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PVC: “What did the devil give you?”

NC: “[…]I think the devil gave me a kind of disguise. It was just a way of, I think, ultimately—even though I didn’t really know this at the time—a way of telling… coming to certain realizations about things that were happening in my life, in disguise. So, it was never me… but it was, in the end, very much so and I guess that the devil was allowing me to look at certain things that went on through my life from a point of view of sin by attaching a pair of horns to myself.”

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Caught off guard by the passing of Steve Albini. The sounds he captured on record had a monumental impact on my musical formation in the early 90’s. He made some of my favorite artists sound like themselves, which is about the best thing an engineer/producer can do. May his memory be eternal. 😔

🎲 6 countries. 12 Armies. Surrounded by larger forces on all sides. But I’m feeling pretty good about my chances. #RISK!

My orange armies surrounded on a risk board, with my ruthless oppressor/daughter making a peace sign in the background.

A crooked saint with a crooked halo.

Self-portrait of S. Benjamin Holsteen—The Melancholic himself—with an Aerobie as halo, lovingly placed by his daughter.

Happy Cinqo de Mayo! Viva Mexico!

Margarita fixings...and half of a margarita!

Some Saturday photos 📷

Cherry BlossomsThe Young Man, Cheesin'Spanish Bluebells

It’s cherry blossom season in St Andrews.

Cherry blossoms cover a car park, with cherry blossom trees in the background.

On the Swiftiverse and the Limits of Popular Music as Franchise

This is a great piece by Sinéad O’Sullivan at The New Yorker. O’Sullivan gives name to the phenomenon that has, for me, begun to remove some of the shine from Taylor’s work over the course of the last few years: her records have increasingly come to feel less and less like “albums”, and more like entries in what O’Sullivan calls “a musical franchise”.

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Team Sleep - Ever (Foreign Flag)

This song is still, nearly 20 years on, one hell of a vibe and Chino Moreno is a hell of a singer.

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So, All Born Screaming is fantastic. Front to back, my favorite thing Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) has ever done. Echoes of Nine Inch Nail, Talking Heads, & David Bowie are all here, but this record sounds like nothing more than Clark at her most creatively liberated. Highly Recommended!🎵

Album cover of St. Vincent - _All Born Screaming_. Annie Clark, contorted, arms on fire.