This song absolutely saved the end of my day. Do yourself a favor and hit play.
“David Peel (born David Michael Rosario) is a New York-based musician who first recorded in the late 1960s with Harold Black, Billy Joe White, and Larry Adam performing as David Peel and The Lower East Side Band. His raw, acoustic “street rock” with lyrics about marijuana and “bad cops” appealed mostly to hippies.”
Last month I sat down for a long overdue lunch with jaybushman during which I learned I may have been a little too quiet (STOP LAUGHING) about something cool I did, long ago in the pre-Ice Age of the internet.
Jay and I were catching up and talking about Hashtag Hamlet, the cool new…
it was because of Shana and Uncharted that I joined Twitter in April of 2007
Untrained civilians are fighting small-scale wars against entire oppressive governments in Kiev and Caracas. I considered writing a letter to my congressman once, but Outlook crashed so I watched re-runs of Supernatural instead.
I am not a pacifist. I am kind, friendly, rational, and empathetic. I will shake your hand, I respect strangers, and I love my mother - but I also recognize that on extremely rare occasions a handful of people deserve to get punched in the mouth.
She said, “The editor is going to need a brief description of your writing style.”
I brushed my teeth and thought about it.
I returned to my computer and typed, “Imagine if Mitch Albom and Henry Rollins were fighting while Dan Savage and Bukowski were jerking each other off in the corner while the jukebox alternated between God Save The Queen and Dear Mama - I would be the little kid outside of that club petting feral cats and screaming about how I should be on the list.”
“Prince. Prince attended one of my concerts in Minnesota. I remember seeing him sitting in the front row when he was very young. He must have been about 15. He was in an aisle seat and he had unusually big eyes. He watched the whole show with his collar up, looking side to side. You couldn’t miss him—he was a little Prince-ling. [Laughs.] Prince used to write me fan mail with all of the U’s and hearts that way that he writes. And the office took it as mail from the lunatic fringe and just tossed it! [Laughs.]”—Joni Mitchell in a interview with NY Magazine (she was asked, “But even when you were somewhat obscure, so many musicians were citing you as an influence or even name-checking you in songs. Of all the musicians and rappers who have cited you as an influence, whose work do you appreciate most?”)
Perfect tonic to tune out the world today. I’ll be listening to this one for a long time. Janelle has a great talent of maintaining a sonic through-line to tie her albums together while delivering something that is both totally new but comfortably familiar.
until 1979 homosexuality was classed as an illness in sweden so you could call in sick bc you had the hots for paper boy in the morning
Ellie, I’m disappointed in you, you left out the best part. The reason they took it out in 1979 was because, to protest it, a shitton of people actually did. They’d get calls upon calls upon calls with “I can’t come in today, I’m feeling pretty gay”
that’s making lemonade spritzer cocktails out of lemons.
“Education is the business of shaping people. It works, however subtly, toward an ideal. At various points, the ideal products of the American school system have been extroverts and right-handed children. (Lefties were believed to show signs of “neurological insult or physical malfunctioning” and had to be broken of their natural tendency.) Individuality has had its moments as well. In the 1930s, for instance, educators made huge efforts to find out what motivated unique students to keep them from dropping out because no jobs existed for them to drop into. Yet here in 2013, even as the United States faces pressure to “win the future,” the American education system has swung in the opposite direction, toward the commodified data-driven ideas promoted by Frederick Winslow Taylor, who at the turn of the century did time-motion studies of laborers carrying bricks to figure out how people worked most efficiently. Borrowing Taylor’s ideas, school was not designed then to foster free thinkers. Nor is it now, thanks to how teacher pay and job security have been tied to student performance on standardized tests. “What we’re teaching today is obedience, conformity, following orders,” says the education historian Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System. “We’re certainly not teaching kids to think outside the box.” The motto of the so-called school-reform movement is: No Excuses. “The message is: It’s up to you. Grit means it’s your problem. Just bear down and do what you have to do.””—Elizabeth Weil, Self-Regulation: American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids (via stoweboyd)
Was just going to shut down to leave the office, but I can’t cut Roberta short. I remember being a punk kid and hearing about a “gay movie.” I couldn’t see it, but listening to the song was a touchstone for 9-year-old me and this thing inside me that i didn’t understand.
“It’s not that the sacred is here and the profane is over there. Everything is profane if you live on the surface of it, and everything is sacred if you go into the depths of it - even your sin.”—Richard Rohr (via bureauduroi)