Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Diffrt Grl

Sunday, June 5th, 2022

Composed and produced during the 2016s, aka 2015-2019. Not representative of the current mood, but I wanted to ship it because that’s how it is. Bang. NEXT

Bernard Wright

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

He is the kind of musician and American man that has been around me in the most craziest ways.

First, his 1985 megahit “Who Do You Love” that was on the radio worldwide from when it came out to the mid 90s. Just a beautiful, simple, unique pop song.

Then it’s 1995, Skee-Lo’s I Wish is super popular, samples Bernard’s Spinnin’ song. The music video is happening on the very playground where I have been playing basketball for eight years now.

I discovered the sample on my own in the 2000s by learning Marcus Miller’s basslines and being like “HOLUUUP”.

At that time I also read a lot about those super funky cats playing badass grooves in Jamaica, Queens. Bernard Wright, Don Blackman, Marcus Miller, Tom Browne, Lenny White, Toni Smith… Not only those mfs were monster musicians, but they created those samples used everywhere in 90s hip-hop.

The sad part is that they are leaving this planet. Toni, Don and now Bernard.

Bernard toured with my love Meshell Ndgeocello. He was the musical director for Roberta Flack. A prodigy, probably a tormented life –he started touring at 13 but probably a good soul.

58 is so young for a musician. You can still learn new chords in your seventies. Rest in Power, brother.

Vanjess

Sunday, April 17th, 2022

This song was rotating often last year when I was patiently waiting for my vaccine turn.

I loved Vanjess’s album. Nine tracks that just flow by when you’re busy at home.

(also watched)

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

I watched a bit of the first episode of The Beatles: Get Back, until Paul actually creates the song Get Back.

It happens in the morning and it’s so awesome to see his mind work around his bassline, repeating the line, finding a quick melody on top, then words. He knows he has something and wants it, chipping away.

I’m not a Beatles fan but I imagine this must feel so great to see the creative process when you are one.

It makes me want to see the same quality footage of recording of albums or hot R&B #1 songs from the Isley Brothers, Parliament, Erykah Badu, Dilla or Midnight Star. Man, I wish I could see that stuff. There’s probably some footage here and there but nothing like the Beatles have.

Meaningless numbers

Sunday, April 10th, 2022

LMAO

Adriano Ferreira da Silva Filho, a 19-year-old fan from Ilhabela, a beach town in the state of São Paulo, told Rest of World that he wanted to boost “Envolver”’s popularity as a means of paying back an artist who was influential in his life. So, Filho created a series of different playlists to play the song over 2,000 times a day using his laptop and two cellphones to be able to have them all playing simultaneously from different usernames.

“If you only play the track on repeat, Spotify doesn’t count it as a stream,” Filho explained. “They think it’s a bot. So, you have to create a playlist with different tracks and alternate them with the one you want to boost.”

All numbers on platforms are fake or fake-ish. Number of followers, likes, plays, views? All fake. Database 0s and 1s that can be edited however one is pleased. All those numbers are gamed.

I’ve seen someone with half a million followers on Twitter get 3 RTs in four hours. For something about her business. That makes no sense.

Those numbers have zero value, are constantly manipulated and far too many people OBSESS about them.

You’re obsessing about the void, a black box designed for retention, dear. No status here. Focus.

Jungle Vibes

Sunday, April 3rd, 2022

Some 177bpm bass for your senses.

Blurry now

Sunday, March 27th, 2022

“This was the dawn of a new digital-era way of experiencing time, something we’ve since become totally familiar with. And every gain in consumer-empowering convenience has come at the cost of disempowering the power of art to dominate our attention, to induce a state of aesthetic surrender. Which means that our gain is also our loss. It is also becoming very clear that the brittle temporality of networked life is not good for our psychological well-being; it makes us restless, erodes our ability to focus and be in the moment. We are always interrupting ourselves, disrupting the flow of experience.”

Simon Reynolds in Retromania.

Bro. It really explains well how ten years later we are now slugging through mountains of art and entertainment, how we are basically intellectual zombies. My good friend R was telling me last week how he downloaded a new album and listened to it without listening to it. How he didn’t understand what had changed, why he didn’t enjoy music as much as before (he’s a big music fan).

We have too much. We don’t make any choices. We are drowning.

And it feels like there is no end. It’s one of the most bizarre thing about the West today.

Retrofandom

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

“It’s not that nothing happened in the music of the 2000s. In many ways, there was a manic bustle of micro-trends, subgenres and recombinant styles. But by far the most momentous transformations related to our modes of consumption and distribution, and these have encouraged the escalation of retromania. We’ve become victims of our ever-increasing capacity to store, organize, instantly access, and share vast amounts of cultural data. Not only has there never before been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its immediate past, but there has never before been a society that is able to access the immediate past so easily and so copiously.”

Reading Retromania by Simon Reynolds.

Lots to ponder here. Implications about the now, the future, how it relates to the world we’re in. It’s fascinating.

This book was written ten years ago and Bruno Mars (and so many others, including myself) is still doing 70s/80s stuff. I keep thinking that in terms of core values, those two decades are peak musicianship: from influences to straight samples, the 1970s and 1980s boast the biggest, tastiest meal of all.

We’re still eating at that table. And that’s fine. Or is it?

Epic x Bandcamp

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Interesting.

Why would Epic do that? They have enormous platforms with Fortnite and the Unreal game toolchain. They did deals with the music industry –concerts with millions in Epic’s metaverse- but I bet the majors were too slow for a software company. Plus, the majors are risk averse which is the opposite of game development. Just not the same mindset.

Enters Bandcamp. Bandcamp has been doing its thing since the beginning and I’ve always loved the platform. Tons of great, diverse music, but also (probably) tons of legal issues with sampling. Because they’ve been small, the copyright holders never went at the indie company. The indie company grew and is quite popular these days, attracting eyes.

So Epic x Bandcamp makes sense. Epic gets to promote ready-to-roll indie artists in their metaverse, and legally and financially protect Bandcamp. They also now own an unlimited amount of music for any of their products, ala Sketchfab. This is pretty great for streamers (and Bandcamp artists).

The possibilities for virality –the mother of all filthy profits these days- through crossovers are definitely huge.

Now as usual with monopolies and powerful companies, there’s a risk for Epic to misbehave and abuse their position. For now though, we can’t say much.

My bandcamp page.

Still one of the most disrespectful thing ever on the internet

Saturday, February 26th, 2022

Screenshot taken in 2018.

Like, HWAT? I mean I just played the portion that I can’t seek backward, in a democracy. What else do you want?