Ghostly International’s Sam Valenti on His Herb Sundays Project

The record label founder invites fellow music nerds to reveal their vulnerable side

It’s not altogether surprising that Sam Valenti IV—founder of the independent record label, Ghostly International—spent the pandemic lockdown listening to a lot of music. However, his housebound hobby went beyond professional research or entertainment value. To help ease anxiety at the NYC home he shares with his wife, a doctor, Valenti began “connecting and reconnecting with a lot of music, both current and past, and …

Desmond and the Tutus: Hard Work

Shot impromptu on guitarist Doug Bower’s phone, Desmond and the Tutus’ video for “Hard Work” flexes on how much fun this band has even when Covid-related budget cuts force them to shoot in a parking garage. Ironically, their low-maintenance, no-filter approach captures the sentiment of the song perfectly. The freshly dropped track is the first release from the South African band’s forthcoming 10-song album, DESMOND, …

Interview: Krisna Sudharma of Pesona

The Balinese creative shines a light on six Indonesian photographers in the group exhibition, “Curated the Sun”

Humble but impressive simply describes Krisna Sudharma—and perhaps the island he comes from. The Balinese creative seems happy just to work quietly, but his talent speaks volumes. You can see this in his colorful, abstract graphic designs that grace years of Potato Head’s coveted gig posters. And in his artistic vision for the recently launched Indonesian ready-to-wear label Uma Bumi, which uses a softer palette …