PRINT December 2008


Damon Krukowski


1 Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, Oblique Strategies Eno and Schmidt’s set of instructional cards for solving creative problems—originally printed in 1975—is now available as an iPhone application. Instead of checking messages, you can draw one of its “worthwhile dilemmas” to direct your next move, such as: “Fill every beat with something.”

2 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground (Sublime Frequencies) In the pre-synthesizer days of rai music explored by this album, every beat was filled with driving hand percussion, passionate call-and-response vocals, and (surprisingly) trumpets. The lyrics aren’t translated, but titles such as “He, Who Doesn’t Own a Car” and “I’m Still Getting Drunk . . . Still” tell you everything you need to know.

3 Give Me Love: Songs of the Broken-hearted—Baghdad, 1925–1929 (Honest Jon’s) An elegy for a cosmopolitan culture lost to generations

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