One fine day I decided to use “La Tormenta’s” Instagram account to post the twenty-threes I caught on the media. It was supposed to be a side-dish, not the main meal. Once I started, 23s kept showing up. Everywhere.
Once upon a time, it was hard to catch. Nowadays it seems to be mandatory.
Let’s explore a few of the more notorious and nefarious ones after the jump.
November, 2018 – We’re staying on the music business. There’s no other way around this, it’s the main area I can deliver the goods with confidence and knowledge. I have a plan already in motion to expand this report into all the arts, but until it gains momentum you all are stuck with music and more music.
On this edition we’re entering the wayback machine and exploring classic albums that might not be so classic to the international audience these Art Reports are cultivating. Amazingly we’re staying in Venezuela, when these albums came out the population of the country wasn’t spread all over the world. Sadly, we’re staying in Caracas. Because I’m biased. And at that point in time not that many albums from outside the capital saw the light of day.
His band’s name is a reference to Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, characters that are bound to appear frequently on this blog, and they’ve just released two back to back EPs that will not get the attention they deserve because they reveal too much. Foster might be a firecracker on Twitter, but he knows what’s up. They combine rock and hip hop in a brand new way; Danny Brown once rightly said that this particular mix of genres died because of Fred Durst, but Foster & the Pranksters don’t sound anything like the ill fated rap metal.
It’s to be noted that “La Honda” features Royce Da 5’9″ on the final track, one of the coldest MCs out there when he’s not defending Eminem.
September, 2018 – Wow, this was hard. Like most of the artists featured in this art reports, I had to leave Venezuela. My story is material for another post, but the pertinent point is: I haven’t had a reliable Internet connection for a while and that’s the reason continuing this took so long. No excuses though. I have to be more reliable.
This second edition of the Venezuelan Art Report is a music special, because music was my topic of choice before I promised to write about boring subjects, which I still plan to do. Someday in the future.
But for the time being, in the present, after the jump, you have a kickass Venezuelan Art Report music special: Continue reading →
I went back to hip hop and lost all of my audience. I can’t blame them, this topic is old news and I spent more than two months without posting content in my You Tube channel. I’m going through changes in my personal life, I had to leave my country and my computer behind, I have no realiable Internet connection here and I’m literally homeless, but hey… that’s a topic for another post. The point I was trying to make: this is the last video on my classic set and probably the last one for a while in general.
It’s about hip hop and rock, mumble rap and punk and pop punk. It’s about culture and the lack of it. It’s about the new wave and the old school. Please watch it.
This short film is incredible and everyone should watch it, so I decided to publish “Successful Alcoholics” in this highly respected blog and ruminate about its stars Lizzy Caplan and T.J. Miller. But not to repeat myself, let’s begin by quoting the formal information provided: Continue reading →
Another video about hip hop to show my understanding on the subject to a non existent audience. The fear present in the first video persists. Still, I think I make a strong case and make my points clear. And I believe the content will attract some kind of following eventually, but I thought the same thing about my Twitter account in English and look how that turned out. On the other hand, You Tube is not a dying social network… but I digress. The thing is, Chance the Rapper is an industry plant.
The KLF is back using an old name and none of their old techniques. The JAMs returned, but they’re not going to be musicians this time around. They are now gravediggers. And they’re going to build a pyramid. When finished, it will be 23 feet tall, have 23 steps and consist of 34592 bricks, each containing the ashes of a dead person. They call it “The People’s Pyramid” and it will be located in Toxteth, Liverpool.