Wednesday, April 23, 2014

no rest for the wicked.

a remix.

from lykke li & a$ap rocky.

water fountain.

a video.

from tUne-yArDs.

PITCHFORK: tUnE-yArDs Revive "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" for "Water Fountain" Video


starring coldplay.

live on bbc radio 1 live lounge.

mariyln monroe.

 a video.

starring pharrell williams.

the firm.

a moment of clarity.


 "“This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable,” Sotomayor wrote. “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.”

She added: “As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”"

THE WASHINGTON POST: Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

Saturday, April 19, 2014



"Easily missed among the gags and laughter, was that Martin was actually a weirdly beautiful show about a flawed, interconnected community. The characters: all absurd. But the reality was that none of them truly had it figured out, and quite often had to look in the most unlikely corners for help. And at some point, everyone needed help. Everyone constantly got on each other’s nerves, but everyone also kind of needed each other. Money, rides, food, hook-ups, relationships, a couch, clothes, jobs — anything, just to keeping making it in Detroit."

GRANTLAND: Martin Lawrence’s Motown

twenty y.o.


GRANTLAND: Whose World: The Strange, Wistful 20th Anniversary of Nas’s ‘Illmatic’

the breakdown.

starring prince.



"“In 2014, nothing starts a fight more quickly than a huge pop song,” reads the intro to Powers and Wilson’s exchange. Setting aside the hyperbole—or embracing it, maybe—let me add that this has also been the case in every other year that pop music has existed. The prejudices backlighting these arguments are familiar: Pop is shallow product forced on minds too young or dumb to know better; rock is uncut truth transmuted from a powerful and probably male god. Pop is about play and transience; rock is about timelessness and authenticity. Pop is a preprogrammed drum machine; rock is the wild expression of the soul through an electric guitar.

...I sometimes worry that serious music can only be served by serious talk, or worse, that people who like serious music can only have serious reasons for doing so. The truth is that you will probably meet just as many shallow people at a National show as you will at a Miley Cyrus show, the difference being that people at the National show are more likely to think they’re important, while people at a Miley Cyrus show are more likely to think they’re having fun..."

THE PITCH: It's Not What You Like But How You Like It: Some Thoughts on Pop

i'm less here.

a video.

from mazzy star.

love myself.

starring jmsn.

tree of life.

Friday, April 18, 2014

jam session.

THE A.V. CLUB: Watch Nick Kroll, Seth Green, Paul Scheer, and more do a live reading of Space Jam



starring santana & miguel.

STEREOGUM: Santana (Feat. Miguel) – “Indy”

a moment of clarity.


"The Republican attack machine, fueled by millions of dollars from the Koch brothers, has Democrats so rattled about the health reform law that many don’t want to talk about it. They’re happy to run on equal pay for women, or a higher minimum wage, or immigration reform — all of which provide important contrasts with a do-nothing Republican Party — but they haven’t said much about the biggest social accomplishment of the Obama administration.

...It’s important to move on to jobs and the economy, as Mr. Obama urged Congress to do. But first voters need to be reminded that government programs can improve life for all Americans. When one of those programs begins to do its job, its authors shouldn’t be afraid to say so."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: How to Run on Health Reform

coming attractions.

L.A. WEEKLY: Tacolandia 2014 is Coming!


whip appeal.

a playlist.

1/saturday love/cherrelle & alexander o'neal
2/portuguese love/teena marie
3/this is for the lover in you/shalamar
4/let's wait awhile/janet jackson
5/i wanna be your lover/prince
6/two occasions/the deele
7/tender love/force m.d.'s
8/tonight is the night/betty wright
9/through the fire/chaka khan
10/whip appeal/babyface
11/tell me/groove theory
12/your love is king/sade
13/uncle ace/blood orange
15/you give good love/whitney houston
16/the lady in my life/michael jackson

ezra's interlude.

starring chromeo & ezra koenig.


starring jamie xx.

stream here.

i won.

a video.

starring future & kanye west.

a moment of clarity.


"To the extent that the word “desegregation” remains in our vocabulary, it describes an antique principle, not a current priority. Today, we are more likely to talk of diversity—but diversification and desegregation are not the same undertaking. To speak of diversity, in light of this country’s history of racial recidivism, is to focus on bringing ethnic variety to largely white institutions, rather than dismantling the structures that made them so white to begin with.

And so, sixty years after Brown, it is clear that the notion of segregation as a discrete phenomenon, an evil that could be flipped, like a switch, from on to off, by judicial edict, was deeply na├»ve. The intervening decades have shown, in large measure, the limits of what political efforts directed at desegregation alone could achieve, and the crumbling of both elements of “separate but equal” has left us at an ambivalent juncture. To the extent that desegregation becomes, once again, a pressing concern—and even that may be too grand a hope—it will have to involve the tax code, the minimum wage, and other efforts to redress income inequality. For the tragedy of this moment is not that black students still go to overwhelmingly black schools, long after segregation was banished by law, but that they do so for so many of the same reasons as in the days before Brown."

THE NEW YORKER: The Failure of Desegregation

purple reign.

PITCHFORK: Prince Reissuing Purple Rain, Promises New Music Under New Warner Bros. Deal

Thursday, April 17, 2014


THE NEW YORKER: The Woman Who Put the Soul in “Sanctified”



for your consideration...

"Topshop's use of the term "ghetto" is meant to be neither descriptive nor interrogative. The retailer used it for the same reason that most people who have never lived in one do — because they think it's a cute and edgy thing to say. Same reason the friends I made in college called the supermarket near my childhood home "so ghetto" with wrinkled noses. Same reason my white friends in L.A. seem to relish calling the police helicopters that fly overhead at night "ghetto birds." Same reason people loved calling nameplate necklaces and gold chains "ghetto fabulous" 10 years ago — although now we've moved on to "ratchet," a term that's slightly more coded and thus gives its user even more insider cred.

There really isn't any good reason to name a shoe "ghetto" or to use it as a throwaway adjective at all. This is not about being PC or on a linguistic high horse. This is about the fact that ghettos are real places, right now and in every city, where generations of people are stuck in institutionalized poverty. Ghettos are a serious human rights problem, not a cutesy dismissive descriptor for anything vaguely "urban." So, you know, can we just...not?"

REFINERY29: So...Why Is Topshop Calling This A "Ghetto" Shoe?