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THE DOPE LIGHT IS ON!

posted August 13th, 2020

Crack a LightDope Body's back on the line with their first album since 2015, rife with the gnarly, bisected body attacks that typified their great records and shows on the other side of the teens. A decade plus from the audacity of 20 Pound Brick, their debut cassette, and four years since calling it quits, Dope Body are suddenly liver than we thought they'd ever be again. 

Maybe they just needed a bit of time off, with some pre-contagion social distancing... (read more)

Artists in this story: Dope Body

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MORNING BREW

posted August 10th, 2020

For the past month, we suddenly love Monday. The best part of waking up is a new Bill Callahan song. This week, you can listen to the new song AND take it to a new (caffeinated) level with a "Breakfast" blast for your mug.

In celebration of Gold Record, we've partnered up with coffee roasters Four Letter Word to present a special coffee for your "Breakfast" enjoyment. It's a single origin from Colombia produced by Guillermo Rojas, with a nicely complex profile: much like... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill Callahan

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THE BYLINE WAS ALWAYS THE HEADLINE

posted August 7th, 2020

On October 2, 2008, on tour, in Seattle, with Silver Jews, in between songs, David Berman addressed the crowd:

“This is our 86th show! You know, I'll tell ya.... I have some pretty jaded musician friends, who've heard me say this kind of thing before, and asked ‘Why are you always counting your shows? Nobody cares about that!’ And I was like, ‘Oh gee, I don’t know... maybe because they’re importantBecause they actually mean something to me?’"

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Artists in this story: Silver Jews, David Berman, Purple Mountains

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FORESIGHT BIAS

posted August 6th, 2020

2020! Now it can be told: the charade of a world without new Magik Markers records (six-plus years!) has finally ended. In these times of contagion fables and hacky blockbuster n95 disaster imagery IRL, Markers emerge again like three Lazarus from their three individual firmaments, just in the nick of the end of time.

What Magik Markers do best is listening, and as John Shaw, Pete Nolan and Elisa Ambrogio worked with the tunes, they heard something taking shape. Less a style than... (read more)

Artists in this story: Magik Markers