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FKA Twigs turning into the giving tree

latimes.com — Last weekend's FYF Fest was long on young men making all kinds of noise: ecstatic, squeaky, dull, thrilling and obvious. But the harshest sound I heard came near midnight on Sunday, during the last 30 minutes of the festival.

Humans and machines form defiant double bill at FYF Fest

latimes.com — Anything a musician plays — piano, tuba, harmonium — is a machine. But when we talk about musicians teaming up with machines, we are usually trying to describe an arrangement where humans play a known instrument as well as a digital device, whether it's a delay pedal or a laptop.

'Compton: A Soundtrack,' and Dr. Dre's L.A. legacy

chicagotribune.com — That Dr. Dre actually released an album on Aug. 7, "Compton: A Soundtrack," is almost as disorienting as the album being so satisfying and aesthetically of the moment. After working on the near mythical (but real) "Detox" album for more than a decade, Dre finally scrapped it because, in his words, it "wasn't good."

'Compton: A Soundtrack,' and Dr. Dre's L.A. legacy

latimes.com — That Dr. Dre actually released an album on Aug. 7, "Compton: A Soundtrack," is almost as disorienting as the album being so satisfying and aesthetically of the moment. After working on the near mythical (but real) "Detox" album for more than a decade, Dre finally scrapped it because, in his words, it "wasn't good."
Aug 13, 2015

RT @latimes: Here's why Dr. Dre's "Compton" isn't a post-Ferguson album -- and how it asserts the dominance of Los Angeles hip-hop lat.ms/1L8kYXl

Aug 13, 2015

.@sfj writes about Dr. Dre's "Compton," is also now apparently critic at large for the LAT latimes.com/entertainment/…

Aug 13, 2015

Sasha Frere-Jones on Dr Dre: this ain't no post-ferguson album latimes.com/entertainment/…

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All About Yves: The Story of International Klein Blue

departures.com — What we talk about when we talk about "Yves Klein Blue," the shocking hue of ultramarine created by Yves Klein. In her collection Bluets, the poet and art critic Maggie Nelson writes about visiting London and seeing Propositions Monochromes, a collection of objects and canvases painted by Yves Klein in 1957.

Letter of Recommendation: Farmer in the Deli

nytimes.com — Near the northern border of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, at the corner of Myrtle and Adelphi, there is a grocery store called Farmer in the Deli, which is open all day and all night. In addition to a rather clunky pun for a name, Farmer also has a motto: "We don't make sandwiches, we build them."

On Top - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — Mariah Carey is thirty-six years old, and, barring a debilitating illness, or another movie as bad as "Glitter," her 2001 vanity project, she will likely break the world record for the most No. 1 songs before she turns forty. The Beatles had twenty, and Carey is currently tied with Elvis Presley for second place, at seventeen.

The M.C. Who Fell to Earth

newyorker.com — Anybody who reports on the arts will eventually feel the fear of crying wolf: If I tell people that I just saw the greatest thing ever, will it undo the last time I said it? How many times can you say something like that before all the claims coalesce into a weak mist of approval?

An Inescapable Voice on "Black Messiah"

newyorker.com — After more than a decade of near silence, rumors, and rampant speculation, the elusive soul singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist D'Angelo dropped "Black Messiah" on December 15th. The album was both an unexpected gift and a timely political statement that was well-received in many corners of a hungry music world.
Jan 21, 2015

Love this RT @ms_vz: Taylor Ho Bynum on back-up singer Kendra Foster's contributions to Black Messiah: newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Fade Out - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — In 2003, when I was writing for Slate, I took issue with Alex Ross's allegation, in a column for The New Yorker, that Justin Timberlake might not own a pen. (Ross's column was not, in large part, about Timberlake.) This was before Twitter, when people had to learn Movable Type and start a blog if they wanted to say ridiculous things.
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Aug 28, 2015

RT @NaomiAKlein: Profiteering post-Katrina paved the way 4 militarized policing. Read the #Katrina section from The Shock Doctrine: bit.ly/1hJSSFo

Aug 28, 2015

this Bank of America branch has robust A/C and the security guard has an Uno deck so that's the weekend sorted

Aug 28, 2015

Lisa Miskovsky's "Driving One of Your Cars" is 14 years old. Please someone take it to see Taylor. youtu.be/svpU2cgtd40

Aug 28, 2015

RT @Passionweiss: .@SoundCloud just refused to reinstate the POW Account for playing "Good Times" on our radio show & posting a 4-yr old DJ…

Aug 28, 2015

On @FKAtwigs, loud noises, Dominant, Larry the Clown, krumping, and learning. lat.ms/1JqFzTd


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