Rest in peace, Langston Hughes. It’s times like these that make this stamp enthusiast wonder what Our Poets would say, those who have already been memorialized on postage stamps. Maybe something like this:
“Mother in Wartime”
As if it were some noble thing, She spoke of sons at war, As if freedom’s cause Were pled anew at some heroic bar, As if the weapons used today Killed with great
élan, As if technicolor banners flew To honor modern man– Believing everything she read In the daily news, (No in-between to choose) She thought that only One side won, Not that both Might lose.
Hughes died on this date in 1967 at the age of 65.
Stamp details: Issued on: February 1, 2002 From: New York, NY SC #3557
The iconic Penguin Cafe join the Erased Tapes family and open a brand new chapter to their unique world with new album The Imperfect Sea – out on Erased Tapes 5th May 2017.
A penguin stands in the middle of a scorching desert, far away from its natural habitat. This mirrors composer Arthur Jeffes’ journey and exploration into a new musical territory. Penguin Cafe have evolved into something of their own at the hands of Arthur who started the band in 2009 with the continuation and homage to his father’s legacy, to the late Simon Jeffes’ Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Now, their upcoming album echoes reminiscent sounds that embrace the new.
Predominantly self-composed, the new album also features covers of electronic works by Simian Mobile Disco and Kraftwerk, along with a re-working of Simon’s ‘Now Nothing’. Arthur has developed from the traditional folk and jazz heritage Penguin Cafe Orchestra is known for into another realm of blissful ambience and dance music, recreated using strictly acoustic elements.
“For this album I wanted to effect a departure from where we’d been up to now. The idea was to create a musical world that would feel familiar to an audience more used to dance records but stay true to our own values. So we replaced electronic layers with real instruments: pads with real string sections, synths with heavily-effected pianos, and atmospheric analogue drones with real feedback loops ringing through a stone and a piano soundboard.”
On the day of release, the band will play a headline show at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, commencing the beginning of this new adventure for Penguin Cafe.