No Skip Saturday: Sza’s Ctrl

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Keeping Score–Annihilation & Arca

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At the beginning of quarantine, I found myself gravitating towards the juicy, campy, and albeit oftentimes problematic movies of 50s sci-fi. They’re predictable — something mysterious happens, 40 minutes of dialogue, and then 15 minutes of kitschy special effects and action. It’s a digestible 70 minutes of escapism. (If I zone out, I’m probably thinking about the poster from The Wasp Woman (1959)). When it comes to their sounds and scores though, many lack the sort of experimental and imaginativeness that make later sci-fi soundtracks some of my favorite to revisit. At their best, these scores can shape the world of the movie by blending the familiar into something atmospheric, dark, and a little experimental. 

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Punk goes virtual: Meeting Past and Present Stars in Cleveland, Akron and Kent

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Punk music is effervescent and memorable — and Ohio is where it all began. On October 8, Cleveland’s Vanity Crash took to Facebook Live in their event justly titled “The Birth of Punk in Cleveland, Akron and Kent,” to document punk through the ages, from Dead Boys to the Pretenders, bringing past artists to the forefront of the current creative movement.

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Frisson, vol. 2

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Welcome back to Frisson: your weekly guide to all things auditorily aesthetic. In this volume, we’ll be diving into 3 songs from 3 completely different genres. It’ll take a time machine to travel through these 3 song-eras… so let’s get started. 

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Musicking and Reshaping our Definition of Music

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There’s this guy named Christopher Small who I’m assuming you haven’t heard of (I also had no idea who he was when I first read his name). He was this guy from New Zealand who wrote a lot about music and its function. I want to share some of his ideas with you all because I think they  are valuable for music lovers and could change what music means in a beneficial way.    

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