“Hello” is not really a compassionate breakup song, like Carole King and Toni Stern’s “It’s Too Late”—the breakup here seems to have happened long ago—but rather an acknowledgment that you can never really make a clean break, that the memories float around like emotional flotsam and sometimes still land ashore.
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While it isn’t unusual to find Killer Mike speaking about race and politics (see his past lecture at MIT on Pitchfork), Render appeared at Florida State University last week to lecture again on racism and civil rights. “Step out of your comfort zone and engage another human being as a fair and honest equal,” he said, “and based on that engagement, help that individual grow.”
Considering that racism protests have overwhelmed campuses nationwide, we’re hoping Render’s words affect change and generate positive insight....more
Who is Benjamin Clementine? It’s a fair question to ask, considering this relatively unfamiliar artist was recently awarded the Mercury Prize (the UK’s parallel to the Grammy’s “Album of the Year”) for his album At Least For Now. The London artist, chosen over names like Aphex Twin and Florence + the Machine, dedicated his award to the victims of the Paris terror attacks....more
Very cool, artsy things are happening in Austin. Together with the literary journal NANO Fiction, Austin-based composer Russell Podgorsek and collaborators have created music to accompany the journal’s fall issue....more
In a continued bid to reissue all things that are amazing and that record collectors covet, Captured Tracks is releasing a combined LP and EP/Singles collection by the great post-punk band The Wake. The album in question is Here Comes Everybody (1985) and the EPs and Singles included are Talk About the Past (1984), Of The Matter (1985), and Something That No One Else Can Bring (1987)....more
President Barack Obama appeared at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater this weekend, and took the opportunity to give Kanye West, who was performing later in the night, some advice for his potential 2020 campaign. Read what the President counseled after the jump, and watch a video of the President speaking and Kanye’s performance via Consequence of Sound....more
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna talks about her career up to this moment, going into depth about the ways in which she has seen worldwide success, public shaming, and private tragedy. She also begs the question of why so many were outraged in the moment of the Internet fallout regarding Dolezal’s ethnic heritage:
I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit.
The Syrian-born musician has issued a statement committing himself to helping those fleeing the current crisis in the country, dedicating all of his shows in the immediate future to the cause of the refugees’ safe travels:
Began in March 2013 at SXSW with a little help from many friends, all future Omar Souleyman shows dedicate to help Syrian people fleeing to a better life elsewhere.
For The Millions, Jacob Lambert explores how listening to music while writing can influence performance. Although some studies show that music may impede concentration and “disrupt writing fluency,” others suggest that music can “lift your mood and increase your arousal.” Lambert is ultimately inconclusive in the article, however he does reference Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, which was written while listening to Nine Inch Nails:
It’s a tempting narrative, and one that fits with the Internet’s culture of simple solutions: If you’re having trouble with that short story, just put on some Brian Eno.
In celebration of the iconic figure who transcends all generational gaps, photographer Mick Rock spoke with VICE about his time with Bowie when the artist was inventing the revolutionary alter ego that is Ziggy Stardust, and the photos that were born from it....more
We’ve been looking forward to Grace Jones’s memoir, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, since it was confirmed early this year, and the quotes leaking on the Internet (via Dazed Digital, among others) haven’t disappointed. As far as we can tell, she eloquently calls out the mainstream music industry’s claim to “outsider” or “innovator” status like the sage she is:
The problem with the Doris’ and the Nicki Minaj’s and Miley’s is that they reach their goal very quickly.
Mid-’60s psychedelia and all its acid and white witches has been mined pretty intensely in the last decade or so, but Jessie Jones’s solo debut exists almost as if to say that’s no reason to stop. Formerly of Orange County’s Feeding People, which was getting some significant attention before breaking up in 2013, Jones took a couple years off to travel the country and discover a much less garage-dependent take on a ’60s sound....more
“Chansonniers are, first and foremost, writers.” — Martha Wainwright
The Walrus has a lovely discussion of Quebecoise singer-songwriter, Coeur de Pirate (née Béatrice Martin); her latest album, Roses; the French-language chanson tradition; and the art and practice of writing songs in English and French....more