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A country music reading list

Over the years, I've become a fan of country music, from its Appalachian and Black roots to outlaw country and cosmic American. There's so much rich history and culture surrounding the genre(s) that I'm grateful for smart guides to the people, places, and stories behind the sound. Last month, I appreciated Elamin Abdelmahmoud's Rolling Stone piece "Rewriting Country Music’s Racist History." And over at , Aaron Gilbreath curated a collection of some great online writing about country music. He...
Tags: Post, Video, Country, Country Music, Music, Music Journalism

Watch Roger Waters & Lucius Cover The John Prine Classic “Hello In There”

Since the great songwriter John Prine died in April -- and even since before Prine's death, when the news came out that he was suffering from COVID-19 -- other musicians have been showing their appreciation by covering his songs. Among Prine's many songs, "Hello In There" has taken on a special weight. Prine … More »
Tags: Music, News, Pink Floyd, Lucius, John Prine, Roger Waters, Prine, Newport Folk Festival, COVID

Real Estate, Stephin Merritt, Thurston Moore, & More Announced For Galaxie 500 Cover Series

Dream-pop greats Galaxie 500 are being honored with a cover series to coincide with the vinyl reissue of their live album Copenhagen for Record Store Day and the release of a limited-edition Dogfish Head Galaxie 500 beer. Participants include Real Estate, the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, Thurston Moore, Mark Lanegan with Dylan Carlson, Mercury Rev, … More »
Tags: News, Calvin Johnson, Galaxie 500, Glenn Mercer, Kiwi Jr, Mark Lanegan, Mercury Rev, Real Estate, Stephin Merritt, Surfer Blood, The Natvral, Thurston Moore, Xiu Xiu

Man builds guitars using wood from a lynching tree

Freeman Vines is a luthier in Fountain, North Carolina. For half a century, he's crafted beautiful guitars from wood taken from a tree used to lynch Black people. Vines deeply moving work is the subject of a new photography book, Hanging Tree Guitars, with tintype images by Timothy Duffy and essays by Zoe Van Buren and Lonnie Holle. Duffy is the co-founder of North Carolina's Music Maker Relief Foundation, "founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the mu...
Tags: Video, Art, Guitars, Lynchings, Music, Photography, Race, Racism

Watch Phoebe Bridgers & Courtney Barnett Cover Gillian Welch’s Streaming-Era Anthem “Everything Is Free”

This past weekend was supposed to be the weekend of the Newport Folk Festival, the historic event that started up in Rhode Island in 1959. Back in April, though, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals were cancelled because of the pandemic. Instead, Newport staged a virtual festival this past weekend. Phoebe Bridgers, who'd … More »
Tags: Music, News, Rhode Island, Courtney Barnett, Phoebe Bridgers, Gillian Welch, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Folk, Instead Newport

Taylor Swift’s folklore Debuts At #1

Taylor Swift's new album folklore has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart with 846,000 equivalent album units. It's the biggest debut for an album since her previous album, last year's Lover, which started out with 867,000 units. Naturally, that also makes it the biggest album debut of 2020 … More »
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Taylor Swift’s folklore Posts Biggest #1 Debut Of 2020

Taylor Swift's new album folklore has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart with 846,000 equivalent album units. It's the biggest debut for an album since her previous album, last year's Lover, which started out with 867,000 units. Naturally, that also makes it the biggest album debut of 2020 … More »
Tags: Music, News, Taylor Swift

Watch Kachi Chan's spare, trippy, otherworldly visuals

Modern Jazz musician Olivier Cong's two-part song "Delusion" inspire designer Kachi Chan to create a black and white space-themed series of visuals. Prepare to leave your body! Kachi has also done some gorgeous color work in the same vein, like Amelioration, a collaboration between visual designer Chan and fashion designer Matt Hui: It's a story about one tries to breakthrough his shackles and express his true self underneath. The fashion piece is composed of 2 pieces, the outer one is a meta...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Effects, Vfx, CHAN, Kachi, Kachi Chan, Olivier Cong, Matt Hui

Watch Lana Del Rey Recite Her New Poem “Salamander”

Lana Del Rey finally released Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass, her long-promised spoken-word album, a few days ago. Soon, it'll also be released as a book of poetry with the same name. And today, she's shared a grainy video of herself reciting one of the poems from the collection, "Salamander." … More »
Tags: Music, Lana Del Rey, News

US Marshals Are Selling Leftover Fyre Fest Merch To Benefit Victims

It's been more than three years since Fyre Festival, the ill-fated destination music fest undone by the hubris of its con-man promoter Billy McFarland, went down in metaphorical flames to the internet's delight. But even after the pop culture zeitgeist has moved on and the multiple Fyre documentaries have disappeared out … More »
Tags: Music, News, US, Billy McFarland

Watch Code Orange Stage Their Own Version Of MTV Unplugged & Cover Alice In Chains

Earlier this year -- just days after the pandemic arrived in America -- Pittsburgh metallic hardcore brutalists Code Orange released a tremendous and crushing album called Underneath. Obviously, that wrecked the band's touring plans. Instead, Code Orange played a physical, impressive record-release show in an empty venue, streaming it live on … More »
Tags: Music, News, Code Orange, America Pittsburgh

Watch Josh Homme Play An Acoustic Them Crooked Vultures Song On Lollapalooza Webcast

Lollapalooza was supposed to be this weekend. Obviously, no in-person music festival are happening right now. But Lolla founder Perry Farrell is instead hosting a virtual festival experience, broadcasting four nights of programming featuring archival video and new filmed performances. More »
Tags: Music, News, Lollapalooza, Perry Farrell, Josh Homme, Lolla, Them Crooked Vultures

Hoops Break Up, Citing Sexual Abuse

The Bloomington indie rock band Hoops have broken up. In a statement on Instagram, frontman Drew Auscherman cites sexual abuse allegations against a former member of the band, as well as his "own personal issues of emotional abuse towards partners and friends." Auscherman writes, "We have come to the conclusion that it is … More »
Tags: Music, News, Instagram, Hoops, Bloomington, Drew Auscherman, Kevin Krauter, Auscherman

Spotify CEO To Musicians: “You Can’t Record Music Every Three Or Four Years And Think That’s Going To Be Enough”

Spotify's economic model has been widely condemned by musicians and songwriters for years, with critics claiming that the service pays out paltry royalties and gives major-label artists an unfair advantage via playlist placement and other promotional avenues. But according to CEO Daniel Ek, the problem is not Spotify, it's those lazy … More »
Tags: Spotify, Music, News, Daniel Ek

Using data to define the official canon of 90s music

I'm a big fan of the Pudding's clever approach to infographics, and this latest piece examining 90s music does not disappoint. They surveyed thousands of people, collecting millions of data points to find out how well they recognized charting songs from the 1990s, and analyzed the results according to birth year. Pretty cool! Sinatra, Elvis, and Chuck Berry are emblematic of ’50s music, but what’s the ’90s equivalent? Using the recognition data we collected, we can begin to define the canon. Th...
Tags: Infographics, Post, Music, News, 90s, Will Smith, Pop Music, All Star, Chuck Berry, Wannabe, Sinatra Elvis, I Love The 90s, Matt Daniels, No Scrubs, Ilia Blinderman, 90s Nostalgia

Taylor Swift Changes folklore Merch After Being Accused Of “Blatant Theft”

Although response to Taylor Swift's folklore has been generally quite positive, there has been no shortage of jokes about the project's aesthetic, including half-serious quips that the cover art borrows heavily from black metal or could pass for something on Sacred Bones. One such allegation was a bit more … More »
Tags: Music, News, Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift Changes

Facebook signs deals with labels for music videos: Report

In a significant development for Facebook’s music business, the company has just signed music video deals with Warner, Sony and Universal, the three largest labels in the world, Bloomberg reports. Earlier this month, the company wrote to artists saying that their music videos would be automatically added to their pages, and if they chose not to do so, the company would set a page for those videos on its own. The deal with the big three labels seems to pave the way for the social media company to...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Spotify, Music, News, Instagram, India, Bloomberg, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Saregama, Facebook Watch, In India Facebook, Zee Music, Warner Sony

Opera Goes On in Salzburg, With Lots and Lots of Testing

The Salzburg Festival is unfolding its abbreviated centennial season with an elaborate coronavirus protection plan.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Opera, Salzburg, Salzburg Festival, Daniel, Marianne, Vienna Philharmonic, Helga, Loy, Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera, Christof, Dreisig, Froschauer, Crebassa, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Beyoncé Shares Striking “Already” Video From Black Is King

In just a few hours, Beyoncé is releasing Black Is King, a full-length visual album based on the music of last year's The Lion King: The Gift, exclusively through Disney Plus. It was written and directed by Beyoncé herself, and it'll reportedly feature appearances from Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, Lupita … More »
Tags: Music, Beyonce, News, Major Lazer, Shatta Wale, Jay Z Kelly Rowland Lupita

Watch Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne & Win Butler Perform 3 Songs For Salesforce Event

Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne played three of their songs today in a livestreamed performance for Salesforce's Leading Through Change video series. Their album The Suburbs turns 10 years old this weekend, and they did its title track and "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" alongside the Funeral cut "Haiti." Watch below; the full … More »
Tags: Music, News, Arcade Fire, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Butler, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Haiti Watch

Watch Porno For Pyros Reunite For Lollapalooza Webcast

You can't go to Lollapalooza this year, so Lollapalooza is coming to you. The festival is going virtual, with four nights of programming airing on YouTube. Some of that programming is just archival video. But some of it will be brand new content recorded just for this occasion -- including a reunion of … More »
Tags: Music, News, Lollapalooza, Perry Farrell, Porno For Pyros

VMAs Announce First Best Alternative Nominees In 22 Years

MTV is having its annual Video Music Awards show next month, and it's set to be the first awards show that'll air live since the pandemic started. The show is going to broadcast from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, with performances around various New York locations and social-distancing measures in place. It'll be weird! But it always … More »
Tags: Music, New York, News, Brooklyn, Mtv, Barclays Center, MTV Video Music Awards

Check Out The Kickstarter For A New Documentary On Indie Legend Martin Newell

Martin Newell may or may not be The Greatest Living Englishman, as advertised by his 1993 album produced by XTC's Andy Partridge. But both in his solo work and with his band the Cleaners From Venus, Newell helped to pioneer a jangly style of underground guitar-pop that has proven deeply influential within the indie rock … More »
Tags: Music, News, Martin Newell, XTC, Andy Partridge, James Sharp, Jim Larson, The Cleaners From Venus, Venus Newell

How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia’s Sound Into a Studio

Bissera Pentcheva used virtual acoustics to bring Istanbul to California and reconstruct the sonic world of Byzantine cathedral music.
Tags: Music, News, California, Turkey, Istanbul, Acoustics, Sophia, Abel, Bissera Pentcheva, Pentcheva, Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Cappella Romana (Music Group, Bissera, Jonathan S

Mystery cassette from thrift store - who is this 70s prog rock band

A request from r/ObscureMedia: "Mysterious cassette tape of probably (1970)s rock band album. No results from Shazam or online lyric searches. Found in charity shop without correct case or labels."
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Miranda July’s Kajillionaire Trailer Features Angel Olsen Covering “Mr. Lonely”

Before she was a famous filmmaker and writer, Miranda July released some music on fabled Northwest indie labels Kill Rock Stars and K Records. Nowadays her contributions to the musical sphere are usually more peripheral, like when she contributed to Sleater-Kinney's "Hurry On Home" lyric video. Or consider today's new movie trailer, in … More »
Tags: Music, News, Sleater Kinney, Angel Olsen, Miranda July, Bobby Vinton, Emile Mosseri, Kajillionaire

Post Malone And Joe Rogan Investigate Chainsmokers Concert Controversy

Post Malone is the latest musical artist to guest on Joe Rogan's controversial and wildly popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, joining the likes of Billy Corgan and Maynard James Keenan. Because podcast listeners must literally have nothing else to do with their lives, the episode is nearly four … More »
Tags: Music, News, Billy Corgan, Post Malone, Malone, Maynard James Keenan, Joe Rogan, The Chainsmokers

Lars Ulrich, Bob Rock Defend Metallica’s St. Anger Drum Sound

17 years after its release, the drum sound on the Metallica album St. Anger remains a fun point of contention. Metallica spent years recording St. Anger, and vast piles of money went into the album's creation. As captured in the documentary Some Kind Of Monster, Metallica put themselves through group therapy to make the album. More »
Tags: Music, News, Metallica, Lars Ulrich, Bob Rock, Lars Ulrich Bob Rock Defend Metallica, Monster Metallica

Sub Pop Pulling Avi Buffalo’s Music Following Rape Allegation

Avi Zahner-Isenberg, the musical artist known as Avi Buffalo, put out two albums via Sub Pop before ending the project in 2015. Now, after Zahner-Isenberg's former bandmate Rebecca Coleman posted a detailed rape allegation on Instagram Tuesday night, the label has announced that it will pull Avi Buffalo's music from its … More »
Tags: Music, News, Avi Buffalo, Rebecca Coleman, Avi Zahner Isenberg, Zahner Isenberg

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