Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Stephen Malkmus isn't very impressed with the current state of film. He's not reading or hearing anything that moves him too much, either, and he's baffled by the Internet's ubiquitous impact on modern life. It's safe to say that Malkmus, whose work with Pavement essentially created the template for the next two decades of brainy, irreverent indie rock, isn't religiously checking social media for the latest updates on popular culture trends.
"When you're looking at music, movies, and literature, it's kind of a garbage time right now," says Malkmus, who comes to S.F. this week with his current band, the Jicks. "Other than television, which is kind of on a roll of brilliance, everything out there is pretty underwhelming." [continue reading]
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: All of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' new album, Give the People What They Want, was recorded before Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. None of its 10 songs are explicitly about Jones going through chemo, or going bald, or believing she was going to die, or eventually coming to realize she would survive. All of that has happened since. Give the People is, ostensibly, an album about love -- losing it, finding it, treasuring it.
In some sense, though, Jones' career has always been about survival -- both her own and that of the tight, funky, 1960s soul for which she proselytizes. [continue reading]
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