Photo by Heidi Sandstrom. on Unsplash Hi everyone! It’s Rock again with your weekly software announcements. This week’s focus is how you do the work you do — do you teach with passion and excitement? Do you remember being inspired by music, and taking music lessons? I remember being so inspired to play music when […]Read More »
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adidas has soared past Jordan Brand to become the no. 2 sneaker brand in the United States behind Nike.
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Keeping with the tradition of dropping a gang of retro goodies for the holidays, Jordan Brand has just unveiled it’s 2017 retro lineup for the upcoming festivities. Just a week after debuting their upcoming PSNY collection, Jordan Brand have released images of their upcoming drops including some spiffy flyknit Royal 1’s and the Black/Altitude neon-green […]
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It’s always heartening when Hip-Hop artists do something, anything, to give back to the community from whence they came. The latest rapper to do so is A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie as he’s partnering with the Garden of Dreams Foundation in conjunction with WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation) for a back to school giveaway […]
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Despite lineup changes and stylistic shifts, Cold Beat stays true to its name. Over the course of three full-lengths, the band has never abandoned its signature icy coldwave jaggedness and sensuous pulse, illuminated by Hannah Lew's celestial vocals. On the band's latest effort, Chaos By Invitation, Lew establishes herself as a gracefully multifaceted songwriter, combining emotive lyricism, affecting guitar work, and electronic flourishes. Before she and a new touring band unleash a muscly, fleshed-out incarnation of the new record on September 21 at The Park Church Co-op, Lew spoke to AdHoc about the importance of connecting with one's emotions in a time of crisis—both personal and political—and resisting commodification.
AdHoc: Chaos By Invitation showcases real stylistic fluidity, both within the record and in comparison to your previous releases. What other artists or genres have helped facilitate this shift?
Hannah Lew: When I’m in a writing zone, I tend to only listen to what I’m making. I get really insular and I almost don’t even listen to music while I’m recording. But I think that the process is what really led the songs to the more singular style. I was just writing a lot at home with a computer. It made for a more solitary process, in which I was zoning out in a computer program a lot more—and then fleshing it out from there. It was a tunnel-vision way of doing things.
Actually, one of the songs, “Strawberry Moon,” my husband Andrew helped me write, just at home. I was like, “I’m struggling with this song!” and he helped me finish it. We then toured with it as a band and added things to it. It’s been an interesting process: I recorded things at home and brought the sessions into the studio [from there]. At a point, I didn’t really have a band. One of my bandmates was having a baby, and the other one was in five bands, and it was a lull. [Cold Beat guitarist] Kyle [King] was half-in, half-out; he came to the recording session for a day or two, but, for the most part, I was just sort of in there. I did some post-production stuff with Mikey Young [of Australian post-punk outfit Total Control]. But, for the most part, it was an in-the-computer process.
Since the formation of the [touring] band, there’s been so much fleshing out, and people have brought so much of themselves to it, that it’s like the live version is its own incarnation. For that reason, we’re bringing this exclusive tour tape with us on the trip—that’s the Part Time Punks sessions that we’ve done that are different versions of the songs. The album is kind of like the demo, and the Part Time Punks versions are the band playing the songs.
How has this more electronic approach changed your relationship to your songs in a live setting?
The live set has definitely changed. The songs were written, and then they really came to life when people brought so much to them. There’s even new parts on the album that we played live—I’m like, “Damn, I wish that we’d played these for years before I wrote the album.” But it’s just it’s own thing. But it’s definitely what makes it worth seeing us play live. The people in the band right now make us the best lineup.
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Cardi B stopped by The Breakfast Club and once again proved to be an entertaining interview.
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Are you an artist working hard to perfect your craft and maybe one day get signed to a major record label. We’re sorry, because Danielle Bregoli aka the Cash Me Outside girl has signed with Atlantic Records. The 14-year-old who became famous for being an ingrate is now going by Bhad Bhabie. Says Atlantic Records, via a […]
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