A year ago, maybe a bit more, a made a mixtape about my feelings about New York. I had been on a couple of turbulent vacations there and I had a pretty negative outlook on the place. In my mind it was a sad, dirty place with nothing but chaos and frustration. Pretty dramatic, right? But that was the motivation nonetheless. So this mix is a buildup of noise and frustration and anger which gently tapers off, like when you leave the city on the Fung Wah, crossing over the Manhattan Bridge and back to the rest of the world.
The title of the mix is based on a Truman Capote quote, as he described Manhattan as “a diamond iceberg” floating between the East and Hudson Rivers. I thought it was an elegant name for a rather loud and distortion filled mix. There are a lot of my regulars on this mix, but this is definitely a different sound than I usually do…. maybe. The end is pretty classically me.
A Rat’s Nest by Thom Yorke
Vox Celeste by Deerhunter
Artificial Heart by Yo La Tengo
Poison Arrow by Sonic Youth
The Man Who Sold The World by Nirvana
These Years by Lotus Plaza
Bear by The Antlers
Invisible by Grouper
Nobody by Shearwater
False Knight on the Road by White Antelope