Posts Tagged: Music

This Week in Posivibes: Wax Idols

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Hether Fortune’s latest single premiered this weekend, the first from the upcoming Wax Idols record American Tragic, slated for release this October on Collect Records. The track, “Lonely You,” has been described as “a cathartic breakup song” by The FADER, “liv[ing] in a grim, melodic sweet spot between total bummer and feel-good sing-a-long, with a hook that sounds better suited for fist-pumping post-trauma than wallowing in the thick of it.”

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To Pimp Postmodernism

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Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Casey Michael Henry considers Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly a new bid to revive a “Black Postmodernism”:

Not only does the album fulfill many specific qualities of postmodernism, and postmodernism specifically shaped by black experience, but also does so within a form traditionally consigned to canonical, usually white, “masters” like Melville and Pynchon.

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Sound Takes: Live at the London Palladium | Rumpus Music

Sound Takes: Live at the London Palladium

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Love it or hate it, if you listen to Live at the London Palladium, you’re going to get intimate with Marvin Gaye. ...more

It’s Not Too Late: Summer’s Best Free Shows

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The Village Voice has compiled a list of the season’s best free shows, ranging from small to large, miscellaneous bar to Central Park’s summer stage. The artist list is pretty comprehensive, too, including Mykki Blanco, Yo La Tengo, Fiona Apple, and Steve Gunn, to name just a few.

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Outkast for Peace

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Sometimes the Internet is an amazing thing, as proven by the campaign to memorialize Outkast on Stone Mountain. For those of us not in the know, Stone Mountain is a Mt. Rushmore–sized memorial to the heroes of the Southern Confederate cause—we’re talking Davis, Lee, and Jackson blasted into three acres of stone, along with a theme park celebrating the thing, all situated just outside of Atlanta.

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The Runaways and the Bystander Effect

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Former Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs came forward last week with an account of being allegedly raped by Kim Fowley after a New Year’s Eve show at the start of the band’s career. The article discussing her experience included accounts from a number of people who claimed to have witnessed the event, corroborating Fuchs’s memories and working through the shame that their inaction had caused them in the intervening years.

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New Video from The Telescopes: “You Know the Way”

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The brilliantly genre-avoidant The Telescopes are releasing a new album, Hidden Fields, on Germany’s Tapete Records this August, and it’s looking like the band’s eighth full-length won’t disappoint. Samples of three of the record’s songs premiered via Tapete this May, and now the band has shared the video for the opening track, “You Know the Way,” directed by the Mutual Extermination Club.

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The Rumpus Interview with Frederic Rzewski

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Composer Frederic Rzewski talks about his masterpiece The People United Will Never Be Defeated, writing and playing classical music, and performing his music in an unusual venue—a fish market. ...more

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Rumpus Video Premiere: The Size Queens’s To The Country

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An exclusive video premiere of The Size Queens's To the Country, a two-song sampler featuring the titular track, "To The Country," along with "Hands and Knees." ...more

Decline of Western Civilization Series Back from the Vault

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The seminal chronicle of LA punk was re-released yesterday via Shout! Factory on DVD and Blu-Ray, bringing the three films by Penelope Spheeris together with additional archival footage into a comprehensive collection of possibly the best representation of punk, free of the exocitizing gloss that often wrecks documentaries of the kind before they’ve hardly begun.

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This Week in Posivibes: Love Wins

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After the Supreme Court ruling acknowledging the right to same-sex marriage was announced, musicians across the country have spent the weekend expressing their joy. Miley Cyrus said “thank you America for not cutting my chances to find true love forever and ever by 50%,” Madonna declared “The Revolution of Love has Begun,” and John Legend celebrated each of the rulings that came down this past week, saying, “Very happy about the SCOTUS rulings this week!

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The Feelies, Frankie Cosmos Playing at Storm King

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For a nicely surreal twist on the summer outdoor concert, the Storm King Art Center, an outdoor sculptural garden north of New York City featuring works by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Goldsworthy, and Alexander Calder, offer up its annual series.

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Revenge Writing

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After about two years of writing essays, I learned about something I will hereby in these pages name the Passive-Aggressive Writer’s Conundrum: People, particularly non-writers, are an optimistic, delusional bunch. If you mention people in an unflattering way without naming them, they will never recognize themselves in your story— even if you name actual details of circumstances surrounding the stories.

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This Week in Posivibes: Tom Diabo Dark Star Reissue

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Enthusiasm has been gathering for today’s reissue of Tom Diabo’s Dark Star, written from 1979–86 as the German post-punk artist first recuperated from, and then sadly finally died of, cancer. The reissue is coming via Body Double LTD, a subsidiary of Captured Tracks led by Corey Cunningham (Terry Malts) and Matt Kallman (Real Estate, formerly of GIRLS).

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Remembering Ornette Coleman

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Jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman passed away last week at age 85, and the intervening days have yielded some truly beautiful pieces on the Pulitzer Prize-winning musician. The New Yorker published a comprehensive article on Coleman’s career and revolutionary approach to improvisation, following his influence on jazz as it bled into literature, citing a reference to Coleman in Thomas Pynchon’s V; MOJO traced the artist’s innovation through some thoroughly memorable quotes given by Coleman’s peers (Thelonious Monk’s “that cat is nuts” being one); okayplayer.

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