Monday, March 28, 2016

born to shine | run for your life.

a video.

from big grams. 

all the way up.

a video.

starring fat joe, remy ma, french montana, and infared.

slide thru.

a video.

from father. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016


the frequency.

starring kid cudi.

not a little bit.

a video.

starring k.michelle. 


a video.

starring zayn.

let it bang.

a video.

starring a$ap ferg & schoolboy q. 


a video.

starring nick jonas. 


a video.

starring domo genesis & anderson .paak. 

the new cupid.

a video.

starring bj the chicago kid + kendrick lamar. 

neva should have left ya.

a video.

starring tweet. 

b's + h's.

a video.

starring jhene aiko.

sister souljah.

FILE UNDER: AMERICA/A Moment of Clarity.


"...government control experienced by black women on federal assistance during the 1960s and 1970s was not unlike the forms of control experienced under state psychiatric care in the 1950s. For example, both regimes discouraged poor women of color from becoming mothers, either via sterilization or financial abuse. Even today, women receiving assistance under the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKs) are restricted to family caps; if they have an additional child after they sign up for CalWORKs, that child may not receive aid. Women of color on welfare who had additional children were accused by caseworkers of just wanting more aid, even though the money was never enough to live on. In the early 1990s, when I was filling out the financial aid papers to apply to San Francisco State University, I learned that my mother survived on $9,000 a year.

During this time, Ronald Reagan’s infamous “Welfare Queen” stereotype conditioned how caseworkers behaved towards poor black women on welfare. I remember once, when my mother had forgotten to fill out one of the many necessary forms, the caseworker curtly told her that she could get “cut off” for a mistake like that. My mother lived in constant fear of having her mental illness discovered. She also feared the rampant crime in Sunnydale, as well as the rumors of “development” that could lead to us being relocated and potentially homeless while they remodeled the dilapidated housing units. She thought she would be free after being released from Napa, only to learn that she had exchanged one form of incarceration for another.

Currently, as Northern California prisons become overcrowded, Napa Hospital has taken in more of the criminally insane. Meanwhile, many people with mental illness remain in the prison system, where they are not getting the treatment they need. In California’s carceral state, the twin institutions of welfare and public housing are the new punishment industry for poor women of color."

LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS: Black Women, Mental Hospitals, and Public Housing — A California Carceral Story by Siobhan Brooks

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

show me love.

a skrillex remix video.

from hundred waters, chance the rapper, moses sumney, & robin hannibal. 

every step every way.

a video.

starring majid jordan. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

house music.


THE PITCH: The Weeknd’s House of Balloons Remains Pop's Great Mysterious Entrance


DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS: The Albums, 2011: 04/The Weeknd/House of Balloons

can't get enough of myself.

an official linear music video.

starring santigold. 

mr. wright.

starring the claypool lennon delirium.

PITCHFORK: Sean Lennon and Primus's Les Claypool Announce Album as the Claypool Lennon Delirium, Share "Mr. Wright"


a video.

from nicholas allbrook. 

PITCHFORK: Nicholas Allbrook (Pond, Tame Impala) Announces Solo Album, Shares Wild "Advance" Video

dangeorus woman.

an (a capella) video.

starring ariana grande.

cheap thrills.

a video.

from sia. 


a moment of clarity. 


"Appalled Republicans may rail against Donald Trump’s arrogant ignorance. But how different, really, are the party’s mainstream leaders? Their blinkered view of the world has the veneer of respectability, may go along with an appearance of thoughtfulness, but in reality it’s just as impervious to evidence — maybe even more so, because it has the power of groupthink behind it.

This is why you shouldn’t grieve over Marco Rubio’s epic political failure. Had Mr. Rubio succeeded, he would simply have encouraged his party to believe that all it needs is a cosmetic makeover — a fresher, younger face to sell the same old defunct orthodoxy. Oh, and a last-minute turn to someone like John Kasich would, in its own way, have similar implications.

What we’re getting instead is at least the possibility of a cleansing shock — of a period in the political wilderness that will finally force the Republican establishment to rethink its premises. That’s a good thing — or it would be, if it didn’t also come with the risk of President Trump."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: On Invincible Ignorance

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

burnin' up.

FILE UNDER: AMERICA/A Moment of Clarity.


"In reaching out to the young, the idealistic, and the disillusioned, he has earned far more votes than virtually anybody in the Democratic Party (or the punditry) expected. He has expanded the political space, bringing controversial issues like rising inequality and political corruption, which had previously been considered the province of leftists and policy wonks, into their rightful place at the center of the discussion. And by refusing to accept corporate money and basing his campaign on individual donations, he has reinvigorated American democracy.

 ...To gauge his influence, you need only listen to one of Clinton’s campaign speeches. On issues like inequality, trade, the environment, corporate offshoring, and bringing Wall Street miscreants to justice, the former Secretary of State has adopted Sanders’s language—and, in some cases, his policies. Clinton had undoubtedly always intended to run as a center-left progressive in 2016, just as she did in 2008, but Sanders has forced her onto ground she hadn’t originally intended to occupy.

... it is also evident that, in the past ten months, Sanders has defied the pundits, alarmed the comfortable, and inspired the young. He has turned what looked to be a political coronation into a lively and hard-fought contest, forcing his opponent to modify her positions and raise her game. He has demonstrated that Presidential campaigns don’t have to be beholden to big donors. And he has shown that, surprisingly enough, there is still a place in American politics for an independent-minded speaker of uncomfortable truths. What’s more, he isn’t done yet."

THE NEW YORKER: What Bernie Sanders Has Achieved

the highline.

a video.

starring glitterbust. 

PITCHFORK: Kim Gordon's New Band Glitterbust Share "The Highline" Video

go (gas).

starring domo genesis, wiz khalifa, juicy j, & tyler the creator. 


starring m83. 

in god's house.

a video.

starring bat for lashes. 

the community of hope.

a video.

starring pj harvey. 


featuring a$ap rocky + a$ap ferg.

ONSMASH: A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg Rap as Animated Cats in HBO’s ‘Animals.’

Thursday, March 17, 2016


starring zayn.

solid gold.


" I am now an ordained minister, and my ministry is about sensuality, because I feel the first religion should have been sensuality out of the fact that that is how everybody exists. That is what keeps the human race alive. People like me, Marvin, Barry White, Isaac Hayes—voices of the black community that brought to its public an allure that could have been called pornographic—were bringing to the forefront a love that is natural. It is not prefabricated. It is not nasty. It is not wrong to say things that make one want to make love. That’s why I can tell my granddaughter [about this music] without being ashamed and having her think that her grandfather is a dirty old man. I am proud to sit before any group and say, “Embrace where you come from, it’s not a bad place.”- Leon Ware

PITCHFORK: I Want You Still: Celebrating 40 Years of Marvin Gaye’s Sensual Classic


a video.

from cassius, mike d, & cat power. 

life on mars.

a david bowie cover.

starring trey songz.

ola + foreign friend.

starring m.i.a.

PITCHFORK: M.I.A. Releases New Songs "MIA OLA" and "FOREIGN FRIEND": Listen

ritual spirit.

a video.

from massive attack & azekel.

by chance.

a video.

starring rae sremmurd. 

for your consideration...

featuring metta world peace.

LA WEEKLY: Metta World Peace Grew Up Around Hip-Hop Greats — Now He Wants to Be One

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


a video.

starring the last shadow puppets. 

no broken hearts.


starring bauer, m.i.a, & g-dragon.

stream here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

left handed kisses.

a video.

starring andrew bird & fiona apple. 

Watch Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple face-off in a duet about the struggle to write a simple love song in "Left Handed...
Posted by Andrew Bird on Monday, March 14, 2016

it's all happening.

starring carlos nino.

PITCHFORK: Carlos NiƱo Announces Album Featuring Madlib and Kamasi Washington, Shares “It’s All Happening!"

grecian summer.

a video.

from classixx.

Here's a video made by our friend Steve Smith for a new song called "Grecian Summer".
Posted by CLASSIXX on Monday, March 14, 2016


a video.

starring hxlt.

Friday, March 11, 2016


starring gwen stefani.

no, no, no, no, no.

an ongoing discussion/moment of clarity.


"The number of judicial and executive branch confirmations overall is at the lowest point in decades. Lawmakers are postponing action on a budget and have failed to produce funds to deal with the crises involving the Zika virus, opioid addiction, and tainted water in Flint, Mich.

And Republicans wonder how they wound up with Donald Trump?

The party is in an existential crisis now, and this sort of mindless obstruction, practiced on Capitol Hill for much of the last seven years, is partly to blame. Republican lawmakers, fearing pressure and primary challenges from extreme conservatives, refused to engage in anything that might be perceived as cooperating with Obama – and so the legislature ground to a halt. The failure to produce, or to do much to address the nation’s economic and security woes, caused more disgust with Washington. This, in turn, allowed the rise of a populist demagogue. their zeal to placate Tea Party conservatives, Republican officials created a leadership vacuum that has been filled by something far worse."

THE WASHINGTON POST: Republicans’ mindless obstruction has helped create something far worse

crying in public.

 a video.

starring chairlift. 

hold on.

a video.

starring gary clark jr. 

gravity don't pull me.

a video.

starring rostam.

what you talking about?

starring peter bjorn & john.

PITCHFORK: Peter Bjorn and John Announce New Album Breakin' Point, Share "What You Talking About" 

the community of hope.

starring pj harvey.

stream here.

post pop depression.

an album stream.

stream here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

boom, clack.

a moment of clarity.


"...Young artists who channel the golden era remain, but they’re less prevalent. Lyricists such as King Los, Fashawn, and Skyzoo even seem taken for granted. But the fact that they struggle to garner high profiles at the rate of Kevin Gates or Future suggests that, though hip-hop conservatives are outspoken, they’re firmly in the minority of contemporary listeners. Likewise, why are vets like The Lox, Redman, and Mobb Deep struggling? It would do hip-hop traditionalists well to spend more time appreciating what they still have than complaining about who doesn’t appeal to them.

Hip-hop conservatives struggle to accept that the further we get from 1994, the less kids will be inclined to proclaim the golden era superior to the one they lived through. The generation gap in hip-hop is over 40 years wide, and we all have to realize it won’t be bridged via incessantly dissing contemporary sounds. Artists like Vert and Staples will become the norm, and they will appeal to young fans who aren’t ashamed of identifying more with 808s and Heartbreak than Hard to Earn."

IMPOSE MAGAZINE: Old Beats: When Young Rappers Reject the Golden Era

Tuesday, March 08, 2016


a video.

from head wound city. 

PITCHFORK: Head Wound City (Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust) Share Video, Tour With Savages

shock machine.

a video.

from (klaxons keyboardist) shock machine.

STEREOGUM: Shock Machine – “Shock Machine” Video

a moment of clarity.



""The problem with the Republican Party over the past 30 years is they haven’t — and I’ll say, we haven’t — developed a message that appeals to the working class Americans economically in a way that Donald Trump’s does,” the former Republican lawmaker explained. “We talk about cutting capital gains taxes that the 10,000 people that in the crowd cheering for Donald Trump, they are never going to get a capital gains cut because it doesn’t apply.”

 ...“But herein lies the problem with the Republican Party,” Scarborough complained. “It never trickles down!..."

RAWSTORY: Joe Scarborough gives up the game: After 30 years, the GOP base realized ‘it never trickles down’

never is a long time.

a video.

starring eleanor friedberger. 

to bring you my love.

a pj harvey cover.

starring courtney love. 

PITCHFORK: Courtney Love Covers PJ Harvey's "To Bring You My Love"

cruel intentions/good ol' case of the blues.

 a video.

starring jmsn.

places to go.

a video.

starring yuna. 

Monday, March 07, 2016

a moment of clarity.


"The shocking crisis in Flint—where state cost-cutting mandates led to lead-tainted water that has poisoned thousands of children—has become a metaphor for American political dysfunction. Yet it should also be a reminder of how much Americans’ health and well-being depend on effective public policies. Rather than see Flint as another case of government failure, reinforcing distrust and cynicism, Americans should instead see it as a call to action. Using the power of government, American society once solved problems like those now plaguing Flint and too many other communities. And it could do so again, if it overcame the widespread amnesia about the enormous benefits of active, responsive government.

...It is tempting to search for a single villain in the Flint crisis: the austerity measures of state Republicans and especially Governor Rick Snyder, the weakness of local protections, the missteps of the EPA. But the reality is that these threats to public health and social well-being are at work across the United States, and they have much deeper roots. Figuring out where responsiveness broke down, punishing those responsible, and fixing systems of accountability are all imperative. But that won’t solve the deeper problem—America’s retreat from an effective mixed economy.

... America needs an effective mixed economy at least as much as it ever has. The threat of climate change and challenges of a complex, interdependent knowledge economy make an effective public sector vital—not just for future economic growth but for the future of our planet. Tearing down the mixed economy may be good for particular businesses (just as failing to regulate lead was good for the gas, auto, and construction industries). But it is bad for the economy overall. It is always hard to get corporations to recognize the need for broad, growth-promoting policies that may not immediately or directly help them. When those corporations and their political allies are denigrating what remains of government’s capacities, the challenge is even harder.

Just as in Flint, no easy solution to this larger governing crisis exists. The path forward will be long and rocky. It will require determined, steady efforts to make government work better, which in turn will require political reforms that reduce the stalemate and government incapacity that so defines our present era. No less important, it will require leaders willing to take the right lesson from Flint: The lead in Flint’s water—and in the bloodstreams of its children— is not a reason to distrust and dismantle government. It’s a reason to rebuild a government that has the capacity and independence needed to safeguard the health and well-being of American citizens."

THE ATLANTIC: The Real Cause of the Flint Crisis

in the zone.

with action bronson, wayne brady, & meyhem lauren.

little red hen.

starring mstrkrft.

PITCHFORK: MSTRKRFT Share "Little Red Hen," First Song Since 2011


a video.

starring keke palmer.


a video.

starring anthony hamilton.

special affair/curse.

a video.

starring the internet.

Friday, March 04, 2016


where have you been?

a moment of clarity. 


"It is gratifying to see the National Review mobilize against Trump, decrying his “free-floating populism” and disdain for the details of public policy. But where were the magazine’s editors when Sarah Palin put these same forces on full display eight years ago? Loudly cheering her on. National Review’s editor praised her for her “plain-spoken, combative way.” And he was more restrained than the editor of the Weekly Standard, William Kristol, who called Palin his “heartthrob.”

 ...It is courageous of dozens of Republican foreign policy leaders now to sign an open letter condemning Trump publicly and refusing to support his candidacy. But over the past decade, I can recall conversations with some of these individuals in which they refused to accept that there was any problem within the Republican Party, attributing such criticism to media bias.

 ...Republicans have fed the country ideas about decline, betrayal and treason. They have encouraged the forces of anti-intellectualism, obstructionism and populism. They have flirted with bigotry and racism. Trump merely chose to unashamedly embrace all of it, saying plainly what they were hinting at for years. In doing so, he hit a jackpot.

The problem is not that Republican leaders should have begun to condemn Trump last year. It is that they should have condemned the ideas and tactics that led to his rise when they began to flourish 20 years ago."

THE WASHINGTON POST: Where were Republican moderates 20 years ago?


THE NEW YORKER: The Problem with the “Never Trump” Movement


Thursday, March 03, 2016

nanny nanny boo boo.

a moment of clarity.


"Republicans who hate the idea of Donald Trump being “their” candidate will have to distinguish themselves somehow, won’t they? Will the term “Trump Republican” be used by party members to explain what they’re not? Who are these people going to vote for?

With one hand, they will pinch their nostrils shut and with the other, drop their ballot in the box. This might be the most nose-holdin’ election in American history!

The American electorate, with help from almost every possible media outlet, has created a perfect-storm election cycle. If it comes down to Trump v. Clinton, it will be a multi-month brawl in the Octagon.

At this point, America will turn almost anything into a reality show. Now it’s the future of the United States that will be given the Honey Boo Boo/Duck Dynasty treatment. This one will be right up there with the O.J. Simpson trial.

...So now, we can look forward to a NASCAR/WWE election. Stay beautiful."

L.A. WEEKLY: Henry Rollins: American Politics Is Getting the Honey Boo Boo Treatment

what the fuck right now.

with tyler the creator, a$ap rocky, domo genesis, jasper, & taco.

berlin got blurry.


with parquet courts.

fuckin' perfect.

a moment of clarity.

with samantha bee.

VOX: Watch Samantha Bee embarrass a Texas lawmaker who doesn’t know how abortion works

gotta lotta.

starring two chainz & lil wayne.

stream here.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

attack & release.

FILE UNDER: AMERICA/A Moment of Clarity.


for your consideration...

"...Washington is freaking out about Trump in a way they never did about Bush. Why? Because Bush was their moron, while Trump is his own moron. That's really what it comes down to.

...We're about to enter a dark period in the history of the American experiment. The Founding Fathers never imagined an electorate raised on Toddlers and Tiaras and Temptation Island. Remember, just a few decades ago, shows like Married With Children and Roseanne were satirical parodies. Now the audience can't even handle that much irony. A lot of American culture is just dumb slobs cheering on other dumb slobs. It was inevitable, once we broke the seal with Bush, that our politics would become the same thing.

Madison and Jefferson never foresaw this situation. They knew there was danger of demagoguery, but they never imagined presidential candidates exchanging "mine's bigger than yours" jokes or doing "let's laugh at the disabled" routines. There's no map in the Constitution to tell us how to get out of where we're going. All we can do now is hold on."

ROLLING STONE: Revenge of the Simple: How George W. Bush Gave Rise to Trump

rhythm nation.


ROLLING STONE: Kamasi Washington on American Music Prize Win, Kendrick at the Grammys


SOUND & COLOR: THE ALBUMS, 2015: 17/kamasi washington/the epic

silly me.

starring yeasayer.

PITCHFORK: Yeasayer Announce Tour, Share New Track "Silly Me"


a video.

starring teyana taylor.