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a hole in the earth [07 May 2007|10:41pm]

it's the end of the jiggy era. people on the planet earth are tired.


they've been keeping us quite busy.

and now it's time for a nap.

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as Mary J likes to say [11 Mar 2007|10:32pm]
no. more. drama.

theory is famous [01 Feb 2007|05:51pm]
we made the District Extra! a few huge photos. pickup your copy today. (just replace "civic pride" with "fight fight fight fight fight")

thank you emily jacobi for documenting it all in the way that only you can.Collapse )
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the first snow [25 Jan 2007|12:59am]

the last word (on swann st)
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so many associations [MLK] [15 Jan 2007|05:26pm]

District residents feel the pain.

luckily actual DC natives Bomani & Christylez also made headlines today, and even earned their place alongside 'Capers in the parallel newsiverse that is the WP's documentary video repertoire.

on the homesick recovery tip, some friends i spent the last two weeks living with in philly were interviewed about their thoughts on this bogus "Day of Service" - you can hear about it aqui, and see some photos i shot of them aca.
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2006 [25 Dec 2006|10:53am]
the soundtrack to significance, and ephemera. abstraction, infatuation, callous disregard, miles and miles of two-wheel asphalt surfing, cooknights, bedroom and occasionally club dancing; the usual swirl of heartbreak, redemption and road trips. aurally inscribed salvation and picaresque clarity, as captured by known quantities, friends, accidental discoveries & coincidence. dumb pop songs.

AOTY (rough reverse order)

Mastodon - Blood Mountain
Tapes 'N Tapes - The Loon
DFA - The Remixes
Cadence Weapon - Breaking Kayfabe
Soccer Team - "Volunteered" Civility & Professionalism
Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
Serena Maneesh- s/t
Cassie - s/t
Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
Justice - Waters of Nazareth
DJ Shadow - The Outsider
The Roots - Game Theory
Ambulette - The Lottery
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - Fear is On Our Side
Kos - Atlantic: Hymns for Disco
The pAper chAse - Now You Are One of Us
Ampere/Sinaloa - split
Rocky Votolato - Makers
Mass Movement of the Moth - Outerspace
Cut Chemist - The Audience's Listening
The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love
The Evens - Get Evens
Nelly Furtado - Loose
Ani Difranco - Reprieve
Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor
Rahim - Ideal Lives
Thom Yorke - The Eraser
JT - FutureSex/LoveSounds
Des Ark - Radio demos
TVOTR - Return to Cookie Mountain

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JOTY - download

23. Sean da Paul & Keyshia Cole- give it up to me
22. Clipse & Slim Thug- wamp wamp
21. Cut Chemist & Hymnal- what's the altitude
20. Nelly Furtado- glow
19. Cadence Weapon- black hand
18. Basement Jaxx- take me back to your house
17. Chamillionaire & Krayzie Bone- ridin dirty
16. Jay-Z- show me what you got
15. Ciara & Chamillionaire- get up
14. Nas- shine on 'em (blood diamond)
13. Beyonce- green light
12. Madonna- hung up on you (Diplo remix)
11. Cassie- long way 2 go
10. Outkast- morris brown
8. Lupe Fiasco- kick, push
9. Nelly Furtado & Timbaland- promiscuous girl
7. TI- what you know
6. DJ Shadow & Q-Tip & Lateef- enuff
5. The Rapture- get myself into it
4. Kos- catdiesel
3. Lupe Fiasco- i gotcha
2. JT & TI- my love
1. Cassie- me & u

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SOTY - download

20. Soccer Team- solid ring fighters
19. Blood Brothers- lazer life
18. Mission of Burma- 1,001 pleasant dreams
17. Sparta- taking back control
16. Thursday- 5-4-3-2-1
15. Tapes 'N Tapes- cowbell
14. Deftones- rapture
13. Rahim- klangklangklang
12. Ambulette- i've got more
11. TVOTR- playhouses
10. DJ Shadow & Cris James- erase you
9. Ani Difranco- decree
8. Rahim- something from an amputee
7. I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness- according to plan
6. The Evens- cut from the cloth
5. Thom Yorke- the eraser
4. Des Ark- if by gay you mean fucking awesome
3. TVOTR- wolf like me
2. Thom Yorke- harrowdown hill
1. TVOTR- i was a lover

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your voice is your vote [17 Dec 2006|02:23pm]
Poll #890553 JOTY poll

should i include "Walk it Out" by DJ Unk in the JOTY despite its offensive content? (for those who haven't been to a club in the last 6 months, a tutorial)

use the much less relevant Andre3000 remix
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SOTY 2006 preview [22 Sep 2006|12:51am]

hey hey my playmate
let me lay waste to thee
burned down their hanging trees
it's hot here hot here hot here hot here

got a curse we cannot lift
shines when the sunset shifts
there's a curse comes with a kiss
the bite that binds the gift that gives

now that we got gone for good
writhing under your riding hood
tell your father and your grandma too
it's true
we're howling forever
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JOTY 2006 preview [21 Sep 2006|12:25am]

[just one reference: all with no high/i do it so fly/banksy's attack helicopter with the bowtie]

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and girls, they want to have ful [and salad] [06 Sep 2006|12:14am]

found this stencil in memphis, just off the river by the pyramid. apparently there was a huge hardline crew back in the day, in the time of thrashasaurus rex and the rest.

those of you not attending all of la marcha this thursday may be interested in otra marcha being offered by my new place of work. quite an illuminating hour-long walk, particularly considering i entered the neighborhood through the infoshop, where i encountered zero historical perspective on our presence.

but if you can't tear yourself away from the thrilling tale of how justin got his groove back, i'll understand. off the heezy fo sheezy.
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reflective/reflexive [28 Jul 2006|02:51pm]
so timely and invigorating was our event tuesday that some of you tried to attend 24 hours after it occurred -- including one longtime episcopal chaplain mentor of mine, whose company was sorely missed.

for those that did and did not have the auspicious pleasure of ignoring several not-so-provocateurs, the audio and a few fotos are archived here.
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riding so effortlessly [23 May 2006|09:28pm]
compuesto carcelito (de/a todos y nadie)

palabras escritos de mil mentiras
para mi, para ti
retirado ahora
de una vez - ¿recuerdas?
de mi, de ti
adentro jaulas expectativas
llenos, ya, y respirando
como respiran las jaulas
en voz hueco bajo
un solo sol
y su sombra solito
sobre yo, sobre tu
y las palabras que no caben
o escapen
de este jaula

from the no-shit-really? file [06 May 2006|01:38pm]
NYT: Conservative White Voters Hold Sway in an Altered New Orleans Electoral LandscapeCollapse )
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not exactly a comp time/personal leave day [29 Apr 2006|11:52pm]
i didn't know tuesday was Equal Pay DayCollapse )

but this one, on monday, is. for folks in DC, the festivities kick off at 3pm in Malcolm X ParkCollapse )
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themail in thejournal [19 Apr 2006|05:32pm]
so we've had a bit of a brouhaha over a proposed and possibly unnecessary new hospital in southeast. the debate over the merits of the hospital itself has not been nearly as interesting to me as the comments (dis)regarding race that have surfaced. sure, there have been ad hominem race cards unleashed by people frustrated by legitimate opposition, but mostly the backlash has been absurdist in its deflection of any unpacking of race and privilege. and then someone posted an editorial with the doubly absurdist claim that - in the District, yes - race doesn't really matter as far as political campaigns go. here's my go at the soapbox. i give it a 50% chance of being published tomorrow. comments are more than welcome since, if it is published, it would be helpful to anticipate what other folks will say.

Race and Privilege Are Issues - Regardless of Where You Stand on NCMCCollapse )

timely update: the Post's latest installment in Metro's "at the intersection of race & class" series, which is now weekly. this week's caricature-disguised-as-a-plot-twist: homophobia.
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cronica: La Marcha [14 Apr 2006|01:01pm]
sitting in the organizers meeting a week ago for La Marcha, watching the initial roll call, voces orgullos@s echoing in the St. Stephen's sanctuary, i finally realized what a big fucking deal this is. hard to believe, too, that it is about to become even more significant. when was the last general strike of any sort in this country? anyone know? more exciting is the prospect of reclaiming that term in an entirely new context. the obligatory caveats: the portent of tri-color identity, electoral politics chants, hybrid nationalism, is still a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. i hope - unselfishly, i believe - transcendence is an imminent option.

so. La Marcha. as expected, bigger than expected. never have i been so thrilled to support a sea of Old Glories. or that the some anarchists, while managing to legitimately piss off march organizers with their bullshit separatist posturing pre-stepping off, both didn't get their shit together and remained subdued/invisible throughout.

great weather, respectful organizers, no medical emergencies, gallons of water and sunscreen distributed. extremely attractive street medics.

more behind the cutCollapse )

more photosets de La Marcha and rally and in LA plus quick video
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didn't write this, DC residents should read + act [12 Mar 2006|03:51pm]
Stand up for a Safe & Diverse DC!Collapse )
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muslims sticking up for their rights [17 Feb 2006|03:57pm]

get that monolith out of your mouth.
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predating predatory consciousness [16 Feb 2006|01:14am]
fuimos cautivos, as always, and
freezing, dreaming only
of syllables draped in pairs

"it's so...tanto...precarious. and forced..."

less covers than suspended silhouettes
of carbon dioxide clouds dense with defensiveness
just kinetic enough to withstand
nails and icy enamel and their proprietor catamount
or any anthropomorph with sixty-degree levity
and the resilience to force a retraction by way of
a crisp smirk and its soft descent
inured by scolding reds, whites, whispers

"...and...it's...is it fucked - is it us? ¡de una vez!"

de una vez
otra vez
some carnal cataclysm

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