A Tribe Called Red, “A Tribe Called Red”

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This week we lost Earl Scruggs, Adrienne Rich, and Harry Crews. I’ve been feeling pretty low.

But the best thing to happen to me this week was seeing this post over at Native Appropriations about A Tribe Called Red, a DJ collective out of Ottawa. Here’s how they describe themselves:

In 2008, DJ’s NDN . . . → Read More: A Tribe Called Red, “A Tribe Called Red”

Andrew Bird: Fever Year

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[ I’ve had this draft sitting around since November or so, when I first saw Andrew Bird: Fever Year at the Chicago International Film Festival. I never finished the post, feeling like I needed to see the film again to finish collecting my thoughts. I had the chance to see the film . . . → Read More: Andrew Bird: Fever Year

Dr. Ralph Stanley Gets A Birthday Post

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Today is the 85th birthday of Dr. Ralph Stanley, who loomed large and mythological over my childhood. In honor of his birthday, here’s something I wrote when I went to go see him in Boulder last July — about three months after I knew I was leaving Colorado to return to the South, and . . . → Read More: Dr. Ralph Stanley Gets A Birthday Post

My 2012 Music Resolution

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One of my favorite moments in music in 2011 was the performance by Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers, and Bob Dylan at the Grammys last February.

Mumford and Sons performs “The Cave,” the Avett Brothers perform “Head Full Of Doubt / Road Full Of Promise,” and Bob Dylan fronts the combined bands . . . → Read More: My 2012 Music Resolution

Recommended Reading/(Not Really An) Album Review: NY Mag on Wilco’s The Whole Love

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So. New Wilco album. I didn’t get it the day it came out — there aren’t any record stores in Oxford, so I waited until I could make it to Criminal Records in Atlanta. (They’re having money problems; I’d rather buy it from them than online. Sling some business their way if you can.) . . . → Read More: Recommended Reading/(Not Really An) Album Review: NY Mag on Wilco’s The Whole Love

How I Spent My Blogging Vacation

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August 5, I quit my job. August 9 and August 10, I saw Andrew Bird in Colorado with friends.

On August 11, I picked up my father from the Denver airport. By then my apartment was 90% packed. Since he’d had a long flight and I had additional packing to do, I introduced him . . . → Read More: How I Spent My Blogging Vacation