At the end of 2019, rap is the most popular form of music in America, and maybe in the entire world. We know this. The data bears it out. But one thing that the data doesn’t quite show is us that rap, like every other genre of music in our atomized age, is not a … More »
For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. More »
Samuel T. Herring looks like the dad in a ’50s sitcom. He sings in a stately baritone-blues quaver that sometimes unpredictably lurches into death-metal growl territory. He dances like an unusually balletic hardcore frontman who has been cast as the lead for a Tennessee Williams play. There is absolutely nothing about Samuel T. Herring, save … More »
When an indie rock star decides to make a rap record on the side, you should probably be suspicious. (Shout out to Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To Be.) But Samuel T. Herring, the endlessly charismatic singer for the heroic Baltimore synthpop dramatists Future Islands, has been rapping since long before … More »
For years now, Samuel T. Herring, frontman for the great synthy-indie Baltimore band Future Islands, has been making rap music. Herring raps under the name Hemlock Ernst, and it’s not the embarrassing, halfassed side project that you might expect from the not-so-proud history of indie rockers attempting to rap. Instead, Herring has a dusty, insular, … More »
Everyone’s favorite Hawaiian beatmaker, Mr. Carmack, released an experimental seven-track bass EP, Rebuild, that massages the senses and invites even the most inquisitive sound scientist to appreciate its design complexities. Known for his unique arrangements, the seasoned producer builds off heavy 808 drums and general sub-bass frequencies while tinkering with high-end percussive elements, synths, and vocal chops. Another impressive design element is his ability to create dynamic beats the make the listener feel like the song is physically moving. A good example of this is on the track “Midnight” or on “CARTIER.” This careful execution of sound placement also invited collaboration exercises with the likes of Kenny Segal, Great Dane, Falguni Shah, Goodnight Cody, and Mike Parvizi.
Mr. Carmack is set for his 10-date US Immersion tour which will take place end of November and December. From the sounds of it, this would be an excellent activity for bass heads. Check out tour dates here.
Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring has a rap alias known as Hemlock Ernst. He’s been featured on a few songs throughout the years, and next month he’s releasing a full-length project with Kenny Segal, the producer behind Hiding Places, a collaboration with Billy Woods that ranks among our best albums … More »
At the end of “Spongebob,” the first song on billy woods and Kenny Segal’s new collaborative album Hiding Places, we hear an automated female voice delivering some bad news: “You have 10 dollars 22 cents remaining in your account.” For those of us old enough to remember calling bank 800 numbers to check … More »
Last year, the New York underground rap duo Armand Hammer released their album Paraffin, a jangled and anxiety-driven masterpiece of sputtering, angular rap music. It was one of last year’s best rap albums. This year, billy woods, one half of Armand Hammer, has once again teamed up with a comrade and made one … More »