Nick Drake & Ian Curtis: The Musketeers of Mope

[veering away from fringe artists for a moment…] There are some strange intersections between Nick Drake and Ian Curtis. In my mind, they are the  musketeers of mope. The musicians whose decent into depression, madness, and melancholia are fossilized for all to see in their recordings. Their work slowly developed into the desperation, isolation, misery, and arguable insanity that are so commonly associated with their names. Curtis and Drake committed suicide, and their dissatisfaction with life lingers in their music. Lyrically, Drake and Curtis share similar themes, yet very different motifs. Drake was known for his apt usage of natural […]

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Watch That Man: David Bowie, Back To Reality

Early last week, I read an NPR article asking musicians, journalists and writers to say what they were most looking forward to in music in 2013. One person said ‘Anything, anything at all from David Bowie.’ I remember shaking my head and thinking it will never happen, but wishing, dreaming it would. And now, barely a week into 2013, we have signs of life from planet Bowie. Today marks his 66th birthday, along with the announcement of his 30th studio album out March 11th, The Next Day. When my friend texted me early this morning with the news I absolutely didn’t believe […]

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