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Did Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest album, Sex & Food, get accidentally political?

Does the extra fuzzy guitar on “American Guilt” usher in a new direction for UMO? Does singer Ruban Nielson put a potato sack over his head before he records his vocal tracks, or does he just make it sound that … Continue reading

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A window into Charlotte Gainsbourg’s mind

With her new release, Rest, Charlotte Gainsbourg now considers herself what she refers to as a “proper writer.” For the first time, she has written her own lyrics. Her collaborators on her previous three studio albums had taken care of … Continue reading

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Uruguay’s Candombe in Stories of Music

Stories of Music Volume 1 has finally been released! I’m proud to be a part of this multimedia anthology. My piece on the candombe drummers of Uruguay, which previously appeared in Perceptive Travel, was chosen along with works from 40 … Continue reading

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Mazurkas and Biguines: A Musical Journey through Martinique

A man began hunting for LP records in Martinique. What happened next will shock you! Just kidding. There’s nothing shocking about it. Unless the thought of feeling the rumble of live drums up close scares you. “Following the Grooves in … Continue reading

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