Stadiums & Shrines


A bittersweet, windswept dialogue between visual artist and composer.

Quietly released last month, collaborative project Stills pairs two mediums in a single narrative. Danny Clay‘s sound design (“open forms, archival media, found objects, toy instruments, analogue and digital errata”) interacts with Katrien De Blauwer‘s evocative collage work to great effect, disintegrating and regenerating, as if an elaborate snow globe music box filled with distant memories has been shaken. A delicate, disorienting, and essential late night listen.

This vinyl and book edition is the first in a newly launched imprint out of France, IIKKI (from the minds behind Eilean Rec.).

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Phantom Posse’s Be True, one of the year’s finest albums, is the expression of ten friends, a true collaboration that flows with impressive cohesion. The sound—languid, faded, somnolent—is shaped by Posse’s producer and overall connective thread, Eric Littmann. Since his early releases as Phantom Power (and later as Steve Sobs), Eric has approached home recording as an outlet free of expectations, uploading introspective, stream-of-thought vignettes (roaming guitar, subdued beats, occasional vocals) driven by experience and mood. As those projects matured, they also expanded in scope, documenting not just one artistic path, but the many zigs and zags of the musicians in his orbit. The dynamic came to culmination with last year’s Home, and is perfected on this self-described travel diary, Be True.

Last summer Eric took me on one of his semi-regular night walks around New York City, along with Posse member Thomas Beddoe (aka Cheetah Lamp). There was much to talk about—existentialism, identity, creative process, science (the latter especially fascinating given Eric’s profession and passion)—but our general mode became one of observation… how the city looks when you’ve got the time to really look. Metropolitan qualities romanticized to the point of cliché, often taken for granted in our day-to-day. The hypnotic calm in watching the movement of masses from afar, the muffled sound bites pouring out as restaurants give way to bars, the glow of a billion windows, lights, and signs bouncing off the waterfront. In the span of roughly four hours, we looped around the West Side before crossing the bridge to Brooklyn. It felt like we shared something, difficult to articulate. And it’s just like Eric to compile a little sense from it, sending over two iPhone videos shot low-key that evening, and the words below:

“When Phantom Posse started I was mixing on a pair of computer speakers that came with a 2003 Dell Desktop computer… nowadays we have some better gear and more experience, but everything else is the same. For me Phantom Posse has always been friendship and joy—thank you to everyone who has listened over the years.

It’s ok to be niche; it’s ok to be underground, forever even (-phantom power). Remember who you are, remember where you came from, who made you who you are—oh and be true.”

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Bing & Ruth


Just under a year ago, Bing & Ruth got the old ensemble back together for one night in New York, to revisit City Lake—the 2010 LP experiencing a second life via reissue on RVNG Intl. Together with the label and (Le) Poisson Rouge, we were honored to help pull off this reunion.

On stage surrounding composer/pianist David Moore was a spread of performers on clarinet, cello, bass, lap steel, tape delay, percussion, and vocals. Most striking, perhaps, was the collective restraint. Each musician waited stoically, meditating ahead of their next movement, be it a nuanced pluck or hum. Every note had purpose. A sublime minimalism, with a mesmerizing, maximal effect, swelling to its climax on the album’s title track. This moment was recorded by Q2 Music, along with the calm that followed on “Broad Channel/A Little Line In A Round Face” and “Here’s What You’re Missin.” All prefaced with a thoughtful series of interviews.

Much thanks to Q2 for providing this path back.



Episode 48 goes up with a familiar guest, Dev, who this time dials into some spiritual jazz and other celestial stations past and present.

The second hour covers an August-off-the-air, featuring Maine-based songwriter Lisa/Liza, Eola (the a capella gospel project from Edwin of Tonstartssbandht), Givan Lötz (the Johannesburg-based multimedia artist we last glided with in 2013), one of 80 tracks on Casino Versus Japan‘s upcoming tape Frozen Geometry, and more.

[Hour One] Dev Sherlock
Alice Coltrane – Om Supreme
Datach’i – In the Field With Brian
Les Halles – Skies That Soar
Maal and Morris – Airplane Mode
Benedek – Angelus Vista
Hanssen – A Great Distance
Avalanches – Zap!
Konx-om-Pax – Video Club
Hailu Mergia – Sewnetuwa
Oh, Yoko – Song With Coyotes
Soft Jock – placid af
Sheila Chandra – Quiet 8
Lata Mangeshkar – Recites the Baghwad Geeta
Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve – Tomorrow, Forever
(Lonnie Liston Smith interview clip)
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – Quiet Dawn
Brother Ah – Spirits in the Night
Loop Guru – 3am Outside Here, Pt 3
Yusef Lateef – The Golden Flute
Unknown – Sons De La Nature
J.O.B. Orquestra – Govinda
Deuter – Solitary Bird
Pharoah Sanders – Japan

[Hour Two] Freeform
(Eddie Jones, The Royal Typewriter)
johnny_ripper – typing
Un Blonde – Celebration
Eola – How Far Am I From Canaan?
Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal – Echo Hill
Sparkling Wide Pressure – Renderer Wanderer
Airbird – Ecology
Alex Zhang Hungtai – Paris Means Nothing To Me Without You
Givan Lötz – Watchtower
Andrew Cosentino – Jeans Go With Everything
Lisa/Liza – Century Woods
Casino Versus Japan – Blooming Sails
Eluvium – Beyond The Moon For Someone In Reverse
Biosphere – Sweet Dreams Form A Shade
Katie Dey – It’s Simpler To Make Home on the Ground

S&S Radio broadcasts every other Tuesday night on Newtown Radio.

New Zealand


Lights coruscate as the fog emanates, informing the present. The centermost vent—time’s origin—a geyser as thick as the bellows at the froth of the falls, directs all. Past and future converse in the steam, bending in rivers, tipping clocks, sweeping about the trees.

Lives are a landscape across which banks of fog roll, revealing what is to come, concealing what’s elapsed.

Directly into the mist, she peers, throwing a lamp’s lit sneer. Two sets of eyes look back, one skips betwixt with a child’s giggle and fresh grass scents. The other glares back coarsely, framed by fine and furrowed lines of skin.

She holds a glacial gaze for perhaps another minute, or eight, or an epoch, fixed in the forecasting terrain events as they replay, a cascade.


Kohwi is Berlin-based artist Cory Levinson. Currently he runs the label Ways Inner Pass, and is readying a release next Spring with friend and collaborator Miriam Simun.

Dreams is an ongoing project where we ask our favorite artists to create a piece of music inspired by a handmade collage.