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  • Brümeister 8:47 pm on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #2ndAlbum, #BremenCafe, #FranksPowerPlant, , #SpadeOne, #Studio200Milwaukee, #TheGreatWar, , #Wisconsin,   

    THE MARCH TO WAR: Brümeister Reflects and Genuflects 

    Blank walls are like  blank pages. #TheGreatWarIsComing

    Blank walls are like blank pages. #TheGreatWarIsComing

    I just got done listening to The Great War final mixes and I wanted to take a moment before all the…. whatever….to let you know that this is something I’m really proud of. Pride may be a sin that ages us silently or that reverberates as shame when we are self critical of another time in our lives but it is important to document our creative life or else blogs like this serve no purpose. I know what we had on our first album. It was good. It did not echo but it was a good try. This album could be just as poorly received/promoted/monetized or whatever as the first but I can say with honesty that this is, so far, the best thing I’ve done creatively. It gives me hope that I can still do something collaborative on this scale and deliver something that is also genuinely of myself.

    Solidarity with Standing Rock Rally from last Fall...pre-election I think.

    Solidarity with Standing Rock Rally from last Fall…pre-election I think.

    At this moment I am blessed. I hope we can all continue to say that even as we continue the fight towards a better future. I’m working on music. Not exactly leading the front lines. But if art and music serve any real purpose it can be to say to those in charge what it is we want changed in society. But sometimes it can just be about butts and stuff. So if anything maybe that’s why we still make music in Albums and not one track at a time. It all has to hit at once to some degree and if you hear one of our songs the hope is you’ll want to hear more and that you will hear something different.

     

    April 6th will mark the 100th anniversary of the US entering World War One. On that day we are honoring the sacrifices of those killed in that war and commemorating the ushering in of a new age in the Global politic…. by releasing a Polka Hip Hop album. Yes, I know.

     

    Actually this album took a lot more effort to get right than I expected. We were lucky to have Kevin Christenen and Michael Ritter join us on this project to help give it a sound that is closer to what we desire in a recording and we are grateful to Bill Stace for giving us space and helping navigate the mix. Bill’s first question was “what do you want it to sound like; a Polka record or a Hip Hop record?” My answer was both at the same time if possible. And then we went to work.

     

    2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. August 1914

    2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
    August 1914

    Anyone in a band knows how hard organizing studio time is and understands the challenges of getting everything as close to perfect as possible. During the recording and mixing of this album we lost friends to violence and we experienced the 2016 presidential election. We worked on this album through the fall and the winter.

     

    We have a number of shows coming up and I hope you can attend as many as possible to see us in as many different settings and company as Milwaukee can offer.

     

     

     

     

    March 24, 2017 we are at Studio 200

    Art and layout by NTSC

    Art and layout by NTSC

     

     

    March 30th help us celebrate Spade One’s Birthday!

     

    April 6th at Bremen the CD release for The Great War with AGNI and Ghost Mirror!

     

    April 8th at Frank’s Power Plant

     
  • Brümeister 12:42 am on November 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Troutski In Requiem 

    Saturday I was attending a wedding for a long-time friend and musical collaborator in West Allis. I had my phone off for the ceremony. As is the custom there was a few hours between the ceremony and the reception and so it was I found myself at a Taco Bell staring at a message from a friend telling me Troutski was gone which I confirmed the way one does on social media. Colin-Michel Demgé was shot in front of his own house at around one in the morning. It was a gut punch to me and I know it had to be to many people in the Milwaukee music scene.

    Guest DJ at the November Criminals CD release

    Guest DJ at the November Criminals CD release

    Troutski in his lab: Mastermind at Work

    Mastermind at work

    Somebody else will tell you all the wonderful things he’s done from Universal Minds to Kilgore Trout to Brew City Bandits AKA Bandidos to Fishpause he displayed his passions and knowledge of music in a way that made people want to participate as much as he did. He collaborated with people you would not expect and was always looking to hear something new as much as he was looking to make something new for you to hear.
    I was fortunate to work with him on a couple of tracks for the first November Criminals album. In fact a good portion of that album’s vocals were recorded at his house! He even threw us a bonus track with a crazy time signature and dropped a hilarious closing verse. We called it Sausage Fest.

    During the sessions I struck up a friendship with him as we discovered a mutual love of jazz. I played one of my favorite songs for him Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard and Colin’s enthusiasm for the song was hilarious “How have I not heard this?” It was what he was trying to do for so many others: make music that they’d never heard but needed to hear.

    Troutski busts on the mic  @ 2013 CD release

    Troutski busts on the mic @ 2013 CD release

     

    He also had a mind to help with his talents volunteering to spin during a Hip Hop fundraiser for WXRW. Of course my personal favorite memory of him will be performing with him at our album release. It gave us a chance to step back and allow Bandidos (Spade One & Troutski) to spit their song B-Boy Stance while NTSC and I stood behind in proper B-Boy stances.

     

    It will be a different music scene without him. So many DJs and MCs worked with him in Milwaukee you can bet the tributes like this one will be well attended and hopefully help us all heal from this loss. Milwaukee has a lot to overcome when it comes to gun violence. I earnestly hope this is a turning point in the awareness of those that worked with Colin and that from this we can have a discussion about where we as musicians fit in and what sort of stances we should be taking. I know where mine is. Let’s move forward together.

    Rest In Power, Colin.

    Better times with DJ Troutski

    Better times with DJ Troutski

     

     

     

     

     
    • Liz 4:01 am on November 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for writing this beautiful piece on my Colin. I’m filled with such happiness and peace knowing how many people’s lives he touched. He is irreplaceable, so it’s a damn good thing he is still with us. He is just in a new form now.

  • Brümeister 10:30 pm on October 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #KarlOfAustria, , #Prost!,   

    The Shame Of A Poet 

    The Shame of a Poet

     

    What it feels like to ask for crowd funding.

    What it feels like to ask for crowd funding.

    Self perception is a beast. Taming this beast is life long task. Our creative lives can often be the last line of defense from the beast going mad, frothing at the mouth and taking a bite out of us.

    The purpose of collaboration is to do something that you could not otherwise do on your own. As someone who believes (somehow, still) that he is a poet I have to admit I can’t do this alone. My words have not meant enough to afford me the luxury of creating something the way I see fit. This is my shame. Of course it isn’t my only shame but I see that it is the reason we are stuck. Of course I am not alone in this fight to create something. My brothers NTSC and Spade ONE are with me as are KC and Mike as well as Bill Stace who is recording these sessions. But we have another goal in mind beyond merely recording a well produced record — we’d like people to hear us this time.

     

    Why now?

    It's a big party!

    It’s a big party!

    Admittedly, I pushed for us to have The Great War done this fall. So much is happening in our city, our state, our nation and our world that sitting idly by waiting was not an option for me. And holding back on our statement meant more would happen to change our minds and indeed during recording more HAS happened. Yet to sit and wait to see how history will play out means you will sit and wait for all eternity and that time is something we needed to realize we do not have.

     

    Why Should Anyone Help?

     

    Emperor stops to talk with the people.

    Emperor stops to talk with the people.

    Before going live on our crowd sourcing effort I asked for a lot of feedback and have even received some during it from friends who I trust and respect to tell me the truth of their perception. One point of contention I heard from a few people was that we are begging for money here for something that is not inherently valuable. I’m paraphrasing a bit and enjambing a few conversations but the basic idea is that we are asking for money to fund a vanity project. I counter that idea with the fact that we aren’t asking for free money, if anything we are selling a one time subscription. You can buy an album on the shelf or you can pay for it before it comes out and in doing so help fund its creation. There are reward tiers set up for people that donate. Think of it as Christmas shopping for the woke nerd/ hip hop head in your life that is looking for something a little different this year.

     

    But yes. I do feel a certain shame for not being rich by now and able to fund my own project. That is a symptom of capitalism.

     

    Another criticism I have heard since we started was that people don’t like the idea of Polka Hip Hop. Well that is what we are. We’re not a strict Hip Hop act and we definitely aren’t just a Polka band. The idea that we should just call ourselves one or the other for the sake of mass appeal is something you’d say if you didn’t really like our music in the first place. Why are you here?

     

    What is it about World War One? Why November Criminals? The Great War?

    TANKS A LOT!!!

    TANKS A LOT!!!

    Ok Ok Ok calm down. It has been established that this nation (USA 2016) is run by Oligarchs. A handful of elites are in charge of vetting who our leaders will be in order to maintain the current level of wealth distribution. It’s what has come to replace monarchy. The Great War was the event that rewrote the power structure in Europe as pointed out by NTSC. The original November Criminals were the people that decided to sign a treaty ending that war because for some reason when powerful people have a conflict it’s the rest of humanity that suffers. They were all assassinated over time by those that named them. They were men and women that wanted to see a better life for everyone in peace. They saw that peace was necessary for that better life to begin. Their enemies were focused on their own bitterness.

    The Great War is coming but this time The November Criminals are alive. Therefore things will be different. Hint: Just like we are not the only band named November Criminals we are not the only advocates for peaceful solutions. State Violence is a looming threat, open revolt is on the tongues of many and nothing seems clear but the poets, the polka rappers, and the people who would help them create… they have arrived just in time. Even if all we aim to do is remind people how to have enjoy differences.

    Written on Oct. 21st 2016 During The Feast of the Blessed Karl of Austria.

     

    COME SEE US LIVE AT NOMAD WORLD PUB OCTOBER 27th at 9PM

    ******FREE******

     
  • Brümeister 11:01 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Stanford Poetry Blues and Graduation for One! 

    So the last online class for the 10 PreModern Women poets happened the other week. It was a free online Stanford class and I signed up hoping to learn something new and I did. What I did not do was any of the assignments (feedback to questions prepared by the instructors). Essays like that were never my strong suit and questions that are supposed to be designed to illicit certain responses usually get the crickets in my head chirping. I’m like “You just said everything in the video, why do I have to repeat it?”  It’s part of the reason I excelled in creative writing instead of essay writing. I have no boundaries and I have no goals. Repeating a few lines from a text that everyone in class will already be repeating is the most fruitless waste of intelligence I came to know while in school. Instead I’d rather quote things deliberately and to make points as I see fit. My grades were only good where professors understood that I was intelligent and could not be motivated against my will.

    My sister is graduated high school a few weeks ago! She’s graduated with a much higher GPA than I did and will even be getting a scholarship! I am immensely proud of her, as any brother would be, but I’m even more impressed because I understand part of what she had to overcome. She had to deal with bullying at her high school and decided to take online courses from another high school to earn her diploma. Contrast that with the reality that I couldn’t even get my shit together for a few hours each week to write about Anne Bradstreet and Emily Dickinson (poets I admire) and you’ll understand why I think it’s doubly amazing. And while I can’t begin to fathom the dedication she had toward her own education to actually sit at a computer and not just play endless amounts of video games what I can appreciate is the desire to get away from the people who harass you and make your life a living hell out of boredom. Online school was not really an option when I was in high school and try as I might I could not get anyone to send me to an alternative school (even though I had friends with similar issues attending).

    We live in a state where education is under attack by our governor and we live in a society that cannot raise some children to be anything less than sociopaths. For many of these Lord of the Flies types there is little to no repercussions for their harmful words and deeds. And now it seems we are grooming a generation where many of us will have to cope with their thoughtless actions and misanthropic outlook. (but then again maybe that’s our natural state of humanity at all times)  What gives me hope is that there are people like my sister out there that are strong enough to deal with these people but also loving enough to continue to give of themselves. We could talk about how this culture creates the need for online charter schools and how there is a lack of respect for everything and everyone in public schools and that it feeds into the plans to fund private charters but that is another topic about which I don’t care to go into.

    The Stanford Prison Experiment was meant to examine what the roles of prisoner and authority figure did to people and how they reacted to a system of oppression.No similar experiment I am aware of truly shows the impact of oppressive learning environments, whether the oppression is coming from the faculty or fellow students.

    Line up kids.  Time for class.

    Line up kids.
    Time for class.

    To give you another perspective I attended the same High School my sister initially attended. Despite us being years apart, I was sad to see the culture had not really changed there and if anything had become more negative. The year I graduated was the same year Columbine happened. Our school had already brought in a police liaison (who ended up getting fired for messing around with a 16 y/o girl).  There was a great fear that any school would be next. My group of friends were outcasts and basically looked like and listened to the same music as the kids who shot up their school in CO. In response to the confusion of violence and fear that came from that moment I started to become more vocal in my anti-gun stance (If I die by a bullet I was killed by a coward) and in response to the kids use of Nazi imagry I began wearing my Dead Kennedys shirt that had a big swastika crossed out like the no-smoking sign which read in big capital letters: NAZI PUNKS FUCK OFF! and on the back ERASE RACISM.  A few weeks after graduation I wore the shirt to a buddy’s going away party. All night long people avoided me but would randomly shout things like “I hate Jews” and “Goddamn Niggers” to try to provoke me, me who was just another kid who spent his whole life growing up in the same town as them. We were all done with school, there was nobody left to impress, this is just how that place is. I don’t know what my sister had to endure but I am glad she didn’t try to sit around and let it bring her down.
    She graduated with HONORS and she even came into town to drive her no-car-having brother out to Madison on the shores of Lake Mendota (or was it Lake Monona? ) on a beautiful June afternoon to see her in cap and gown looking like the beautiful, strong sister I know her to be.

    Bru's Sister on Graduation day in Madison!

    Graduation day in Madison!

    I love this picture. Smile! You deserve happiness.

     

     

    (In case you didn’t click the hyperlink)

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers – (314)

    By Emily Dickinson

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers –
    That perches in the soul –
    And sings the tune without the words –
    And never stops – at all –
    And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
    And sore must be the storm –
    That could abash the little Bird
    That kept so many warm –
    I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
    And on the strangest Sea –
    Yet – never – in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb – of me.

     

     
    • NTSC 12:24 am on June 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      We’re all super proud of her. Your sis is someone who will surely improve the world, even if it’s just in her direct vicinity. That’s enough. Great job sis!

  • Brümeister 8:32 pm on May 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    THANK YOU! 

    May 9th was a blast! We had so much fun at Empower the Tower and we want to say THANK YOU! to everyone who sponsored us and anyone who was there to dance at 3PM! (NTSC on the Melodeon gets feet  moving!) AND a shout out to everyone at Riverwest Radio for making the event truly special!

    It was just the three of us up there on stage this time (no beat machine either!) and we still had people coming up afterwards complimenting our unique sound. It made my day a lot easier since I was duty bound to work the door the rest of the day while I wore one of my other hats, the one marked WXRW board member.
    So in case you missed it we have a link to the There Goes the Neighborhood hour on soundcloud. So click here!

     

    Nov. Criminals getting set to kick off the 3 pm hour of Empower the Tower 2015 to benefit Riverwest Radio.

    Nov. Criminals getting set to kick off the 3 pm hour of Empower the Tower 2015 to benefit Riverwest Radio.

     

     

     
  • Brümeister 1:02 am on April 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Riverwest Radio on May 9th 

    We as a group support Riverwest Radio and the right to a platform for those voices not yet heard. We are scheduled to play in the 3PM hour (hosted by There Goes the Neighborhood) at the upcoming Fundraiser Marathon. All performers are asked to raise a minimum of $25 toward the building of a FM tower for the station.  Anyone who would like to pledge to support Riverwest Radio can do so on their website via paypal. If you’ve read this far you may have the patience to write in the comment box of your paypal donation that it is for The November Criminals. We thank you again for your support!

    We'll be playing in the 3 to 4pm hour on May 9th at Riverwest Radio

    We’ll be playing in the 3 to 4pm hour on May 9th at Riverwest Radio

    **************

     

    So there I was reading this article where Trent Reznor and Robert Smith talk about the Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Psychocandy’ and of course it was really just a summary of a video clip. But it got me thinking about the nature of music and how and when changes occur in music that continue to be relevant. The article opens up with the sentence “A lot of now-classic albums have grown into their reputations over the course of years or decades” and goes on to spell out what makes it so for this album. It dawned on me that a lot of “sound” is merely varying fashion. But there is a difference between fashion and style.  What makes the latest fashion the style?
    Part of it is the relevance to the listener. The way music informs the person hearing it. Most people want music that makes them dance. The dances become a part of the fashion, the way the body moves and sways or pops and locks or twerks and dry humps becomes relevant to the music and then relevant to the fashion of the listener.Lyrics for some exist only to fill a void. To put a human touch on a sonic experience that we sometimes pretend to be other worldly. If the lyrics command a contrasting disposition to the music then we can even ignore them if the voice matches the music. BUT if the contrasts are too great it forces us into the uncomfortable position of active listening.
    If there is a message that vibes with us we may go back to it. If there is something that makes us uncomfortable then we reject it.
    Rejection of a sound or of music is as much a part of fashion as the dances we perform. What we actively reject says as much about us as what we embrace. When a musical artist (or a musician, or a band, or a composer, or a poet) sparks controversy it is usually because they have created an equal amount of supporters and detractors.

    Support is defined in many ways. It is measured by money, esteem, praise and circulation or word of mouth. Detractors are obstructionists who work to actively prevent any of these from reaching the band.

    As we enter the next phase of The November Criminals project we thank everyone who has supported us so far. Whether we are ever going to be “fashionable” is not for us to decide. But no one can say we lack style!

     

     
  • Brümeister 9:53 pm on April 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    7 Trivia Crack Questions You Won’t See Anytime Soon 

    Number 5 of the 7....

    Number 5 of the 7….

    1) How you Doing?
    a. pretty good
    b. Awesome!
    c. Que?
    d. Back off I’m playing Trivia Crack

    Each band is subject to obstacles. Every artist who believes in their art is bound to encounter a wide range of problems from personal tragedy to something as simplistically impossible as writer’s block. But what do we do to overcome apathy?

    2) A group later named “The Glover Mob” stormed a city jail and freed a run away slave in which state?
    a. Indiana
    b. Massachusetts
    c. Missouri
    d. Wisconsin

    As much as we choose our futures by a series of decisions that happen real time with unknown consequences; so too are we empowered by our pasts. History is never perfect. But if you know where you stand you know what to look for.

    3) In what country is the School of the Americas located?
    a. Chile
    b. Argentina
    c. U.S.A.
    d. Cuba

    Fear is a raw emotion. Only when it is refined and distilled by politics does it become repression.

    4) Polka is the official dance of what state?
    a. Texas
    b. Wisconsin
    c. Pennsylvania
    d. Minnesota

    Positive energy is universal. Celebration of the universal, however, can take many forms.

    Here we jump ahead. What do our leaders say about us? Are those in authority worthy of our respect?

    6) Which Wisconsin politician said single mothers are guilty of child abuse?
    a. Scott Walker
    b. Paul Ryan
    c. Glenn Grothman
    d. Joe McCarthy

    We learn from history. But what we learn is based on perception as much as information. Do we understand we are not perfect? Do we allow for others to succeed where we fall short? How do we react?

    7) The only country to ban mustard gas in World War One was?
    a. Russia
    b. Austro-Hungarian Empire
    c. U.S.A.
    d. Germany

    Unspoken reality is that sometimes the enemy is right. Sometimes the enemy was never meant to be an enemy. Sometimes only pride keeps a conflict alive. This is why while we value pride it is in reality a sin.

     

     
  • Brümeister 1:04 am on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Spring is Sprunk: April & May 

    Just because I can…..!

    I figured I’d post a little bit about some upcoming events that I (Bru) and The November Criminals will be a part of.
    I was recently the opener for an event at the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts on Center Street. I read some of my own poems and some stuff from various assorted issues of Burdock magazine. I also got to host Poets Monday on April 6th as the usual host had come down with a case of going to San Francisco. The feature was my good friend Mario the Poet. His competition was the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals featuring some guys in Wisconsin jerseys from Madison. Needless to say the turnout was heavy on the poets and light on the non-poets. Still a good crowd turned up to share in the moment.
    Coming up on what I’m calling Poetic Promenades:

    April 18th, 2pm at Woodland Pattern “Poets of Riverwest Radio”

    April 22nd, 7pm at Microlights Ineluctable Place hosted by Mike Hauser w/ Susan Firer & Keith Gaustad

    April 25th, 2pm at Milwaukee Public Library – East Branch Celebrate Poetry in Your Community

    Nov Criminals rocking the 1st Empower the Tower in 2013

    Nov Criminals rocking the 1st Empower the Tower in 2013

    BUT THEN on May 9th, the day before Mother’s Day,
    Empower the Tower returns to Riverwest Radio! The November Criminals will be in the 3pm hour hosted by There Goes the Neighborhood!
    IF you’d like to sponsor our time please contact Riverwest Radio or just show up and pay 5 bucks at the door to support the station as it strives toward LPFM broadcasting.

    Now if you are all like “Hey there’s a lot of Bru’s stuff here. What about the other guys?” Well you can find out more for SPADE ONE here and NTSC here.  Tell them to start blogging 😉

     
  • Brümeister 11:20 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    WrestleMania 31, A Sausage, Some Fries & 2 Pabsts 

    Brock, wake up! We're going to Suplex City!

    Brock, wake up! We’re going to Suplex City!

    That’s a Sunday. A great Sunday. I enjoy my wrestling fandom sometimes I post about it. I also noticed the wonderfully hilarious trend of people who are annoyed with wrestling fans. Now these people have been around for some time possibly since the inception of the concept of Pro Wrestling. They’re retaining a gene from a bygone day where people got mad when you threw a fight and still collected money on your loss…. oh wait boxers that lose still get paid right? I mean so do UFC fighters, they get paid when they lose, I’m sure of it. They get endorsements.
    ANYWAYS

    Enough trolling. WrestleMania was pretty fun this year. I walked in to the bar during the IC Title Ladder Match in time to see Dean.. Fucking…  Ambrose… go through a ladder. Did everyone forget that he vowed to stop Seth Rollins from ever cashing in? What happened to that? Oh yeah I guess he was storyline dead from the ladder bump. Remember when the Shield broke up? Seth gave a light spanking to Roman Reigns compared to the beat down he handed Dean… Fucking… Ambrose…
    Also, is anyone else bummed that Jon Stewart didn’t have a WrestleMania Moment? I mean he should have been the one to count the three and turn on everyone and raise Rollins’ hand.  Still pretty awesome ending Seth is a deserving champion and this should be an entertaining title run. RUN… remember this?
    OK now I’m excited for RAW tonight….

    Tune in to There Goes The Neighborhood on Wednesday for some more reactions.

     

     

     
  • Brümeister 10:15 pm on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dead Man's Carnival, EDM, , Paris Hilton, Shakespeare Raw, Summerfest   

    Summerfest Fails to Book The November Criminals; Paris Hilton Headlines June 28 

    NC_tour_01

    Remember when we drove to Superior for a show?
    Pepperidge Farms remembers.

    Whoa it’s been a long winter and it is still going!
    To recap what has happened since last August… which is apparently the last time any of us checked in on the weblog…. we played a few shows, you may have seen us at Dead Man’s Carnival in March . Or at Shakespeare Raw in February at Best Place! It’s true we’ve been here and there and under the radar BUT the Criminals are always a booking away from playing your favorite spot! Recommend us to your favorite club or promoter and keep the Criminality in Music.

    So in other news Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival has booked Paris Hilton to DJ on the grounds as a headlining act. The announcement is not without its blowjob ERR BLOWBACK I meant blowback….
    A petition to remove her from the lineup is making headlines of its own and the movement appears to be swelling. Sheesh, its hard ERR DIFFICULT to write about this without unnecessary innuendo. So the main argument against her is that she is not a professional DJ and has not paid any dues to receive her spot on the lineup.
    Now to be fair I’ve been around the EDM scene for a few years now… as a security guard, a bartender, and an outsider. I stress that because at no time have I declared any fandom for the overarching genre of Electronic Dance Music. “Why?” you might ask “Aren’t you in a Polka Hip Hop band? You use beats on a laptop at shows I’ve seen you!”
    First of all, Thanks for coming to our shows. And if you haven’t it’s likely because you are an EDM person and you don’t really like Hip Hop. You don’t like people talking over the music while you trip and stare at lights. You aren’t really interested in what a Hip Hop MC has to say unless it’s about Swag and drugs and the kind of hedonism you only wish you could live out if only you were wealthy like…. Paris Hilton.
    BUT ISN’T PARIS A MAN’S NAME?
    Yes it is but this is 2015 and you can name your kids whatever. You buy them a car so they can drive to the city and dress themselves in bikinis and bondage gear, covered in plastic beads that stress the value of PLUR as they take MDMA for the first time they got from a guy they met once or twice before at another show, but he seems to know an awful lot about spirituality and he has a flat brimmed baseball cap (what’s baseball?) and cool shirt that looks expensive because of all the colors.
    The point is Paris Hilton is the perfect expression of EDM whether you like it or not. She’s privileged, scantily dressed, she has a viral porn video, and all she needed was enough money to buy some equipment the number to some people to do lights…..and let’s be real she already bought that shit ten times over if it wasn’t being given to her for free because of her brand. YES BRAND. That’s what’s on these posters and the pins and the hats. We do it too! We all get sucked into it one way or another. RELAX. You already know you are going to some other festival where you will sit on a lawn chair tripping.
    Oh and I’m not all excited about her “performance” and I know plenty of really awesome DJs that we’ve played with. But I’m not going to pretend this isn’t a perfect expression of what EDM ultimately is and all the attempts to portray it as something other than the renewal of the disco scene, a scene that thrived on excess and cocaine and not much else, is delusional…. you might be tripping on something.

     
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