John Wiese

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Five songs exploring the joys of drone

    This week, 5ingles tiptoes idly through spring tulips and the wild, weird world of drone, sampling conventional and unconventional takes on the form. It is recommended that you pull the shades down, turn off other mechanical devices in your domicile, and savor the sinuous, scabrous sound of overlapp ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011
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    May 3, 2011

    5 see-ya songs for Osama bin Laden

    ​First he was a villain, then a rogue, then a murderer; then in evasion and invisibility, Osama Bin Laden became legendary, even mythical, like a unicorn, or Carmen Sandiego. Where in the world was he? What were the chances that we'd ever bring him to account, that we'd smoke him out of his hole? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Liars at First Avenue, 7/13/10

    Photo via Fire Records​The last time I saw Liars I apparently had these things to say about them:Packaged as a sort of art experiment, Liars drift in and out of minimal meditatives and ululating headpunk Their singer is a commanding, greatly odd-faced and tall shapeshifter who doesn't sing very we ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010
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    December 29, 2009