Music Quarterly

Longing for Night

Meet the Producers

What Remains

Armstrong's Revenge


Highway Ambition

Riding the Fader

The Past Takes It Back

Riding the Line


Behind a Glowing Television

Forget the Producer

Allan Steed's Little Boom Box

When She Backs Up She Beeps


Let's Get Ready to Rumble

The Two Together Couldn't Ruin It

TV Without Pictures

Prank #3: Fan vs. Band Vengeance

One Hundred Shades of Blue

Loud Motherfucker

Same Shade of Blue

Touch That Dial

Prank #4: Band vs. Audience Vengeance


CD Review Revue

Among the Ghosts

Prank #5: Intra-Band Vengeance

Que venga la noche

Movie Review Revue

The intersection of music and porn usually calls to mind awkwardly timed, synth-driven embarrassments, which only remind you that you're watching contrived fornication videotaped in some cheap motel.

Thankfully, Genevieve Field and Rufus Griscom, founding editors of the cerebrally smutty website, would like to erase that association from your dirty mind and replace it with something significantly more stimulating for both your mind and libido.

Field and Griscom launched five years ago, motivated by their shared belief that "sex is beautiful and absurd, remarkably fun and reliably trauma-inducing, and a subject in need of a fearless, intelligent forum for both genders." They crystallized their mission by showcasing photography from subversive artists like Renee Cox and Wolfgang Tilmans and employing a stellar collection of contributing writers, attracting everyone from Quentin Crisp and Spalding Gray to Karen Finley and Lisa Carver. Two years ago they enlisted the collaboration of Internet radio pioneer Paul Bendat, and added a radio station to the site.

"Basically, we're just interested in giving our visitors and members a really cool, dynamic experience. NerveRadio satisfies the 'ear portion' of our mission," says editor Lorelei Sharkey, who oversees Bendat's programming choices. "Lorelei has a wonderful sense of what is most 'Nerve-like,' either lyrically or beat-wise," says Bendat.

Bendat is referring to the two different channels visitors can select from: "For the Mind: Lyrics and Melodies to Arouse Your Intellect" (PJ Harvey, Pavement, Billie Holiday, Nick Drake); and "For the Body: Voluptuous Beats to Stir Your Senses" (Primal Scream, Air, Underworld, Calexico). In addition to a consistently pleasing playlist, NerveRadio offers listeners exclusive advance listening sessions of new releases by worthwhile mainstream artists such as Radiohead and Lou Reed, spoken-word pieces by underground heroes like amputee-activist Nomy Lamm and indie filmmaker Mark Levy, and interviews with pervy pop stars like Elastica's Justine Frischmann and singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Intellectual audio arousal has never sounded this good.