MY REAL BEEF WITH POP MUSIC

The most talented, qualified, and passionate people in any profession, we hope are the leaders of their respective fields. In a musical sense, I believe an artist who composes, performs, and writes their own material should command the most respect and appreciation from their peers, if they are good. So my beef is that there are millions of these artists on earth and they are not the most financially successful people in music. The majority of top earning pop acts from the dawn of music commercialism to present day, are all products of the exact same corporate formula. The heads of major communication channels (who are more powerful than government) own a strategic network of subsidiary companies which create, market, promote, sell, and broadcast content back through the channels they own.

Key takeaway: these dudes and their uber rich families own all the radio/TV stations, news outlets, and record labels. Record labels are half A&R for established acts / half a music factory from hell. The latter uses extremely talented composers, writers, and musicians – and transposes their material onto a persona which has been proven to appeal to the masses of the time. These personas have talent, drive, commitment and years of dedication to their craft. The problem is the material isn’t theirs, its owned by the label, so the artist has extremely limited input in the artistic direction of the content. This music is constructed specifically to sell and make money for the label and the broadcast platforms that tell society it’s good and popular. This music is not art for art’s sake, it’s an amalgamation of art and talent constructed to turn a profit. Being unable to mass market to the whole of a nation as an independent artist, is what keeps this machine functioning, and the artists starving (figuratively ;))

I simply feel the money earned by the music industry is severely imbalanced and partially insincere. Supporting pop music seemingly perpetuates the imbalance so I feel compelled to rant about it sporadically. Truth is, the above applies to all art and creation. Genuine art is equally compromised by artists who become powerful enough to rival the conglomerates and leave their artistic values for profits. So yes, faux artists also contribute significantly to the perpetuation of shitty mainstream music.  Realistically the only practical fight against the plight would be boycotting all forms of mainstream media that is not independently owned by a source trusted to reward talent genuinely. It’s a lot to ask of human beings.

There IS a sliver of good and genuinely composed popular music. Just enough to hide the smoke.. puffing from the smokestacks.. of the music factory from hell.

LCD + Thom Yorke @ Sónar Barcelona 16 JUN 2018

Thom Yorke and LCD Soundsystem closed out Sónar Barcelona’s musical component this past Saturday night in Spain. The legendary band sets were the clear highlights of the evening’s musical performances. DJs primarily dominated the 2-day festival, but Gorillaz headlined Sónar’s opening night giving the full event lineup card legitimate Rock and Roll Hall of Fame talent.

Enjoy these videos and snaps from Sónar Day 2. It was a raw delight to catch these bands in a vastly multi cultural environment within spacious industrial warehouse halls of Barcelona.

 

NEW SHIT FROM PLANET RUMP: IMMACULATE TRASH

The Planet Rump crew, formerly of Brooklyn, NYC but now residing in Oakland, CA  is out with some new new .. here’s their official blurb:

Immaculate Trash is about the glorious nature of life’s simple pleasures, partying, and procreation. So far, our parents hate it and our nephews love it. We hope it’s the antidote to the Xanax crisis. It’s anti-EDM.It’s homemade with love, like a grandma sweater. Some of our best friends/heroes are featured on it. You can find it on SpotifySoundcloud, the iTunes Store, and bandcamp. Wishing you all unlimited potential and adventures through all of life’s sexy mysteries.

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HOLY SMOKES! #teamLabBorderless

Opening 21 June 2018 in Odaiba, Tokyo. Borderless is a digital art exhibition coming to Mori Building Digital Art Museum. It makes you want to check flight options as it looks absolutely incredible, celestial, and zen. Peep the official site HERE. See the official summary description for the exhibit below..

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless | teamLab / チームラボ

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM
teamLab Borderless

teamLab Borderless is a group of artworks that form one borderless world. Artworks move out of the rooms freely, form connections and relationships with people, communicate with other works, influence and sometimes intermingle with each other.

Create new experiences with others, immerse yourself in borderless art, and explore the world with your body.

In a vast complex, three-dimensional 10,000 square meter space, 520 computers and 470 projectors create a completely new world, the likes of which have never been seen before.