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Pitchfork Preview: Moses Sumney

FRIDAY, BLUE STAGE, 5:15pm

Dear friend,

Click this. Now look at me.

There’s a certain kind of sound that is avoided when a musician forgoes formal training. It’s a sound of tired melodies, recycled structures, trite lyrics. Too many proficient musicians box themselves in to produce derivative works, while others put forth great effort to unlearn their conventions and perfected techniques so that they may explore musical space for themselves. We respect them for it. Their work stands out.

Moses Sumney is one of these artists. Self-taught in the guitar, and often self-recorded with looper pedals, his singles released this past year have been inventive and caught the ears of those craving new sound to break into. A beautiful voice adds to the experience, and Sumney puts it up front on all his tracks.

In interviews, Sumney reveals a career built as much on listening as performing. He discusses strong influences from Amy Winehouse in nearly all of his interviews, and from his miraculous O Superman cover, which was improvised live, one can gather that he’s listened to a fair amount Laurie Anderson as well.

On Friday, Moses Sumney will be among the first acts to perform at Pitchfork Music Festival. Unless a lot has changed in the past week, he will wield guitar and mic and not much else to create a unique and raw artistic experience just for you. Dip out of work early and be there.

Torn From The Bible: UK Punk Edition

In this installment of our (semi-)regular Torn From The Bible feature, I pulled a few pages related to the early days of the UK Punk scene. Those for your reading pleasure after the break, plus a couple of DJ training sheets.

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Gratitude and appreciation, as always, to the Rock Show staff of yore who contributed these pages; some of them give themselves credit, and some don’t, but they’re all probably rad people.

 

 

 

  • Among those who have come and gone through WNUR’s The Rock Show, I don’t know if there’s anything as memorable as the Rock Bible; over more than twenty years, the Rock Show staff has compiled a seriously exhaustive compendium of independent, alternative, and experimental music. The pages of the Rock Bible serve as the basis for The Rock Show’s DJ training meetings, and many of them have never been released to the public.

    For the first time, we’re opening the Rock Bible up to the world; every week, we’re going to take you through some of the book’s highlights. Some of these will be great primers on musical genres or styles, some of them will have awesome designs, and some we’re not totally sure what they were doing in the book in the first place. After the jump, see for yourself what the first week of Torn From The Bible has to bring…

    What is The Rock Show?

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    RULES OF THE ROCK SHOW

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    Nifty One-Sheet Guide to Kraut Rock

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    Chicago Rock, 1992-2000

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