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  • NTSC 5:27 pm on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Lessons from an August past – a stream of consciousness ramble 

    1945

    August 6th – The city of Hiroshima is the first target of any nuclear bomb used in warfare.

    August 8th – The Soviet Union declares war on the Empire of Japan.

    August 9th – The city of Nagasaki becomes the second city targeted by an American nuclear strike.

    August 10th – Imperial Japan accepts the Potsdam Declaration, contingent on the retained sovereignty of the Emperor.

    August 11th – America demands Imperial Japan’s unconditional surrender.

    August 12th – The Soviet Union advances onto the Korean Peninsula.

    August 14th – Emperor Hirohito of Japan surrenders unconditionally. The second world war is over, for the most part.

    1945 was a very different world from our own. People were different. Morals and values were different. Right and wrong were different. New cruelties never before suffered upon the world and its people were invented and executed, to terrifying effect. Over 2.2 Billion human beings were killed by other human beings, often in the worst ways conceivable. It was perhaps the most inhuman conflict in all history.

    For what?

    For fear.

    For hatred.

    For nationalism.

    In defense of the perceived differences that divide us.

    For power and money.

    Two Billion Three Hundred Million children of Earth, across every spectrum you can imagine, were murdered.

    Who were the bad guys? 

    Who were the good guys?

    Who are we?

    Let us never forget what transpired.

    War, cruelty, hatred and violence on that level is totally and completely unnatural.

    It is the ultimate expression of manipulative control exercised by the powerful over the powerless.

    Let us never again believe the lies of justified hatred against one another.

    Let us never again be so blindly convinced that violence is heroism, especially in defense of something as meaningless as the concept of a country or a race.

    There are many lessons to learn and remember from those days.

    Don’t hate one another. Don’t divide into groups. Don’t blame and accuse. Don’t scapegoat.

    Unite against power.

    Power serves only itself.

     
  • NTSC 3:58 pm on January 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    4th Place 

    My wife and I attended the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee 2015 Awards Party last night at the Turner Hall Ballroom. It was certainly an affair to be seen at, all congratulations to The Shepherd and all the folks that worked hard to make a great event.

    best of milwaukee 2015 logo

    What a Party!

    The menu was insane, with catering from almost 20 of Milwaukee’s best restaurants and hospitality groups. Needless to say, we all ate very well. As much as I enjoyed the food, and it was certainly a main focus for me, I went for different, personal reasons.

    november criminals plea for votes

    Holy Crap! We’re on the ballot!

    If you’ve been following us at all, you know that The November Criminals were actually nominated in our category of “best rap/hip hop group.” We were officially on the ballot, thanks entirely to the tireless support of our friends, families and fans. It was unheard of. We were listed among the ranks of Milwaukee’s most visible, most beloved rap acts – acts that had managed to achieve the unthinkable for a Milwaukee band: recognition outside of our local stage. There we were, in black and white with a little check box beside our name. It was unreal. I told myself I was attending the awards party for the awesome food, but there was a small part of me that wanted to go to see if it was possible, if we could really actually take home the title.

    I consider myself an optimist, but I fall short of that lofty goal pretty frequently, especially when it comes to my own personal success. Realistically, I told myself we couldn’t possibly win. We have incredible fans and followers, but their numbers – though staggering to me – are not nearly as large as the numbers of fans our esteemed competition enjoy. I use the term “competition” here very loosely. I’d wager 90% of Milwaukeeans have never heard of us, and that estimate is probably too low. So, yeah, I knew we couldn’t win. The numbers told the story. Yet, in the back of my mind flickered a small, fragile candle of hope. Maybe we had managed to creep by in the polls. Maybe our competition hadn’t cared enough about the title to promote their nomination. Maybe they were resting on their laurels and figured their name recognition would be enough to win. We, on the other hand, campaigned furiously on social media.

    we continue to pander

    Just one example of our tenacious campaigning.

    For us, this opportunity wasn’t just another award like it was to so many of the area businesses that win one every year like clockwork. For us, this opportunity represented a chance to gain real visibility, on a scale we could never achieve alone through our own network of connections. This was a real chance to get some recognition for the insane thing we’re doing musically. It would also represent a palpable admission that what we are doing isn’t so far from the mainstream that it will never be accepted. It would be validation and vindication that I, personally have been craving ever since we started this project.

    It was not to be.

    At 7:00  the winners were projected on a giant screen behind the band (shoutout to Wifee and the Huzz Band) one after another in order of category. First Milwaukee characters and representatives, then services rendered, restaurants, boutiques, animal advocacy groups, the list went on. There are a lot of categories. I clapped and cheered for the winners, especially businesses and individuals I appreciated and voted for. I fell silent when the Music category finally appeared. Best acoustic musician, best choral group, best female singer, etc. I held my breath. I could feel my heart pounding. I knew we couldn’t win. I knew it as a fact, but still, that glimmer of hope fluttered in my chest. Finally: “Best Rap/Hip Hop Group.” It was all I could do to bring myself to read the name below the title heading. WebsterX. Well, it wasn’t a surprise. I wasn’t shocked. It was exactly the name I’d expected to see. It made perfect sense, but no amount of logic can soothe that feeling of loss. We came in 4th among the runners-up. We came in dead last.

    A measure of hindsight has been a salve to the pain of losing. We made it on the ballot! There might be people out there who had never even heard of us before, who may have been curious enough to look us up after they voted for WebsterX. They might not become fans after they find us, but they had to look us up! There are probably at least a few people who never knew Non-Ironic Polka Hip Hop even existed before this competition, who now know undeniably that it does! We almost certainly got a modicum of exposure out of this whole thing, and that alone is a triumph, especially when you’re a band like us. Yes, the news is that we lost. The news is, we came in dead last. But maybe, for us, bad news is still good news.

    Maybe next year?

    Maybe next year?

     
  • 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!

  • NTSC 4:01 pm on May 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Visibility and the democratization of online creativity 

    Technology is a truly wondrous thing. I can distinctly remember when my family could finally afford to buy a CD-RW drive for our computer. The ability to actually burn your own music CDs had finally become available to the masses, and it was incredible. At the time I was authoring digital music with a piece of shareware software called Goldwave. I’m stoked and shocked to see that it still exists! Anyway, I must have been around 18 years old at the time and I felt like a rock star. I burned CDs with my music and gave them to all my friends (as if the songs were any good at all.) I listened to them with my portable CD player everywhere I went, though it skipped terribly while I walked, cradling it in my right hand like a baby bird. Suddenly, small music producers could create their own mixes, their own compilations, their own actual albums and sell them to the masses at large. That is just one example of the incredible democratization of creativity that technology has created.

    Fast forward to today, when that democratization has truly revolutionized creativity as we know it. With the ubiquity of professional-grade music production software, industry standard programs becoming available through affordable subscription models, and other advances, almost anyone with an inkling to create art can get their hands on the tools to make it happen. For me, this is both a huge positive for the world, and also a negative. While it has made it possible for even the smallest indie artist to make professional quality products, it has also made it eminently easier for absolute offal to flood every conceivable marketplace. Video games, music, illustration, video, if it’s a media that can be consumed online, I promise it has been super-saturated with tripe of the lowest degree.

    Sturgeon’s law states that “99% of everything is crap.” This may be true, but before the widespread availability of media-creation tools, it was probably a little more difficult for all the crap to make it to market. When it took thousands of dollars in startup capital alone just to get your foot in the door, the market was understandably less flooded. Now, crap and mediocrity are the norm and it’s up to each individual artist to try and get their signal heard among the noise.

    That’s where this powerful democratization hurts us all. There are truly great artists out there, with unique, valuable voices who have the right to be heard, appreciated and rewarded for their talents. Today, it’s not enough for those artists to be skillful and practiced at their craft, they also need to be a full-force marketing and social networking machine as well. Nowadays an artist, instead of spending the lion’s share of their precious time creating quality art, must blog and tweet and post and reblog and instagram and snapchat everything they make, in the hopes of reaching any audience at all. It can be discouraging, to look out over the vast ocean of media that is created and disseminated every single minute of every day, and realize that you and your passions are just a drop in that endless sea.

    My wife got me a fabulous book recently, in which Calvin and Hobbes creator, Bill Watterson discusses the state of comics today. He laments the struggle of comic artists trying to make a living online:

    “…the new business model is to put the strip out there for free, attract some zealous fans, and then hope to sell ads, or T-shirts, or original drawings, or book collections to make actual income. You basically put your art out there as a loss leader. Even if it works, wow, that’s depressing.”

    The culture of free-to-play, free-of-charge media that today’s consumers are so accustomed to is, in my opinion, due entirely to the sheer volume of media available. Affordable technology is the cause of that volume. Today, unless your product is free, you can’t hope to compete. That’s not only ridiculous, it’s nauseating to someone who strives to make a comfortable living from their art. Bill Watterson and illustrators of his ilk were able to not only live comfortably, but handsomely, because they were valued and compensated for their skill and talent. It seems the best an artist can hope for today, whatever their genre or medium, is to scrape by on sales of peripherals.

    Personally, The November Criminals would not have an album, or a website, or any real presence at all without the availability of powerful technologies. I wouldn’t have any of my freelance gigs without the power of the software on my home PC. I cannot in good faith demonize technology since it has made my current lifestyle possible. However, I fear for what the future holds. If this is the current state of affairs when it comes to artists trying to make a living, what will happen as the markets become even more saturated than they already are? How will anyone hope to get their voice heard?

    At least I can rest easy at night, secure in the knowledge that when it comes to Polka Hiphop, we are quite literally the only game in town. We’ll always have that.

    For now.

     
  • 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 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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