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New Music: Duck Sauce “aNYway”

Hyping videos that A Culture of Me posted three days ago is the digital age’s equivalent of givin’ a shout-out to Columbus in 2009.  Which we wouldn’t do, because Columbus was a total dick.  However, if you actually have a life outside of internet culture hunting/gathering, maybe you’ll be excited to see (for the first time!) this way-funky video by Duck Sauce:

Duck Sauce makes me think of Rick Dees cookin’ up some haute cuisine.  In reality, it’s a collaboration between A-Trak and Armand Van Helden.  An EP is supposed to be out before the end of the year.

Chris Piercy

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New Music: Death Knelly “DJ Lover”

Our dear friend Chase Jackson, a.k.a. Death Knelly, has posted a video for his brand new song “DJ Lover”.  Before anyone wants to start genre-branding, I’d like to throw out “kitchen-core”.  Only because that name came to me as I was typing that sentence.  AND since my brain is so awesome I post exactly what it gives me.  ANNNNDDDD because everyone loves kitchens.   Anywayz…this is maybe Death Knelly’s catchiest song yet.

The song samples Bumble Bee Unlimited’s “Lady Bug”, a classic disco jam from 1978.  For bonus credit, here’s a fan-made video of that tune:

Check out Death Knelly’s Myspace for more hott traxxx.

Chris Piercy

Christian Marclay (Live)

I apologize to my three readers for being so absent lately.  Organizing the Happyland Music Festival Part 2 took up much of my brain-space for awhile (I’ll post some of those pics here soon).

Here’s a video that should blow you away, and perhaps momentarily distract you from thinking I’m a wretched blogger.

Chris

Death Knelly – “Dancing Feet”

Death Knelly is at it again.  Children, hide your parents.

Chris

Silent Mixtape #2: “Firefly Fables”

Summer06partone 041Photo by Chris Piercy, summer of 2006

I know, I know…it’s time for “summery” and “happy” music.  This mix isn’t trying to shut the propane off at your drunken barbecue or anything, but even during these blissful months of hot dogs, water gun fights, and sweaty one night stands, you still need the occasional come-down.

  1. Califone “Vampiring Again” from Quicksand/Cradlesnakes (2003)
  2. Mojave 3 “Mercy” from Ask Me Tomorrow (1995)
  3. Bark Psychosis “A Street Scene” from Hex (1994)
  4. Rachel’s “Moscow is in the Telephone” from Systems/Layers (2003)
  5. Grouper “Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping” from Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill (2008)
  6. Bedhead “Crushing” from WhatFunLifeWas (1994)
  7. Arthur Russell “A Little Lost” from Another Thought (1994)
  8. Charles Mingus “Profile of Jackie” from Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956)

Chris

Shit Vids: Garth Brooks “Standing Outside the Fire”

When Jezy nominated this video as a “Shit Vids” candidate my first thought was: “Does he hate the mentally challenged?”

I should come clear and admit that the first cassette tape I ever owned was Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind.  To a kid who lived in the country surrounded by pet cows who would regularly bump into our giant satellite dish, rendering it impossible to see “Thundercats” through the static, the album was a godsend.  Why I never became a professional bull rider is still a question I wrestle with every morning as I put the first dip of Skoal in my lip.

Anyway, this video is retarded.  It’s one of those condescending pop culture moments, like I Am Sam, “Life Goes On“, or Sean Hannity’s career, that attempts to show us that mentally challenged people can do anything.  Instead of being a heartwarming inspiration, these things usually just end up being exploitative.  And, or, they gravely misuse Beatles songs.

So, in this video we have a bucolic kid with Downs Syndrome who wants to try out for his high school’s regular track and field event rather than the Special Olympics version.  Mom like this idea.  Dad and coach no like this idea.  Think idea bad idea.

His mother is a constant encouraging force, even going so far as to let the boy nearly run over some high school chicks in her car (0:29).  And you thought Student Drivers were a terrorizing presence on the road!  What the father says at 1:08 is called “foreshadowing”.  Inexplicably, at 1:58, Garth decides this is a Metallica video, complete with fire and The Hetfield Evil Eye.  Or did the kid literally torch his school by running so damn fast?  Make sure you keep watching because at 2:30 comes one of the most dramatic moments in CMT history.  It might also be called “child abuse”.

Chris

Poem: “I Shall Make My Soul Dance”

Now shall I make my soul dance,
stir it to twisting delirium,
this wreck of a body I’ll lift
on high.

A violent luck and embellished instruction
to no more quaint suffering
than a bowl of soup
for strained throat which howled at life
like a mutt chasing cars.

Though our bones mingle,
and my fingers quake,
this is how I shall make my soul
dance
and preach furious chance—
even on Saturdays,
even when god sleeps,
even when the sun dies.

That’s when I shall make my soul dance.

Chris