Given the current state of the world, it comes as little surprise that 2019 has brought with it an abundance of great music that could be described as “politically charged.” Perhaps a bit more surprising? That so much of this music that wrestles with politics and the condition of modern society blends heady concepts with music that neatly soundtracks frenetic dance moves. Such is the case with Washington, DC’s Gauche, whose long-awaited debut album was released this month on Merge Records. I talked with Gauche’s Daniele Yandel about the band’s new album, A People’s History of Gauche, science fiction, and songs about conspiracy theories.
We had a party with our pals over at Gigantic Magazine. Lots of people read stories, and Jackie Roman took a bunch of pictures. Granta have a video interview with writer Jim Crace . It’s Kevin Sampsell week at HTMLGiant. A peoples tribute to Howard Zinn. Green Apple give us some E.E. Cummings Howard Bloom isn’t dead.
“He’s made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture.” – Noam Chomsky on Howard Zinn.
Over at The Millions, Jesse Ball reviews a year of reading, and makes us want to go buy the book pictured above. Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History (Seven Stories Press) “collects the works of outsiders, rebels, and disenfranchised Americans“. Over at the Bumpidee Reader, Tobi Vail reviews The Way Home, by George Pelecanos. “We are hoping to find organic debris that will teach us what the great man had for dinner.” Says Richard Kemp, of the Shakespeare Birthplace […]