People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World (album review)

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I found this album after listening to the Johnny Hobo album on youtube which is a shameless segue into something I’ve been thinking about which is the ways I get music and why.  I’ve noticed that I oscillate between youtube, spotify, and soundcloud in this orborostic journey to the “ideal music app”.  

However I have come to appreciate the difference in features and have made this chart for your enjoyment:    

Music Apps

I couldn’t pass when this album immediately passes the “Trio Test”:
1. great band name Andrew Jackson Jihad (AAJ – it’s a bonus they have a cool initialism(1))
2. eye catching album art (ALBUM ART PICTURE)  
3. intriguing album title “People Who can Eat Other People Are the Luckiest People in the World”  


The album was released by Asian Man Records on September 11, 2007. The title is derived from a line in Kurt Vonnegut‘s book, Hocus Pocus[4] which in turn is a reference to Barbra Streisand‘s song “People.” The album was recorded and mixed by Jalipaz Nelson at Audioconfusion in Mesa, Arizona.” (Source: People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World, Wiki)

Bands who name their albums after Vonnegut books tend to get my attention. “People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World” is AJJ’s second album.  Its genre is listed, seemingly paradoxically, listed as folk punk/anti-folk, but as you’ll see it fits the self contradictory and patchwork style this band has.  

I love how these 3 are connected in the inspiration of the AJJ album.

People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World (link)

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty; all music composed by AJJ.

No. Title Length
1. “Rejoice” 3:15
2. “Brave As a Noun” 1:14
3. “Survival Song” 2:28
4. “Bad Bad Things” 1:59
5. “No More Tears” 1:02
6. “Bells & Whistles” 1:28
7. “Randy’s House” 1:23
8. “A Song Dedicated to the Memory of Stormy the Rabbit” 3:04
9. “People II: The Reckoning” 4:08
10. “Personal Space Invader” 2:59
11. “People” 2:17
Total length: 25:17

(Source: People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World, Wiki)

Thoughts:

  1. I love this song for the lyrics, the horns give it a nice ska sound.  I like the “rustic” choice of including before and after song moments like at the beginning and end of this song. I like the “realist-optimist” philosophy (link to “Rejoice” lyrics)
  2. The first thing to strike me about this song other than the conflicting angry-lyrics to upbeat-banjo is how it ends just so abruptly when listened to alone. This song is a good example of anti-folk where the narrator of the song criticises the main culture and follow stylish trends and makes the jab at art “If this is how you folks make art it’s fucking depressing” (link to “Brave as a Noun” lyrics) but then goes on to say how cowardly and hermit he is and how he is “too cowardly to take a stand I want to keep my nose clean”.   I like the general sense of humour in the lyrics and structure of the song.
  3. Like banjo, “and we totally ripped off a man named Woody Guthrie”, reference to this song “Do Re Mi” by Guthrie (link to “Do Re Mi” lyrics) literally lifting the second/fourth stanza for their 4th stanza , mention impressive length (lines: 32), I like the story arc with the last lines “And I give thanks to all of you for listening//To the Story of how We learned to survive” (link to “Survival Song” lyrics)
  4. Obligatory murder ballad (at least one per folk album) (link to “Bad Bad Things” lyrics)
  5. “No more racism//no more discrimination//no more fat dumb fucks keeping people out of our nation” (link to “No More Tears” lyrics

    Image result for trump golfing

    Fat dumb fuck *trying* to keep people out of our nation

  6. This song gets straight weird. (link to “Bells & Whistles” lyrics)
  7. FYI the song ends at 1m18s.  The rest is silence. Can verify. (link to “Randy’s House” lyrics)
  8. I assume Stormy is the rabbit in the album art. RIP Stormy. I also like how the story of Stormy can be read from either the pov of the rabbit or a human, a nice meditation on mortality. (link to “A Song Dedicated to the Memory of Stormy the Rabbit” lyrics)
  9. Really like the acid guitar at the beginning, right about 2m it almost could be split into 2 songs (given their avg song length [2m30s] it would make sense) which works clever with the references to bipolar with the song going from depressive mellow to manic aggressive (link to “People II the Reckoning” lyrics)
  10. I really like the whistling sound, it sounds like a “UFO” kind of sound, gives me a nice image of a desert sunset,
    mauve desert

    desert sunset

    “sounds like shit” is great at the end, kind of a SJW type character in the song (link to “Personal Space Invader” lyrics)

  11. I really like the closing lyrics “and people are my religion, because I believe in them//and people are my friends, and people are my enemies//i have faith in my fellow man//and i only hope he has faith in me” (link to “People” by AJJ lyrics) Here’s a link to the song by Barbra Streisand – People (link to “People” by Barbra Streisand lyrics).  

 

Overall:

 

Taken as a whole I generally enjoy the album.  It’s an aural amalgamation of noises that I like individually and in other genres (bass in psychobilly, acoustic/banjo in blues/folk, acid guitar in…well fuck it what genre hasn’t used acid guitar?) and it works despite itself quite to my pleasure.  This musical patchwork style fits with their band name and eccentrically long album title, and even some of the songs using “swatches” of lyrics from other songs.

The lyrics for each song are creative and ambitious in a modest way.  None of the songs’ length is padded with unnecessary lyrical repetition which results in tight short songs at an average length of 2m30s.  All together with the quick succession of upbeat songs and the generally fun lyrics the album is easily listened to on repeat a few times.  

I’m sure there are more Easter eggs in the lyrics I’m missing, especially considering I haven’t seen the play Funny Girl or read the book Hocus Pocus yet.         

Footnotes:

  1. This is not an example of an acronym:
    “a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of word sand pronounced as a separate word, as Wac from Women’s Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.” (Source: Dictionary.com definition 1)

    Rather an initialism:
    a set of initials representing a name, organization,or the like, with each letter pronounced separately,as FBI for Federal Bureau of Investigation.” (Source: Dictionary.com definition 1)

    I realise that the second definition of both includes the other but in a commitment to clearer communication, I like to make the effort to use the acronym/initialism differentiation.    
  2. Anti-folk: “(sometimes antifolk or unfolk) is a music genre that seeks to subvert the earnestness of politically charged 1960s folk music. The defining characteristics of anti-folk are difficult to identify, as they vary from one artist to the next. The music tends to sound raw or experimental. It generally mocks perceived seriousness and pretension in the established mainstream music scene.[1]” (Source: “Anti-Folk” Wiki)

    Basically, if I’m reading this right, it’s saying “Anti-folk bands take the piss out of the politiko-folk?” This seems to fit AJJ.

A Harmonious Union (playlist

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Continuing this week’s theme of mathematics I decided to further explore the relationship between math’s and music.  I’ve long been vaguely aware of their relationships from ted talks and math metal but most recently the adverts I’ve been seeing for study tracks.  

Being a hobbyist at both maths and music, I felt it best to let some experts better explain how music works but first a Foamy the Squirrel sketch:  

Math metal : foamy the squirrel (2m)

 

The Maths of Music (14m)

This video explains the mathematics behind music and music theory.

“Ugly music” (tedx) (10m)

“Beautiful muisc” (tedx) (4m)

These two tedx videos explore what makes music Ugly or Beautiful.  

Now without further ado:

Music and Maths – A Harmonious Union (playlist link)music math1

Playlist: (song/artist/album)

  1. Dragon Curve muisc video/numberphile
  2. fibonacci music
  3. Golden Ratio Song/Numberphile math metal
  4. Pi Prog Rock/Numberphile
  5. “Trypophobic” music from Numberphile’s Mandelbrot Set
  6. Nosferatu Man/Slint/Spiderland
  7. userspace/the algorithm/brute force

Information about songs/bands

  1. Dragon curve unfolding and multiplying to music.
  2. Fibonacci sequence played on piano
  3. Math Metals helped compose this song
  4. Some notes about “the devils cords”
  5. A song inspired by the mandelbrot set, also I might be a little bit trypophobic.  
  6. math rock
  7. What it feels like listening to The Algorithm: https://youtu.be/W2eUckDCCqE

Experimental Music (Playlist)

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experimental_music

I wanted to put together a playlist of music that blur genres or aren’t easily classified, what I like to think of as experimental which is something I’m a big fan of in art.  However the idea of “experimental music got me thinking “What is Music?” I’ll leave it to Philosophy Tube to tackle that ambitious question:

What are Songs? What is Music? I’ll let Olly at Philosophy Tube tackle this ambitious question

 

What Caught my attention was the mention of “Lowercase” music (cite time tag from video, find name of guy at this exists) and I followed the trail to his video on the subject “Lowercase” music. 

Being able to put a genre tag on this sound helped inspire the play list with the first artist Emancipator, which is an example of lowercase music.  

What follows is a playlist of artists from other minor genres including plunderphonics with pogo, neo-psychedelia with the avalanches, woodkid spans from chamber/art pop to neofolk.  Kaleidoscope Jukebox and Beats Antique share ethnotronica, and to round out I have a bit of trip-hop from blockheadMinorSub Genres Defining Features

 

Link to Experimental Playlist

Tracklist (song/album/atrist):

First Snow/Soon It Will Be Cold Enough/Emancipator

Bite Size Candies/Pogo

Lead Breakfast/Pogo

Frontier Psycharist/Since I Left You/The Avalanches

Since I Left You/Since I Left you/The Avalanches

I Love You/The Golden Age/Woodkid

Rite of Passage/Infinite Reflection/Kaleidoscope Jukebox

Beauty Beats/Collide/Beats Antique

Which One of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer/The Music Scene/Blockhead

The Art of Walking/Downtown Science/Blockhead

 

Summertime Sounds of the Playtime Posse (album review)

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I’m continuing from a Wednesday from a few weeks ago, The Changing Times Are Asking for a Soundtrack, which featured the highlights of Pat the Bunny’s early work with Johnny Hobo and the Freight trains with their album “Love Songs for the Apocalypse” and Wingnut Dishwashers Union “Burn the Earth Leave it Behind”.  The album I’m featuring today is a silly hip-hop side project by Pat the Bunny and friends.  

 

Summertime Sounds of the Playtime Posse

Image result for summertime sounds of playtime posse album

Track list:

  1. 1. Spit true  4.33
  2. Gamers 3.11
  3. Best of All Time Final 4.19
  4. 100 Trashbags Full of Weed 3.00
  5. Bags of dro mix 3.49
  6. The perfect Recipie Mix 4.11
  7. Everything Crash 4.43
  8. The same 3.25
  9. Total time: about 30m

Spit true – I like the punk rock anti-authority carry over of fighting the po po just before paying a library fine so he can read.  The political jab “Fake as Tonkin” is pretty good. Keeps a militaristic notion through the album, sober like a riot cop, mercenaries, watching your six.  I like the reference to MC Esher.    

Gamers – The second song gamers is kind of a proto-nerdcore rap. Strip solitaire?! Sounds awesome, haha.  There are some cool lines in here like “the smooth as gillette” and they scope of games they cover is totally MC Chris territory: go fish, candy land, four square, the ace of spades, civilization I and II, wii, vr, movies home alone peter pan, tamagotchi.  Also like Mc Chris they have a sketch at the end starting at 2.51

Best of All Time Final – I really dig the r&b opening vibe and the self deprecating humour about mc onaning in tracks trope is pretty good. “my rise is mediocral”

100 Trashbags Full of Weed – This is a nice change of pace with a reggae thing and I really like the trumpets.  The drinking “oatmeal from my goblet” reminds me of my flatmate who eats pounds of oatmeal kinda looks like a goblet.  

Bags of Dro mix – I felt like the repetitive beat kinda worked here because of the acoustic guitar, gave it a richer sound to listen to which made start tapping my toes unconsciously.   

The Perfect Recipe Mix – Great parody on the rap charm song with the staying in cooking and drinking wine. However the matzo balls and tiramisu make me think of nerdcore plus space restaurant mention. I like all the food rhymes particularly “I’ll chef you till there’s nothing left girl” and “pardon my french but the dinner was bitchen and she helped clean the kitchen” (I’m in love)

Everything Crash -An end of world rap is a kinda unexpected song. Reminds me of Deltron 3030, kinda reminds me of other nerdcore apocalypse rap rap like mc chris is dead. Common themes of dystopia post-fall society. It has a really nice beat, best one on track maybe because it sounds like it has more layers.

The Same – The false start is silly but the real start is nice. The beat is back to basic but more decoration (like the chimes). Kind of a “recovery”/”taking a holiday” type rhyme talking about memories.  One of the best lines is “I’m higher than a vampire on fire”.   

 

Overall – For a silly side project with self and genre depreciating humour it’s not too bad.  The beats were okay on most tracks but Everything Crash which had some cool layering going on.  Overall the album is worth a listen and I will be picking out a couple of songs to add to the Pat the Bunny playlist.  

 

In the cold void of space no one can hear you GIVE A FUUUCK!!! (Cyberpunk Playlist)

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Continuing with the theme of Cyberpunk from Monday’s book review of “cyberpunk and cyberculture” by Dani Cavallaro, I decided to build a playlist around the topics of future biological technology, isolation, madness, and ghosts haunting times and spaces.  


I couldn’t get all the songs on youtube or soundcloud so there will be playlists from both sites. With out further adu I present “In the cold void of space no one can hear you GIVE A FUUUCK!!!” play list  

Youtube Playlist (artist – album – song):
Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 – 3030

Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 – Mastermind

Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 – Madness

Unkle – Psyence Fiction – The Knock (Drums of Death pt2)

Unkle – Psyence Fiction – Unkle Main Title Theme

Unkle – Psyence Fiction – Lonely Soul (feat Richard Ashcroft)

Infected Mushroom – Vicious Delicious – Heavyweight

Infected Mushroom –  Army of Mushrooms – Send me an Angel

Infected Mushroom – Legend of the Black Shawarma – Riders on the Storm (The Doors remix) (I feel like this should be renamed the Infected Doors Remix)

Soundcloud Playlist (song):

This whole playlist is songs by the user Reeve

The Militarization of Space

Missle Destroyer

Friendly Fire

Future Passe

Impractical Son

No.Chill

P.D 2000

Rebel Scum!

The Anti-bodies Release New Single, “The Mist” (Punk Rock)

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anti-bodies

Album art is one of my big attractions to punk-rock and this is tops.

A few months ago Izzy from The Anti-bodies facebook added me, and he has a STRIKING resemblance to a friend I had lost contact with ages ago. (1)  So naturally I accepted the invitation immediately and started messaging, so embarrassingly, this Izzy guy things like “MATT FOX! How did you find me?! You fucking legend, where the hell have you been all these years? Last I heard from you, you were in the Amazon collecting rare spiders and planning a trip to Madagascar.” (2)

Dude doesn’t message back for a while.  Like days.  Maybe a week. However, I am not deterred because that would be pretty typical of Matt Fox.  Dude has never been…reliably reachable.  I send more messages about what I’ve been up to for the last 10 years or so (hoboing, traveling, loving and breaking my own heart, getting back into school, studying in England, etc.)  Still no reply.  Few more days pass.

Finally, Izzy is like, “I’m not sure if you’re who I think am…”.  If it wasn’t for Izzy being in a kick-ass punk band, I would very likely have unfriended him out of embarrassment. However we kept talking and I communicated the reasons for my confusion and then I got around to listening to their music and it’s fucking great.

The Anti-bodies describe themselves as follows:

We play punk rock songs about life, love, the undead, beings from outerspace and secret laboratory experiments gone wrong.

-The Anti-bodies bandcamp bio

 

They’re basically everything I love about punk rock: weird/slightly gross cartoon-style album art, songs named after classic horror films, songs themed around cosmic and

existential horrors, and a female lead singer (as I’ve mentioned in one of my articles about my favourite band, The Creepshow “Women singer voices tend to fit better in my ear than men’s, though that is not to say I don’t like male singers, it’s just my preference.”).

 

 

 

 

They just released a new single, “The Mist,” which is excellent and is downloadable for $1 USD.

You can find more of their music at their bandcamp page.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Matt Fox is one of those types who no matter what he is doing with his life, no matter how wild or crazy, would not entirely surprise me.  “New York? In a punk rock band? Never seen you play an instrument but I can buy it.”
  2. “Fin Louie” is a nom de plume and the same one I use for my facebook.  However Matt Fox is one of those wild cards who would find you if he wanted to and he wouldn’t tell you how just insisting it was magic or something.
  3. These are all things Matt Fox has done/did.  Dude was wild.  I have stories about the guy involving things like “The Secret Pie Pact” and “Anarchy Dodge ball”.  He was…something else.  Matt Fox: if you’re reading this, for fuck’s sake get in touch.

The Changing Times Are Asking for a Soundtrack (hobo-blues/anarchy-punk)

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“Wisdom comes by disillusionment.”

George Santayana

 

All this saber rattlin’ and climate changin’ crap in the news lately makes me feel like we’re in this weird story where tensions are rising at home with fighting in the streets of Berkeley and abroad with North Korea. The entire time my heart is fucking breaking. 

I want to believe in the American peoples’ ability to make well informed decisions and to have important conversations which frequently include conflicting opinions without resorting to name calling and violence.  My country is breaking my heart, but it’s okay, because it’s my fault for giving my heart to my home.  broken heart quote

This is where punk rock comes in and makes everything okay, even if for a few minutes at a time.     

Lately I’ve been working my way through Pat the Rabbit Schneeweis’s musical career after finding Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains while looking for punk songs featuring harmonica.

So far I’ve listened to the hobo-blues/anarchy-punk album “Love Songs for the Apocalypse” by Johnny Hobo and the Freight trains and “Burn the Earth! Leave it Behind!” by his next band Wingnut Dishwashers Union.  

Johnny Hobo is more punk/ska with harmonica and horns and a rough-around-the-edges voice that is so dirty and beautiful.  Wingnut is more rock and punk with more electric guitar and an accordion I cannot get enough of.  

I plan to move through the rest of his career.  I will likely post more about some of his other work. I’m currently listening to Ramshackle Glory – Die the Nightmare.

Anyway, I’m trying out a new format for music.  I’m making a public playlist on the offbeat onpoint youtube channel.  I may try and make a SoundCloud playlist too, time and availability permitting, but that will be for future posts.

Here’s a link to “The Changing Times Are Asking for a Soundtrack” Playlist.  

And as usual, some of my favourite lyrics from each song.

Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains present:

Love Songs for the Apocalypse

 

New Mexico Song

And in my dreams, I am dirty broke, beautiful, and free

My hands clenched in a fist, and my face in a smile, after hitching too many miles

hitch hiking

We aren’t revolutionaries, but we are the revolution

And sometimes I think that the whole movement is just me and you

And that maybe we’d all be better off if that were true

Because then at least we’d know where we stand

 

Church Hymn for the Condemned

But I’d take the beauty of chaos over ugly perfectionDevilset

I’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed every day since 1987

Nothing scares me as much as the fact that I don’t give a shit for redemption

But that’s OK cause if that’s where Falwell goes

Then I don’t even want any part of heave

 

Acid Song

Well if I found God anywhere, it would be by the tracks

Face down in a box car, forty in both hands

And when I find God there, we’ll just sit and roll some top

Cause he’ll be just as confused as anyone else on this rock

 

I took two tabs of acid yesterday afternoon

And I woke up this morning with a torn pair of shoes

And found I’d ruined my life and everyone else’s too

I guess this is what my teachers warned me drugs would do

Election Song

I can’t believe that bastard

Won this morning

It’s the kind of night for

FUCKING 40’S!!!

nov-2016

My face when Trump was declared the next president of the United States.

 

Today’s the dawn of the draft

And tomorrow we’re shipped off to Iraq

Or else we’re cutting off a toe

Praying that we don’t have to go

 

Harmony Parking Lot Song

This one’s for every drug problem that got stopped in its tracks

By a trip to rehab

I’ll miss railing pills with you in the park

This one’s for every friend who decided not to drop out

And stay at their mom’s house

I’ll miss you on the street corner when it starts to get dark

 

Here’s to our lives being meaningless

And how beautiful it is because freedom doesn’t have a purpose

 

Untitled

Tonight I burn my bookshelf to be free

Because even a rebel tradition is slavery

 

Today a stampede killed Superman

And Apollo and Dionysus both got hanged

Today the revolution laughed and spit in my face

But all-expenses-paid Dada will take its place

 

Wingnut Dishwashers Union Present:

Burn the Earth! Leave it Behind!

 

Proudhon in Manhattan

And tonight, when I dream it will be

That the junkies spent all the drug money onanarchy

Community gardens and collective housing

And the punk kids who moved in the ghetto

Have started meeting their neighbors besides the angry ones

With the yards, that their friends and their dogs have been puking and shitting on

And the anarchists have started

Filling potholes, collecting garbage

To prove we don’t need governments to do these things

 

Fuck Shit Up!

I don’t believe in cops, bosses, or politicians

Some call that anarchism. I call it

Having a fucking heart that beats!

 

I do believe in freedom and never giving up

Call my methods madness or call it a bluff

I do what I got to

To be able to breathe!

And If you quit your job well, you can do a little breathing with me

 

A punk rock song won’t ever change the world

But I can tell you about a couple that changed me

 

Urine Speaks Louder than Words

But will somebody say

Is this resistance or a costume party

Either way I think black with bandanas is a boring theme

masks

I don’t gotta tell you

Crackers are great with amnesia

When they wanna forget something like

Centuries of racism

 

They say look at the man on center stage

And pay no attention

While millions get locked in a cage

Riots break out in Oakland

 

Jesus Does the Dishes

We’re kids building models of a world that we might wanna live in

And sorting feelings in our stomach–is this liberation or starvation?

But have we made it anywhere at all if the dishes are never done?

If we can’t live without dishwashers, how could we live without cops?

And so you’re asking me, who does the dishes after the revolution?

Well, we do our own dishes now, we’ll do our own dishes then

And it’s always the ones who don’t who ask that fucking question

 

Well I don’t believe in God, but I’m also not an Atheist

You know the universe is chaos, but chaos picks favorites

And lately I’ve been thinking about how I love Jesus

Because Jesus was a dirty homeless hippie peace activist

And he said, “Drop out and find God” to anybody who would listen

While turning water into space bags with lowlifes and anarchists

 

My Idea of Fun

I swear i’ll run away from every home I ever have

So i’ll build a new house in every town i pass

Maybe then I won’t always feel lost and trapped

When I was growing up, i was the smartest Kid i knew

Maybe that was just because I didn’t know that many kids

All I know is now I feel the opposite

Like if you don’t want to work, then that becomes your job

There’s a lot of overtime, there’s not many days off

I hope you know that I’m not trying to complain

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RAB Radio #37: Turn On- Tune In- Drop Out (Source: Ribbon Around a Bomb)

Come back next week! I’ll be interviewing Dr. Frankenstein, a horror punk band!