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Surf Out in Time for Your Next BBQ

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In case you missed it, Chance the Rapper and his band The Social Experiment collaborated with Donnie Trumpet to release their joint LP Surf last week and, well, it’s pretty great. And it’s free. The album could be the “most anxiously awaited record of the year” according to okayplayer, and we can see why: from track to track, instrumental oceanscapes give way to the best kind of fantasy beach party vibes, and guest appearances from Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, Big Sean, and Jeremih add their formidable voices without overtaking the album’s overall sound.

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This Week in Posivibes: Swiftumz

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The newest (and third) LP from SF Bay Area’s Swiftumz came out in mid-May on local label Melters, and as time’s gone on, more and more people have great things to say about it. Everybody Loves Chris is turning out to be aptly titled, if we’re to judge from the range of reviewers who are digging the record: bloggers worth their words, record store sages, even the massive cataloguer that is All Music is down.

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A Museum for Ian Curtis and Joy Division

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Once the Joy Division frontman’s former home went up for sale earlier this year, fans began rallying to purchase the building and turn it into a museum. The campaign fell hugely short of its goal, raising only about 1 percent of its goal on Indiegogo; and some lovers of Joy Division, including former member Bernard Sumner, expressed concern that turning the site of Ian Curtis’s death into a museum would amount to creating a “monument to suicide,” regardless of the positive intent of its founders.

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Get Cosmic for Sun Ra’s Birthday

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It would have been Sun Ra’s 101st birthday last Friday, and to celebrate, Harte Recordings has released a 40th anniversary edition of the artist’s otherworldly cosmic trip, Space is the Place. We’ve done our share of commenting on the proliferation of Sun Ra remasters out there and how they’re organized for consumption in an Internet world, but this one—with its restored footage showcasing the film’s truly incredible sets—seems like it’s more than worth a peek.

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Albums of Our Lives: Björk’s Debut

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Music is the ultimate consolation for reality’s letdowns (like being thirteen and still firmly living in the realm of childhood). I would listen to “Venus as a Boy” on repeat in my bedroom, curtains drawn, and imagine Allan’s face, his arms, his chest, his body. ...more

Take a Minute to Marvel at B.B. King

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The world lost one of its blues masters May 14th with B.B. King’s passing. The man who kept blues alive brought his virtuosic playing to bear on generations of American experience, influencing musicians across all categories. Take a minute to marvel at his work: read about his career and legacy, take in views of his life from fellow icons and admirers.

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Sound & Vision #15: Miriam Linna

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Drummer, publisher, and rocker Miriam Linna talks to Allyson McCabe about Bobby Fuller, punk bands in Ohio in the ’70s, and her career with the A-Bones. ...more

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Swinging Modern Sounds #65: Tragedy Plus Time

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Jesse Malin is a lifer in a business that rarely features lifers anymore. ...more

Song of the Day: “‘Cause I’m a Man”

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The diversely talented Perth, Australia-based recording artist Kevin Parker is known more widely by his stage name, Tame Impala. Often described as a psychedelic musician for the 21st century, Parker forges albums with traces of electronic and lo-fi, as well as influences from heavyweights like My Bloody Valentine and The Flaming Lips.

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Sound & Vision #14: Hannah Haugberg

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Painter and letterer Hannah Haugberg discusses the art of designing custom guitar pedals. ...more

Song of the Day: “Try Me”

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The resilient R&B singer Esther Mae Jones adopted the stage name of Little Esther Philips at the age of 14, allegedly taking it from a gas station sign in Los Angeles. She had a rough-and-tumble career, a tumultuous relationship with the billboard charts, and ongoing addiction problems that endowed her voice with a worldly authenticity reminiscent of Nina Simone.

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The Rumpus Interview with Christian Kiefer

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Writer, musician, and poet Christian Kiefer discusses his literary influences, the "beautiful, beat up, and weird town" that is Reno, and writing from the perspective of beasts in his new novel The Animals. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Shawna Virago

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Musician and songwriter Shawna Virago discusses her trajectory as an artist, deciding to use Kickstarter to fund her new album, and what it’s like to be top Google hit for “San Francisco dominatrix.” ...more

Song of the Day: “Hey Pocky A-Way”

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The loose and infectious melody of “Hey Pocky A-Way” has been covered and re-recorded many times since its first release in 1974 by New Orleans funk heavyweights The Meters. The highly recognizable chorus–which reputedly stems from early Native American dialects in the region that would come to cradle New Orleans–has lost most of its linguistic meaning, but none of its emotional acuity.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #64: Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!

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Many of you will not want to believe that “Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!” by the Californian punk band the Urinals, is the greatest song ever written, but that is simply because there is some kind of vise or blood-occluding mechanism attached to the thinking and feeling part of your limbic region. ...more