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27 Songs

Tomorrow I turn 27 (yikes!), and since I’ve been doing a birthday post every year since my 24th birthday, I decided I should keep the tradition going strong. In the past I posted 24 Lessons in 24 Years, 25 of My Favorite Things, and 26 Goals for my 26th Year, and this year I’m sharing 27 of my favorite songs. This doesn’t come close to showcasing all of my favorites, but it does cover some of them! ūüôā This list is very random and in no particular order. If we share any favorites let me know in the comment section below. ‚̧ 1.¬†Let Me Roll It¬†– Wings 2. Zodiac Shift¬†– Flying Lotus 3. Riders on the Storm¬†– The Doors 4. I Am Woman¬†– Helen Reddy 5. Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground & Nico 6. Where I Wanna Be¬†– Shade Sheist 7. Feel it All Around¬†– Washed Out 8. Dock of the Bay¬†– Otis Redding 9. I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li (The Magician Remix) 10. Modern Love¬†– David Bowie 11. Don’t Let Me Be …

Beyonc√© & Kendrick Lamar: Politicizing Popular Art

American popular culture, specifically from the mid-60s to mid-70s, was highly politicized, critical, and urgent. Calls to action and societal critiques¬†were common in forms of expression created and disseminated within¬†mainstream youth culture. The sheer abundance and popularity of politicized art meant that both creators and consumers were interested in engaging with immediate problems.¬†The¬†imperative for change was¬†palpable. But this sense of American political urgency seemed to diminish in the 1980s, with the election of President Reagan and the establishment of an overpowering neo-conservative ideology. From the 1980s – 2010s, political expression was still a part of mainstream American pop culture, and is exemplified in the work of¬†N.W.A, Shepard Fairey, Michael Moore, and countless¬†others. My intention is not to discount these works, but to say that I¬†am hopeful that America’s youth will collectively become more political again, with the same urgency that characterized the 60s & 70s. Which brings me to Beyonc√©¬†and Kendrick Lamar. Already this year, we have experienced two particularly powerful political moments in music:¬†Beyonc√©’s release of her music video for¬†“Formation,” and¬†Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy’s performance. …

EXPLORING: MOCA / The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Earlier this week I decided to check out The Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles¬†because I knew I was running out of time to see Kahlil Joseph’s video exhibit, ‘Double Consciousness’. I’ve been a fan of Kahlil Joseph for a few years now, with my introduction to his work being the¬†stunning music video for Flying Lotus’¬†‘Until the Quiet Comes’. I’ve watched Until the Quiet Comes¬†maybe 50+ times and it still¬†moves me with each new viewing. He is, without a doubt, my favorite short filmmaker. His work is so stunning, so emotional, so impactful, that I honestly can’t put into words exactly how it makes me feel. Double Consciousness¬†features Kahlil Joseph’s¬†m.A.A.d, a double screen projection accompanied by the music of the equally as talented artist/rapper/visionary, Kendrick Lamar. Below are a few images from my visit. If you are in the Los Angeles area, be sure to check out¬†Kahlil Joseph: Double Consciousness¬†before it ends on August 16th.

#TBT Video Of The Day: ‘Drop’ By The Pharcyde

Lately I’ve been posting videos of the day more often – and I decided that, in honor of the popular #tbt phenomenon, on Thursdays I will post throwback videos. Before he was a well known director of feature length films, Spike Jonze was the king of music videos. Here is one of my favorite of his music videos, for the song ‘Drop’ by The Pharcyde, which was filmed in Los Angeles in 1995.

Shabazz Palaces – ‘Black Up’

Shabazz Palaces – “Black Up,” is the third ‘video of the day’ post featuring Kahlil Joseph’s work. Joseph is a spectacularly talented director whose visual style I’d describe as truly mesmerizing. His ability to capture the essence of people and spaces is nothing short of brilliant, and I greatly admire his work. “‘Black Up’ is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up on Sub Pop Records, as well as various pieces of unreleased material.”

Music Videos of My Adolescence

With the Video Music Awards’s around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the best music videos of my childhood. Just kidding, the VMA’s are bogus. I just wanted an excuse to post old J.Lo and Ludacris videos. I’m Real – Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule (2001)   Welcome to Atlanta – Jermaine Dupri & Ludacris (2002)   Smile – Vitamin C (1999)   …Baby One More Time – Britney Spears (1998)   Say My Name – Destiny’s Child (1999)   Waterfalls – TLC (1995)   I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys (1999)   It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy (2001)*** ***this is one of the best (and most outdated) music videos of all time***   Beautiful – Christina Aguilera (2004)   Tearin’ Up My Heart – ‘N Sync (1998)   S Club Party – S Club 7 (1999)   All Star – Smash Mouth (1999)   I’m Blue – Eiffel 65 (1999)   No Scrubs – TLC (1999)   Apparently 1999 was …