jason hirschhorn's @MusicREDEF: 01/16/2019 - Metal Love Behind Bars, Indie Online Radio, Fyre Fight, Creating While Sober, Sharon Van Etten...

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These algorithms are weird and undefeatable. Is this interest remix not displaying correctly? | View it in your browser. You should be dancing: Khalid in Sunrise, Fla., Dec. 16, 2018.
(John Parra/Getty Images) Wednesday - January 16, 2019 Wed - 01/16/19 “These algorithms are weird and undefeatable.”
-  Thebe Kgositsile, aka Earl Sweatshirt, on streaming music rantnrave:// The most beautiful music story I've read in this young year is this essay about two metal fans who met in college (the first time she saw him, at a campus café, she fantasized the two of them talking about "tenets of anarcho-syndicalism and the Californian deathgrind band CATTLE DECAPITATION") and became romantic partners a few years later, while he was in prison. He's still there, and they spend much of their visitation and phone time talking about records while awkwardly holding hands across a too-low coffee table or being interrupted by automated announcements that all calls may be monitored. Metal bands like UNBROKEN and THOU are their bond and his sanity. She wrote the essay—her name is LIZ PRICE—and she talks a little about what it's like to carry out a romance through prison walls, a little about how you discover new music on a prison tablet with a streaming service that most definitely isn't SPOTIFY, and a lot about how metal makes it all suck just a little bit less. You will cry, in your own head-banging, wall-rattling way. It's easy to forget, when we complain about this kind of music or that kind of music or these kids or those old people, just how important and universal and life-affirming music is. This is as true in 2019 as it was in 1969, and it's true of every kind of metal, every kind of pop, every kind of rap, every kind of everything that has any kind of beat. "Our band," one of the greatest non-metal rock bands of all once sang, "could be your life." The life they were talking about could easily have been that of KIM HOYOS, a Colombian-American woman from New Jersey who has found, in bicultural pop singers like CAMILA CABELLO, LAUREN JAUREGUI and JESSIE REYEZ, a reflection of her own identity, her own self. Or that of New York City Councilman JUSTIN BRANNAN, who learned how to become a community organizer and politician from his years as a hardcore punk guitarist, "where one minute there’s a guy standing next to you in the crowd and the next he’s on stage playing bass in the next band." Maybe that band is Cattle Decapitation. Maybe it's Camila Cabello's band. It doesn't matter. Whatever that band is, it's someone's life, and it could be yours... TRAVIS SCOTT talked to COLIN KAEPERNICK before agreeing to join MAROON 5 at the SUPER BOWN halftime show, according to VARIETY's sources, who say that "while the two did not necessarily agree, they emerged from the conversation with mutual respect and understanding"... PHOENIX can thank ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ for a spike in interest in its 2009 single "LISZTOMANIA"... Which is worse: HULU's FYRE FESTIVAL documentary allegedly paying the festival's imprisoned founder, BILLY MCFARLAND, six figures to sit down for an interview, or NETFLIX'S Fyre Fest doc being co-produced by the social media agency that helped sell the disastrous, fraudulent fest to the public? You don't have to choose. Strictly ethically speaking, they're both a little gross, and whichever one you watch, you're helping to line the pockets of the people responsible for the thing you're supposed to be angry about all over again. That said, VOGUE offers some advice on which one you should watch, based on your particular interest. Or maybe you want to hold out for FYRING SQUAD, the doc about the making of the docs that someone is hopefully pitching as we speak... RIP CAROL CHANNING, RAFAEL VIERA and OMAR PHILLIPS. - Matty Karas, curator the running man Noisey How Metal Keeps Me Connected to My Partner in Prison by Liz Price Listening to and talking about music, he says, minimizes his lingering vulnerability and hopelessness, even if only fleetingly. Pitchfork Independent Online Radio Is the Algorithm Alternative You Need by Jeff Ihaza As streaming continues to dominate, independent online radio stations offer a more human solution to the problem of too much choice. Fatherly We Stopped Letting Our Kid Listen to Digital Music. You Should Too by Ryan Britt Sometimes, you have to go old-school. Billboard Why Did It Take So Long For Maroon 5's Super Bowl Halftime Announcement? by Gil Kaufman The Super Bowl halftime show is one of the most coveted gigs in music, so why did Maroon 5 wait nearly three months to confirm that they'll be taking the stage in Atlanta on Feb. 3 at Super Bowl LIII with Travis Scott and Big Boi? The Ringer Fyre Fight: The Inside Story of How We Got Two Warring Fyre Festival Documentaries in the Same Week by Scott Tobias Netflix and Hulu are rolling out competing docs on the same scammer festival, and millennials have a ‘Deep Impact’ vs. ‘Armageddon’ to call their own. But is one film more ethical than the other? GQ Creating While Clean by Chris Heath Steven Tyler, Julien Baker, Ben Harper, Jason Isbell, Joe Walsh, and other sober musicians on how to thrive creatively without drugs or booze. MTV News How Camila, Lauren, and Jessie Taught Me to Break the Rules Around Bicultural Identity by Kim Hoyos The rising pop stars are dissolving the boundaries that have trapped Latinx artists in a silo The Ringer How Sharon Van Etten Chased Down Her Shadow and Made Her Best Album Yet by Lindsay Zoladz Since we last heard from her, the singer-songwriter worked with David Lynch, starred in a Netflix hit, found love, became a mother, and channeled it into the wonderful new ‘Remind Me Tomorrow.’ i-D Magazine These Photographers Documented New York's Legendary Punk Scene by Nicole DeMarco From Blondie to the Ramones, i-D spoke to Roberta Bayley and GODLIS to find out just what made CBGB’s so special. The Daily Beast The Science of Why 'Baby Shark' Is So Freaking Catchy by Tanya Basu The children’s song earned the rare distinction of cracking the Billboard 100 list. What is it about the song that makes it so damn catchy? the roger rabbit Water & Music Music and lifestyle companies are jockeying for each other's audiences. Who will win? by Cherie Hu Music and lifestyle brands, competing for attention on the same platforms, are trying to expand horizontally and steal each other’s audiences in order to strengthen their own. Rolling Stone The President and the Soviet-Born Pianist by Seth Hettena Donald Trump has known Lola Astanova socially for years, and she’s performed at both the White House and Mar-a-Largo. Billboard How Audiomack Went From Mixtape Destination to One of the Most Influential Underground Streaming Services Around by Dan Rys How Audiomack emerged from the tail end of the online mixtape era to become one of the premier tastemakers in streaming audio. Resident Advisor The cult of rotary mixers by Stephen Titmus Using a knob to control sound, rather than a fader, is not intrinsically a good thing. But vintage models hold a legendary space in DJ culture. Nowadays, newer rotary mixers, such as the ARS MODEL 6700, are among the best-sounding on the market.  Red Bull Music Academy The Current State Of UK Jazz We talk to Henry Wu, Moses Boyd, Poppy Ajudha, Nubya Garcia, Cleveland Watkiss and many more in a film about the people and places that are making jazz soar in London. The New York Times At the NYC Winter Jazzfest, Learning How Less Can Be More by Giovanni Russonello The 15-year-old institution is known for its size and scope. But a new Half Marathon provided an opportunity to stop and savor that informed the entire festival. Vulture All the Artists Who’ve Denounced R. Kelly by Dee Lockett and Katie Rothstein All the Artists Who’ve Denounced R. Kelly RealClearLife This Politician Doesn't Mind If You Call Him a Punk by Tim Sommer New York City Councilman Justin Brannan is no ordinary politician... he was also the founding member and guitarist of two famous hardcore punk bands. NPR Maggie Rogers Reintroduces Herself by Rachel Martin and Victoria Whitley-Berry Pharrell's praise turned Maggie Rogers into a viral sensation. Now, she's negotiating all the pitfalls of a fast track to fame on her debut album, "Heard It in a Past Life." Okayplayer How Stop The Violence Movement's 'Self Destruction' Became One of the Most Important Rap Releases by Dart Adams In 1989, KRS-One and hip-hop journalist Nelson Geroge formed the Stop The Violence Movement. The collective would change hip-hop forever. MUSIC OF THE DAY SoundCloud "Kamane Tarhanin" Mdou Moctar From "Ilana," out March 28 on Sahel Sounds. “REDEF is dedicated to my mother, who nurtured and encouraged my interest in everything and slightly regrets the day she taught me to always ask ‘why?’”


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