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A new series from UDP presents poets on vinyl. 

Morgan Bassichis by Katherine Brewer Ball
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“What’s the point of being queer, or an artist, or a radical, if you don’t veer?”

Lee Clay Johnson by Jay Varner
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“I think violence is inherited, it’s taught, and some of the characters are born into bad blood. …The characters are raped and so is the land.”

Masaki Batoh by Ben Chasny
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“I still seek for eternity, which maybe is like a rainbow-colored butterfly flying away, suddenly in front of your face.”

Cold Beat by Gary Canino
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“A big part of music for me has always been advocacy, and about having a space where people who feel marginalized by society can do things together.”

Jim O’Rourke by Jay Sanders
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O’Rourke and Sanders go over the complex layerings—from lyrics to mixes to the LP’s cover—in O’Rourke’s recent pop album, Simple Songs.

Les Blank’s A Poem Is a Naked Person by Alex Zafiris
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Thanks to his son, Harrod Blank, the filmmaker’s forty-year-old documentary on musician Leon Russell is finally released.

Alasdair Roberts by Clinton Krute
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The Glasgow-based singer just released a self-titled album of music rooted in and pushing Scottish folk traditions. With Krute, he touches on individuation, syncretism, and the risks of nationalism.

Little Wings by Tobias Carroll
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“Lil Wayne explains a blade of grass.”

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix by Tobias Carroll
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Guillaume de Machaut meets Bone Thugs-N-Harmony through black metal.

Simon Joyner by Tobias Carroll
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Omaha, autobiography, and songcraft.

Ryley Walker by Andrew Cedermark
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Into the mystic with the Chicago-based guitarist and songwriter.

The Go-Betweens by Gary Canino
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Songwriter Robert Forster on his group’s nearly flawless decade.

Weyes Blood by Tobias Carroll
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Landscapes, lo-fi, and the uncanny.

Peter Jefferies by Tobias Carroll
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A return to live performance after a decade-long absence.

Richard Dawson by Cian Nugent
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On being nothing, looking outward, and the obstinant relevance of that popular art form, song.

Greil Marcus by Matthew Choate
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Rock ’n’ roll and the malleability of historical fact.

Itasca by Andrew Aylward
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Splash Mountain, LA, and the definition of “psychedelic.”

Matthew Weinstein by Laurie Simmons
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Weinstein elaborates on the sources behind his animated videos with Simmons, with whom he has previously collaborated. These range from telemarketing, Brecht, entertainment, and what Weinstein calls the “national pastime” of self-absorption.

David Kilgour & Robert Scott by Clinton Krute
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The Clean, The Heavy Eights, The Bats, and smoking hash with Alex Chilton.

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