Posts Tagged: songwriting

Swinging Modern Sounds #86: Transcendentalism!

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The point is not to control the medium, the point is to interact with the medium, to find out what’s natural to it and what’s native to it and work with that, respond to that.

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Making Sense of the World: A Conversation with Dessa

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Dessa discusses her recently released album, Chime, where she stands on the intersection of poetry and performance, and self-care for busy artists.

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Language Is Sensational: A Conversation with Eileen G’Sell

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Eileen G’Sell discusses her debut collection, Life After Rugby, how and why she chose her book’s title, and challenging gender categories.

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The Driving Thing of It: A Conversation with Mick Harvey

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Mick Harvey discusses his decades-long music career, working on cover songs written in another language, and finding longevity in the music business.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #82: Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark: A Symposium

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…yet she did what she did, and in the process made the most successful album of her career.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #80: I Just Don’t Want to Wait Around Anymore

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Mulcahy’s Possum is, like the animal titularly referred to, a sly and imaginative affair…

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Finishing What You Start: A Conversation with Musician Matt Kivel

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Matt Kivel discusses his latest release, Fires on the Plain, the ways in which cinema inspires his music, and how he reads his critics.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Weyes Blood’s Mysterious Kris

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To this day no one really knows where my kris came from or whether or not it’s a significant part of my family history, if it’s a random object or an heirloom with an untold story.

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Sound & Vision: Leah Hayes

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Allyson McCabe talks with Leah Hayes, acclaimed illustrator, graphic novelist, songwriter, and musician.

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Album of the Week: Molly Burch’s Please Be Mine

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Torch songs, i.e. “sentimental love songs, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited love,” were once the flagship of every respected crooner: with sultry lonesomeness, a smooth voice would dance above the elegant orchestra accompaniment, singing of lovers lost or unreciprocated romance. Fitting comfortably in the gap between Angel Olsen and Lana Del Rey, […]

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Album of the Week: Allison Crutchfield’s Tourist in This Town

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Allison Crutchfield has been making music her whole life: with her twin sister Katie first, then in bands like P.S. Eliot, Bad Banana, and Swearin’, founded with her former partner. Now, Crutchfield has just released her first solo album, Tourist in This Town, via Merge Records. In her own words, “[i]t’s a record about change—change of scenery, of partner, […]

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Swinging Modern Sounds #77: People Give Me Things, Part One

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[T]he thing about receiving music from other people is this: there is always some grace associated with the transaction.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #76: American Songbag

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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.

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Dylan’s Controversial Nobel

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The Nobel Prize in Literature went to Bob Dylan this year, sparking debate around the songwriter’s legacy and whether song lyrics should be considered poetry. Those in the pro camp attribute the win to the persistent singularity of Dylan’s songwriting, in combination with the depth of material he drew from. Writer Irvine Welsh, on the other hand, asks why one […]

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And the Nobel Prize in Literature Goes To…

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Bob Dylan? At Electric Literature, Lincoln Michel acknowledged that no one is quite sure how to feel about the news. At Slate, Stephen Metcalf praises Bob Dylan’s genius, but argues that he’s a musician, not a poet: The objection here hinges in the definition of the word literature. You wouldn’t give the literary prize to […]

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Swinging Modern Sounds #75: The Petra Haden Story

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

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Thao Nguyen’s Release

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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.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #72: Urban Pastoral

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It’s like a landscape that you can’t know until you’ve seen it through four seasons, until you’ve seen it on days gray and bright.

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Song of the Day: “Bitter Lemon”

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Broadly speaking, singer/songwriters have flown under the radar in recent years. Their relative heyday in the 90s was punctuated by radio darlings like Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, and a promising artist named Fiona Apple. But with the New Yorker‘s recent profile of Swedish hit-maker Max Martin—the unlikely writer behind top singles from Britney Spears, […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Asali Solomon

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Asali Solomon discusses her debut novel, Disgruntled, narrative structure, the mythology of memory and place, and returning to Philadelphia after years away.

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Collaborate with The National Parks

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The National Parks are releasing a new video here on The Rumpus next week, and in the meantime they’d like you to collaborate with them on “Coração”: they are asking fans to submit answers to the question, When was a time you had to let go of something good, in order to keep it good? The collaboration […]

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Swinging Modern Sounds #68: A Way of Life

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The thing about Scott Tuma is: the immense pathos of the recordings… Almost no one, frankly, is allowed to sound this sad and continue to have a musical career.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #67: The Franchise Restaurants of Song

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Musician Owen Ashworth on his new album, Nephew in the Wild, literary influences, self-expression in songwriting, and how becoming a father has changed his work.

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