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#ObscureObject by Greg Cwik Music

Bill Callahan | Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

June 24, 2019

Happiness is becoming of Bill Callahan. Well, maybe not happiness, at least not the rapturous, jump-for-joy kind, but a kind of serene happiness, mellow, content. “Well it’s been such a long time / Why don’t you come on in?” Callahan coos, in that sotto voce voice, world-weary, at the beginning of his new album, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, a 63-minute double LP doused in sunlight and the renewing spirit of a man who has, if not found happiness than…

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#ObscureObject by Greg Cwik Music

The National | I Am Easy to Find

The National have been making music for about 20 years, and, while their style has developed over those two decades — becoming more ornate, with electronics adding layers of malaise — the sad ex-Brooklynites have a reputation for being ‘consistent,’ meaning they shy away…

June 15, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Joe Biglin Music

Lil’ Kim | Hard Core

The adage coined by Charlotte Whitton — that women must work twice as hard to be considered half as good as men — was repeatedly validated as women began to make serious gains on men in 20th century art. Take the rap game: it…

May 28, 2019
#ObscureObject by Greg Cwik Music

BIG|BRAVE | A Gaze Among Them

“Things are changing,” William Basinski told Pitchfork in 2012. “If the world ends on December 21, I’ll be perfectly happy with that. Who knows what the fuck is going to happen. But the old systems are crashing, and the patriarchy is falling away, and…

May 28, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Josh Hurst Music

Tom Waits | Mule Variations

There are a couple of ways to apprehend Mule Variations, the twelfth studio album from Tom Waits and the second to be co-written almost entirely by Waits and his wife, Kathleen Brennan. Skeptics might say it’s Waits-by-the-numbers, the closest he’s ever come to formula or…

May 13, 2019
#PopRocks by Paul Attard Music

Schoolboy Q | Crash Talk

Patience is a virtue that most hip-hop fans don’t possess, and one that they don’t really need to; it’s generally been accepted that in order to stay relevant against the seemingly endless cavalcade of face-tatted SoundCloud youngsters, an artist has to consistently flood the…

May 10, 2019
#ObscureObject by Tanner Stechnij Music

Weyes Blood | Titanic Rising

In order to confront the ever-growing postmodern fears of contemporary living, Natalie Mering, aka Weyes Blood, went to a new place — one between helpless and hopeful, a place where even an ocean liner can rise from the sea more than a century after…

May 9, 2019
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