lower dens takeover

Lower Dens takeover: A Different Kind of Tension
This album has really informed my playing and thinking about music recently, specifically the way they take a simple idea and push it and push it until it sort of breaks into something new. I feel connected to the way this album uses punk and pop, desperation and exuberance in an honest way that sti…
Lower Dens takeover: David Wojnarowicz
Along with people like Kathy Acker and Robert Mapplethorpe, David Wojnarowicz worked to bring gay culture out of its campy, self-mocking state and turn it into something that could stand beside as opposed to in opposition to straight culture...
Lower Dens takeover: Ernest Becker – Escape From Evil
We're all running from something, which Becker identifies as death without meaning or legacy. That the source of so much of our culture ought to lie in fear is both sad and eminently forgivable. There's nothing more human than this. Our music tries to sound how it might feel to forgive thi…
Lower Dens takeover: Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson is a remarkably fluid guitar player. His rhythm playing sneaks in lots of passing lines and his solos often contain material from a variety of idioms without sounding forced. His tones change with the times but are always in good taste and unique to him...
Lower Dens takeover: William Eggleston and Nan Goldin
These photographers don’t work together, that I know of, but they share a singular ability. Eggleston photographs the minutiae and monotony of our lives in startling color. Goldin is just as deft with her camera, but her subject matter is usually provocative and exhibitionist...
Lower Dens takeover: Chrome – Another World
This album fuses the industrial chug of their earlier efforts with a sleeker, brighter sound palette which evokes the aspirational fizz of the eighties so-cal dream to ominous effect. Damon edge as prisoner in a Michael Mann film which never ends...
Lower Dens takeover: Satie’s Gnossienne #4
Escape from Evil, for me, is our most spiritual album, and one of its themes is coming to a place of acceptance of one's own self-perpetuating pain, and finding new tools over the course of life that enables one to do so. This piece held me in its loving arms during a period in which nothing el…
Lower Dens takeover: Brian Eno/Daniel Lanois
Together they made albums like U2’s Unforgettable Fire that are the gold standard for tone and economy. That album in particular works as well as it does at least in part because of circumstances of restriction. They were working without a lot of “tools”, …

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