Music

DIIV’s ‘Is The Is Are’ Is the Musical Equivalent of an Oversized Designer T-Shirt

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In 2007, Zachary Cole Smith — lead singer and figurehead of Brooklyn buzz band DIIV — returned to his birthplace of New York City after growing up in Connecticut and bailing on a higher education at Hampshire College. Shortly after his arrival in the Big Apple, Smith tried to get a job at a pizza place. The guy behind the counter didn’t have a position for him, but he liked his look, and so he asked Smith if he played bass, and if he’d like to join his band. Smith didn’t play bass, but he said yes anyway. 
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Here Is Amanda Palmer’s David Bowie Memorial Cover EP, Feat. John Cameron Mitchell and Anna Calvi

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Dresden Doll/solo artist Amanda “Fucking” Palmer and multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff have teamed up with British guitar virtuoso/brooding vocalist Anna Calvi, Hedwig and the Angry Inch‘s John Cameron Mitchell, and novelist/husband Neil Gaiman for a “flash Bowie tribute” EP — so flash, in fact, that it began immediately following Bowie’s death, and is available to stream.
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Time Travel to 1970s Dakar With the Afro-Caribbean ‘Senegal 70’ Compilation

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The triangular trade that linked Europe, West Africa, and the Americas didn’t stop with the abolition of slavery in the 19th century. The percussive rhythms brought over in slave ships to ports in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico made their way back to the shores of Africa. As Cuban music enjoyed its heyday in the 1940s, touring Cuban bands toured West Africa, finding their way to sweaty nightclubs in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. Later, in the 1970s, stars like James Brown and Celia Cruz toured the coast, breathing new life into a culture born of English and French colonialism.
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