Levon Helm, 1940-2012

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You’re going to hear a lot of talk about musical legacies, with Levon Helm. With good reason.

“The Weight” is also about legacies. It’s about connections. It’s about forming communities. It’s about generosity and shared responsibility. And every time I see and hear my favorite artists play it, I’m grateful for Levon Helm.

I’m . . . → Read More: Levon Helm, 1940-2012

Kickstarter Project: A New Album from Rocky Votolato

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I keep intending to highlight worthy Kickstarter projects here, but always get distracted. Now’s a good enough time to start!

One of my favorite artists, Rocky Votolato, is stepping away from the whole released-on-a-label thing and is looking to self-release his newest album, Television of Saints. He’s aiming to raise . . . → Read More: Kickstarter Project: A New Album from Rocky Votolato

Recommended Reading: The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Baghdad

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You know how every so often you run across something completely humbling that reminds you how good you have it and how lucky you are?

Meet Acrassicauda, a metal band from Baghdad.

You guys were going against everything there.

Yes. Not only the government, the whole society. But we still did it. I don’t . . . → Read More: Recommended Reading: The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Baghdad

Recommended Reading: Lots of the Internet on Odd Future

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Not to get too detailed, but the extent to which my job is sucking all the joy and energy out of everything I do is increasing and also getting kind of scary. I’ve got a couple of coping mechanisms. First, there’s all the things in Google Reader that aren’t my job that I read . . . → Read More: Recommended Reading: Lots of the Internet on Odd Future

Recommended Reading and a Mother’s Day Message

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Paste put up a fantastic piece about eighteen musicians who are also mothers, and the highs and lows about making music and raising kids at the same time. I’m glad to see it, and it’s definitely recommended reading.

Another set of moms deserves recognition and thanks today. I started thinking about it a few . . . → Read More: Recommended Reading and a Mother’s Day Message

Recommended Reading: Darren Hanlon on Billy Bragg, and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm

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As y’all have probably noticed by now, I like reading about music nearly as much as I like listening to music. In the last couple of days I’ve come across two pieces that are worthy of your attention.

First comes Darren Hanlon, on growing up with Billy Bragg’s Back To Basics:

The words unraveled . . . → Read More: Recommended Reading: Darren Hanlon on Billy Bragg, and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm