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Remembering Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley, The First Sensitive Punk | Pitchfork
“There isn't any implied gender in our songs now because we think it's boring singing about one thing when it could apply to both sexes,” Shelley told the music paper Sounds in 1977. “Our songs are bisexual."
music  culture  songwriting  bisexual  creativity  rock  indie  uk 
6 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Ten Years in the Trenches: TV on the Radio Return to Dear Science | Pitchfork
“Pushing joy is as important and as political as laying bare the lies of power,” Malone says. “None of it really means a thing if you can’t dance to it.”
music  indie  rock  activism  2008  nyc 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
My name is Nabihah Iqbal, and I make guitar music | Dazed
This is exactly why we should be using our real names, and proudly. We shouldn’t be shy of who we are. We need to represent, and we need to prove that you can be yourself and still pursue whatever you want to do. It’s the only way that we can start to dismantle the prejudices and stereotypes that hold us back.
art  fashion  film  music  ideas  identity  uk  asian  indie 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Divine Fits: The Unquiet Life :: Music :: Features :: Divine Fits :: Paste
“It’s a breakup song,” he admits. “I wrote it in about as long as it takes to play it. The guitar chords were floating around, and I wrote and recorded it up in my room at Britt’s place. Being in music—at least the way I’ve been doing it the last six or seven years—is like having a post with the Merchant Marines. You go out and you do your tour of duty. It’s different than quote-unquote civilian life. Sometimes people don’t want to do that forever.”
songwriting  indie  rock  relationships  music 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Jen Cloher on music and Courtney Barnett: ‘It’s been three years since I kissed envy goodbye’ | Music | The Guardian
“I lived my life outside of Catholic girls’ school largely as a boy … At Loreto [College], I was daily confused by the endless rules and protocol of being a young lady … I lived for the weekends when I could transform once again into that confident, sexy little man in black: John Cloher.”
australia  indie  rock  music  writing  songwriting  creativity 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Jen Cloher review – a slow-burning masterpiece from a first-class songwriter | Music | The Guardian
It finishes with just Cloher and a few plucked acoustic guitar notes on Dark Art. It is the simplest and saddest of love songs, and beautiful in its selflessness. “The other side of love’s joy is shadow / Jealousy, fear, loss, anger, sorrow / If you never stay to sit in love’s shadow / A part of you will always be hollow.” Cloher, though, has surely sat in her love’s shadow long enough. This album is a masterpiece.
songwriting  indie  rock  australia 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
How I fell in love with the Go-Betweens | Pádraig Collins | Opinion | The Guardian
Seeing them for the first time was probably as close as I’ll ever get to a religious experience. Seeing them again a night later ran it close. They seemed blown away by the reception they got, particularly Grant, who after the third song said, almost as if to convince himself, “We’re the Go-Betweens.”
music  australia  indie  rock  love  songwriting 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Log In - The New York Times
AND - Barry Jenkins of makes global list of 20 directors to watch"
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september 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Deconstructing: Chris Brown, Surfer Blood, And Villainizing Entertainers - Stereogum
We can play high and mighty when shit gets real, call for some kind of justice where the “bad” musicians don’t get to have successful careers anymore. But any lines we draw about whose music is tainted seem arbitrary to me, particularly in a culture that celebrates moral ambiguity. Where is the line between Chris Brown and, say, that angelic beacon of truth and wisdom Frank Ocean? If “Wiseman” is anything to go on, Ocean would probably argue there is no line. He’d be absolutely right.
music  identity  reputation  r&b  rock  indie  violence  relationships 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
The Indiepocalypse - Waxy.org
Artists of all kinds want to focus on making art, but not if it means giving up a large financial stake in their work, exclusive rights to their work, or a loss of creative control.
indie  music  future  art  creativity  money  copyright  culture  media 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
The Grid TO | The uncanny allure of couples who make music together
When a band involves romance, there’s also a certain voyeuristic thrill for the audienc
music  creativity  love  relationships  writing  rock  songwriting  indie 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Interviews: TV on the Radio
Pitchfork: People say the protest song is dead, but maybe it's just not as specific anymore.

TA: Yeah, it's not like historical documentary-- you have to be a really talented writer if you're trying to encapsulate a news story with a song and have it live after the event. I don't have the focus to do that, really.

Pitchfork: But would you want to?

TA: Not particularly. My feelings aren't as concrete or based in time. Like, any human being oppressing another human being-- I don't care who it is-- I'm not for that.

KM: You could write a song called "I'm Not for That". [laughs]

TA: Like a 22-minute song of things I'm not for-- [sings in country voice] "I don't like my pizza in a personal pan." [laughs]

KM: [sings] "Don't take me back to Vietnam."

TA: [sings] "I'm not for that." It's great! Liquid gold!
songwriting  rock  indie  politics  music 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Suicide Demo for Kara Walker | Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good: Making It 1997 Again Through Science Or Magic
Much has been said about the album’s vintage 80’s sound (referred to as soft-rock, smooth jazz, or “ambient disco” depending on who you’re talking to) but I find it amazing how Bejar has taken a style of music that is easily laughed off and used it as the medium for his most ravishing work. The album strikes a balance of being faithful to the sound, with it’s palette of airy synths, extravagant woodwinds and soulful back-up singers, and creating something entirely new that’s both whimsical and stunning.
music  indie  rock  canada  songwriting 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
One Song: Daniel Bejar's Destroyer finds a different angle on Kara Walker's words | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“Kaputt” rethinks Destroyer's noisy, rococo indie rock within the startling context of New Romantic smooth jazz, in the process changing the meaning of clichés like “mellow” and “art rock.”
indie  rock  canada  songwriting 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Destroyer: Kaputt
The production and arrangements evoke a narrow window of time-- sometime between, say, 1977 and 1984, or between Chuck Mangione's "Feels So Good" and Sade's Diamond Life with stops along the way for Roxy Music's Avalon and Steely Dan's Gaucho. It slides between soft rock, smooth jazz, and new romantic pop. The bass is fretless; the synths have the blocky contrast of a Nagel painting; there are heavily reverbed trumpets and saxophones that almost serve as a Greek chorus, trilling away at the end of every line to enforce the beautiful plasticity of these songs.
music  canada  songwriting  rock  indie  creativity 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Album review: Destroyer's 'Kaputt' | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
When there’s such a vast palette of noises represented, it questions the very ideas of good and bad, and how much they are tempered by context, trends and generational bias.

For those who were fully functioning adults in the '80s, some of these songs might bring back bad memories of Kenny G commercials on TV. For those who were still kids or barely in existence, these sounds still hold some sort of exotic quality, the lost, sentimental history of crappy radio. At their worst, the songs can suffer from a strange inertia, stillborn in their own lathery bath.
music  rock  indie  reviews  canada 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
GAYNGS: Daytrotter Session recorded Oct 1, 2010
These 10 men, occasionally 23 people, often somewhere in between, are beholden to nothing but their inner boombox and what seems to be pumping on them are the sounds of Hall & Oates, the Bee Gees, Bread, Eric B & Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, The Doobie Brothers and Sade.
music  livemusic  indie 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Music Is Science Fiction: An Interview With The Lisps | Lightspeed Magazine
Over the past two weeks, I’ve exchanged several e-mails with The Lisps. In the interview that follows, we touch on topics such as self-help songs, The Difference Engine, string theory, and, of course, The Singularity.
music  songwriting  sciencefiction  writing  creativity  art  indie  rock  literature  books  science 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Surfer Blood Is Between Buzz and Break at South by Southwest - NYTimes.com
Ms. Brownstein offered her advice for surviving the yearlong Internet hype machine, which will continue to churn long after the bands of South by Southwest leave Austin.

“Yes, the Internet obviously foments a lot of buzz and chatter,” she said, “but there’s nothing more exciting than having a friend tell you that they saw a great show by a great band and that you should check it out. So hopefully by the time you’re on your 10th show, every single person that wants to see you will see you and go back to their towns across America and the world and preach about Surfer Blood. That’s the only way to keep a band on your radar.”

“The blogs,” she added, “will already be on to something new.”
music  sxsw  livemusic  austin  texas  indie  rock  internet 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Vue Weekly : Edmonton's 100% Independent Weekly : Backlash Blues: Behind the music
Authenticity needs to be in service of the narrative, referenced as a necessity to the form, not just as a hollow measure of respect.
identity  music  reviews  indie  rock 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Here are 10 plus 10 essential records from this decade | AccessAtlanta
"We firmly believe that anyone with open ears, an Internet connection and a reasonable music budget can remain a lifelong musical hipster." I've five of the first and five of the second.
music  rock  hiphop  indie  newspapers  criticism  2000s  atlanta  georgia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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