ART Total Disquiet, by Eevien Tan CINEMA SONG Brand-new Breeders
You may remember these 1980s tracks, or you may not. They probably charted respectably at one point but have been lost to obscurity over the years. These are the kind of semi-popular but not hugely popular AOR-style cuts that dominated my interest in the mid-80s. Thank you, WAPL.
AMERICA “U.S. secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest and undermine government: USAid started ZunZuneo, a social network built on texts, in hope it could be used to organize ‘smart mobs’ to trigger Cuban spring”: According to documents obtained by the Associated Press and multiple interviews with people involved in the project, the plan was
ANIMALS “Cow escapes on way to slaughterhouse, smashes through metal fence, breaks arm of man trying to catch her then swims to safety on island in lake”: …a political leader in the town of Nysa, Czeslaw Bilobran, has reportedly said the cow will live out its life in peace. Politician and former singer, Pawel Kukiz,
Episode 3 of RADIO CADE features Chicago musician Brett Van Donsel. Radio Cade caught up with impossibly gifted multi-instrumentalist Brett Van Donsel to discuss music, friendship, recording with Steve Albini, and more. People, places and things mentioned in this podcast include: Crapola Ambiante “Beware the Shrike“ Deerhoof Electrical Audio Elvis Costello & the Attractions Fishbone
I’ve assembled a small list of music videos featuring dogs. Please share with dog lovers. Bonus: Check out this ANIMAL PLANET segment with Shellac drummer Todd Trainer and his Excellent Italian Greyhound, Uffizi (segment begins at the 2:54 mark).
GOOD vs. EVIL Why is modern-day pop culture obsessed with good vs. evil themes? Good guy/bad guy narratives might not possess any moral sophistication, but they do promote social stability, and they’re useful for getting people to sign up for armies and fight in wars with other nations. Their values feel like morality, and
Currently looping on my playlist for several days.
A brief note on some cool stuff happening down in the desert. If you like Shakespeare and skateboarding — or either of the two! — consider donating to the new project of my friend Veronica Everett in Santa Fe, who is merging those worlds: Can you be an arts revolutionary? We want to Skateboard Shakespaere!
Lifelong pal Brett Van Donsel, who creates the music for my podcast, has a new song up for purchase: We originally recorded a version of this jam at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago in 2016. On the current version, Brett plays all the instruments himself and puts his multi-instrumentalist expertise on display. Brett’s
Multi-talented Chicago musician Brett Van Donsel has been doing at-home music recordings nearly his entire life. He gives us the low-down on some of the basics. Q: For the novice — where does one start? What kind of gear do you need to do the basics? A: You really can do good things with even