interesting. at first i thought it was sort of an irritating name for an artist, but once i let the music speak for itself, i couldn’t help but be wooed. excellent songwriting, gradually building and expanding upon prior ideas; this is colorful, soulful electronic indie rock from england, grooving along with a strutting pace.
…who passed away today at the well-deserved age of 95. i don’t really believe in idolizing our fellow man, because we all have flaws (some just hide them better than others); instead i’d just encourage highlighting particular attributes and being inspired accordingly. mandela has been a hero of mine for a long time now though, a man who possessed so much moral fortitude that he not only transcended south africa’s apartheid history/government from an intellectual-philosophical standpoint, but also ultimately did so physically-politically as well. from TWENTY SEVEN YEARS in prison to a world icon. as i noted earlier this year….MLK, gandhi, mandela, malcolm x, cesar chavez….these people were called terrorists, rebels, infidels, and criminals. instigators at best. even in the music world, you’ve got artists like fela kuti, bob marley to a lesser degree, frank zappa, 2pac, even igor stravinsky, erik satie, so many more…their obscene irreverence was used as a condemnation instead of ultimate praise. look at the light that history shines upon these men today. truth and righteousness can never truly be suppressed.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
Being the good husband that he is, singer/songwriter Josh Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty, has provided the score and soundtrack to his wife Emma Tillman’s upcoming short film debut The History of Caves.
in particular, listen to the top track out of the soundcloud ones, the 2:44 one. cozy and warm enough to nestle all up in, a fine instrumental interlude for a day like today.
madwreck (of dirty art club) - elementality instrumentals
a must-hear collection of dusty beats courtesy of half of charlotte, nc’s brilliant trip-hop duo dirty art club. every track i’ve heard from that project has been invigorating, meticulously crafted, and uncannily smooth. fans of damu the fudgemunk, pete rock’s minimal beats, or bibio’s quirky and abstractly sentimental electronic offerings will be captured almost instantly by these beats. my only prior outburst of enthusiasm about their work can be seen here, but trust that i’ve been pretty enamored since discovering ‘sincerely yours, the d.a.c.' on turntable.fm. you can check out more of their productions here.
some artists just don’t make bad music, ever. this one is full of gooey deliciousness. russ liquid and thriftworks are truly elevating the game; wobble tones and a formulaic approach to displaying them in just doesn’t cut it anymore. if his music was an animal, it would definitely be an octopus.
i saw jurassic 5 last night. a circle becomes complete. such a fulfilling and masterful performance. top 3 of all-time status.
also saw chet faker, polyphonic spree, xxyyxx, shlohmo, washed out, deltron 3030 (w/orchestra), bonobo live band, and then an AMAZING 2 1/2 hour bonobo dj set at the parish downtown afterwards. thanks, funfunfun fest.
it’s wild to me, that when i first discovered jurassic 5, it was the ‘quality control’ music video, as a middle schooler watching mtv at 6:30 in the morning. they were the righteous underdogs, a group possessing lyrical dexterity, unmistakable harmonies, underrated wisdom, and two eccentric, virtuosic, and unpredictable dj’s. supreme charisma. now, over 10 years later, they just headlined a major festival and blew everyone’s mind in attended. from underground hip-hop icons, to CHAMPIONS. so thrilling.
i’m heading to florida on wednesday morning for bear creek. favorite festival. those who’ve followed my blog for a while know what’s up. keeping it moving….
i’ve been in the same house in south-central austin for 2 1/2 years now, since right before sxsw 2011 (march 1st), but i’m moving out at the end of the month. i took a walk-through video so i can remember it for later. i’m moving to e 17th st, still pretty close to downtown….i’m going to be living in a skateboarding hostel/compound/co-op sorta thing…sleeping in my own trailer, but with shared use of an old house for cooking, showering, etc. the shared space on the property is ridiculously awesome. skate park, basketball hoop, jacuzzi, a mini-amphitheater for a projector, all sorts of porches and balconies, a black lit-garage with a pool table and kegerator and all sorts of interesting nooks to relax….i’m going to pay a few hundred bucks a month along with some work exchange as far as yard work goes, and it might also come with an occasional babysitting gig. they’re building a pool too…so much in the works; these guys are really ambitious. i’ll take a video of that one when it’s time. they call it the boneyard. it’s been an amazing era here, i’ve learned so much and had all sorts of fun and have surely changed a lot since leaving florida, but i’m real excited for a change of scenery and a new neighborhood in austin to inhabit. long live new zanzibar.