Tasting Notes

A group of people sitting around a table wearing headphones and sipping whisky.

Studies show that loud sounds dull our sense of taste, which may explain why airplane food tastes so bland, and why people order more tomato juice on planes, as umami flavors are the most resilient to volume.

Arto Lindsay: Space, Parades, and Confrontational Aesthetics

Arto Lindsay

Not only did Arto Lindsay found arguably the most important band from New York’s early-’80s No Wave scene, he is a well-known figure in Brazilian pop, collaborator of Matthew Barney’s, leader of parades, and thrower of sounds in space. He sat down with Sam Hillmer to chat sound design, confrontational aesthetics, and much more.

Close Listening: Music and Power

Electricity Substation

Systemic bias is nowhere near its death throes and we all need to be vigilant against it. Be mindful of what you vote for with your dollars and your attention.

2016 NEA Jazz Masters Announced


The National Endowment of the Arts has announced the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters honorees will be vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp, and jazz advocate Wendy Oxenhorn.

Close Listening: Music and Race

Open Sign Through The Glass Of Window

It should make us all deeply uncomfortable how white the new music scene is. We must address the fact that we are missing out on certain new music because it is being classified for different communities, or not being classified at all.

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