Friday, February 1, 2008

225 Magazine: Bang On a Can All-Stars and Bill Callahan

In the February 2008 issue of 225 Magazine:

Banging on Cans
Bang on a Can All-Stars:
By Alex V. Cook

A musical marathon that breaks down barriers among musical styles is coming to town, a spectacle that was born in New York City.

“There was a whole new generation of composers who didn’t fit in anywhere. We wanted to provide a place for new music in society,” explains Julia Wolfe, composer and cofounder of Bang on a Can, a series of concerts that started in New York in the late 1980s.

“Music was perceived as this elitist thing—academic, clever, scientific, inaccessible. Nobody cared if people came to the concerts, and the music reflected that.” Read more...

Clearing the smog to let the music shine through:
Bill Callahan

By Alex V. Cook

‘I can’t think of anything that isn’t universal in this world,” singer-songwriter Bill Callahan says about the myriad of subjects that find their way into his beguiling songs. “I wake up with music resting on my chest, like a cat that likes to sleep there. And its eyes are open before mine, just waiting for me to wake.”

Callahan entered the music world through the back door in 1992 as Smog—and occasionally as the deconstructed “(Smog)”—creating home-recorded epics of love and isolation. This past year, however, he issued his first album, Woke on a Whaleheart, under his own name. Read more...

I feel I must have broken through to the next layer of indie rock strata because the photo for this article was provided by Joanna Newsom

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