Friday, December 2, 2016

The Avalanches

Pure fantasy to help us forgot, at least temporarily, the bitter disappointments in the real world.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Car Seat Headrest

If you're like me and your post-election anxiety and Trumpian depression are expressing themselves as insomnia, you may have stayed up late enough last night to watch Will Toledo re-invent the already terrific song Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show.

It's worth rewatching.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Walls!

Bostich + Fussible at Bumbershoot, 2011
How the mind leaps from association to association . . .  after remembering Ages & Ages at Bumbershoot 2011 and Ana Tijoux at Bumberhoot 2012, our thoughts drifted to tise appearance by Mexico's Bostich + Fussible at Bumbershoot (2011).  We weren't sure what to expect when a bunch of guys took the stage wearing Stetsons and dressed in black, with trumpets and tubas and accordions while other members had laptops and carried tablets, but we sure weren't expecting this: 

Bostich + Fussible - five years of building bridges instead of walls with Mexico.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ages & Ages

Ages & Ages at Bumbershoot 2011
Here's a video of Portland's Ages & Ages at Bumbershoot, 2001, with Adam and Joanna from the Get Down Stay Down joining the band.  This was our introduction to Ages & Age and not only the first time we saw them, but actually the first time we had even heard their music (we stopped by the EMP Stage for their set at the recommendation of the local Seattle press).  We saw them again the next week in their Portland hometown during MFNW (RIP).

Lifelong fans ever since. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Liberation Music Orchestra

This Is Not America, from the late (2014) Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, sounds as relevant now as ever.  Carla Bley (far right, above) provided piano, arranged and conducted, and will be a featured artist in next year's Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Fidel Castro's recent death also reminds me of the Liberation Music Orchestra's 1970 effort, an ode to revolution from a line-up of jazz superstars (Gato Barbieri, Dewey Redman, Don Cherry, Michael Mantler, Roswell Rudd, Howard Johnson, Paul Motian, and Andrew Cyrille, among others), with Bley (far left, below) once again on piano, arranging, and composing many of the pieces, including the wittily titled The Ending To The First Side and Side Two's Drinking Song.

A luta continua . . . .

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux at Bumbershoot, 2012
Yesterday's Mare Advertencia Lirika video got us to wondering what Chilean rapper/activist Ana Tijoux has been up to lately, and as we would have guessed, she's already way ahead of the curve, channeling the ultimate weapon we have to defeat Donald Trump - the revolutionary power of independent women.

A Google translation of the lyrics to Antipatriarca is below.

I can be your sister, your daughter, Tamara Pamela or Valentina
I can be your great friend even your life partner
I can be your ally who advises and the one who manages
I can be any one of them depends on how you call me
But I will not be the one to obey because my body belongs to me
I decide my time as I want and where I want
Independent I was born, independent I decided
I do not walk behind you, I walk the pair here
You will not humiliate me, you will not scream at me
You are not going to submit me you are not going to hit me
You're not going to denigrate me, you're not going to force me
You're not going to silence me, you're not going to shut me up

Do not be submissive or obedient
Insurgent strong woman
Independent and courageous
Break the chains of the indifferent
Neither passive nor oppressed
Beautiful woman who gives life
Emancipated in autonomy
Antipatriarch and joy
Releasing ....

I can be head of household, employed or intellectual
I can be the protagonist of our story and the one that shakes
The people the community, the one that awakens the neighborhood
The one that organizes the economy of your family home
Pretty woman stands
And break the chains of the skin

Do not be submissive or obedient
Insurgent strong woman
Independent and brave
Break the chains of indifferent
Neither passive nor oppressed
Beautiful woman who gives life
Emancipated in autonomy
Antipatriarch and joy
Releasing ....

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mare Advertencia Lirika

No, I don't pretend to understand a word of what she is saying, but I understand her message perfectly.

Bienvenidx is apparently off of Mare Advertencia Lirika's album SiempreViva

We can only hope that a Trump presidency brings this same level of ferocity to American protest music.