With Election Day coming, some people bemoan the fact that all candidates are too much alike. Whether one is a liberal Democrat with socialist leanings or Tea Party Republican with libertarian tendencies, chances who you vote for will be somewhat sane. That wasn’t always the case—at least in England, where voters had a real choice. Look at this footage of campaigner Screaming Lord Sutch, who paraded his lunacy as a weapon. While many people preach the importance of diversity, where is the true voice of neurodiversity? It lives in the past, but should be remembered and honored. All hail the bipolar, manic depressives, autistic, voice hearing, multiple personalities that have always brought the human race forward. We need crazy, as the sane world we live in promises to normalize us to death.
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Banned Books Week may be over, but book banning is still an issue all over the world. Here’s an excerpt of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, the novel behind #speakloudly and the Missouri school board controversy. (Read more about book banning, Speak, and what Anderson would say to the Missouri school board in our Banned Books Week interview.)
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If underground boxers made boxing videos the way that Spike Jonze and company made arty skate videos, maybe they’d come up with something like the conga-lead training montage by Tectonic main-man Pinch. Actually, though the track does ride some wicked almost-tremolo steady riddim a la Ramadanman, it lacks punch for a song called “The Boxer” with a video featuring boxing.
After five years of non-stop work, the boys of Tapes ‘n Tapes decided it was time for some fun. They re-launched their label, idid records, headed back to their hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota and spent two weeks recording the album they have always wanted to make. The result was Outside, and album filled with 12 tracks exemplifying the fun Tapes ‘n Tapes was searching for.
Outside will be released on January 11, 2011, with the band heading out on tour soon after. Tickets go on sale October 29. To keep fans satiated in the meantime, Tapes ‘n Tapes has released a new track, “Freak Out”.