Surround Sound

Juana Molina’s new album, Wed 21, is super super super great.

Stereogum did an interview with her about her process, which will sound familiar to anyone who has to live with their own work for a long time:

You know when you listen to a song on the radio that you really get excited about but three weeks later you can’t stand it anymore? You just hate it? Well with new things that happens. So I got very excited about a few things and weeks later I just couldn’t stand it any longer. I thought it was something I didn’t want on my record. So that’s what I meant when I didn’t want to do something… I wanted to get out of that zone of comfort, where I know all the sounds are cool, I know everything fits with everything else and it’s all under control. Here I was exploring new territories of sound and sometimes I thought something was very exciting, maybe very loud and distorting, and then two weeks later I just couldn’t hear it any longer.

The video for lead track “Eras:”

Annie Clark “reviews” the Arcade Fire’s new album, Reflektor, in a series of Google searches.

Bob’s Burgers is one of the best shows in prime time, and a big part of that is the songs they sprinkle into most episodes:

But other songs, we will work on at the very last minute. Literally, sometimes the day before we have to mix the episode, we’ll still be short one musical number. Maybe it’s a little 10-second thing over a montage or a 30-second piece over the end credits, and we’ll race to put something together and those things can end up being really satisfying too.... And you give yourself permission a little bit more when you’re flying those in at the last second.

A teenager in Texas has a form of synaesthesia that causes her to feel empathy with machines:

This is different, however, when I am in or on the machine, and directly influenced by its motion, like when I’m riding in a car or on a boat. Then, I am the machine, in a traditional mirror-touch experience. I feel accelerating as a shift of balance (the more rapid the acceleration, the more severe the shift) in my lower body/feet, as if I am standing and leaning forward, about to fall. When the car begins to brake, I feel as if my arms are extended in front of me, and my hands and wrist and flexing up.