Finally, a new episode of the podcast! We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, including the joys of large-scale collaborative music-making, the human determination to make music despite severe material challenges, presidential playlists and how authenticity and accessibility have become expectations in our culture, learning to appreciate finite runs of great creative work (and the rise of the auteur), and a little about contemporary music journalism.
It's a fun, wide-ranging ramble, with some great music sprinkled in. Enjoy!
(playlist & references after the jump)
Items discussed and excerpted in this episode:
- Foo Fighters Rockin 1000 Official Video, "Learn to Fly"
- Gaspar Nali, "Abale Inu"
- Excerpt from field recordings of the Banjo Bands of Malawi, captured by cultural anthropologist Moya A. Malamusi
- The President's summer playlists; text listing here
- Nicholas Cook, Music: A Very Short Introduction
- LCD Soundsystem, Dance Yrself Clean
- Outro: Kurt Weill, Little Threepenny Music - Tango-Ballad; Atlantic Sinfonietta, Andrew Schenck