Deerhunter pose more questions than answers on Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?

Deerhunter pose more questions than answers on Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?

It would be nice if Deerhunter had a clearer plan of attack on nostalgia culture, but instead Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? boils down to merely a really nice sounding pop rock record. It’s frustrating for an album with such confident production to leave its message behind.

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“My Brain Is a Definite Patchwork”: JFund Awardee Shelley Washington

“My Brain Is a Definite Patchwork”: JFund Awardee Shelley Washington

“My brain often doesn’t let me get from A to B without stopping at A.1 or A.2 along the way,” explains saxophonist and JFund awardee Shelley Washington. In the same way that Dawn of Midi transition from one section to another using only rhythm, Washington’s pieces move along at a syncopated pace. “I like collage work. I feel like my brain is a definite patchwork.”

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JFund Awardee Martin Nevin and the Inexpressible Merits of Solitude

JFund Awardee Martin Nevin and the Inexpressible Merits of Solitude

“There are a lot of weird parts to composing in solitude. Sometimes I’ll be on the subway reading the lines over and over again, and something clicks. Then I’ll go into a room where I’m teaching a kid ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and one lyric suddenly makes more sense. That kind of space and solitude I’m writing about is sort of a fantasy.”

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Live Review: A Bizarre Path Toward Enlightenment: Thurston Moore at 60

Live Review: A Bizarre Path Toward Enlightenment: Thurston Moore at 60

The force of Moore’s band and the sonic bath the crowd received was proof that they aren’t just in it for themselves. It’s actually a kindness that the quartet put us through something so challenging. Like getting to the opposite end of Swans’s Soundtracks for the Blind or Can’s Tago Mago, you get a reinvigorated sense of music as both a great communicator of feeling and a bizarre yet succinct path towards enlightenment.

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