A Little Slice of My Musical Life

Just because it’s Thursday – The Blues in different generations Ain’t no Love in the Heart of the City – Little Milton – Make Me Cry Albert Collins – If Trouble Was Money- Otis Rush – Non-electric blues – Lightnin Hopkins for the early 60’s – From the early 50’s – Son House – And […]

via I’ll Play the Blues For You — Btx3’s Blog

10 Worst 80’s Videos

There were a lot of really dumb videos in the 80s, and I watched plenty of them. There wasn’t a whole lot else to do on hose long nights of babysitting because there wasn’t any internet. There was however plenty of cable, and MTV

1. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats

Of all the dumb videos released in that era, this is one of the absolute dumbest. Our opinions may vary on which video should be in the number one slot but I think we can all agree, that this particular one is deeply stupid, with images completely unrelated to the song, horrible acting and lip syncing, and even the song sucked. I think Safety Dance qualifies on all criteria  of stupid.

 

2. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

The song is stupid, but at least kind of fun. The video is equally asinine, but also kind of fun. This makes number two, on the list, because this artist was a total one hit wonder and I kinda like the remixes. I never saw, or heard from this singer again, after this song completely took over the airwaves for one whole-ass Summer.

3. Rock Me Tonight – Billy Squier

Oh, boy! This video is bad, bad, bad. I mean laughably bad. You may not be able to sit through this, because I had to stop and catch my breath, about halfway through it. I’ve never been a Billy Squier fan, but this song isnt really all that bad, nevertheless, I’m glad I didn’t have to subject myself to this video beyond the first time I saw it, and this week. I make these big, mental, sacrifices, so I can bring you the quality entertainment, y’all are asking for…

 

4. 99 Luft Balloons – Nena

I just realized this heading looks like “Luft balloons for 4.99”, which  makes just about as much sense as this song. But at least balloons are in the video, I guess. No, it makes no sense,and is basically a bad concert video. Its also  possible it’s some type of German thing that doesn’t translate well to English, so it kinda gets a pass, but not too much, because I still hate it. I know it must be puzzling to millennials, the types of videos and songs, we were willing to sit through, in the 80s.

 

5. All Cried Out – Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam

I am one of those people who’s a sucker for a sad song, and the reason this is so far down on this list is because I actually like this one. The reason it’s on the list  is because the video is just as trite and maudlin as you could imagine, with all of the emotions carefully displayed for the viewer. I think the only thing the director left out was the singer pointing at the viewer, and then herself.

 

6. Wild Boys – Duran Duran

I am total trash for this Duran Duran, (and The Police), and I liked some of the other videos they made, like Rio, and Hungry Like the Wolf, but this one is both ugly and stupid. The song is alright, but whoever made this video needed to stop watching those Mad Max movies. Now that I think about it, every post-apocalyptic anything after Mad Max, was basically riffing off that movie.

 

7.Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

You may remember this as Dean Winchester’s favorite song, the one we saw him lip syncing to, at the end of the episode Yellow Fever. That particular scene is about a million times better than this video. I actually like this song, and love to sing it in my car especially, but  I just can’t, with this video.

 

 

8. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

I got no problem with the song, but this video is both creepy and stupid, and  is the fulfillment of every 80s music video (and movie) cliche ever invented. Creepy singing kids ? Check! Wind blowing everything? Check! Gauzy nightgowns?Check!  Running through the dark  in a gauzy, windblown, nightgown? Check! Whatever you do, do not listen to this song first thing in the morning, because it’s totally extra.

 

9. Come on Eileen  – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

This song was recently featured in an episode of Preacher, where both Tulip and Cassidy both admitedt that this song is deeply stupid. They are not wrong. I actually like the song, but this makes the list, because yeah, the song is stupid, and I hate the band name, and there is waay too much use of overalls in this video.

 

10. Cherry Pie – Warrant

Oh boy! I hate everything about this song, the video, the band, the lyrics…all of it. It’s a nasty, dumb video, and song, made by nasty, dumb men.

 

 Summer of 2017 Playlist

These are the songs that are blowing up on my MP3 player, usually while driving anywhere.  I’m there for anything with a good beat, but sometimes you need some calm go-to-sleep type stuff, too. I think you’ll begin to notice a theme in my choices. Truthfully, I get a lot of my musical obsessions from TV, movies, and Youtube, as I dont listen to the radio. Almost none of these songs are on the radio.

 

Legend Has It – Run the Jewels 

This is the theme from the Black Panther trailer. I immediately fell in love with it. So did a lot of other people, I guess, because Run The Jewels is, as Marilyn Manson would sing,  “the new shit”.

 

Papillion/ The Other Woman/Get Up – Mounika

The French Mounika, (and I don’t know if this is a group or just a person), crafts some of the most relaxing, and hippest, music for reading, knitting, or studying. I say craft because it mostly consists of some remixed sample beats.  Mounika is for when I’m reading or knitting.

 

Hurt – Johnny Cash

Very few of Johnny Cash songs don’t make me cry. I just love how it starts off soft but then becomes a song  of strength and defiance while keeping the same mood. This is the theme song from Logan, which is quite possibly one of the saddest superhero movies, ever. You’re gonna need to pull out some tissues for this song, too.

 

Sledgehammer – Rihanna

I’ve developed a new appreciation for Rihanna. I love the passion in this song. Its like a 21st century version of “I Will Survive”. This is the theme from the last Star Trek movie, which I really enjoyed. I like how she tried to capture the mood of the movie in both the song and the accompanying video. It turns out that Rihanna is a SciFi geek, too. That’s my girl!

 

Only Human – Rag & Bone Man

I’d never heard of this singer before this song was used in the opening credits of Into the Badland’s second season. It reminds me of the main character, Sunny. If you haven’t watched this show, I’ve done full reviews of both seasons, and its available on Netflix.

 

Morning Noon and Night – Ryan Shaw

I love old school R&B, and Ryan Shaw totally captures the feel of  70s Soul music, with just enough touch of a modern edge. This is also one of my Mom’s favorite singers right now, along with, oddly enough, Childish Gambino’s Redbone.

 

Redbone – Childish Gambino

I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to this singer, until his show, Atlanta, blew up, and then I had to go back and take a listen. You might know Childish better as Donald Glover, who also plays Aaron Davis in Spiderman Homecoming. This song was featured in the end titles of the movie Get Out. My Mom loves it because it sounds like Prince, and she misses him.

 

Way Down We Go – Kaleo

I just love this song. I know nothing about the singer, but ihe successfully captures the mood of the movie, Logan.

 

Better Love – Hozier

This song is from that deeply stupid Tarzan movie but I don’t care. Sometimes you just love cheesy love songs, and Hozier writes some of the best.

 

Thunder – Imagine Dragons

Aaaaahhhhhh! Yes, I am an Imagine dragons fan. I can’t explain it. Their music just works for me. I have crafted some great images in my head to this song, which really needs to be used in a movie.

 

Gangsta – Kehlani

This song is from Suicide Squad. I don’t normally listen to this type of music, but the scene where it was used in the movie, just sticks with me, and I liked the melody. The dub remix sounds even better.

 

Ghost in the Shell (Steve Aoki Remix)

I didn’t see the live action movie, and aint lookin’ to do that anytime soon, but I loved the original movie and have an entire playlist of remixes of the title theme. This one just joined the list.

 

Because I’m Me – The Avalanches

I cam across this video while looking through some other Avalanches videos and its sooo cute! I just love the lovelorn little boy in the video, Wallace, who is trying so hard to give his heart to this thoroughly unimpressed woman, who is just trying to get through her day.

But I also love it for sampling that 7o’s song by The Honey Cone, called Want Ads

 

Are You Down Remix – Marian Hill

The Potato loves to listen to this in the car. Marian Hill is another very soothing and relaxing singer. This is great for when you need soft sounds for concentrating on some other activity, like driving.

 

 

 

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Hey! I got some great reading material for your weekend. 

History of Dance Music

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*Actually pretty much all of the Popular musical styles originated in marginalized communities. I was inspired by someone asking a question on Tumblr on why Disco died. The answer is that Disco didn’t actually die, it simply went back underground, and morphed into something else.

http://gawker.com/frankie-knuckles-discos-revenge-and-gay-black-music-1556413442

https://thump.vice.com/en_us/article/aeqxwz/dance-pride-the-gay-origins-of-dance-music

https://djmag.com/content/special-feature-gay-dna-house-music

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/35892/1/chicago-house-lgbtq-history-documentary

View at Medium.com

https://www.univie.ac.at/Anglistik/webprojects/LiveMiss/Chicago-House/house-text.htm

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*This is about the White male backlash against Disco. There are a number of reasons why there was such a backlash, but what I’ve noticed is that its a pattern that keeps repeating itself through US history. A marginalized community creates a musical style that becomes very popular, which is then followed by an urge to contain and control that music, by the preceding generation, when its adopted by their children.

https://aeon.co/ideas/the-night-when-straight-white-males-tried-to-kill-disco

http://www.thedailybeast.com/of-gamers-gates-and-disco-demolition-the-roots-of-reactionary-rage

*This article chronicles how the backlash against Disco was tied into homophobia and racism:

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/224099

*This video by Sut Jhally, which lasts about an hour, discusses the misogyny of  behind so many poplar musical styles, but pays particualr attention to Rock N Roll. Warning this is NSFW:

https://thoughtmaybe.com/dreamworlds-desire-sex-and-power-in-music-videos/

 

At the Movies

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-panther-costume-designer_us_593ff13ee4b02402687cd1d2

<em>The Magnificent Seven</em> vs. The Historical Negationism of Westerns

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/10/how-the-west-was-lost/502850/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/predator-oral-history-arnold-schwarzenegger-film-1014132

http://www.theroot.com/sophia-coppolas-blatant-erasure-of-black-women-in-the-b-1796386121

https://www.villagevoice.com/2016/10/13/the-men-who-were-the-thing-look-back-on-a-modern-horror-classic/

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/alien-xenomorph-actor

 

Sex and Gender

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Articles on Gender and Sexual expression will always get a read from me. I just find the topic fascinating. Apparently, so do a lot of other people.

*An article about the “Berdache” gender among American Plains Natives Cultures:

http://plainshumanities.unl.edu/encyclopedia/doc/egp.gen.004

*This one is about how  much freer men were in the past, to express affection for one another.  The most distracting thing in these photos for me was the smoking of cigars. I found the cigar smoking to be kinda weird. We hardly ever see that kind of thing now.

https://truewestmagazine.com/homos-on-the-range/

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/07/29/bosom-buddies-a-photo-history-of-male-affection/

*I found this great article on Gender expression in other cultures throughout history:

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http://www.teenvogue.com/story/gender-variance-around-the-world?mbid=social_facebook

 

And the obligatory Fandom Racism post:

http://beatrice-otter.dreamwidth.org/343325.html

Musical Interlude: Kuliko Jana

First some background: The original singers of this popular song was an  Afro-Pop group called Sauti Sol, who are the Kenyan equivalent of Boyz II Men. They’ve been around since 2005, but I only just discovered them when this song came across my Tumbr dashboard. In it, this  school choir was singing this song with Sauti Sol. I immediately fell in love with this song which had been released, by Sauti Sol, sometime a couple of years ago,  on the album, To Live and Die in Afrika.

For those of you who are already in the know about these things, thanks for posting this on my dash, and I can see why you love them. I’m not a religious woman  but that doesn’t mean I can’t be moved by religious music. This is very possibly one of the most beautiful church songs, I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to.

The choir that sings in the first video is the Upper Hill School Boys Choir, from the Redfourth Academy of Music in Kenya, and they are wonderfully expressive.

Please, check out all their videos on Youtube, and subscribe.

 

And this is a version by the original artist, Sauti Sol:

 

More than Yesterday

Jesus is my savior, and then my leader
He loves me more today than yesterday
His blessings are endless, he changes not like human does
He loves me more today than yesterday
More than Yesterday
More than Yesterday
Jesus love me more today than yesterday
More than Yesterday
More than Yesterday
Jesus love me more today than yesterday
I pray to you Lord to forgive them
If only they knew how much you loved me, they’d not mock me
And to my enemies I wish a long life, so that they see you bless me
Know that human beings are surprising
The rejected Jesus thrice before the cock crowed
Know that human beings are surprising
They crucified Jesus the Messiah without hesitation
Jesus is my savior, and then my leader
He loves me more today than yesterday
His blessings are endless, he changes not like human does
He loves me more today than yesterday
More than Yesterday
More than Yesterday
Jesus love me more today than yesterday
More than Yesterday
More than Yesterday
Jesus love me more today than yesterday
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
The Lord is my savior, and then my deliverer
He loves me more today than yesterday
His blessings are endless, he changes not like human does
He loves me more today than yesterday
More than Yesterday
More than Yesterday
Jesus love me more today than yesterday
More than Yesterday
More than Yesterday
Jesus love me more today than yesterday
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
You are the one I depend on, in death or sickness I depend on you father
For anything that hinders me, from getting into heaven you will remove fore me
The Lord is my savior, and then my deliverer
He loves me more today than yesterday
His blessings are endless, he changes not like human does
He loves me more today than yesterday
More than Yesterday
More than Yesterday
Jesus love me more today than yesterday
More than Yesterday
More than Yesterday
Jesus love me more today than yesterday
Kuliko Jana
Bwana ni mwokozi wangu, Tena ni kiongozi wangu
Ananipenda leo kuliko jana
Baraka zake hazikwishi, si kama binadamu habadiliki
Ananipenda leo kuliko jana
Kuliko Jana
Kuliko Jana
Yesu nipende leo kuliko jana
Kuliko Jana
Kuliko Jana
Yesu nipende leo kuliko jana
Nakuomba Mungu awasamehe
Wangalijua jinsi unavyonipenda mimi wasingenisema
Na maadui wangu nawaombe maisha marefu, wazidi kuona ukinibariki
Ujue binadamu ni waajabu sana
Walimkana Yesu mara tatu kabla jogoo kuwika
Ujue binadamu ni waajabu sana
Walimsulubisha Yesu Messiah bila kusita
Bwana ni mwokozi wangu, Tena ni kiongozi wangu
Ananipenda leo kuliko jana
Baraka zake hazikwishi, si kama binadamu habadiliki
Ananipenda leo kuliko jana
Kuliko Jana
Kuliko Jana
Yesu nipende leo kuliko jana
Kuliko Jana
Kuliko Jana
Yesu nipende leo kuliko jana
Wewe ndio nategemea, Kufa kupona baba nakutegemea
Chochote kitanikatsia, kuingia mbinguni utaniondolea (oooh oooh yeah)
Wewe ndio nategemea, (amen) Kufa kupona baba nakutegemea (oh oh)
Chochote kitanikatsia, kuingia mbinguni utaniondolea (wewe, ndio nategemea)
Wewe ndio nategemea, Kufa kupona ndio nategemea (Eh bwana)
Chochote kitanikatsia, kuingia mbinguni utaniondolea (Eh, maisha yangu yote)
Wewe ndio nategemea, (kwa nguvu zangu zote), kufa kupona baba nakutegemea (nakutegemea)
Chochote kitanikatsia, kuingia mbinguni utaniondolea (oooooooh)
Bwana ni mwokozi wangu, Tena ni mkombozi wangu
Ananipenda leo kuliko jana
Baraka zake hazikwishi, si kama binadamu habadiliki
Ananipenda leo kuliko jana
Kuliko Jana
Kuliko Jana
Yesu nipende leo kuliko jana
Kuliko Jana
Kuliko Jana
Yesu nipende leo kuliko jana
Wewe ndio nategemea (wewe), kufa kupona baba nakutegemea (wewe)
Chochote kitanikatsia (uh-huh), kuingia mbinguni utaniondolea
Wewe ndio nategemea (oooh), kufa kupona baba nakutegemea (nakutegemea)
Chochote kitanikatsia kuingia mbinguni utaniondolea
Bwana ni mwokozi wangu, Tena ni mkombozi wangu
Ananipenda leo kuliko jana
Baraka zake hazikwishi, si kama binadamu habadiliki
Ananipenda leo kuliko jana
Kuliko Jana
Kuliko Jana
Nipende leo Kuliko Jana
Submitted by John_the_User on Sat, 17/09/2016 – 08:47

Ofra Haza

This is my musical interlude for the week, while I work on some stuff, I’ve got coming up soon. I keep having to remind myself there’s no schedule for any of these posts. I don’t have to do them right away or in a timely fashion, as this is for fun, and not my job. But my inner Type A won’t shut the Hell up, so I will continue to have anxieties about late posts, I guess.

I first discovered Ofra at the tail end of her popularity in the early 90’s. My roommate had an album of Ofra Haza’s remixes ,of which Galbi and Im Nin Alu were my two favorites. Subsequently, that album did, in fact, go  missing (into my collection), after I “borrowed” it.

Ofra Haza was born in Tel Aviv, of Yemenite Jewish ancestry. She has since passed on. She died in 2000 of AIDS related pneumonia.

Kip Adotta

Kip Adotta is a Cleveland comedian mostly famous for a bunch of parody songs written during the eighties and nineties. He was one of my favorite comedians growing up. The first time I heard the song Wet Dream, I think I was about 14, and  it just tickled the Hell out of me.

For some reason Kip likes to appear in his music videos dressed in a fedora and trenchcoat, but do’nt hold that against him. He’s actually pretty funny. If you like ridiculous puns and juvenile whimsy, he’s your guy.

If you’re old enough to remember The Dr. Demento show, then you will probably remember at least a couple of these songs.

 

 

Luke Cage: Shouting Out

There’s gonna be some spoilers here, just like  all the Luke Cage stuff I post. Lots and lots of spoilers. So if you haven’t watched the series, but plan to, read at your own risk.

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The opening credits  reminded me  of the legend of John Henry, as images of city buildings are transposed over the muscular body of Luke Cage. They’re also in keeping with the general aesthetic of the Netflix MCU  opening credits. The plot itself is a typical MCU tv series plot. You have a protagonist who isn’t looking to be a hero because of some past betrayal or trauma, the nemesis who is personal to the hero and wants to take him or her down, various side characters the hero might have to save or become deeply important to them during the series run, the hero becomes increasingly endangered, the eventual takedown of their nemesis, usually during a big fight scene. 

It’s a typical MCU plot. But it’s the stuff layered over this basic plot, the characterizations, and background scenery, that makes Luke Cage extraordinary for Marvel. We get sounds and images not seen in any of the other MCU projects. For example:

Luke Cage is a reader. (I haven’t read too much about the literary mentions in this  series, but I  have read most of the authors mentioned in the show, and was hoping for some articles on the subject.) We see Luke reading in the barbershop in which he works. Walter Mosely, Donald Goines, and  Chester Himes all get shoututs while Luke helps Pop at his barbershop, which is a fitting base of operations for him, as such shops (beauty parlours for the women) are often the cornerstones, and information warehouses, for a neighborhood.

 Pops is partial to the vigilante, Kenyatta, created by Donald Goines, while Luke prefers the characters of  Chester Himes, and we can see him reading one of Walter Mosley’s books in this opening scene, when he mentions he’s a fan of Easy Rawlings, the character from Devil in a Blue Dress. Later, he mentions Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch. All of these writers specialize in writing great American hero thrillers, involving Detectives, and various independents, fighting corrupt systems. Basically they’re heroic power fantasies, like comic books but without the superpowers and costumes, and the show does have the flavor of such novels, and contains plot points right out of a few of them. 

Contrast Luke’s reading material with Cottonmouth’s and Diamondback’s influences, neither of whom we see doing a lot of reading. He and Diamondback are fans of Green’s 48 Laws of Power, with several mentions of the movie, New Jack City, which was also about a Black man making criminal power plays in his neighborhood. I’ve  read Robert Green, and no, it is not an instruction manual on how to live, any  more than Machiavelli ‘s The Prince . It’s a meant to be a manual about how to recognize when and what power tactics are being used against you. A lot of young men use it as a manual on how to be a better criminal, but  its mostly meant as a way to recognize political corruption, not how to do it. But it’s very popular amongst a certain class of powerless, young, black men, who seek knowledge, and guidance, but don’t have anyone in their life to give them those things. That Diamondback was a fan of that book wasn’t the least surprising to me. 

In fact, I was able to predict a lot of the actions of most of the criminals in the series because a lot of their choices come right out of those books. (Also, I must be pretty criminal minded because a lot of their actions make sense within the idea of impersonal criminal activity.) From who to kill, to who to leave alive, and why. From who to betray, to immediate alliances. The only character whose actions I couldn’t predict were Diamondback’s because he had  deeply personal daddy issues, and was most likely insane. (This series version of The Joker.)

Chess gets referenced a lot in the show, but there are other types of game players.Pops has a permanent chess board set up in the shop and Turk mentions playing in the park. (Chess playing for black people is a little different activity, and a tradition to play it in the park, in NY.)  For contrast look at how Mariah plays the game, vs. how Diamondback plays it. Mariah is always several moves ahead of everyone and  is a total natural. She likes to disguise her moves as something else, and has a focused vision of her future. She is a natural Queen. (The opposing Queen would be Misty, with her nearly supernatural ability to overview and  reconstruct a crime scene). Diamondback is unsubtle and direct, and  most of the chess players (like Shades) are totally stymied by his actions. They think Diamondback is playing chess, when he’s playing something else, ( Hungry Hungry Hippos or gob knows what.)

As for musical references, Luke seems to like Jazz, and old school hip hop from back inna day, (although it’s not unusual for us to have very wide ranging tastes in music, as most of us grow up listening to, and adopting, some of our parents musical tastes, as I did.)  Method Man makes an appearance later in the series, spitting fire about Luke, over the local radio station. The local radio station is also a classic of the socially conscious black movie, (think The Warriors, Do the Right Thing, The Get Down). I’m from the Midwest and  we have that one radio station that everybody in the neighborhood listens to, along with our own homegrown rap stars. (If you’re a fan of Bone Thugs, then you know where I hang.) If you’re a fan of Gang Starr,  then you also know that the series titles are all titles of their songs. I’m not a Gang Starr fan, though. 

Cottonmouth seems  to be a fan of 90s rap. He has a huge poster of Biggie Smalls on the wall of his office, and mentions Tupac and New Jack City. Later he invites Biggie’s wife, Faith Evans to sing in his club, which is only fitting. My favorite stage entertainer was the dapper,  Jidenna, who sang Long Live the Chief. It’s one of my favorite songs and scenes. 

I’m not actually a huge rap music fan, though. I know enough to get by and hold a conversation. I recognized music from The Wu Tang Clan, Tupac, and Public Enemy, but I probably missed about half the musical references. Down below are links clocking all of the biggest musical, and comic book moments, in the series.

Later, we get a little more old school, mellower music, like The Stylistics’ People Make the World Go Round, which is one of my favorite songs. And when Mariah takes over Cottonmouth’s club, we can see she prefers classics  like, The Delfonics (actually Cottonmouth was watching them rehearse). Mariah manages to hire Susan Jones and The Dap Kings, which is one of my favorite retro-groups. She name drops some of her favorite Jazz artists, as does Pop, earlier in the show.

The entire series is basically a love letter to the entirety of Black culture., and the references come fast and furious. It’s almost impossible to catch all of them.  There were some Jazz shoutouts but since I’m not a huge Jazz listener, outside of the biggies, I can’t speak deeply on that at all, but a lot of the music in the series I grew up listening to, and is part of the background story of my life. The producer, Cheo Hodari-Coker, must be in my age range because a lot of the music had resonance for me, and I’m not even a huge rap music fan, like that. I’m pretty sure there were lots of musical references I didn’t  catch. 

On the other hand, I caught most of the comic book references. From Pop calling Luke “Power Man”, as he was called in the books, to Misty pulling down a poster for martial arts training, that was put up by her future partner, Colleen Wing, who will be making her debut in the Iron Fist series. From the mentions of The Incident (the Chitauri invasion in The Avengers), to Diamondback’s outfit, which is a callback to his look in the comic books, to Luke’s headband, and bracelets during the experiment where he got his powers, to Misty Knight’s red outfit, and blowout at the end  of the series, reminiscent of her full out ‘do in the comic books, this series is full of comic book love. 

And most importantly, no Stan Lee cameo.

Here’s a list of the comic book references:

Did ‘Luke Cage’ Break Netflix? Outage Leaves Saturday Bingers In Dark
Here’s a rundown of the most important musical references by episode:

Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’: Every important musical moment

*Please note these links contain spoilers, and that the comments for these websites are not safe for black people to be reading because there’s going to be all manner of white male nonsense in them. Don’t bother to read them if you have a low tolerance for racial foolishness. (Foolishness which the klandom has already gotten started engaging in.)

 

Black People and Heavy Metal

I don’t often talk about my musical tastes so blatantly on this blog, but I was inspired to write this post by one of my regular  commentors, Sapphire Yagami (HI!) who asserted that there weren’t many Black people involved in Metal music or listened to it. I disagreed, saying that most of us probably just don’t tell anyone for fear of being ridiculed by other Black people.

But she did have a point. There’s a contentious relationship between the African American community and Heavy Metal music. I know I got my share of ridicule and side- eye when I told other Black people I enjoyed Motorhead. Once when I was in the library looking over the Rock section, a young Black  man asked me what I was listening to. When I told him I was listening to Anthrax’s Among the Living, I got such a look of contempt from him, that I’ve never forgotten it.

Sapphire asserts that Black people tend to  view Metal as evil or Satanic. This is probably thanks to media stereotypes about the musical style.There are all kinds of Metal just like there’s all kinds of Rap and you’d think Black people would be able to sympathize with another demonized musical style. But this is a good question, that’s been asked before: Why aren’t there any Black people in Heavy Metal music?

http://www.laweekly.com/music/why-are-there-so-few-african-americans-in-metal-4170143

Nevertheless, there are and have been more than a few:http://www.yellmagazine.com/black-history-month-in-heavy-metal-hard-rock/29121/

The Legacy of African-Americans In Hard Rock And Heavy Metal

Artists of today:

The Butcher Babies

http://www.npr.org/2013/01/04/167707991/the-life-and-liberation-of-a-black-female-metal-fan

http://www.people.com/article/unlocking-the-truth-heavy-metal-times-square-street-teen-band-book

My Favorites:

Marilyn Manson – The New Shit

 

Motorhead – Ace of Spades; Killed by Death;  Rock N Roll

 

Skunk Anansie – Selling Jesus

I first heard this song on the soundtrack to the movie Strange Days.This was the first time I’d ever seen a Black woman performing Metal. I hated the movie because it was so badly written, but it did star Angela Basset, as a bad-ass, limousine chauffeur, who kicks ass,  rescues the White male protagonist (Ralph Fiennes), lives to the end of the movie, and gets the guy too.(This soundtrack also introduced me to Deep Forest.)

 

Anthrax – Among the Living

This song was inspired by The Walking Dude from The Stand. Once you make that connection, you can’t unmake it, I’ve found.

 

 

Prince –  Let’s Go Crazy

Prince didn’t just sing love songs and R&B. A lot of Black folks first real introduction to Hard Rock was through Prince. I love just about anything by this artist.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Living Colour

Onyx

Jimi Hendrix

Ice – T

Lemonade Analysis II (Links)

So, Lemonade has been on continuous play on my hard drive.I have a serious Bey addiction, right now (along with Prince and a couple of rappers, tho’.)

 

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: A Visual Tale of Grief, Resurrection, and Black Female Empowerment

 

In my ongoing quest to annoy as many readers as possible with continuing coverage of what people are saying about Beyonce’s new album here are more links!

Actually I’m fascinated by various peoples interpretations of what the album means to them and what meanings they’ve derived from the music video. Some women felt empowered by it, some women were saddened and triggered by it, and some women had both reactions simultaneously. Keep in mind guys, this is as big a thing for us as the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, only more girly.

 

This is a personal analysis from Floppynugget on Tumblr:

My Rant on Lemonade: Intuition, Denial,  Anger, Apathy, Emptiness,  Accountability, Reformation,  Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope, Redemption

So, I don’t really know how to express my thoughts on Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade without breaking it down through each song. But what I can most definitely say is my favorite part of this film were the interludes in between each song. Each one is visually and aesthetically beautiful, her narration the same.

Catch Me if You Can – The intro and this song captivated me completely into this film (not including the fact that it’s a new visual album from Queen Bey). The cinematography is stunning and the visuals instantly give you the feel that Bey knows something’s up. I love the shots of all the beautiful, black woman staring into the camera and off into the distance, and her monologue complements these shots so well. I particularly loved the shot where she fell from the building into the water the most, to symbolize her drowning in her relationship, as she strips away all the black clothing she is wearing from earlier. I also love the spoken word during this interlude as well. When she steps out of this room, she is a completely different woman than the person she was in the intro song as she “parts the seas” as she exits.

Hold Up – Watching this music video simply makes me happy. This is the warning song for what is to come later on. Bey is angry, even though she has her huge smile throughout the song. Everyone is watching her and doesn’t stop her. One thing I noticed immediately was that the bat had “hot sauce” written on the bat, completely changing what she meant in Formation when she says she has hot sauce in her bag, which I also loved. She’s wearing a flowy feminine bright yellow dress, which is the opposite to how dark and angry she is feeling.

Don’t Hurt Yourself – one of my favorite songs off the album (the whole album is my favorite but still). Gender is completely reversed in this song and it’s so beautifully done. There’s a small speech in between about the “black woman” which flows so perfectly with the feel of the song. (I know I’m sitting her saying this is my favorite song but I don’t have much to say, but we’ll just keep going down the list)

Sorry – More gender reversal, which is everything. I love how Serena Williams is in this song to help add on to the gender reversal. Serena Williams is often joked about as being a “man” on the courts, and seeing her twerk and thrust her hip (which is more of a feminine dance) adds on to the whole gender reversal stuff she has going on. In this music video, Bey doesn’t care, nor has any interest into Jay anymore.

6 Inch Heels – I don’t really have much to say about this song. Don’t get me wrong it’s still amazing and the lyrics and visuals are very dark and eerie, but it isn’t one of my favorites. Bey feels empty after the anger has settled and she is processing her true feelings and goes into a dark period of time in her life.

Daddy Lessons – I love the old fashioned shots, clothing, and settings of this music video. I think this song was added to take away from the whole Bey and Jay-Z controversy, but none the less this song and the shots change the dark feelings of anger from the previous songs and visuals. I think this song was also added to show that her father is responsible as to how she is in her current relationship.

Love Drought – I have re-watched this one way too many times. I love the beautiful lades in formation walking by the water, all in perfect synchronization. It seems like her and the woman are trying to become one with the sea. This is her reformation to the hurt she experienced earlier. Turning the negative towards a positive, even. I also love the breakdown at the end of the song with the white make up that look like tears on her face.

Sandcastles – makes me cry whenever I listen to it (mainly because it reminds me of a past experience). Her vocals are raw and flawless, the visuals of Blue’s drawing just give you so many of the feels, and seeing Jay-Z in this film shows that he is aware of the pain he has caused.

Forward – at this point, I’m already bawling my eyes out from sandcastles and then Bey drops this song along with the haunting visuals. It’s only about a minute and 30 seconds, but it is another one of my favorites off the album.

Freedom – also makes me cry, and also another one of my favorites. Bey starts off singing it to the families seen in Forward. This music video symbolizes hope for what’s to come. She is hoping for freedom, referencing both the movement, Black Lives Matter, and freedom from her relationship as well.

All Night – this song is redemption from her past. it’s adorable, and cute, and we get to see the happy sides to her and Jay’s relationship. We see same sex couples, interracial couples, Bey pregnant, etc. and it’s just a good feel type of song/music video. I may be wrong but it looks as if Beyonce may be in the same field she was in in the first song in some shots, but she is in a much happier place, now that the darkness has been stripped away.

Overall, I am completely obsessed with this visual album, and we all know Becky with the good hair is Rachel Roy kbye

Lemonade Analysis

For those of you who are still geeking out about Beyonce’s new album, some of  the
 first in-depth, analysis  of Lemonade are being written. So, let’s   take a look:
Beyoncé’s “Love Drought” Video, Slavery and the Story of Igbo Landing
  1. [image description: Beyoncé in the music video for “Love Drought” marching into the water followed by a procession of black women]

    Beyoncé’s LEMONADE is filled with incredible artistry and stunning imagery. One of the most striking images for me on the visual album, though, occurs in the video for “Love Drought”. Much has been said about how LEMONADE draws influence from Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, but less has been said in these same conversations about how the story of Igbo Landing is central to Daughters of the Dust and how the story of Igbo Landing- an act of mass resistance against slavery-also shows up in a really pronounced manner in the “Love Drought” Video.

    [Image description: Donovan Nelson’s artistic depiction of Igbo Landing in charcoal. It shows the Igbo slaves marching into a body of water with the water already up to their necks and their eyes closed. Image via Valentine Museum of Art]

    For those who don’t know, Igbo Landing is the location of a mass suicide of Igbo slaves that occurred in 1803 on St. Simons Island, Georgia. As the story goes, a group of Igbo slaves revolted and took control of their slave ship, grounded it on an island, and rather than submit to slavery, proceeded to march into the water while singing in Igbo, drowning themselves in turn. They all chose death over slavery. It was an act of mass resistance against the horrors of slavery and became a legend, particularly amongst the Gullah people living near the site of Igbo Landing.

    Not only is the story of Igbo Landing one of the key themes of Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, which influenced LEMONADE, but its imagery also appears to be central to the “Love Drought” video. In the video, Beyoncé marches into the water followed by a group of black women all in white with black fabric in the shape of a cross across the front of their bodies. They march progressively deeper into the water before pausing and raising all of their hands toward the sunset.

    [Image description: Beyoncé marching into a large body of water by a beach followed by other black women]

    This scene and the video as a whole also occurs in a marshy, swampy landscape, matching African-American folklore descriptions of the location of Igbo Landing. In addition, this is all mixed in with imagery of Beyoncé physically bound in ropes and resisting their pull, which directly evokes slavery, resistance and the events at Igbo Landing for me.

    [Image description: Beyoncé on a beach leaning backward as she appears to be resisting the pull of a taught rope]

    Lastly, I would like to note how Beyoncé and the group of black women she is with very deliberately rose their hands while in the water toward the sunset. For me this recalled how the act of mass resistance at Igbo Landing was mythologized in many African-American communities as either the myth of the “water walking” or “flying” Africans. In the latter legend, the Igbo slaves walked into the water and then flew back to Africa, saving themselves in turn.

    Below is the myth of the “flying Africans” at Igbo Landing as told by Wallace Quarterman, an African-American man born in 1844 who was interviewed by members of the Federal Writers Project in 1930 (via wiki):

    Ain’t you heard about them? Well, at that time Mr. Blue he was the overseer and … Mr. Blue he go down one morning with a long whip for to whip them good… . Anyway, he whipped them good and they got together and stuck that hoe in the field and then rose up in the sky and turned themselves into buzzards and flew right back to Africa… . Everybody knows about them.

    [Image description: Beyoncé and several black women partially submerged in water by a beach and raising their arms toward the setting sun]

    Seeing Beyoncé and a group of black women marching into the water and raising their hands collectively toward the sunset reminded me specifically of this last interpretation of the story of Igbo Landing where the slaves flew to their freedom.

    There are lots of potential interpretations for this video and the visual album as a whole but the core imagery of the “Love Drought” video – marshy landscape matching folklore descriptions of the location of “Igbo Landing,” images of Beyoncé bound in ropes and resisting their pull, a collective march into the water and holding their hands out toward the sky as if they were about to fly away together-basically screamed out to me as the story of Igbo Landing as I watched the video. It’s such a powerful act of mass resistance against slavery and as an Igbo person living today in America, it was moving to see imagery which reminded me strongly of it in LEMONADE as well.

What to read after watching Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

[viaFusion]

“Lemonade” is not simply another “he done me wrong” album or video. The relationship at the heart of the lyrics is a Trojan horse, opening to the shores of black womanhood as healing and salvation.

It’s also obvious that Beyoncé and her collaborators have combed through some college syllabi and taken a few trips to the bookstore. “Lemonade” is basically a video version of Black Feminist Lit 101.

Click through to view the full list.

 

vox.com
Beyoncé’s “Daddy Lessons” is a reminder of country music’s black and West African roots
Bey pushes against country music’s “little white myth.”
By Victoria M. Massie

Not everyone is feeling Beyoncé’s foray into country music with the song “Daddy Lessons” on her new visual album Lemonade, including Country Music Television News contributor Alison Bonaguro.

In a short post on the CMT site, Bonaguro asks, “What’s so country about Beyoncé?”:

Sure, Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade has a song with some yee-haws, a little harmonica and mentions of classic vinyl, rifles and whiskey. But all of the sudden, everyone’s acting like she’s moved to Nashville and announced that she’s country now.

Some Twitter users saw a different problem: Bonaguro can’t hear the black roots of country music.

The subtext of @alisonbonaguro post is that Beyoncé is trying to appropriate country, a genre stolen from Black folks by white folks.

Lemonade stands out both for Beyoncé’s emotional and musical range: She tells the story of heartbreak and self-affirmation through a Kübler-Ross model of griefsung in classic R&B ballads, trap, soul, rock, and also, notably, country music.

This is a testament to Bey’s artistry. But it is also a reflection of the integral part black people have played in American music since its inception across all genres — including country music.

In the visual album, Beyoncé kicks off “Daddy Lessons” singing “Yee-haw” while wearing a voluminous Antebellum-style dress cut from African wax print — paying tribute to her home state Texas and her identity as a person of African descent, which also parallels the origins of country music itself.

Before Nashville was the home of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, country music was a genre borne of African slaves. Indeed, musicologists have traced country music’s iconic banjo back to the ngoni and xalam, plucked stringed instruments rooted in West Africa.

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And yet country music’s “little white myth” persists today because of the erasure of the genre’s black roots and the contributions black artists have made to it over the years. One of the first black icons of country music was DeFord Bailey, an outstanding harmonica player whose hillbilly records in the 1920s drew from the black folk music tradition he grew up with.

In 1962, Ray Charles, one of the fathers of soul music, released Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, the first country record to sell 1 million copies, ushering in the possibility of the sort of pop and country music crossover for which white artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are now celebrated.

“[‘Daddy Lessons’] doesn’t sound like a country song to me,” Bonaguro wrote. That has little to do with Beyoncé and almost everything to do with the way country music’s black voices have been silenced or forgotten.

Source:

Lemonade Linkfarm

<Please see the first post on Lemonade before visiting the links.>

I’m still reeling from the video. I’m a little verklempt! I have to catch up with myself here, so:

Here’s a handy linkspam to all things Lemonade, if you’re up for some reading. Some places, like the Huffington Post, totally got it. Their analysis was on point, some of them, like the previous one mentioned  at Bustle.com, were a little clueless, but most critics loved it, and of course, she slayed her fans.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/beyonce-lemonade-black-women_us_571ccccde4b0d912d5fee4d2

http://m.theybf.com/2016/04/23/quotes-from-beyoncés-lemonade-that-had-us-gasping-in-tears-or-saying-yassss

http://www.vox.com/2016/4/23/11496234/beyonce-lemonade

http://mic.com/articles/141642/here-s-the-malcolm-x-speech-about-black-women-beyonce-sampled-in-lemonade#.7wIGa4Oe0

http://www.complex.com/music/2016/04/beyonce-lemonade-film-essay

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/apr/24/beyonce-lemonade-album-video-black-girl-magic-womanhood-america

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/24/beyonce-calls-out-jay-z-s-cheating-in-lemonade-a-stunning-celebration-of-black-girl-magic.html

A List of songs from Lemonade:

Pray You Catch Me

Hold Up

Dont Hurt Yourself

Sorry

6 Inch

Daddy Lessons (This is the country song everyone’s talking about.  I loved this one. I don’t even listen to country music.

Love Drought

Sandcastles (This is the one that made everyone cry, including me.)

Forward (An anthem for the future.)

Look But Don’t Touch

 

 

Lemonade

For those of you wondering what all the hoopla was about last night, the Queen Bey (Beyonce) dropped her new album, and a long form video, with spoken word poems and music, on HBO, and Tidal. The album is inspirational, spiritual, and dedicated to Black women.

I don’t have the video which is more than an hour long. But it’s a gorgeous visual poem featuring songs from the album and the poetry of Somali poetess, Warsan Shire. The songs cover many styles of music, from Rock to Country. Beyonce talks about her personal relationships and love, early in the video, but later segues into inspiring words and spiritual stories and advice to black mothers, sisters, daughters.

The video has a cast of famous Black females, like Amandla Stenberg, Quvanzhane Wallace, and the mother of Trayvon Martin. People are still analyzing and parsing the video and I’ll have more about that analysis later this week.  The entire thing  was very emotional for me and a lot of other women. It was basically a long poem about how black women are NOT  the unloved, the unlovable and the unloving creatures of the prevailing racist narrative, and that is a beautiful thing for everyone to hear, if you ask me.

Tumblr (and Twitter) are the fastest responders, so here is some of what’s being said  on Tumblr.

This is a link to The artist and poems spoken in the video :

https://warsanshire.bandcamp.com

 

http://wilsontoyourhouse.tumblr.com/

Sorry if this link doesn’t work. The video is available on Vimeo. Keep in my mind it’s an hour long.

 

I knew who Becky was the moment  Beyonce  mentioned her name. 😆😆😆

No, I don’t think we should tell this writer who Becky is! Let them figure it out.

 

And finally:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prince Rogers Nelson

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson Even though the news is minutes old, I’m sure you’ve all heard by now. I still can’t process it fully, and am having serious trouble accepting it, but after following TMZ, then Huffington Post, then Rolling Stone and the New York Times reports, I have to. We all have […]

via R.I.P. Musical Master, Genius and Unforgettable Legend Prince — GOOD BLACK NEWS

I forgot to include this Master,on my playlist. Prince always had a permanent spot on my player, with his own folder, no less. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to see him in concert live, although I watched a few on television, and heard from people who attended His Majesty. It was wild just hearing about it from someone who’d seen him in person. I can’t imagine surviving the actual experience myself. I grew up listening as much to Prince as I did Michael Jackson, and I’m surely gonna miss him.

Well, time for some music!

 

Links to Prince tributes. Pay your respects:

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2016/04/21/say-it-isnt-so/

Jesus, 2016, Let Up Already

Legendary Musician Dead at 57

Prince, RIP: Open Thread

https://abagond.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/in-memoriam-prince/

http://www.citypages.com/music/53-things-you-might-not-know-about-prince-6652547

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/12840898/posts/1002923955

https://btx3.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/prince-rip/

 I also want to add:

Dave Chappelle loved prince and did a skit on his show with Charlie Murphy chronicling Prince’s love of Basketball. Every time I see this skit, I’m reminded of all the things people didn’t know about him. One of those things is that, even at 5’2”,he was formidable basketball player.

My favorite part is the clear disdain Prince expresses towards people who can’t ball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Songs on My Digital Player Now

I mostly listen to the player in the car, now that I’ve stopped riding public transportation. I will listen to damn near any genre of music, every one of which is carefully categorized on my player, according to mood. Most of my musical tastes I get from movies and television shows. If I hear an especially lovely or dancy  piece of music, it goes right to the player. I generally like my music to be positive and upbeat with some nice percussive work, but I do like to mellow out to some Chill or Classical music.

I’d love to get a new touchscreen player but I’m reluctant to get a new one, because it’s so easy to organize the songs on my old one, and the capacities on some of the touch screens is too low for my budget.

In no particular order are some of the songs on my favorites list:

Dessert -Dawin

Bach’s Aria De Capo

I Started a Joke- Movie trailer Theme Song for Suicide Squad

Captain America Winter Soldier-End Credits

Mizumono/Diner Rouge- Hannibal TV Series: This song is so soothing

Take Me to Church – The  Hip Hop Remix

Host of the Seraphim-Dead Can Dance

Oh Death (Hip Hop Remix) –  Jen Titus\

I See Fire (f. Tupac Shakur) –  Ed Sheeran

Time Remix – Inception Theme

 

Theme from Rocky Motion Picture  (Construct Remix)

War Pigs (Tyler Durden Remix) – Ozzy Osbourne

Soul Bossanova – Austin Powers Soundtrack

Papa Loves Mambo – Skeewhiff Remix

I love remixes of classic songs, especially the more upbeat songs. Hip hop and Swing are two of the best combined musical styles. There are DJs who will remix anything! You won’t believe the kind of songs that get the remix online.

I Want to Rest-Skeewhiff: I love anything by Skeewhiff.

Across 110th Street – The Jackie Brown Soundtrack

Hotel California – The Eagles

Someone Like You-Adele

Waiting All Night- Ella Eyre

Let it Be/How Do You Want It Mashup (f. Tupac and The Beatles)

Moon Over Bourbon Street (Remix) – Sting

I Want You Back- Michael Jackson

WTF – Missy Elliott

The Nobodies – Marilyn Manson

Dream On (Hip Hop Remix) – Aerosmith

Formation- Beyonce

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

Everything by Al Green, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Bjork, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, and last but not least, I will listen to anything by Bobby Womack. My current favorite is Harry Hippie, but that could change next week, though.

What’s on your playlist? Hit me up in the comments!

Note: However, if you are listening to a  depressing acoustic version of a great classic song, don’t bother to tell me. Taking a great, upbeat song like Higher Love by Steve Winwood, and turning it into a sad, acoustic version, in order to sell bank accounts, is the one kind of music I absolutely will not listen to.