Don Marsh has just signed off for the day from his talk show at the local NPR station, St. Louis Public Radio KWMU. As we talk, I notice an old brick building hulking in the distance from the station’s third-floor studio in Grand Center. Inquiring whether Marsh knows what the building was, he responds with uncertainty, and I note that it was probably a relic of the city. “Just like me,” he answers with a laugh.
There aren’t many bands like Field Music left in this country. In their 12 years, we’ve had five ‘proper’ albums, a rarities collection, a covers record, a soundtrack to a silent 1920s documentary about fishing, a set of improvised instrumentals with Warm Digits, and at least three other projects. Christ only knows how many times David and/or Peter Brewis have popped up as unheralded members of other people’s bands too.
The Spook School’s third album opens with an emotive monologue by Josie Long, bursting into a furiously catchy assault on an abusive ex in Still Alive (sample lyric: “fuck you, I’m still alive”). By the time it concludes, the fire has faded into an exhausted sepia-tinged refrain of “I just can’t help looking back and wondering”. Thus, Could It Be Different?’s disparate bookends sum it up beautifully.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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