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SUNDAY VIDEO : WELCOME TO THE GO-GO

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Welcome to the Go-Go is a great primer for the sort of hyper-localized, civic-minded music genre that feels anachronistic in the internet era. Jumpstarted in the mid-1970s by the bandleader Chuck Brown (the “Godfather of Go-Go,” who passed away in 2012), go-go grew up as a reaction to Reaganomics’ negative impact on African-Americans in the Baltimore and D.C. area. As the documentary shows through extensive live footage, go-go is party music first and foremost, driven by large bands featuring multiple brass and percussion parts (the latter drawn from the region’s lengthy history of African-American marching bands), though it quickly incorporated hip-hop influences through Melle Mel-derived rhyme deliveries— a few scenes feature local performers rhyming with the White House as a backdrop. If all you know of Baltimore is “The Wire” and all you know of go-go music is “Da Butt”, Welcome is a great introduction to one of the city’s cultural crown jewels.

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Aldo

RE:VERSION SESSION WITH SLEEPY SUN

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Image + Video: Margarita Kouvatsu
Production: Marlou de Rijke/ Margarita Kouvatsou
Sound: Rikke Korswagen

California’s Sleepy Sun just finished their late summer European tour, which wrapped up in Rotterdam, NL. Before taking the stage at Rotown in the evening, the band found their way to the New Pavilion, a temporary house designed by architecture firm SeARCH for Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam’s cultural institute for architecture.

While in this interesting, green setting, the band delivered a hazy, dream-like version of ‘Slowdown,’ from their 2014 Dine Alone release, Maui Tears.

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Visit your local record store (or order online here) to get your copy of Maui Tears.

*For more information on all upcoming EU tour dates for Sleepy Sun, please visit the band’s Belmont artist page here.*

SUNDAY VIDEO: ROCK MY RELIGION

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Rock My Religion is a provocative thesis on the relation between religion and rock music in contemporary culture. Graham formulates a history that begins with the Shakers, an early religious community who practiced self-denial and ecstatic trance dances. With the “reeling and rocking” of religious revivals as his point of departure, Graham analyzes the emergence of rock music as religion with the teenage consumer in the isolated suburban milieu of the 1950s, locating rock’s sexual and ideological context in post-World War II America. The music and philosophies of Patti Smith, who made explicit the trope that rock is religion, are his focus. This complex collage of text, film footage and performance forms a compelling theoretical essay on the ideological codes and historical contexts that inform the cultural phenomenon of rock `n’ roll music.

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Aldo

ALL THE WAY LIVE: SUUNS AT TOLHUISTUIN IN AMSTERDAM

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The most excellent SUUNS were in Amsterdam last Thursday for two very different performances: an intimate Converse Red Light Session at Red Light Radio, followed by a club set for a full house across the water at Tolhuistuin, which featured stunning visuals from artist Sabrina Ratté.

Dutch rock ‘n roll photographer Melanie Marsman was there to capture it all. Enjoy her photo spread below, and check out more of her work at melaniemarsman.com.

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*For more information on all upcoming EU tour dates for SUUNS, please visit the band’s Belmont artist page here.*

SUNDAY VIDEO: AMERICAN HARDCORE

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The history of hardcore punk—the tougher, faster, and more politically minded stepchild of the ’70s punk movement that arose in the ’80s—is examined in exuberant detail in Paul Rachman’s documentary American Hardcore. Rachman’s cameras careen across the landscape of the U.S. to trace the movement’s beginnings in cities like Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York, and cherrypicks interviews with the musicians that helped shape its sound and impact, including Henry Rollins and Greg Ginn of Black Flag, H.R. (frontman for the highly influential, all-African American outfit Bad Brains), Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat (and now Fugazi), and many others.

Hardcore’s violent reaction against the Reagan administration and the complacent mindset of middle-class America is also detailed in countless performance footage clips and poster-art reproductions, which do much to dismiss the popular opinion of hardcore as nothing more than mindless hooliganism.

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Aldo

SUNDAY VIDEO: LES PAUL: CHASING SOUND!

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Among inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, his name comes alphabetically after Louis Pasteur. In the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it follows Parliament-Funkadelic. This singular distinction belongs to Les Paul, whose insatiable curiosity and experiments gave us the musical instrument of the modern era - the solid-body electric guitar - and the predominant studio recording technique - multi-tracking. Audacious and indefatigable at every turn of his career - from small-town Waukesha to Harlem music haunts to Hollywood studios - Paul, at age 92, still holds court every Monday night at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.

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Aldo

SUNDAY VIDEO : RIP, A REMIX MANIFESTO

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It’s only natural that you should be able to watch a documentary that takes on the issue of copyright in 21st century for free online. Brett Gaylor’s film touches base with just about every icon of the information freedom movement, from Cory Doctorow to Creative Commons. But the movie’s true star is Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk.

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Aldo