a mix Sambro made for FADER
Daaaaaaaaaaang so heavy!
his label BODY HIGH is throwing a party at Glasslands in mid-May
Come say hi we’ll be like Hello we are the gree suh mores :*
When you spend time in an environment that is totally foreign, you become accustomed to undergoing a series of disquieting personal transformations, of experiencing life as someone different than you are at home. For most people, this happens when they travel abroad. For a year and then some, it happened to me every day, without even leaving my own borough.
I have a new piece up at TR today, although it’s not new, exactly: I started the first version of this over two years ago, which is four apartments ago, three or four boyfriends ago, a couple countries and several states ago. This originally appeared, in a different form, on LowLog, with the help of Michael & Ida. Last year, when I was just about to start revising this, I also met someone who made my world and writing immeasurably better and I don’t even know where to begin with the gratitude so I guess I’ll start, imperfectly, here.
Shout out to Lucy for this piece, for getting into the most badass writing school in America, and for her fiery tweets.
Also shout out to Low Log - project of the past which I look back on sometimes because I like the roles of editor, interviewer, and championing other people’s work. Now all my ambition is focused on being a student again but the side hustle of producing imaginative content for the internet is the inescapable eternal nightmare-dream!
hi drake. hi ri. how r u guys? just checking in. sincerely, ida
The Alabamba Shakes’ debut full-length album, Boys And Girls (out on April 10th) is now streaming at NPR. The bluesy soul band steadily backs up frontwoman Brittany Howard’s powerhouse vocals, which range from fiercely guttural like in the most energetic moments of “Hold On,” to the dovey coo of “Going to the Party.” Trudging through the rough patches and trusting that something gentle and wonderful is somewhere up ahead is a theme that runs through the album. “You Ain’t Alone” address all the vulnerability and fear of romance through a series of questions before arriving on the comforting refrain of the song’s title. In “I Found You” Howard recounts her struggle in the seemingly endless wait for her man, but by the next track, “Hang Loose,” she finds the strength to quit looking over her shoulder and takes on a soothsayer role: “Roll with the tide and Ima take care of you.”
As far as I know the A. Shakes haven’t yet responded to the love letter sent to them by one of the Yours Trulys, so… fingers crossed.
I listened to the Alabama Shakes album this morning and did my lyrical-analytical-response thing.