PRINT December 2009

Music: Best of 2009

Vijay Iyer


1 Anti-Pop Consortium, Fluorescent Black (Big Dada) Beats and rhymes from the year 3009. The group’s comeback album is all chaos and void, somewhere between Metropolis and THX 1138, Sun Ra and David Hammons, great dense alloyed slabs and hot gases of ricocheting atoms. To quote M. Sayyid: “That’s what you get for staring infinity in the face.”

2 Tyondai Braxton, Central Market (Warp) Released by an influential label and designated “rock” by swooning critics, this zany game changer from the leader of Battles (and scion of composer genius Anthony Braxton) is a Frankenstein’s cocktail of Zappa, Anthony Davis, Danny Elfman, and Road Runner cartoons. The world must be ready for art music!

3 Das Racist, unreleased tracks and videos ( Two critical-race-theory prankstas buzzed up a storm in New York last summer with dada party chants and deadpan, rhymethick

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