TVD San Francisco

TVD Live Shots: High On Fire, Power Trip, Devil Master, Creeping Death at the UC Theatre, 12/6

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride of late for Oakland, California’s High On Fire.

Their 2018 release Electric Messiah won a well-deserved Grammy award for Best Metal Performance a matter of weeks after the band was forced to cancel their touring plans (for the second time) due to frontman Matt Pike’s risk of losing part of his foot due to complications from diabetes. Fast forward to December and Pike’s medical issues properly sorted, High On Fire has made their triumphant return for a hometown show at Berkeley’s UC Theatre.

Creeping Death and Devil Master warmed up the sold-out room but things kicked into high gear for Power Trip’s raging set. These Texans’ special brand of thrash has developed a strong following in the Bay Area and the pit was flat-out bonkers. When their set finally wrapped, there was a mass exodus from the pit of sweaty dudes looking for fresh air and maybe a refreshing beverage leaving the question dangling—how the hell is High On Fire going to follow that!?!?

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TVD Radar: Little Women (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) vinyl in stores 12/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Sony Music announces the release of Little Women (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with music by Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat.

Available for preorder now, the album will be available in digital, CD, and vinyl formats beginning Friday, December 13. Recorded in New York City under the leadership of Desplat, who conducted a chamber orchestra to perform his original compositions, the score serves as a sonic companion to the film’s coming-of-age narrative. Making its debut alongside album preorder is the title track from Desplat’s score—listen to “Little Women” now. Directed by Greta Gerwig, Sony Pictures’ Little Women will make its highly-anticipated theatrical debut on December 25.

Of the soundtrack, composer Alexandre Desplat says, “To capture the life of these four young girls on their path to adulthood, I have called in the four hands of two pianists. They are surrounded by a chamber orchestra, which keeps us in the intimate world of these ‘little women.’ We recorded the score in New York City with the most wonderful musicians whose musicality and virtuosity went beyond my expectations.”

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Graded on a Curve:
Neil Young,
Roxy: Tonight’s the
Night Live

When the legendary LA Roxy Theatre opened its doors on July 20, 1973, it was another legend who greeted the club’s first customers. Neil Young, who was then, as he put it, down in the ditch in the wake of the drug-related deaths of two close friends, played a triumphant bummer of a set with a band calling themselves the Stray Gators. And at long last the show (or three of them actually) are available on vinyl in the form of 2018’s Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live.

The studio versions of the songs Neil plays on the live disc wouldn’t see the light of day until 1975’s Tonight’s the Night, but Young more or less runs through them all here, omitting only “Come on Baby Let’s Go Downtown” (which was actually recorded live at the Fillmore East in 1970 with Crazy Horse guitarist and drug casualty and Danny Whitten and adding “Walk On” from 1974’s On the Beach.

On both the live and studio LPs Young sounds like a man trying to come to terms with the anguish he was feeling after the drug-related deaths of both Whitten and roadie pal Bruce Berry. Don’t let the Vegas-style stage patter Young engages in between songs on Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live fool you; Young was one hurting individual.

And it wasn’t just Neil who was feeling gloomy; America’s youth were suffering a collective bring down from the loss of the idealism that marked the psychedelic sixties. On both LPs Young puts paid to the crystal visions of the Age of Aquarius, and channels the pain and disillusionment of a generation of innocents ravaged by hard drugs, Altamont, and the Manson family.

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Needle Drop: Alessandro Ciminata, “Wasted On Each Other”

Everything changed, became easier, more accessible, more immediate with the advent of the internet. Millennials wield a new kind of power that no one in the past ever foresaw. But having access to such power doesn’t necessary enrich our lives. Alessandro Ciminata’s “Wasted On Each Other” seeks to deliver new generations from the hypnotic buzz of a social media presence, probing the “disposable” nature of our attention seeking culture.

Produced by Jack Gourlay (Rhodes) in his North-East London studio, “Wasted On Each Other” is flush with atmospheric synths, pulsing beats, and Ciminata’s unique deep vocal tone. His thoughtful indie-pop has been making waves over the past years, with a string of singles that have been championed by the likes of John Kennedy (Radio X), BBC Introducing London, and Complex UK.

“Wasted On Each Other” is another stellar entry into his burgeoning catalog, reminding us that after all is said and done, we still might be a generation worth listening to.

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Graded on a Curve:
The Best of 2019’s Reissues, Part Two

As we dive into the part two of 2019’s best reissues and archival releases, a little space gets devoted to what constitutes genuine worthiness in the endeavor. Unsurprisingly, the journey moves pretty far afield from the well-trodden path, although the twists and turns are far from random. They begin directly below.

5. Willie Colón, The Hustler (Craft Latino) & V/A, No Other Love: Midwest Gospel (1965-1978) (Tompkins Square) Partly because there continues to be two major Record Store Day events annually that seem to be going down gangbusters, it’s safe to say that vinyl buying is still very much an endeavor connected to being in a room full of records. This makes the steady stream of reissues emerging via Craft Recordings’ Latin subsidiary a real service, as the plain facts are that original specimens from the Fania Records catalog aren’t common in less metropolitan areas. I mean, you could buy secondhand copies online, but that practice is a few blocks from Nowheresville. Oh, how’s The Hustler sound? It’s a fucking beast…

Grabbing an original Willie Colón LP is unlikely out in the boondocks, and you can forget about the selections on Tompkins Square’s latest African-American gospel volume. As Ramona Stout’s accompanying essay explains, No Other Love’s contents were the direct result of community record canvasing (only one track has been anthologized before, on a Numero Group set). It’s safe to surmise that nobody besides Stout and her partner Kevin Speck heard all these cuts prior to presenting the compilation to others. It’s an amazing LP, with Stout’s notes contextualizing matters far beyond the increasingly trite “pure sounds of religious fervor” concept. You know, things are never so simple.

4. Joe McPhee, Nation Time (Superior Viaduct) & Sounds of Liberation, New Horizons & Unreleased (Columbia University 1973) (Dogtown / Brewerytown Beats) To get back to the idea of rarity, or maybe more appropriately, scarcity, when Atavistic commenced the Unheard Music Series shortly after the turn of the 21st, it was cause for celebration for fans of avant-garde jazz the globe over. I mention it because Nation Time by the great multi-reed man Joe McPhee kicked off the whole shebang. The only real caveat is that the UMS was a CD-only endeavor; Superior Viaduct’s reissue of Nation Time gives folks a new vinyl pressing and inspires hope that further UMS titles will see fresh wax editions in the years ahead.

But you need not wait years to scoop up some truly scant ’70s avant-free-spiritual jazz in reissue form, as two records from the Philadelphia-based band Sounds of Liberation have been reissued by the above labels (interestingly given the remarks over brick and mortar above, Brewerytown Beats is also a Philly record store). The septet’s highest-profile players were saxophonist-flautist Byard Lancaster and vibraphonist Khan Jamal; the other members were guitarist Monnette Sudler, drummer Dwight James, bassist Billy Mills, and percussionists Omar Hill and William Brister aka Rashid Salim. Fans of loft jazz and the Wildflowers volumes in particular will want to grab copies of both. The sound is flowing but potent.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 12/11/19

Here’s how music consumption has changed over the last decade: …Few people will argue that it hasn’t been a difficult decade for physical music. It started the decade on the decline and has been unable to regain any traction throughout. According to IFPI, at the start of the millennium physical music was responsible for almost the entire recorded music industry revenue. By 2010, it was losing its dominance although it was still responsible for $US9 billion of industry revenue but it has recorded a decline every year since. In 2015, digital music (including streaming) finally took over from it and it has increased its lead significantly since. Physical now makes up $4.7 billion of the market… It’s not all bad news though. There has been one unlikely hero of the decade in vinyl. The resurgence continued throughout the entire 2010s with the IFPI reporting that in 2018, vinyl recorded its 13th consecutive year of growth, nabbing a 3.6% share of the market. Locally, it has also grown every year this decade. In 2010, 39,000 units were sold as compared to 896,000 in 2010. As the SMH reported, this year income from vinyl is predicted to overtake that from CDs for the first time since 1986.

Las Vegas, NV | Elton John purchased more than 11,000 records from this tiny Las Vegas shop. Here’s why: Elton John is working on his record collection. For new vinyl, the 72-year-old English pop star goes to London’s Rough Trade Records. But for rare and collectible stuff, he visits a converted surf-green stucco house on the west side of Las Vegas. A place called Wax Trax Records. “It’s like walking into Aladdin’s Cave,” John told British radio DJ Paul Gambaccini in a 2017 interview about his love of vinyl and the shop at 2909 S. Decatur Blvd. In 1991, he sold his extensive vinyl stash that included every single released in England since around 1959 to fund his AIDS charity. He’s been since replacing the more than 50,000 records, and this Las Vegas shop has been helping him find the pieces — more than 11,000 so far. “I’ve been spending a fortune,” John said.

San Antonio, TX | Explore the 3 top spots in San Antonio’s Donaldson Terrace neighborhood: Janie’s Record Shop. Janie’s Record Shop, a spot to score music and DVDs and more, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 1012 Bandera Road, 4.5 stars out of 10 reviews. This shop was recently named one of the best record shops in America, according to MySA. The store offers vinyl records and DVDs, with a focus on Tejano music.

Jannali, AU | Sutherland Shire is home to a new vinyl record store: The owner of a new record store in Jannali is banking on new figures that show vinyl record sales are on the rise and set to overtake CDs for the first time in 30 years. Shane McGlinchy, who turned his love of music into a career, recently opened his second bricks and mortar record store after outgrowing his previous premises. Figures by the Australian Recording Industry Association show vinyl records made up 5.1 per cent of recorded music sales in Australia last year while CDs accounted for 12.4 per cent. This is expected to grow to 5.9 per cent this year (compared with CDs at 8.4 per cent) and 6.56 per cent next year, overtaking CD sales, projected to be 5.4 per cent. An avid music fan and collector since his teens, Mr McGlinchy, of Como, already ran an online music store before deciding to branch out. “About five years ago a friend and I did several local markets where we sold records and CDs and found that the shire had many collectors that shared our passion for music and collecting,” he said.

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TVD Live Shots: Pixies and Kristin Hersh at August Hall, 12/5

It wasn’t that long ago that Pixies passed through the San Francisco Bay Area with Weezer. But if the lack of intimacy of an arena show coupled with a setlist confined to a supporting slot left you wanting, look no further than the band’s brief North American winter run.

Those lucky enough to secure a ticket to the show at San Francisco’s August Hall, which maybe holds 1,000 people, were treated to Pixies in epic proportions. From the opening notes of “In the Arms of Mrs. Mark of Cain” as smoke filled the tiny stage to the set closer “Bone Machine,” Charles/Frank, Joey, Paz, and David did not once take the foot off of the gas.

For their part, the enthusiastic crowd settled in for the long haul and soaked it all in, not knowing whether such an opportunity would ever present itself again as the Pixies plowed through their catalog including a heavy dose of their September release, Beneath the Eyrie.

This was no doubt one for the record books.

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TVD Washington, DC

TVD Live: She & Him Christmas Party at the Anthem, 12/5

PHOTO: DAN WINTERS | The first time Zooey Deschanel sang a Christmas song for huge audiences was 16 years ago in the movie Elf, crooning “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in the shower, eventually dueting with an unwelcome Will Ferrell. It was that moment that showed M. Ward that the actress could actually sing, and they eventually got together to form the duo She & Him, which continued to record originals and covers even as her star rose as the star of TV’s The New Girl for seven seasons.

The third album for the two was a Christmas release, as was their sixth, two years ago. That makes fully one third of the She & Him recorded output Yuletide music. So Christmas is a big deal for them. Hence a big “Christmas Party” tour that filled Washington, DC’s cavernous Anthem with good cheer if not completely with fans. A lot of them came in holiday finery so extreme there was a costume show and competition mid-show, hosted by the comic who opened the show Pete Lee, whose schtick is being a wide-eyed innocent, not unlike a certain overgrown elf Deschanel has worked with before. Six Christmas trees stayed alight on the broad stage all night and a huge 10-foot video screen looped a fireplace fire throughout.

Deschanel’s well-defined favorite holiday period was clear from her choice of the the 1944 Frank Loesser duet she did in Elf—relying on the kind of mid-20th century, postwar pop standards popular way before her time—from about the time her father was born. That lent a kind of draggy, melancholy haze to the first half of the show, weighed down with slowed versions of nostalgic standbys from your mom’s Firestone albums like “Happy Holiday,” “The Christmas Waltz,” and “The Christmas Song.”

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TVD Radar: Waxwork Records announces 2020 Subscription

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Waxwork Records is excited to announce the 2020 Waxwork Records Subscription!

2020 marks our fifth year offering an exclusive and deluxe subscription service. With this service, we are proud to present the absolute best quality re-mastered soundtracks and film scores on vinyl, featuring all new artwork, and with high quality packaging. In addition to five subscriber-exclusive 180 gram colored vinyl soundtracks, you get subscriber only merchandise, discounts on all things Waxwork, apparel, and giveaways throughout 2020. This year, we are happy to offer a significant price drop for both domestic and international customers on the 2020 Subscription. Below is a list of the five subscriber-exclusive soundtracks and full details on the service below.

Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986) | Waxwork Records is thrilled to announce Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer as part of our 2020 Subscription! Available for the first time on vinyl since the very limited 1990 picture disc release. This deluxe re-issue is a special collaborative effort between Waxwork and all three composers. The full original soundtrack / score album has been sourced directly from the composers’ archives. We are honored to bring the film music to Henry back after 30 years as a high-caliber quality and official vinyl release!

Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) | Continuing our bloody streak of Friday The 13th vinyl releases, we are so excited to present, for the very first time in any format, Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood Original Soundtrack by Fred Mollin. Waxwork worked closely with Paramount Pictures to locate and transfer the original 1988 master tapes of the score. You know the drill—all new artwork, re-mastered audio, deluxe packaging, double LP, the works!

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TVD UK

UK Artist of the Week: SUN

Hold onto your hats because this week’s Artist of The Week is taking no prisoners. Franco-German outfit SUN have returned with a blistering new EP, “Brutal Pop”—and it’s certainly not for the faint hearted.

SUN combine elements of metal, rock, and even pop to create a sound that is unapologetically unique. Founder and sole member Karoline Rose’s fabulously distinctive vocal is full of fire from the offset as she swaps regularly on the EP from a melodically gorgeous “pop” singer to intimidating and furious “screamo” singer and back again.

Each track on the EP will appeal to whole range of demographics but be warned, these tracks are packed with a punch and Karoline is not an artist we’d want to mess with. If you’re a fan of pop-infused metal, SUN are definitely the band for you.

Check out the stunning visuals for their latest single “I Killed Your Man” above. “Brutal Pop” is also in stores now.

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Graded on a Curve:
The Best of 2019’s Reissues, Part One

With the list below, the reissues have slimmed down a bit, though in terms of weight, collectively as well as individually, they are all worth noting. So hey, we did. The second half, even heftier yet just as svelte, follows tomorrow.

10. Lightning Bolt, Wonderful Rainbow (Thrill Jockey) & Robbie Fulks, Country Love Songs (Bloodshot) The general tendency is to refrain from listing straight reissues of stuff that is less than a quarter century old, but occasionally exceptions will be made, and the controlled duo mayhem that comprises Wonderful Rainbow is one of them. That it’s part of Thrill Jockey’s extensive plunge into Lightning Bolt’s discography no doubt added some weight to the consideration; however, taking this baby out for a few fresh spins provides as wild a ride as it ever did before. The rainbow splatter vinyl is going to splendid revolving on the turntable.

Country Love Songs hasn’t hit the 25-year mark either, but, released in 1996, it’s inching nearer by the second, and it’s a record that’s as necessary now as it was upon initial release. Fulks had a few songs out prior, but the set was his full-length debut and it put him solidly on the map, in the process differentiating him from much of the alt-country pack, as listening to his stuff; rich of voice, strong of song, and exquisite instrumentally including pedal steel from Tom Brumley, made it clear that a couple of decades prior he would’ve been a legitimate country hitmaker. That is conjecture of course, but what’s hard to dispute is how at his best Robbie Fulks is timeless. This LP is a prime example.

9. Miles Davis, The Complete Birth of the Cool (UMe) & John Coltrane, Blue World (Impulse!) I can envision the eye rolls from the non-jazz-loving contingent. These guys again? Didn’t they just make yesterday’s list? Hey, maybe we’ll eventually call for a moratorium on Miles and Trane in the annual Best Of tallies, as it seems unlikely that a year will elapse without multiple reissues and/ or archival editions from these two august names. As you can see, no great jazzman ban was undertaken at TVD in 2019, but things have been kept in perspective.

Birth of the Cool is total jazz canon stuff to be sure, but UMe’s highly attractive 2LP edition (with LP-sized booklet featuring photos and notes by Ashley Khan) is also the first time the live and studio material has been offered on 2LP. For jazz fans and vinyl aficionados, I’d say it’s a must. As a soundtrack recorded by the Classic Quartet for Canadian director Gilles Groulx, Blue World is simultaneously a major discovery (though one hiding in plain sight) and a minor work. But as it offers the saxophonist revisiting previously recorded tunes in the studio, it’s noteworthy, and definitely of interest.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 12/10/19

Indie Music Retailers Have Strong Black Friday Weekend Despite Ongoing Shipping Problems: Reports coming in from independent music retailers point to strong Black Friday and Black Friday weekend sales despite ongoing shipments problems from the major record labels. Retail members of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) are reporting an average sales increase of 12% for this year’s Black Friday over 2018. Individual reports ranged from a low of -26% to a high of +66%, with only three stores reporting minus numbers and those appeared to have external issues like weather problems Small Business Saturday sales, which have been growing steadily over the last three years, were up an average of 9%. The range here was a low of -22% to a high of +65%. The overall weekend numbers looked good, with a 7% average increase and a range of -22% to a high of +24%. “When I asked about issues affecting sales this year, I really got an earful, which I fully expected given the current status of retail music distribution,” wrote CIMS Executive Director Michael Burnell in his weekly newsletter to the industry. Burnell also shared these comments about shipments last week from the major labels and Direct Shot Distribution which is used by all three majors to distribute to indie retailers.

Brisbane, AU | A definitive guide to Brisbane’s 5 best record stores: While Brisbane isn’t necessarily a hotspot for Australian vinyl consumption with a total of 20 record stores against Sydney’s 33 and 70 in Melbourne, there is a few gems to be uncovered. If you’ve been following the stats over the last decade you will have noticed a significant and frankly surprising rise in vinyl sales around the world and we couldn’t be happier. To celebrate the return to music’s most efficient format it’s time to shout out the top 5 record stores in Brisbane that are keeping the dream alive. In 2007, annual vinyl sales in the US was sitting at 2 million which has risen significantly to 16 million in 2017. …While skeptics would argue this is still a far cry from the early 1980s when vinyl hit its peak at $2 billion in the US moving 300 million units, we are shouting out the 5 best record stores in Brisbane to get your liquorice disc fix.

Seattle, WA | Vintage vinyl collection worth thousands stolen from Seattle apartment: A collection of vintage vinyl forty years in the making was stolen in a matter of seconds. Andee Mefferd says not only is she out upwards of $4,000 but priceless memories are gone, too. “I was on my way to work and I was notified [by] my apartment manager that it appeared there had been someone in my storage unit,” Mefferd said. “We opened the door and everything was gone,” she added. Mefferd says the break-in happened sometime last week at Lowell Apartments in First Hill, and the intrusion has left her feeling violated. She tells KOMO News the collection was a financial buffer of sorts. “If life falls apart and I lose my job, at least I can pay my rent for a couple of months with that, so it’s really disappointing,” Mefferd said. Part of her inventory included first pressings, colored and numbered Nirvana, Beastie Boys and PJ Harvey vinyl. “And records my dad gave me which were Beatles records and they were still in the original packaging and had never been played…”

Wollongong, AU | Wollongong’s last record store, Music Farmers, turns 15: While other Wollongong record stores have fallen by the wayside, Music Farmers is celebrating 15 years of turning people onto new sounds and inspiring them to do their own thing. Back in 2004, if you were placing bets as to which record store in the Wollongong CBD would be the only one left standing today, you probably wouldn’t be putting your money on Music Farmers. Jeb Taylor and Simon Dalla Pozza had opened up a tiny store in 2004, upstairs in Central Chambers. Not the most well-known location; there would still be people today who wouldn’t have a clue where that was. For the record, it’s in the mall, the same place as all the other record stores – all of which were much easier to find. “There was a lot of record stores around at that time,” Taylor says. “Redback was still there, Rock Factory was still there. I think Wilson’s was there and Sanity still existed.” Today they’re all gone, but that small shop with the weird name that started out upstairs in the mall is still going today.

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TVD Live Shots: King Diamond with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Idle Hands at City National Grove, 12/3

On a cold and dreary Tuesday night in Orange County, King Diamond conjured up the spirit of Abigail in front of a packed house in Anaheim, CA. Fans from all walks of life were in attendance to witness his ghastly sermon and nobody left the venue disappointed. It was a masterful show from one of the all-time legends of black metal and one of the best shows I’ve seen this year. All hail King Diamond!

I can remember hearing “Melissa” for the first time as a teenager and was immediately hooked on Mercyful Fate and their lead singer, King Diamond. Their music was like no other at the time and pushed all conceivable boundaries, mixing dark themes of Satanism and the occult with raw, unadulterated metal. King Diamond’s unmistakable falsetto was one of a kind and still lives on in infamy some 45 years later. Tuesday’s show would definitely be one I would cherish as a lifelong fan.

Opening for King Diamond were two bands that I highly anticipated seeing live, Portland’s own Idle Hands as well as legendary English rockers, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. Each band was unique in their own right and killed their respective sets. I’d definitely be down for seeing them both again the road as their brand of no-frills rock and roll resonated with me as well as others at the City National Grove on Tuesday evening. Definitely a breath of fresh air for sure and one I won’t soon forget.

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TVD Radar: 30th Century Records Compilation Volume 2 double vinyl in stores 1/24

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records unveils 30th Century Volume 2, the second installment of the label’s compilation series. Curated by Danger Mouse, 30th Century Volume 2 features tracks from new signings to the label as well as songs from its eclectic roster, all handpicked by Danger Mouse.

Exclusive to the compilation is “Ninjarous,” a never before released song by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse featuring MF Doom. The song is available now and also features Patrick Carney on drums. Listen to “Ninjarous.” below. 30th Century Volume 2 also contains highlights from the label’s 2019 releases by Adam Green, Babe Rainbow, Sam Cohen, Big Search, Husky Loops, Maybird, and Waterstrider, and features music by new signings including 20-year-old Los Angeles native Poppy Jean Crawford, New Yorker Baba Ali, and Portland’s Alexandra Savior.

The double vinyl version is the exclusive vinyl home for Granddaddy’s “Bison on the Plains” and Broken Bells’ “Good Luck.” The tracklisting for the compilation is as follows:

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Rwanda: How music heals divides, 25 years on

PHOTOS: MARILENA UMUHOZA DELLI | December 9th is World Genocide Commemoration Day. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the largest Rwandan genocide.

When people speak of the Holocaust, for those in Cambodia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Indonesia, Rwanda, and beyond, there is often understandable confusion as to what event is being referred to so definitively.

Almost all Rwandans born before 1994 qualify as “genocide survivors.” Yet, throughout the populace, trauma and suffering are so widespread that few wallow in having had family members killed. Strikingly, the majority opt for the more subdued verb ‘died’ instead. This trait stands in sharp contrast to the glorified culture of victimization that sometimes plagues America and other Westernized countries.

The musical group, The Good Ones, sought solace in music after their mentor’s murder. Their formation actually embodied a spontaneous unification—through shared interest and friendship—of Rwanda’s three tribes, with the original trio’s members each having Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa (“Pygmy”) origins, respectively.

The Good Ones were the first group ever to have original music in Kinyarwanda widely-distributed internationally. Their simple, direct, and plaintive love songs are sung in the street dialect of the rural outskirts of the nation’s capital, and speak more to the healing power of peace than a thousand academic treatises or preachy goodwill ambassadors ever could. Literally, four of the songs on their 2010 debut record were titled with the names of the women whom they were written for. And their follow-up albums have continued this trend, with one song on the new record even proclaiming “My Wife is as Beautiful as a Sunset.”

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