Rest In Peace Gabriel García Márquez
March 6th, 1927 - April 17th, 2014
"If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already." -Márquez
Today we say goodbye to one of the most loved and respected authors of our time. Not only did Gabriel, known as Gabo, write Cien años de soledad, a novel that Pablo Neruda said was “the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since the Don Quixote of Cervantes,” he inspired a generation to tell the realities of life in less traditional approaches. His style of writing has been referred to as magic realism, but since this can be seen as dichotomizing many scholars reject this term. When Márquez was asked about the title and how his European readers might not be seeing the reality behind the magic, he said, “This is surely because their rationalism prevents them seeing that reality isn’t limited to the price of tomatoes and eggs.” He might have been a lover, but this man knew his way around a jab. I must admit that when I first read some of Cien años de soledad in high school I treated it like it was just another novel forced upon me with dated themes unrelatable to the life of a Nickelodeon kid; however, thanks to the time I’ve spent studying literature in my Spanish classes I now feel a more meaningful appreciation of his work and legacy. As he would put it:
”What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
I’ll remember him as the most emotionally intelligent writer I’ve ever given the chance to touch my heart and soul. RIP Gabo
Rest In Peace Gabriel García Márquez
Last year the ‘Ndrangheta—a criminal organization from Calabria, a region that forms the toe of Italy’s boot—raked in more than $75.3 billion. That’s equivalent to revenue of McDonald’s and Deutsche Bank combined, or 3.5 per cent of Italy’s GDP in 2013. It did this through, among other things, extortion, usury, gambling, prostitution, and the trafficking of both drugs and humans.
cosmonaut grechko - Anytime
Glossy, vibrant track brought to the picnic table by Russian Super Music Group affiliate cosmonaut grechko .
You know how around the beginning of a season there are always a few tracks that as soon as you hear them you know what good/bad times to expect from the next few months? You don’t, but that doesn’t stop those songs from seeming like harbingers. We had Bibio’s Ambivalence Avenue album in 2009 to mark a beautiful summer. Houses - Endless Spring in 2010 reminded us of how precious the warm weather is to our sanity. Panda Bear’s Last Night At The Jetty stood strong as a climactic end to a vicious winter in 2011. 2012 brought alternative hip hop to the forefront with Death Grip’s Money Store focusing on our crazed animalistic side in April and FlyLo’s dark alter ego, Captain Murphy, dropping cult-like tunes on Duality to mark the coming of gray skies in November. 2013 brought the resurrection of electronic music sans dubstep headed by the likes of Gesaffelstein, Jon Hopkins, and Disclosure, whose May album Settle reigned supreme as the anthem of the summer.
And as for 2014? Well, say hello to ”Fuck yes, we are about to have sunshine again!” Slightly reminiscent of the self-titled Teams vs. Star Slinger EP, Anytime is sure to put you in the mood to kick your feet up and sip on that Cherry Limeade you’ve had in the back of your fridge since August
Trus’me // Toxic Flowers (ReRubWorkOut)
Trus’me crushes Andrew Ashong & Theo Parrish’s Flowers in some tribal house type of way
STRANGE U - STRANGE UNIVERSE IN AFRICA
Impromptu banger from UK hip hop heavyweight Strange U dropped last month. Here’s to hoping Eglo Records follows through on their announcement about a future EP
Chance The Rapper - The Writer
I’m a writer, probably good as Elton John
But what’s writing good for if it ain’t helpin Moms?
I’m trying to feed Japan while seein sights of Lebanon
And wipin away tears of the girls that’s gettin felted on
I’m trying to get my felt pen on, but the block is hot
My hands is questioning if I’m Bach or not
If I’m 2Pac or nonexistent to these juggernauts
But I’m an architect, an astronaut, an Argonaut
RETURN OF THE CROOKLYN DODGERS
CHUB ROCK / O.C. / JERU THE DAMAJA / PRIMO PRODUCTION
Can’t Knock The Hustle, Danger, Bring The Pain, Fakin The Funk, 93 ‘Till Infinity, I Got Cha Opin, Ms. Fat Booty, Throw Ya Gunz, Criminology, Shook Ones (Part II), Bucktown, Just A Friend, No Endz, No Skinz, bring it on!
SPECIAL ED / MASTA ACE / BUCKSHOT / Q-TIP PRODUCTION
Feelin like this is a 90’s week
Crooklyn Dodgers, T.R.O.Y., Discipline, Luchini, I Like It, Chief Rocka, Mind Playing Tricks On Me, Tonight’s Da Night, Resurrection, The Choice Is Yours, Just Another Day, Twinz, Keep It Real, Word is Bond, Passin’ Me By, On & On, A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays”, Crush On You, Juice, bring it on!