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Beautiful Carpets Juxtapose Pop Song Lyrics With Traditional Turkish Textiles

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Selma Alaçam, a Karlsruhe, Germany-based artist, fuses the two halves of her identity in a lovely, striking project she calls heartstrings. Her series of kelim — flat, handwoven carpets native to her father’s homeland, Turkey — finds Alaçam combining a traditional Middle Eastern art form with contemporary, Western song lyrics that reflect her mother’s German heritage and her own European upbringing.
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10 Songs About Racism That Don’t Suck

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By now you’ve no doubt heard Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s thoroughly bewildering “Accidental Racist,” and wondered how in God’s name we live in a world where this song exists. We guess the sentiment is laudable enough, in its own cack-handed way — ultimately, it’s a plea for mutual understanding and racial reconciliation, which is something we can get behind, even if it is couched in curiously passive-agressive language and non-apologies — but boy is it ever both a) weird and b) plain old bad. In the spirit of the song’s message, though, here are a bunch of songs about racism that actually make for vaguely pleasurable (if often sad and chastening) listening experiences.
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The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in March

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We’ve spent most of the week trawling the depths of our record collection, but now it’s time to direct our attention to the albums we might be adding to said collection in the next few weeks — March is looking pretty decent for new releases, and as ever, we’ve selected the ten albums we reckon will be most worth listening to over the course of the month (along with all the other notable albums scheduled for release, good and bad.) We’re always interested to know what our readers are going to be listening to, too, so do let us know in the comments section.
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