rare psychedelic music, he cued up her lone album, Parallelograms,released i...
Singer Caroline Peyton went on to do voice work for Disney films but

The Circle Game

Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies From the Canyon Numero Group “I had closed the door on that dream,” says Judy Tomlinson, who strove some 30 years ago to make her mark as a singer-songwriter. Now a mother in Dallas, Tomlinson experienced a surreal flashback when she heard her music would be part......
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Don't Postpone Maximum Joy!

THIS HEAT . This Heat . ReR DELTA 5 . Singles & Sessions 1979–81 . Kill Rock Stars MAXIMUM JOY . Unlimited (1979–1983) . Crippled Dick Hot Wax Last year, Jess Harvell, an esteemed writer at the indie site Pitchfork, grumbled: “At some point, on or around August 2003, any......
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You Won’t Forget Him

Jack Nitzsche (1937–2000) was one of the greatest arrangers at the dawn of teenager music, yet it’s hard to fathom that the 26 songs collected on Hearing is Believing all have his thumbprint on them, so wide and adept is his reach. Extending far beyond Nitzsche’s bubblegum beginnings, this retrospective......