Chicago’s indie rock quintet The Flips are known for earnest songs that tackle themes of faith, religion and identity through contemplative self-reflection and at times, outright anger and frustration. The band’s latest album A Harm Deep But Shining epitomizes these inner struggles through melodic arrangements that spiral into bursts of distortion and feedback.
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Three previous members of Kids These Days, Macie Stewart, Lane Beckstrom and Liam Cunningham, along with Matt Carroll, have formed a new group called Marrow. The new indie band joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo’s The MusicVox to discuss their new sound, new approach to writing music, and to preview new tracks!
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“The saddest fact I’ve learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody. They have any complaint about the way they are treated: they are “bitches, hos and gold diggers,” plain and simple. Kelly never misbehaved with a single white girl who sued him or that we know of. Mark Anthony Neal, the African American scholar, makes this point : one white girl in Winnetka and the story would have been different. No, it was young black girls and all of them settled. They settled because they felt they could get no justice whatsoever. They didn’t have a chance.”—
Shortly after the news was broken by RollingStone.com, I learned about the death of Lou Reed via an email from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which was seeking help in putting the contributions of the 71-year-old musician in perspective.
Plus Jim DeRogatis’ remembrance and an archival interview.
“With tunes such as the ferocious “Overflows,” the insinuating “Trees of Barcelona,” the pounding “FOH” (a shout-out here to super-drummer Jon Wurster) and that killer anthem “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo,” with its timeless image of a band in a van with the musician riding shotgun putting his or her feet up on the dash while dialing in the perfect sounds on the stereo, I Hate Music is as great a gift as any the group ever has given us.”—Jim DeRogatis loves Superchunk’s I Hate Music
“Perhaps it’s just the nature of the Old Country Buffet smorgasbord model that as a festival becomes increasingly successful, well-established, and ever more commercialized, the ethos upon which it was founded becomes increasingly obscure. The greater meaning, if ever there was one, slips further and further away. Any role that the fest had in both reflecting and stimulating a musical community inevitably erodes. And everything is reduced to mere entertainment.”—Jim DeRogatis on Pitchfork Music Festival 2013
“The impact in my experience is devastating. I’ve seen young ladies as recently as a year or so after something like this has happened, 18 or 19-year-old girls, and I’ve seen women decades after this has happened, women old enough to be my mother decades after this sort of thing has happened, and what I see is that there is this lasting effect on things like self-esteem, self-worth, but also sometimes some serious diagnoses, things like depression, various anxiety disorders, even post-traumatic stress disorder. So there’s definitely this lasting effect that in some cases lasts for decades.”—psychology professor Charmaine Jake-Matthews in The Kelly Conversations
“I have never thought of music as a challenge — you always figure, the audience is at least as smart as you are. You do this because you like it, you think what you’re making is beautiful. And if you think it’s beautiful, maybe they’ll think it’s beautiful. When I did Metal Machine Music, New York Times critic John Rockwell said, ‘This is really challenging.’ I never thought of it like that. I thought of it like, ‘Wow, if you like guitars, this is pure guitar, from beginning to end, in all its variations. And you’re not stuck to one beat.’ That’s what I thought. Not, ‘I’m going to challenge you to listen to something I made.’ I don’t think West means that for a second, either. You make stuff because it’s what you do and you love it.”—Lou Reed reviewsYeezus for The Talkhouse. (via pitchfork)
“Last night I went to bed at 1:30 and got up this morning at 9:15, just enough time to get to Terry Gross at NPR. I love Terry Gross to death. One of my favorite journalism moments is her versus Gene Simmons. He’s trying to do his usual shock shtick and she hung in there like a champ. It was Muhammad Ali against George Foreman, Rumble in the Jungle. He was arrogant and tried to bully her and she would stick him and lunge and move away. I don’t mess with Terry Gross.”— Questlove in an interview with Paper Magazine