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1. "White Rose" by Basia Bulat

  • Published: 2013-11-21T13:19:51Z
  • By ESOPUS

For the CD included in ESOPUS 19 (Spring 2013), 12 musicians were asked to create a song inspired by a customer-service experience in their past. Toronto-based singer-songwriter Basia Bulat’s wistful “White Rose” references a period of time she spent as a 14-year-old holding a job as a cashier and “customer-service specialist” at a local garden center of the same name. A number of her customers were elderly women: “Over time I became the recipient of their stories as well as their (often unsolicited) advice, but after a few years I had grown tired of listening to what was starting to feel like a million grandmothers harping on me all day long.” Bulat left the job to work at the local mall at a trendy clothing store, and the garden chain declared bankruptcy a few months later: “One day, I recognized one of the White Rose ladies on the bus on my way home from working at the mall. She didn’t see me, or maybe she pretended not to see me. Whether the snub was real or imagined, I wondered if perhaps I deserved it.” The "ESOPUS 19: CUSTOMER SERVICE" CD also includes tracks by Jens Lekman, Dirty Beaches, Black Pus, and Cakes Da Killa. Find out more at bit.ly/11Z0MOn For a list of all ESOPUS CDs, visit bit.ly/1c5Q1NX http://basiabulat.com

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2. Miss Information Theme (Demo Version)

  • Published: 2017-06-21T11:32:03Z
  • By ESOPUS
Miss Information Theme (Demo Version)

This fantastic track by "Miss Information" (aka Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori) comes from the "ESOPUS 24: PIONEER SESSIONS" CD, which features 12 brand-new songs created in the groundbreaking recording studio of Brooklyn nonprofit Pioneer Works. Listen to clips from all of the tracks at http://www.esopus.org/contents/view/381 Learn more about Miho Hatori at http://mihohatori.com Learn more about Pioneer Works at http://pioneerworks.org

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3. "Regarding a Package" by Jens Lekman

  • Published: 2013-04-18T20:09:49Z
  • By ESOPUS

A track by Jens Lekman from ESOPUS 19's audio compilation "Customer Service." For the CD, 12 musicians were asked to create a song inspired by a customer-service experience. Lekman's "Regarding a Package" references the Swedish indie-pop icon's dealings with the Australian Customs Service after he started receiving bizarre packages from a fan while living Down Under.

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4. ESOPUS 22 PREVIEW (PODCAST)

  • Published: 2015-02-02T16:23:58Z
  • By ESOPUS
ESOPUS 22 PREVIEW (PODCAST)

This podcast offers a preview of the forthcoming issue of ESOPUS, the nonprofit arts publication based in New York City. It includes three interviews with contributors to ESOPUS 22: MEDICINE: Thomas Juncher Jensen, an interior designer who has designed "the perfect waiting room" based on our subscribers' suggestions; acclaimed contemporary artist Melissa Meyer, who created one of the 6 artists' projects for the issue, and Anne Watts, the founder and lead singer of Baltimore-based band Boister, who contrbuted a track for the issue's included CD, which features songs inspired by bodily organs. The podcast closes with Watts's demo for Boister's song, "Mr. Spleen." ESOPUS 22: MEDICINE will be on newsstands in early May.

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5. ESOPUS 24: CREATIVITY AND BOUNDARIES (PODCAST)

  • Published: 2017-05-01T18:57:08Z
  • By ESOPUS
ESOPUS 24: CREATIVITY AND BOUNDARIES (PODCAST)

Much of the content in the 24th issue of the nonprofit arts annual ESOPUS concerns itself with boundaries—between countries, cultures, languages, genders, and more—and in many cases, with using creativity as a way to breach them. This podcast features editor Tod Lippy's interviews with four contributors to the issue—translator Ann Goldstein, photographer and activist Clayton Patterson, and artists Hayden Dunham and Marco Maggi—and also includes clips from 5 songs from the ESOPUS 24 CD, "Pioneer Sessions," comprising 12 songs created in the recording studio of the Brooklyn nonprofit Pioneer Works. Learn more about the issue at http://www.esopus.org/issues/view/24

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6. "Helix" by Shearwater

  • Published: 2013-06-16T11:08:27Z
  • By ESOPUS

For ESOPUS 11, published in the fall of 2008, we asked musicians to create a song for the issue's themed audio CD inspired by an advice column of their choosing. Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg was struck by an exchange between the Rev. Billy Graham and a young man who seeks his advice on how to get rid of impure thoughts he is certain would “appall” God. Graham responds, “Have you ever asked yourself what God wants you to think about?...The answer is that God wants to fill your mind with Himself—with thoughts and emotions that are good and pure, and reflect him instead of the evils of this world.” This directive serves as Meiburg’s point of departure for "Helix," a, beautiful, haunting track featuring Tibetan bells and, as always, Meiburg's magnificent voice. The "ESOPUS 11: ADVICE" CD also includes tracks by Wye Oak, Lucky Dragons, and Jenny Owens Young. Find out more at bit.ly/1ayBBUF For a list of all ESOPUS CDs, visit bit.ly/ZOHRS8 Visit Shearwater's website at http://shearwatermusic.com

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7. "I'd Like to Go Swimming" by The Ruby Suns

  • Published: 2013-05-22T10:53:07Z
  • By ESOPUS

For ESOPUS 12: BLACK AND WHITE (Spring 2009), we asked musicians to create a song inspired by a black-and-white film of their choosing for the issue's themed audio compilation. The Ruby Suns chose Fritz Lang’s 1927 film “Metropolis, ”which takes place in a futuristic urban dystopia where the subterranean “working” class are determined to rebel against the ruling “thinking” class, even if it means the destruction of their city. The Australia-based band’s reverb-rich piece of propulsive psychedelia offers a perfect contemporary soundtrack to the silent classic. The "ESOPUS 12: BLACK AND WHITE" CD also includes tracks by Nina Nastasia, dj/rupture, and Sam Amidon. Find out more at http://www.esopusmag.com/contents/view/211/135 For a list of all ESOPUS CDs, visit bit.ly/ZOHRS8

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8. “Why the Long Face?” by Peter Silberman

  • Published: 2018-05-05T13:19:17Z
  • By ESOPUS
“Why the Long Face?” by Peter Silberman

For this atmospheric instrumental track created for the ESOPUS 25 "Jokes" CD (included in ESOPUS 25, the nonprofit arts publication now in bookstores) The Antlers frontman Peter Silberman took his inspiration from an old classic: A horse walks into a bar, and the bartender asks, "Why the long face?" Silberman talks about his choice in the issue's liner notes: "I love this joke for its simplicity, and fittingly, I wrote a piece that revolves around a single, economical melody [whose] central riff mimicked the phrase ‘Why the long face?’” The track appears on the compilation along with new songs by Lonnie Holley, Katie Von Schleicher, and Joseph Keckler, among others; the CD is introduced in the issue by comedian Demetri Martin.

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9. "Rabbit" by Cassandra Jenkins

  • Published: 2013-10-29T19:35:57Z
  • By ESOPUS

For ESOPUS 20: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Fall 2013), we asked musicians to write a song inspired by one of their personal belongings. Singer-songwriter Cassandra Jenkins created a track inspired by a taxidermied pet rabbit belonging to good friends of hers. Her track immortalizes this creature through lush music and affecting lyrics derived from Wallace Stevens’s transcendent 1937 poem "A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts." The "ESOPUS 20: PERSONAL EFFECTS" CD also includes tracks by Wesley Stace, Prince Rama, The Garden District, and Sam Phillips. Find out more at bit.ly/1dpdIT9 For a list of all ESOPUS CDs, visit bit.ly/ZOHRS8

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Joel Newton (guitar) Ben Stivers (keys) Toshi Someya (bass) Eric Halvorson (drums)

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11. "Teilhard" by Sam Phillips

  • Published: 2013-10-13T12:05:49Z
  • By ESOPUS

For ESOPUS 20: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Fall 2013), we asked musicians to write a song inspired by one of their personal belongings. Sam Phillips’s “Teilhard” focuses on a desert rock from Yucca Valley, California, where the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter spent many childhood weekends at her late grandfather’s cabin. The song’s title references the Jesuit priest, philosopher, and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955), who, in Phillips’s words, “preferred rocks over flowers because rocks are more permanent, and flowers die so quickly.” Phillips echoes that sentiment in her potent closing line: "I’ll hold you in my hand until I die, until I’m dust again; until I’m just the dust in your eye...." The "ESOPUS 20: PERSONAL EFFECTS" CD also includes tracks by Wesley Stace, Prince Rama, The Garden District, and Julian Lynch. Find out more at bit.ly/1cg2y2u For a list of all ESOPUS CDs, visit bit.ly/ZOHRS8

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12. "The Drift" by Jeff Mercel [PREVIEW]

  • Published: 2013-10-23T11:02:37Z
  • By ESOPUS

For ESOPUS 20: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Fall 2013) we asked musicians to write a song inspired by one of their personal belongings. Musician and composer Jeff Mercel (Mercury Rev) took inspiration from a small leather-bound portfolio he found in a box of items belonging to his deceased father that contained fly-fishing paraphernalia assembled by his great-grandfather. His wistful track, “The Drift,” invokes the language of fishermen ("mind the drift, mend the line") to explore the profound yet ethereal connection we have to our forebears. The "ESOPUS 20: PERSONAL EFFECTS" CD also includes tracks by Wesley Stace, Prince Rama, The Garden District, and Cassandra Jenkins. Find out more at bit.ly/1cg2y2u For a list of all ESOPUS CDs, visit bit.ly/ZOHRS8

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13. Karl Ove Knausgaard in Conversation with Tod Lippy (BookCourt, 5/21/16)

  • Published: 2018-04-19T14:30:58Z
  • By ESOPUS
Karl Ove Knausgaard in Conversation with Tod Lippy (BookCourt, 5/21/16)

In front of a packed house at Brooklyn’s BookCourt, the celebrated Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard (My Struggle) spoke with ESOPUS editor Tod Lippy about “On the Value of LIterature,” his 5,000-word essay that appears in ESOPUS 23. Knausgaard also took questions from the audience about his writing process, and the evening ended with a book-signing.

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14. The Wrens, "The House that Guilt Built [Live]" (The Kitchen, 10/24/06)

  • Published: 2017-09-13T14:53:29Z
  • By ESOPUS
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On October 24, 2006, The Wrens' Charles Bissell and Kevin Whelan participated in "An Evening with ESOPUS" at NYC performance space The Kitchen. Among the tracks they performed was this version of "The House that Guilt Built" (from their acclaimed LP "The Meadowlands") for which they called upon three audience members to participate.

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15. Lisa Kudrow Discusses "The Comeback" with Tod Lippy (Museum of the Moving Image, 2/23/11)

  • Published: 2018-04-19T14:36:22Z
  • By ESOPUS
Lisa Kudrow Discusses

ESOPUS inaugurated a collaborative series with the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, with a screening and in-person appearance by actress Lisa Kudrow and her producing partner Dan Bucatinsky. In 2005, Kudrow and Michael Patrick King co-created "The Comeback," a penetrating and often brutal satire of reality TV, sitcoms, and show business in general, which aired on HBO for one season (and which was featured, along with an interview with Kudrow and King, in ESOPUS 15: TELEVISION). The program opened with a screening of the series’ first episode, after which Kudrow, who was nominated for an Emmy for her brilliant portrayal of the show’s protagonist, Valerie Cherish, discussed the conception, execution, and untimely demise of the critically lauded series (which was finaly ultimately resurrected by HBO in 2015 for another acclaimed season).

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16. "Why Did the Man Talk to a Horse Off in the Bar?" by Lonnie Holley [PREVIEW]

  • Published: 2018-04-19T16:27:13Z
  • By ESOPUS

For its latest audio compilation, ESOPUS invited 11 musical acts -- including Peter Silberman, Joseph Keckler, and Katie Von Scheicher -- to create new songs inspired by a joke of their choice. The CD will appear in ESOPUS 25, which is just now hitting bookstores. The iconic comical query “Why did chicken cross the road?” opens “Why Did the Man Talk to a Horse Off in the Bar?,” created by acclaimed artist and musician Lonnie Holley. This song is a haunting, deeply moving meditation upon mortality, religion, and humankind’s relentless search for meaning through the act of storytelling. Holley recorded it at Figure 8 Recording Studio in Brooklyn several months ago, enlisting the help of musicians Courtney Hartman, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, and Zosha Warpeha.

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17. Stephen Adly Guirgis reads “Dear Sissy” (MoMA/PS1, 5/11/06)

  • Published: 2017-09-13T13:33:12Z
  • By ESOPUS
Stephen Adly Guirgis reads “Dear Sissy” (MoMA/PS1, 5/11/06)

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis wrote a series of three monologues for ESOPUS which were published in our second, third, and fifth issues. Guirgis read the third monologue for an ESOPUS event at MoMA/PS1 on May 11, 2006. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2vs9kpl

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