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Week of September 18th Software Announcement

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 […]

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Madeline Kenney’s Wandering Curiosity

Madeline Kenney's Wandering Curiosity

Madeline Kenney loves to move. In the most literal sense, she’s talking about her Oakland home: “I don’t know if I can pay expensive rent just to be touring all the time,” she tells AdHoc over email, ahead of her headlining set at Trans-Pecos. But getting to this point in her life–California, touring musician–took a lot of moving, both physically and figuratively. Tracing the winding path of Kenney’s life reveals frequent and seemingly random detours: she’s studied neurobiology and has had a nearly decade-long career as a baker before focusing her energy as a musician. 
 
Kenney’s endless curiosity and wandering spirit, though, shows itself in full force through her music. Her debut album, Night Night at the First Landing, is full of musical and lyrical detours–the cascading melody of “Always” seems to be searching for answers; the twinkling piano provides a guide.  On several songs, Kenney loops her voice into a round, with each part singing the same mantra: “Don’t you worry about a thing.” With each piece of her musical puzzle, Kenney contends with her place in the universe, and the simultaneous excitement and uncertainty of innumerable possibilities.
 
Madeline Kenney's debut album, Night Night at the First Landing, is out now on Company Records. Catch her 9/19 at Trans-Pecos with Tall Friend and Trees Take Ease.
 
AdHoc: I wanted to talk about your approach to composition. Your music, to me, is kaleidoscopic, meandering, searching; you layer sounds–fingerpicked guitar, harmonized vocals, steady drums–that create an almost ethereal space. You wrote, arranged, and tracked every song on the album–what’s your thought process when you begin to write a song, and when arranging it?
 
Madeline Kenney: Wow, thanks for such a thoughtful and kind description of my sound!  Sometimes songs come together from a melodic idea on guitar or on my loop pedal, but more often than not I come up with melodies when I'm nowhere near an instrument. Then I have to do the work to put music to the lyrics or melody I've come up with. As far as arranging and layering sounds, I think that comes from hearing many melodies at once and wanting to squeeze everything in.
 

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Adidas Flies By Jordan Brand To Become No. 2 Sneaker Brand In U.S.

adidas has soared past Jordan Brand to become the no. 2 sneaker brand in the United States behind Nike. 

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Jordan Brand Previews 2017 Holiday Retro Releases [Photos]

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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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Is Doing A Back To School Giveaway In The BX

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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Cold Beat Gets Emotional

Cold Beat Gets Emotional

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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G-Eazy and Lana Del Rey Were Dating?

So apparently rapper G-Eazy and singer Lana Del Rey were dating.

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10 Things We Learned From Cardi B On The Breakfast Club

Cardi B stopped by The Breakfast Club and once again proved to be an entertaining interview.

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“Cash Me Outside” Girl Signs To Atlantic, Now Struggle Rapper Called Bhad Bhabie

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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Lou Rebecca Shows Her Grace In “Fantôme”

Lou Rebecca Shows Her Grace In

Though she relocated to Austin, TX, a few years ago, Lou Rebecca’s hometown of Paris—not the one of Wim Wenders’ notoriety—is never too far away. Rebecca sings in both English and her native tongue, and in the self-directed video for “Fantôme,” first single from her upcoming debut EP, she pirouettes, sings, and broods through several archetypal environments: austere living quarters, a hard wood floor adorned with golden flowers, a dim red performance space. Each shot, each location, every action is striking, and finely-orchestrated to boot. As in her songwriting, Rebecca's directorial style and visual cues build from a foundation of poise and grace. The entire program feels like a dance routine, and I don’t just mean the parts where there’s, you know, actual dancing—the wavering space between physical bodies and the places they inhabit provides weight. It’s largely responsible for the video’s emotional tension and suspense, and makes “Fantôme” a joy to watch time and again.

Lou Rebecca is out January 12 on Holodeck Records.

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