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Sam Prekop Discusses Summer Places and His Modes of Musical Creation

The Sea and Cake frontman Sam Prekop discusses process on his latest solo record, Comma, noting that its creation "has definitely changed my focus for the better and created new and interesting challenges -- and not have it feel like dopey electronic music".

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Jeff Buckley's Voice Returns

Jeff Buckley's journals, photographs, and memorabilia of the late singer are compiled by his mother, Mary Guibert, and Rolling Stone's David Browne in Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice.

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Six Organs of Admittance Brings the Cosmos Down to Earth

Six Organs of Admittance's Companion Rises begins and ends in a pre-dawn haze, shadowed by an inky sky that stretches out toward the cosmos before landing softly back on Earth.

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10 Deep Tracks from Interpol's Early Discography

These are a scattering of some Interpol tracks you may have missed or skipped over in favor of those oh-so-relevant singles.

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Flip It Over: An Ode to the B-Side

We determine what song is worthy of the "A" or "B" side -- not the music industry. On Will Stockton and D. Gilson's 33 1/3 B-Sides.

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The 20 Best Americana Albums of 2019

Our Best 20 Americana albums of 2019 are a multicultural, polysexual, cross-genre lineup of cool Americana music that, as with the best parts of the American promise, pays tribute to the musical wells from which they spring but also takes the artform wherever their rugged individualism and talent-rich hearts lead them.

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A Boy, a Dog, a Gang of Peanuts, and the Meaning of Life

For all the Charlie Browns in the world, Library of America has published The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life.

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The Grateful Dead's Deep History Is Captured in 'So Many Roads'

If the road doesn’t go on forever, if the Dead's reign really ends here, David Browne’s volume on The Grateful Dead may well prove to be the go-to encyclopedia for fans.

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Indigo Girls: One Lost Day

The Indigo Girls are still at the top of their game on One Lost Day.

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Punk Was Never the Same After the Slits Came on the Scene

There’s a lot of blood on the pages of Albertine's memoir. And she mixes it into the ink generously for an unflinching look at life in a punk and post-punk world.

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Life on Tour Is Exactly What You Might Expect

The vibrance of A Million Miles is hindered by the unnecessary facade of fiction.

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Animal Manufacturing Co.

Interviews

Still Built to Spill: An Interview with Doug Martsch

Doug Martsch and Built to Spill march on. Despite a core lineup shift, they never plan to slow down.

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"Why Don't You Try Writing Your Own Songs?": 'The Bends' and Its Cover Songs

Three unique takes on tracks from The Bends, spanning the stripped-down acoustic to the full-fledged orchestral, represent how these songs still have the power to stun two decades later.

Scott Elingburg
Books

No One Gets Away Unscathed in David Joy's Latest

Where All Light Tends to Go is unflinchingly violent, difficult to witness, and tragic from its outset.

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In Tall Buildings: Driver

Driver is heavy on melodies and breezy in its effortlessness. It's the kind of album that moves in different ways during different times and reveals aural layers on multiple listens.

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Red Red Meat: There's a Star Above the Manger Tonight

Red Red Meat were one of the purest American bands, pushing boundaries of music to the breaking point and incorporating diverse styles to create their own unique vision of America.

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Jealous Butcher Records

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George Harrison: The Apple Years: 1968-1975

Harrison's legacy and his work was much more than a reduction of earthly values wrapped in a song.

Books

'Syllabus' Explores the Unconscious Mind in a Composition Book

"Accidental professor" Lynda Barry's Syllabus is a graphic novel lesson plan, one that invites readers to reflect on their unconscious perceptions.

Music

An Indie Christmas Music List

A list of some Christmas-themed music by indie artists for your lonesome holiday nights.

Scott Elingburg
Television

With Season Two, 'The Paradise' Had to Duck Out Too Early

The Paradise lights a slow fuse that burns brighter than its ITV rivals. Too bad low viewership has brought the series to an end.

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BBC/Masterpiece


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