FILM, MUSIC

It’s COVID-19 distraction time! Five hours of incredible film and music.

Hi there. If you’re doing as we’ve all been told to, you’ve locked yourself up at home while the world holds it breath for COVID-19 to cease its worldwide spread.

Perhaps you’ve run dry of things to watch or listen to. Or perhaps you have a bunch queued up but aren’t too excited about any of them.

Let me help you out. I’ve got over 5 hours of incredible film and music right here that I can’t recommend enough.

MUSIC:

Moses Boyd’s Dark Matter album

Released last month, Dark Matter is a fiery 10-track explosion of hip hop-infused jazz that can’t be described, must be heard. Keep in mind as you listen that Boyd is a drummer; yes that’s right, those sounds aren’t electronically generated, he’s playing those sick beats live. (“Sick” – No pun intended. This album is not contagious, but is addictive)

Covid-distraction time: 49:14

FILM:

Who Killed Malcolm X?
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A one-season, six-episode powerhouse documentary that follows the story of an average, everyday man who, through an obsession over the assassination of black rights activist Malcolm X, does miraculous work that uncovers, layer by captivating layer, the complex and frustratingly mesmerizing truth about the broad daylight killing and wrongful imprisonments that rocked the world.

Filmed and edited with exquisite patience, respect and compassion for the many people interviewed, there are so many layers to this documentary series, it’s bewildering. So much more than a simple “who done it,” Who Killed Malcolm X is so powerful, this documentary has actually resulted in the murder case being reopened in the US courts. Watch it to find out why. Now on Netflix.

Covid-distraction time: 4hrs, 24 min

Let me know whatchu think of these. And if you’ve got your own recommendations, share them below. Thank you.

While you enjoy these gifts for your social isolation, I hope you find yourself inspired. How about we all use this time not just to be distracted, but to learn, expand our minds; take this time to get to know the world, current and past, how we can connect even in isolation.

I hope that we all use this time to realize how much we need each other, how putting aside differences and listening to each other is the only way to a unified future, an existence that accepts each of us for who we are deep down, a place that can be safe for everyone to shine their inner selves. Embrace humanity, y’all! Say seeya to hatred, disrespect, and intolerance!

Peace. Love. Respect.

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Super raw, super real. Two artists who deserve to blow up.

Debby Friday.

Holy shit. Her recorded music is speaker-exploding, her live performance is scintillating.

Bandcamp rated Friday’s “Death Drive” the 26th best album of the year so -gddmn!- you’re bound to see|hear much more from her this year…

Sebastian Paul.

Inexplicably rugged and tender all at the same time. Addictive as fuck, too.

The clever Diplo/Mad Decent crew have already snapped this fella up so – yep you guessed it – big things in store for Paul…

You gotta give artists like this your love. They aren’t holding back one bit – every pore of their souls are poured into every beat, every lyric.

Raw and real, they remind us to be the same.

Get out there and support your local artists.

Love life. Be good to one another. Encourage one another to express yourselves freely and jump up and down and scream in unison when they take the stage and bare their souls. Be brave together. Crush the mediocre together.

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Because we appreciate things that don’t last

This is brilliant. What a way to grab people’s attention to your music.

Release music that’s only available for one month.

Do it regularly so you can feature new artists all the time.

And how clever, to produce it easily and give it a super appealing low fi vibe, record it on a phone.

Love it.

Listen to Etran de L’Aïr‘s “Music from Saharan WhatsApp,” buy it, and keep tuned in for more from Sahel Sounds.

“For the year of 2020, Sahel Sounds presents “Music from Saharan WhatsApp.” Every month, we’ll be releasing an EP from a musical group in the Sahel. Every album will be recorded on a cellphone, and transmitted over WhatsApp, and uploaded to Bandcamp – where it will live for one month only. Available for pay as you want, 100% of the sales will go directly to the artist or group. After one month, the album will be replaced by another one, until the end of the year.” ~ Read more about this wicked project on their Bandcamp page.

/// another example of how brilliant and artist-supporting Bandcamp is. I’m such a fan of this platform. ///

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ART, MUSIC, TECH

Could research tools revolutionize the arts?

Through my current communications and marketing job, I come across a lot of very cool projects. Did I ever mention how satisfying and inspiring it is to realize that researchers are the same as artists – creating new things because they are driven to – only they work in academia, as opposed to nonprofits?

Anyway, the most recent inspiring thing I came across is this: The OSF (Open Science Framework). It’s “a free and open source project management repository that supports researchers across their entire project lifecycle.” In short, it makes researcher’s projects easier to manage, by allowing contributors, with the option to make parts of the project public. It manages files, data, code… streamlining everything to increase efficiency.

Read all about it here: cos.io/our-products/osf/

I want to do the same for the arts! Does anyone know a programmer I could work with and some grants I could tap into? Let’s make this happen!

I’ve been thinking a lot about bringing techniques and tools used by academic researchers into the world of art creation to shake up how artists do what they do. Sure, a lot of artists might not be into it, but I believe there are also a lot who would be! Those artists who already work in digital media or coding, for sure. Then the ones who regardless of their medium are already tweeting, streaming video, or using modern tech to further their careers.

If you’ve got any ideas on this subject or know anyone who’s already doing this, I’d appreciate if you’d share what you know! Send me your comments.

Oh, and I’m rarely going to end a post without some inspiring visuals or music. Here’s what’s been getting me going the last couple of days. New stuff!

Brand new Methyl Ethel album. This Aussie artist is so unique; this new stuff is on another level: Listen to Triage
(track 7 – wow!)

And I’ve always been a sucker for drum and bass, and Nobody Asks by TMSV is where it’s at.

Till next time, peace, love, art and respect!

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