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.
In our morning reading: a look at the making of “Droneflower,” thoughts on books by Helen Oyeyemi and Guillermo Saccomanno, and more.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Sharma Shields and duncan b. barlow, an essay by Cynthia Cruz, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Bryan Washington and duncan b. barlow, revisiting the work of Bob Fosse, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Priests, an excerpt from Damon Young’s new book, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: remembrances of Anthony Bourdain, an interview with Danez Smith, and more.
I’ve enjoyed Jenn Pelly‘s writing about music and pop culture for a while now; when the announcement was first made a few years ago, I was very excited to hear that she’d be writing about The Raincoats as part of the 33 1/3 series. This fall, Pelly’s book on The Raincoats was published, and it was everything I’d hoped for: a solid history of the band’s early days, an insightful look into the band’s creative process, and a book that […]
In our weekend reading: interviews with Guy Delisle and Dolan Morgan, Pavement’s history with the Kentucky Derby, and more.