Ten Cities – Where the Literary Meets the Beat – Goethe Institut

TC - Johannesburg - Concert - Dokta Spizee - ╕ Masimba Sasa

TEN CITIES, brought to you by the Goethe-Institut, is a journey of musicians and writers. It is musical research project that brings together 50 DJs, producers and musicians from the ten cities (BERLIN BRISTOL CAIRO JOHANNESBURG KYIV LAGOS LISBON LUANDA NAIROBI NAPLES…& EVENTUALLY WORLDWIDE), enabling them to cooperate and produce music together. Guided by ten […]

The Resurrection of the Unoriginal Spawns A Revival of Mogwai

Dybbuk, the dislocated soul of the dead, Illustration by Ephraim Moshe Lilien.

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.                   […]

Farewell Uncle Lou

Lou Reed Signed "Loaded" Album

When I woke up to the news that Lou Reed died yesterday, it hit me hard, like losing a favorite Uncle, the one who skipped town for the big city and never came home again. This is not such a stretch actually– we love our favorite artists so much that they can be like family– […]

A Most Un-Personal Album by Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger Personal Album Review HESO Magazine

Eleanor Friedberger must have a great sense of humor. Like a dry martini, just a touch of vermouth. Watch her music videos, listen to her lyrics, look at how she dances. She has secretly always wanted to be a Second City or a Groucho Marx impersonator. A runaway Vaudeville / carnival sideshow perhaps? Regardless of […]

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories in Contrast to Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

Apt Advertising? Daft Punk in Japan

Listening to Daft Punk’s recent release of the much heralded Random Access Memories—actually letting the hype around its release fade to white—took the whole summer. Parsing the album’s terabytes of information could take much longer. Much like modern life with its 24-hour non-stop barrage of post-post-modernist pastiche of sound and vision bites, there is simply […]

Fujirock 2013 – Rebel Without A Raincoat

Live at the Green Stage at Fujirock 2013

I prepped for FujiRock 2013 as I do any journey lasting a few days: I woke up early and hustled. My preparations involved organizing for inclement weather, as the weekend forecast for Naeba and its environs was rain, soft rain, hard rain, thunder-and-lightning rain, and finally, some more rain. I would have to get used […]

Tips For the Polite Punk to Party Down at Summer Festivals Using Fujirock as Example et al

The Audience Is (Wet &) Listening

If you are reading this you are too late. You should already be gone. You should have said to yourself — Screw it! Go up Thursday night. Forget about being older and wiser and more cautious and tired and objecting to all these kids rainy day fashions and the polite way they smoke their tobaccos […]

Katz & Peeps from Rob & The Hoods

Katz & Peeps Live in Kyoto by Rob & the Hoods ©Uchujin-AdrianStorey

Rob & The Hoods played an impromptu live show in Kyoto recently, closing their energetic set with the infamous track “Katz & Peeps”. HESO Magazine has the exclusive debut of the “Katz & Peeps” music video. Lead singer, and visual artist, Rob Judges is “primarily inspired by the look of fading urban signage and typography, […]

Take Berlin Releases Lionize EP

Take Berlin - Lionize

Take Berlin: “Lionize” MOUTHWATERING RECORDS (VÖ: 17.05.2013) Yvonne Ambree was performing at the Baltic Soul Festival with soul legends Gwen McCrae and Ann Sexton, while Jesse Barnes was there while touring with New York-based Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the True Loves. The two met backstage just as Jesse and the band were running vocal warm-ups […]

TMYMTUR – Yusei 湧声 – 5000 Gushing Voices

Tmymtur - Yusei 湧声

The microscopic particles were developed by myriads of voices. They make you feel the vitality as if lives are flowing over, and after a while, you will realize you are being covered by them, as if sinking into the deep psyche. Then, as if they correlate with the millions of flowing lives and nature in […]

OY Drops New LP Kokokyinaka

Album Cover for Oy's Kokokyinaka

The second album from OY, the musical guise of the half Ghanaian and half Swiss vocalist Joy Frempong, debuts worldwide today with the tongue-twisting title KOKOKYINAKA. Three years after First Box Then Walk, which put her on the musical map, OY is back with the recollected musings of rambling road trip across Africa. From the […]

Shugo Tokumaru – In Focus?

Shugo Tokumaru - In Focus?

Shugo Tokumaru has a busy year ahead of him. Shortly after releasing his fifth full-length album, In Focus? (out now), Tokumaru confirmed a U.S. tour opening for Kishi Bashi, including first ever trip to the west coast & SXSW. Kicking off on February 22 in Seattle and concluding March 9th in New Orleans, Tokumaru will […]

Japandroids – Shugo Tokumaru – Harouki Zombie at SXSW

Japandroids at SXSW

South By Southwest is much more than music. It’s a festival that’s takes over the heart of Austin, Texas, centered around the Austin convention center, and is going on now (March 8-17). Imagine a 10-day TedTalks presentation with both feature-length and short-film, conventions, tradeshows, interactive technologies, all converging in one of the best foodie cities […]

Robots Don’t Sleep – Little White Lies (CREEP Remix)

Robot Koch

Robot Koch, one/third of bass-boom electro-pop Jahcoozi, has something special for you today. Robots Don’t Sleep – Little White Lies. Listen to the Creep Remix: Here’s the Original: For you sound engineer geeks out there, Here’s The Mixing: