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    The smell of burnt plastic and kerosene, the sight of boarded up houses, factories, and stores, the sound of a distant gunshot… The geography of Virginia is home to two extremes. In the press we see the economic, political, and social wealth of the neighborhoods that encircle the nation’s capital. But in the southwestern regions, we can catch glimpses of burnt-out Appalachian coal-mining… [continue]→

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    starfish lips

    starfish lips is an indie-pop song at the intersection of melancholy and cute… Written in 3rd-grade level Korean, it is about learning how to communicate across languages, but also across the subtle signs of gestures and inflections. Originally written in 2000 and recorded in 2016, the song has special significance to me as this version was completed soon after I moved to Korea… [continue]→

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    My Fallen Twin – sun*load

    My Fallen Twin is a 90s darkwave influenced collab with sun*load: We have a vision of our ourselves, a kind of ideal light. Through mythology and science, we have appeared in many forms: as the second self, as angels, as alter-egos, as our superego. But what if the myth is exactly that? A shattered mirror, a descent of heavy wings, Hope in the form of a curse?… [continue]→

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    a mile high ride (with COtu) in the Ozone

    Ozone (a collab with COtu) is a sunny, R&B infused, mile-high, pop song best consumed before the dark clouds roll in. This song is dedicated to all you weary post-holy-day travelers, crossing across time-zones, from winter to summer, from coast to coast, from up to down, from love to sort-of-like, from excitement….
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    Frank Baker: Giving In

    Then there’s artists like Frank Baker. His online presence is scant, albums appear for a few months, then whole catalogs disappear into the ether. It brings an essential question to the foreground: Should we draw a line in the sand and focus on the singularity of craft in and of itself, and in so doing, delete the desire for multiplying the sound across…
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    Mobocracy Mayhem

    In late June 2016, we all woke up to the reality of the Brexit referendum. There was a blanketing, quiet awe of both disbelief and gnawing inevitability. Even with the continued global unrest and growing undercurrent of bigotry, many of us had been too naive to yet imagine the swiftness of the pendulum swing…
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    Gryflet’s Endless Tempest

    Nuno Tavares, the mastermind behind Gryflet is not a man of many words… but his music and song titles say it all. They are narrative riffs that take us through a journey. Antithetical to heavy rock, there’s no guitar solos, because if you create a singular hero within the song, then you take the power away from the audience…
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    mussi

    Songs about your pets are usually about something much more. We project onto them, we imagine we know what they’re thinking and saying, we begin to see expressions on their faces. Non pet-owners think we’re annoying at best, obsessed and/or pitifully lonely at worst.But isn’t it true that pets know us? They’ll look us in [continue]→

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    Schecter Stiletto Bass

    In 1987 I had the privilege of recording with bassist Mike Cassidy on ‘Untitled no.3’ the opening track off my second release, Resonance. Ever since, I’ve been haunted by the sound of fretless bass, eventually defanging my Fender Precision (more on this later) to get closer to that mysterious tone that is both ethereal and earthly. Mike’s [continue]→

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    Gryflet’s Left to the Unknown

    We all have voices in our head. In the early 1930’s the Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky defined the distinction between silent ‘inner speech’ and oral language: Even as inner speech starts out as a direct internalization of our external speech, his theory claims that as we mature, the two diverge, with inner speech no longer [continue]→

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    Emilio GS: The Time We Were

    Even as we change over time, no amount of longing can take us back to the time we were… A song about travels, changes, and searching through layers of time. A story about nurture transforming into condemnation… east — to west your tears and oceans flying between your words and mine smoke and light faint [continue]→

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    Gryflet’s #MeToo

    The #MeToo movement has been short of revolutionary, even becoming Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year.’ Its ripple effect has mobilized the previously silenced voices of those suffering from sexual harassment and abuse by those in positions of power. But there is a layer of atrociousness, masquerading as love, that casts another kind of profound [continue]→