Music

Alternate Routes: Brooklyn Stays Weird, Kenya Goes Country, and… LSD: The Opera!

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Alternate Routes is a column from Flavorwire contributor and WFMU DJ Jesse Jarnow, in which he explores music solely distributed outside the Big 3 of Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.

Rents in Brooklyn are up, chain stores and blandness are spreading like viruses, and some beloved DIY arts space is surely about to close somewhere, but Brooklyn manages to stay weird despite itself, emitting music well off Spotify/Amazon/iTunes grid.
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Watch Fiona Apple’s Powerhouse Performance of “When I Get Low, I Get High”

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“When I Get Low, I Get High” was written by Marion Sunshine and famously performed by Ella Fitzgerald, whose vocal ease provided a well-dispositioned mischief to the sly song, pretty obviously about smoking weed while depressed… unless it’s just about reveling in the blues… but let’s say it’s both. At the Newport Folk Festival last week, Fiona Apple joined Nickel Creek’s Sean and Sara Watkins to provide her own, frenetic spin on the track. 
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