Here's a very promising new local web series by my friend and former colleague, Gerard Matthews. It's called "My Favorite Guitar" and the gist is as simple as the title suggests: Matthews gets local musicians to talk about their favorite guitar and then play a song with it.
Trigger Warning: This thing gets dark. Another new video from Lo Thraxx's long-awaited "$harkansas" mixtape, this one featuring Goon des Garcons (not rapping, just being terrifying). If, after watching this, you're wondering when you can see these guys live, then you're insane but also in luck.
Here's a good, mellow video to start your week off with, the latest from Cool Chris, who is a lonesome soul. The beat is by North Little Rock native and brilliant person IAmNawf and the clip was apparently shot by fellow beatmaker Fresco Grey. If you missed "Trap Conversations," Chris' tape from back in April, now is your chance to catch up.
Here's the latest clip from Little Rock's Goon des Garcons (of Young Gods of America, which they are now calling a "Creative Agency"), for "How It Happen?" off last month's "Meanwhile" EP. It's a tribute to downtown Little Rock: Warehouse Liquor makes a prominent appearance, as does the Clinton Center
Little Rock's Taylor Moon, who we last posted about back in April, released a new video this afternoon, for "Let It Go," produced by Mach Soul. The clip finds her moodily loitering outside of a liquor store, brown-bagging it and barely visible in the neon — an appropriate vibe for an introspective r&b song with lyrics like "All I want to feel is nothing."
Here's a new video from YGOA and Little Rock's own Goon des Garcons, in which he mostly smokes weed, hangs out with a cool dog and warns you not to fuck with his luggage. It looks like a pretty good time, which is what I would expect from a guy who took us on a nature hike in his last visual, for "Thanks 4 Nothing."
In the latest edition of "Live from Fellowship Hall Sound," a video collaboration with Greg Spradlin and Camp Friday Films, Tulsa's John Moreland talks about his musical upbringing and early songwriting and plays "3:59AM," from his latest album, "In the Throes."
North Little Rock High School students are getting lots of thumbs up on You Tube (nearly 6,000 at this writing) for their video, "I Like Big Books," which they released Jan. 7 as part of a literacy project.
Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
Reforms promised by the Division of Children and Family Services are "absolutely necessary," the president of DCFS's independent consultant told a legislative committee this morning. But they still may not be enough to control the state's alarming growth in foster care cases.
Fake news is a new phenomenon in the world of politics and policy, but hokey economic scholarship has been around as long as Form 1040 and is about as reliable as the news hoaxes that enlivened the presidential campaign.