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Articles from December

12 Statutes of Liberty: The Lost Boys of Sudan Go West
The documentary God Grew Tired of Us chronicles the displacement and eventual reassignment of a group known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. Beginning in the late '80s, civil war tore apart much of southern Sudan (at the time, the genocide in Darfur was...
17 Not Fade Away: The Madcap Re-Appearance of Bruno Wizard and the Homosexuals
Not so long ago, I was at a show at Cake Shop on New York's Lower East Side seeing Eyeball Skeleton, Think About Life and Comet Gain when photographer Joshua Wildman told me that Bruno Wizard, founder and lead singer of the late '70s and early '80s...
8 between the Lines: Artist Jules Arthur Paints from Memories
Artist Jules Arthur's website will tell you that he hails from St Louis, attended several undergraduate programs in the arts and makes work that concerns itself with the African-American diaspora: collaged renderings of legendary athletes like Jack...
Any Way!!! with Hundreds of Stitches in His Hands, a Glock in His Waist and the Dancehall's First Truly Psychedelic Voice, Mavado Is Taking Gun Talk to Outer Space
It's somewhere around 1:30AM when we arrive at the weekly dance in Kingston known as Hot Mondays. The selectors are in full gear, yelling over a dancehall song here and there, but mostly over deadstock, gone-but-not-forgotten hip-hop and R&B party...
Appendix: Real Live Music! Unstoppable Coppables from above and beyond This Issue's Pages
Cat Power Moon Pix (Matador) After hibernating last winter to pretty much nothing but Chan Marshall's The Greatest, digging back into the more indie, abstracted Cat Power records feels like a new experience. Moon Pix features Jim White and his Dirty...
Authentic: B-Real Gives LA Its Voice
When Pharrell Williams resurrected the sinister stalk of "Murder Was the Case" for Snoop Dogg's recent single "Vato," he originally handled the chorus himself. Unfortunately his decision to attempt a Mexican accent resulted in a Speedy Gonzalez-esque...
Beat Ambassadeur: All Roads Go through DJ Medhi
Monuments and bridges! Pretty much all new musical achievements can be summarized by these two monoliths-cum-categories: either you create something grand or tie together disparate strains. Build either, and they will come; build neither, and your...
Boggie Monster: Carl Craig Steadily Transforms Black Comedy into Supernatural Funk
The first word you might free associate with the name Carl Craig is "legacy." Not only is he the direct heir of Detroit techno's Belleville 3 pioneers--Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and his own mentor, Derrick May--but in the last 15-plus years of...
Computer Love: The Intimate Punk Pulse of Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles makes electronic music that sounds like dial-up modems making out--a drunk and exuberant boy/girl scrape at 2400 bps. Songs stomp ahead with teenage determination, Alice's breathless, blushing shrieks bursting Claudio's TurboGrafx keyboard...
Dirty Dancing: ATL's Strippers Break Radio Hits
It's Saturday evening and the sun is preparing to settle when Honey arrives at work. An exotic dancer at Atlanta's infamous Blue Flame strip club, the Pittsburgh native pulls up driving a forest green Jaguar. She's wearing a red buttondown blouse,...
F #42
As the calamity of oh-six wraps to a close, we're all breathing a sigh of relief and lighting a sage twig (or whatever) in the hopes that the next year will bring as much good music as much-needed positivity to the fractured little planet we call Earth....
Jimmy Eat World: Jim Jones across 110th Street
Early in my life, I used to live in the Bronx. At the age of eight, my moms showed me how to take the subway, and by the age of nine I was taking the subway by myself. My mom was living the fast life also--she was having a good time with her social...
"Lightworks" J Dilla Donuts
(Stones Throw 2006) I knew he was working on a series of beat CDs before he came to Los Angeles. Donuts was a special project that he hadn't named yet. This was the tail end of his "Dill Withers" phase, while he was living in Clinton Township, Michigan....
Long Time Coming: Kardinal Offishall Abides
Kardinal Offishall is frustrated. "Hip-hop is like a parody to me right now," he says. "Things we used to make fun of, something you might have seen on an In Living Color skit, that's the number one selling shit in the world today." Raised in Toronto,...
No Frills, No Thrills: Vietnam's Scorched Love Notes and Boogaloo Fuck Yous
For the moment, Vietnam lives in a storefront apartment on a corner of Williamsburg that looks gray no matter what season it is. The glass front has been painted over and the door is always open, and much of the time there are friends and neighbors...
Rat a Tat: Chopping It Up with Jim White
On "Hear My Call" from the new White Magic album, as Mira Billotte plays hypnotic triplets on the piano, drummer Jim White subtly re-molds his beat, changing the feel in chunks in response to Billotte's vocal moves, giving a song that's built on what...
Show's Over: Roadhouse Blues in Clubs across America
Photographer Joshua Wildman has been shooting since the late '80s and his work frequently puts him in clubs--often keeping him there until after the crowd disperses and the lights go up on the wreckage. This aftermath has always intrigued him. Earlier...
Sonic Youth: Duece Tre Duece Makes Club Bangers with a Fake ID
The morning after Duece Tre Duece's performance at West Baltimore's Woodlawn High School--a one song blast of their single "Hands Up, Thumbs Down"--the group's MySpace profile was littered with new comments: "JuS StOpPn bY 2 dRoP sUm LOVE 4 YOU ......
Style Wars: The Ideological Battle of the Sapeurs
The story of the Sapeurs begins in the 1950s, when Congolese students in Paris came back to their home country (bka Brazzaville) and began to hold philosophical meetings clad stylishly in black--triggering fashion envy on the other shore of the Congo...
The Man Next to the Man: Forget Sexy, Danja Brought Timbaland Back
Inevitably, when talking to the dude who co-produced a hefty portion of Timbaland's tracks in recent years, the question is bound to come up: is he the real force behind the Timbaland renaissance? When you open up the latest CD from Justin Timberlake...
Totally Franc: Malajube Breaks Down the Language Barrier
On the cruddiest day in recent memory--the sort of bad run where the phone takes a swim in a pint of Guinness and that's the least of your troubles--I had occasion to throw on the headphones and listen to track ten from Malajube's debut album Trompe-L'oeil...
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