Friday, July 31, 2015

for free.

interlude.

a video.

starring kendrick lamar. 

a moment of clarity.

words. 

"TO some, millennials — those urban-dwelling, ride-sharing indefatigable social networkers — are engaged, upbeat and open to change. To others, they are narcissistic, lazy and self-centered.

I’m in the first camp, but regardless of your opinion, be fretful over their economic well-being and fearful — oh so fearful — for their prospects. The most educated generation in history is on track to becoming less prosperous, at least financially, than its predecessors.

They are faced with a slow economy, high unemployment, stagnant wages and student loans that constrict their ability both to maintain a reasonable lifestyle and to save for the future.

...We can’t completely undo the financial obstacles younger Americans face, such as their weak earnings. But we can start to put in place policies that will ease their burden. First and foremost would be to get the nation’s economy onto a stronger growth trajectory.

 ...Let’s at least start with a greater acknowledgment of the plight of millennials and the role that we — in many cases, their parents — played in creating it."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: We’re Making Life Too Hard for Millennials

another one.


an album stream.

starring mac demarco.

stream here.

ratchet.

a npr tiny desk concert with shamir. 


100.

a video.

starring the game & drake. 

feeling good.

LIVE! 

with Ms. Lauryn Hill.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

...goingtohell.

a video.

starring miguel.

Monday, July 27, 2015

the way.

a video.

starring kehlani & chance the rapper. 

feel better, world.

a mixtape.

from e. badu. 

stream here.

omen.

a video.

from sam smith & disclosure.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

a moment of clarity.

words. 

"Because Sandra Bland was driving while black, because she was not subservient in the manner this trooper preferred, a routine traffic stop became a death sentence. Even if Ms. Bland did commit suicide, there is an entire system of injustice whose fingerprints left bruises on her throat.

In his impassioned new memoir, “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, “In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body — it is heritage.” I would take this bold claim a step further. It is also traditional to try and destroy the black spirit. I don’t want to believe our spirits can be broken. Nonetheless, increasingly, as a black woman in America, I do not feel alive. I feel like I am not yet dead."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: On the Death of Sandra Bland and Our Vulnerable Bodies

Friday, July 24, 2015

men today.

starring health.


momentary masters.



an album stream.

starring albert hammond jr. 

stream here.

go away.

a video.

starring weezer.

why?

with hannibal buress.



PITCHFORK: Hannibal Buress Takes on "Game of Thrones", Young Thug, John Mayer on Pitchfork.tv's “Over/Under"

powerful.

 a video.

from major lazer, ellie goulding, & tarrus riley.


no sleeep.

a video.

starring janet jackson & j.cole.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

baltimore.

a video & moment of clarity.

from prince.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

real one.

a video.

from trina & rico love.

we continue.

a video.

starring dam-funk.



 

them changes.

a video.

from thundercat.

puffin the dragon.

a video.

starring dj quik. 



 

sister of pearl.

a video.

starring baio.

Monday, July 20, 2015

warriors.

a video.

from hudson mohawke, ruckazoid, & devaeux.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

the cars.

with a$ap rocky, rod stewart, & james corden.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

train of thought.


here.

a beautiful woman.

LIVE!

with deradoorian.



PITCHFORK: Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors, Avey Tare) Shares "A Beautiful Woman" Video, Tours With Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier

girl in a sling.

 a video.

from destroyer.


nardwuar vs. tyler, the creator.


a moment of clarity.




words.

ROLLING STONE: "In your life and in your value system, what are the things that do matter?"

VINCE STAPLES: "That changes over time, of course. But the fact that we don't look at people like they're people is the craziest part to me. Like, when all that church shit happened it was so sad to me. 'Cause it was like, "See this what I'm talking about: Everybody hates black people." Well that limits people's ability to connect. That's what happens when you make things about gender or color or things like that. 'Cause you can look at a white person all day and say, "Black people just keep dying." They're going to feel sympathy for you, but they won't have a personal connection because they'll never know what it's like to be a black person. Same thing: We'll never know what it's like to be white. The fact that it's not just "a person died": Everybody knows how that feels to be a person. That just shows that we gauge humanity based on the wrong things. What's important to me is people just being people. And that's what I care about: getting rid of all the bullshit that doesn't mean anything at the end of the day. You look outside, all this shit is fake. We make this shit. We can pick a system for taxes, we know how to work fucking phones, we know fiberoptics. Someone made fiber-fucking-optics, but we don't know how to treat people yet. Different wires made of different materials labeled different colors can make sound or picture come on a screen, and we don't know how to treat people. That's backwards as fuck."

ROLLING STONE: Vince Staples Q&A: The Most Exciting Man in Rap Drops Knowledge

dreams.

a moment of clarity.

words.

"I feel as if we, in the cultural classes, have been perfectly happy to get caught up in the mythology that L.A. is somehow a Xanadu of art-making. Certainly, there are worse places to be an artist. (Brooklyn comes to mind.) But let's get real about the situation here in Los Angeles.

 ...Certainly, if you live here and are paying attention, you know that Los Angeles has a housing crisis, epic numbers of homeless people that we are choosing to deal with in increasingly punitive ways and public transportation system that is very much a work-in-progress. And, of course, there's the fact that arts in the public-school system remain underfunded and inequitably distributed.

 ...It's great that culture types are reveling in this moment in which our city's output is drawing interest at an international level. But let's be honest about the limits of this so-called boom — and who it might be benefiting.

Let's love L.A. by being critical of it. And maybe — just maybe — try to fix it too."

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The myth of L.A. as a 'creatives' paradise -- and why loving the city means seeing its flaws

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

blood orange.

an ongoing discussion/moment of clarity.

words. 

"The temptation as a liberal-minded white man is to shake your head, to say, “No, wait, I get it. I can sympathize. Shit is fucked up.” But as a white person, you can’t get it. I lived in Harlem for a year and never got stopped and frisked, not once. The police never even looked at me twice. I could walk down the street smoking a joint and expect, at worst, a stern telling-off. I’ve been caught without a ticket twice on the subway — for perfectly legitimate reasons, not that that makes a difference — and let off without a ticket both times. And the one time I did get ticketed, apologetically (“We have to do this”) — for riding my bike on the footpath — I was literally the only white person queueing at the New York County Court at 8 AM on the day of my summons. Everyone else there, at least a couple of hundred people, was black or Hispanic.

That’s white privilege, and pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t help anyone. That’s what Dev is saying in this song, or with its first part, at least. And he’s understandably pessimistic about what, if anything, his words will matter: “You wouldn’t listen if I told you.” But for whatever it’s worth, as a white person, the first thing you can do is listen. So hit play, and listen. And then hit play again. And think about how it feels to live this shit every single day. And if you’re not tired, then do whatever you can to effect change."



FLAVORWIRE: “I Ain’t Got Nothing Left to Give You”: Dev Hynes’ “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?” Is Compulsory Listening

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Wednesday, July 01, 2015