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April 17, 2014

Sonic Youth Play “100%” on Letterman in 1992

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April 14, 2014

“Suzanne” (Live) — Nina Simone

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April 8, 2014

“Distant Shore” (Live) — Dirty Three

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April 3, 2014

“Up with People” — Lambchop

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March 31, 2014

“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music”

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March 29, 2014

The Minutemen Play an Acoustic Set on Public Access TV in 1985

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March 26, 2014

Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy (Book Acquired 3.01.2014)

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Earlier this month, my good friend sent me Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy, a book-length interview between Oldham and musician Alan Licht. In the book, Oldham parses his identity from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the character he’s been performing (in different versions) for over a decade now. The book is fascinating stuff and strangely personal/weird for me—reading his oral history is bizarre, I guess, because I remember it all happening. Like, I remember buying the 7″s he talks about making; I remember puzzling over the early Palace LPs, trying to glean meaning from the covers, the personnel. Palace—Oldham—B”P”B—soundtracked so much of my high school and college days that I inevitably had a falling out with him/them/it—or maybe that’s not the right word…what is the term for the emotional intensity we feel toward certain albums, certain records imprinted in the back of our souls? (I used a line from “For the Mekons et al” for my Senior yearbook quote but the fucking yearbook staff fucked it up. But fuck a yearbook anyway). Ease Down the Road was the last Oldham record that I let get to me; intellectually, I realize that the stuff he did after is somehow superior—tighter, richer even—but it couldn’t sink in, I wouldn’t let it sink in, too many too-good memories already there, I don’t know. I saw him on the Superwolf tour; he deepthroated the mic during an R. Kelly cover, and after the show my wife remarked that he would never be welcome as a guest in our home. I thought that seemed harsh. I tried—years later, reading this book—to explain that it was just a character. No dice.

Thanks Nick.

March 24, 2014

“The Liar” — Fennesz

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March 22, 2014

“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music”

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March 21, 2014

“Strange Victory, Strange Defeat” (Live) — Silver Jews

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March 20, 2014

Caricature of Igor Stravinsky Playing The Rite of Spring — Jean Cocteau

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March 13, 2014

Jim O’Rourke Plays “Women of the World” (Live on Christmas Day, 2013)

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Yeah I know it’s upwards of 66% the back of some young dude’s head at times, shot on some smartphone (?) but lord I love this.

March 8, 2014

“The Death of Queen Jane” (Inside Llewyn Davis)

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March 6, 2014

“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music”

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March 4, 2014

RIP Robert Ashley

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RIP Robert Ashley, 1930-2014

February 28, 2014

“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music”

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February 27, 2014

Karlheinz Stockausen on Human Evolution

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February 26, 2014

“Freight Train” — Elizabeth Cotten

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February 24, 2014

End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones (Full Film)

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(Heads up: This film is fucking depressing).

February 18, 2014

TEST / NOT A TEST

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