Posts Tagged: Music

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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Sleater-Kinney, We Love You

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At The Rumpus, we love all things related to Sleater-Kinney. Whether that means following the projects of its members—like the Corin Tucker Band or Wild Flag—or anticipating Carrie Brownstein’s forthcoming memoir, we just can’t get enough. If you feel the same, LA Record posted some incredible pictures of the band’s recent shows at the Hollywood Palladium that you’ll probably want to check out here.

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Sound & Vision #12: Shannon Conley

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Hard-rocking artist Shannon Conley talks to Allyson McCabe about the exceptional more-than-a-tribute band Lez Zeppelin, her unconventional upbringing by Hindu Baptists, and her role as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. ...more

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Songs of Our Lives: Look Blue Go Purple’s “Circumspect Penelope”

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Distance always seduced me—distance from whatever was most familiar, especially myself—but the difficulties in achieving such remove vexed me. ...more

The Wind Cries Mary

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Last week we highlighted Rachel Kaadzhi Ghansah’s piece, “A River Runs Through It,” over at The Believer. Now, she shares a playlist of tunes, recorded at Electric Lady Studios, to accompany the original article:

“They all have one thing in common, and I say this often, across forms, decades, they all evidence the certain qualities of innovative genius, bittersweetness, and the sense of a lasting legacy that all great music tends to contain.”

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Sound & Vision #9: Brian McTear

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Music producer Brian McTear talks with Allyson McCabe about building a studio centered on relationships with musicians, his non-profit Weathervane, and the end of the DIY era. ...more