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>> The Telegraph has a long talk with Kings of Leon about writing, reading, drinking, canceling, cracking, and getting back into it.
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>> Watch Glasgow good-guys Franz Ferdinand turn Grimes' "Oblivion" into a lullaby of the Grimms' variety for Oui FM. In a related acoustic cover downer, watch Miguel read-sing the words off his iPhone to Pink's Dallas Austin-penned/produced hit of '02, "Just Like A Pill."
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Skim through Robert Carlos Lange's varied output and you'll experience an exhaustively rewarding array of pop experimentation, electronic adoration, and an inescapable celebration of Lange's Latin roots. Possibly best known for his time in Savath y Savalas, the dusty, glitch-hop side project of Scott Herren (Prefuse 73, Delarosa & Asora, Piano Overlord, et al) and Eva Puyuelo Muns, Lange has spent the past few years cultivating his solo material under the guise Helado Negro (or "black ice cream," en Español). Over the course of three Helado LPs, Lange has slightly altered his aural identity, slowly tweaking the quasi-electronica, vaguely folk, somewhat glitch, and wholly pop ideas, culminating in the lush thumps of Invisible Life. Tracks like "Dance Ghost," "Relatives," and "Junes" highlight Lange's ability to shape vibrant gems of coolly urgent grooves and laid back production. "U Heard" and "Catastrophe" play the counterpoint, playing up Lange's fascination with aural peculiarities and resembling minimalist approaches of studio pop maximalists like TV on the Radio or Grizzly Bear. As evidenced by Lange's recently released Island Universe Story Two (streaming after the jump) and OMBRE, a collaborative project of ethereal loop-and-drone pop with Julianna Barwick, Lange's enthusiasm for new sounds and eagerness to dive completely into new collaborations shows no signs of petering out.
This week, the BBC posted a news tidbit announcing that "twerking," among a few other suspicious words (including "selfie," "omnishambles," and "dappy") have been introduced to the Oxford Dictionaries Online, making them legitimate fixtures of the English language. [Editor's note: Oxford Dictionaries Online and the Oxford English Dictionary are not the same thing. Oxford University Press clarifies the difference here].
The BBC article states: "Twerking, the raunchy dance move performed by Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs is among the new words added to the Oxford Dictionary of English."
From there, the article goes on to say:
"Katherine Connor Martin from Oxford Dictionaries said the word twerk had been known colloquially in US hip hop culture for around 20 years.
"By last year, it had generated enough currency to be added to our new words watch list, and by this spring, we had enough evidence of usage frequency in a breadth of sources to consider adding it to our dictionaries of current English," she said.
"The current public reaction to twerking is reminiscent in some ways of how the twisting craze was regarded in the early 1960s, when it was first popularised by Chubby Checker's song, The Twist," she added. Read the full article here.
Head over to Oxford Dictionaries Online and there it is:
[no object] informal
dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance:
just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song
twerk it girl, work it girl
Origin: 1990s: probably an alteration of work
"A couple were going to get together after the girlfriend had dropped off her package, but the boyfriend will have to keep waiting. Everyone, it seems, was at the post office for philosophy instead of postage."
As cryptic as this may seem, it's pretty much a face-value breakdown of the narrative that Jupitter-Larsen wanted to get across in the film. When pressed, he offered just a bit more: "Is there a film out there that influenced me on this? Yes. A type of film. French New Wave. But also The Reckless Moment, the 1949 film noir melodrama starring James Mason. There's a scene in which a disgruntled postal customer tells the clerk that she didn't come to the post office for philosophy. When I first heard this line I said to myself, wouldn't it be great if people DID go to the post office for philosophy? So I made a movie where people did just that."
In an effort to boost its audience and garner more membership dollars, the non-commercial radio station attached to Clark Atlanta University has started pre-programming its playlist and narrowed it down from about 900 songs to 400 songs Monday-Friday, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution radio reporter Rodney Ho, who spoke to WCLK's general manager of the last 20 years, Wendy Williams.
"We're going to play what the listeners want," Williams told the AJC. But from the responses pouring into WCLK's Facebook page, a new Save our S.O.U.L. campaign Facebook page, and the Change.org online petition calling for the station's return to original DJ programming, smooth jazz is not going over so smoothly.
The main concern is over celebrated WCLK DJ and on-air personality Jamal Ahmad, who's S.O.U.L. of Jazz show has been a longtime listener favorite, recognized locally and internationally for its groundbreaking programming.
"Jamal Ahmad's show is one of the last bastion's on noncommercial music in the city of Atlanta," reads the first line of the petition, started by Creative Loafing contributor and publisher of Slo Mo magazine, Carlton Hargro.
Before going on hiatus in 2009, Sovus Radio was at the forefront of Atlanta's psych-shoegaze movement alongside the likes of All the Saints, Gringo Starr, the NEC, and Abby Gogo, reviving a dormant din of vibrant dirges and kaleidoscopic effects. The band's elevated take on druggy, Velvet Underground-inspired raga rock and vibrant psychedelics a la the Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev has been sorely missed, leaving a void in the garage rock and punk space occupying Atlanta's indie music scene. But in the four years since near-radio silence, the quartet - which still consists of Chris Kauffman (bass), Ty Thompson (guitar and vocals), Spencer Pope (guitar and organ), and Jay Royals (drums) - the band hopes to continue as a functioning entity and eventually release its mostly-recorded debut never died. Sovus' members now return to the stage for only the fourth time since January 2011 with plans to kick-start activity and raise funds for a proper vinyl release of their debut LP Hello, Sovus Radio. As Kauffman explains, "There is more freedom to get weird and try new things. We are doing this for no other reason but to have a lot of fun and to extend our long history of playing together."
If all goes well, Sovus intends to finally release the dormant LP and venture directly into writing and recording - even releasing - a second LP.
Sovus Radio, Soft Opening, and Factory play the Earl on Sat., Aug.31. $7. 9 p.m. 488 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta.
>> Listen to Nickelodeon creation (and best thing about the VMAs) Ariana "Lil Mariah" Grande's new single, "You'll Never Know," which will be featured on the 20-going-on-12-year-old's upcoming first album, Yours Truly, available for pre-order on iTunes, for some reason.
>> GQ talks to Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos about studio time, emotional paradoxes, clumsy brains, and those break-up rumors. (Previously: NPR also talked to Alex.)
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