Talkin’ Homeland Jazz

“People wonder why jazz is dying.” Terence Fletcher, “Whiplash” To paraphrase the title of a recent Mogwai album, jazz will never die, but you will. Jazz is forever, and we’re just lucky enough to live during its lifetime. But good old abusive, homophobic Terence has a point. Jazz isn’t dying, but its relation to the popular consciousness is very, very

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All About That Barnabas

“Dark Shadows” looms over the house near the bluffs in CollinsPortland, and only one man perceives the significance of this Gothic soap opera as it pertains to a strange and momentous period in his life. Recently released from a secret prison inside the CollinsPortland Cannery Association, this media assassin for hire now contemplates his new-found freedom and potential next steps.

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If you tear it down, they will come

Tear down the wall! Tear down the wall! That’s not just good advice for Roger Waters, Bob Geldof, and Germany circa 1989, but for organizers of music festivals, as well. There are many reasons why SXSW is one of the greatest in the world, but the one that stands above all others for me is simple: Choice. Yes, there are walls. Any

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Music 2 Camp 2

As I busted left off The 5, making for the wilderness of now-dried-up Detroit Lake, Compton’s Most Wanted’s “Straight Checkn ‘Em” came rolling out of my speakers. The “Scarface” samples, low-end thud, and nasal tales of drivebys and ducksicks that are MC Eiht’s forte propelled me forward through Mill City, onward toward the annual camping trip that has come to

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Greetings From The Void

This is it. No more bullshit. Time to stop talking about it and write again. Freelancing the odd music article is cool and all, but there’s more to this alchemical pursuit than what an editor decides deserves readers’ attention. I’ve got stories to tell, perspectives to give, and shit to talk. More importantly, there are stories that need telling, other

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