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The extraordinary life of Ethiopia's 93-year-old singing nun - The Guardian
She sang for Haile Selassie but later retreated from the world, living barefoot in a hilltop monastery, perfecting her bluesy, freewheeling sound. Kate Molleson on The Honky Tonk Nun, her documentary about Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
theguardian  music  musician  emahoytseguemaryamguebrou  ethiopia  ethiopianmusic  africamusic  africa 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
In Indonesia, 3 Muslim Girls Fight for Their Right to Play Heavy Metal - The New York Times
The three teenage girls — shy and even seeming slightly embarrassed as they peer out from their Islamic head scarves — do not look much like a heavy metal band.
indonesia  metal  music  teenagers  islam  muslim  womensrights  nytimes 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled by Women: The Round-Table Conversation - The New York Times
Guitars may seem to matter less than ever. But just beneath
the mainstream, dozens of female bands are making
some of the most urgent, politically relevant music around.

Women Are Making the Best Rock Music Today: Listen Now SEPT. 5, 2017
interactive
Allison and Katie Crutchfield
gender  music  rock  nytimes  women  feminism  vagabon  speedy  ortiz  indierock  sheermag  dietcig  allisoncrutchfield  katiecrutchfield 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Hidden History of Japan’s Folk-Rock Boom - The New York Times
When the Japanese singer-songwriter Kenji Endo first heard Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” as a young student in Tokyo in the 1960s, he was perplexed — offended, even. Aren’t pop vocals supposed to be pretty? But by the third listen, Mr. Endo remembered that he was in awe: “This guy is creating something that has never been created before.” He had found his calling.
japansefolkrock  japanesefolk  japanesemusic  japan  music  nytimes  lightintheattic 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
John Adams Writes a New Opera, and It’s a Western - The New York Times
Hiking in California’s gold country with John Adams, an enfant-terrible-turned-elder-statesman. His new Gold Rush opera is definitely not Puccini’s.
classicalmusic  opera  johnadams  music  california  nytimes  goldrush 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Giorgio Moroder Still Feels Love at 77 - The New York Times
At a time when Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are having big pop chart successes with electronic-dance-music-inflected tracks, Mr. Moroder — best known as Donna Summer’s platonic Pygmalion, a co-writer and co-producer of her biggest 1970s hits — has become a kind of professor emeritus on the global party circuit.
music  nytimes  giorgiomoroder  disco 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Space Lady Has Landed - VICE
Susan Dietrich Schneider was this weirdo homeless dropout busker chick who drifted between Boston and the Bay Area back in the 70s, supporting her draft-dodging husband and three kids by playing zonked-out space-themed psych covers in a Viking helmet...
thespacelady  vice  music  outsiderart  diy  outsidermusic  streetpeformers 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Desert discs: how mobile phones are at the root of Saharan music -The Guardian
Christopher Kirkley went to Mali to make field recordings, but returned with a mixtape of music taken from Saharan Sim cards
christopherkirkley  mali  music  musicfromsaharancellphones  theguardian  africa 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Some Of The UK's Biggest Talents Tell Us What Black British Music Means To Them
Black UK music is constantly evolving, and to celebrate this we spoke to eight black British artists and asked them what it means to them.
buzzfeed  music  musicalinfluences 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Lonely Crusade of Jim DeRogatis | Chicago magazine | November 2017
Over the past 17 years, the city’s loudest rock critic has been consumed by an increasingly high-profile undertaking: investigating the allegations of sexual abuse against R&B star R. Kelly.
chicagomagazine  jimderogatis  rkelly  music  crime  sexualabuse  rape 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
T La Rock, the Man Who Forgot He Was a Rap Legend | GQ
T La Rock was one of the pioneers of hip-hop, an old-school legend sampled by Public Enemy and Nas. But after a brutal attack put him in a nursing home, he had to fight to recover his identity, starting with the fact that he’d ever been a rapper at all.
music  hiphop  gq  tlarock  oldschoolhiphop 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Voices in My Head - The New York Times
This summer, I did something I highly recommend. I listened to 150 albums by women in a row. Then I listened to 72 more. (I’m still going.) I did it because I had begun to notice a narrowness in my sonic universe. Just about everywhere I went, it was raining men.
music  women  femalemusicians  femalesingersongwriters  wesleymorris  nytimes 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Joni Mitchell: Fear of a Female Genius - The Ringer
One of the greatest living artists in popular music still isn’t properly recognized. Joni transcends gender, genre, and time. Here’s why
theringer  jonimitchell  music  musician  folkmusic  laurelcanyon  losangeles 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Story of Glenn O'Brien's 'TV Party' - VICE
We traced the rise and fall of the public access show that featured monoliths of New York's art scene in the late 70s—from Debbie Harry and David Byrne to Iggy Pop and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
vice  glennobrien  music  newyork  1970s  artscene  musicscene  cbgbs  tvparty  debbieharry  davidbyrne  iggypop  jean 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
St. Vincent Is Telling You Everything - Buzzfeed
A profile of the artist at the time of her fifth solo record.
stvincent  music  buzzfeed  musician 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Ethereal Genius of Craig Taborn - The New York Times
He has become one of the best jazz pianists alive — by disappearing almost completely into his music.
music  jazz  craigtaborn  jazzpiano  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture? - The New York Times
This summer, an engineer named Matthew Healy moved to Berlin to work at SoundCloud, a popular music-streaming service. He started his job on a Monday. On Thursday, a companywide meeting was called. Healy and his new co-workers assumed it was about the acquisition rumors swirling around the company. Instead, Healy learned that he and 172 other employees — roughly 40 percent of the company’s staff — were being laid off. ‘‘The rest of the day is a blur,’’ he wrote in a post about his experience online. ‘‘I now realize that I was in shock.’’
soundcloud  jennawortham  nytimes  nytimesmag  music  culture  technology  internet 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Detroit Techno - The New York Times
‘‘The music is just like Detroit, a complete mistake,’’ May said in the liner notes to a seminal techno compilation, 1988’s ‘‘Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit.’’ ‘‘It’s like George Clinton and Kraftwerk are stuck in an elevator with only a sequencer to keep them company.’’ Perhaps it’s Kraftwerk’s legacy that led techno to become such a huge success in Europe. Unfortunately, that trajectory has overshadowed the other half of May’s equation. Despite its heartland origins, techno gets a bad rap in America. We associate it with party drugs, velvet ropes, glow sticks. Rave culture in England, club culture in Germany and a string of Scandinavian superstar D.J.s have made black artists like Atkins, May and Saunderson appear to be an anomaly in electronic music.
detroit  techno  music  electronicmusic  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Rowdy World of Rap’s New Underground - The New York Times
The lo-fi rap that thrives on SoundCloud teems with unruly energy. Can it survive the mainstream?
hiphop  soundcloud  joncaramanica  nytimes  music 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Parents Told Police Their Daughter Is Being Held Against Her Will In R. Kelly’s “Cult”
As the R&B legend tours the country this summer, parents have told police that R. Kelly is running an abusive "cult" that's tearing families apart. Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle told BuzzFeed News similar stories.
buzzfeed  jimderogatis  rkelly  sexualabuse  emotionalabuse  childabuse  crime  music 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Thelonious Monk: So Plain Only the Deaf Can Hear | Pitchfork
How the jazz icon cracked apart the rusted shell of the piano and opened a portal into the breathless, off-tempo grind of being black in America.
carvellwallace  pitchfork  theloniousmonk  jazz  music 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Jason Molina Charmed Will Oldham and First Got Signed | Pitchfork
In her forthcoming book Riding with the Ghost, Erin Osmon traces the curious path taken by Jason Molina, from his childhood outside Cleveland through his harrowing final days in and out of rehab for alcohol abuse.
pitchfork  jasonmolina  indierock  willoldham  music 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Two Lives of Michael Jackson - The New Yorker
Do me a favor. Go on YouTube and find the footage of Michael Jackson singing “Who’s Lovin’ You” on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He is eleven years old. It is one of his first times on national television. In the intro, he looks and sounds like . . .
michaeljackson  celebrity  culture  popularculture  music  carvellwallace  thenewyorker  africanamericanculture  racism 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Car Seat Headrest Cover the Smiths’ “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”: Listen | Pitchfork
Car Seat Headrest have shared an acoustic cover of the Smiths’ song “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore.”
music  carseatheadrest  thesmiths  covers  pitchfork  indierock 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Inside the Pied Piper of R&B's "Cult"
As the R&B legend tours the country this summer, parents have told police that R. Kelly is running an abusive "cult" that's tearing families apart. Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle told BuzzFeed News similar stories.
rkelly  sexualabuse  jimderogatis  buzzfeed  crime  scandal  music 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An Absolute Truth: On Writing a Life of Coltrane
Posthumously, the mythology and exaltation of Coltrane, as well as his musical influence, only grew. But by that point, Simpkins had already researched and written Coltrane’s story, expressing an uncompromising, unapologetic black voice rarely found in the annals of jazz before or since.
johncoltrane  music  jazz  books  musicwriting  musicbiography  biography  selfpublished  theparisreview  theparisreviewblog 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
THE FIRST CHURCH OF REDNECKS, WHITE SOCKS AND BLUE RIBBON BEER - Rolling Stone
In the Fifties and Sixties, the Reverend Will Campbell marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and helped desegregate the University of Mississippi. Then he took his ministry in a different direction.
lawrencewright  rollingstone  reverendwillcampbell  civilrights  music  counterculture  religion 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The death of the electric guitar - Washington Post
The slow, secret death of the six-string electric. And why you should care.
guitar  music  culture  electricguitar  thewashingtonpost 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Breaking Out — The California Sunday Magazine
Vince Staples is only 22 and has one of the best debut albums of the year — so why does he want to quit?
vincestaples  hiphop  music  thecaliforniasundaymagazine 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Lost Its Leader. Can It Stay on Top? - The New York Times
American orchestras are supposed to be in crisis, fighting for economic survival and cultural relevance. But no one seems to have told the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which, two years shy of its centennial, is stronger than ever.
classicalmusic  orchestras  losangelesphilharmonic  losangeles  nytimes  music 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Rediscovering Harry Bertoia, sculptor and ambient pioneer
Though his furniture designs remain his best known work (much in the same way that Charles and Ray Eames – whom Bertoia met through the famed Cranbook Academy of Art – were known for their chairs above all else), Bertoia’s interest in the possibilities of sound became his greatest passion, manifesting in numerous “sounding sculptures” displayed at various locations throughout the US.
harrybertoia  music  experimentalmusic  sculpture  soundsculpture  ambientmusic  sonambient  factmagazine  art  design  industrialdesign 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How a Somber Symphony Sold More Than a Million Records - The New York Times
In 1989, the record executive Robert Hurwitz attended a London performance of the Polish composer Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3, subtitled “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.”

“I was just completely knocked out,” he said in a recent interview. “And somewhere in the first movement, I thought, well, Dawn should do this.” He reached out to the young soprano Dawn Upshaw, who agreed to record the symphony with the conductor David Zinman and the London Sinfonietta for Mr. Hurwitz’s label, Nonesuch.
henrykgorecki  classicalmusic  music  nytimes 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Nigeria’s Afrobeats Music Scene Is Booming, but Profits Go to Pirates - The New York Times
Artists across the world battle illegal sales of their work. But Nigeria’s piracy problem is so ingrained that music thieves worry about rip-offs of their rip-offs, slapping warning labels on pirated CDs to insist that “lending is not allowed.”

In Lagos, Africa’s biggest city, legitimate music stores are rare, streaming services haven’t caught on and fans are flocking to markets like Computer Village, with its rows of yellow umbrellas shading young men selling illegal downloads. Throughout the city, thousands of pirated CDs are churned out each day, and some artists even pay to appear on them, hoping the exposure will somehow be worth it.
africa  nigeria  lagos  afrobeat  music  piracy  nytimes 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Henry Brant - Ice Field (2002) - YouTube
Pulitzer Prize 2002. “single-style music…could no longer evoke the new stresses, layered insanities, and multi-directional assaults of contemporary life on the spirit.” (H.Brant)
henrybrant  icefield  music  classicalmusic  avantgarde  minimal  youtube 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Fifty Years of Music and Politics in Berlin, East and West - The New York Times
Paul Hockenos has written a detailed, doggedly researched, personally involved history of Berlin’s political and musical underground over the last 50 years. “Berlin Calling” should be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the German capital’s still-hip music and street politics, and to get a flavor of that turbulent city’s dark history and stubborn spirit.
berlin  germany  ironcurtain  history  paulhockenos  books  music  protest 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Soul of the ’60s: Otis Redding’s Short Life and Long Reach - The New York Times
Fifty years ago this month, the rock community held its first large-scale gathering at the Monterey Pop Festival. For several of the performers — Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who — the event marked the moment of their discovery, at least by American listeners. For Otis Redding, though, Monterey represented a transformation of his audience.
books  bookreviews  otisredding  biography  music  musicbiography 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Reviving the Ghostly Sounds of Maryanne Amacher - The New York Times
“It had texture,” the composer George Lewis said recently, recalling the very loud yet very subtle electronic music of Maryanne Amacher. “It had ghost things inside. I think she actually said, ‘You have to listen for the ghosts.’ And then once you started hearing them, they were always there.”
maryanneamacher  music  nytimes  electronicmusic  ambientmusic  avantgardemusic  soundart  soundinstallations 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Flying Nun's Sister Act: The Story of Look Blue Go Purple - Noisey
Thirty years later Dunedin's Look Blue Go Purple's folk pop is getting a second shine.
vice  noisey  lookbluegopurple  flyingnun  newzeland  music  indierock 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Wilco, Nick Lowe & Mavis Staples rehearse "The Weight"
Wilco, Nick Lowe & Mavis Staples rehearse "The Weight" backstage at the Civic Opera House in Chicago in December 2011. Filmed by Zoran Orlic.
music  performance  musicalperformance  wilco  nicklowe  mavistaples  video  youtube 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Before He Brought Down Nixon, Carl Bernstein Was A Far-Out Rock And Roll Writer
Watergate and the Beatles are multimedia evergreens. Just last week alone, for example, the History Channel commissioned a documentary series on the scandal that brought down a president, and Variety reported that yet another feature film about Watergate, The Silent Man, is now scheduled to hit theaters in September. And on Friday, special editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the 1967 album that brought down the pop single, were re-issued to celebrate/exploit the 50th anniversary of the disc’s original release.

Carl Bernstein had ties to both. His work at the Washington Post during Watergate was what justifiably made Bernstein a household name. But what’s not so well known is that before he became a reporting legend, Bernstein was a critic at the newspaper. A pop critic. And Sgt. Pepper was among his first critiques.
carlbernstein  watergate  thebeatles  music  politics  deadspin  musicriticism 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Glenn O’Brien’s Friends Remember a ‘Successful Maniac’ - The New York Times
Andy Warhol hired him. Madonna sang at his 50th birthday party. He taught readers of GQ and Details how to dress. Few people have navigated New York’s tribes — art, fashion, media, music — quite like Glenn O’Brien.
glennobrien  art  fashion  media  music  nytimes  newyork  downtown  scene  downtownny 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Mac DeMarco Became the Lovable Laid-Back Prince of Indie Rock - The New York Times
Before Mac DeMarco bought a lovely blue home with a pool on a quiet hill here in Silver Lake — the first real adult spoils of a surprising career built on seeming like an affable deadbeat — he gave out his exact address to fans, not exactly expecting them to show up in droves.
joecoscarelli  music  macdemarco  indierock  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The xx Lets the Sunshine In - The New York Times
The British band, which grew out of whispery songs its
members recorded at home as teenagers, features more
mature, confident sounds on its first album since 2012.
thexx  music  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Marvin Gaye's Abiding Unrest
I anticipated an upbeat conversation full of the self-righteous I-told-you-so fervor so many performers, back from commercial death, inflict upon interviewers and the public. After all, Gaye was in the midst of one of the most thrilling comebacks in pop music history. “Sexual Healing,” some freedom from the IRS, CBS’s mammoth music machine in high gear for him, and adoration from two generations of fans, were all part of a wave of prosperity. Even his stage act, in the past marked by a palpable diffidence, had been spellbinding. The night before, at San Mateo’s Circle Star Theater, he had been brilliant, performing all the good stuff, and even reviving Mary Wells’s “Two Lovers,” one of Smokey’s best early songs, about a total schizophrenic, a man who was both lovingly faithful and totally amoral.
nelsongeorge  villagevoice  r&b  soul  music  marvingaye 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Tony Conrad Was Such a Good Minimalist, He Was Almost Forgotten - The New York Times
In February 1963, a 22-year-old experimental violinist named Tony Conrad stood outside Philharmonic (now David Geffen) Hall in New York wearing a signboard that read “Demolish Lincoln Center!” With the composer Henry Flynt and the filmmaker Jack Smith, Mr. Conrad formed a three-man picket line that spent a day marching at the center, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were protesting, Mr. Conrad later recalled, “the imperialist influences of European high culture” and gesturing toward “the dismantling and dispersion of any and all organized cultural forms.”


Anti-authoritarian actions soon became typical for Mr. Conrad, whose significant legacy in music, film and performance remained relatively unknown when he died last April at 76.
tonyconrad  music  avantgarde  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Sound of Sadness Overwhelms and Inspires Mount Eerie - The New York Times
Think of all the tricks and stratagems we employ to hold grief at bay — the time-filling activities, the eating, the emotional jiu-jitsu. Anything to take up the space that grief craves and feeds on. Imagine none of those things were options, though.
This is what “A Crow Looked at Me,” the new Mount Eerie album, proposes, and documents, and renders in vivid, bruised grayness. Mount Eerie is the recording project of Phil Elverum, who’s been making music under this moniker for about 15 years (and before that, as the frontman of the Microphones) in the port town of Anacortes, Wash. In 2003, he married Geneviève Castrée, a cartoonist and musician. They led an intimate life full of creative production. In 2015, they had a daughter. Not long after, Ms. Castrée learned she had inoperable pancreatic cancer, and last July, Ms. Castrée died, at 35. The grief took up all the space, until it took up residence inside Mr. Elverum, and began to announce itself via songwriting. Actually, songwriting seems almost too precise a term. Mr. Elverum has always been an impressionistic lyricist, but here, the line is blurred between singing, speaking and raw emotional data dump.
mount  eerie  music  nytimes  joncaramanica  indierock  indie  phileverum 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Sorcerer of Jazz
In 1975, Miles Davis put down his trumpet and retired. Davis was famous for his dramatic silences in performance: the notes he chose not to play were almost as meaningful as those he did. But this silence would last for nearly five years, during which he all but disappeared into his Upper West Side brownstone. Visitors evoked a macabre dungeon swarming with prostitutes, drug dealers, hangers-on, and corpulent roaches. Davis, who styled himself as jazz’s “Prince of Darkness,” later confirmed the rumors with unabashed relish in his 1989 autobiography, Miles, written with the poet Quincy Troupe.
jazz  music  adamshatz  milesdavis  thenewyorkreviewofbooks 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
How Did Bob Dylan Get So Weird?
“After listening to him since I was a kid and seeing him live for—gulp—nearly 40 years, I think I’m beginning to figure it out.”
vulture  newyorkmagazine  music  bobdylan 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
'Let's Talk About Love,' by Carl Wilson
Like most rock critics, Carl Wilson—a writer and editor at Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail—has always reflexively detested Céline...
bookreview  carlwilson  music  criticism  analysis  celinedion  newyorkmagazine 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Upon This Rock | GQ
Rock music used to be a safe haven for degenerates and rebels. Until it found Jesus
gq  music  christianrock  christianity 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The High Lonesome Gospel of Al Green
Let’s look at the facts about Al Green. Or rather, the fact, the biographical detail he does not discuss, the moment around which the whole story turns: At 4 A.M., October 18, 1974, when the last, great, sweet falsetto soul singer of the South eased into a bath after a long night of recording and got a pan of boiling-hot grits poured on him by a spurned lover.
algreen  music  soul  r&b  oxfordamerican 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
K.K. Barrett's Model Sets
K.K. Barrett's visionary process in creating Karen O's psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens.
kkbarrett  karen  o  thecreatorsproject  art  opera  music  design  models  modelsets  productiondesign 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Keith Jarrett | LA Phil
Over the past five decades, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our time – universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer. Join us for this special one-night-only event.
keithjarrett  laphil  music  concerts  performances  tickets  losangeles  waltdisneyconcerthall 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
GARY USHER Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (1971/2001) –
Absolutely gorgeous lost album from the great Gary Usher, best know for his surf and drag albums of the early 60s, his co-compositions with The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson (“In My Room,” among others), and production work for The Byrds (Younger Than Yesterday, also among others).
garyusher  music  lostmusic  brianwilson 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Hard To Kill: The Oral History Of Gucci Mane
Radric Davis is only 35 years old, with 9 lives behind him. Here, 20 associates tell the story of how Gucci Mane rose, fell, and rose again.
thefader  guccimane  crime  hiphop  music 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
World Builder: Production Designer K.K. Barrett Teams with Kid Koala
At first glance, there's nothing iconic or remarkable about the Los Angeles created by production designer K.K. Barrett. And it's by his own design. However, look again, and the complex environments the award-winning world builder has created for commercials and feature films crackle and pop with smart visual clues.
kcet  artbound  kkbarrett  kidkoala  film  performance  art  music  nufoniamustfall  puppets 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Who invented the piano? Google doodle marks Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthd...
Cristofori’s entry in Encyclopaedia Britannica notes that little is known of his life and that his invention was not well known in his lifetime
theguardian  bartolomeocristofori  music  piano  history 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Titanic Titus Andronicus: Patrick Stickles on Why His Band Made a 93-Minute, 29-...
In early September 2013, New Jersey punk band Titus Andronicus played a show at a VFW post in Missoula, Montana. To promote the gig, the group’s quixotic singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles did an interview with local daily newspaper The Missoulian in which he divulged for the first time his plans to write and record a rock opera.
titusandronicus  patrick  stickles  stevenhyden  music  grantland 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
‘Mad Tiger’ and Other Films Join a New Wave of Punk Documentaries
In the opening images of “Los Punks: We Are All We Have,” the director Angela Boatwright’s documentary about the thriving punk scene in the backyards of South-Central and East Los Angeles, two young women in miniskirts wrestle each other to the ground.
punkrock  music  film  documentary 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Flick of the Wrist: A Snapshot of Father and the Awful Records Crew on the Brink...
It’s a chilly weeknight in the Hasidic part of Williamsburg, and Awful Records is taking over. In a few hours at the local venue Baby’s All Right, the Atlanta record label and crew’s benevolent overlord, Father, will play his first solo New York City show. For now, Awful has congregated at the 10th-floor loft of a buddy, an odd place with a rack of antlers on the wall, an impressively curated VHS collection, paint splatters, ferns, and a startling view of the bright Manhattan skyline. And they’ve gone about setting themselves up with a well-earned little pre-party.
grantland  music  hiphop  amos  barshad  awfulrecords 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Do It All Night: The Story of Prince's Dirty Mind
It’s not entirely your fault if you don’t quite understand why Prince was such a big deal in the 1980s. In the digital era, the Minneapolis auteur has made his catalog relatively inaccessible, recently removing it from mainstream streaming services in protest of their underpayment. The strategy is principled and laudable even as it contrasts with prevailing realities, which means it’s très Prince—done with the belief that his legacy should be regarded his way. But whereas that same kind of stubborn, altruistic conviction often backfires for him now, it once made Prince the most exciting artist in the world.
MichaelangeloMatos  prince  pitchfork  music 
october 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Marvin Gaye's Tryout with the NFL's Detroit Lions
Lem Barney had just finished a round of golf at Detroit's Palmer Park Golf Course in the summer of 1968. Palmer, one of four prominent courses in the area, attracted many of the city's black celebrities, including Joe Louis, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations. Barney had heard Marvin Gaye, one of his favorite artists, lived nearby. With time to kill before heading back to training camp for afternoon practice, he figured why not? Gaye sang the score to Barney's high school and college years at Jackson State University. The second-year defensive back introduced himself to Palmer's clubhouse employees, who quickly obliged with his request for Gaye's address.
marvingaye  espn  theundefeated  sports  music 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Musical Omnivore’s Dilemma
Jim O’Rourke helped take the guilt out of the “guilty pleasure.” On his new album, he returns to find that pop has moved beyond it.
jimorourke  music  slate  carlwilson 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Here's What's Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dr...
On January 27, 1991, at a record-release party for the rap duo Bytches With Problems in Hollywood, producer/rapper/then-N.W.A. member Dr. Dre brutally attacked Dee Barnes, the host of a well-known Fox show about hip-hop called Pump It Up! Dre was reportedly angry about a Pump It Up! segment hosted by Barnes that aired in November 1990. The report focused on N.W.A., and concluded with a clip of Ice Cube, who had recently left the group, insulting his former colleagues.
film  movies  music  straightouttacompton  drdre  icecube  deebarnes  hiphop  nwa  violence  misogyny  1990's  culture  gangstarap 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Almost Famous: The B Adventures Of Robert Christgau
Christgau, the legendary-in-certain-circles rock critic for the Village Voice from 1974 until 2006, is part of a much-mythologized movement of writers and editors that included ex-girlfriend Ellen Willis, Lester Bangs, Pauline Kael, Greil Marcus, and Dave Marsh. A loose collective shaped by the revolutionary ideals of the '60s, they attempted to expand the critical territory for writing about pop music and mass culture: They were thinkers who wanted to write about music, not hang out with musicians. Well educated and all with distinctive writing styles —in Bob's case, dense and winding, packed with allusions, often brilliant, and just as often maddeningly opaque—they somehow managed to do the opposite of what they intended, eventually embodying their own kind of niche celebrity.
robertchristgau  music  criticism  critic  villagevoice  newyork  deadspin  theconcourse 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Target Shoots First
An NYU philosophy grad struggles to maintain artistic and personal integrity as a production manager for Columbia House.
vimeo  video  documentary  columbiahouse  music  1990's  thetargetshootsfirst  chriswilcha  film 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Four Columbia House insiders explain the shady math behind “8 CDs for a penny” ·
Any music fan eager to bulk up their collection in the ’90s knew where to go to grab a ton of music on the cheap: Columbia House. Started in 1955 as a way for the record label Columbia to sell vinyl records via mail order, the club had continually adapted to and changed with the times, as new formats such as 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs emerged and influenced how consumers listened to music.
theonion  onionavclub  music  columbiahouse  1990's  theavclub 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The rise and fall of the Columbia House record club — and how we learned to stea...
On June 29, 2011, the last remnant of what was once Columbia House — the mightiest mail-order record club company that ever existed — quietly shuttered for good. Other defunct facets of the 20th-century music business have been properly eulogized, but it seems that nary a tear was shed for the record club. Perhaps no one noticed its demise. After all, by the end, Columbia House was no longer Columbia House; it had folded into its main competitor and become an online-only entity years before.
columbiahouse  music  1990's  bostonphoenix 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
White Privilege and Black Lives in the Baltimore Music Scene
During my first few years in Baltimore, when friends who lived elsewhere asked me about it, I said many of the same things I’d heard about it before I moved. That it was magical. That I’d never felt so at home. That the people were beautiful and purposed and supportive. If you asked me the same thing now, I’d still tell you how much I love this city. I’d also still say that living in Baltimore affords one a sense of freedom, except to add that the sense of freedom exists almost solely for non-black artists and musicians. Whatever benefits there are for non-black artists and musicians to live in and move to Baltimore are directly indebted to the majority black population of Baltimore. Our liberties come at the cost of theirs
janahunter  baltimore  race  class  society  music  pitchfork  art  whiteprivilege 
july 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA
The video is like a feverish dream of Los Angeles. Beneath the sprawling, horizontal cityscape, a marching band grooves on an empty field. Young boys drip-dry after a dip in the pool. A woman with a tower of gray hair and a kindly gaze stands before a cooler of beer. Muscular, tattooed men pose for a group portrait. A horse gallops down a dim city avenue. And a man hangs upside-down, vampire-like, from a street light at night.
kendricklamar  kahiljoseph  art  music  hiphop  losangeles  MOCA  installation  installationart  video  film  musicvideo  museum 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
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