Twentysomething sometime singsonger
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The Purple Lord removes his vids from Youtube, but there are a lot of them from him and his protégés at http://www.wat.tv/NPGMonaco
Donating the food, as opposed to destroying it, was the first thing that crossed my mind when the scandal emerged. But how can they, when they can't prove its provenance is fit for human consumption? What if the "horse" (let's face it, it could be anything) was treated with antibiotics which made a human sick? Rolling the dice with human health is not cool, even for charitable purposes.
Saw it the other day at the cinema. Cool, almost fairytale story. That label boss couldn't have come across any more evil and evasive with a top hat and a gold chalice.
Rodriguez himself is the star of the show, his unassuming modesty and pure coolness shine through. All those years of toiling in obscurity and not a hint of regret after his stardom was hidden from and exploited for...someone. The definition of cool you could say, not giving a shit, and getting dirty as need be to keep things going.
I don't think his music itself isn't as great as the film claims it is. They say he was a premier singer-songwriter in the age of Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, Neil Young, Paul Simon etc.? I think not. The songs are pretty good, but the orchestration is syrupy and sound like they're sung by a Donovan impersonator. His songs did touch the South African people in a thoroughly real, though bizarre way, but the film shoots right on by his late seventies tour of Australia, presumably because it didn't fit the narrative.
That being said I will get his new album whenever it comes out. Thirty years of living as self-actualised as he has must have produced some really strong songs.
I discovered Enter The Mystery Magical Chambers, Wu-tang raps mixed into Beatles samples - really dope, and free to download.
Also, I got got back into the Dancer With Bruised Knees album by Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle - really great tunes, refined lyrics and elegant production.
Finally a shout out to whatever Minnesotan mentioned Atmosphere here a few weeks back - got chatting with a cute girl on Paddy's Day and we hit off over our common knowledge of them. Gotta date next week woopwoop.
I wonder who'll be the first digital ghost actor to out-earn their real-life counterpart?
Although its use could quickly be trivialised or employed for shady military purposes, there are exciting potential applications for those unable to vocalise themselves due to disability or those working in loud environments like factory floors. Telepathic football teams would be pretty exciting too, Science could one day catch up with Xavi and Iniesta.
Yeah, and he's got some nerve still writing and touring on into the 21st too. I derive immense satisfaction evry time I glean some nugget that might shed a light on the genesis of one of his lines. Even though he probably just strung it together out of thin air because it fit a rhyme scheme.
Two days and no Dylan? Okay, I'll be that guy:
Darkness at the break of noon Shadows even the silver spoon The handmade blade, the child’s balloon Eclipses both the sun and moon To understand you know too soon There is no sense in trying
Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn Suicide remarks are torn From the fool’s gold mouthpiece the hollow horn Plays wasted words, proves to warn That he not busy being born is busy dying
(It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding)
Incidentally, I came across a potential source for the opening image the other day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Englands_Dark_Day
And for fun, here's my favourite of my own lyrics:
I feel this way, though it's no fun For you don't give a flying fee-fie-foe-fum So I won't act like I've got the facts wholly Some monopoly on melancholy Coz love is heedless, not convenient It's only for the needlessly extravagant
Guitar: Jimi Hendrix Bass: Jaco Pastorius Drums: ?uestlove Vox: Prince
Guitar: Prince Bass: Prince Drums: Prince Vox: Prince
The beat is solid, beefy enough to pump but simple enough to allow the rappers to take flight front and centre. I think Yelawolf's verse is one the strongest in the joint, it builds up the energy and leads nicely into Danny Brown's wacked-out mini climax, then Action Bronson ices the dynamics a bit before Big K.R.I.T takes it on home.