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For every discussion about how Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton are bringing energy and fervor back to country music, while making it “real” again, I can’t help but feel like Nikki Lane is getting shunted to the side. She’s been kicking out albums since her 2011 debut, Walk of Shame, a full three years prior to Simpson’s debut. The title track’s liberated, feminist embrace of the same topics Simpson would get praise for on Metamodern Sounds in Country Music‘s “Life of Sin” three years later should give Lane the same acclaim as her male peers, but for some reason, she’s been quietly relegated to the background when discussion of taking back Nashville comes around.
Read the full recommendation at Modern Vinyl. Published 1/23/17

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Like many folks, I woke up Friday morning feeling afraid and uncomfortable, uncertain as to what was going to happen to the United States. I knew of the many marches planned for that night and the next day, but by the time noon rolled around and the president-elect replace Barack Obama, I was fairly well sick with worry. So, as is my wont, I went to the bar near my house to watch Jeopardy and zone out. Jeopardy was pre-empted by the parade, so I got to watch a limp work its way down Pennsylvania Avenue while I drank cheap beer and tried to tamp down everything. By the time I got home and sat around watching Venture Bros DVDs, I was a morose, sad-sack guy. Then — then I saw a video that gave me hope. Self-described “alt-right” demagogue — in reality a white nationalist, racist, bigoted piece of human garbage — Richard Spencer was in the middle of an interview, and just as he began to explain the Pepe the Frog pin on his lapel, he got fucking cold-cocked.
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Clearing the air

slimfast denies Regarding the whole Midcoast Cares Rock For Relief concert on Monday, here's what I've been able to confirm: Obviously, some banners were torn down. See the above Twitter exchange for 96.5 the Buzz personality Slimfast's reaction to an inquiry. This tweet doesn't help matters any, either. I spoke with one of the event organizers, Sondra Freeman, regarding co-sponsorships. Freeman stated that neither Alice 102.1 or 96.5 the Buzz were official sponsors of the event Monday: "They helped us by talking about the event on the air in return for which I let them park their vans in front of the venue and hang some signage inside the venue." According to attendees at the benefit, Slimfast tore down some of the Alice banners that were hanging next to the Buzz banners. Freeman goes on to further state that "Kansas City Local Artists, that is run by Paul Chandler who works at Alice, had a really nice banner hanging on the outside of the venue and it was stolen. Nobody saw who did that and I don't care to speculate." Paul Chandler of Kansas City Local Artists Radio, when asked about the situation, confirms that the Buzz hadn't given any money to the benefit, and that "they gave there [sic] time like we all did." However, he additionally stated that Alice 102.1 had "six banners ripped down" by Slimfast and that he'd seen it happen. banner - rock for reliefIt's a shame that something like this marred what was an otherwise successful event. According to another event organizer, Michelle Bacon, while the final numbers haven't yet come in, as they're still waiting on some money from the auction, she last heard the amount taken in "was somewhere around $7k." Bacon explained where the money would go, as well: "The money is being donated to Heart to Heart International, who will use it for disaster relief in Moore. H2H is a local organization, and it was the same organization MidCoast Cares donated to back in 2011 for the Joplin benefit at Crosstown Station." While there's not likely to be any sort of visible resolution in this case, we'll close with the following words from Freeman: "I just want to promote the amazing local music scene we have here in 816 and help people that can't help themselves. Radio is a great way to get the word out about things like this and shouldn't be a contest." Too true.

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banner - rock for relief There was a benefit for Moore tornado victims at the Kansas City Power & Light District last night. And, it being a benefit, nothing stayed on-topic. At some point during the show, Slimfast, a DJ for 96.5 the Buzz, allegedly tore down a banner for the Kansas City Local Artists Radio Show, an online streaming radio program. People are collectively losing their minds on Facebook, as well as in a post over at Day to Day ASA. I appreciate the thoughts behind this but the "Apparently they do not support freedom of speech either!" line kills me. You can delete anything you want to off your Facebook page. It's your subpage of a private website ran by a multi-million dollar corporation which receives ad revenue from other multi-million (if not billion) dollar industries. True: it's absolute weak sauce to do so, rather than engage and explain, but not silencing free speech. Same goes for the venue. KC Live! isn't a public space -- it's a private zone for entertainment and the purpose of selling alcohol in bars. If the Buzz was a sponsor of the event, and the Kansas City Local Artist Radio wasn't, then the Buzz had every contractual right to prevent promotion of a competing entity (being as how they have their Homegrown Buzz show). Think of it like this: if a brewery sponsors a show, such as Budweiser, then whomever the representative of that brewery is at a show will remove any competitor's banners hung at the same place. If there were a Boulevard banner hung next to the Budweiser banner, you can bet that the rep's bosses will have him pulling it down, post-haste. It's just as likely that Kansas City Local Artist Radio took advantage of the situation and used a large event with many local artists to promote their website and online radio station. I'm not saying definitively it was one way or the other, but you can't just see someone tear down a banner and assume the worst.

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The people who populate Owsley and Me are all self-ivolved, caring little for anything but themselves, and are immensely unlikeable. I frankly wanted each and every character to end up with ... something that would cause them to react in a manner that demonstrated the ability to move beyond their current state of intoxication and obliviation. It's the cast of Seinfeld in the Woodtsock era, lacking the clever writing, choosing instead to substitute endless repetition of the knowledge brought on by LSD. Despite all of Stanley and Davis' indulgence of this disjointed story, Owsley and Me is a book that's difficult to put down. I banged through it over a day or so, mainly because I was hoping that the characters would end up bearing some sort of comeuppance for their naive stumbling and glassy-eyed dialogue. While the characters are drawn with astoundingly broad strokes, allowing for little intimate knowledge of anyone portrayed, that particular writing style allows for a breezy read.

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