Monthly Archives: August 2013

Questioning the Scripture of Bill Hicks

Let’s face it – Bill Hicks was a genius.  Taking a cue from the all-time great George Carlin, Hicks infused his rebellious comedy routine with a heavy dose of philosophy. His views on society, government, religion, and drugs are still thought-provoking and profound 20-years later.  Recently while watching his 1992 special Relentless I had a moment of confusion.  While talking about the music industry’s penchant for performing fellatio on the Devil, Hick’s quipped, “Let me tell you something right now, you can print this in stone and don’t you ever forget it: any performer who ever sells a product on television is for now and all eternity removed from the artistic world.”

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Fuck Buttons “Slow Focus”

Fuck Buttons

Slow Focus

[ATP; 2013]

Rating: 8.3

Recently while watching Ken Burn’s six part series on the National Parks, I couldn’t help but find myself enamored by the late, great John Muir. I’d heard the name over the years, whether it be his fervent advocacy for preservation or his theories on how mountains were formed (he was correct: glaciers), but I’d never realized the treasure trove of eloquent statements on nature that he left behind. I’ve always believed that God can be best found in his creations – the mountains, the trees, and the animals – and through the documentary, I quickly realized Muir was my prophet.

It was no accident that moments after finishing the episode I decided to listen to Fuck Button’s latest release Slow Focus.  Instantly, the connections between their music and John Muir’s life intertwined in my mind.  In the world of electronic music, Fuck Buttons are bizarre outsiders much like Muir was viewed most of his life.  Both are minimalists by nature, Muir living off what he could find in the Sierra Mountains and Fuck Buttons reliance on whatever “instruments” they can manipulate enough to suit their needs (they’ve been known to use devices ranging from outdated computer software to children’s toys).

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BDWPS Podcast: Episode 17

In this episode we check out new tracks from Steve Gunn, Serengeti, Run the Jewels, Jason Isbell, and Pharmakon. As always, we check out a Bob Dylan track, this time from his underrated religious album, “Slow Train Coming.” Check it out HERE or subscribe on iTunes (keyword: BDWPS).

Playlist:

Steve Gunn “Water Wheel”
Serengeti “Lazer Tag” and “Crush ‘Em”
Run the Jewels “Christmas Fucking Miracle”
Jason Isbell “Elephant”
Pharmakon “Pitted”
Pussy Riot “Like a Red Prison”
Bob Dylan “Slow Train”

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