PJ Harvey

“Breathing” and “Mattering” in Today’s America : Links You Need to See

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Yesterday’s ruling in the Eric Garner case was another reminder of the immobilizing coupling of police scrutiny and social invisibility with which white America often still “sees” its black communities. After the Ferguson ruling, #Blacklivesmatter became last week’s online slogan; it was a tragic reminder of something that shouldn’t have needed to be uttered, for what should have been its sheer obviousness. That gave way, yesterday evening, to “I can’t breathe,” the dominant chant in protests against the decision not to indict the officer who choked Eric Garner to death for selling cigarettes; this both echoes Eric Garner’s last words and the general feeling of suffocation that hegemonic forces have inflicted on black Americans. Thankfully, people were flipping the suffocating words, using “I can’t breathe” while mobilizing — using them while demanding to be seen. The Times covered the protests in detail this morning. 
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Perfume Genius Wants To Be Your Gay Icon

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When Mike Hadreas was seven, he drew a pentacle in the sand while vacationing with his family. He was emulating something out of a movie, but when the babysitter caught him chanting and reacted with horror, he became convinced that the devil was in him or soon would be. “I kind of displaced all my shame straight up to the source,” he says. “A lot of who I was felt forbidden.”
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The 25 Greatest Songs About City Life

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Most big cities with any sort of history have a song. If that city’s New York, it has about 1000 of ’em. But to be a classic of the genre, the song has to speak to bigger themes about city life, be it the hustle, the danger, or the beauty below the filth. Here are the 25 best, from Lou Reed to Nas to The …Read More

The 50 Best Side One Track Ones in Music History

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There’s an art to the album opener — it doesn’t necessarily have to be the best or most commercially appealing song on the record, but it needs to grab the listener’s attention. It’ll often also serve as an introduction to the themes and/or sound of the album in question, a sort of preview of to what’s to come. And so it is that at Flavorwire central, we’ve been having one of our unabashedly nerdy music conversations about what are, in our collective opinion, the best examples of the form. Here’s a bumper list of 50 to talk …Read More

10 Classic Album Covers Seen on Google Street View

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For diehard music fans, visiting the exact location where your favorite album cover was shot is a necessary pilgrimage (this is true of even non-diehards: surely not every tourist who’s crossed Abbey Road with a long stride and a purpose has actually obsessively listened to the record). But thanks to Google and The Guardian, you no longer have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars trekking to one particular set of geographic coordinates. Now, you can see these famous places from comfort of your own computer screen. As part of The Guardian’s Google Street View series, their “Street View Specialist” has pinpointed the exact locations immortalized on classic album covers, then set them against each other like poetic little windows into the past.
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