Inventions Band Interview: Matthew Cooper of Eluvium & Mark T. Smith of Explosions in the Sky

“The interesting thing about working together to me was how easily and swiftly it all came together… There was probably a build up of the excitement of working together and trying new things and allowing each other this room to go wherever we wanted, that it just blossomed forth and mutated in its own unfettered evolution.” - Matthew Cooper of Inventions & Eluvium

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Intuitive Navigation 2014 Recap: Swahili, Phone Call, Dual Mode, House of Aquarius

A big thanks to everyone who came out to Holocene for our second installment of Intuitive Navigation, an interdisciplinary night of sights and sounds, this time with a focus on DANCE! We paired every musical act with a visual artist and invited House of Aquarius to perform one-off dances in-between. Relive the night or see what you missed via this photo and video recap.

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Blues Music: Marketing Nostalgia Using “Race Records” in the 1920s & 1930s

Folklorists like to romanticize blues music as being a pure expression of culture, but recorded blues music was carefully marketed to its intended audience from its very beginning. As early as the 1920s, music aimed at African-Americans was labeled as “race music”, and the best way to advertise it was in the pages of African-American newspapers. These newspapers had a wide circulation among urban African-Americans and even in parts of the South, where they were treated as contraband and discretely shared.

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Dub Thompson – No Time Music Video (Interview w/ Director Vinyl Williams)

Drawing obvious inspiration from timelessness and less obvious inspiration from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot deck, director Vinyl Williams takes Dub Thompson’s “No Time” and turns it into a multi-level philosophical exercise. Williams explores the slippery nature of existence by using both HD and analog techniques, which ebb, flow, and spin within a mad cycle, in such a way where beginnings and ends are indiscernable from one another. Timelessness, indeed. Read on as he speaks to his process and collaborating with the band.

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Music Festivals 2014 Preview Guide & Top Picks

Top picks for music festivals in 2014, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest festivals, New York City festivals, national music festivals, and transformational festivals that are worth a damn.

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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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