Aphex Twin, Curve, and Jawbreaker had the best-kept secret hits of 1992

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

The lesser-known Bowie: 19 gems and deep cuts

One of the most accomplished and dynamic popular artists of the last century, the late David Bowie produced an unbelievable number of enduring classics; so many of his early songs remain popular that it’s easy to forget he actually reached his commercial peak in the 1980s. But beyond the hits, Bowie’s varied…

Aphex Twin returns user-friendly with his first album in 13 years

Both the most visible face in electronic music—it’s leered disconcertingly from the covers of albums and the shoulders of bikini models—and its most enigmatic personality, Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James is an artist made for obsessives. His music’s rise coincided with the flourishing of the Internet, tailored for…

Aphex Twin shares details on new album by using words instead of blimps

On the heels of announcements made via zeppelin and sites that can only be accessed using deep web browsers, Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James has shared more details on his forthcoming new album by using his mouth. So, that’s boring. Still, any new information on Syro—the first Aphex Twin album in 13 years—is notable,…

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The creator of Minecraft just bought a $46,300 Aphex Twin album

Proving our theory that Aphex Twin fans are, on the whole, insanely rich people who use his glitchy electronics to score their champagne orgies, a copy of 1994’s unreleased Caustic Window has sold on eBay for $46,300. The  piece of vinyl—recorded under one of many of Richard D. James’ aliases—is believed to exist…