Speaking to Maine is much like listening to him sing. His words are measured, his speech economic. At first, I thought it was because he was annoyed, or bored with my questions, but I quickly learned that it’s just who he is.
This point is what made me realize why I enjoyed 98.12.28 so much more than the band’s studio albums. It is the rare live album that starkly exceeds the impact of the group’s studio albums precisely because one gets the sense that the artists are pouring everything into the performance.
The video chronicles the experiences of people staying at the same motel, mapping out different emotions in their separate lives and following the maid who cleans up the aftermath — there’s destructive children, lovers in the bathtub, a duo dancing in a haze, a couple in a bitter argument and a family trying to cope with their displacement by a hurricane.
Join hosts Rebecca Lerner and Anay Katyal as we discuss Chicago rapper Cupcakke, who came on the scene as a teenager with the song "Vagina." Listen for our roundtable analysis from Natalie Zak, Avery Friedman and Zac Gelfand as we delve into Cupcakke's overtly sexual style as well as interviews (