so much goodness here, from the dreamy ‘70’s chops, to the wacky sample most of the way through that reminds me of his work with doom (though dangerdoom comes to mind too), to the wondrous outro that sounds like eight seconds of the greatest brazilian music ever recorded. the bass line is buoyant and fluid, and backed by a wealth of subtly incorporated effects and instruments.
i listened to some dr. who dat on the way home tonight (actually drove downtown, very rare occasion), and his mellow tracks from beat journey sound closely related to this offering from the beat konducta. also, revisited shades of blue with some friends and a blunt tonight, before heading out for some live jazz. every element of that brings me great joy. although i’d definitely recommend more jazz shows in the lives of everyone reading this, the least you can do is check out that album; it’s one of my favorites, and showcases madlib’s wizardly touch.
thom yorke lends his still-haunting-despite-their-ubiquity vocals to a dark piece of ambient yet glitchy british electronica. welcome to the 2010’s, folks. this track is an engaging process that doesn’t necessarily lead to any sort of arrival point, which is fine. i would assume that this track is extraordinary in a room filled with subwoofers.
when i’m out doing my thing, this song pretty much steps everything up. i’d say it’s one of my top 3 favorite ‘90’s jamz. this was huge in south florida when it came out, on power 96 and y100 and everywhere else, and i distinctly recall hearing about his incarceration while his breakthrough track made its way up to #2 on the american charts. just now learned that he’s barbadian-british, and moved to miami early in his life. this one will always remind me of that part of the country, as well as the schoolbus and my boombox at home. i almost bought this album, which wouldn’t have been the only time i spent my dear parents money on a cd because of a single, and am sort of glad that i didn’t. really made some laughable decisions back then that i’m not entirely proud of….though a lot of other people do still like la bouche and ace of base even today. oof. shit happens.
discovered this through a late-night itunes radio station, one of the electronic channels. i gotta give itunes radio its props; no idea about the politics or anything behind it, but there’s an enormous amount of complimentary material on there to enjoy. this remix comes from the welsh band hybrid, whose take on live trance music over the last decade plus have earned them plenty of respect in the european EDM scene, including an opening spot on one of moby’s overseas tours. this extended track features the soaring vocals of brian molko (of the british glam-rock placebo), a bunch of effective 9th chords that provide momentum through the transitions (possibly the most important element of long songs like this), and peaks with an unexpected dubstep-house breakdown around 3/4’s of the way through, 7 minutes in.
Flying Lotus | ‘Luckiest Charm Remix (The Long Lost)’
sounds like cosmogramma’s ‘galaxy in janaki' mixed with sinewy vocals whispering the melody to satie's first 'gymnopédie.’ which would immediately draw me in if i read that, i dunno. what else do you want me to tell you? that i can help you win a million dollars? if you’re looking for a source of external relaxation in your life, listen to this track.
did i mention on here that i (FINALLY) got to see flying lotus play, at fun fun fun fest a week or two ago, and then met him afterwards at a korean bbq taco food truck? seriously. i got vip-ish access around 7pm on sunday, during his set, along with 3 free drink tickets, and then bumped into him during the second half of diplo’s set. this is literally moments after rambling about how ‘basically anything is possible’ in austin. he said that ‘this city has some damn good tacos.’ i just finished eating two damn good ones, and am a few feet away from a girl wearing an ‘i love breakfast tacos’ shirt. i should mention that she’s not morbidly obese, she’s healthy and attractive. just sayin. relocating to a fantasy world ftw.
madlib introduces some characteristic loops behind common’s late ‘90’s-era battle raps, giving it a far more west-coast sound than his rhymes usually portray. the persistent 16th notes in the percussion sound like the ball bearing inside spray paint cans, and they provide a unique groove as supported by a stompy, syncopated left-hand piano line. released in 2000. this was a good era for common….here’s the original, produced a year prior by dj mark the 45 king, who created a playful juxtaposition to the verbal dismemberment. i’m positive madlib had a lot of appreciation for that original; you might think you’ve never heard of the 45 king, but on top of being one of the greatest beatmakers of the old-school, he’s the producer behind 'hard knock life' and ‘stan.’ funny about hard knock life, since i’ve never been a jay-z fan, but have recently come to realize that i appreciate that beat more than i ever used to. i’d still call him an overrated rapper, but can enjoy the track when it comes on now.
but anyway, madlib…that guy does some good work. he just released a ep called thuggin’ with freddie gibbs, and is probably behind five or ten other current projects as well.
CONGRESSMAN JIM MCGOVERN INTRODUCES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BILL TO OVERTURN CORPORATE PERSONHOOD
‘Corporations Are Not People’
‘PEOPLE’S RIGHTS AMENDMENT’ WOULD REPEAL CITIZENS UNITED RULING AND THE CORPORATE RIGHTS DOCTRINE
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts introduced today a constitutional amendment bill to overturn the US Supreme Court’s January 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and to make clear that corporations are not people with rights under the US Constitution. The introduction of the bill – the “People’s Rights Amendment” — marks a major breakthrough in the growing movement across the country to end corporate personhood and restore democracy to the people.
“Corporations are not people,” said Congressman McGovern. “They do not breathe. They do not have children. They do not die in war. They are artificial entities which we the people create and, as such, we govern them, not the other way around.”
“The Citizens United ruling,” McGovern continued, “marks the most extreme extension of a corporate rights doctrine which has eroded our First Amendment and our Constitution. Now is the time for a 28th Amendment that lifts up the promise of American self-government: of, for, and by the people.”
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC swept away a century of precedent barring corporate political expenditures and unleashed a torrent of corporate spending in US elections. The ruling applied the doctrine of corporate constitutional rights, a doctrine which corporations have used in recent years to strike down various federal and state laws designed to protect the public interest.
“We are proud to stand with Congressman McGovern at this historic moment,” said John Bonifaz, the co-founder and director of Free Speech For People, a national non-partisan campaign launched on the day of the Citizens United ruling which authored the People’s Rights Amendment and has been mobilizing support throughout the nation for its enactment. “For the first time, the United States Congress now has the opportunity to debate a constitutional amendment bill that raises the fundamental question of whether people or corporations shall govern in America.”
“The nation is ready for this debate,” Bonifaz added, citing public opinion research that Free Speech For People commissioned showing widespread support across the political spectrum for a constitutional amendment like the one Congressman McGovern has introduced. “Americans understand that our democracy is at stake and that we must fight to preserve it. We see Congressman McGovern’s proposed amendment as another important strike on behalf of the 99 percent.”
on my way home tonight, i stopped by #occupyaustin at city hall, and lost myself in thought on multiple occasions. it occurred to me that the ideal result of this mass movement against various injustices would be the formation of an entirely new political party. grassroots participation within the structure of the already existing system. we can’t expect anyone to do anything for us, as far as enacting legitimate change and evolving our collective consciousness goes.
i can foresee the leader of this populist movement being a regularly vocal member of one of the cross-country occupations, with a particularly impassioned monologue of sorts being captured on video and posted online. perhaps this will take place several times, as the orator’s enlightenment becomes generally evident. this individual will come from humble origins, having lived a modest, dutiful, and honest, yet dignified life, possesses notable intelligence, wit, charisma, visible courageousness, and worldliness, and truthfully puts themselves on the same level as those they’d been speaking to. they could casually maneuver back and forth between these stirring episodes among impressionable and eager fellow protestors, and relatively mundane existence in the ‘real world,’ searching for meaning along with everyone else. the people’s champion. what do you think?
check out the whole ep here. really deep stuff…..i was on my way out towards downtown, but this and his other tracks have sort of glued me to my chair for now. i’m mostly sure that it’s not just me. the phillip d kick remix is so well done, i’m really compelled to post that soon as well. some frontal lobe-bashing arpeggios via psychedelic bells in that one.
listening to this through headphones as i lay my head down for the night. delectable piece of hyp-hop, with the ‘hyp’ being either ‘hypnagogic’ or ‘hypnotizing,’ your choice. fantastic production on display. ‘kared,’ which probably represents the word ‘cared,’ looks like a mix of me and my mom karen’s name. there an aspect of the rapped verses that i don’t really care for, as far as the sound quality goes. it sounds like it’s 25% auto-tuned or something. still, beats like these prove that his is a blog worth following; you wind up with gems like this, and can learn about how people in california can see him perform with artists like dibiase, thundercat, computer jay, etc, pretty much every week…..damnit.
i dig some of his older stuff too, but this current-sounding track is an appreciated shift of direction for george lewis jr. he really makes the most of all the instrumental breaks in this one, and takes a non-linear path to the game boy soundtrack-esque conclusion.
so disappointed. it was such a beautiful fest last year, and i had my ticket and everything, but i can’t bring myself to drive 13 hours alone tomorrow and spend almost $300 on gas round trip. a few other elements weren’t quite coming together either. thank you for the intended hospitality, brielle. in normal situations i wouldn’t flake out about this kind of thing (it’s REALLY FUCKING GOOD MUSIC, in a truly inspiring setting, nothing to joke around with), but i lost my momentum at one point tonight and couldn’t quite get it back. need to make the most of this weekend in austin now.
you guys remember that little saga last year when i drove to BC from south florida and then spent almost a week afterwards in tallahassee applying for jobs in austin, contemplating whether i should just drive here and figure shit out in person before my big move a few months later? yeah, wacky stuff.