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Swet Shop Boys
It is officially time to start wetting our pants – Donald Trump will be the President of the United States in mere months. The thought of that orange faced, mentally ill galoot running the most powerful country in the world is reason enough to be nervous, but his hateful rhetoric of bigotry and oppression has been even more appalling. Expressing this panic and anxiety as a white man feels a bit like empty venting in comparison to those who actually have something to fear in the Trump dictatorship.
Enemy #1 seems to be anyone of Muslim descent. Threats of a Muslim registry and even internment camps have already been floated by the Trump camp, and one can’t help but feel helpless to a Republican majority that might just appease the mad man’s wishes. Swet Shop Boys, a hip-hop duo comprised of Heems and Riz MC (both of Muslim descent), might just be the soundtrack of angst and hope that we have all been looking for in these trying times.
Sooo, it looks like I forgot to post the latest BDWPS Podcast to WordPress…my bad! It’s been a rough week for all of us.
With the results of the 2016 presidential election in, this BDWPS Podcast turns into a therapy session for listeners with new tracks from Adam Torres, Bon Iver, Conor Oberst, Preoccupations, Ausmuteants, Hamilton Leithauser, Mick Jenkins, and LVL UP. We also take a look at the Elliot Smith bio-doc “Heaven Adores You” and revisit Bob Dylan’s “Bringing It All Back Home.”
Adam Torres “High Lonesome”
Bon Iver “33 God”
Conor Oberst “Tachycardia”
Ausmuteants “I Hate You”
Hamilton Leithauser “Rough Going (I Won’t Let Up)”
Mick Jenkins “Spread Love”
LVL UP “Pain”
Elliot Smith “Last Call” B
Bob Dylan “Corrina, Corrina”
A Tribe Called Red
We Are the Halluci Nation
You are more likely to hear about the Cleveland Indian’s battle with the Chicago Cubs in the World Series than you are to hear about The Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s protest of the North Dakota pipeline. Really, it isn’t that surprising. For over 400 years, Native Americans have been treated as second class citizens, their cause often ignored or quickly dismissed. With their third album We Are the Halluci Nation, the Canadian DJ trio called A Tribe Called Red are unwilling to sit idly by while the injustices of colonization continue to wreak havoc on indigenous people of North America.
In this episode of Year of the Bowie, we take a close look at the Berlin sessions and Bowie’s new found focus on fatherhood. We also begin to see the influence he would have on an entire decade of music.
Jumping the Shark
[Secretly Canadian; 2016]
We are all flawed humans. All of us. Donald Trump. Hilary Clinton, and yes, even Ken Bone. Celebrity provides us all with an outlet to judge others without fear of repercussions, but in the end, we all have our own crosses to bear. Instead of taking aim at fame, Alex Cameron decides to expose the mundane flaws of all of us: the business man, the drunk, and the dude living in his parents’ basement.