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by Brice Ezell

14 May 2015

Photo: Swans performing at CBGB on 22 April 1983, by
Catherine Ceresole

The Swans you see in the photo above, the Swans that rose to prominence in New York City’s famed “no wave” scene in the early ‘80s, are not the same Swans that have been rising to popularity over the past five years with megalithic double LPs in tow. Although the plodding rhythms and earth-rumbling heaviness that Swans have recently perfected on LPs like The Seer and To Be Kind can be heard in the band’s early music, the Swans of the ‘80s are an entity unto themselves. Gira wasn’t being glib when he called Swans’ 2010 return a “reconstitution”, not a “reunion”. A lot has changed since the no wave days.

One foundational early work of Swans’ is Filth, their 1983 debut. The band recently announced a reissue of the record, both in deluxe 3CD and vinyl treatments, both remastered by Doug Henderson, who mastered The Seer and To Be Kind). This reissue will mark the album’s first vinyl pressing in 24 years.

by Brice Ezell

13 May 2015


There still is a year and a half to go before Michelle Obama bows out of the White House, but that hasn’t stopped writer and reporter Peter Slevin’s from writing a lengthy examination of the life of this fascinating woman. Michelle Obama: A Life traces the many aspects of Obama’s life, including her youth in Chicago, her time at Princeton University and Harvard’s law school, and her unique take on the role of the First Lady. Washington, D.C.‘s Politics and Prose hosts his reading, here.

by Brice Ezell

13 May 2015


Following an impressive 2014, which saw him feature in films such as Interstellar and Selma (the latter of which is one of the Oscars’ greatest snubs acting-wise), David Oyelowo will feature in a solo performance film for HBO, entitled Nightingale. According to Indiewire, the film documents ” a war veteran who slowly loses control over his mind.” Based on Oyelowo’s acting chops and the thrilling teaser below, we’ve got plenty of reasons to be excited.

by Brice Ezell

13 May 2015


Earlier this year, TBS announced that it had picked up a family comedy series created by Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, both of whom are best known for their lengthy tenures on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, where Bee was the longest-running correspondent. (The two are also married to each other.) Bee just ended her time at The Daily Show with the program’s 30 April episode.

by Brice Ezell

13 May 2015


Photo: Michael Bearpark

Tim Bowness, best known as the vocalist and lyricist behind the duo No-Man (the other half of which is Porcupine Tree‘s Steven Wilson), has just announced his new solo LP, the endearingly titled Stupid Things That Mean The World. This comes not long after the release of Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, his 2014 solo long player.

For Stupid Things, Bowness is joined by a host of players, most centrally the members of the No-Man live band from recent years (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark and Andrew Booker), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief), and Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson).

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