Listen of the Week: Aristophanes

Humans Become Machines, by Aristophanes

[B]ass-heavy and dynamic; the language gap begins to register on the less rhythmically intense numbers. But Aristophanes’s vocal shifts in pace and tone, her performance of each song, give her music a different kind of intelligibility.

https://www.ft.com/content/60e99ef0-f8a9-11e6-9516-2d969e0d3b65

Got no clue what she’s rappin’ on about, but this album is spot the fuck on. Also highly recommend you listen to the new Dirty Projectors album. It’s a beauty.

Listen of the Week: Aristophanes

Listen of the Week: Maggie Rogers

Now That the Light is Fading, by Maggie Rogers

Rogers is still very young at 22, after all, and she takes several game attempts at subtlety throughout the EP—the pan flute, the guitar line rippling through “On + Off” like wind chimes, the featherlight harmonies. She has a platform. She’s got ideas. But like all discovery stories, the real reward lies in what comes next.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22901-now-that-the-light-is-fading/

Listen of the Week: Maggie Rogers

Ironic Methods with Sincere Motivations

If you’re in Kansas City this Friday, come check this out: https://www.facebook.com/events/1840599032875282/

The curators are using photocopiers and office printers to reproduce art, words, and musings. At the reception, gallery go-ers will be able to do the same. The images will then be hung in the gallery, to create a new collage from the results. Some of my writings will be thar, including a piece about the miniaturized clones of Milli Vanilli that live in my underwear drawer.

Ironic Methods with Sincere Motivations

Listen of the Week: Sinkane

Life & Livin’ It, by Sinkane

When everything clicks right, it’s a breezy thrill. Consider “U’Huh,” the second song and first single. It starts out with a rippling breakbeat, then goes into a series of horn stabs, the sort of riff that can lodge itself in your brain for days at a time. There’s some delicate Isaac Hayes chicken-scratch guitar, and then there’s Gallab singing in a strained falsetto, his best Curtis Mayfield, and going into call-and-response with a whole chorus of backing vocals.

http://www.stereogum.com/1923163/album-of-the-week-sinkane-life-livin-it/franchises/album-of-the-week/

Listen of the Week: Sinkane

The Waterwood Box, 11

Catch up!

Chapter 2
Alone in the Ocean

Adam’s head and face burned under the intense, angry stare of a full sun. The seawater underneath, however, was cold and he couldn’t get enough of his body out of the water to warm up anything else. He tried by sitting on the box for a while, but it took so much energy to keep his balance that he found it easier to drape his body over the box and float with his bare back to the sun. No matter in which position he floated, though, some part of his body was in the water, making it impossible to fight the cold.

Where is everybody? Adam thought. All of them, where did they go? He put his head down on the box where his sadness leaked out in tears.

—-

There was no way for Adam to know how much time had passed between his birthday party and the big wave. Everywhere he turned looking the same. There were no people, no streets, no cars or trees, no sounds of life – just water, only water. Airplanes? he thought and looked to the skies. A flock of birds flew in a V formation far off in the distance. Well, at least something besides me is alive.

Adam gripped the box and propped himself up so that it rested under his chest. He kicked his feet and paddled ahead, hopefully in a single direction, but, with no landmarks for him to gauge whether he moved toward or away from anything, he was certain of nothing.

Adam paddled off and on until the sun went down. As darkness fell, the temperature dropped further. Adam’s felt his legs grow numb and he didn’t know what to do. He put as much weight as he could on the box without sinking it and tried to sleep.

The Waterwood Box, 11

February 1st, 2017

what is strength?

                    more precisely,
                                                  what is power?

from
the perspective
of
the outsider,

weak leaders
act like
strong leaders,

and

                    strong leaders
                    act
                    indifferent

weak leaders
portray
them-
     selves as stronger
     
in order
          to get
                    their way
          
they gamble
they escalate

what is strength?

                    more precisely,
                                                  what is power?

democrats
&
dictators

the strong ruler
does not issue
any command at all
                         because
her will
is implemented already

that is strength.

                    more precisely,
                                                  it is power.

we cannot infer
whether power
is being exerted effectively,
based on outcomes alone

that is strength.

                    more precisely,
                                                  it is power.

a sign of strength
a sign of weakness
the same
observable
implication

a sign of strength
signs of weakness
radically
different
interpretations

understand what is mi[   ]ing

poem found here:      https://tompepinsky.com/2017/01/30/weak-and-incompetent-leaders-act-like-strong-leaders/

February 1st, 2017