Romy Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith are The xx, an indie-pop band formed in the London borough of Wandsworth. Layering spare arrangements with synths, pulsing bass and haunting vocals, The xx's minimalist approach helped win the trio's debut, xx, the Mercury Prize for Best Album in 2010.
And now it's time for the occasional series we call In Your Ear. That's when some of the guests on our program tell us about the songs that are in heavy rotation in their music collections.
Today, we get the playlist of Rev. Run. You might remember him from the rap group Run DMC. He spoke with us last December about his transformation from rapper to reverend. After our conversation, Rev. Run told us about the songs he listens to to keep the sparks flying in his marriage.
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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book isHelguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.
Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 10:24 am
After 10 years of gleefully dismantling genres and challenging audiences to submit to its avant-prog-jazz-drone-noise-whatever hypnosis, the New York City band Zs promptly dismantled itself last summer. Only founding member and saxophonist Sam Hillmer remains, joined now by guitarist Patrick Higgins and drummer Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, ex-Liturgy). So it's only fitting that Grain, the first taste of new Zs material, features unreleased leftovers of previous line-ups completely dismantled.