Mvsic To Our Ears
Remember when the M in MTV stood for music? Yeah, neither do we. But that’s exactly what our favorite new website, mvsic.net is hoping to achieve. It’s a simple concept; a website that provides a constant stream of music videos. But these aren’t just your run of the mill dance hits featuring Pitbull; these are highly curated music videos that run the gamut from artsy, to trippy, to haunting, to beautiful, to everything in between. It’s the perfect solution when you need to throw something on the computer during parties, or just have it playing in the background while you pretend to do work.
The site was started in 2012 by Martin Rack and Dominic Frohlof with a simple proposition: resurrecting music videos. Needless to say, we’re hooked. The site is still in its infancy but we’re excited for these dudes and support what they’re doing. Keep it up fellas!
Obama’s one-liners during his speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
“It’s like we’re trapped in a Taylor Swift album.”
Here’s a random creepy fact: one of the tunes that float out of ice cream trucks all summer is a racist song called “Nigger Love a Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!,” first recorded 1916 or before. Have a listen.
During slavery, the African population’s supposed taste for watermelon was used to suggest that they were stupid. As I wrote in an earlier post:
…defenders of slavery used the watermelon as a symbol of simplicity. African Americans, the argument went, were happy as slaves. They didn’t need the complicated responsibilities of freedom; they just needed some shade and a cool, delicious treat.
Googling around, I learned almost nothing about the song. It seems clear that it’s not an inside joke between Black people, making fun of the stereotype. Instead, it’s an earnest, intended-to-be-humorous song meant to make fun of Black people. But I could find little contextualizing information. I also don’t know if the tune was also set to other lyrics that were or weren’t racist.
Still, the fact that the tune is an ice cream truck classic reveals how our racist history is still part and parcel of our everyday lives.
Hat tip to Theodore Johnson.
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College.
The tune is ‘Turkey in the Straw’. I found out songs like this were known as ‘Coon Songs’. I feel dirty just writing that.
Carpets by Alexandra Kehayoglou
These carpets are made from wool, often from the leftovers of the production of other products in the factory, carrying a strong message of sustainability.
THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES OF ZDZISLAW BEKSINSKI
Artist Zdzislaw Beksinski (24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his fantastic realism period when he painted disturbing images of a surrealistic, nightmarish environment. The second style is more abstract, being dominated by form, and is typified by Beksiński’s later paintings.
Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation)
Rob D - Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation) ah yeah the 90’s!
Happy birthday to the legendary, Vivienne Westwood! (April 8th)
“If you ask me what I think people should be getting next season. I’ll tell you what I’d like them to buy - nothing. I’d like people to stop buying and buying and buying. There’s this idea that somehow you’ve got to keep changing things, and as often as possible. Maybe if people just decided not to buy anything for a while, they’d get a chance to think about what they wanted; what they really liked.” -Vivienne Westwood