Posts Tagged: music
What does it sound like when someone who grew up without music becomes a musician?
For British songstress Phildel, who was raised in an abusive home where she was forbidden to listen to music, that hypothetical question is a reality—and its answer is “It would sound pretty cool, actually.”
This Guardian profile goes into more detail about her intensely weird upbringing and the otherworldly music she managed to pry from it....more
From Novels to Notes is a new blog by journalist Johnny Garcia chronicling songs inspired by fiction or poems.
It’s still getting started, but it looks promising: there are already two entries about PJ Harvey, and there are bound to be more once Garcia discovers those lines she cribbed from T....more
No teenager wants to listen to their parents’ music. For Martin Douglas, that music was hip-hop, so he gravitated toward the world of grunge and indie rock.
The only problem: that world is very white, and Douglas is black.
In an astute essay titled “The Only Black Guy at the Indie Rock Show” after a Cocker Spaniels tune, Douglas explores what it was like to be “an outsider among the outsiders”—and what self-segregation along music-genre lines means for our culture at large....more
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s new album, We the Common, comes out Feb. 5, and we definitely recommend giving it a listen.
Stephen Thompson, in his NPR review, describes Thao’s music as:
Quirky but cutting, playful but forceful, controlled but ragged, Thao Nguyen is one of the most commanding and distinctive young singers around.
Who can resist an alliterative and engaging title like “Pussy Riot, Paul Ryan, and Protest Music in 2012 America?” Corey Beasley riffs on the contradictions of protest music in the current American pop music scene, or lack thereof despite a political climate rife with opportunity:
“But before I try to scratch my irk—this is what you do with an irk, yes?—consider another recent hot news item....more
McSweeney’s recently published How Music Works, a book by David Byrne that explains all aspects of music, from creation, to distribution, to performance.
In recent years, Byrne has released chapters of the book as individual works: this TED talk about architecture’s effect on music; and this piece for Wired about record distribution, in which he interviews Radiohead about their [then] recent “pay what you wish” release of In Rainbows, as well as explains exactly how the money, in a traditional major label record deal, from an album purchase is distributed....more