From the first seconds you press play on a Flood single, or a hypnotic Ellll release, or a stormlike rave loosie from Lighght, you hear contradiction and tumult. Percussion-wise, they pull from sounds from across the globe. Listen to the drums and you might think of Latin America or Africa. But sometimes local motifs creep in: Numbertheory included a sample of sean nós, an Irish tradition of haunting, melismatic singing; Syn’s track Coy included a sample of the bodhrán, an Irish drum made with goatskin; Lighght’s excellent 2019 album, Gore-Tex in the Club, Balenciaga Amongst the Shrubs, makes use of the harp. Irishness is there, even if it’s just lurking. … [Read more...] about ‘No Fiat 500 techno!’: why electronic music in Cork is popping off
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In the early weeks of 2020, this troubling history has finally gotten mainstream attention. It’s been mostly driven by the Sanders campaign, which is eager to cut into Biden’s huge lead among older voters. And it has sparked a lot of back and forth between the Sanders and Biden camps about particular episodes of the former vice-president’s record, and whether or not he’s being misrepresented. But the general arc of Biden’s time in Washington – from campaigning on the expansion of entitlement programs to calling for cuts to them – is undeniable. … [Read more...] about Joe Biden used to be a progressive Democrat. What happened?
Stubborn and frequently arrogant, Munch is rarely a sympathetic figure in this version of his life; there’s a reason why Kverneland makes him look, as a younger man, just like Dick Dastardly, all chin and waxed moustache. But his originality and commitment to his art is never in doubt and it’s this that gives the book its singular energy. Funny and irreverent, it makes Munch seem very human, even as it places his genius beyond doubt. … [Read more...] about Munch by Steffen Kverneland review – a scrapbook drawn from life
But Lim Tae-hoon from the Center for Military Human Rights said Ms Byun's discharge was unusual because it was effective the day after the decision was made. Usually they are effective after a period of up to three months, he said. It suggested that the army did not want Ms Byun to have contact with her unit, Mr Lim said. … [Read more...] about South Korea transgender soldier to sue over dismissal
In a series of tweets last March, Avenatti alleged that Nike paid current NBA players such Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton and Denver Nuggets prospect Bol Bol when the two were being recruited out of high school to persuade them to attend schools sponsored by the apparel company. Ayton and Bol attended Nike schools Arizona and Oregon, respectively. (Bol is the son of former NBA player Manute Bol) … [Read more...] about Judge denies Michael Avenatti’s request to toss out charges in Nike trial as he’s accused of attempting to extort $25million from the apparel giant