The clash of opinions about music is music itself. ...more
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Literary events in and around L.A. this week!
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What follows, then, is a sort of first-thought-best-thought discussion of MORE BLOOD, MORE TRACKS. ...more
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[T]he thing about receiving music from other people is this: there is always some grace associated with the transaction. ...more
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Maybe my faith that the profoundest feeling we’re offered by art that really hits us deep in is a setting free, a series of screens or horizons obliterated somehow lovingly. ...more
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While it’s possible to find a lot to worry about in the world of contemporary music, there’s always something new to listen to as well, post-historical, outlying, pre- or anti- or minimally digital music. And so maybe there will be five more years of Swinging Modern Sounds. ...more
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I once read an interview with Jolie Holland in which she mentioned how her songs come through her from some other world.
From June through December of 2012, I kept a diary of musical impressions that didn’t develop into longer pieces. ...more
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In July I speak to Jolie Holland on the phone the morning after she plays Norman, Oklahoma, two weeks into her tour to support her new record, Pint of Blood.
The millennium is not very old, it’s true, and yet today is the day on which I feel obliged to anoint a best song of the millennium, and to risk open debate on the subject, even though I recognize that these kinds of assertions are rash, and, in the main, unwarranted. But here it is, […]