Thursday, March 28, 2013

Grrrls (No Shame)


I'm kinda sorta obsessed with this video. When I first saw it it only had a few hundred views. Glad to see more people have discovered it. Actually, I'm not surprised more people have discovered it - it's been featured on a lot of my favorite blogs/websites.

Also: I'm in love with the video for The Knife's 'A Tooth For An Eye' and even more so with the statement they've released:
'A Tooth For An Eye' deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom; There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough and sweet all at once, roaring "I'm telling you stories, trust me". There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.
Their Shaking the Habitual Manifesto is pretty awesome too. A favorite quote from that:
There’s a blood system promoting biology as destiny.
A series of patriarchies that’s a problem to the Nth degree.


(I've started a little experiment today. Curious to see the results: wanted vs. expected. I give it six months. Max. Or else. Later edit: Fuck this. The trouble with popular FB pages is that they're run by sexist douche-bags. Actually, I only have two in mind here but I'm pretty sure there are a lot more pages that fit the description. I was curious if a page featuring girl-power-y content could draw a similar following. But let's face it: no one on FB "likes" me and I don't have enough patience to update a page for months and months and maybe, just maybe, get about a dozen people to follow it. I mean, what's this little blog for? Besides, I'm really sick and tired of working for FB. I'm sure as hell not getting anything out of it. Thinking of quitting it again. After all, as Douglas Rushkoff well put it and as I've often told myself, "Facebook is not the Internet.")

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Blu Cry




Tom Moon on "Blu Blu Blu" (unfortunately, I can't find the entire album):
The spirited title track is a tribute to Muddy Waters; Abrams got his start playing blues and R&B, and this is one of a long line of originals that celebrates (and strengthens) the link between gut-level blues and the visceral expressions of the jazz avant-garde.