March on with the Disposable Underground music newsletter – March 2, 2024

Welcome to the Disposable Underground newsletter, a companion to my blog of the same name. Read below for some music news bits, tributes, and what’s new at the blog. Please enjoy!—Richard

Music News

Does album art still matter? Bruce Houghton addresses that question at Hypebot. The answer is, if you tailor your art for streaming, yes, but he explains what that means.

Artificial intelligence is a new subject that the folks at Heavy Music Artwork are looking to tackle. In a social media post titled “Calling All Bands And Artists: No Cover: Taking On The AI,” the book label plans a new release “to explore how AI is impacting creativity, job security, and the broader ethical considerations” of the intersection of human and AI art and is calling for contributions. This is timely considering the AI album art controversies surrounding Deicide and Pestilence of late. 

Pitchfork‘s days are numbered as owner Condé Nast folded it into GQ and laid off a bunch of people, and as the dust settles we should be concerned for the future of music journalism as a whole, Chris Richards writes at The Washington Post

Now Reading: MDC: Memoir from a Damaged Civilization: Stories of Punk, Fear, and Redemption by singer Dave Dictor. There’s a lot of stories from his life and the road in it, including one where John Joseph of the Cro-Mags saved him from a beatdown when Joseph got between Dictor and a bunch of skins and asked, “Are these assholes bothering you, Dave?”

Rest In Peace

About the death of rocker Mojo Nixon, his family said, “How you live is how you should die.” Bethy Squires has the story at Vulture.

Dexter Romweber died in February. His family said he “was one of the most acclaimed artists of the roots-rock underground” and Bill Pears has the story at Brooklyn Vegan.

Aston “Family Man” Barrett was the bassist of Bob Marley and The Wailers. He died in February at 77, Stacy Simons Santos writes at CelebrityAccess. Barrett played with The Wailers until Marley’s death in 1981.

Michael Andor Brodeur wrote a remembrance of classical conductor Seiji Ozawa for The Washington Post. Ozawa had international acclaim and died in February in Tokyo.

Wayne Kramer, guitarist of the MC5, passed away in February in L.A. Alex Williams and William Lamb wrote about it in The New York Times.

Roni Stoneman was a “brassy, acerbic, and musically brilliant” musician, Harrison Smith writes at The Washington Post. This “first lady of the banjo” died in Tennessee last month. 

New at the Blog

Hans Zimmer’s Dune: Part Two released on digital. That’s right, the soundtrack is up for streaming. It sounds good!

Savage Lands plays metal for the sake of the forests. Dirk Verbeuren is one half of Savage Lands, and along with his old bandmate he’s got a nonprofit that fights for the Earth and plays metal at the same time.

Noisepoetnobody does as the name suggests on This City. The group’s latest release is a harsh listen full of soundscapes but somehow a good one too.

Disposable Underground Collection: ‘zine issue #35 from 2006. This installment has interviews with C-Rex, Christophe Szpajdel, Coaxial, Demigod, The Gathering, and Phobia, as well as a review column featuring J.R. Hayes and Blake Midgette from Pig Destroyer and pg.99 respectively.

Live photos: Noisem playing in Washington, D.C. I took these action-packed pics from the front row of the Pie Shop.

Visit the Disposable Underground blog for more and thank you. 


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