Posts Tagged: Music

David Nagler - Musician

Swinging Modern Sounds #76: American Songbag


In the broadest sense, I think of this work as being about the stuff of life: excitement, love, disappointment, pride, nature, cities, war, loneliness, work, class distinction, communication. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Lee Clay Johnson


Lee Clay Johnson discusses his novel Nitro Mountain, growing up with bluegrass musician parents, and what people are capable of under the right set of circumstances. ...more

America Again feature

America Again


I felt urgently that it was the moment to tell the story of what I’ve learned about American music—or maybe about being an American. ...more

This Land Is Their Land


In Brooklyn Magazine’s “The Musical Map of the United States,” writers create a soundtrack of place association. The 50+ essays on songs and their states are sweet and sad and funny, but always specific. Sleeper hits like Emily Hilleren’s “The Rural Alberta Advantage” (North Dakota) give a very personal sense of what it means to be from somewhere:

Coming from a place known mainly for being where Mount Rushmore isn’t, North Dakotans can have a middle child’s craving for attention.


The Book Lady Is Back


Dolly Parton, pop culture’s resident “Book Lady,” has written a children’s book based off of one of her hits, “Coat of Many Colors.” The book is to be released on October 18, Robyn Collins for reports. Coat of Many Colors will describe the story of a young Dolly who struggles with classism and bullying; the book will include a download of Parton’s new song, “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny.”



Swinging Modern Sounds #75: The Petra Haden Story


At every turn, Haden’s decisions, while labor-intensive and rigorous, feel fresh, passionate, funny, and new. ...more

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Albums of Our Lives: Rosanne Cash’s Black Cadillac


In her voice, I am held, cradled even. I am equal parts longing and hope. I am home. ...more


Sound & Vision #25: Brendan Toller


Allyson McCabe talks with Brendan Toller about his love of vinyl records, buying music in local stores, and his latest documentary film Danny Says, an examination of publicist and manager Danny Fields. ...more

One More Time feature

The Rumpus Review of One More Time with Feeling


“We didn’t ask for it,” Cave begins another poetic flight, and again we think he’s talking about something ghastly, “but it’s all around us, a gratuitous beauty.” ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Max Ritvo


Max Ritvo passed away on August 23, 2016. Earlier this summer, he spoke with Sarah Blake about his debut collection Four Reincarnations, writing with and about cancer, and how language is a game. ...more

thao feature

Wanted/Needed/Loved #12: Thao Nguyen’s Release


The thing I want to talk about is something I’m not in possession of anymore, but of all the things I’ve lost it’s the thing I think about the most. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Paula Whyman


Paula Whyman discusses her debut collection You May See a Stranger, discovering truth in fiction, and how memory interferes with good storytelling. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Robin MacArthur


Robin MacArthur discusses her debut story collection Half Wild, life in rural Vermont, and how narrative—and fiction—is key to reaching across what divides us. ...more

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Songs of Our Lives: Stereolab’s “Pause”


“Pause,” like the nostalgia it references, possesses the qualities of ceremony. My ceremony: I played and replayed this song that year, transforming past into present into past over and over. ...more


Sound & Vision #24: Ebru Yildiz


Brooklyn-based photographer Ebru Yildiz talks with Allyson McCabe about shooting concert photos, moving to New York from Turkey, and discovering the city’s music scene. ...more

Flea and Koko


The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist recently got together with Koko, the exceptional gorilla who famously learned sign language and proved the intelligence of our mammalian ancestors along with their depth of creativity. (She also loves cats.) Of course Koko, being the super curious and intelligent being that she is, took the opportunity to test out Flea’s bass.


The Stranger Things Mixtape


If you haven’t been watching Stranger Things, you’re probably being chased by a monster in “the upside down.” The show’s soundtrack is a mashup of synth-laden soundscape themes and ’80s throwbacks that’ll have Gen Xers’ hearts yearning for that simpler, cellphone-free era.


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My Life with Annie Lennox #5: A Christmas Cornucopia


Perhaps part of what prompted me to get clean and sober was the fact I kept making myself uncomfortable. ...more

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A Ringing in Your Ears That Would Disappear by Morning


Soon, you would discover the local isle of misfits. Every town has at least one if you do some digging. Yours was The Boathouse. ...more


Podcatcher #3: Poetry Jawns


Emma Sanders and Alina Pleskova charm us with their affection for each other, DIY ethos, and belief on Poetry Jawns, what matters is the work. ...more

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Songs of Our Lives: Guns N’ Roses’s “Paradise City”


When people asked what I was going to do after high school, I said, “Leave town.” I wasn’t kidding. I hadn’t applied to a single college. ...more

Nostalgia’s Record


At the New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich writes an ode to Other Music, a New York City record shop that recently closed its doors after more than twenty years in business. For Petrusich, the store was more than a place to buy music; it was an important part of her personal history:

My scramble for self-identity was tied up in records, and Other Music was where I went to get myself sorted out.