My Six-Week-Old Recognized the Song I Sang to Him In Utero

Categories: Awesome

Amber Taufen
The transportive power of music never ceases to amaze. Whenever I hear the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," it's suddenly 1997 inside my head; I'm back in high school, daydreaming while sitting on my bedroom floor, and my little blue boombox's dial is tuned to my favorite radio station, which plays the song at least once a day. When Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" plays -- and I allow myself to really listen to it -- I'm back in 2006, and my dad has just had a fatal heart attack; to cope, I listen to sad songs that help me purge the waves of unmanageable emotions I'm feeling through catharsis, and Roger Waters helps me cry myself to sleep more than once.

Just a few weeks ago, the neurons in my brain connected a brand-new memory to yet another song -- and it's one of my happiest memories to date, so I know I'll enjoy hearing Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" every time it enters my aural sphere. Here's why.

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Jason Sebastian Russo & Tara Autovino Need Your Help "Getting the Fuck Out of Brooklyn"

Guiding Light
Living with your significant other can be nice and and again, but imagine going on tour with them? Yes, as in, bringing whatever crap you deal with at home and loading it into a compact car, traveling throughout this great country, and praying it doesn't end in separate plane tickets back to New York.

Alright, so we're being a bit cynical, but that reality is what makes this story we're about to share even more incredibly lovely.

Filmmaker Tara Autovino (Ultimate Christian Wrestling, For A Swim With The Fish) and her boyfriend Jason Sebastian Russo (Hopewell, Common Prayer, and Mercury Rev) will be departing fairly soon on a month-long tour. The duo, who live together in Williamsburg, are embarking on a 10,000-mile journey, and will be recording their adventure every inch of the way. The project will culminate in a film and album titled Guiding Light.

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Holy Fuck! We Like a Band Called Holy Folk!

Categories: 2013, Awesome, Q&A

JR Sage
Holy Folk

As you might imagine, we get stacks and stacks of CDs at the Voice. Many of them have no business even being mailed to us (why hello there, Molly Ringwald's lounge record), and it's very difficult to find a musical act that gets it right the first time out. So you'll forgive us our surprise when, out of the stacks, came a band with a kinda-dumb-at-first name that grabbed us from the opening chords. Meet Holy Folk, a project between LA-based song-writers Keith Waggoner, Josh Caldwell, Ryan George, and Jonathan Hylander. Equipped with a sound that feels like an edgy combination of (early) Shins, Black Keys, a Time-Machine-Back-To-Better-Musical-Days, and a couple of things you can't quite put a finger on, they are folking--and fucking--great. Become a true believer by listening here to a stream of their entire debut album, Motioning (available for purchase NOW). We caught up with the guys, asked them about their debut, and thanked them for not having beards or wearing suspenders.

See also: Q&A: Mark Rose on Spitalfield Reunion

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Why "World Music" Doesn't Mean Anything Anymore: What I Learned At APAP

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Fatoumata Diawara

If you ever had any doubts about whether the global pop promotion game was an intellectual enterprise as well as an entrepreneurial movement, this year's 10th pairing of NYC's annual Global Fest with the yearly Association of Professional Arts Presenters' conference would set you straight.

APAP first emerged (as the Association of College and University Concert Managers) in the late 1950s out of a small, visionary network of college arts programmers who wanted to increase and diversify the kinds of cultural enrichment to which mainstream America had access. Being a college-based organization during the red-baiting '50s meant this group was also aware of the political ramifications of promoting every type of music, dance and theater as equal in social value.

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Los Angeles Is To X As NYC Is To the Ramones. Discuss.

Los Angeles is to X as New York is to the Ramones. Discuss.

Actually, not exactly. As X frontwoman Exene Cervenka relates, if it wasn't for a review slagging the Ramones, X might not exist. Seems the negative notice assured future X guitarist Billy Zoom that another band was as aberrant as he wanted to be, and, joining with bassist John Doe, the duo sowed the seeds of X.

X play 11/30 and 12/1 at Irving Plaza, and 12/7 at The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ.

See Also:
- X's Exene Cervenka Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis
- Interview: Exene Cervenka of X
- Live: X at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza

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Dancing With Jarvis Cocker: A Member Of The "Who's Zoo" Troupe Tells All

Judy McGuire
Editor's note: This weekend, Jarvis Cocker performed at the Whitney Museum in his Relaxed Muscle guise as part of the choreographer Michael Clark's "Who's Zoo" residency. The performance brought together dancers both trained and amateur, and Seattle Weekly's Dategirl/The Official Book Of Sex, Drugs, And Rock And Roll Lists author Judy McGuire was one of the lucky people who got a crash course in dance. In honor of Cocker's band, Pulp, beginning its two-night run at Radio City Music Hall this evening, we got her perspective on being involved in the performance.

We were called "zombies" and "klutzes" by the Post and compared to an "encroaching plague" by Gia Kourlas at the Times, but the reality is, we were sculptors, writers, lawyers (okay, only one), painters, trendspotters (again, only one), entry-level assistants, actors, students, filmmakers, bookmakers, art dealers and historians, and the un/under-employed. We were the "non-dancer" element in choreographer Michael Clark's "Who's Zoo" residency at the Whitney Biennial.

Why would non-dancers be part of a dance performance? Well, I never really got a firm answer to that, but I've been a fan of Clark's since I saw a documentary about his company—including the late Leigh Bowery—dancing to the Fall back in the '80s. So when I heard they were looking for volunteers I signed on immediately. The only requirement was that one had to be able to sit down on the floor and get up quickly. I might not be able to entrachet, but I sure can stand up.

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A Beginner's Guide To Funkmaster Flex's Instagram Account

Categories: Awesome, Hot 97

"Getting ready to tear this bitch down!!! Funk Flex!!! Mean!!! Webster hall!!!"
Those familiar with Funkmaster Flex, Hot 97's nighttime DJ and the one man Jay-Z and Kanye West trusted to break Watch the Throne lead single "Otis," know that on top his love for boom bap and muscle cars, Flex is something of a tech dork, fiending for the newest tablets and phones, blogging at, and bragging on air about his Twitter followers and Facebook friends. Two months ago, however, he added another social network, joining Instagram (the self-described "fun & quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures") and amassing nearly 20,000 followers who are greeted throughout the day with photos of everything from Flex's kids to his computer screen.

To outsiders, this mass of images might seem daunting, but upon closer inspection, it turns out to be as good an introduction to the life of our Best Radio DJ in New York as his 60 Minutes of Funk mixtape series was to Tunnel-era rap. For this reason, we're jumping off Flex's most recent post, a low angle shot of his dentist preparing to clean his teeth, with the caption "Dr. Feldman getting in crazy!!! Dentist time !!!!!," and bringing you this brief beginner's guide to an Instagram account that's as singular as its owner.

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The Beastie Boys' New Spike Jonze-Directed Video Has A Couple Of Strings Attached


Yetis, torchings, references to the online rumor mill—yes, the Spike Jonze-directed clip for the Beastie Boys' Santigold-assisted "Don't Play No Games That I Can't Win" has it all and then some. In the clip, the group and Santi are transformed into puppets and then hunted down by an evil squad that is so infuriated by the Beasties' existence, they actually sport anti-Beasties uniforms; through it all, the group is very exceedingly polite to those people—and, uh, mythical Himalayan creatures—who help them get out of jams. (You can never have too much etiquette these days, I suppose.) Clip below—just make sure you carve 11 minutes out of your day to actually watch the whole thing, since there are a couple of blink-and-you'll-miss-'em one-liners that are quite giggle-worthy.

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Dave Grohl Does Not Want You To Take His Band's Name Too Literally

His band may be called the Foo Fighters, but Dave Grohl wants the world to know that said nomenclature does not serve as carte blanche for people to get their conflict on during his concerts. During the Foos' Monday night show in London, he stopped mid-song to eject someone who was causing a ruckus in the crowd: "You don't come to my show and fight, you come to my show and fucking dance, you asshole!" he shouted as the guy was shamed/escorted out. I think that'd be a pretty good t-shirt slogan! Also, how lousy do you have to feel after being kicked out of a free show by virtue of nothing more than your ragey ways? Here's hoping the guy went home and looked up the origins of the Foos' name to alleviate his confusion over the night's purpose. [Via]

Eight Tracks To Snag From The Just-Relaunched

In the days before MP3 blogs blanketed the land, there was Epitonic, which offered users the opportunity to download select free MP3s from mostly indie labels and could easily be rifled through for hours on end (especially since it launched in the tail-end of the dialup era). The site went dormant in 2004, but after a successful Kickstarter campaign raised enough money to bring it back from the dead, it soft-relaunched last month. Today it returned in slightly more roaring fashion, complete with a couple of exclusive-to-Epitonic tracks and a few playlist-type features. The site's virtual shelves are now stocked with currently buzzy acts like The Weeknd and the Joy Formidable, but there are quite a few gems in the archives. Eight very biased suggestions, after the jump.

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