Laughter

the human race has one really effective weapon


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Killer Mike, Ferguson MO, Michael Brown

Killer Mike in USA Today:

As recent research has revealed, rap lyrics have been introduced as evidence of a defendant’s criminal behavior in hundreds of cases nationwide, frequently leading to convictions that are based on prosecutors’ blatant mischaracterizations of the genre. Ignoring many of the elements that signal rap as form of artistic expression, such as rappers’ use of stage names or their frequent use of metaphor and hyperbole, prosecutors will present rap as literal autobiography. In effect, they ask jurors to suspend the distinction between author and narrator, reality and fiction, to secure guilty verdicts.

And on CNN:


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The Monthly List: March’s Top 10 (or 11)

from Burritt's Geography of the Heavens, 1856

from Burritt’s Geography of the Heavens, 1856

Back after a short vacation. In the wake of Jason Molina’s death, I listened to almost nothing but Magnolia Electric Co., Songs: Ohia, and Jason Molina solo records. It’d been forever since I listened to much singer/songwriter stuff, so April turned into something of a binge.

I hosted the Brainwashed Podcast dedicated to Jason Molina last month, and on March 26th I hosted a two hour Molina tribute show on WZBC. I recorded almost the entire show and may post it soon, at least for a little while. If you happened to tune in but haven’t checked out Archive.org yet, you should. I pulled all the live performances from bootlegs freely—and legally—available on that site.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. Others may be available. If you like any of the samples I link to, please buy the album. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.


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Killer Mike, “Reagan”

ronaldreagan_largeI’ve watched the video for Killer Mike’s “Reagan” over and over again for the last two or three weeks (along with “Untitled”) and become obsessed with it. Both are great videos with even better songs and both are from R.A.P. Music, virtually the only 2012 album from the pop/rock/rap axis that I care about.* But the lyrics to “Reagan” in particular are some of the best I’ve heard in a long time in any genre, so I posted the video and some excerpts below. Check it out and pay close attention, then go buy the album. I came to it late, but R.A.P. Music is definitely one of the best albums released this year.

We should be indicted for bullshit we inciting
Hand the children death and pretend that it’s exciting
We are advertisements for agony and pain
We exploit the youth, we tell them to join a gang
We tell them dope stories, introduce them to the game
Just like Oliver North introduced us to cocaine
In the 80’s when the bricks came on military planes

But thanks to Reaganomics, prisons turned to profits
Cause free labor is the cornerstone of US economics
Cause slavery was abolished, unless you are in prison
You think I am bullshitting, then read the 13th Amendment
Involuntary servitude and slavery it prohibits
That’s why they giving drug offenders time in double digits
Ronald Reagan was an actor, not at all a factor
Just an employee of the country’s real masters
Just like the Bushes, Clinton and Obama
Just another talking head telling lies on teleprompters

I leave you with four words: I’m glad Reagan dead

*except for that Jason Molina 10″, but I haven’t heard that yet.