Opening Acts: "Now It's On," Grandaddy

I saw Grandaddy open for Pete Yorn back in the early 2000s, not long before they broke up (though they have reunited periodically now and again since 2012). Their music is glitchy-but-catchy indie-rock psychedelia, with Jason Lytle's lyrics focused on the trials and tribulations of our technology-obsessed age. "Now It's On," from 2003's Sumday album, might just be the apotheosis of their style.


"The Real Book," 99% Invisible

If you've ever spent time around jazz musicians, you've probably seen The Real Book. Copies of the low-tech, seemingly written and xeroxed-by-hand collection of jazz standards seemed to be everywhere when I attended Oberlin College in the late '90s. But I had no idea about the fascinating history behind the book, explored in depth in this episode of one of my favorite podcasts.


"The Queer Black Woman Who Reinvented The Blues" by Cara Giaimo, Atlas Obscura

Ma Rainey came back into the wider public consciousness last year, with the release of the Netflix film that bears her name, but I kind of wish that movie had been a biopic rather than an adaptation of August Wilson's stage play. Hell, she was a fascinating enough character to fill at least a couple of seasons of binge-worthy television, as this Atlas Obscura article makes clear.
Rough Mix is a newsletter about all things audio curated by Aaron Rester and brought to you by Beartrap Spring Records. Every other week, I highlight great music, articles, podcasts and more that I think are worth sharing and spending some time with. Have a suggestion for something to share? Email, or connect with Beartrap Spring on YoutubeFacebook or Twitter. Music highlighted in these emails is available on our Spotify playlist.
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