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Hidden Nerve

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photo by Judith Krummeck
photo by Judith Krummeck

Baltimore writer and beloved voice of classical music radio (WBJC) Judith Krummeck describes her sense of place — in the U.S. and Africa — and her sense of longing for each land she’s called home.

A hidden nerve is what every writer is ultimately about.

–André Aciman

I was born in Africa. I am an African. But, because of the color of my skin, I am not truly African. Strictly speaking, because I was born in Africa and I am now an American citizen, I am an African American. But, because of the color of my skin, I am not truly African American. In the truest sense, I am neither African nor American.

Dan Deacon Interviewed in Rolling Stone!

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Baltimore’s own Dan Deacon is featured in a 600-word interview this month in Rolling Stone promoting his new album.  In it, he names the musical and real-life influences of the record (David Bowie’s Low and American geography, respectively), and he name-drops Prettyboy Reservoir. The Rolling Stone piece is just one of an uncountable number of interviews, both international and domestic, that the Baltimore musician is giving in anticipation of the August 28 release of America.

Dan Deacon on Carly Rae Jepsen

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We’ve still got a couple months until Dan Deacon’s album America drops, but for those of you who can’t wait till September for some more Deacon ear candy, he’s just released a new track – a remix of “Call Me Maybe” layered over itself 147 times.

He does this magical job of turning an overplayed pop song into something really enjoyable. The first few seconds are just the same bubbly notes we’ve all listened to way too many times in the past month or so, but then the next layer comes in, and then the next, and the next. By number nine a whole different melody begins to emerge, and by 100 it’s this almost mystical, rolling technobabble, with Jepsen’s lyrics only popping out in millisecond shards. I don’t think Dan intended it to be a commentary on playing a song too many times, but I couldn’t help but find it ironic how much I loved listening to what you can basically chalk up to the ultimate over-play.

The track, “Call Me Maybe Acapella 147 Times Exponentially Layered,” won’t be on America – it’s actually part of a remix album pulled together by Mabson Enterprises. The album consists of 43 (that’s right, 43) remixes and covers of Carly Rae Jepsen’s painfully catchy song. EAR PWR, Phil Blankenship, and many others have all contributed tracks.

Check it out / download it for FREE right here.

New Dan Deacon Album in August: America

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That’s right, Baltimore, Dan’s back and he’s announced the release of his next album, courtesy of Domino Records. America is scheduled to come out in North America August 28, though amusingly the rest of the world gets it the day before.

In the album release announcement, America is described as “a portrait of anger, confusion, and apocalyptic anxiety over corporatism and war, but one that finds consolation in the geography of the United States and in recent social movements both domestic and international.”

Dan performed Last Friday at the grand finale of the Open Walls mural project in Station North, where he (may have?) showcased some of the songs off his new album. Throughout the set, he reminded the crowd that they weren’t there to support the event’s corporate sponsors, but to celebrate their city and its art. America‘s themes land close to home for Baltimore.

Here’s the tracklist, confirmed by Domino Records:

1. Guilford Avenue Bridge
2. True Thrush
3. Lots
4. Prettyboy
5. Crash Jam
6. USA I: Is a Monster
7. USA II: The Great American Desert
8. USA III: Rail
9. USA IV: Manifest

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