R.I.P Gil Scott Heron

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Court of first model tenement house in New York, 72nd Street and First  Avenue, Manhattan.. Abbott, Berenice — Photographer. March 16, 1936
via NYPL’s Changing New York collection

Court of first model tenement house in New York, 72nd Street and First Avenue, Manhattan.. Abbott, Berenice — Photographer. March 16, 1936

via NYPL’s Changing New York collection

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Bedhead - Living Well on What Fun Life Was

I listened to this record probably 3 to 4 times a week my senior year of high school. Primarily while napping.  Criminally under appreciated, this is from their first album, which is by far the haziest and most quiet-loud dynamic of their three LPs.  Later efforts lack the warm blurryness that isn’t quite shoegaze and isn’t quite slowcore of What Fun Life Was. The anthemically sad and distant guitar lines work particularly well for a song that seems to be about somebody dying and the lack of what one can actually do for that person.

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June of 44 - “Anisette” on Tropics and Merdians

I have listened to this 5 times today. Still not tired of it.

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Unwound - “Excuse Me …” on The Future of What

I once accidentally listened to this song (and the tracks at the end of The Future of What that make up the “Excuse Me …” “… But Pardon …” “… My French.” trilogy) while watching a slide show I had made of scanned photographs of my then recently deceased grandfather.  As he was nearly 96 when he died and I was in possession of pictures of him dating back to probably about 1930 or so, the musical accompaniment worked quite well.


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I ran past the first watchman. Then I was horrified, ran back again and said to the watchman: “I ran through here while you were looking the other way.” The watchman gazed ahead of him and said nothing. “I suppose I really oughtn’t to have done it,” I said. The watchman still said nothing. “Does your silence indicate permission to pass?”

Franz Kafka “The Watchman”

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