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Category Archives: rikki

Lowlakes – Song for Motion

For Which the Art was Made: Why Art Space Matters Can a piece of art ever truly be independent of the wall or space in which it is displayed? Most people, I believe, would argue yes: A Rothko hanging on the wall of a CEO’s office is still as mesmerizing as one displayed in the […]

Horse Feathers – Orphan Girl (Gillian Welch cover)

“I am not a smart man, particularly, but one day, at long last, I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family’s, and my country’s past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists […]

Handsome Boy Modeling School featuring Chan Marshall – I’ve Been Thinking

I’ve been thinking that perhaps I can trace my way back through every word I’ve written you. If I start at the end, if I start with goodbye, then maybe, over time I can find what went wrong, press delete, start again. Let our words become rope. I can’t stand my fingers when they’re not […]

Ben Trickey – Open the Sky

I left my apartment yesterday in a big hurry, but found my car blocked in by a long, black truck with the words MEDICAL EXAMINER stamped across it’s otherwise blank exterior. My neighbors, clustered in twos and threes, wore faced painted on by the deeply quiet hues of the solemn and curious. Walking towards the […]

The xx – Angels

A long time ago, a boy convinced me that he and I were angels; we made a religion out of patchouli and poems, the vibration of weeping stone angels in churchyards our only gods. We read each others’ minds and danced, clad in the black skies of the suburbs, beneath thunderstorms that never got us […]

Koko Taylor – Whatever I Am, You Made Me

I am an exquisitely-made thing. Crafted by an artisan’s determined hands, you will never find me tugging self-consciously at crook-teethed zippers, wiping my lips free of the smeared gloss that seems to plague other girls. No. It has taken years, but I have become pure reflection. Exactly the cool glass surface that he always wanted […]

Tori Amos – The Pool

One with her hands open “Don’t be afraid”, she said “No one will know it, just you and me And when it’s over, I’ll go back” – Tori Amos “The Pool” Why now, of all the days that have paved the last thirteen years, I can’t tell you. But suddenly, I had to see her. […]

This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley cover)

She came by for the kind of advice you disguise under the pretense of rum and beers. The Old friend, how’ve ya been? chorus hung in the air like an inadequate noise, an absurd aria that never quite captured that thing we most wanted to say. Hours passed and we gathered around our standby of […]

Kishi Bashi – Wonder Woman, Wonder Me

At age five, I was Wonder Woman and no one knew it. My mom thought they were just Under-roos hidden beneath my clothes; cheap lycra spun in primary colors to teach little girls the basics of their future filled with complicated undergarments. But she was wrong. Everybody was. Only one stray orange cat and my […]

Big Brother and the Holding Company – Summertime

in the winter it is true you can think of me hidden in blues tucked into tulip pink and always peaking around someone else’s palette but when the days begin to sweat and colors run in prism pools down my neck, belly, thighs you better believe i come alive i come alive i come alive […]