(it’s been) two weekends, and i haven’t touched music; not in any way that really counts for me — no recording, no composing, no songwriting. the cellar doors did have a gig; and i have been listening to music. just… not making any.
it feels weird. i don’t feel like myself when i don’t get time off on my own, with just my own silly little brain for company. i’ve tried not going off, and just making music like i would write an article (meaning, in my own house, in my own bedroom, with my life around me — work, home, friends, people i love), but it really doesn’t work like that. i need to feel like i’m completely alone; removed from the real world. any other way just doesn’t work. shitty for everyone else in my life, i’m sure, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
#180 JUST LIKE YOU. like “eviction notice,” this song was passed around quite a bit; the subject matter of this is quite heavy, and it was hard trying to imagine what the beat would sound like. leave it to new dark age to just perfectly capture it.
#179 EVICTION NOTICE. i love how this song came out. this was actually one of the more problematic ones, in that it was passed around for a bit because of scheduling difficulties. the feel of it was kind of elusive, too… so there wasn’t a lot of time between getting the instrumental so actually recording over it. turned out to be one of my favorites, though. isn’t nemo hose’s work just breathtaking?
I got no medals to show for music critique, but APLM’s (A Problem like Maria - a good old childhood friend based in Quezon City) debut album nails down TRIP in trip-hop. The lo-fi, muffled, almost distant-from-the-mike effect done on her dulcet vocals (you won’t associate dulcet with rapping) match and blend seamlessly with the instrumentation.
“…every high school has its nerd element; the kids looking to actually learn something; the kids so unashamed to be smart, they sneak into the library on weekends. The Roots are not nerds. Ever since De La Soul Is Dead, hiphop’s so-called alternative groups (which means they’re not exalting the world and values of the ghetto) have been making it clear that just ’cuz they’re smart doesn’t mean you can kick their ass. But the Roots have carried on the legacy of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest by making hiphop that’s artful, unconcerned with alpha-male machismo, and unafraid to show its intellectual side. They are so important to the overall well-being of hiphop, if they did not exist, we would have to invent them.”—Toure interviews Ahmir Thompson (Questlove) from The Believer
"The Hai artist/Errorosion favorite A Problem Like Maria has finally released her full-length solo hip-hop album and it is simply excellent. Maria rhymes with the best of them on 15 tracks that manage to be wonderfully laid back without losing a sense of urgency. Honestly this is one of the best things I’ve heard so far this year. Hugely recommended."
the weeks leading up to the release of “99 problems and maria is 1" were overcast and grey; my excitement tapering off into a sort of quiet terror during moments when i was alone. i felt like i was going to die. it was thick in the air, and it hung over me wherever i went; couldn’t escape it.
now that i’m finally rid of that deep black funk (not worth explaining how it went away; it honestly just got replaced by another emotion just as heavy but twice as complex, so…), it seems that my body’s decided to catch up. i’ve a nasty cocktail of illnesses — cold, congestion, cough, muscle pain, fever. i tried going to work today but i guess i shouldn’t have. as the night is wearing on i just steadily feel worse.
of course one can argue that i’m still well enough to be on tumblr, but i do have a laptop and i am posting from my bed. but the room temperature is too hot and too cold at the same time; every single time i get up the room starts spinning; i’m too anxious to sleep even though i’m pretty sure the medication i’m taking is supposed to induce drowsiness; and no one else is awake to take care of me. boo hoo.
cheer me up, yeah? listen to my new album (or anything i’ve made, really); let me know what you think. tell me which ones are your favorites.
"A brief note on APLM: her debut album is actually her first solo hiphop release in eight years after getting involved in various experimental/IDM projects here and abroad. It also marks her return to crafting minimalist, soul-inflected hiphop—one that teeters with renewed confidence and feminist attitude, giving her an advantage over her contemporaries."