Look beyond your own thirst

We’re down for life with one destiny
It seems that the devil keeps testing me
Got the illest part of the recipe
– Q-Tip, Pad & Pen, The Love Movement, 1998

Back in the days when I was a teenager, when I lived in NY without a pager
Too many kids got lost in the malls, giving away their spirit to consumer calls

Touched pucks on the ice, took the sound shore scoring crown twice
Tribe inspired me first, to dig deeper and look beyond your own thirst

Seeds for the future

Saramucci gucci pootchi, Trumpy air trumpet, nouveau riche, superficial signifier illusions, a global conservative right headed for self destruction with middle age manners and selfish politics.

Did we ever learn from Enron, uh Nixon? Now it’s men behaving badly at Daimler, VW again, Audi and BMW, cartel style. We can do better than flipflop Merkel, better than tax evader Starbucks, better than products the world never needed. Bernie planted a seed a long time ago, it’s still growing and needs more water.

We got a thousand points of light, for the homeless man. We got a kinder, gentler, machine gun hand. We got department stores and toilet paper, got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer. Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive, got fuel to burn, got roads to drive. Keep on rockin‘ in the free world.

Root down blogging

No more useless APIs. No more Facebook likes or selfie sharing banalities. It’s about time to reignite root down blogging. Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Stand behind your beliefs. Write stories you think matter. Stop writing to be found on search engines. Stop sharing mindless banalities. Start being independent again. Start root down blogging.

Thanks Ghost for the reminder, even though the service is more about centralization, albeit the bare bones focus is how to break it down. It was time to revamp this digital space we call personal blog, a space that allows the self to rethink itself, trailblazing the decentralized web. Because you own your content that should be stored on your own server, independent, far away from the centralized servers of the supposedly free world.

„Bob Marley was a prophet for the freedom fight. If dancin‘ prays to the Lord then I will feel alright I feel a good to play a little music. Tears running down my face ‚cause I love to do it.“ – Beastie Boys

 

 

Vermont is Majestic

Vermont is famous for it’s finest ice cream, the home base of snowboarding, HQ of Burton and it’s „I live in Vermont and I do what I want“ attitude. I was fortunate to have lived in Burlington, Vermont for three years in the late 90s. I boarded early in the mornings and was lucky to be a NCAA ice hockey champion.

Who would have thought that in 2014, Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow, would name their duo Vermont and pay hommage to Mount Mansfield in their first ambient release „Majestät“. I can highly recommend a sunrise hike at nearby Camels Hump. The album Vermont is set for release on March 17, courtesy of Kompakt.

Post Rock, Vermont Style

Vetica

I just got back from a trip to Burlington, Vermont where I lived for three years in the late 90s. I’m still amazed at how rich the local music scene is, especially if you look at the relative size of the Green Mountain state’s largest city. Vetica, a young band that can brag about live shows in Brooklyn and Tokyo, recently self-released the album Signal Path, the track “Can’t Feel It” is my pick.

Sean Hood at Vermont’s independent weekly Seven Days notes that they have “a formula for something that no other band in town is doing: writing and recording their very own mid-’90s, post-rock hits.” I still remember the punch line ‘I live in Vermont and I do what I want’, not to mention the trailblazing legislation for the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI): the first state in the United States to implement it and move post-GDP.