Posts by: Katy Henriksen

Pussy Riot Link Round-Up

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Three women of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot are on trial in Russia for hooliganism, which carries a charge up to seven years in prison, following their arrest in March after a performance of what they’ve called a ‘punk prayer’ critical of Vladmir Putin in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, one of the most famous Orthodox cathedrals in Moscow.

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Best Music Writing Goes Indie

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Do you love the Best Music Writing series as much as we do?

Series Editor and music critic extraordinaire Daphne Carr has just announced that the venerable annual collection will no longer be published by Da Capo Press, so she’s started a campaign to raise startup funds for a brand new music journalism focused indie press!

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Ellen Willis Came Up with the Term Pro-Sex Feminism

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It seemed to me that most contemporary rock magazines were propagating an artless scorecard-genealogy version of criticism, treating music in isolation from other art, culture, and political realities. And I had certainly never read Bangs, whose irascible, rambling rock-crit from the 1970s many considered to be classic examples of the genre.

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The Minutiae of Humpback Whale Calls

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Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg recently sat down for a public lecture with Laurie Anderson at the venerable Explorer’s Club in New York City.

In their conversation they discussed a wide variety of topics including the minutiae of the calls made by male humpback whale, whether or not music is a language and on exploring the edges of human culture through music.

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The Rumpus Interview with Bill Callahan

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Bill Callahan’s Apocalypse is a sparse album of epic proportions, a celebration of American music, specifically what he describes as “that rich period in the ’70s when all the styles were converging in a loving way.

”Notoriously soft-spoken, I’d interviewed him once before via phone just before the release of 2009’s Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle.

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