Living in New York lately has involved plenty of encounters with things that loom: by which I mean the weather we’ve had for the past few weeks. Even more specifically, precipitation, along with massive waves of cold. Maybe it’s time to listen to some music that taps into that deeply elemental sensibility we’re becoming increasingly familiar with.
Thus: Glenn Branca. The Free Music Archive has his excellent 2011 set from the Primavera Sound Festival, and it’s ideal music for today. The songs featured really get at the heart of the propulsive side of Branca’s work: this is nicely complex stuff (one of the pieces is a kind of Steve Reich tribute), but it also hits like a rock band. You can hear the whole set below.