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nwbw best of 2016: New International Version

Hello, friends. It appears that at the end of its first decade this site transformed into a space for me and Nate to post our annual mix. Perhaps 2016 was just so staggeringly awful, one gob-smacked, shit-gibbon, trumped-up day after another, that no one had the stamina to transcend the parameters of their favorite social […]

nwbw best of 2015: We had it right in ’99

We Had It Right In 99 by Nwbw on Mixcloud You know the drill by now: As the year draws to a close Nathan and I start sending each other tracks that caught our ear. The only rule: they had to be released in the calendar year that’s ending. Long live the new. I have […]

#rip Bowie (1947-2016)

In case you haven’t seen this yet. The album is gorgeous. So was the artist. UPDATE: For some reason, Bowie’s death made me go back and dig this from the archives. xo. UPDATE #2: It’s well worth the time to revisit Pandora’s “The Bowie factor” post, also from Year 1.

Half way to 90

Half way to ninety: Happy birthday Bryan! from seroquel on 8tracks Radio. I got this mix from Farrell for my birthday (which went down last week, if you weren’t paying attention or weren’t aware; Steph’s went down on the 30th). It’s too good not to share. Also, noted: I’m pretty sure that in this photo […]

Already gone

I’m nearing the end of my fourth time teaching a NYUAD Core course called “Contagion,” in our gen ed category “Pathways to World Literature.” You can find the full syllabus here. Our final novel is Colson Whitehead’s Zone One. I had to post about it on my course’s blog, since my students have all taken […]

#RIP Peaches

Our dear old Peaches finished his life today. Our dear cat Peaches went to rest today. He was 14 or so and his kidneys stopped working this week. Here he is with Charlie in Feb 2012. He will be missed. #RIP #catsofinstagram A photo posted by Bryan Waterman (@b_waterman) on Apr 29, 2015 at 11:03am […]

And I don’t know what it is to be a composer now … unless

Play these two files at the same time. Go about your business. Thank me later. NB: Every hour and ten minutes you’ll have to refresh the second file. UPDATE [4/5/15]: Looks like the original clip I used for the second file, Feldman’s “For John Cage,” has been taken off YouTube. So I’ve replaced it with […]

nwbw 2014 mix (I want to see all my friends at once)

For your streaming pleasure, Nathan and I hereby, and belatedly, offer you our 2014 mix. Everything here was released last year. These aren’t necessarily our favorite tracks of the year — several of mine were spent on my summer mix — but they come from a cluster of our favorite albums and we like how […]

It was 30 years ago …

Somewhere in the last couple weeks, amidst all the completely justified U2 hating, someone mentioned that this is the 30th anniversary of Unforgettable Fire. Made me think of this post, which I just re-read. That comments section!

Perfect poem for perfect Jeff Koons

Carolina Miranda, formerly of C-Monster & now art blogging for the LA Times, has come up with the perfect poem for Koons, assembled from reviews of the Whitney show.