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Pressed In America Each episode of Pressed in America chronicles a time and place in American music. More: http://pressedinamerica.com

Another dispatch – meeting up with two generations of Zydeco performers as we scoot around Acadiana:
03/30/2014
Catching Up With Two Generations of Zydeco Singers in Acadiana

Another dispatch – meeting up with two generations of Zydeco performers as we scoot around Acadiana:

Unlike Chubby, who grins on stage and uses the accordion seemingly more to keep time than anything, Terry leans back, pulls and pushes on the accordion like they’re his own lungs. It really wailed. It was blues, with that insane beat.

Dispatch from Louisiana:
03/29/2014
Meeting Chubby Carrier in Lafayette

Dispatch from Louisiana:

Before I crashed out, Chubby Carrier, the Zydeco bandleader and accordion player, came over to my hotel room. Zydeo is the accordion-and-washboard-driven folk music of the black Creoles of the Southern Louisiana plains, a music that, like blues, was a melding of spirituals and African rhythm.

Pressed in America bonus material: Recollections of Flint punk venues we've lost from the folks who were there:
03/17/2014
Flint Scenesters of the 1980s Remember 5 Lost Flint Venues

Pressed in America bonus material: Recollections of Flint punk venues we've lost from the folks who were there:

There can be no music scene without venues – in Flint’s case, the establishments that tolerated the music and the bands’ (rowdy) fans. To get a sense of what Flint venues were like during that city’s punk rock heydey in the 80s, we asked the people who were there.

03/15/2014
Seattle in the 80s – The Roots of the Seattle Sound

The awesome and strange history of the Seattle sound, including false starts, forgotten comps, the dissidents in the ranks of Sub Pop Records, and more (featuring Gillian Gaar writer + Kurt Bloch of the Fastbacks):

Everyone knows the story of Seattle grunge – but what kind of bands provided the musical groundwork for it? And which bands got left out of the official story altogether?

The brutal Flint grindcore band Repulsion got some airplay on Take No Prisoners – read more about the band and hear the ...
02/24/2014
Grindcore Godfathers Repulsion Were Featured on Ben Hamper's Take No Prisoners

The brutal Flint grindcore band Repulsion got some airplay on Take No Prisoners – read more about the band and hear the brutal cuts that were spun on the show back in 1986:

Grindcore godfathers Repulsion – a band with a big influence that still plays shows and tours nationally – were once featured on Ben Hamper’s Flint radio show Take No Prisoners. (Grindcore is basically music as sonic assault – blast beats, growls, frenzied guitar and bass, mashed into a generally ve...

We love Smiling Sacrifice, dirty Flint rockers of the late 80s/early 90s. We dissect their awesome appearance on the 90s...
02/22/2014
Smiling Sacrifice – See the Band’s Evolution and Their Young-Dude Awkwardness on Take No Prisoners

We love Smiling Sacrifice, dirty Flint rockers of the late 80s/early 90s. We dissect their awesome appearance on the 90s Take No Prisoners TV show here:

Smiling Sacrifice was a band of awkward Flint kids who had a great run in the late 80s, as they snowballed from tape-recorded street punk into tempered but furious grunge metal. They were regulars of the Flint scene and Take No Prisoners veterans.

We wrote a goofy haiku for each of the covers of albums we talked about in our Seattle episode. Because we couldn't just...
02/18/2014
Here Are the Seattle Rock Album Covers (and a Haiku for Each One)

We wrote a goofy haiku for each of the covers of albums we talked about in our Seattle episode. Because we couldn't just show them to you.

Our episode of Pressed in America featuring the Seattle music scene in the 80s — we think we’ll call it “The Seattle Syndrome” after the record that launched a thousand (or 11) careers (or, really, like two or three careers) — has finally been recorded and sent off to the farm.

While we were stomping around Flint, we asked some folks who were part of the scene there to reflect on some of the venu...
02/17/2014
Flint Scenesters of the 1980s Remember 5 Lost Flint Venues

While we were stomping around Flint, we asked some folks who were part of the scene there to reflect on some of the venues of days gone by.

There can be no music scene without venues – in Flint’s case, the establishments that tolerated the music and the bands’ (rowdy) fans. To get a sense of what Flint venues were like during that city’s punk rock heydey in the 80s, we asked the people who were there.

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