[Music] Introducing the Bandcamp App for Artists and Labels

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News from Bandcamp:

The Bandcamp App for Artists and Labels is here! It gives you a real-time mobile view into your stats, helps you manage and fulfill your merch, and lets you directly message your fans, even targeting those messages by fan location and level of support. Check out the screencast above for more details, and grab it for Android or iOS!

Please send media inquires to press@bandcamp.com.

[Music] Inside the Home of Pierre Henry

French electroacoustic composer and experimental music pioneer Pierre Henry left the world on July 5, 2017. Thanks to the Olivier Lamm and Sarah Bastin from Red Bull Music Academy Daily for reporting the potentially tragic loss of Henry’s massive archive if funding isn’t found to preserve his home.

[Music] Thurston Moore & Umut Çağlar – Dunia

It has been a joy to follow Umut Çağlar over the past few years. He’s released several albums under the banner of Konstrukt, but on this album, he collaborates with Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore.

The first track, Kensaku, is the ‘quietest’ affair of this album. It buzzes and swells, with multi-instrumentalist Çağlar prods Moore into a drony improv which would have worked beautifully on an early Sonic Youth record (and which holds up rather well today in 2017).

The next two tracks, Red Sun and Echo (outro) go into the sort of monstrous territory that encapsulated the work of Japanese guitar legends like Keiji Haino’s power-trio Fushitsusha, or even the crunchy psychedelic haze of White Heaven.

I would love to see Konstrukt and Umut Çağlar collaborate more with American artists. He makes one hell of a sparring partner for anyone.

[Music] Autopoietican – Apuntes de Musica Progresiva Contemporanea

I’m pleased to point you dear readers to a progressive rock blog that covers a lot of music I missed, mainly symphonic prog.  My Facebook friend César Inca Mendoza Loyola runs Autopoietican – Apuntes de Musica Progresiva Contemporanea, a blog you should consider subscribing to immediately!

[Music] Various Artists – This Is Darkness: Vol​.​1 Dark Ambient

This Is Darkness is a website based out of Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States which is dedicated to promoting dark ambient music. This is their first in what we hope to be are a long series of compilations dedicated to the promotion of the best of bleak music. Such names as Xerxes The Dark, Cisfinitum, Kammerheit and Leila Abdul-Rauf should be familiar to those of you who dig throughout the Internet finding the finest in headphone music, but there are loads more talented artists waiting for you to explore.

[Literature/Theology/Sports] ‘A Perfect Game: The Metaphysical Meaning of Baseball’ by David Bentley Hart

David Bentley Hart is most well-known as an American Eastern Orthodox philosophical theologian and polemicist, as well as author of Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies.  Happily, he is also a fan of our national pastime, baseball, and indulges to the point of exaggeration for his love of the sport.

Read the article here, originally posted at First Things Magazine.