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The Greeks eased the sting and uncertainty of death by inventing a spirit said to help souls transition, without judgment, from one life to the next; later, Carl Jung would adopt the symbol as a mediator between the conscious and the unconscious. Collectively referred to as psychopomps, the word encompasses imagery that's endured for generations, from Charon to the Grim Reaper. The myth took on special relevance for Little Big League vocalist Michelle Zauner...
Japanese Breakfast--aka the most recent project from Michelle Zauner--has some big news this week. Not only did the group release their second music video, for “Jane Cum” off April's Psychopomp, but they also signed a new label deal. Psychopomp came out in the US via Yellow K in April, but now Dead Oceans has signed the band and will release the album in markets outside the US in August. As far as the new video,...
With this year’s Northside Festival fast approaching (June 6-12), we figured it was a good time to check in on the local music scene, to get more in tune with the community we’ll be celebrating come June. We’ll be rolling out lots of great music-related content this week, including an exhaustive look at Brooklyn’s music venues, a piece on Brooklyn recording studios, and much, much more. Check out the Northside music lineup, and consider...
Japanese Breakfast is a very good band name. Possibly the best? I would listen to them based on the name alone, and I have a thing about band names. The thing about naming your creative act is that it should/does reflect what the rest of your artistic ethos accomplishes. That's why band names matter! That's why bad band names feel so frustrating, the naming is part of it. It's not tangential. It's everything. Maybe...

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