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Calendar, Night&Day Art Imitates Naptime

Art Imitates Naptime

The word “hypnagogia” refers to the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep, and may be familiar to some readers of scientific or witchy sleep literature through the phrase “hypnagogic imagery.” These are images or auditory hallucinations that appear when we…
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Music, Reviewed Mystic Chords of Memory

Mystic Chords of Memory

What do indie rockers do when all the amp-lugging, floor-sleeping, and Denny's dining begins to ring hollow? If you're Chris Gunst, one-time leader of L.A. countrydelic act Beachwood Sparks, you move to Santa Cruz, start listening to meditative instrumental music,…
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Music, The Sunshine and the Doubt

The Sunshine and the Doubt

It was a Saturday night in November 1998. I was in a pissy mood; my girlfriend and I were fighting. Neither of us wanted to be at a show, least of all in the dank, dilapidated environs of the Purple…
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Music, Playing Through

Playing Through

The Fairways are, as Tom Waits says, big in Japan. Several months after the release of the band's debut album, Is Everything All Right?, the record has sold nearly three times as many copies in Japan as in the United…
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