JC Penney’s Selfies
It really depends!
One thing I love about music and following certain artists is the personal context they can put in their work. I’m not talking about Pitchfork’s go-to “this album is what they’re doing in their life right now” (which I’ve always groaned at), but the slow evolution of an artist/band trying new things - creating a sound and then straining at the constructs of that sound.
So often when I’m going to go into an album from an artist I’ve either never heard music from outside of songs (Gucci Mane) or an artist I’ve enjoyed in the past but haven’t gone back to (Tim Hecker), I’ll dig out whatever I have of theirs and go through it to familiarize myself with the possible overall artistic narrative. With newish artists (Danny Brown for instance) I usually just do it naturally since what’s the harm in holding out listening to a new thing until you’re done with one more album?
Now with an artist I more familiar with (Destroyer) or something like Kiss 1O8 it’s usually the opposite. I listened to the new Destroyer EP basically on a whim and then decided to go back and bounced between albums a lot. Similarly with Kiss 1O8 it just made me miss Dom and I quickly put the two EPs on right afterwards.
To be quite honest though I probably won’t continue doing surveys in 2014 - or I’ll still do them but go back to my usual way of listening to music. It’s been fascinating to catalog, but I’ve also decided this year to listen to as much as possible and in turn sacrificed a bit of depth. In going for a wider range I haven’t had time to snuggle down with more than a couple albums this year (Dream River, Pain is Beauty, The Garden State and the OPN song “Problem Areas” being the few that I’ve spent a ton of time on). Next year I’ve got to try something else to make it more rewarding for me - outside of the pleasure of doing a whole buncha lists of course!
It’s been a while but I’m still here after all these years! October and November were mostly used for binging on artists like Gucci Mane and Califone and Woody Allen - whom I will never watch another movie of yaaaay.
Some great stuff in the music department. Heard a lot of great rap and the Kiss 1O8 stream made me remember how great those two Dom EPs were. Everyone’s already done the hyping for these records but the Kelela and Courtney Barnett are must listens.
Okay I really am not in the mood for writing for some reason. Goodbye!
I was digging into my old compy stuff and forgot I made this! It was going to be the prize for my friends’ annual “Guess the Top 10 of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and NPR Listener Poll” last year but I ended up winning and never made it. Whoops!
Probably should be listening to Lou Reed but I’m not because that music makes me irritable (in a good way but still irritable) so it’s Cass instead!
After Haiti’s earthquake in 2010 images of death and destruction flooded into the media, but photographer Paolo Woods focused on a subject close to our heart — radios.
Since 49% of the adult population of Haiti is literate, most people rely on local radio stations to get their local news, listen to kompa (traditional Haitian music) and figure out what’s going on in their community.
It takes about $2,000 to start up a basic station, but that won’t get you broadcast as far as NPR; it’ll just reach your town.
See more of Woods’ photos on KPCC’s AudioVision.
How is October almost a third over already!?! That’s pure insanity.
Speaking of which most of the music I listened to was insanely good and Bram Stoker’s Dracula was so bad it made me mad! Seriously though this month was a heavy hitter in the music department. OPN, Bill Callahan and Chelsea Wolfe all were wonderful albums I’m going to need a lot more time with to fully grasp. I also listened to a six-hour Flaming Lips EP which just made me not ever want to think or hear about Wayne Coyne again.
Cool stuff! The full list is below!
Sorry anonymous questioner but my heart belongs to Austin Powers: Welcome to My Underground Lair!, which featured 'Kin'-Evil, a racing game “whose name is a play on Evel Knievel.”