Music

John K. Samson’s Very Fine Kale Salad.

This spring while I was in LA I  sent both John K. Samson (Manitoban, writer, solo artist, frontman of The Weakerthans) and A$AP Rocky postcards asking for recipes, with my email written at the bottom. John K. got a kitsch 70s postcard with a girl sitting on a swing...

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Inside the head of…Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson is a singer songwriter from Denver, Colorado with three solo albums under her belt, and one with the band Paper Bird. We first discovered her when a friend of ours gave us a copy of Woman to Woman, her 2014 album which gives voice to the women...

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Soaked to the skin by Leonard Cohen

The last time I saw Leonard Cohen perform live was in the square outside the Santa Croce church in Florence, Italy. It’s a small square, no more than 1000 people sitting on rickety white plastic chairs over cobbled stones. When you looked up, through the fairy...

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An Ode To Almost Famous

‘Music, you know, true music – not just rock and roll – it chooses you. It lives in your car, or alone listening to your headphones…with the vast scenic bridges and angelic choirs in your brain. It’s a place apart from the vast, benign lap of America’. – Lester Bangs...

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Eating with Notorious B.I.G. pt 3

My original plan was that I would somehow get hold of Puff Daddy, I would grill him about his and Biggie’s favourite old haunts in Brooklyn and the two of us would go on some kind of crazy restaurant crawl, at the end of which we would be best friends. Puffy...

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Eating with Notorious B.I.G. pt 2

Illustrations by Chris Harward. Photos by Sarah Crowder. Sophie and I have been “going back to Cali” at least once a year every year for the last three years now. We drive around in rented cars (I say “we” but it is always Sophie driving since...

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Eating with Notorious B.I.G. part 1

Illustrations by Chris Harward On this day 19 years ago Biggie was killed. I was two weeks away from my 12th birthday when Christopher Wallace (aka the notorious B.I.G) was shot dead outside the Peterson Automative museum in Los Angeles, and I had no idea who he was....

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TVZ interview with Brian T. Atkinson

A few weeks ago Sarah and I, being huge fans ourselves, put on a tribute evening dedicated to the late great Townes Van Zandt as part of a series of monthly country music nights we’re going to be hosting. To coincide with our TVZ night, we thought it’d be...

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Goddamn Lonely Love

It was pretty difficult to avoid the expanse of love being carelessly thrown about and shoved proudly onto social media this weekend. But whether it made you feel sick and lonely or made your heart swell with delight…at least it made you feel and that’s always...

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Townes Van Zandt Zine Mixtape

I made a mixtape of suggested listening for the TVZ zine which I thought I’d share this morning so you can start your week in a really excellent way. The artists featured on this are people who have been mentioned in relation to Townes throughout the zine/his...

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