Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stick This In Your MP3 Player: "Insects" by Woodsman


This track combines the alternative rock soundscape of The Church or Wilderness with modern-day post-rock distortion. It's heavy and mysterious, and reminds me of driving down a dark road at night.



(Link Courtesy of KEXP.org. Right click here and "Save As..." to download a copy of the track.)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stick This In Your MP3 Player: "Chimicum Rain" by Linda Perhacs


This blast from the past (1970, to be exact) sounds like a pleasant-enough acoustic folk track, all hushed introspection via voice and guitar, until the chorus, where the singer's overdubbed voice cascades in a shimmering waterfall of sound. Just beautiful.



(Link Courtesy of Gorilla Vs. Bear. Right click here and "Save As..." to download a copy of the track.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pitchfork 2014 Is Coming...

In the 7 years I've been going to the Pitchfork Music Festival, these are the only two decent pictures I've managed to take. I think these are from the 2010 edition of the festival.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Stick This In Your MP3 Player: "Wasting Time" by Reading Rainbow

A delicious slice of garage-pop that's pitch-perfect for summertime. It's been a while since I've heard a song I can do the twist to. This kind of fun, energetic sound seems to be in short supply in today's pop music.



(Link Courtesy of Gorilla Vs. Bear. Right click here and "Save As..." to download a copy of the track.)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Internship Servitude

I enjoyed reading Roger Hodge's review of Ross Perlin's book Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy. A lot of it rings true from my experience working in both the corporate and non-profit worlds.

It seems clear that Capitalism has always depended on non-paid or under-paid labor to generate the profits needed to justify its existence, whether that labor came from slaves, poverty-stricken immigrants, foreign sweatshops, illegal (either by age or citizenship status) workers, or, as Perlin's book describes, a class of young, eager professionals willing to work for nothing in exchange for experience and the off chance they may get hired.

There was a time when Americans fought and died in the streets to get government and corporations to enact labor laws and provide employee "perks" like health care and weekends. Corporations have been able to dangle the carrot of a white-collar job in front of enough people to keep the masses from rising up again, but now that more and more people are being denied the wealth that's going to a privileged few in ever larger amounts, that may change sooner rather than later.