Rob Arcand

Remembering Things

The Story of the Very First Thing Securely Sold on the Internet

25 years ago, a college kid named Dan Kohn had the novel idea to let people buy things online. The first thing he ever sold was a Sting solo album.
Rob Arcand
8.14.19
The Noisey Guide to

You Need to Listen to More Bossa Nova

After the death of João Gilberto, one of the Brazilian genre's founding fathers, we look back on how the style's mid-century success changed pop music forever.
Rob Arcand
7.29.19
The Noisey Guide to

The Guide to Getting Into City Pop, Tokyo’s Lush 80s Nightlife Soundtrack

Once derided as MOR muzak for yuppies, the glitzy genre that drew on funk, soul, disco, and lounge has become beloved by collectors and experimenters. Here's where to start.
Rob Arcand
Sam Goldner
1.24.19
The Noisey Guide to

The Guide to Getting into Haruomi Hosono, Japan's Vibrant Pop Shape-Shifter

In his groundbreaking bands and in his solo work, the Japanese experimenter changed the shape of pop music, avant-garde electronics, and more. Here's where to start with his vast catalog
Rob Arcand
10.10.18
Premieres

Trace Mountains' New Album Is Insular Indie Rock for a World That's Fucked

Dave Benton, one-fourth of the Brooklyn band LVL UP, took a rest and returned to his solo project to reconnect with his community on 'A Partner to Lean On.'
Rob Arcand
3.26.18
PROFILES

The Quiet Brilliance of Talons', Ohio's Most Underappreciated Songwriter

For 15 years, Mike Tolan has been making sad, slow music about heartbreak, listening to Steely Dan, and eating Taco Bell. He knows its not cool, but that's not the point.
Rob Arcand
1.17.18
Noisey Guide To

The Guide to Getting Into Yellow Magic Orchestra

Sampled by J Dilla, covered by Michael Jackson, and a key influence on Detroit techno, the genre-defying Tokyo trio shaped the formative years of electronic music.
Rob Arcand
12.19.17
Features

Is Lo-Fi House the First Genre of the Algorithm Age?

How YouTube's related video algorithm helped shaped the strange rise of hazy acts like DJ Boring, DJ Seinfeld, and Ross From Friends.
Rob Arcand
3.30.17
Features

Neil Cicierega and the Tricky Business of Making Meme Music

The Smash Mouth-sampling artist's latest unsettling full-length raises questions about the longevity of the mashup as a form.
Rob Arcand
2.8.17
Features

How Nightcore Became Your Favorite Producer's Favorite Genre

The ultra-simple, fast-paced form has been around for over a decade, but a new wave of producers is granting it a second wind.
Rob Arcand
8.15.16
Features

Inside Hardvapour, an Aggressive, Wry Rebellion Against Vaporwave

The internet's new microgenre uses ecstatic machine sounds as a punk rejection of millenial ambivalence.
Rob Arcand
7.12.16