By: Mark Ramos Nishita
April 16, 2022

Beginning in March 2020, HILOBROW friend Mark Ramos Nishita (aka Money Mark) helped lift our spirits during the COVID lockdown by posting dozens of ingenious and funky “isolation jams” to his Instagram account. With Mark’s permission, over the next few weeks we will present a curated selection of this series. Click on each installment’s date to watch the video!

May 15, 2020

Isolation Jams number 62… D6 Clavinet can get a groove! And this riff proves it. Maybe that’s why Larry Harlow and Fania All-Stars used this instrument in their music. Puerto Rican music may be one of the few examples of how a people evolved musically outside of their homeland and in their second home: NYC! I first heard this song in an Ismael Miranda track then Orishas, an awesome Cuban Hip Hop group sample it to make a hit. Adam Yauch hipped me to this cool documentary called ‘Our Latin Thing’ from 1971. Go check it out! (It was Stevie Wonder’s b-day two days ago and was thinking of this keyboard).


CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: DRAWING TABLE WORLD by Theo Ellsworth | PARAMAX by Max Glenn | YUKO ODA by Yuko Oda | PLAGUE YEAR by Rick Pinchera | NOOSFERA by Charles Glaubitz | A SILENT HALLUCINATION by Alex Gerasev | BUNNY CITY by Gary Panter | HOP UP by Lucy Sante | HERE BE MONSTERS by Mister Reusch | DOWNTOWNE by Bradley Peterson | OUTBOUND TO MONTEVIDEO by Mimi Lipson | STERANKOISMS by Douglas Wolk | COOLING OFF THE COMMOTION by Chenjerai Kumanyika | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | PINAKOTHEK by Lucy Sante | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | & many others.