#0005 – We Love U2 Almost as Much as You Hate Them

U2 is a band whose bloated ambition and oblivious business acumen has, for the past decade, nearly eradicated all memory of their uplifting, cinematic rock in the 80’s and inventive, genre-melding rock in the 90s. That’s why, for the past decade, I have decided to keep my lifelong love for them buried under stacks of more avant, and vastly hipper music.
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#0004 – The Sounds of Moogfest 2017

Last month, I attended Moogfest, the 4-day music festival (or is it a music conference?) that took place in Durham, North Carolina. And while fellow journalist Alex Tebeleff and I have already shared our thoughts on the career-affirming event dubbed a “synthesis of music, art and technology,” I wanted to use this episode of Talking Like A Jerk as an opportunity to share some the eclectic auditory offerings of Moogfest through a collection of conversations (both had and overheard), sight-specific sounds, and progressive music.

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#0003 – Music Festivals

What happened to the music festival?

What was once a pastoral escape has now become a bloated corporate opportunity for profit, more commonly marketed towards wealthy high schoolers than engaged music fans.

For us music die-hards who still attend festivals, every year becomes more of a struggle to find meaning and defend our decisions…

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#0002 – Father John Misty

Father John Misty: the ex Fleet Foxes drummer may not be a household name on par with Bob Dylan, but over the course of three albums, he’s sunk his claws into the ears and nerves of a purportedly intellectual audience.

His penchant for high-brow commentary drenched in cynicism and satire, along with his at times outlandish public appearances, have exacerbated critics while forging a cult of ensconced fans.

Following his latest release Pure Comedy, I assembled three of DC’s most opinionated music wonks, Alli Vega (Songbyrd Music House), Peter Lillis (Babe City Records), and Bryce Rudow (Random Nerds) to discuss Misty while trudging through their first listen of Pure Comedy.

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#0001 – Music After Trump

Following November’s election of a bullying, nationalist, anti-arts, anti-free press president who perpetually rejects objective truth, the above audiophilic sentiment was echoed in cafes and think pieces across the country; a faint silver lining extracted from the foreboding horizon. And Washington D.C., the nation’s capital and (second) home to the President, is being tapped as a possible ground zero for this musical (read: “punk”) reawakening.

For those of us living here on the front lines of political resistance, however, that juvenile perspective naively ignores the nuanced reality of living, and creating, in the 202.

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