Let the Beat Build #29: April 2015
Spotify: Let the Beat Build #29: April 2015
Diversions: LTBB 29 Diversions
1. “Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam” - Steppenwolf
JW: If I remember Thesis April (and I do), your capacity to write long missives and deep thoughts will be lower than normal. So let’s mix it up. It’s gonna go like this: For track #1 I will pull a quotation from somewhere, and then pick a track that pairs with it. For track #2, I’ll begin picking your quotes, and you’ll pick a song to attach to that quotation. Then you drop a quotation on #3 for me. And so on.
“...the state's Health Department has placed so many restrictions on medical marijuana that many of its potential patients won't be able to get their hands on it. For those who do qualify, another odd restriction dictates that the medical marijuana can't be smoked.”
2. “Duppy Conqueror” - Bob Marley with Lee Perry
KW: They tried to kill Marley for trying to raise political awareness among the broader population. But when they shot him he kept going, saying that the people who make the world a horrible place don’t take a day off.
3. “32 Ghosts IV” - Nine Inch Nails
JW: When the first news of Edward Snowden came out, and I pieced together what his last week, month, year might have looked like, it felt like an alt-Bourne fanfic. I pictured it as a movie, and started making a soundtrack for that movie. I had brief delusions of writing a story that used media and journalism to pin map points (which I was already guessing at before they were revealed), map points to inspire a soundtrack, and a soundtrack to inspire the script. This was before he left Hong Kong, before the Bolivian President’s plane was rerouted, before a month in Sheremetyevo, before Citizen Four, before John Oliver. Why don’t I finish things?!
4. “Jealousy” - Liz Phair
5. “Midnight Creeper” - Eagles of Death Metal
JW: When I think of the pictures of Bluffdale, I think of the high desert. When I think of the high desert, I think of Josh Homme. In the movie in my mind, Utah is the ATF and the NSA is the Branch Davidians. I think Eagles of Death Metal would show up to play live at that event.
6. “Get MuNNY” - Erykah Badu
7. “So What’Cha Want” - Beastie Boys
8. “Derek” - Animal Collective
9. “Misty Mountain Hop” - Led Zeppelin
10. “Sister Ray” - The Velvet Underground
JW: "This little thing is going to be special. If I gave you more money, could I have it faster?" KW: Led Zeppelin was a theme park, soundstages full of underage women and realistic facades of down south juke joints. White Light White Heat was like a magic wristband that let you into the drugged out Lower East Side drug dens and brothels, sometimes both at once. Something like that.
11. "Sit down. Stand up." Radiohead
12. “Biochemical Equation” - RZA, MF Doom
13. “Get Up Offa That Thing” - James Brown
KW: “So we must take it out of the hands of the United States government. And the only way we can do this is by internationalizing it and taking advantage of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Charter on Human Rights, and on that ground bring it into the UN before a world body where in we can indict Uncle Sam for the continued criminal injustices that our people experience in this government. “
14. “Contort Yourself” - James White and the Blacks
15. "The World (Is Going Up In Flames) - Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band
KW: “Oil, natural gas and toxic sludge poured into the Gulf for 87 days as regulators, industry and the White House struggled to contain the offshore disaster. The Obama administration ordered a six-month halt to deep-water drilling, but lifted it sooner under pressure from the industry and Gulf Coast officials.” Contort yourself indeed.
16. “Just the Right Bullets” - Tom Waits
17. “Sound of Da Police” - KRS-One
KW: “Ms. Rawlings-Blake commissioned an independent review, which concluded that while the police had not used excessive force, missteps by the officers had created a situation that ‘escalated into dangerous chaos.’”
18. “Returning the Screw” - Fugazi
19. “I’m Your Puppet” - James & Bobby Purity
20. “Listen to Me” - Baby Huey & the Baby Sitters