Happy birthday, Maya Angelou! Celebrate with her little-known and lovely children’s verses about fear and courage, illustrated by Basquiat.
Today marks the release of S. Carey’s spectacular Range Of Light. Carey is a member of Bon Iver, and he’s worked with Justin Vernon on other projects by Doe Paoro and Astronautalis, which got us thinking: That Justin Vernon gets around! Vernon’s been a serial collaborator since before Bon Iver even entered our collective radar, and SNL-impression-worthy rock stardom has only increased the number of circles he runs in. His output spans genres, aesthetics, and degrees of fame, to the point that it’s impossible to predict who he’ll link up with next. Vernon’s unmistakable voice has been spotted crooning about starfuckers on a Kanye track in Paris, churning out soft rock with underground mainstays Gayngs in Minneapolis, or gently guiding a traditional folk ballad by the Chieftains in Dublin. He’s been responsible for rugged garage rock with the Shouting Matches, expansive post-rock with Volcano Choir, and experiments verging on black metal with Colin Stetson. His sheer number of connections is baffling, and if you start to factor in all the connections to his connections, Kevin Bacon style, you’re going to need a map. So we made one with help from Michaela Schuett.