Posts Tagged: pop

Album of the Week: Tei Shi’s Crawl Space

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Tei Shi is Valerie Teicher—born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, raised between Bogota, Colombia, and Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in New York after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Her new album, Crawl Space, out now from Downtown Records, is her coming-of-age diary transposed into music. As we hear in the album opener, Teicher began writing […]

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Song of the Day: “8 (circle)”

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It takes courage and artistic vision to take risks with music that has already won you commercial success, but lasting artists persist in doing just that. Bon Iver’s third album, 22, A Million, supports this view. The familiarly warm and affecting melodies of song writer Justin Vernon’s earlier work are reinvented here, nested in a cocoon […]

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This Week in Posivibes: Arthur Russell

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A new treatise on the importance of the genre-melting artist has been published by the New York Times, inspired by the New York Public Library’s acquisition of Arthur Russell’s archives. The acquisition itself is massive, sprawling, and difficult to catalogue, according to the NYT piece: [It] includes a thousand-or-so reels, cassettes, DATs, Beta and VHS tapes with hundreds […]

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Five Stages of Prince Fandom

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You don’t need to know him personally, you say. You get the best of Prince through his music. Maybe that’s the truth, and maybe it isn’t.

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Sound & Vision: Tony Visconti

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Legendary producer Tony Visconti talks to Allyson McCabe about working with David Bowie, his own touring musical super-group Holy Holy, and his thoughts on the music industry today.

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Adele on Stardom

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In the wake of the huge success of “Hello,” Adele has opened up in an upcoming edition of Observer Music about the success of her last album, 21, calling it an “out-of-body experience.” The singer goes on to say, It’s very easy to give in to being famous. Because it’s charming. It’s powerful. It draws you […]

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Rose McGowan the Pop Star

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Dissatisfied with the sexism of Hollywood, the scream queen has been thinking about a pop career for some time now. Rolling Stone quotes McGowan on the motivation for her switch in creative milieu: I woke up one day and realized I hated acting and that I’d always hated it. Imagine, it’s predominantly men whose scripts get done […]

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The Case for Bieber

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Following his emotional moment at the VMAs, there’s been a lot of vehement talk about whether Justin Bieber’s recent tour has been a turning point in his career, marking his birth as a “legitimate artist,” or some par for the course, massively funded publicity campaign. In a piece out this week, Noisey made a thorough entry in the greater argument […]

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Drinks Pairing Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon

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Looks like Tim Presley isn’t busy enough with White Fence—putting out an album a year, collaborating with various garage rock iconoclasts, playing multiple tours, and managing the label Birth Records—judging by the prolific musician’s move to start a new project, Drinks, with Cate Le Bon. The combination is notably, simply, and wonderfully odd, combining the Welsh singer-songwriter’s folk-rock […]

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Surf Out in Time for Your Next BBQ

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In case you missed it, Chance the Rapper and his band The Social Experiment collaborated with Donnie Trumpet to release their joint LP Surf last week and, well, it’s pretty great. And it’s free. The album could be the “most anxiously awaited record of the year” according to okayplayer, and we can see why: from […]

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Musical Effects

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At The Chronicle, Mark Edmundson, English professor at University of Virginia, explains the emotional importance of pop music, as it “suggests, by its easy, pleasurable repetitions,” that our “static inside” makes sense, as “we can pretend, for the duration of a song, that there is harmony in our lives.” “The sadness in a Leonard Cohen song […]

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John Wesley in Venice

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You look at a John Wesley picture and you feel a thousand things at once. As a part of the Venice Biennale, Prada, or the Prada Foundation, is presenting a retrospective of the American pre-pop master’s vivid work (The Daily Beast has posted the online gallery). But “blockbuster” retrospectives aside, you look at a John […]

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Nordic Track

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My friend Margaret has some good ideas, like DJing a monthly night of Northern indie pop. She might call it Nordic Track. That’s a perfect name, indicating how we would skate to Jens and Beyond. Maybe it will happen someday. For now, we have the San Francisco Popfest 2009. They’ve invited poppy folks from all […]

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