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Song of the Day: “Other People”

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In 2004, the indie group known as Beach House considered calling itself “Wisteria.” But once they “stopped trying,” according to guitarist Alex Scally, their ultimate name choice floated to the top, and “it was perfect.” Scally’s ability to let go and embrace the moment is a vital piece of the dreamy, atmospheric pop that he creates with vocalist and sole bandmate, Victoria LaGrand.

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Songs of Our Lives: Stereolab’s “Pause”

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“Pause,” like the nostalgia it references, possesses the qualities of ceremony. My ceremony: I played and replayed this song that year, transforming past into present into past over and over. ...more

This Week in Posivibes: WWINGS

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The Russian trio’s self-proclaimed “disturbing and depressive” apocalyptic electronic music has hit an incredible, eerie place with PHOENIXXX, one of their seven (!) releases from 2016. Members Lit Daw, Lit Eyne, and Lit Internet met via the web, beginning their collaboration over an encrypted messaging service to evade the censorship of the post-Soviet russian landscape that their music explores so masterfully.

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Sound & Vision #24: Ebru Yildiz

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Brooklyn-based photographer Ebru Yildiz talks with Allyson McCabe about shooting concert photos, moving to New York from Turkey, and discovering the city’s music scene. ...more

The Palm Tree Falls into the Sea

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We regularly turn to Aquarium Drunkard for its mixtapes, and this week the site has released another perfect moodscape for the season. The Palm Tree Falls into the Sea: An August Mixtape is the end-of-summer jammer you’re searching for, with songs from Alice Coltrane, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Chuck Berry, the Raincoats, Lucinda Williams, Arthur Russell, Brian Eno… just listen; it’s perfect.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #74: A Social Practice

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Everywhere there is sterling musicianship, of the original, unexpected sort. ...more

This Week in Posivibes: A Frank Ocean Bonanza

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It’s not hyperbole to say that everyone is losing their minds over Frank Ocean’s release of EndlessBlonde, and Boys Don’t Cry Magazine. After a four-year wait between albums, this outpouring offers a lot of incredible material to unpack. 

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Flea and Koko

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist recently got together with Koko, the exceptional gorilla who famously learned sign language and proved the intelligence of our mammalian ancestors along with their depth of creativity. (She also loves cats.) Of course Koko, being the super curious and intelligent being that she is, took the opportunity to test out Flea’s bass.

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The Rumpus Interview with Rich Cohen

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Rich Cohen discusses his new book The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones, writing book proposals, and interviewing rock stars. ...more

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Sound Takes: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

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At once soothing and horrifying, it became for me the soundtrack of grief and hope for my wounded city and country. ...more

This Week in Posivibes: Big Eyes

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Brooklyn’s Big Eyes have been putting out solid pop punk for some time now, and the upcoming Stake My Claim seems to be more of the same—which is to say it seems great. Kaitlyn Eldridge, the lead creative force behind Big Eyes, said of the album: “‘Stake My Claim,’ the song and the entire album, is about not letting anybody control you, and taking responsibility for yourself.

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A Music Drama (Actually) about Music

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Netflix’s The Get Down is receiving quite a bit of attention for being the unicorn of music drama: for once, a show about a moment in musical history is actually about the music! Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the show is receiving accolades for following hip-hop’s rise in the Bronx with respect and care:

A coming-of-age drama anchored in the late ’70s Bronx hip-hop and disco scenes, The Get Down has a deep respect for the innovations it’s portraying—and the pioneers responsible for those breakthroughs.

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Lynch’s Perfect Musical Something

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David Lynch is often cited for his influence on artists of all media—a fact which may come down to the director’s incredible ability to generate an atmosphere, a full immersive sense of being in a place or mindset.

Beyond the Beyond: Music from the Films of David Lynch attempts to articulate what makes Lynch’s work particularly attractive to musicians, and Dazed Digital interviewed the editors, JC Gabel and Jessica Hundley, about their understanding of his sonic draw.

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Emulation vs. Copyright Infringement

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Marvin Gaye’s influence on music is undeniably significant and pervasive. Given that, how does one measure the difference between emulation and rip-off? In the case of Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines,” the use of Gaye’s music was so undeniable and complete that even a casual listener could identify the misuse.

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“Meat Is Murder,” the Video Game

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The Smiths and PETA have released a video game in a collaborative effort to fight the violence of industrial agriculture’s treatment of livestock. Taking its inspiration the song “Meat Is Murder,” This Beautiful Creature Must Die asks players to fight to save chickens, pigs, cows, and turkeys from slaughterhouse doom.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved #11: Jad Fair

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If you’re doing what makes you happy, it’s easier for you to be happy, and if you’re lucky, to make others happy too. ...more

The Stranger Things Mixtape

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If you haven’t been watching Stranger Things, you’re probably being chased by a monster in “the upside down.” The show’s soundtrack is a mashup of synth-laden soundscape themes and ’80s throwbacks that’ll have Gen Xers’ hearts yearning for that simpler, cellphone-free era.

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Looking Back to New Jack City

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The 1991 cult film New Jack City is once again examined and celebrated this week, with okayplayer. publishing one piece celebrating its soundtrack, and another with a behind-the-scenes reflection from the film’s star Ice T. The artist talks about playing a cop for his first role in the days when he was best known for rapping “Cop Killer.”

New Jack City also starred Wesley Snipes, Allen Payne, Judd Nelson, and Chris Rock, featuring music from Ice T, Keith Sweat, 2 Live Crew, Queen Latifah, and more.

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Song of the Day: “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”

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Mournful is the best way to describe Leadbelly’s voice in the song popularized by Nirvana on their live album, MTV Unplugged in New York. While Nirvana’s version captured the attention of audiences, the original lament was recorded by a canonized blues artist whose given name was Huddie William Ledbetter.

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