Moonface, the side project of Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug, once again teams up with Finnish rockers Siinai following their 2012 collaborative album, ... More
Album “My Best Human Face”
Moonface, the side project of Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug, once again teams up with Finnish rockers Siinai following their 2012 collaborative album, With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery. Krug’s last few releases as Moonface have been solo, comprised almost entirely of contemplative piano ballads, but their new album My Best Human Face proves raucous and celebratory from its first single, “Risto’s Riff,” whose melody accelerates to an explosive chorus. As Krug explains, “The title speaks to the vague theme of identity—confusion that is loosely woven into the songs—a reoccurring theme I recognized only after the writing was done. It’s a confusion which I think exists for most of us, sure, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the campfire in the middle of our circle; we don’t have to stare into the flames. It’s simply not that important. At end of it all, these are good-time songs, meant to inspire good times in the listener. They were made joyously with a stubborn love of music at their centre. And while some of the content might be dark or sad, the memories of making these songs brings only gladness and gratitude, and it’s their construction, not deconstruction, that I want to celebrate now.”
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The debut album from LA-based Nico Yaryan, What a Tease is an intimate 11-track portrait that tells the “uncomplicated tale of complicated, ... More
Album “What a Tease”
The debut album from LA-based Nico Yaryan, What a Tease is an intimate 11-track portrait that tells the “uncomplicated tale of complicated, transcontinental love.” After an adolescence spent mining record stores and dreaming up hip hop beats in Northern California, an aimless Yaryan began playing as a drummer with musician Hanni El Khatib. While touring, Yaryan found two new loves: a woman in Amsterdam and the guitar—both of which became catalysts for What a Tease. These soulful, urgent songs were penned while Yaryan was working at a Humboldt County pot farm to raise money for airfare, and offer gritty meditations on hope, perseverance, fear, failure and heartbreak. Yaryan’s forlorn vocals and Americana stylings channel his musical inspirations: masters of soul Bill Withers and Al Green as well as John Lennon and Neil Young. The resulting album is honest and self-reflective, capturing the universal heartbreak of long distance love without sacrificing an infectious energy.
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Photography played an integral role in the formation of the national parks, providing the earliest glimpses into the geysers of Yellowstone and ... More
Book by Jamie M. Allen
Photography played an integral role in the formation of the national parks, providing the earliest glimpses into the geysers of Yellowstone and granite behemoths of Yosemite. It revealed America as a nation of startling and sacred beauty. When the National Park Service was signed into creation by Woodrow Wilson in 1916, it was a radical idea that the natural wonders of the country should be available to everyone rather than the privileged few. Writer and historian Wallace Stegner called national parks “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”
George Eastman founded Kodak in 1888 and popularized the use of roll film in the following years. To celebrate the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, George Eastman Museum presents Picturing America’s National Parks, a collection of the best landscape photography in America’s history. Included are nature photography pioneers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, William Henry Jackson, Edward Weston and Minor White as well as contemporary photographers Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld. An informative essay and commentary from curator Jamie M. Allen unfold the role of photography in promoting America’s national heritage, land conservation and wildlife preservation. With a focus on the extreme landscapes of the vast American West, this volume traces the historical decision to protect our national lands alongside images that unequivocally prove its value.
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Big Thief’s Buck Meek (guitars) and Adrianne Lenker (vocals and guitar) have worked together for a number of years, releasing dual albums ... More
Big Thief’s Buck Meek (guitars) and Adrianne Lenker (vocals and guitar) have worked together for a number of years, releasing dual albums A-Sides and B-Sides in 2014. With the addition of Max Oleartchik on bass and James Krivchenia on drums, they’ve outfitted themselves as a powerhouse of a full band—at times raw and bluesy, then soft and serene, always charged with emotion. On their debut album, Masterpiece, Meek’s fuzzed guitar is paired with Lenker’s visceral lyrics and forlorn, honeyed vocals in what Sharon Van Etten describes as “some of the most compelling songs I’ve heard in a long time. Driving songs that take you on a real journey, with intelligent stories and twist-and-turn melodies.” Masterpiece was recorded over a summer on Vermont’s Lake Champlain and blended by producer Andrew Sarlo, alloying familiar rock territory with delightfully unpredictable melodies, tones and rhythm.
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Mutual Benefit, Jordan Lee’s project featuring a fluid cast of musicians, follows 2013’s gorgeous Love’s Crushing Diamond with Skip a Sinking Stone. ... More
Album “Skip a Sinking Stone”
Mutual Benefit, Jordan Lee’s project featuring a fluid cast of musicians, follows 2013’s gorgeous Love’s Crushing Diamond with Skip a Sinking Stone. The album is an exercise in accepting impermanence—a landscape glimpsed from the window of a train, a good dream, lost love. The Boston-based Lee is still clearly influenced by Texas, where Mutual Benefit began, but his sound is really that of a man on the move, enjoying every mile of the journey. Recorded during Lee’s residency at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn, Skip a Sinking Stone was penned between touring his Love’s Crushing Diamond and settling down in New York, at least for a bit. From the slow-building orchestral opening—reminiscent of windchimes foretelling a storm—Lee uses sustained piano, woodwinds, horns, finger-picked guitars and vibraphones to wrap his falsetto in atmospheric bliss. It all works wonderfully. For the duration of the album, Lee shows us the world through his eyes, and it’s a pretty view indeed.
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In 1968, Aretha Franklin said, “There are only three things happening in England: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Terry Reid.” Yet ... More
Re-release “The Other Side of the River”
In 1968, Aretha Franklin said, “There are only three things happening in England: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Terry Reid.” Yet while the first two names are clearly legendary, the third is relatively unknown. Terry Reid’s voice was so strong it earned him the nickname “Superlungs,” but the British musician turned down offers to front both Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple in order to pursue his burgeoning solo career. Without the pressure of being a mainstream frontman, Reid was able to experiment, turning out songs in his own free-associative mix of folk, blues, rock, jazz, bossa-nova, soul, and samba—at times in the vein of Tim Buckley and Van Morrison. He also toured with Cream and Fleetwood Mac, wrote songs for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and opened for The Rolling Stones on their 1969 tour.
Reid’s well-loved 1973 album, River, is now receiving a special re-release through Future Days Recordings as The Other Side of the River. The album compiles previously-unreleased material from the River sessions that received a near-mythological status throughout the years as the album went in and out of print. The entire album was recorded twice: once with British producer Eddy Offord and again with the legendary Tom Dowd. The Other Side of The River features tracks that even Reid had forgotten, and includes guests Gilberto Gil on percussion, Ike & Tina Turner’s Ikettes on vocals and David Lindley, of psych band Kaleidoscope, on violin. In conjunction with the album, Reid will be touring the UK and the East Coast of the US.
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Curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, Day of the Dead is a compilation album featuring covers of Grateful Dead ... More
Charitable Compilation Album by The National
Curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, Day of the Dead is a compilation album featuring covers of Grateful Dead songs to benefit the Red Hot Organization, a charity raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDs. The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead and features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds performing 59 tracks. It took almost four years to record and is nearly six hours long. Day of the Dead was produced by John Carlin, the founder of Red Hot Organization, and is a follow-up to 2009’s Dark Was the Night, the first compilation album by the Dessner brothers for Red Hot.
Day of the Dead’s extensive list of musicians notably includes: Jenny Lewis, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Perfume Genius, The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Wilco and Bob Weir, Matt Berninger of the National, Bon Iver, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Walkmen, Real Estate, Lucinda Williams and The Flaming Lips.
Will Oldham states of the compilation, “I have worked with a few people whose minds are brilliant and complicated, musically. There’s something about the Dead that allows these big-brained pickers to just chill the fuck out and feel good about it. There’s basic types of song forms and melodies that I have an affinity for, and the Grateful Dead have helped other people find their ways into these musics. So it isn’t as hard to establish connections with folks out there that might not otherwise share some of what I am digging into.”
A Day of the Dead live performance will take place at the Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, curated by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
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In 1991, Jefferson Hack founded fashion and culture magazine Dazed & Confused with photographer Rankin while studying at the London College of ... More
Book by Jefferson Hack
In 1991, Jefferson Hack founded fashion and culture magazine Dazed & Confused with photographer Rankin while studying at the London College of Printing. Dazed & Confused captured the zeitgeist of the ’90s through fashion, art and culture—collaborative, uncompromising and DIY. Hack has since established an empire including AnOther Magazine, AnOther Man and Dazed Digital. We Can’t Do This Alone is Hack’s newest manifesto: a combined retrospective, ode to alternative publishing and triumph of the creative collaboration that has fueled his work.
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Dazed & Confused, the volume compiles features from cultural visionaries: Thom Yorke interviewing himself, David Bowie interviewing Alexander McQueen, and Hack talking with Ai Weiwei, Tilda Swinton and Björk. According to Hack, “The independent way is a way of keeping the magic alive… As soon as publishing becomes solely in the aid of commerce and power, then its creativity and decision-making becomes about the formulas of success and not invention. The process becomes a means to an end.” In keeping with its message, We Can’t Do This Alone has been produced in a run of 5000 copies, each featuring a unique cover collaged with interior spreads and printed on a Kodak inkjet computer.
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Still Life is the dynamic new album from Young Magic, the electronic duo of Jakarta-born Melati Malay and Sydney-born Isaac Emmanuel who ... More
Album “Still Life”
Still Life is the dynamic new album from Young Magic, the electronic duo of Jakarta-born Melati Malay and Sydney-born Isaac Emmanuel who began collaborating in Brooklyn in 2010. Known for incorporating field recordings from worldwide travels into their albums, Young Magic has released Melt (2012) and Breathing Statues (2014) and the charitable album Remix Vol.1 (2015). Last year, Malay went on a journey of self-discovery through her birthplace of Java, Indonesia and returned with the storied, winding lyricism for Still Life. Culling recordings from Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Iceland, Australia and elsewhere, Emmanuel then wove together contributions from cellist and composer Kelsey Lu McJunkins, Detroit producer Erin Rioux and Bolivian percussionist Daniel Alejandro Siles Mendoza.
Still Life contains a world of catchy, pneumatic rhythms (akin to Four Tet and Gold Panda) against expansive sonic landscapes and ethereal vocal melodies that call to mind Purity Ring and Odesza. Young Magic’s genius is that they avoid a single musical impulse—rather than building to chorus over and over again, their songs are restrained and fluid, a brilliant pastiche of influences and origins.
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