Alfa Mist’s Antiphon: The Internet’s Greatest Jazz Album

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540,000 views, 650 comments, a Takuya Karoda playlist recommended in the YouTube sidebar. In 2017, these are the accolades of a new, brilliant, genre-defining jazz record. Oops, did I say record? Well that’s a little misleading, because Alfa Mist’s Antiphon is only available as a Bandcamp download, and maybe as an incandescent stream for Apple Music subscribers, but I […]

Four Golden Book-Bytes from the Braid

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If you’re ever in downtown Salt Lake City with some serious book-reading blues, drop by Golden Braid Books (151 south/500 east on the grid) and pay me a visit. Chances are I’ll be chillin’, maybe giving someone an aura reading, maybe finding another collection of Native American poetry to bury my nose in, maybe even writing […]

WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton & the Death of Jeffersonian Democracy

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Somewhere back in the second Bush administration, U.S. politics gained transparency as a kind of running joke, a trundling circus-wagon of cheap face paint, bold contradictions and brutalized teleprompter speeches. It would have been way funnier if the offenders were fictional characters and not the actual leaders of our country (Frank Caliendo’s Dubya impression notwithstanding). If ‘political scandals’–pardon […]

De La Soul’s Got the Antidote!

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For every hip-hop listener in my generation, there’s a cinematic origin story. Ask him where he was when he first connected with Wu-Tang, Nas, Hiero, Redman etc. and you’ll get sprawling descriptions of cassette decks with foam headphones cranked up at the bus stop on cold, windy mornings. Our memories are rooted in the historical fabric of hip-hop; the signposts […]