Seven New York City musicians confront failure in a one-of-a-kind Soundshop salon.

What happens when we gather as a community to discuss our failings? This was the question that Soundshop founder, Akpanoluo Etteh, and I arrived at after a conversation on the subject in early October. Initially I imagined we…

On May 28th 2020, Akpanoluo Etteh joined forces with The Brain Bar Salon to host an event called “Music and Language.” In addition to hosting the event, he served as one of the featured speakers, giving a talk about my theory on the connection between music and language. Using evidence from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and clinical psychology, he makes the case that music is far from being merely a happy biproduct of human evolution as Stephen Pinker contends. Rather, music is an essential human trait, and is the basis upon which our powerful capacity for language is built.

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An ongoing surrealism-inspired playlist

When I started interviewing artists in July 2020, I decided to maintain an ongoing playlist as a thread connecting the artists. For this playlist, I took inspiration from the game Exquisite Corpse, which was birthed from Surrealism, an art movement whose notable characters included André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst…

2020: The growing pains of becoming.

The last year pushed many of us toward becoming the best version of ourselves through resilience and exploration. Soundshop artists have honed these emotions into musical metamorphoses. …

Lessons Learned from an Ex

Ivan Anderson talks about what he learned from sending a song to his ex-girlfriend.

When I was a freshman in college, I recorded a cover of “Jealous Guy” by John Lennon and sent it to my ex-girlfriend, thinking it would be powerful and moving. My cover was self-serious on purpose…

Recommendations from People in the Community

Covers of four books about music

Feeling blue about the lack of live shows right now? Try curling up with a good book about music to fill the hole in your heart. While cracking open a tome of music theory or a memoir about the thrills and chills of rock journalism might not be exactly the…

The Soundshop’s Instagram Live Series

On Wednesday, August 26, yogini, meditator, and healing music practitioner Marcie Grambeau joined Soundshop founder Akpanoluo Etteh for an Instagram Live interview to discuss finding healing through music. Marcie had previously performed at the Soundshop’s “Music and Mental Health” event, where she led the audience in a call-and-response meditative singing…

The Soundshop

This is the blog of The Soundshop music salon and community of New York City. This blog aims to analyze music in a way that enhances general music knowledge.

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