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Interview: The reclusive recordings of Laser Background

The psych pop project holed himself in a Georgia lake house to make his new album

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One of the secrets to making a good album is creating a setting that fosters creation.

Just look at Justin Vernon's prolonged sessions in the forests of Wisconsin to make Bon Iver's debut. Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist Andy Moholt was listening; his latest release under solo project Laser Background, Dark Nuclear Bogs, was recorded in an isolated Georgia lake house with Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader of fuzzed-out indie rock band Ava Luna. With a name like that, it would be easy to expect heavy synthesizer; more often than not, the psych pop project edges toward dreamy guitar and indie pop flourishes married with psych rock vocal distortions. Think Tame Impala by way of field trip. Moholt is currently on tour, having just finished a New York City show at Ridgewood venue Trans Pecos.

We caught up with Moholt via email to talk about isolating himself to make a record, touring, and the frameworks of life and death that structured Dark Nuclear Bogs.

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Every Complaint About Javicia Leslie as the First Black Batwoman Is Ridiculous

If you're mad because "Batwoman was never black," there's something you need to know...


TV's newest incarnation of Batwoman, Ryan Wilder, is Black.

The CW's Batwoman has always had a progressive streak. In the first season, Orange Is the New Black alum Ruby Rose plays Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne's cousin who dons the Batwoman cowl to protect Gotham City. Just like every other superhero show, Kate's romantic life factors into the plot. Unlike the rest, however, Kate is an out lesbian, making her the first leading lesbian superhero in television history.

But after the first season, Ruby Rose announced that she was leaving Batwoman for unspecified reasons, allegedly related to burnout from the ridiculously long work hours required from a superhero series lead. This meant that in order for Batwoman to continue, the CW would need a new star.

Enter Javicia Leslie, former co-star of CBS comedy-drama God Unfriended Me. Prior to Leslie's casting, fans of the show wondered how Batwoman might handle the transition of actresses. Would Kate Kane just look completely different in season 2 with no canonical explanation?

Nope. As it turns out, Javicia Leslie's Batwoman will be an entirely new character: Ryan Wilder.

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