In the overmediated age we find ourselves in, I have a kind of kneejerk negative reaction to the entire notion of the recluse.
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Say what you will about Kanye being a douchebag occasionally.
The short answer to that question is: "Yes, yes it is."
Last week there was something of a rights controversy over the cover photo used on Vampire Weekend's recent album "Contra." The model came forward saying they did not have proper permissions to use a Polaroid picture of her snapped by family members in the '80s.
The National, Dirty Projectors, Sharon Jones & St. Vincent all shared a stage earlier tonight (Central European Summer Time) at Les Nuits de Fourvière, a two-month long, multidisciplinary arts festival that happens every year in Lyon, France, about four hours Southeast of Paris by car.
Recently I had reason to reminisce about hardcore, a music very close to my heart. Want proof? Pictured below is the wall of my bedroom.
Joni Mitchell's anxiety at being an influence: On Antony, Joanna Newsom, Cat Power, Rufus Wainwright
Why oh why are our best artists always so contrarian, so complicated?
As a brief preamble to this piece of writing about The National's new album "High Violet," I should offer this full disclosure: I've worked in close association with the band since 2001 when I put out their first album on my label Brassland.
Two quick recommendations of younger artists I've been enjoying of late. What they lack in polish or a full-on musical philosophy they more than make up for in terms of freshness.