An Introduction To…Thao Nguyen

“An Introduction To…” is our new series where we detail one of our favorite artists by guiding you through their discographies.

(Check out Emily’s playlist above for some of her favorite songs by Thao as you read along!)

Who she is: Thao Nguyen
What she does: Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist—including guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass, loops, drums/percussion. She has also been known to beatbox on the side.
Recommended if you Like: St. Vincent, Cat Power, Tune-Yards, Tegan and Sara, Dirty Projectors and Jenny Lewis / Rilo Kiley

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What We’re Listening To – International Women’s Day

Like many of you, music is constantly on our minds, especially during holidays and other commemorative events.  In this series, we give some thoughts about the songs that soundtrack our lives.

International Women’s Day is a celebration of the achievements that women have made in the world, occurring right at the beginning of Women’s History Month.  It’s a day to celebrate what we’ve accomplished so far – and to remind us of what we still have to fight for.  We’ve all had songs in our lives that not only remind us of our identity, but motivate us to think about what that really means, and the impact we have on our society.  Here are a few of those songs.

Click here to read our previous installment in this series

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“What Is Instead?”: Blue Hawaii’s Untogether, Five Years On

At first glance, the cover art for Blue Hawaii’s sophomore album, Untogether, acts as an obvious metaphor for codependence. On it, members Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alex “Agor” Cowan embrace as ghostly figures, their bodies literally sinking into one another. The dissolution is subtly one-sided, however. Cowan remains solid, while Standell is transparent, the edges of her blurring into his. It is the nature—and subsequent fallout—of this boundary-less, imbalanced intimacy that lends the album such lasting impact.

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Voice Piece Playlist Vol. 1: Sara’s Favorites from Music by Women 2017

VPVol1.jpgNote: this playlist was sent out at the end of January as part of our newsletter series.  Please subscribe to the newsletter to get this exclusive playlist as soon as it’s released!

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What We’re Listening to – Valentine’s Day Edition

Like many of you, music is constantly on our minds, especially during holidays and other commemorative events.  In this series, we give some thoughts about the songs that soundtrack our lives.

Valentine’s Day can really be a mixed bag of emotions for some – for many it reminds us of the love from partners past and present, love gone unrequited, or even the fact that love gets a price tag every February 14th.  Here we talk about the songs that bring up those emotions for us – and much more.

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By The Numbers – The Grammy Awards

Two weeks ago, the 60th Grammy Awards took place, during which The Recording Academy honored musicians like Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Kendrick Lamar with gilded gramophones. Though largely considered to be the “Oscars of music,” the Grammys are somewhat unique as far as the main Award shows go, considering, well, no one seems to really like them.

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Profound Simplicity – Jen Cloher Live @ Rough Trade NYC

Somehow, I missed Jen Cloher perform twice in New York.

The first was when she opened for Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile, The Lotta Sea Lice Tour. I had gotten the set times mixed up and arrived in time to hear Cloher retelling the origins of “Strong Woman,” her last song of the set. I was devastated while everyone around me raved on. When I asked her to sign my record later, I told her she was amazing. I’ve never been so sure of a lie before.

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