I Don’t Always Listen To Metal

But when I do, I listen to The Body (and a few other bands tbh).

Beyond the energy and the delicious wall of sound, The Body is constantly incorporating new styles. Their latest release is Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light, a collaboration with Full of Hell. Release date is November 17, and you can pre-order it at Thrill Jockey.  (No One Deserves Happiness was one of my favorites from 2016).

“Anyone who can write with insight and authority about Alas No Axis, Sonic Youth, Elvis Costello…Missy Mazzoli and William Britelle, and…Mahler…is okay in my book.”

Darcy James Argue

“I dig the jacket!”

Kurt Elling


I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.