3 April 2014
Damon Albarn by Wolfgang Tillmans, 1995

Damon Albarn by Wolfgang Tillmans, 1995

16 March 2014
Ben Adams from A1, a pre-millennial boyband whose existence I don’t remember at all

via squarehippies

Ben Adams from A1, a pre-millennial boyband whose existence I don’t remember at all

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15 March 2014
Mac Miller, Watching Movies With The Sound Off (2013)

This isn’t new but I don’t think I’d seen the cover before now.

Mac Miller, Watching Movies With The Sound Off (2013)

This isn’t new but I don’t think I’d seen the cover before now.

3 March 2014
Alexander Chee, novelist and inventor of the Amtrak residency, wrote a story for the new issue that’s based on the porn soundtrack work of Patrick Cowley, pictured above. I’m really excited about Patrick Cowley, really really excited about the recent re-issue of his soundtrack work, and really really really excited about where Chee took the tone of the porn scores.

Alexander Chee, novelist and inventor of the Amtrak residency, wrote a story for the new issue that’s based on the porn soundtrack work of Patrick Cowley, pictured above. I’m really excited about Patrick Cowley, really really excited about the recent re-issue of his soundtrack work, and really really really excited about where Chee took the tone of the porn scores.

26 February 2014
23. Rasmus Stolberg
Rasmus Stolberg is the bassist in Efterklang, a Danish trio with whom I was previously unfamiliar even though they’re signed to 4AD and I thought I at least recognized the names of most bands that are on that particular label. Mr. Stolberg is also the highest-ranked musician on this edition of The Hottest Men of All-Time Ever. Which is something!

23. Rasmus Stolberg

Rasmus Stolberg is the bassist in Efterklang, a Danish trio with whom I was previously unfamiliar even though they’re signed to 4AD and I thought I at least recognized the names of most bands that are on that particular label. Mr. Stolberg is also the highest-ranked musician on this edition of The Hottest Men of All-Time Ever. Which is something!

14 February 2014
42. Andreas Dorau (1964—    )

Andreas Dorau, Teutonic pop genius, burst on the scene as a teenager with the batshit crazy “Fred vom Jupiter,” a song I play with more regularity than you’d probably ever expect from a non-German speaker in 2014. (It’s so good! So so good. Also the video.) To celebrate his fiftieth birthday, the still very fetching Dorau just released a career-long retrospective and a new album, Aus der Bibliotheque, which I’m about to go play now for the first time. (It’s streaming on Spotify, if you’re into that sort of thing.)

42. Andreas Dorau (1964— )

Andreas Dorau, Teutonic pop genius, burst on the scene as a teenager with the batshit crazy “Fred vom Jupiter,” a song I play with more regularity than you’d probably ever expect from a non-German speaker in 2014. (It’s so good! So so good. Also the video.) To celebrate his fiftieth birthday, the still very fetching Dorau just released a career-long retrospective and a new album, Aus der Bibliotheque, which I’m about to go play now for the first time. (It’s streaming on Spotify, if you’re into that sort of thing.)

13 February 2014
47. Ryan Wonsiak (19??—    )

Ryan Wonsiak, keyboardist player from Canadian band Austra, is one of the more intriguing people to make this year’s Hot List. And not just because there are a lot of people in Austra and it took me a while to figure out which one was him. Although I did just spend kind of an unnecessary amount of time on that. (I can now say definitively that while I find Wonsiak sort of unconventially attractive, Dorian Wolf is definitely more my type.)

47. Ryan Wonsiak (19??— )

Ryan Wonsiak, keyboardist player from Canadian band Austra, is one of the more intriguing people to make this year’s Hot List. And not just because there are a lot of people in Austra and it took me a while to figure out which one was him. Although I did just spend kind of an unnecessary amount of time on that. (I can now say definitively that while I find Wonsiak sort of unconventially attractive, Dorian Wolf is definitely more my type.)

49. Fred Fortin (1971—    )

If you’re anything like me then you’re not really familiar with the work of Fred Fortin, Quebecois singer-songwriter and founding member of Galaxie 500. (Not THE Galaxie 500, but a different band from the early 2000’s who for some reason called themselves Galaxie 500 but then—I’m assuming for all kinds of reasons—shortened it to just Galaxie. Their 2011 album Tigre et diesel is streaming on Bandcamp. I’ve got it on now and it’s pretty good!

49. Fred Fortin (1971— )

If you’re anything like me then you’re not really familiar with the work of Fred Fortin, Quebecois singer-songwriter and founding member of Galaxie 500. (Not THE Galaxie 500, but a different band from the early 2000’s who for some reason called themselves Galaxie 500 but then—I’m assuming for all kinds of reasons—shortened it to just Galaxie. Their 2011 album Tigre et diesel is streaming on Bandcamp. I’ve got it on now and it’s pretty good!

12 February 2014
58. Blake Shelton (1976—    )

Blake Shelton’s music has never really held much interest for me (even the weirdly homoerotic “Playboys Of The Southwestern World,” in which the narrator says his favorite school memory was seeing his best friend running around in boots and a sombrero. It’s a pretty dumb song.) On the other hand, his wife (Miranda Lambert) is one of my favorite country singers. But then, when it comes to country music I’m way more partial to female voices, so maybe this doesn’t actually mean anything.

58. Blake Shelton (1976— )

Blake Shelton’s music has never really held much interest for me (even the weirdly homoerotic “Playboys Of The Southwestern World,” in which the narrator says his favorite school memory was seeing his best friend running around in boots and a sombrero. It’s a pretty dumb song.) On the other hand, his wife (Miranda Lambert) is one of my favorite country singers. But then, when it comes to country music I’m way more partial to female voices, so maybe this doesn’t actually mean anything.

11 February 2014
60. Loudon Wainwright III (1946—    )

His parenting skills inspired daughter Martha’s 2004 single “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole,” but that didn’t stop several of you from admitting that you had a thing for the man whose biggest hit single was about a dead skunk in the middle of the road.

60. Loudon Wainwright III (1946— )

His parenting skills inspired daughter Martha’s 2004 single “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole,” but that didn’t stop several of you from admitting that you had a thing for the man whose biggest hit single was about a dead skunk in the middle of the road.