Music and the Politics of Resistance
By Associated Press, Magpie and the Dandelion, The Avett Brothers (American) The evolving definition of folk music currently carries a little bit of rock, a little bit of reverb and a few other nontraditional flavors thrown in the stew. Its all being well received and The Avett Brothers new album Magpie and the Dandelion should be no exception. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Songs like Open Ended Life and Skin and Bones present a folk version of rocks wall-of-sound approach. Instead of a nuanced give and take between banjo and guitar and drums, we get them all at once, side by side, vying for attention. With proper mixing it works on these hardened-heart love songs. Things work up to a glorious crescendo on several tracks, going from simmer to boil on Another is Waiting. Though its worth noting that the sizzle on Magpie is mostly thanks to strong instrumentals. The group lacks a strong lead vocalist. Both Scott and Seth Avett can sing, but not convincingly enough to mesmerize the listener because of it. All in all, this is pleasant listening and the songs stick in the head. The North Carolina trio is a tight band eight albums into their career, and the folk renaissance has ushered in a new and deserving appreciation for their lilting nu-folk. ___ Follow Ron Harris: http://www.twitter.com/Journorati Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
I often wonder, who will be the next Springsteen, Wonder, Dylan, Franklin, or Holiday? And why are we not hearing their young voices on the radio or on television today? Are we truly listening, or are they being blocked out? Or are we just all-consumed by the dancing icons of our “smartphones,” which seem to be making us less smart and more docile? One thing we do know: music in the United States has led directly to environmental action, the equality of our citizens, a movement against war and violence, and it has raised the voices of the working American. We now need to point it toward direct political action. Powerful songs have always been the engine behind the greatest social movements — it is the marching soundtrack that unites the people and gives them focus and resolve, and it’s not limited to the U.S. In 1970s Nigeria, Fela Kuti invented Afro Beat music as a way to protest the oil company regime of Nigeria. His song “Zombie” became a global hit that railed against Nigeria’s military dictators. In South Africa, the indigenous Mbatanga music helped bring about the end of apartheid and it spread a message of peace and reconciliation in that nation. In Chile, Victor Jara wrote songs about his country’s struggles, sparking the Nueva Cancion (New Songs) movement that caused South Americans to rise up against their military dictatorships and replace them with democracies. In Brazil, the Tropicalia movement was created by songwriters like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Rita Lee as a form of protest against the Brazilian military junta, which eventually fell from its own corruption and incompetence. In Australia and New Zealand, popular songs written by indigenous and non-ingenious songwriters sparked an indigenous land reclamation movement that is still active today.
Based on conversations with musicians in Nashville, Butera says the instrument is ideal for touring musicians because it encompasses a broad style of techniques and instruments. In that sense, INSTRUMENT 1 liberates sound from technique. It is similar to keyboards in that it combines the expertise of dilettante with the craftsmanship of an artiste. Segmenting Consumers And Raising Funds The dilettante and artiste are fundamentally different, however. Butera realizes this and has produced two versions of the same instrument, one aimed at professionals while the other is aimed at lay consumers. While they are fairly similar in their musical capabilities, the two versions of INSTRUMENT 1 are priced at different ranges. The higher-end version of Instrument, which is made from heirloom wood, is being considered for a price range that is around $799 and the average consumer version will, possibly, retail for $399. Those price points reflect general trends within the music industry. According to a report by the National Association of Music Merchants, sales of musical instruments is picking up post-recession. More significantly, sales for units priced at above $199 have been rising at a faster rate in the last two years than those for instruments priced under that price range. Achieving a product market fit, however, depends on funding for Artiphon. After raising a quarter million dollars from investors in Nashville, Butera recently made a trip to Silicon Valley. he met investors, attended meetups to introduce his company and instrument, and discussed board seats for his company.
Music | Maud In Cahoots interview
I hope that can continue and develop because I think thats when the best music is made, whenyou work with different influences and exposeyourself to as many ideas as possible. Art in general, be it theatre or film, can all bring different inspirations to our music. Its important for us to progress our sound. Zoe: We were involved with the Whole World Band app recently, and that was such an interesting concept, to have a root idea and open it up to a potentially global forum. The great thing about the advent of this sort of technology is that it makes sense, its kind of a luxury to be able to rehearse and record with a band two or three times a week. It can be hard to get people together and having different ways of doing it really opens our music up to more of that kind of collaboration. How do you find or choose the people you collaborate with? Zoe: We always look for musicians, whether its classical or jazz, that have a wide range of sensibilities. Weve been lucky with our drummers for example, wevealways played with versatile performers and we value the input someone like that can bring. Maud: Thats important for us to maintain because the kind of care and time we put into the musicianship of the band is unique. Its not something I think well ever compromise on. The instrumentation and music of a song can tell as much of a story as the lyrics. You are currently writing and recording your debut album at the moment.