Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Claytoon of the Day: A Danish Denial

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TW Exclusive: Tracy Shedd Music Video Premier for “Holding On”

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Singer-songwriter Tracy Shedd releases her first new album in six years next month, and the Tucson Weekly has a preview of the indie-pop earworm single “Holding On.”

The one-time Tucsonan now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and the aptly titled new record The Carolinas reflects the years since she returned from the Southwest to the Southeast. The record is another evolution in Shedd’s style, which has ranged from quiet and acoustic on her last album, Arizona, to piano-driven songs to the melodic shoegaze of her earlier work.

“Holding On” is the album’s second single, following “Kissing and Romancing.”

“I love how living in different states can slowly seep into your music and subtly influence you,” Shedd said. “Arizona was an acoustic, introspective album, whereas The Carolinas has more of a fun, lighter feel. Another difference is the change of instrumentation, adding synthesizers and drums.”

In their seven years in Tucson, Shedd and husband/guitarist James Tritten became a major part of the local music scene. Tritten’s Fort Lowell Records released vinyl albums and singles by the likes of Howe Gelb, Shedd, Young Mothers, La Cerca, Naïm Amor, Andrew Collberg, …music video?, Saint Maybe, and the Luz de Vida compilation.

Since moving to North Carolina, Shedd and Tritten have been playing in a synth-pop project Band & The Beat, with a drum machine and analog synthesizers. That experimentation carried over to Shedd’s new record, recorded with drummer Nicolas Jenkins from South Carolina.

“That opened my mind to the possibility of rearranging songs and not being attached just because you initially wrote something one way,” Shedd sais. “The Carolinas was a blast to create.”

The album will be released Sept. 20, on vinyl by Science Project Records, and digitally via Fort Lowell Records.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

XOXO: Where to rock, Tuesday, Aug. 20

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 12:03 PM

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In 2010, Oregon native, guitarist/singer Matthew Paige moved to Nashville and hooked up with drummer Zach Murphy. They performed as a duo, surviving on "Potatoes and Whiskey" until the present powerhouse quartet coalesced. The Blackfoot Gypsies aim to take their swamp blues cool, downhome hillbilly funk with a light Mott the Hoople sear To The Top (Plowboy Records, 2017) at 191 Toole.

In Yoruba, she is the mother of African sweet waters. Indie soul/hip-hop divas Oshun connect with their ancestral spirits to transmorph into the embodiment of Afrofuturism at Club Congress.

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Adoptable Pet: Paulie Needs a Home

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 11:54 AM

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"Hi there, I'm Paulie. I am a 3-year-old boy who is searching for my forever family! I love attention and will stretch out when getting scratches." Paulie (874709) Visit Paulie at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. For more information give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

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Claytoon of the Day: Meanwhile, On Obama Avenue

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Monday, August 19, 2019

A [Fill in the Blank] as the Democratic Presidential Candidate? I Guess Democrats Just Want to Lose.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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It was 2007. Three Democrats were in the running to be the party's presidential candidate. Hillary Clinton was at the top of the polls. Barack Obama, a newcomer to the national stage, was rising. And then there was the white guy who was bringing up the rear.

Cue the realists.

"Are you kidding me? The Democrats are thinking of running a . . . [arms raised in exasperation followed by an "I can't believe what idiots they are!" snort of derision] a woman or a black guy for president? Do Democrats have a death wish?"

Followed by the calm voice of reason.

"Look, we've got this young, good looking, all-American white guy with a big, winning smile, a wife who's a cancer survivor and four made-for-TV children. He's a safe bet. It's supposed to be the Democrats' turn after eight years of Bush. C'mon, let's not blow it!"

That safe white guy was John Edwards. John Edwards, who began an affair in 2006 and learned the woman was pregnant in May 2007. He denied press reports of the affair, then he denied he was the father of the woman's child. He withdrew from the race in early 2008 and later admitted everything.

John Edwards, the great, white male hope.

The black guy with three funny-sounding names became the Democratic candidate. Oh sure, it looked like he was popular, he was doing well in the polls. Lots of white Democrats said they would vote for him. But when it comes time to cast their secret ballots, we were warned, they will vote with their secret, racist hearts. Bye bye Barack Obama. Hello President John McCain. Because, let's face facts, AMERICA IS NOT READY TO ELECT A BLACK PRESIDENT!

Except the voters elected Barack Hussein Obama. And four years later they elected him again.

The moral of the story is . . . Actually, the story has two morals. First, there is no such thing as a safe bet in politics. Second, there is no such thing as a "Can't Win" candidate.

It's 2019 and lots of very serious people are warning that the country isn't ready for a woman president, even though Hillary Clinton got 3 million more votes than Trump, and Trump needed every bit of help he got from Russia's trolls and Comey's pronouncements about Hillary's emails to squeak out a victory in three battleground states and win in the electoral college.

And voters aren't ready for someone too far to the left because, even though voters want Obamacare expanded and they agree that the rich have too much money and guns are too easy to buy, they won't vote for someone Trump calls a socialist.

And another black candidate can't win because, well, just because.

That leaves the great, white, moderate male hope, Joe Biden, even though he's showing signs of weakness and may lack the mental and physical stamina to go the distance. If not him, we have a few other moderate white guys with less than one percent in the polls.

Biden may have what it takes to win. I honestly don't know and neither does anyone else, about Biden or any of the other candidates who are in the running. We have two-and-a-half consecutive terms of Can't-Win presidents under our belts. Any pundit who believes it's possible to rate the electability of the Democratic candidates is a fool.

So I have an idea. Let's have Democrats vote for the candidate they really like in the primaries. Then let's pick the man/woman, Black/White/Asian, lefty/moderate who triumphs to be the candidate who goes head to head with Trump in the general.

I'm willing to take my chances with the voters. Chances are all we've got. There's no such thing as a sure thing.

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Claytoon of the Day: Bigly Crowds

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 9:53 AM

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Carmina Robles | Los Colores

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 9:26 AM

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A preschool teacher by vocation, this indie folk singer-songwriter from Hermosillo, Sonora, after a period of turmoil found her voice and will—to free herself from an oppressive relationship—to pursue her dreams. The result is Los Colores, her debut album.

On Los Colores Carmina Robles pours out her heart into songs about love, loss, hope and the walls that we as individuals build that become societal barometers. Her stories unfold in her native vernacular, Spanish. But the plaintive melodies and raw emotion in her execution strikes a chord of universality that transcends cultural divides.

“My music is folk with roots in the north of Mexico. Folk music from the south has a different sound,” Robles expands.

“The music from the north (Norteño) resembles American country music. And at the same time, my sound is a bit alternative.”

The opening track, “Hoy No Están Aquí” [“Today They Are Not Here”], speaks of a pivotal moment in her life.

“It was important for me to write this song because it gave me the courage to take my music further, to other places.”

Subsequently, Robles began traveling north to win American audiences.

“Los Colores” [“The Colors”], the title track,is a simple folk song about love. Its inspiration came during a road trip.

“I distinctly recall being on the highway, traveling through the desert towards Tucson and being awestruck by the beautiful spectrum of colors at sunset.”

The song captures a bittersweet memory bathed in light.

She also knows when it’s time to cash in what’s left of the poker chips and walk away. Like on “Los Bares Bajos” [“The Low Bars”], a spirited barroom romp, she sifts through the ashes of love to arrive at a forlorn conclusion: “And I say, I’d better get drunk instead.”

Moving effortlessly in another direction, on “Éxtasis” [“Ecstasy”] Robles draws from her rock influences — bands like Caifanes, iconic Mexican alt-rockers. Building from a whisper to a scream, she sings.

“To understand that you're here in a world without spaces/In an ecstasy drowning what is left of you.”

Robles digs deeper, “Sadness lets us see a reality that can be beautiful as well.”

Her pen also writes about social realities as they exist.

On “Se Van Alzando Muros” [“They Are Raising Walls”] Robles speaks out on the dehumanizing effect that separating human beings with border walls holds on the psyche.

“I opened myself to the internal walls within our culture. Being an outcast community, naturally, we believe that our value as people is less than others. I encourage you to recognize us as Latinos in all our greatness. To look up and show all our abilities before our shortcomings.”

With few instrumental embellishments, Los Colores is not a varnished production. It is raw. The simple arrangements are deftly upheld on the strength of Robles’ vocal melodies and her guitar; The measure of a good song. This is not the work of an old master in the winter of one’s life. No. These are the early flowers of an artist in bloom.
Check out “Zona de Guerra.” Her latest song addresses the violence that drug traffickers have wreaked on Ciudad Obregón, her hometown.

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