A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever...– Jorge Luis Borges via nathanielstuart, booklover, allthatis, onherway, 1000reasonsnottostartmakingart. (via tobia) (via exiledsoul) (via thingsimreading) (via so-treu)
US Supreme Court rejects Pfizer Nigeria lawsuit... →
so-treu: abagond: triangleeyes: The US Supreme Court has given Nigerian families the green light to sue the drug company Pfizer over the use of a new antibiotic on their children. It rejected the firm’s appeal against a ruling allowing lawsuits to proceed. The families say Pfizer did not get their proper consent to test the antibiotic Trovan on 200 sick children during a meningitis outbreak...
July Newsletter to Appear on the C.Spaniels...
NEW WEBSITE! Now that I’m about to officially release my first album in six years, I’ve finally gained the motivation to redevelop my website. My goal is to make this website the primary and most comprehensive resource for chronicling my creative activities. I plan to update the news page at least monthly to keep viewers abreast of new songs, shows, releases, projects, press and merchandise; to...
Courtney Love Leads Hole Through Disastrous 9:30... →
Behold the following excerpt: “Love eventually decided to have some of her fans join her on stage. She started plucking some from the crowd and they simply sat off to the side. ‘Do you really like rock music?’ she asked one female. ‘Because you’re African-American. That would be like me being into Lil Wayne.’ She wasn’t joking.” Hole’s...
One Hundred Things to Try and Sound Like Besides... →
This list was made by Grooms, a great band whom I have praised in this ‘blog before. Apparently, the feeling is mutual: check out item #22!
Official Bio to Appear on the C.Spaniels Website
My name is Sean Padilla, and I make music under the name “The Cocker Spaniels.” The name comes from a conversation I overheard, when I was a child, of my female cousins ranting about how all men are “dogs.” C.Spaniels began in 1994 as a recording project involving me, Alex Wing and Jon Koza. All of us sang, wrote songs and played multiple instruments. Despite being the worst musician of the...
I just have a real problem with...– come on up to the house: Pasttime Paradise: Down-Home Racism In “Post-Racial” America
Fuck Yeah Yoko Ono: Question: What do you advise... →
so-treu: materialworld: Question: What do you advise to emerging artists in the face of a world that dismisses the arts? Being Yoko helps in being taken seriously. Yoko: Being me did not help to being taken seriously. Even now, the number of people who even know that I am an artist is very, very small. It is inspirational and encouraging to know that some people know my work. I think it is...
I'm Actually Having a Good Friday
Co-worker: “Are you sure you wanna do such a big project by yourself?” Me: “Yes.” Co-worker: “Why can’t I help you?” Me: “Because your definition of help is looking over my shoulder as I do all the work anyway, all the while hysterically asking questions that you’d receive the answers to if you simply chilled out and remained silent for 10...
Reasons for not having a baby:
spacegypsy: -e: thekidsnotmyson: You can’t feed your baby You’ll be always trying to stop the child from crying You may resort to hustlin, stealin, lyin As a result, your baby’s slowly dyin. Yet more proof that MJ is a prophet. In related news, Tony Hayward should be forced to listen to nothing but “Earth Song” until the Gulf of Mexico has been restored.
I find it kinda bizarre how the default mode for mainstream rappers in 2010...– Rodney J. Greene (via kingdrake1) (via tumblinerb)
My Thoughts on Michael Jackson's "This Is It"
(NOTE: This is a slightly edited repost of an entry I wrote in a previous ‘blog last October.) On the day of Michael Jackson’s death, I was in the first week of my West Coast tour. I was driving through Denver, CO when a cousin of mine in Brooklyn, NY called my cell phone to inform me of MJ’s death. I’d already received texts from various friends with different stories about his...
Just because White people didn’t hear about Hip Hop until the 80’s doesn’t mean...– The Marriage Of A Dead Blog SING!
In Praise of Ron Artest (and his psychiatrist) →
“Shouldn’t this man be praised for getting the help that he obviously needed? Why is he being mocked and made the brunt of jokes? Was the shout out unexpected, yes. But it should not be shamed. The amount of courage and bravery it takes to admit that you need mental health assistance and to get it is incredible. It’s no easy feat. Black men, especially, are the least likely to seek treatment...
NEW SLANG ALERT! “Lauryngitis”: when an artist makes a great album, and then...– Sean “Praise the lord for indie rock and black women” Padilla (via lichtgeist) She didn’t even give me time to post this myself lol!
Trial of the Century
One of the many lessons that the last year has taught me is that direct, polite confrontation is becoming a lost art. I’ve never remained inert in the face of grievances, but I’m more concerned about how I address them than ever before. I rarely lash out, even when I have just cause to do so, but as much as I value such restraint, I can’t allow it to atrophy my social skills. I detest...
Teacher: Alright kids, who’s heard their parents talking about the oil...– molding my mobius strip: Chocolate Milk Spill Sometimes, I feel that “Occam’s razor” is just a fancy way of saying “childlike intuition.”
from big sis to lil' sis: don't speak of her name →
jazzzyone: Aiyana. Aiyana Jones. i have been tweeting and retweeting her name, but it seems like the fiya has died down. why is that? i think at some level we all knew that it would not become a top trending topic. by now, everyone SHOULD know about this case. SHOULD. the media coverage has been dismal, the… Thank you, Jaymeson, for keeping Aiyana’s memory alive. It fucks with me that a 16...
Illadelph Basslife: Packing Bags →
“It’s this need to do something new. To put the years from 2005-2009 firmly behind me. To make 2010 about healing and hope and having everything you already need to continue being the person you know you are. But allowed yourself to forget somewhere between the doubt and the disappointment.” (via basseyworld)
A Band & Their Van →
theoreticalgirl: Great story about why Screaming Females (best band in NJ right now!!!) had to cancel their tour. It’s long, but definitely worth reading. Having had MORE than my fair share of car trouble on tours, I automatically sympathize with this band.
freak-flag: Flying Lotus: Inside The Codex: The Art of Cosmogramma A deeper look into the artwork of (IMO) one of 2010’s best albums so far.
Oklahoma has few Muslims – only 30,000 out of a population of 3.7 million. The...– come on up to the house: Islamic Sharia Law to Be Banned in, ah, Oklahoma These eejits must have listened to the Kominas’ “Sharia Law in the USA” and got scared.
Not Drunk Enough to Tune Out Your Ignorance
One of the things I like about the house in which I currently live is that my housemates throw monthly parties, for which they book noisy local and touring bands, and which draw a crowd that’s still young enough to party vigorously, but too old to do so destructively. This month’s party took place this past Saturday, and was the best I’ve seen since I moved in. The housemate...
Black Woman Beaten With Hammer, Dragged Behind... →
…as if I needed ANOTHER reason never to move back to southeast Texas.
My friend, Gareth Setati, weighs in on the Facebook group calling to ban the...– I urge all of you on this group to take a moment away from your ivory towers, your armchair criticisms, and instead embrace the diversity that makes the human species such a joy to be a part of. Cobus Roodt’s post below makes some penetrating recommendations: let’s not reduce genuine concerns about...
Ain't No Cookie Mountain High Enough
(my butterscotch oatmeal cookies, photographed by Clyde Grant, one of many satisfied customers) When I last wrote about my cookie sale, I was in the process of parting ways with my former roommate, and seeking a new place to live that was both cheaper and closer to my day job. It was a stressful time, one that could’ve signaled the end of a friendship, and pushed me closer to bankruptcy. My...
I want you to try to play now, but softer. A lot of times…we play too loud. What...– Random Astrology Please read this entire post on “The Astrology of Music, Musicianship & Why We Like What We Like.” One of the (many) reasons why I like this person’s Tumblr is because she is able to make her astrological knowledge translate well to people like me who know...
Bottom line: Only someone who has never personally felt the dehumanizing sting...– Free Market Mythology: Paul Rand, White Supremacy and Libertarianism « Kasama (via clingtomymouth) (via afghanipoppy) (via herzundseele) The only Black Libertarian I know IRL is 15 years old. Make of that what you will.
Now, I don’t want a wedding. I don’t want a wedding dress or a big, expensive...– The Light Fantastic: Wedding Fever. Randy, if I don’t get to be the groom, I would GLADLY be your DJ :-)
American Apparel Has Policies About Black Hair →
herzundseele: spacegypsy: (via afrobella) I’ve never liked American Apparel. Add this to my list of reasons. The sooner American Apparel goes out of business, the better. As of today, it has 18 days to avert bankruptcy. Don’t buy anything from them for @ least three weeks.