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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
palabras escritos de mil mentiras para mi, para ti reciclados retirado ahora prestados 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
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.
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 thesome 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.
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 veremos some carnal cataclysm somewhere bedding down tonight