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Fav songs of 2013, pt. 3.
Lucky to know Mal, you should know her too.
Source: SoundCloud / concept91
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Favorite songs of 2013, pt. 2.
Source: SoundCloud / Brille Records
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Yes, it is hard to be a punk band in a city where living costs are skyrocketing, we have very little of what you might call “DIY infrastructure”, and I think we are constantly wondering, “Is this the best way for me personally to question and resist what’s going on? This stuff happening that benefits the few, the rich and usually white, and sends everyone else packing? How am I part of this problem?” But, I read this really great Grass Widow interview last year where they said something like, “We have a friend who quit playing music recently. He said he wanted to do something more important with his life. And we thought to ourselves, why don’t you make your music more important?” So, on that hand, No, it is not hard to be a punk band here. We have our work cut out for us. It is really audacious and perhaps narcissistic of us to decide that we are going to make important music. And, ultimately, we don’t get to decide whether or not our music is or will be important to other people. But we can make work that is important and meaningful to us, and that in and of itself is a victory against “the capitalist system”, as Barbara Dane would call it. This is a system that discourages us, and makes it incredibly difficult for us, to create meaningful work. People will laugh or roll their eyes if you talk about the capitalist system too long, and that’s fine, it makes a lot of people uncomfortable because it doesn’t seem sexy, in the same way that feminism was derided by conservatives in the ’90s (and nearly every decade, really) to a place where it seemed really scary and uncool, generally unappealing to a lot of women (let alone men!). Priests is a band, we’re really just performers in one sense. Our job is just doing whatever will make you entertained for as long as possible. But I think we can entertain and communicate. We can use our music as a tool and a weapon and a celebration all at the same time.
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Gonna start posting some of my favorite songs of 2013, in no particular order.
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The funny part is that it’s such a small gesture, injected into music that’s otherwise following the rules of modern pop. It’s funny because this is the best we can do—arena rock with some gestures toward community, but none of the actual community that makes music genuinely “folk.” I mean, who, amid the cultural conditions of late capitalism, wants to deal in songs for the folk to learn and sing, rather than intellectual property that can be licensed out? How far can you get, in the modern world, treating your music as though it’s part of a tradition that belongs to the audience, rather than something you’re creating as an auteur? How would you even go about trying? If you want to talk about the diminishing returns of folk, this is the fascinating one: As soon as we started recording this stuff, it became awfully difficult for it to exist. So now our revivalists live in a world of authorship and property, documents and influences, and every once in a while they all shout “Hey” in unison, a faint echo of the proposition that music can also work differently.
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I always fuck up the chords and as usual I fucked up the chords but oh well. RIP Elliott Smith.
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Discography" might be a misnomer, though. Berglund and Fürst understood that a label could be not just an entity that releases records but a distillation of a worldview. For Sincerely Yours, that view was one that believed music should be received separately from the biographical details and personal narratives that are the currency of the media (social and otherwise); the label’s artists tended to be elusive and secretive at a time when the mystery surrounding the identify of artists like London’s Burial had yet to become a cliché. On the other hand, Sincerely Yours put videos, remixes, merch (much of it too limited-edition to actually buy), and the occasional artist’s manifesto on nearly equal footing with full-length albums. While the idea of a label as an all-encompassing lifestyle could be seen as a surreptitious extension of the marketplace and "the spectacle" rather than an opposing force, the difference is as subtle-yet-vital as Sincerely Yours’ careful use of quotation marks in deriding Myspace "friends." What sets the label apart is wholly intangible—there’s no way of rationally proving that Berglund and Fürst really mean it, or whatever—but it’s there.
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We did it again! Marina & the AnimalNY team produced this hilarious video feat. myself and a bunch of friends looking silly with some eerily good imitations of indie artists covering children’s songs playing over it. I, of course, am in the Grimes segment. Danny Brown already tweeted it. What is life.
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