SHARED SPACES, 2019 revision. We know them well. I’m taken to the green and gritty parks we’ve laid upon, venues where music and meaning rings through the ears straight to the core to reverberate, forums for cultivated interests – the more obscure, the better.. they would be nothing if not for collective being. Shared spaces […]
The first track, ‘Invocation’, begins with a reverberation of bells surrounding me before suddenly a cacophony of noise that spans mechanical friction, splices of distant AM radio and undulating feedback startles amidst the serenity. The soothing chimes of the bells have become a distant memory. Soon though, drones via Forrest Marquise’s fiddle and Ian McColm’s harmonium come into focus, recalling that meditative state that the bells invoked. The track proceeds with rising harmonic overtones at the forefront, grounded by Bachman’s drifting melodic guitar lines filtering through. I closed my eyes, absorbed and lying within the noise as it proceeded on its sonic exposition, lasting for over 18 minutes.
We have to solve the opioid crisis. Anyone in 2017 with a fully functioning set of ears heard this phrase, repeatedly. It’s an issue that exploded onto the national stage during last year’s polarizing election season. It was one of several subjects that neither candidate found any common ground on, although, unlike the issue of […]
Have you been paying attention? The used and abused have become the pitiful and dangerous, the dwellers and imitators and clouded judgment. Insane is now sane, idiocy is at an all-time high, the gifted are the least supported. Bigotry, sexism, racism, what is it? We’ve lessened ourselves. There’s no thin line anymore. What is life […]
Recently, I saw Incredibles 2 with some friends. It was a nostalgia-laced thrill ride and we left the theatre buzzing, riding a high of reminiscence. The premise of the film, for those that may be unfamiliar, is that there exists in the world a group of humans born with incredible powers. In the prologue of […]
The extremist, bombastic rhetoric of Donald Trump has garnered excessive media coverage and has debatably precipitated right-wing movements across the world, particularly in Europe. The result of these movements in a bevy of European countries has provoked mass comparisons to the notorious rise of fascism over the continent throughout the 1930s and 1940s. But are […]
Hip-hop used to be characterized by raw, vocal activism aimed at generating public conversation. Now, with the advent of social media, has the genre become characterized by individuals simply looking for fame?
By Lashandra Willis Love is the security blanket that protects always. Love is the shield that blocks unwanted harm. Love is the foundation and most important building block. Love is the repair for brokenness. Love is the diamond that cannot be ruffed out. Love is the charismatic whim that is eclectic in nature. Love is […]
Moogfest closed out the 2018 festival with a forum where Professor Mark Anthony Neal, Chair of the African American Studies Department at Duke University, and KRS-One dove into conversation. The author/philosopher/MC/teacha traced his inquisitive, expressive nature to childhood, where his mother engaged him in her studies of esoteric Christianity, meditation, occult arts, philosophy and the […]