Kyle Long 
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Re: “This Isn't Taco Bell

I really appreciate this article. I can say my friend and creative co-partner Artur Silva did as much as he possibly could to advance contemporary Latin American visual arts in Indy during his time here. Also under the brilliant vision of Frieman/Green/Anderson the IMA presented many important & powerful works of Latin American art - Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla's 'Vieques Series', Alfredo Jaar's 'Park of the Laments' - to name just a couple powerful examples. They also featured work by MarĂ­a Magdalena Campos-Pons, Los Carpinteros, Ernesto Neto, etc. But sadly all these agents of compelling contemporary Latin American art in Indianapolis have dispersed.

I don't think there's a simple answer on how we can circumvent the dominance of caricatured Latin American art... but I certainly have some thoughts on the question. Feel free to be in touch:

Thanks for the article,

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Posted by Kyle Long on 09/19/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Sweet 16 (Bonus) Top Albums

Hey Ben, I appreciate your respectful approach to this - as opposed to others who've expressed their difference of opinion by calling us idiots and damning us to rot in eternal hell.

I think your intro hit the nail on the head... we did this to get people talking about local music and to stir up interest for Record Store Day.

We also wanted to introduce the public to historically important and musically brilliant Hoosier artists who never receive any local recognition.

Folks like Charles Tyler who recorded an amazing bit of avant-jazz with David Baker in 1967.

Or Al Hobbs who led the Indianapolis Mass Choir on a series of important gospel recordings.

Or Howard County's John W. Summers - who noted ethno-musicologist Art Rosenbaum recorded, and referred to as one of the most skilled traditional American fiddlers he'd ever heard.

Or Amnesty's epic psychedelic-funk masterpiece Free You Mind.

I could go on & on about other incredible artists on this list whose albums receive worldwide recognition as classics, but rarely get a mention here.

My only disappointment in the way the article Kat & I created has been received is that instead of taking time to discover and learn about the unfamiliar artists we listed, critics have been more interested in publicly lashing out and slamming us for not including their personal favorites. I think they're doing themselves and Hoosier music a huge disservice.

I think your list is great and I like all those artists. So far all the critics I've seen have been complaining about the omission of rock albums... and I'd like to point out that our list isn't a collection of the top 100 rock albums. Which is why we made a great effort to include work by important electronic artists like Slater Hogan and Dave Owen who have huge international followings. Their work is regularly played on the BBC and is championed by some of the most important DJs in the world.

I don't regret that our list didn't include more 90s rock picks - a complaint that seems to be a common thread among the disgruntled readers. However I would've deeply regretted being part of a list that didn't pay great tribute to the African-American geniuses who truly put Indiana music on the map. So I tried to include as many great jazz, funk, soul & blues LPs as possible. As responsible music journalists I think we need to constantly remind the public where our music traditions originate from - and that source is definitely not '90s indie rock.

I appreciate Kat Coplen & Nuvo for having the courage to publish a piece that breaks away from the orthodoxy of long held opinions on local music.

It was impossible to acknowledge everything we wanted with only 100 slots available, but I think the final list provides a good starting point for interested neophytes and includes a lot of important titles that would be unfamiliar to even the most hardcore collectors.

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Posted by Kyle Long on 04/12/2014 at 11:07 AM

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