freak like me
made this yesterday. the guitar bit is flasket brinner, an early 70s swedish prog band. adina howard’s “freak like me” came out the same year i graduated high school. so the gang’s all here. i have to decide if i’m going to keep acapellas like these on the final album version of library science. the goal is to get rappers and singers on stuff, but sometimes they...
let the computer take the wheel
so the stuff i’ve been posting lately are demos from an album i’m working on called “library science”. it’s a clarence johnson album. super hip-hop excellence. i want to make the best hip-hop album to ever come out of this town, so that’s a tall order. right now john dope’s got that locked and his shit isn’t even out yet. but yeah, “library science,” and i’ll tell you why. i used to have a...
LIMB BY LIMB
I’ve always been a big stan for this song, so when I realized this morning the beat I was making was in the same key, I kinda had a little moment of “GORSH I HOPE THESE GO TOGETHER” and then the magic happened and got all over the place. This was originally going to be a one-hour exercise, but I got a little nuts and ended up doing a 2.5 hr session. That’s a helluva good...
So the homie-lover-friend and I made a pact to do 30 day challenges this year, and we’re on our 2nd. This one has all kinds of dorky gamification and ridiculousness, but most importantly, there’s a blogging pact. We both, to achieve maximum points in a week, must blog twice. She’s getting all nervous and doing private posts and the like, but I’m taking this time to take the...
THE ONE HOUR CHALLENGE IS COMPLETE: did a...
Released another beat tape today. 50 dollar slaps. Check it out: murmur weapons vol 2 by clarence johnson.
new beat tape! murmur weapons vol 1
Spain is Spain
graf in grenada Spain is Spain We spent the first couple days with stars in our eyes, and not only from jet lag intoxication. We’d see something, or eat some food, and then start to say You know back home this would never…But after a couple days, these layers and differences kept peeling back, re-complicating the thing. It’s not so much that some things are different in Spain from...
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You Lost Your Mind And We Don't Love You Anymore
To paraphrase Marx, the person you think you need to convince or win over to your side is the master of that situation. The moment you have decided what they believe matters in some way, you have given them all the power over you, in that argument. So what do we have to do to convince people that Obama, while he is slightly to the left of George W. Bush, isn’t really a Marxist or even a...
THE NEW ARRANGEMENT
“Props are nice, but skills got a price.” It feels great to hear somebody on your beats, it feels great to get paid for a beat, and it feels shitty to hear somebody rapping poorly or ignorantly on a beat you made. So here’s the new arrangement I accept the following in trade for a beat: -A hundred dollars OR -A verse on another song. You probably won’t get to pick the song. I got albums too,...
On low-information voters, and the futility of...
Weigel nails this: Most voter ignorance, if it was cured by logic and reason and long sessions of NPR, would be replaced by the same voter preferences, justified in different ways. There are Mississippi Republicans who hate Obama because they think he’s a Muslim. Take that away, and they’ll hate him because they’re conservatives and he isn’t. Only 11 percent of Mississippi whites voted for...
The Crucifixion of St. Michael
There were two main screw-ups underpinning this whole thing: 1. Mike Daisey, a playwright and activist, lied to some people who work on a public radio show. It’s arguable that in doing so, he also lied to everyone who listened to that show, but it’s also arguable that naw, naw he didn’t, he just did what he had to do to ensure the widest possible audience for his message. 2. A public radio show,...
Speak on it, Ken
“Everybody should be having more fun, and this is a good time to start. But first you need to cancel your cable teevee and figure out who your neighbors are and which of your neighbors will be your friends, because whether it’s mass insurrection or some extreme weather superstorm or the complete collapse of capitalism, few would argue that something very big and weird is happening right now....
wealth disparities and you
Because wealth disparities hurt societies. You will be less rich overall the more you increase the gap between yourself and your workers. If you increase that gap enough nobody can afford to pay you for your services, and your business goes out of business, then you have a million dollar golden parachute and your former employees have exactly nothing. Then they burn down your house and tie you to...
1. In our house, my partner and I have a genre of humor about creepy men. The jokes are usually about how I would react to something if I were a creepy dude. Jokes like: Her: I’m going to the store, did we need anything I’m not thinking of here? (shows me a list) Me: Tylenol PM—you’re going to be eating a lot of those in tonight’s dinner. ALTERNATE Me: Something that will get the smell of...
A thought experiment for leftists who value civil...
1ST CONDITION: You are a principled civil liberties voter. It wouldn’t matter who instituted or what justification they used, there is never, in your moral universe, an excuse for assassinating your own citizens, based on secret evidence, justified by a secret law, and decided upon by a panel whose membership is secret, not subject to oversight, and has exercised this power at least once. 2ND...
UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE SMOKING BAN, PART...
“Oh, I think in the end it came down to weather preference. They were both smokers, and I was just a social smoker. And social smokers, at least the kind I was, don’t go out when it’s cold to suffer through their habit. But she did, and he certainly did—the first two fingers of his right hand were always a little jaundiced, he rolled his own. So that was that,...
The Rotten Tooth
Daniel had the toothache, off and on, for about four years before he’d finally gotten it out. The pain had come and gone in that time, but the intensity slowly increased. He had taken to rubbing his tongue against the complaining molar, right from the start. By the end, even touching the tooth with his normally-soothing tongue only irritated it more. The pain had been so intense a couple...
u mad, bro?
Never read the comments. Don’t ever respond to trolls, haters or seagulls. Not even once, not even a little bit. They are better at the internet than you are. Just don’t do it. They will scalp you. You responding, no matter how much you think you’ve got it in hand, no matter how sure you are your response is the right one, is exactly what they were waiting for. And despite what you think, 99% of...
Read mine, and I'll read yours...
“Here’s the real reason: all other writers fall into the following categories: worse than me, so why should I put myself through it; as good as me, so why should I bother; and better than me, and, well, screw those guys.” -Max Collins on reading in the genre you write in.
On dhimmitude, Paranoid Patriots, and the...
Here’s what I don’t get about the fear of Muslims somehow taking over the West. There are two ways that could happen: military domination, and demographic domination. Military domination is laughable. There is no invading force waiting to sneak across a border and hold a whole civilization at gunpoint. The military, economic and sociological dominance of first world nations is...
FAMPUS: A Vanity Start-up That Runs on Pony Money
Y KANT BRITTANY PLAN? Every piece of press that covers the new startup social media/event scheduling site Fampus includes something to this effect: “Fampus is the brainchild of Brittany Brody, a West Des Moines native who’s currently a senior at Wisconsin. When Brody arrived in Madison in the fall of 2008, she was overwhelmed by the myriad of opportunities at the campus-wide involvement fair...
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double rainbow as cultural artifact
i realized last night that the double rainbow guy is an example of how uncomfortable and foreign the idea of ecstatic emotion is to our society. double rainbow guy experiences the emotions so intensely (perhaps because of drug use?) that he is laughing and crying at the same time. not because of something funny, but because of something beautiful. how many people in american society get to...
war criminal (a chat log)
-right, so he had me down on the ground, just trying to get one good punch in, and meanwhile, Lead Singer has walked back over to the bar, and I’m thinking that’s it, that’s the game, i am going to get punched out and tossed in the alley behind the club, and it’s already 4:30 in the morning, and it’s going to suck. i was kinda resigned to it, i mean, i’d been...