Monday, November 28, 2016

Pursuit of happiness.




This is from 2009: Kid Cudi, who like many great people from Cleveland, got outta Cleveland; and a song (featuring a bit of get-in-your-sacral-spine synth grind from Ratatat and MGMT) called "Pursuit of Happiness." I missed this song until recently, which I'm going to blame on the fact that I was a medical resident at the time.

If you don't watch the whole thing you might miss the ambivalence.

There's a Steve Aoki remix which subtracts most of what Ratatat and MGMT did, and adds a big techno festival sound, like the kind of thing where you're waiting for the DJ to go, "Whassup Helsinkiiiiiiiiii!!!" (beat drop, pause, four-on-the-floor beat with ascending synth air raid siren sound, etc)--which seems to be trying to take the ambivalence away and make it into a straight-up party anthem. But unlike "We Found Love" the lyrics between the chorus really count:

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that's shine ain't always gonna be gold (hey)
I'll be fine once I get it, get it in, I'll be good
Tell me what you know about dreamin' (dreamin')
You ain't really know bout nothin' (nothin')
Tell me what you know about the night terrors every night
5 A-M cold sweats, waking up to the sky
Tell me what you know about dreams (dreams)
Tell me what you know about night terrors nothin'
You don't really care about the trials of tomorrow
Rather lay awake in the bed full of sorrow

Night terrors don't just go away. As of this posting, Kid Cudi is in an inpatient rehab stay struggling with depression, which he's often talked about in the past. Best wishes to Kid Cudi.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

T-shirts I used to own

A t-shirt I had in high school:


In San Francisco, before effective HIV therapy arrived:

(From Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Jenny Holzer, respectively; t-shirt images from other people's t-shirts.)

No joke.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

We found love.

If there is an anthem for this blog, it might have to be "We Found Love". Thoughtless people might call this a dumb song, because Rihanna keeps just repeating "We found love in a hopeless place." But to me, that is the lyric that dance music producers had been looking for and not finding, for at least two decades. In 2011, it was found.

There are a couple of verses, which are totally forgettable. People smarter than me about dance music can tell me why they need to be there. Were I a remixer, however, I'd add a bigger bass line and take out everything except the chorus, and just play it again and again.

We found love in a hopeless place. 
We found love in a hopeless place. 
We found love in a hopeless place. 
We found love in a hopeless place. 

We found love in a hopeless place. 
We found love in a hopeless place. 
We found love in a hopeless place. 
We found love in a hopeless place.