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Best Midwestern - Episode 45 - What We Missed in 2016 Due to Our Lameness

Best Midwestern - Episode 45 - What We Missed in 2016 Due to Our Lameness

On this episode of the Best Midwestern Podcast hosts Greg Simpson and Scott Heisel review three Midwest albums we spaced on in 2016, Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper (Chicago), My Woman by Angel Olsen (St. Louis/Chicago) and Lives We Tell Ourselves by Sleeping Cranes (St. Louis). This was recorded immediately after watching Trump’s first press conference, so let’s just say the intro is… heated.

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Editorial: "DIY Culture struggles to develop under capitalist conditions"

Editorial: “DIY Culture struggles to develop under capitalist conditions”

The tragic Oakland Ghost Ship fire has set off vigorous debate as to the purpose and permissibility of unlicensed DIY spaces. Generally, local governments and many citizens argue that the permits, safety checks, and fees required to license a venue are necessary to prevent Ghost Ship situations. But, on the other side, many artists and promotors argue that meeting these requirements simply is not possible for small bands and artists. Joey Steel, of All Torn Up has taken the position that while licensing and permits appear to function as safety checks, they are really a way to vanquish and suppress non-mainstream art. Check out his editorial on this issue below.

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CJ Ramone

CJ Ramone announces new album

CJ Ramone has announced the release of a new album. It will be called American Beauty and will be out via Fat Wreck Chords on March 17. It will be 12 tracks and also includes contributions from Steve Soto, Dan Root, and Pete Sosa. He also stated that he plans to do a good amount of touring in 2017. CJ released Last Chance to Dance in 2014.

You can see the album art and track list below.

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3 Doors Down, Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood playing Trump Inauguration

3 Doors Down, Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood playing Trump Inauguration

After months of issues with booking acts, Donald Trump's team has announced the lineup up for the President Elect's inauguration celebration. Previously, the team announced Elton John as the headliner, which John swiftly rebutted. However, the committee has selected 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, Jennifer Holiday, and Jackie Evancho to play the celebration. Also performing will be the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Rockettes, each of which have had prominent members express displeasure with performing at the event. Jon Voight will also be there, for some reason.

The… "celebration"… takes place January 19 in Washington, DC. Aside from winning the Presidency, Present Elect Trump has recently made headiness for insulting Arnold Schwarzenegger due to under performing TV ratings in Celebrity Apprentice, taking steps to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, attacking the acting prowess of Meryl Streep (holder of three Academy Awards and eight Golden Globe awards), wishing a happy New Year to "my many enemies and those who have fought me," refusing to answer CNN's questions at his first press conference, complimenting Vladmir Putin as "very smart," and comparing his current conflicts to the atrocities suffered by victims of the Holocaust. Anyway, click "read more" to hear a sound clip by the Joker, for some reason.

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Frauen set date for new LP

Frauen set date for new LP

Glasgow's Frauen have announced a release date of Feb 10th for their new LP, Unreal City, which will be out on Gold Mold Records. This date is for the digital download of the album, with a street date for the physical copy coming later in March.

This is the band's first full-length, and follows up the 2016 single Summer/Relapse. They will also be playing a series of gigs in February. You can check out those gig dates, and listen to the track "Weight" from their 2016 single, below.

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