Monday, July 6, 2020

All of the "2010s Albums" Listicles Were Bad, So We Fixed Them



Earlier this week, Spin posted their 101 Best Albums Of The 2010s, officially marking the close of end-of-decade season. Respect to SPIN for waiting it out. They won the "firstness" battle by coming in dead last.

The biggest surprise: Spin's #1 album matched our own, gratifyingly. Before last week, the legacy of ANTI felt destined for 8-10 more years of "stans only" devotion. In either case, the record will become eligible for nostalgia reassessment around 2028; meanwhile, a large anticlimactic brushstroke of anticonsensus from the bigger publications appropriately and frustratingly reflected the growing entitlement of the 2010s.

The Spin list also helped us reaffirm glaring constants among the past decade of music blogging.

- The landscape of music journalism has grown far too wide.
- By 2010, MTV and local radio no longer widely influenced new music consumption. With nowhere else for music fans to turn, the potential value of music journalism shot up exponentially.
- There are more music news reporters and music opinion writers today than at any other point in human history, and most of them born after 1985 possess questionably average levels of music knowledge. The armchair writing on RateYourMusic might not flow as nicely as on Conde Nast, but their community's lack of disinterest or apathy prove that unpaid opinions can possess equal value to paid opinions.
- As skilled press agents grow more adept at emphasizing the "importance" of their clients' expensive album campaigns, more mid-20s music writers and blog editors repeatedly fall for the ruse.

Add it all together, and we end up with millions of eyeballs reading through a failed attempt at a canon favoring capitalism-indie and all of the blue checkmark rich kids' favorite artists.

That said, it wasn't all bad. The editors occasionally granted positions to some truly great records that usually showed up on only one list in the #76-100 section. The ratio of good to boring was probably around 1 to 3, or 25%. It's not an impressive percentage, especially compared to the more widely consumed decade lists at the close of the '80s or '90s. But 25% definitely adds up to more than 100 albums.

And so, we wondered... What would it look like if we removed all the crap and compiled one list focusing on the best records and most accurate placements?

For this exercise, we cherry-picked placements from "The Big Four" of music blogs: Rolling Stone for the boomers, Spin for the Gen Xers, Pitchfork and Stereogum for the millennials.

We also included Vice's shockingly great zoomer-friendly decade round-up. Incidentally, Vice/Noisey was the only other popular blog to place ANTI in their Top 10. An anomaly for this decade, the Vice list felt like its curators actually paid attention to what young music fans actively enjoyed throughout the past 10 years, instead of cheerleading for Clairo and 19 other rich kids that sound like Clairo. Instead, Vice's Top 10 featured less precious outliers like Young Thug at #2, OPN at #10, and (best of all) Power Trip at #4.

After this Vice post, we spent summer and fall of last year temporarily convinced that Vice/Noisey might be our new spot. The list was THAT good. But sadly, their bland best-of-2019 selections squashed that hope.

It's worth noting that Pitchfork's "200 Best Albums of the 2010s" had the opposite effect. It's probably the single worst "listicle event" from any major publication in the history of music journalism. Our respect for Pitchfork's recommendations had all but disappeared since their 2015 acquisition from Conde Nast; these end-of-decade lists officially sealed the coffin. They had a very good run, but they're now equally as relevant as Rolling Stone with their best days behind them and their most devoted readers chasing a nostalgia dragon. We won't take them seriously ever again. RIP to "The Age of Pitchfork" and all their "important" music coverage.

So let's get into it. We made an effort to include records at their highest level of placement whenever possible, but never higher than that position. In an extra credit attempt to spice up the variance, we also included five selections that did not appear on these five listicles - from five entirely different blogs. We also extended this from 100 to 120 records, partially due to the ten genuinely great records throughout the 101-200 portion of Pitchfork's bloated canon.

The mega-list is here, all cleaned up. We fixed everything, and it looks much nicer now. It was our pleasure.

1. Rihanna ANTI (Spin, #1)
2. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (Spin, #2)
3. Kanye West Yeezus (Stereogum, #2)
4. Power Trip Nightmare Logic (Vice/Noisey, #4)
5. David Bowie Blackstar (Rolling Stone, #5)
6. Rich Gang Tha Tour Part 1 (Vice/Noisey, #2)
7. The Knife Shaking The Habitual (Spin, #3)
8. Robyn Body Talk (Pitchfork, #8)
9. D'Angelo and the Vanguard Black Messiah (Pitchfork, #9)
10. Oneohtrix Point Never Replica (Vice/Noisey, #10)
11. Carly Rae Jepsen E•MO•TION (Stereogum, #9)
12. Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream (Vice/Noisey, #12)
13. Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Stereogum, #6)
14. Tame Impala Lonerism (Vice/Noisey, #13)
15. Frank Ocean nostalgia, ULTRA (Spin, #15)
16. Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell (Stereogum, #16)
17. Skrillex Bangarang (Spin, #5)
18. My Bloody Valentine mbv (Stereogum, #18)
19. A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service (Spin, #19)
20. DJ Rashad Double Cup (Vice/Noisey, #6)

21. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit (Rolling Stone, #21)
22. Solange A Seat At The Table (Vice/Noisey, #1)
23. Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal (Spin, #14)
24. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (Spin, #24)
25. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Rolling Stone, #1)
26. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (Pitchfork, #10)
27. Chromatics Kill For Love (Gorilla vs Bear, #8)
28. Danny Brown XXX (Spin, #12)
29. Deerhunter Halcyon Digest (Pitchfork, #29)
30. Paramore Paramore (Spin, #30)
31. Beyonce 4 (Pitchfork, #31)
32. Future DS2 (Vice/Noisey, #9)
33. Mitski Be The Cowboy (Rolling Stone, #33)
34. Thundercat Drunk (Vice/Noisey, #34)
35. Waka Flocka Flame Flockaveli (Vice/Noisey, #35)
36. Converge All We Love We Leave Behind (AV Club, #36)
37. Charli XCX Pop 2 (Vice/Noisey, #37)
38. Death Grips The Money Store (Spin, #38)
39. Mount Eerie A Crow Looked At Me (Vice/Noisey, #17)
40. The Weeknd House Of Balloons (Vice/Noisey, #40)

41. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (Rolling Stone, #11)
42. Erykah Badu New Amerikah Pt 2 Return of The Ankh (Pitchfork, #42)
43. Pusha T Daytona (Spin, #43)
44. No Age Everything In Between (Spin, #44)
45. Slowdive Slowdive (Stereogum, #44)
46. Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball (Rolling Stone, #46)
47. Aphex Twin Syro (Vice/Noisey, #47)
48. Purple Mountains Purple Mountains (Spin, #47)
49. Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch The Throne (Rolling Stone, #49)
50. Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 (Stereogum, #50)
51. Young Thug Barter 6 (Vice/Noisey, #19)
52. Carcass Surgical Steel (Vice/Noisey, #52)
53. Tyler The Creator Flower Boy (Vice/Noisey, #53)
54. Daft Punk Random Access Memories (Rolling Stone, #54)
55. Japandroids Celebration Rock (Spin, #17)
56. Kamasi Washington The Epic (Vice/Noisey, #56)
57. Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Stereogum, #57)
58. Bjork Vulnicura (Pitchfork, #56)
59. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata (Vice/Noisey, #59)
60. Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint (Rolling Stone, #60)

61. The-Dream Love King (Vice/Noisey, #61)
62. Omar Souleyman Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts (Spin, #52)
63. Fucked Up David Comes To Life (Stereogum, #63)
64. Lil Peep Come Over When You're Sobert Pt 1 (Vice/Noisey, #64)
65. Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory (Consequence Of Sound, #65)
66. Maren Morris Hero (Billboard, #64)
67. John Maus We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (Vice/Noisey, #67)
68. Flying Lotus Cosmogramma (Pitchfork, #68)
69. 100 Gecs 100 Gecs (Spin, #60)
70. Playboi Carti Playboi Carti (Spin, #70)
71. Miguel Wildheart (Slant, #68)
72. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Ghosteen (Stereogum, #72)
73. Colleen Green I Want To Grow Up (Spin, #73)
74. Low Double Negative (Stereogum, #71)
75. Beyonce Beyonce (Pitchfork, #3)
76. (Sandy) Alex G DSU (Stereogum, #76)
77. Turnstile Nonstop Feeling (Vice/Noisey, #77)
78. Zeal & Ardor Devil Is Fine (Spin, #78)
79. Kurt Vile Smoke Ring for My Halo (Pitchfork, #78)
80. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Mirror Traffic (Rolling Stone, #80)

81. Sheer Mag Compilation (I, II, & III) (Spin, #81)
82. Total Control Henge Beat (Vice/Noisey, #80)
83. Priests Nothing Feels Natural (Stereogum, #83)
84. Big Thief UFOF (Pitchfork, #33)
85. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (Stereogum, #14)
86. Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel (Pitchfork, #6)
87. Jeremih Late Nights: The Album (Vice/Noisey, #87)
88. Pile Dripping (Vice/Noisey, #88)
89. Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... Son Of Chico Dusty (Consequence Of Sound, #89)
90. Neil Young + Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill (Rolling Stone, #90)
91. YG My Krazy Life (Uproxx, #91)
92. DaBaby Blank Blank (Spin, #92)
93. Skrillex Scary Monster and Nice Sprites (Vice/Noisey, #93)
94. Sheer Mag Need You To Feel My Love (Vice/Noisey, #83)
95. Jai Paul Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones) (Pitchfork, #95)
96. Homeboy Sandman Kindness for Weakness (Spin, #88)
97. Rae Sremmurd SremmLife (Pitchfork, #87)
98. Charly Bliss Guppy (Stereogum, #90)
99. Earl Sweatshirt I Don't Like Shit I Don't Go Outside (Spin, #99)
100. Salem King Night (Vice/Noisey, #100)

101. Mitski Puberty 2 (Stereogum, #27)
102. Pup The Dream Is Over (Spin, #53)
103. Syd Fin (Spin, #42)
104. Beach House Teen Dream (Vice/Noisey, #11)
105. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (Vice/Noisey, #71)
106. Kendrick Lamar DAMN. (Stereogum, #11)
107. Against Me! White Crosses (Spin, #55)
108. Real Estate Days (Pitchfork, #123)
109. Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid (Pitchfork, #116)
111. Drake Take Care (Rolling Stone, #6)
112. ASAP ROCKY LIVE.LOVE.ASAP (Pitchfork, #137)
113. Tierra Whack Whack World (Spin, #10)
114. Chief Keef Finally Rich (Pitchfork, #145)
115. Joanna Newson Have One On Me (Pitchfork, #16)
116. Vince Staples Summertime '06 (Stereogum, #23)
117. Mac Demarco 2 (Pitchfork, #149)
118. Lady Gaga The Fame Monster (Pitchfork, #151)
119. G.L.O.S.S. Trans Day of Revenge (Pitchfork, #182)
120. Hailu Mergia Lala Belu (Pitchfork, #185)

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Hum We Have

NEW HUM!!!!!!

#HOPE

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Return Of "The New Shit Radar" (June 2020)

Also the return of the ellipsis...

No one missed The New Shit Radar since the last time we did this in March 2016. We're not sure why it disappeared, but whatever. It's back.

The newest news. The hottest jams. Let's go...

Useful links...
BLM Chapters: https://blacklivesmatter.com/chapters/
Bail Funds: https://bailfunds.github.io/
Justice For Breonna: https://justiceforbreonna.org/
Democracy Now! on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/democracynow

Hatchie Did A Collab With Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
They covered JAMC for a 7-inch out on July 20th. [Edit: It actually came out June 5th, and the vinyl is out June 20th.] Proceeds benefit The Movement for Black Lives and The Loveland Foundation.


Year Of The Knife and Mindforce Both Already Sold Out Their Dope AF Racial Injustice Themed T-Shirts
YOTK's is here and Mindforce is here, benefiting Reclaim the Block and the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, and Minnesota Freedom Fund respectively.

We Saw Some Dude In A Geld Shirt Yesterday
New track alert, and new album on July 3rd...


New Tkay Maidza Video For "Shook"
If George Takei and Tkay Maidza had a kid, it would probably not be named Tkay Takei. New video tho...


Twice Eyes Shares New Track "It's On"
Mikey J's new track is now on Soundcloud.

Ritual Clearing's Debut Self-Titled Demo Tape Is Straight Fire
And they're from New Haven!


We Unironically Enjoy A Song By The Weeknd
That new hit. We forgot the name.

A New Obnox Record Is Basically An Event
Double album for double the fun.


Chris Cech's New Record Is Called "Sloth"
For some reason, we thought the band was called Sloth, but it's actually the name of the LP.


Deftones Might Released Eros Later This Year
Deftones tour with Poppy and Gojira got cancelled along with literally every other tour in 2020, but in the downtime they've been working on the next record and considering an EP release of their incomplete 2008 record Eros. An Eros-era song called "Smile" made its live debut in November of last year, increasing the possibility of its completion and release. We hate the NME but they reported on it so here it is: https://www.nme.com/news/music/deftones-update-fans-on-status-of-previously-shelved-eros-album-2688643

Dirty Projectors Drop New Video For "Inner World"
Future MTVZ content is here...


New Ringo Deathstarr Is Finally On Bandcamp, Vinyl
RDS's new record is one of their very best to date.


ThatBIRDDid Posts A New Run The Jewels Video For "Yankee And The Brave (Ep 4)"
It took us until only about 6 weeks ago to finally catch They Live, and we've heard references to it about twice a week ever since. So that's either a bizarre coincidence, or we were already existing in a world with multiple weekly They Live tributes without realizing it.


Disheveled Cuss LP Gets A Bandcamp Release
No word on vinyl yet, but it's a thoroughly great record.


After Hours Top 10 Most Played -- Week Of June 16th
Some cross-branding cross-marketing here, but After Hours FM just celebrated its first birthday with some new Mixcloud streams.

We'll start posting the After Hours Top 10 along with new editions of the New Shit Radar...

WXCI AFTER HOURS TOP 10 (Week of 6/13/20)
This week ARTIST Title Links
1 MINDFORCE Hope Dies In The City bbbrecords.bandcamp.com/
track/hope-dies-in-the-city
2 RINGO DEATHSTARR Once Upon A Freak ringodeathstarr.bandcamp.com/
track/once-upon-a-freak
3 VANITY Anticlimax vanitynyc.bandcamp.com/
track/anticlimax
4 CCR HEADCLEANER Half A Tooth ccrheadcleaner.bandcamp.com/
track/half-a-tooth-extra-pound-edit
5 CORIKY Too Many Husbands coriky.bandcamp.com/
track/too-many-husbands
6 NO AGE Turned To String noage.bandcamp.com/
track/turned-to-string
7 THREE KNEE DEEP Mosherz Anthem bbbrecords.bandcamp.com/
track/mosherz-anthem
8 DISHEVELED CUSS She Don't Want disheveledcuss.bandcamp.com/
track/she-dont-want
9 FU MANCHU Takin' It To The Streets fumanchuband.bandcamp.com/
track/takin-it-to-the-streets
10 NOTCHES Sober Souls notchesrocks.bandcamp.com/
track/sober-souls
11 NUDIE MAG Pet bbbrecords.bandcamp.com/
track/pet

Monday, June 15, 2020

2019 Movies


More fun on Letterboxd. Follow us on Letterboxd at https://letterboxd.com/babymamadrama/.
We forgot that was what our name was.

We haven't posted a "favorite movies of the year" since the launch of our blogspot era. 2019 might be our new best personal record for new movies we saw within the release of their calendar year, although we have decided to count everything since Quar into this equation.

It was also an interesting year since the consensus on its best films felt stronger than almost any other point in the past decade, or at least since around 2007-2011 era. We've been considering the possibility that lack of any consensus might indicate a weaker year. That said, it's the first time in a while when our personal favorites -- especially the top 5 -- almost identically matched those of the most popular film reviewers.

Top Movies From 2019
1. The Lighthouse
2. Uncut Gems
3. Parasite
4. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
5. Knives Out
6. Leaving Neverland
7. The Irishman
8. The Beach Bum
9. What Did Jack Do? (David Lynch short)
10. One Cut of the Dead

Bubbling under...
Narrowsburg
Knock Down the House
Us
Honey Boy (Shia Labeouf autobiography)
The Vast Of Night

So bad it's good...
Or "for fans of bad movies..."
The Fanatic (Directed by Fred Durst, starring John Travolta)
The Dirt (Motley Crue biopic)
Lords of Chaos (Mayhem/Burzum biopic)
Verotika (Directed by Glenn Danzig)

Worst...
Or "don't see these because they're bad..."
1. Cats
2. Daniel Isn't Real
3. The Death of Dick Long
4. Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile
5. Booksmart
6. Come To Daddy
7. Color Out Of Space

Note: #2, 6 and 7 are all suspense/horror/thrillers produced by Elijah Wood and other affiliates who worked on Mandy, our pick for 2018's "Movie of the year." (Nic Cage stars in both Mandy and Color Out Of Shape.) We incorrectly assumed a few of their related projects might have been good; sadly, no hidden uncut gems were found.

Other stuff we remember seeing...
...In approximate order of how much we enjoyed it...
Fighting with My Family (The Paige movie)
Placenta (30 second movie. We saw it at Slamdance, and now it's on YouTube somewhere.)
The Rat (short)
Greener Grass
The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley (The Elizabeth Holmes doc)
Good Boys
Slave To The Grind (Grindcore doc)
Shoplifters
Heavy Trip
Fyre
Fyre Fraud (Fyre was a little better because it was the one with the dick sucking story.)
David Crosby: Remember My Name
The Amazing Jonathan Documentary
Hail Satan?
The Dead Don't Die
Squirrel (short)
The Lodge
VHYes
Who Let The Dogs Out (Documentary about the origin of the song "Who Let The Dogs Out." It's on Hulu now and it's kinda dumb.)

Other stuff we don't remember seeing...
Yeah we don't remember or else it would be here lol.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Fuck The Boys In Blue


Our viewcounts have declined a lot in the past 5 years, which is fine. This likely happened because we post less often than we used to, and we also now travel down the lane of long-posting more than we probably should. But the point of this blog's existence was never really about racking up views and transforming our words into social capital. It's usually intended to collect our media recommendations. It bothers us that big blogs and magazines stay away from the stuff we like. We're constantly trying to fill what we perceive as a void. But at least we're trying. Simple enough.

For the moment, this might be the only place we have left where we feel truly comfortable processing and organizing our thoughts on what's been happening. It seems like the large majority of people who want their thoughts to be made public prefer long-posting on Facebook, or long Twitter threads, or a series of Instagram posts, or some combination of these.

If those methods work for someone, they should go for it. Any method that works should be utilized. You never know -- the experience might even generate some unexpectedly cathartic or therapeutic outcome. You never know -- a handful of those instances might also somehow constitute actual activism.

We feel for those who might be overcome with helplessness. There's many of us who cannot physically make themselves present at protests or who are financially incapable of donating to bail funds or other helpful non-profits. And not all of these people feel comfortable flooding their socials when it might not be in their right to do so. There are ways to express solidarity outside of big-money social media, handing content over to billion dollar companies who own every word, photo, and video.

We assume this goes without saying, but the use of this moment in history to generate social capital is a truly disgusting and cancel-able offense. Sadly, there are some people who are clearly seeking credit and validation for the way they're processing. Virtue signalling or posting for points should not be tolerated by anyone, and this includes the use of threatening language against ones' own communities as a means to force a break of perceived silent indifference. Not everyone who's uncomfortable with flooding their news feeds are expressing that they don't care. Not everyone who donates wants to pressure their followers into matching the amount.

If the intended outcome of activism is social change and/or political revolution, then the people who need to hear these ideas the most are the deniers -- people who many of us probably don't encounter very often on social media because they've already been unfriended or muted or blocked ages ago.

Not everyone is made for face-to-face confrontation. And just the same, it's often scary as fuck hitting the "post" button on Facebook after preparing a long-post for an audience comprised of literally every person you've ever met in your life. For some, it's a perfect recipe for anxiety, especially when posting serious subject matter.

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There is one thing everyone can do. And it's not that hard.

The one thing we can do is expand our education through listening.

That said, nothing we're writing about here is intended to educate anyone. We're no experts, and this is only getting posted here for our own benefit to help us sort and organize the generous handfuls of enormous truths swimming around in our heads.

Here are some of those:

#1: Capitalism is unsustainable.

#2: Capitalism and white supremacy are best friends.

They are structured as one co-existing entity. In Cornel West's recent CNN interview, he plainly explains how black communities have seen over 200 years of the US's economic and legal systems' pattern working against their desire to generate decent lives for themselves. And nothing has improved or changed.

#3: Rioting and looting are a direct response to a broken system.


#4 Megastores are designed to kill small businesses one by one. No one will substantially suffer from their inevitable downfall.

#5: The crime machine is purposely arranged to reward cops for meeting quotas of low-level summons and misdemeanors, keeping them away from the pursuit of violent or serious crimes.

#6: Cops are the highest paid profession for those who do not attend college. In many instances, they ended up as cops because their path was limited.

#7: At least 90% of cops meet all or most of the following criteria:
- They eventually grow egos large enough to classify as sociopaths.
- They are former high school bullies who spent some of their teenage years passively despising and in some cases taunting or causing physical harm to non-white people and LGBTQ people.
- They're raised to be mean-spirited in large part due to their asshole racist parents.
- They are not thinkers. They are not artists. And they have no empathy for those types of people.
- They're not world travelers and have no desire to understand the world outside of their bubble.
- They live very close to the town where they grew up.
- In their spare time, they watch competitive sports and drink cheap beer.

We have cops in our extended families, and other people we know have cops in their family and friend groups -- ones who obviously don't match every point in this exact criteria. But we're considering how big the United States actually is. We're considering how many small towns are out there, and how much racism and white supremacy actually exists. Many cops in all those towns and cities actually do fit. There are millions of them.

#8 Less than 10% of cops chose their profession due to their own good will. They want to serve as an example and continue living their lives "the right way." This comprises the "good cops." At some point, all of the good cops will still undergo the following circumstances:
- They understand the point of their professional is to establish fear.
- They use their position as a loophole to break laws. And for many of them, this pattern turns into an addiction.
- At some point, their training teaches methods used to assess "reasonable suspicion," subjectively re-enforcing any racist or classist bias, a pattern that frequently leads to a disproportionate targeting of black men. Cops who are women or black are not trained any differently.
- At some point, they will bear witness to a pattern of corruption that awakens them to the crime machine.

Once they realize they're a part of it, they will make a decision:
- Some of them might quit or strongly consider quitting for a very long time. These are the only truly good cops.
- The shitty cops keeping this machine moving will resent any "good cops" attempting to work against the corruption. This method never works.
- Most will stay quiet, enable the corruption, and retire at age 65 with a hefty pension while maintaining their "good guy" status.

Take the cops in Minneapolis for example: Every single cop who worked with George Floyd's murderers knew the truth years in advance. And they're likely not the only cops in Minneapolis who are disgusting pieces of shit.

#9 The lyrics to "Prison Song" by System Of A Down only describe the shifts between the crack epidemic of 1984 and 9/11/2001.

"Nearly two million Americans are incarcerated in the prison system of the US... The percentage of Americans in the prison system has doubled since 1985... Drug money is used to rig elections and train brutal corporate sponsored dictators around the world... Minor drug offenders fill your prisons... Our taxes [are] paying for wars against the new non-rich... All research and successful drug policy shows that treatment should be increased and law enforcement decreased while abolishing mandatory minimum sentences."

Since 9/11/01, communities of color -- already heavily patrolled by police -- became the primary victims of stop-and-frisk.

#10 Nothing changed after Rodney King. Nothing changed after Eric Garner.

#11 The pro-cop right is prepared with guns, and they'll be commended by the cops for staying in their corner. The piece of shit with the hunting bow in Salt Lake City was immediately released, and so was the piece of shit in Minneapolis who had every intention of killing protesters with his massive freight truck. If this escalates further, it will lead to civil war.

#12 Billionaire business owners collectively earned themselves an additional $480 billion since the start of the coronavirus pandemic while 20% of the working class lost their jobs.

#13 Corporate media has no incentive to report any news story with unbiased language. Their primarily MO as of June 2020 is to distract the country and tear them apart with the end goal of further strengthen capitalism and white supremacy.

#14 Our leaders are publicly questioning and challenging the people's right to peacefully organize. They'll continue extending curfews and giving police a free pass to assault citizens until the people's will subsides.

#15 The aftermath of 2020 is far more likely to result in an updated patriot act than a green new deal.

#16 After the next stock market crash kills yet another 20% of US jobs, some implementation of UBI will eventually keep the masses content and stupid while the 200 people who literally own the entire planet continue accumulating more power.

#17 The new American Dream is living off the grid.

[Edit: Gonna stop there]

Kinda hoping no one reads this lmao

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Quarentemo "Maybe"


There is a mechanism inside Quarentemo that allows them to gaze unflinchingly into the pitch black of their psyche and emerge with a beautiful, bittersweet song every time. The frenzied shifts between chaotic rhythm and acoustic reverie mirror their longing for a point in the past when things were more clear. “Maybe next year we'll be better,” they sing. This atmosphere, with its patience and light, adds a sense of freedom to their delivery and allows them to find new wisdom in old worries.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

How Many Times Did You See That Band?


So how many times did you see a band?

No one has been to any shows in two months, and we started thinking about how many times we saw specific bands pre-quar.

It started to get confusing for certain bands. So we whipped up this handy list of rules to determine whether it should count as "ONE" show attendance depending on the circumstances.

(For the purpose of this rules list "Band" is interchangeable with "artist" or "performer." You can count comedy or stage performance stuff if you want.)

#1: If you paid...
1. Count as one if you PAID to see any specific band and caught more than one entire song or more than six minutes of a set. We know this seems low, but you paid to see that band and that should count for something.

#2: If you caught the big fest...
2. Count as one if you caught six songs or more than half of a set length at a FESTIVAL and if you chose to be there. This counts for any circumstances including if you were working. Use discretion for what constitutes a festival.

#3 & 4: If you got in for free...
3. Count as one if you attended a non-friend's show as a fan FOR FREE and caught at least SIX entire songs or more than half of the set length. (If you personally asked a band member to add you to a guest list refer to Rule #4.)

4. Count as one if your friends' band(s) got you into their show FOR FREE and you caught their entire set(s) from start to finish. If you missed more than one song or more than six minutes, this probably counts as zero. Use personal discretion.

#5 & 6 & 7: If you worked...
5. Count as one if you promoted, booked, hosted, or worked at an event and experienced an entire set. If you missed a song or didn't feel strongly about the experience, it probably counts as zero. Use personal discretion.

6. Count as one for each non-touring one-off that your band played with another band if you caught six songs or more than half of their set.

7A. Refer to rules #1, 2, 3 & 4 if you attended multiple shows throughout a tour as a fan or friend.

7B. If your band toured with another band or if you worked as part of a touring party, count the ENTIRE tour as ONE regardless of how many days you played or worked together.
- Do not count each show individually. Catching two or more sets on the same tour adds up to only one show for touring party members.
- Count as zero if you toured with a band and never caught an entire set -- even if you missed only one song.
- Festival sets are an exception because you chose to be there. See Rule #2.

#8 & 9: Short performances that count...
8. Count as one if you attended a performance taped or broadcast live for TV or radio regardless of length or number or songs. Use discretion for internet streams. If there wasn't an audience, this might not count as one. Refer to Rule #5 if you were working.

9. Count as one if you saw a public figure making a guest appearance performing at least one entire song with another act.
- Definitely count as one if the guest played on more than one entire song, ie Robby Krieger playing three songs with Creed. (You would have to count it as one for Robby Krieger though; you can't count it as seeing The Doors.)
- Use discretion for guests on one song depending on whether the performance felt substantial.
- Count as zero if someone played less than one entire song, ie NOFX dude screaming lyrics into the mic during Pennywise.
- Count as zero for guest dancing or non-music performance unless they were on stage for a while.

#10: And finally...
10. There are no fractions or decimals. You either experienced a band once or you didn't. Have fun!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"Lowt (L​)​ive" At Trumbull Day


The world famous Lowt Ide have released their first album in six years.

They are a band who has always been closely associated with "instant stardom."

Lowt Ide never toured, but they released four albums and played one-off shows consistently in Massachusetts and Connecticut from 2000 to 2010.

Their appearances slowed down in the early 2010s. In November 2012, they released a 10-song mixtape. In March 2013, they played what became their last public appearance, MC'ing and performing mini-sets between the bands at a Fort Flesh show in New Haven CT. (They handed out awards to all the bands who played. The awards were made of used CDs and coathangers.)

They announced the album Tag Sale on Facebook in 2010, and it finally saw a release in 2014. They've been on hiatus since then, but they've been posting on their Facebook account once or twice a year and plan to eventually reform.

In the meantime, their discography was posted to Bandcamp in September 2014 to celebrate ten years since their first album, re-released with a "Deluxe Edition" sticker. However, CD2 -- the "Bonus disc" of this Deluxe Edition -- was never completed. The re-release intended to include Lowt Ide's now legendary monumental live set performed at Trumbull Day on June 28, 2003 on the big Trumbull Day stage.

Six years later, quarantine happened, which enabled the project's completion. The tapes were located and remixed, and now this collection can finally see the light of day.

Lowt (L)ive At Trumbull Day is CD2 of the deluxe edition. Due to the long wait, the band have elected to also give this album its own separate release. The set includes several non-album tracks, perhaps most notably "Hair (Brew) Lampshade Ceiling," a song with four movements performed live many times but never included on their studio albums.

It also includes an expanded 3-minute industrial techno version of "Al Gore" and a few unreleased covers, notably an impromptu "Shine" by Collective Soul, and a few covers of local Connecticut bands: Hoveral's "You Got Issues," Ghost Town Riot's "Just Don't Care," and two songs from Splice, "Way" and "Let It Bleed."

Re-live the magic:

The May 2020 Edition of MTVZ with Duck.exe on the cover

MTVZ Issue #23 or #24. We lost count.

The latest edition of MTVZ is here. We are suspecting that this is right around "the big moment" we've been waiting for, which is that we have successfully located everything in the history of Youtube that is worth including in MTVZ. Like we're almost there anyway.

But we also think that when it gets close to "yeah that's it, we found everything" is also around the time when MTVZ will start to get really bizarre, which is what has happened here. This isn't necessarily "the best" MTVZ of all time but it is very strange, even for MTVZ.

Scroll through and you'll see what we mean.

Also NEW NEWS FOR MTVZ Subscribers:

So for some fucking dumb reason, Google and Youtube decided it would be a brilliant idea to add a feature that asks "ARE YOU STILL WATCHING?" about once per hour. This is extremely dumb and bad because it defeats the purpose of MTVZ, whose tagline is "MTVZ: Leave It On." So we can no longer "LEAVE IT ON" for longer than an hour without having to physically pick up the remote and hit the "YES" button (at least not while leaving it on with Roku or Firestick or Chromecast or whatever you use).

It's almost as if Youtube and Google know that people are taking matters into their own hands by curating their own personal "best of"s which is something that Big Tech hates.

Big Tech hates when their human/robot curation machine cannot entirely control what you see. They want you to only see the "next" video in their cue, algorithmically programmed by their Most Googly -- people who probably think Meme Appetit is funny. (Btw Meme Appetit is one of the thousands of recently launched painfully unfunny meme accounts set up by people trying to make money by creating memes who don't seem to have a basic understanding of why memes "meme." Bon Appetite Test Kitchen people are all very nice and cool and they deserve better than this.)