City as Dream and Nightmare: The Video Series ‘Fun City’ Is a Riveting Trip to the Bad Old Days -
NEW YORKERS! If you haven’t watched the amazing FUN CITY series of videos, do so now.
In the vein of LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, it’s a time-capsule tour of a lost city. Here’s an interview with the filmmaker, with links to watch every video in the series.
And a picture of Burt Reynolds on a Brooklyn rooftop with the Kentile Sign behind him.
To be watched at my earliest convenience.
If that’s making you happy that’s brilliant. You know? People shouldn’t be so snobby. To say that “Beethoven is great but 2 Unlimited is crap” I think is rubbish because it’s just not that simple. It’s like saying “filet mignon is brilliant food but bananas are stupid to eat!” It’s not! You need all the different things. — One of my favourite Björk quotes (via cibomatto)
We lost a legend today. Such a badass hitter:
In 323 at-bats against Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, Tony Gwynn struck out a total of 3 times.
oh my dang
like 75% of the best people I know, pretty much
(Source: possessivelaufeyson, via jonathanbogart)
I can attest that the durability of these tapes is rather generously overstated in this ad
The bottom line is R&B has always been pretty big and popular, especially among black folks. So what has to have changed is that white people either let go of something or embraced something.
And so the question for me is more like “What happened in business or the corporate world with white people?” I’m trying to figure out, what are the big things that made a difference? The fact that R&B is having this moment, that just means that there are a lot more white people at R&B shows now; a lot more people buying tickets and looking for that music to give them something.
And if we’re talking about what is it about R&B, I think that it is pretty visceral. It’s music that is situated in the club but is rooted in gospel. Gospel plus club music? That’s like a death stare. You can’t really fuck with that. If you hear a gospel run, something is wrong with you if you don’t have a reaction to that. If you don’t go “ooh” on some level. So I think that’s what some people have gotten real about. It’s like “OK, this is actually really, really amazing. I’m letting go.”
Before I think R&B was seen as basic or not advanced, not deep, you know? As someone who’s been singing this music since I was a kid in my bedroom, it was never about a trend for me. So I know who was embracing it at different times. And I can see what’s changed now. If you go to a Solange show, it’s one of the most diverse audiences. If you go to a Little Dragon show, it’s like this is actually really cool, wide-ranging audience. I’m trying not to think too much about it. I’ve been thinking about this just because I’m a nerd and an academic, but I don’t encourage other people to think too much about it because it doesn’t necessarily make sense [laughs]. I’m just like “Oh, now it’s here! OK, great! Awesome.” —
Some pretty powerful commentary from Ethiopian-American singer Kelela answering a question posed by Billboard magazine correspondent Matt Fry on why she believes that the past few years has seen a rise in R&B musicians experimenting with electronic sounds - especially on the internet.
Her commentary on the racial aspect to music - both from a historical and cultural perspective, as well as behind-the-scenes and on the commercial side of the industry, is incredibly important in understanding the intricate dynamics of popular music and how racial politics often plays a pivotal role in the transformation, appropriation and commercialization of cultural commodities.
(Side note: did you know Kelela went to American University in D.C. where she majored in international studies with a focus on development in Africa?)
Today in st. Paul MN @pftompkins #wits
Hey, there’s the preview I wrote for a show I’m amped to see tonight.
Historia de la Musica Rock: Locas -
Between working on various writing projects – some fill-in scripting for Batman ’66 (issue 13, out this July!) a few back-up stories for a different comic book based on a TV show, a new graphic novel, and a bananas monthly book/webcomic with the tougher than leather Nate Doyle – I’ve been working on a strange labor of love: a mixtape of every song sung/played/talked about/heard in the original fifty issue run of Love & Rockets “Locas” stories by Jaime Hernandez.