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Posts by: Liz Wood

I Called Him Morgan

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A new jazz documentary is making its way around the festival circuit. Directed by Kasper Collin, I Called Him Morgan traces the career of trumpet player Lee Morgan, who worked with greats like Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie before being murdered—shot dead on stage mid-performance—by his wife. Part jazz chronicle, part murder mystery, the one thing we do know […]

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Another Cease and Desist for Trump

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Despite the number of artists who have explicitly requested their songs never again be used by the Republican candidate, who apparently does not believe in obtaining permission to use artistic work, Trump keeps upping the ante. Most recently, a campaign ad used “Seven Nation Army,” much to the chagrin of The White Stripes. The band aired their disapproval via […]

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This Week in Posivibes: Drugdealer

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Michael Collins’s latest project has an enviable list of collaborators, including Weyes Blood, Ariel Pink, Mild High Club, Sheer Agony, and members of Mac DeMarco’s band. While some reviews seem preoccupied with the tongue-in-cheek names Collins gives to each of his projects, it seems to us that the more important thing to notice is that these songs are pleasingly jammy, […]

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John Carpenter’s “Utopian Façade”

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“Utopian Façade” is a track from the director’s second studio album, Lost Themes II, and the video, directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, is a kind of Neon Genesis Evangelion meets zombie forest freakout set to the hum of Carpenter’s darkly suspenseful composing. Speaking of their goals in the project, the video’s directors said: [Carpenter’s] work stands the test […]

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Howard Stern’s Tribute to Revolver

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The radio personality has put together a tribute to his favorite Beatles album, featuring a wide array of artists covering Revolver’s track list. According to Rolling Stone, the episode features: Cheap Trick tackling “She Said She Said,” James Taylor performing “Here, There and Everywhere” and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats covering “Got to Get You Into My Life”….[also performing are] Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis […]

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A Chance the Rapper Christmas

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The White House has really been stepping up its music game these days, organizing festivals and now inviting Chance the Rapper to perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Because if you’re on your way out and can’t do much, you might as well use holidays you’re forced to celebrate as opportunities to invite your favorite artists to […]

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Causation and Awards Nominations

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It’s either a testament to the general belief held in director Grant Singer or a confirmation that buzz determines award nominations above all else, depending on how you look at it: The Weeknd and Daft Punk collaboration “Starboy” has received an MTV VMA nomination before its formal release. Listen to the song here.

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This Week in Posivibes: Interrogating Dementia

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The Caretaker’s Leyland Kirby will be chronicling through music the changes wrought by dementia on his own newly diagnosed mind. Kirby released a statement outlining the project: The series aims to enlighten our understanding of dementia by breaking it down into a series of stages that provide a haunting guide to its progression, deterioration, and […]

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A Memoir of NYC Hardcore

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Harley Flanagan, infamous bassist of the Cro-Mags, has written a memoir set to be released on September 27 via Feral House. Hard-Core: Life of My Own chronicles Flanagan’s life as a punk drummer from pre-pubescence through his seminal contribution to NYC’s 1980s hardcore scene. Of punk and hardcore then and now, Flanagan told VICE: I never felt in awe of anyone. […]

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Bruce Springsteen’s Favorite Songs by Bruce Springsteen

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In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert promoting his new book, Born to Run, the Boss listed his favorite songs by the Boss. Also, he explained why he puts the E Street Band through four-hour long marathon shows, and the chafing that comes with them, saying: “I’m here to take you out of time… I’m here to alter time […]

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Yo La Tengo Loves to Murder Covers

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Yo La Tengo is releasing another series of totally destroyed versions of covers from their annual performances at WFMU’s fundraiser. The compilation, Murder in the Second Degree, is a follow-up to the band’s 2006 release Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics, and like its predecessor the liner notes are vague, replaced by a promise that “there are endless ways to […]

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Surviving Compton

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Michel’le’s upcoming biopic Surviving Compton creates a dialogue with the story told by Straight Outta Compton, which notably failed to portray the roles of the women who helped grow N.W.A. and Ruthless Records. When asked why she believes her story was omitted from the Straight Outta Compton narrative, Michel’le indicated she felt no surprise: “Why would Dre put me in it… If they […]

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This Week in Posivibes: Cass McCombs

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Mangy Love, Cass McCombs’s latest, is one of those records where an artist makes the most compelling argument for their sound and content possible. During his career, McCombs has eschewed interviews and the kind of lifestyle-sensationalizing journalism that usually surrounds music coverage. As a piece on Aquarium Drunkard puts it, he is “an artist who wants to […]

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A Subtle Mocking from the Roots

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Jimmy Fallon might not have challenged Trump much during the presidential nominee’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show, but the Roots got in a pretty great dig of their own as the man in the famous toupé crossed the stage. The group played Erykah Badu’s song “20 Feet Tall,” Consequence of Sound reports, with Black Thought rapping the pointed lyrics: “And […]

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Just One More Day with Otis

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Otis Redding’s 1966 performances at the Whisky A Go Go marked the first soul act on the famous LA stage and a purposeful attempt to widen his audience. They also produced some incredible live recordings that are finally being released this October via Stax Records, on the six-volume Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete […]

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Music’s Living Undead

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On the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s recorded death, the music community is still asking the question: did that really happen? At Consequence of Sound, Alex Young makes the case for Shakur’s survival (and second life in Cuba). Whatever you believe, Morgan Creek Productions commemorated the day by releasing a new trailer for the long-awaited biopic on the rapper’s life, All Eyez […]

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This Week in Posivibes: Here

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We were excited about Teenage Fanclub’s upcoming tenth album back when it was just a fact on a calendar, and now the reality is, thankfully, really beautiful.  Here is being called “their warmest and subtlest effort to date,” and showcases a familiar pop sensibility for the band’s first effort in six years. Keeping to the band’s sound isn’t a bad thing […]

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Twin Peaks Remastered

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As a prelude to the upcoming third season, the utterly perfect soundtrack to the original Twin Peaks has been remastered and is now out on vinyl from Death Waltz Recordings. The reissue features liner notes by Angelo Badalamenti, the composer who helped create David Lynch’s iconic eerie smiling moodscape. Read an ode to the wonderful crazy thing that is the Lynch-Badalamenti […]

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Dave Grohl’s Mom Said So

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Virginia Hanlon Grohl is writing a book about rockstar parenting due for release in April 2017 from Seal Press. The material will be drawn from her experience raising Dave Grohl, as well as from interviews with other rock moms including Marianne Stipe (Michael Stipe), Verna Griffin (Dr. Dre), Janis Winehouse (Amy Winehouse), and more. The book is titled From […]

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Cool Ways to Leave the White House

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He might not be ending US intervention in the Middle East, but he’s organizing a music festival at the White House: President Obama is impressing many with his decision to work with the organizers of SXSW to put together a similar event on the White House grounds, which will be called South by South Lawn. Hopefully, the one-day […]

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This Week in Posivibes: Ultimate Painting

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James Hoare (of Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (of Mazes) are releasing their third LP under the name Ultimate Painting on September 30 on Trouble in Mind Records. Dusk is an “autumnal opus…[of] gentle pop hum,” meaning it sounds a lot like Velvet Underground in a good way and that’s fine by us. Watch the video for the album’s tribute, […]

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This Week in Posivibes: WWINGS

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The Russian trio’s self-proclaimed “disturbing and depressive” apocalyptic electronic music has hit an incredible, eerie place with PHOENIXXX, one of their seven (!) releases from 2016. Members Lit Daw, Lit Eyne, and Lit Internet met via the web, beginning their collaboration over an encrypted messaging service to evade the censorship of the post-Soviet russian landscape that […]

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More Reasons Why Beyoncé Is Great

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If you make a visual album and get nominated for crazy amounts of awards, you should probably honor your performers. Beyoncé gets this (or her people do, which is close enough to the same thing), once again proving that she stands apart as an unbelievable performer and public figure. In case you didn’t catch the VMAs, Beyoncé made sure […]

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The Palm Tree Falls into the Sea

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We regularly turn to Aquarium Drunkard for its mixtapes, and this week the site has released another perfect moodscape for the season. The Palm Tree Falls into the Sea: An August Mixtape is the end-of-summer jammer you’re searching for, with songs from Alice Coltrane, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Chuck Berry, the Raincoats, Lucinda Williams, Arthur Russell, Brian Eno… just […]

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