In an earlier post I introduced the series of mixtapes I've been creating & sharing on the webs. Think of it as my way of presenting a consolidated view of good music in our fractured, attention-defying internet landscape.


It would be a major understatement to say the internet has transformed the consumption and creation of media of all kinds. It's important to discuss these changes. But sometimes an internet surfer just wants to dance!


The video below embodies the excitement I've felt recently for exploring a life outside of the Arts, a life that values the application of the Arts in day-to-day life more than Art for Arts sake.


This recent thread on academic blogging is a fascinating one which, unfortunately, I was only able to skim because, though I do spend a lot of my time reading & writing, I am unable to do so in a more...speculative fashion. It strikes me that that alone is the the lovely & privileged way academics—at least tenured academics!—get to spend their time.


Jai Paul's debut single has been floating around the internet for well over a year now, and the internet claims that it was originally a demo he cut in 2007 -- but I wonder how long it will take for this to not sound like the future? Let's try it out one more time.


Last week !!! played a semi-private show at New York University where they debuted this LED jacket, created by the creative and technically minded folks at Van Adams Technologies.


This one, sung by James Blake, but written by Feist.


About a year ago, I put out on my label Brassland what I think is one of the best records I've ever had anything to do with, a strange & mysterious song cycle called The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton by a group called Clogs.


As I've been fond of reminding everyone I've run into the last few days (because I'm something of a smarmy shit), I have been embedded in a cabin-like structure on a hillside in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles for over two weeks now.


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Alec Hanley Bemis

Alec Hanley Bemis lives in Brooklyn, NY but spends a lot of time in California. He obtained his B.A. in History from Yale University. His writing has appeared in LA Weekly, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Spin, AsthmaticKitty.com, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. In 2001, he co-founded Brassland, a record label that documents the work of a growing community of musicians, including The National and Nico Muhly. Currently he continues to run Brassland, consults for the UK-based music company All Tomorrow's Parties, co-manages The Dirty Projectors, and acts as general manager at Cantaloupe Music. In the past, he has taught in New York University's graduate journalism program, produced projects for the new media-design firm, Funny Garbage, and written for Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve.