Madonna & Tumblr To Hold A Special #ArtForFreedom Curation on November 13th.
Madonna’s Art For Freedom initiative has joined with Tumblr for the month of November to collectively curate a new collection of entries from their community of visual artists. At 5pm EST on November 13, Madonna will conduct a live curation on Tumblr of entries and will continue to review submissions all month. The best work of art, photography, video or poetry chosen by Madonna from the November entries will receive a $10,000 grant, which will go to a nonprofit organization or project of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on a social justice issue and exemplify the values of Art For Freedom.
CLICK HERE to submit your art work now! The final winner will be announced in early December.
UPDATE: Please note that the live curation is now to take place at 5pm EST on November 13.
The Dismemberment Plan came to New York City last Friday for the CMJ Music Marathon, a festival cum industry workshop to celebrate and further the aims of independent music. They played three shows loosely centered around CMJ. I followed them around to two and a half of them for Tumblr Music.
In many ways, The Dismemberment Plan is about the most ‘college rock’ of college rock bands. They peaked during an era when college rock radio (CMJ started as a trade magazine for college radio programmers) was still a meaningful term. The Plan’s most acclaimed album, Emergency & I (DeSoto Records 1999), reconnoiters the up-and-down terrain of being young, smart, and overstimulated. It is wordy and hyper-referential. The playing is spastic and beyond precise. It’s a great album to hear when you’re in your, say, early 20s, at that time when you feel soooo wise and over everything, without actually knowing how stupid and just-getting-under-things you actually are. But, you know, now that I’m 30 and I listen to it again, it definitely holds up. Maybe that feeling soooo wise and over everything feeling never quite evaporates.
After Change (DeSoto 2001), a capable follow-up released two years later, the band retired. Travis Morrison, the band’s vocalist, recorded a few solo records, and the bassist, Erik Axelson, formed a new band called Maritime, which has released four albums. The rest of the group — drummer Joe Easley and guitarist/keyboardist Jason Caddell — have gone on to work day jobs. Well, “jobs”, really. (Cf., this Onion article.) The whole band has. Caddell works as a sound engineer for events in Washington, D.C., and Easley works at NASA. Morrison worked as a programmer for the Huffington Post before founding a tech startup called Shoutabl. Axelson is a content manager for Capital One.
The thing is, The Dismemberment Plan’s legacy, releasing (prior to this week) four well-reviewed albums — one of which was really well-reviewed — and touring the world for almost a decade - it’s not so bad. And now that they’ve gone on to, you know, successfully inhabit the sort of grown-up life they were so trepidatious about? That’s sort of a triumph. So what are the Plan doing releasing a follow-up some twelve years later?
Music Monday 10/21/13: CMJ 2013
More bands than we can count ran rampant on New York and its boroughs last week for CMJ Music Marathon. We “shipped” each of these six bloggers with a band, and they documented their experiences. You can make up whatever names for the pairings that you want.
Tumblr Tuesday: CMJ Music Marathon Edition
Alice and the Glass Lake
The ethereal prose and dreamy pictures found here offers a taste of what you’re in for with their latest release, The Evolution EP.
Father John Misty
Music, photos, satirical watercolors of famous magazines that feature the most recent Kardashian divorce.
Prolific memes and choice cover art with Gucci Mane
Latest track releases, Gchat conversations, and clips from their “weirdo-folk” performances.
Photo via Deniro Farrar
Music Monday 10/14/13: New & Notable Activities
Panic! at the Disco are giving Tumblr fans access to tickets before they go on sale to the public (hurry up!). Nigel Godrich started a Tumblr to lash out against music streaming laws, while Sufjan Stevens wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus.