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Sound & Vision #21: Tim Barnes

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Internationally recognized percussionist, composer, sound designer, and audio archivist Tim Barnes talks with Allyson McCabe about how his musical career has developed and changed, and what he's up to now. ...more

Some Things Never Change

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If you’re feeling like life’s getting out of hand, like everything’s just changing too fast in this ol’ world of ours, here’s a constant for you: Liam Gallagher is still being a total pain in the butt. Despite a cute journey into reconciliation with his brother, the tried and true insult-flinging has begun again with Liam’s typical flair: he has issued a statement that his brother is “a potato” and called David Holmes a “ginge,” i.e.

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Albums of Our Lives: Scissor Sisters’s Night Work

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Night Work is a queer sonic fantasia soaked heavy in the 1980s. ...more

Song of the Day: “Happy Days”

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While McCoy Tyner is known far and wide for his indelible influence on jazz piano, his contribution to the genre would still be staggering if he had decided to throw in the towel in 1965, after leaving John Coltrane’s quartet. However, a few years later he began releasing his own records with the help of a rotating cast of musicians including saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Ron Carter, and his companion from the Coltrane days, drummer Elvin Jones.

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This Week in Posivibes: Another Bob Dylan Tribute

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MOJO is once again paying Bob Dylan tribute in its next issue, this time in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Blonde on Blonde, and they’ve put together an album to commemorate the occasion. Titled Blonde on Blonde Revisited, the album is a compilation of covers by contemporary artists such as Kevin Morby, Marissa Nadler, Jim O’Rourke, Phosphorescent, Night Beats, and Steve Gunn

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An Editor’s Past Becomes Present

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Newly promoted Restaurant Editor at Eater.com Nick Solares was dismissed after individuals called attention to his past as the skinhead frontman of NYC’s Youth Defense League, a hardcore band with a racist message.

Solares issued an apology for his contribution to the spread of racist ideas, but was dismissed regardless. 

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This Week in Posivibes: Diamanda Galás

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The otherworldly singer performed this weekend for the first time in NYC since she departed the city in 2008, and we can only hope that it is the first of many. Her performance was entitled “Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes” for the poem by Cesare Pavese, and took place at Harlem’s St.

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Song of the Day: “Matchbox Blues”

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Perhaps no other blues artist in history, along with contemporaries like Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and Lightnin’ Hopkins, had such an influence on later generations of musicians as Blind Lemon Jefferson. After growing up in Texas and reputedly playing on the streets from eight at night until four in the morning, Jefferson was one of the first to record solo blues performances in the early 1920s.

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The Recipe to Decolonized Love is in Beyoncé’s Lemonade

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“There is a curse that will be broken,” she promises. ...more

This Week in Posivibes: Cluster Reissue

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The formative krautrock band created by Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius (which at times included Brian Eno) has received the full reissue treatment: a box set including all eight of Cluster’s studio albums recorded from 1971–1981, plus a previously unreleased album featuring two of the band’s live performances.

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The Fight Against North Carolina’s HB2

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Following in The Boss’s footsteps, many musicians are speaking out against North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which bans trans men and women from using bathrooms of a gender other than that listed on their birth certificates. Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Boston, Ani DiFranco, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have cancelled shows scheduled in North Carolina in protest of HB2, NPR reports, and local venues are protesting the law with signs stating their solidarity with inclusivity on all bathroom doors.

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Radiohead’s Latest Cartoon

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Radiohead’s new music video “Burn the Witch” has debuted, and uses imagery reminiscent of a classic British children’s cartoon to render its very unsettling message about the spread of hate in (we’re just guessing, but trust that the allegory is quite strong) contemporary nativist politics across the West.

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You’re Just a Sinner I Am Told: Prince & the Sexual Revolution

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It was all about desire, including women’s desire, Prince’s music. Women were not degraded. They were exalted, body and mind both. ...more

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Five Stages of Prince Fandom

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You don’t need to know him personally, you say. You get the best of Prince through his music. Maybe that’s the truth, and maybe it isn’t. ...more

This Week in Posivibes: Cold Showers

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It’s been about four years since the LA post-punk band’s last record, and by all accounts Matter of Choice was worth the wait (but the record here). Still Single gave the record one of the most sincere recommendations in recent memory:

But out of the seven new songs here (not counting the slow, world-crushing version of “Crowds” that closes out Matter of Choice, following an upbeat take on the A-side), not one moment feels wasted, not one second seems to be anything less than crafted to an exquisite, velveteen ideal of emotional isolation and the energy spent at the give-take of personal relationships.

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President Obama’s Favorite Musicians Play His Backyard

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The fifth International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert took place on the White House’s South Lawn on Friday, featuring performances from giants Herbie Hancock and Aretha Franklin alongside an all-star band made up of musicians from around the world.

President Obama gave a speech welcoming the UNESCO concert back to the US.

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Intellectual Property’s Much-Needed Evolution

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World Intellectual Property Day, the greatest of all spring holidays, was this Tuesday, April 26th. In honor of the holiday, the UK’s Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe made a statement calling for an update in the legal concept, Billboard reports:

The process of digitization has transformed the world around us at a furious pace.

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Anohni on Environmental and Body Politics

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Anohni, the new incarnation of Antony Hegarty, spoke with VICE about her album HOPELESSNESS, the politics and environmental crisis its songs address, and controlling the intrusion of an artist’s body into her work. In reference to her decision to subvert the influence of her particular body on the art, Anohni said:

I’ve never been that interested in my physical body as a convincing visual conduit for my voice.

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