Music

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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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Ira Kaplan’s Favorite Pit Stops

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To pull into a rest area and get a bag of KFC or McDonald’s or whatever is kind of soul crushing, or at least it is for us.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #133: Jake Shears

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“I wrote this book. I worked really, really hard on it, and I was a little scared by it.”

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Sadie Dupuis’s Preloved Farfisa Organ

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[I]t’s taken me back to those memories of recording at my dad’s, and the stuff that took him back into his past, and ultimately into my future.

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The Intersection of Hope and Despair: Talking with Julien Baker

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Julien Baker discusses her latest album, Turn Out the Lights, the ways in which she approaches writing about difficult subjects, and the redemptive power in being open about sadness.  

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Album of the Week: Alice Bag’s Blueprint

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“The songs often find their inspiration in real-life moments that caused Bag to take stock and assess her own blueprint—to take a stand or fix a problem: personal, political, or both.”

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