New Music Out in January or Soon

Incredibly, quite suddenly even, it’s 2016. Hard to believe it, and yet here we are: the future. Sure there’s Trump. There’s also plenty of other wonderful things to cancel him out. Namely music. Here’s a short, and by no means comprehensive, list of albums that I’m looking forward to being released this January (or soonish). Moth–… New Music Out in January or Soon was originally published on Rhyme et Reason Continue reading New Music Out in January or Soon

In Which We Interview Jessica Hernandez of Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

  Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas are quickly establishing themselves as the act to follow. With Cuban/Mexican-American Hernandez’s bull in a china shop voice and her Detroit-based Deltas’ healthy appreciation for brass instrumentation, their debut, Secret Evil, is definitely one of 2014’s best. Swinging songs about love and heartbreak and incongruous touches of ska and soul hit like… In Which We Interview Jessica Hernandez of Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas was originally published on Rhyme et Reason Continue reading In Which We Interview Jessica Hernandez of Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Chavela Vargas Has Died // Chavela Vargas Se Ha Muerto

Mexican singer (by way of Costa Rica) Chavela Vargas died on Sunday at the age of 93. Chavela’s distinctively soulful voice–infinitely rich with such a wonderful rasp–is unparalleled in the Spanish-speaking world and was no doubt informed by her lifestyle. Vargas was famously androgynous, carried on lesbian love affairs (perhaps even with friend, the artist, Frida Kahlo), and sang ranchera songs as they were meant to be sung–refusing to change the pronouns in these songs to satisfy her audience’s heteronormative sensibilities. She became one of those rare icons beloved by both popular culture and counterculture. She will be missed, but her voice … Continue reading Chavela Vargas Has Died // Chavela Vargas Se Ha Muerto

Oliver Stone’s Savages

Savages is another attempt to enlighten the  world about selling drugs in southern California and getting tangled up with Mexican drug lords. Don’t do drugs, kids. It’s not like Savage Grace or The Savages. It’s an Oliver Stone film that motions you to sit down, shut up, and enjoy the first scene in which Taylor Kitsch is having a bit of fun with Blake Lively. Two guys (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch), who are almost complete opposites, and a girl (Blake Lively) get themselves wrapped up in a cartel problem that is more complicated than it appears on the surface. This is … Continue reading Oliver Stone’s Savages