Charlie Bertsch / 12 Jul 2023

Music for Socialism

The Kosmischer Läufer Con

During the decade since Edinburgh’s Unknown Capability Recordings began releasing analogue electronic music under the name Kosmischer Läufer, the label has assiduously maintained that these tracks were secretly made for the East German Olympic team between 1972 and 1983.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 28 Jun 2023

Back to the Future

Decisive Pink’s Ticket to Fame

Ticket to Fame, the debut LP by avantpop duo Decisive Pink, isn’t likely to take them far. But the band's refusal to follow the playbook for success gives the record a staying power that hit-minded music rarely achieves.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 05 May 2023

The Long 1980s

Molchat Doma in America

When Belorussian dark wave band Molchat Doma began to play their viral TikTok hit Судно at their recent Tucson, Arizona show, I looked out over the tightly packed crowd filling the floor in front of me and was struck by how happy and how diverse it was, from race to age to fashion.(...)

John Foster / 28 Apr 2023

Never Fully European

David Graeber’s Final Books

David Graeber’s death in September 2020 was a tragedy. Few radicals are as intellectually curious and creative as he was.(...)

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