Interests include dance, music, and culture of all -brows. Join me on my journey to compelling prose. (Twitter: @_ajohnny)

There is by now too vast an array of compelling narratives in which African-American music is the founding discourse of the African-American experience. Indeed, African music is the founding discourse of the diaspora, and that is probably as it should be. But, for my part, I am at war with music, to the extent that it completely defines the parameters of intellectual discourse in the African-American community. For me, the self-limiting paradigm is not the family but musical production.

Michele Wallace, “‘Why Are There No Great Black Artists?’: The Problem of Visuality in African-American Culture”

(She wrote this in 1991 and it is still true. I wouldn’t say that I’m “at war with music” — as she’s an art historian, musical histories may have less purchase in her work than they will in mine — but at the very least I’ve found myself wondering whether African-American intellectuals have felt obligated to ground their work in sonic principles. If nothing else, it strikes me as a gimmick.) 


a woman has twins and gives them up for adoption

one of them goes to a family in egypt and is named amal the other goes to a family in spain they name him juan

years later juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. upon receiving the picture she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of amal

he responds “theyre twins if youve seen juan youve seen amal”

(Source: bladetheroosterteethfanguy)


New Kate Boy!

"Self Control" by Kate Boy

The wait has been worth it. Absolutely. No question. Kate Boy are true masters of synth pop and they should be bigger than everything else out now. This new track is just another brilliant chapter in a series of brilliant chapters. Sharp lyrics, ridiculous chorus and melodies, perfect and danceable synths, and that indescribably epic spirit that only they can achieve. 

(PS You haven’t experienced Kate Boy until you’ve seen them live. Truly. It is is a life changing experience.)


Maroon 5, “Harder To Breathe” (Top 40 debut: 9/27/03, chart peak: #18)

Lots of bands break up and reunite under a new name minus the one member everyone hated. Alternapop flop Kara’s Flowers returned in the ’00s with a new name and one more member than before.

While my initial reaction to this song was revulsion - “finally, a middle ground between Matchbox 20 and Lenny Kravitz” - it’s grown on me since.

(on It Started In The ’00s! - Outside The Top 10)

Emerson College, Los Angeles

Emerson College, Los Angeles


I will sit down and gather my thoughts about DEEK later, but for now here’s a cover of a Steely Dan song they included on a recent compilation.

slo-mo club experience

nzca/lines - base 64 love

hhh whatever, lucid dreaming is a lie