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  • Allegory of the Cave: '20,000 Days on Earth' Spends 24 hours with Nick Cave

    Allegory of the Cave: '20,000 Days on Earth' Spends 24 hours with Nick Cave
    Nick Cave, like Narcissus or Miley Cyrus, is a myth. But he’s a myth who thinks about myths, writes about them, knows how they work, and builds this knowledge into each new layer of the myth he’s becoming. In this he’s like a number of poet-musicians of a waning era: Bob Dylan and Neil Young, yeah, but also the beat poets, the blues singers, all the prophet-emulators, the storytellers who slide themselves into their tales. Many consider him gothic and gloomy. It would be more precise to say that he makes somberness comfortable and seductive because he licenses his listeners to affirm the widely unsayable—that depression is a mode of seeing the world for the boring and empty grind that it often really is. The self-aware myth knows that desire and disappointment are dialectically linked, that catharsis is the rare and gorgeous field of light between them. Knowing these rules lets him seduce this light into common being.
  • Hey Hey, Woody Guthrie

    Hey Hey, Woody Guthrie
    In March, when I drove from Austin to Baltimore, I visited Oklahoma for the first time. Even compared to North Texas, the Oklahoma landscape seemed empty of vegetation and buildings. The huge sky over the brown-grass hills seemed to contain little but...

    Worse Than The Blues

    Worse Than The Blues
    Bob Dylan sang, "If my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine." Well, you should see John Fahey's thought-dreams. "All I have ever done with music," Fahey wrote in 1996, "was to depict various emotions in an organized...

    A Very Long, But Not So Strange, Trip With the Roots

    Backpacker rap has experienced something of an identity crisis in the last few years. Artists in its orbit could almost always count on critical success and a healthy cult audience. But when quasi-backpacker Kanye West rocketed to multiplatinum...

    I Got Five on It

    The 8X10's weekly Five Bands for Five Bucks night occupies a weird space between a regular gig and an open mic. It's a booked show, but the bill isn't announced very far in advance and tickets are only available at the door, as if to concede the primary...