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All Writing From Raphael Helfand



Apr 2018

REVIEWS

Mar 2018

BLURRING THE LINES WITH AVEY TARE OF ANIMAL COLLECTIVE

Animal Collective is a group of restless, kindred souls. David Portner (Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Brian Weitz (Geologist), and Josh Dibb (Deakin) all met in elementary and junior high school in Baltimore, bonding…Read full article

Feb 2018

DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD: A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN MAUS

  John Maus has had plenty of time to think. The avant-pop auteur spent his formative years cooped up in an apartment with Ariel Pink, releasing tapes that no one listened to. He earned a…Read full article

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Jan 2018

BEHIND THE MASK: A CONVERSATION WITH SIMEON MARSALIS

The Marsalis family has not traditionally been known for its literary achievements, but that’s about to change. Simeon Marsalis, 27-year-old son of Wynton—as well as a former Division I point guard—published his first novel last…Read full article

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ALVVAYS ANTISOCIALITES (POLYVINYL) I’ve heard plenty of disappointment about Alvvays’ 2015 Gasa Gasa appearance, yet I only became aware of the band for how many copies of their first record I sold volunteering at Sisters…Read full article

Dec 2017

ALONE IN THE MIX: ARIEL PINK, LIVE AT TIPITINA’S

In the days leading up to Ariel Pink’s performance at Tipitina’s, I watched some footage of his recent shows. His voice sounded terrible, a square peg jammed unsuccessfully into the round hole of his band’s…Read full article

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BATHS ROMAPLASM (ANTICON) It has been four long years since Baths (a.k.a. Will Wiesenfeld) released the haunting record Obsidian. As a longtime fan, I never thought he could top those complex and driving soundscapes from…Read full article

Nov 2017

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ARIEL PINK DEDICATED TO BOBBY JAMESON (MEXICAN SUMMER) Indie pop’s most mysterious shut-in has done it again. Chillwave progenitor and asshole interviewee Ariel Rosenberg (Ariel Pink) is back, with his least zany album to date….Read full article