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Flume – The Greatest View (Feat. Isabella Manfredi)

If I got to choose a coast I got to choose the East
I live out there, so don’t go there
But that don’t mean a ni%$@ can’t rest in the West
See some nice breast in the West” – Biggie

Two and a half years ago I found out what it’s like to be a New Yorker in the City of Angels – insert all relevant stereotypes here. In the last week or so I’ve been back on forth to NYC and after fully embracing the Angelino lifestyle I’m truly starting understanding the other side of the coin. Those Biggie lyrics use to represent me to the fullest but these days I’m lucky enough to have a different perspective, one that ask why choose? LA and NYC are completely different places, so much so that there’s no valid reason to compare them, but you talk to natives of either and they’re so die hard about one or the other. I’m not knocking loving your city but I am promoting being able to appreciate it all. It seems like much of life is centered around making these drastic decisions but why do we have to limit our love to one thing? We’re forced into these limits as if humans aren’t capable of endless love. Further more why do we get caught up in the frame of mind that strongly identifying ourselves with things is so important? In my opinion we’re led into that by commerce but more on that later.

If you don’t know by now Steve Jobs is one of my idols and part of his philosophy on intelligence is that it’s all about having crap load of experiences to draw upon…

A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

I love that, I love the concept of having a huge bag of experiences to draw upon when it comes to anything in life. Sometimes we get caught up looking at a thing from one perspective while completely forgetting that there’s an entire world out there. Often we get caught up in the material and forget how insignificant that is compared to the divine, we get lost looking at something from the ground instead of going up and seeing it from a sky scraper. We always have to keep that in mind, that’s why I chose this song because it truly is about being objective enough to have The Greatest View.

So to that I say live somewhere else! Save your money and travel, experience new energies, new people, new cultures and make your bag of experiences as big as possible. I said we’re led into these limited identities because of commerce and I think that’s a big part of it. The world wants to make you define yourself because that makes you easy to sell to. The more of a “demographic” you are the easier it is for marketers to target you and sell you shit. But kill that noise, we’re better than that and we’re not limited to one, two or even three things. Technology and all the progress we’ve made as humans allow us to make the most of our lives, don’t take that shit for granted. There’s no limit to our love, enjoy.

Flume – The Greatest View (Feat. Isabella Manfredi)

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SSION – LISTEN 2 THE GRRRLS

This ain’t no house of style
Better get out your phones and start to dial
1-900-PUNK-PUNK-PUNK
What the F^&! rhymes with punk?”

If you follow or (hopefully) are involved with the New York City music scene, the name SSION should sound familiar. Formed in Kansas City in 1996 with Cody Critcheloe at the gender-stripping helm, SSION’s name has sky-rocketed from the queer underground to relative major city fame (their little cameo in CSS’s summer jam “City Grrl” helped, too). I’ve been an avid listener for a little over a year now since my good friend introduced me to them, and it’s always a good time when their tracks surprise me over shuffle.

Pronounced “shun,” SSION’s whole aesthetic is refreshing in a scene where authenticity is as hard to come-by as a track without some other artist’s sample. Critcheloe’s look is both masculine and feminine; so much so that he transcends the gender gamut and just is. Throw in a little bit of BOY London punk, ska, and Freddie Mercury influences and you’ve got Cody. This undefinable mixture of a being continues to deliver solid tracks and EP’s that are both dance-inducing and chilled out. Slurring over his words like semi-drunk xanax cocktail, “LISTEN 2 THE GRRRLS” is the first track off SSION’s 2011 release, “BENT”. It’s disco, it’s funk, it’s punk, it’s soul; this cacophony of genres come together in this track to work you up and get you moving. Groovy seems like a tacky word, but I feel like it’s oddly appropriate for this. It has good vibes pumping through the falsetto chorus and spoken-word interludes.

SSION is all about the performance. Their music’s refusal to be pinned down translates into each band member’s being. Listening to tracks like this; tracks that get down into your bones, free you up and provide a space to perform. Music is, afterall, a performance and we’re all actors/actresses in the production. Sometimes, though, we need something or someone like Critcheloe to be bold enough first for us to let go.

SSION – LISTEN 2 THE GRRRLS

 

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The Beastie Boys – Get It Together

When I wasn’t on tour somewhere or busy with music, I use to spend every second of my free time with my cousin Brian riding around New York City on my BMX. We’d be out from dusk till dawn causing havoc, bunny hoping sidewalks, slicing through cabs, showing off for girls and hanging with all the skaters down at Battery Park. 90% of the time I’d be listening to the Beastie Boys. They embodied the vibe and energy of New York City in the 90s, you will be missed. EMPT wouldn’t have that Manhattan swag if I didn’t grow up listening to you. R.I.P. MCA.

Keep it on and on…”

The Beastie Boys – Get It Together