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Grace Jones Memoir Actually Happening

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The performer’s been playing with us for ages with the promise of a memoir, to the extent that she was even calling the seemingly infinitely delayed book I’ll Never Write My Memoirs—okay, Jones claimed the title came from the first line of “Art Groupie,” but the tease was there too.

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Song of the Day: “Living For The City”

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Stevland Hardaway Morris, aka Stevie Wonder, got his start playing for Motown Records in 1961. Today, he boasts a back catalog of some of the most iconic and original soul music in the world. Though Stevie Wonder started singing more than 50 years ago, the lyrics of “Living For The City” are just as relevant today.

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Decline of Western Civilization Series Back from the Vault

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The seminal chronicle of LA punk was re-released yesterday via Shout! Factory on DVD and Blu-Ray, bringing the three films by Penelope Spheeris together with additional archival footage into a comprehensive collection of possibly the best representation of punk, free of the exocitizing gloss that often wrecks documentaries of the kind before they’ve hardly begun.

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This Week in Posivibes: Love Wins

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After the Supreme Court ruling acknowledging the right to same-sex marriage was announced, musicians across the country have spent the weekend expressing their joy. Miley Cyrus said “thank you America for not cutting my chances to find true love forever and ever by 50%,” Madonna declared “The Revolution of Love has Begun,” and John Legend celebrated each of the rulings that came down this past week, saying, “Very happy about the SCOTUS rulings this week!

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Swinging Modern Sounds #66: The Library of Babel

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I want to propose a fine recent example of the gesamtkuntsler, the total artist, in Paul de Jong, the cellist, composer, collagist, archivist, and former member of the band The Books. ...more

The Feelies, Frankie Cosmos Playing at Storm King

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For a nicely surreal twist on the summer outdoor concert, the Storm King Art Center, an outdoor sculptural garden north of New York City featuring works by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Goldsworthy, and Alexander Calder, offer up its annual series.

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What Happened, Miss Simone?

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The much-anticipated documentary of soul genius Nina Simone is available from Netflix starting today, with its rare archival footage and new interviews with family and colleagues, including the artist’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, and music director, Al Schackman. As the date has approached, tracks have been popping up from RCA Record’s upcoming album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, such as covers by Ms.

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Song of the Day: “Purple Rain”

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Our history of rock-stars-turned-movie-actors goes back a long time, but one highlight has to be Prince’s performance in his bizarre 1984 drama, Purple Rain. Though chock full of laughably weird moments—critics dismissed the movie as “overlong,” “facile,” and a “letdown”—the film’s soundtrack went on to become a huge international success.

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This Week in Posivibes: Tom Diabo Dark Star Reissue

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Enthusiasm has been gathering for today’s reissue of Tom Diabo’s Dark Star, written from 1979–86 as the German post-punk artist first recuperated from, and then sadly finally died of, cancer. The reissue is coming via Body Double LTD, a subsidiary of Captured Tracks led by Corey Cunningham (Terry Malts) and Matt Kallman (Real Estate, formerly of GIRLS).

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Song of the Day: “Coney Island Baby”

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When listening to Tom Waits’s stately ballad, “Coney Island Baby,” one pictures an ancient Italian grandfather, standing on a windswept boardwalk, boasting about his granddaughter to anyone who will listen. “When I am with her,” he rattles, “I’m the richest man in the town.” A mournful violin and trumpet provide a lonely reply, a modest counterpoint to this beautiful June day.

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Remembering Ornette Coleman

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Jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman passed away last week at age 85, and the intervening days have yielded some truly beautiful pieces on the Pulitzer Prize-winning musician. The New Yorker published a comprehensive article on Coleman’s career and revolutionary approach to improvisation, following his influence on jazz as it bled into literature, citing a reference to Coleman in Thomas Pynchon’s V; MOJO traced the artist’s innovation through some thoroughly memorable quotes given by Coleman’s peers (Thelonious Monk’s “that cat is nuts” being one); okayplayer.

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This Week in Posivibes: Chance the Rapper

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We wrote about Chance the Rapper’s collaboration with Donnie Trumpet on the album Surf a few weeks back, and since then it’s been receiving some serious posivibes from the music community. Pitchfork included the album in its “Best New Music” category, Stereogum described how Surf pushes the sonic consistency of a rap album to a new level, A.V.

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Travel to Hong Kong with Blur

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Blur’s first studio album in twelve years, The Magic Whip, is self-declaratively influenced by the city of Hong Kong. As a further nod to the city’s influence, Blur has hired the artist KongKee, from Hong Kong’s Penguin Lab studio, to draw a comic fitting a new release from a band that describes the late ’90s and early ’00s for so many: a nostalgia-heavy trip through a futuristic Hong Kong.

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Song of the Day: “Sunday Candy”

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In an interview with XXL magazine in 2014, Chance the Rapper pointed out the complex relationship between rap music and profits. He argued:

“I don’t think selling [songs] is the right way to do it. It’s more about spreading it… And once this bohemian community really, fully [develops], the value of music will go up.

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Bjork’s Virtual Reality “Stonemilker” Comes to Your Desktop

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If you weren’t able to make it to the virtual reality version of Bjork’s latest video release from the 2015 album Vulnicura, a desktop-friendly approximation has premiered via Dazed Digital. “Stonemilker” was originally released via VR headset in March, with opportunities to view the 360-degree experiment at Rough Trade’s London and Brooklyn locations and MoMA PS1 in Long Island City.

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This Week in Posivibes: A Wailing of a Town

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Inspired by the books Please Kill Me and We Got the Neutron Bomb, Craig Ibarra began compiling the 70+ interviews that make up this self-declared oral history of San Pedro’s punk scene from 1977–1985. The book consists of these interviews, accounts from band members, photographers, show organizers, and people who were there during this formative time in punk’s history, held together by the trajectory of San Pedro’s The Reactionaries, later to become The Minutemen, as they developed their sound and gained notoriety beyond the local scene

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Adult Swim’s 2015 Singles Program Starts Today

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The Cartoon Network offshoot announced the lineup for their sixth annual Singles Program last week with an expanded schedule running a full nineteen weeks, starting today and continuing through mid-October. Until then, every Monday, a new original song is available for free download via the Adult Swim site, by artists from Slayer to Chromatics, Owen Pallett to Peaches.

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Festivals, Festivals, Festivals

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They keep coming. This week the Northeast is pretty booked up with the Governors Ball, Hot 97 Summer Jam, and Mountain Jam 2015 covering a pretty full range of ways to spend a weekend or a day in the sun, dripping with the sweat of all strangers within shoulder-brushing distance of your swaying bod.

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