Archive for July, 2014

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Fade out of the humidity and into this. Looming ominously, the following one hundred and thirty eight minutes are a product of their time: rising sea levels, sweltering temperatures, dense fog and waves of radiation. Governed equally by the spiritual and the secular, by science and superstition, magic and economy: Mammane’s organ, Odetta’s baritone, Patsy’s […]

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

As you might expect from a vast continent consisting of a number of countries and thousands of languages, African music is not so easily categorized. Unfortunately, the tendency has been to bag it all together in much the same way we do African literature. Like the sameness of African book covers, we use Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Fela […]

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

As Brett Ratner’s Hercules wallows in the steroid-spill of yet another summer blockbuster season, it’s an opportune time to think about the nature of myth. Sure, the classic image of Hercules is all brawn and virility, thrashing his way through obstacles—but myth is a flexible, amorphous thing forever being retold. New spins on old yarns. […]

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

King Tuff performing “Bad Thing” (last summer in the Galaxy Barn at Pickathon) at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon. This year’s festival is happening this weekend – August 1-3. We’ll be there again, DJing all three days. Advance tickets still available, here.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

We last caught up with Roadside Graves via their 2011 LP, We Can Take Care of Ourselves, an eleven track song-cycle concerning S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. The band is back in early 2015 with a new record entitled ACNE/EARS. Roadside’s John Gleason on the album’s first taste, “Body”, in his own words, after the jump…

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. I can’t think of a more fitting pairing than that of Hamilton Leithauser taking on Sinatra. Subtle solo piano renderings highlighting Leithauser’s vocals, the pair of covers dig into the ageless nuance […]

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Seven and half years off the road, Dylan returns with the Band. Oakland Coliseum Stadium Feb 11, 1974. Bob Dylan And The Band :: Oakland, CA 1974 (zipped folder, external link)