2015 was a depressing year in terms of artistic freedom of expression around the world. According to the group Freemuse — which documents violations of artistic freedom around the world — killings, attacks, abductions, and imprisonments of artists were up 20% from 2014 with China, Iran and Russia leading the way as top offenders. Freemuse recently just published their annual Art Under Threat Report, and I recently got a chance to speak with the organization’s Executive Director, Ole Reitov about the report. We discussed his findings, the challenges of documenting artistic censorship, and why music is targeted more than any other art form.
Bartees Cox is a songwriter and producer who spent years playing in bands in Brooklyn before making the move to Washington, DC, where his solo project, Bartees Strange, took focus and grew - from an album of reinterpretations of The National’s music to his stunning full-length, genre-bending… | watch
Joyful Noise Recordings is an Indianapolis-based eclectic indie label begun in 2003 by Karl Hofstetter. In this episode, we'll hear a ton of great music from the label's releases, along with an interview with Karl where we cover the label's beginnings, the importance of physical art objects, and how… | listen
#StopAsianHate! Do we need to say more? Yes, we do—with music & resources. | read