Music

Swinging Modern Sounds #93: Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy

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I see both subjectivity and objectivity as constructions.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Shana Cleveland’s Grandma’s Hats

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It’s such a powerful symbol of who she was.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #92: Perfection

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You will now find some version of the list below. It is imperfect.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Kathleen Hanna’s Girl Style, Then and Now

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I was entranced, wondering who made it and why.

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Notes of Dissent: Lessons from a Family Volvo

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Through drill, artists have a means of exploring and challenging the political marginalization of their voices.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #91: In Four Equal Parts

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Part of what makes Belly important and lasting, that is, is that they really think and feel a lot.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Jill Sobule’s Favorite Spy Cars

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I wasn’t into girl stuff, but I loved James Bond!

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Sweet Bird

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Every story needs to begin in a place of stasis, a comfortable zero.

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Twenty Years of Miseducation: Joan Morgan’s She Begat This

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Morgan has a lot of gaps to fill—and a lot of traps to potentially fall into.

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Blind Hunger, Black Bodies, and Radiohead’s In Rainbows

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I’ve seen it coming. This is where it passes through.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #89: In Praise of Tom Petty

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Because Petty was so prolific and so popular, the intense craftsmanship of his body of work has been hiding in plain sight.

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Picking the Green Path: A Conversation with Ansley Simpson

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“The green path takes far more work to even recognize—it takes bushwhacking.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #143: Saul Austerlitz

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“I felt that Meredith Hunter was the invisible figure at the center of the story.”

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Swinging Modern Sounds #87: The Low and Dishonest Years

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[T]hese are albums to distract you from the horrors taking place daily in the theater of American political life.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Viv Albertine’s Emotional Investigation

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I’ve worked through the pain, and made something useful and creative out of it.

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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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