Problem World

Jan 11

Tumblbum

Just reaffirming that I am aware of this thing’s existence and may continue to use it for stuff, time permitting. I do this all the time with blogs but at least I’m still fairly active on Twitter and in my freelance work. So, some notes:

-The 500 Favorites series is on permanent hiatus for a couple reasons, including but not limited to the sinking sensation I feel every time someone reblogs a post I made and strips out all the words just to post the audio clip of the song.

-I am working on a comic (?!) and will start posting previews and miscellany about it starting sometime next month. In all likelihood it will be at my visual arts/comix/illustration-enthusiasms site Panel Slang. (I also have a separate Twitter account for this side of my work, which is a bit sparse in both the content and follower aspects of the whole deal but it’s there, so hey.)

-The rule of three demands I have something in this third bullet point so here is a song by Broadcast I hadn’t heard until recently that I am glad to have heard. I catch feelings off The Noise Made by People for a number of reasons and fortunately for me this Extended Play Two deep cut is right along those lines.

Dec 04

intrapanel:

For mere pennies!

I want a full-sized 8x11 print and/or t-shirt featuring that portrait of Tiny Halftone Sabbath.

intrapanel:

For mere pennies!

I want a full-sized 8x11 print and/or t-shirt featuring that portrait of Tiny Halftone Sabbath.

Dec 02

Erykah Badu - “Honey”

usingmyinsidevoice:

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YES

(via fuckyabadu)

truncheonthing:

Welcome to 1980.
I hope you survive the experience (better than I did).

I saw DJ Shadow at a Minneapolis in-store back in ‘97, when he was doing this thing where he’d cut/scratch/mix albums that people brought from home. This was one of those records. He was at a complete loss.

truncheonthing:

Welcome to 1980.

I hope you survive the experience (better than I did).

I saw DJ Shadow at a Minneapolis in-store back in ‘97, when he was doing this thing where he’d cut/scratch/mix albums that people brought from home. This was one of those records. He was at a complete loss.

Oct 24

highway62:

Little-seen promotional still for the DAZZLER TV pilot (shot in 1982 but never aired.) 

I know it’s little-seen because I haven’t seen it used as the artwork on a Bandcamp bedroom producer’s demo yet.

highway62:

Little-seen promotional still for the DAZZLER TV pilot (shot in 1982 but never aired.) 

I know it’s little-seen because I haven’t seen it used as the artwork on a Bandcamp bedroom producer’s demo yet.

(Source: trashcanland)

Oct 23

Anonymous asked: thoughts on critically acclaimed rappers who use the word faggot? are they breaking down what is 'offensive language' and taking it as their own or are they just instilling homophobia even more?

iamdavidbrothers:

darrylayo:

The latter. Nobody can make a slur “their own” except the group of people in question. And even then it’s a limited kind of victory.

Personally, I think it would be fantastic if rappers stopped loving that word and similar slurs.

About “critical acclaim”:

An artist can be good at something while being bad at something else. Someone can be talented and bigoted at the same time. This is the best usage of the term “problematic.” Though the term is sometimes met with cringes and winces of pain due to its heavy use here on tumblr dot website, it clearly defines that conflict between the reality of what we have and the desire for a better world.

We would like for the good art to also match our feelings and politics and attitudes but it doesn’t always work that way. An untalented artist who is a bigot isn’t really problematic. They’re just all around bad. A good artist who works their craft well, yet expresses harmful or hateful views: that’s a “problem.” Because it isn’t so easy to dismiss works like that. The art has an aesthetic value while being socially harmful in some way. A struggle, a conflict, a problem.

Anyway, that’s how I see it.

I’ve been thinking that people keep using “problematic” as a cudgel, the end of a conversation, instead of a stepping stone to greater understanding, and Darryl hits on a working definition I like a lot.

Sep 30

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Sep 23

truncheonthing:

Panel at Billboard’s International Disco Forum V, 1979
Other panels:
- Roller Rink Disco Craze: Temporary or Permanent?
- Effect of Cable TV on the Future Growth of Disco

-What Happens If You Get Enough But Don’t Stop
-New Keys for Love: Beyond C Minor
-Special Presentation on Einstein’s Relativity Theory by Giorgio Moroder
-Don’t Blame Us, Rod Stewart Started Getting Lame Around 1974

truncheonthing:

Panel at Billboard’s International Disco Forum V, 1979

Other panels:

- Roller Rink Disco Craze: Temporary or Permanent?

- Effect of Cable TV on the Future Growth of Disco

-What Happens If You Get Enough But Don’t Stop

-New Keys for Love: Beyond C Minor

-Special Presentation on Einstein’s Relativity Theory by Giorgio Moroder

-Don’t Blame Us, Rod Stewart Started Getting Lame Around 1974

Sep 21

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Sep 09

cerebrallotuslibrary asked: I'm working on a little playlist for Rap songs that don't fall into the often criticized, "Money, Cash & Hoes." topics. I want it to be a, "Rap that makes you think." playlist. My question is, do you have any recommendations for songs? Explicit lyrics aren't an issue necessarily, like, Warren G's "Do you See" and Wu-Tang's "C.R.E.A.M" are songs that have cursing, but still fit the general goal of what I'm looking for. Thanks in advances, you handsome devil.

iamdavidbrothers:

Ahaha, you’re gonna hate this answer but… rap that makes you think is up to you, not the music or lyrical content. Everything represents something, from Lil Jon and Chyna Whyte going back and forth over what girls and thugs can do for them or Danny Brown being incredibly, incredibly earnest about how much he likes to go down on women. Some songs may wear their message on their sleeves, but even “Money Cash Hoes” has “I’m tryin to restore the feelings, fuck the law, keep dealing/ More money, more cash, more chilling/ I know they gon’ criticize the hook on this song/ Like I give a fuck, I’m just a crook on this song.”

Everything should make you think!

Sep 04

Rename a section of King Street NYC to Larry Levan Street | causes.com -

theundergroundismassive:

Do you live in NYC? You should sign this petition to rename part of King St. in honor of Larry Levan. 

Sep 01

Unable to generate a follow-up hit and sensing that Motown’s future resided with emerging stars like Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Little Stevie Wonder, Mr. Strong concluded he had to look elsewhere to make a living. “I had to take care of my kids,” he said, “so I went and got myself a job at Chrysler, on the production line.”

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Strong returned to Motown as a staff songwriter at the urging of his friend, the record producer Norman Whitfield; he rushed over to the studio every afternoon when his shift at the auto plant was over. Together, Mr. Strong and Mr. Whitfield wrote a string of hits that led to them being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” among them.

” —

For a Classic Motown Song About Money, Credit Is What He Wants

What an image, leaving the Chrysler plant go to Hitsville U.S.A. and write “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”.

(via markrichardson)

How many cars did Barrett Strong help build, and how many of them are still on the road?

(via markrichardson)

panpots:

Joker makes a Sega album and my head explodes…

If he does an Out Run homage for an encore I will lose my damn mind.

panpots:

Joker makes a Sega album and my head explodes…

If he does an Out Run homage for an encore I will lose my damn mind.