PRINT December 2011

Music: Best of 2011

Mark Mothersbaugh

Detail of Polysics’ cover of Oh! No! It’s Heavy Polysick!!! (Sony Music Entertainment Japan, 2011).

2011 WAS A GOOD YEAR to celebrate de-evolution! Being proved correct in this context hasn’t always been a cause for joy, but here are a few of the things that brought me happiness:

1 Polysics, Oh! No! It’s Heavy Poly­sick!!! (Sony Music Entertainment Japan) I first came across this group while touring in Japan. Observing a Polysics show in Tokyo is a lot like attending a political rally/aerobics class/religious event that seeps beyond the traditional borders of entertainment.

2 The Octopus Project, Hexadecagon (Peek-A-Boo) After observing the Octopus Project for some time, I have become interested in their structured chaos onstage. They represent another way to think of organized sound as a response to our culture. Along with Polysics, they are one of my favorite examples of music as social experiment.

3 Jerusalem (Music Box Theater, New York, April 2–August 21, 2011) Wes

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