David Grubbs

December 2020

David Grubbs is a Brooklyn-based musician and writer. His most recent book is The Voice in the Headphones (Duke University Press, 2020). His album with The Underflow, Instant Opaque Evening (Blue Chopsticks), is forthcoming.





1 OKKYUNG LEE, YEO-NEUN (Shelter Press)

I spent much of the year grateful for the steady stream of new music, but daily dread made it difficult to connect with much of it. Yeo-Neun is the rare album that drew me close in any setting, and in a season of indecision, Lee’s compositions for cello, piano, bass, and harp rewarded every listen.



2 SPEAKER MUSIC, BLACK NATIONALIST SONIC WEAPONRY (Planet Mu)

This record arrived with up-to-the-minute timeliness after the killing of George Floyd, when protests were growing by the day—talk

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