Shy Girls – Voyeur’s Gaze Music Video w/ Director Tony Lowe & Bailey Stiles Interview

Talk about perfection in voyeurism! This music video for Shy Girls “Voyeur’s Gaze”, directed by Tony Lowe and featuring Chez Deep drag collective’s Bailey Stiles, is a one-take that’s all about the setting. Drawing inspiration from Russian webcam rooms, its aesthetic combines those cyber antics with the lives and times of many a boy-crazy teenage girl, to create a hazy wonderland full of stuffed animals and soft pastels. Read on, as Tony Lowe and Bailey Stiles give some words about self-love and empowerment.

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Liars Band Interview (2014) Brooding in Ecstasy With Mess’s Playful Catharsis

Liars’ 2012 full-length, WIXIW, dwelled in doubt and anxiety, pressed against a curtain of murky fragility. Even if one only looks at the cover art for the band’s latest follow-up, Mess — a robust mass of multihued string that looks like the Love Forever Changes hydra head grew dreadlocks — it’s evident that in 2014, the band is in a more positive, confident, and even silly headspace. Mess‘s stock in trade is industrial dance music — and although Liars’ beats are as primal as they’ve always been, their music is now a little too emotionally in-check to properly identify as synth-punk.

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Experimental Music on Children’s TV (EMoCTV): Mike Haley’s Retrospective Blog

“I think exposing kids to as much shit as possible is really important, just so they know it exists. If you only ate apples, and only got your kid apples, then their favorite fruit would be apples. But that’s just because they haven’t gripped a mango, or banana, or plum yet. Maybe they’ll hate every other fruit and truly dig apples. Or maybe they don’t really like apples. You see where I’m going with this?” - Mike Haley of Experimental Music on Children’s TV

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Transgressive North’s Everything Is New Project: Indie Musicians Raise Awareness For India’s Destitute Children

Over 500 destitute children are cared for by Scottish Love in Action (SLA), who fund the Light of Love Children’s Home and School in Tuni, India. In association with SLA, Everything is New is an international outreach project run by Transgressive North, an Edinburgh-based arts collective. The project has culminated in a film and two epic albums of music featuring recordings of the voices of every one of these children. The aim of the project is to raise funds and awareness, as well as to instigate an empowering experience for the children involved.

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English-Spanish Bilingualism in Indie Music: This is El Futuro (Bilingual Feature)

“When I listen to Portuguese hip-hop, or West African music, or even punk in the US, I don’t always know the lyrics, but I feel the life that exists in the music. Most of our music is in Spanish, and we have played for audiences where Spanish is not their first language. Folks will come to us after a show and tell us that they didn’t understand everything, but they felt everything.” - Hector Flores, Las Cafeteras

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Gardens & Villa Band Interview: The Realism Behind Contrasting Experiences

“[Dunes] is a lot more realistic, I guess, and there’s a little bit of melancholy in the record that kind of came out of so much time on the road and missing home. But there’s also some beautiful elements on both the records that also came out of that time. Basically, I’m trying to say that getting older and touring a bunch wasn’t all a bad thing; it was actually a good thing. It’s kind of us discovering how we’re going to do this and survive.” - Chris Lynch, Gardens & Villa

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Esben and the Witch – When That Head Splits Music Video (Interview w/ Band & Director Rafael Bonilla)

Inspired by Salvador Dali’s painting and poem, The Metamorphosis of Narcissus, Matador Records’s Esben and the Witch have teamed up with prolific director Rafael Bonilla to create a colorful claymation world that’s sinister, playful, and chock full of inventive characters. In this comparative interview, both parties speak to the collaborative process.

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Arbutus Records Label Profile: Friends Supporting Friends in the Montreal Music Scene

“We also only work with people that we have a close personal relationship with. This ensures that we understand our artists intimately, allowing a mutual trust and support. Decisions we make are in line with each others’ ideologies, so everyone is comfortable with what’s happening. Moreover, the love we feel for our bands motivates us to work really, really hard.” - Sebastian Cowan, Arbutus Records Label Founder

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Connan Mockasin Band Interview: Caramel Dreams of an “Oddball”

Like a shiny unicorn of the indie pop world, Connan Mockasin is the type of musician who has earned himself a number of adjectives and associations, often whimsical and colorful in nature. His 2011 record, Forever Dolphin Love, set the precedent for this; it was full of unconventional words, strange voices, and fictional characters, giving one the impression that he is one who floats off early and often into the ether, with one foot grounded in this world and one in another. As a result, media and press often generalize Connan Mockasin to be an “oddball” — an assertion that he finds “kind of a bit weak”, for he doesn’t in fact feel odd…

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Remembering Freedom Fighter Leroi Jones & Examining His Recorded Output as Amiri Baraka

On January 9, 2014, we lost one of the most eloquent voices of the freedom fight, Imamu Amiri Baraka, the man formerly known as Everett LeRoi Jones. Amiri Baraka was one of the most published and respected artists of the Black Arts Movement, and his work had an extreme polarizing effect. He was made the Poet Laureate of New Jersey, only to have that title stripped away because of his poem “Somebody Blew Up America”, was a controversial statement about 9/11. He was a lifelong advocate for equality, but has been accused of anti-semitism, misogyny, and racism. He was a contradiction. Amiri Baraka was an artist at the crossroads: between pre-war and baby boom; between black and white; between free-jazz

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Bringing Intimacy to the Celebrity Myth: Teddie Dahlin & Sid Vicious

In March 2011, the Norwegian author, Trygve Mathiesen, published his book, Sex Pistols Exiled to Trondheim. An account of the notorious punk rock band’s tour of Norway in 1977, this story of rock n’ roll in the cold north contained a significant contribution from Teddie Dahlin about her teenage romantic involvement with bass player Sid Vicious, whilst acting as the band’s interpreter. At the launch of the book, the one question on everyone’s lips was, “Who is Teddie?” Today, thirty-five years after the tragic demise of Vicious of a heroin overdose and many years after a media obsession with his life and death had ceased, things were about to get a reboot, 21st century-style. Teddie Dahlin was to find herself

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Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics: Blind Bluesmen – Willie Johnson, Willie McTel, Willie Reynolds, Gary Davis, Snooks Eaglin

The “blind bluesman” is perhaps the dominant image of the genre, and one that evokes a number of associations. As noted by scholar Joesph Witek, the idea of the “blind genius” dates at least as far back as Homer. Given that many of these musicians were extraordinarily talented, their blindness might have fed popular interest in their music. However, blindness was almpso a debilitating condition for many of these men, especially in the rural South, so that the blind musician occupied a place of pity in the public mentality. Economic necessity is probably the most compelling argument for the relatively large number of blind blues musicians. Most African-Americans living in the South had few other possible careers outside of manual

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