When St. Louis’ Pruitt-Igoe Project was completed in 1956, it seemed an answer to many prayers, affordable and respectable housing designed (by Minoru Yamasaki, also the architect of the World Trade Center Towers) to lift its residents out of poverty and serve the surrounding communities as well. When it was torn down just two decades later, Pruitt-Igoe had become an example of how poor, uneducated, and “rural” communities inevitably go wrong, and don’t deserve help—especially from the government. This sort of story resonates today, of course, revived in the current Republican presidential campaigns. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth shows how the story evolved and why it lingers, still reductive, destructive, and tragic.
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Electronic Producer and DJ, Steve Aoki just released (Jan 17th) his debut artist album, Wonderland and we wanted to give you a chance to win a copy of the album PLUS a set of SOL REPUBLIC Tracks headphones! To get a taste of the album, we’ve got the video for the forthcoming single (which includes remixes from Autoerotique, Angger Dimas and Tommy Trash), “Ladi Dadi” featuring Wynter Gorden, below for your viewing pleasure. The album itself features a surprising number of cameos including Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Blink-182’s Travis Barker and CSS’ Lovefoxxx.
Wonderland is available at: iTunes with three additional bonus tracks (including one with Afrojack). Or pick up a physical copy of the album at Amazon.
Seeker Lover Keeper is a new hotly tipped trio from Australia made up of three leading Aussie singer-songwriters, Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby or Sally Seltmann. All three have found critical success on their own and their new partnership is bound to be both fruitful and successful. Their new self-titled debut album is releasing this month and the ladies traveled to the Big Apple to write the record’s tunes and sing each other’s songs. Today we have the pleasure of presenting the U.S. premiere of the video for “On My Own”, starring popular Australian via London actor John Waters.
Seltmann says of the video shoot, “‘I have a fond memory of John Waters rehearsing outside on the day of the shoot. He had headphones on, and was slowly pacing, getting into character, singing along. It was a beautiful moment.” Meanwhile Blasko tells us the song itself is “about vulnerability, about trying to discover things buried deep. It was such a strange and wonderful thing to see this feminine vulnerability—in the beautiful fragility of Sally’s delivery and in the lyrics—played out by a man. You feel such sympathy for him, but you also know he’ll be ok. I like that about it.”
Here’s a great video that explains why the SOPA strike is necessary.
With their fourth album Queen of the Wave set to hit stores on January 31st, care of Asthmatic Kitty/Catskills, Pepe Deluxé invites you to experience one of the most brilliant pieces of genre-bending music ever created. “A Night and a Day” will be the album’s first official single, not counting the mailing list treat “The Storm” from late 2011, and they could not have picked a better track to lead with. It’s got a killer drum break and soulful vocals, right up there with the best work of mid-‘90s underground hip-hop, a bassline warp out of UK garage, guitar work that’s alternately funky and hardcore, Beach Boys vocal harmonies, and so much more. Plus, the sideshow spectacle of a video features the gorgeous Geisha Natalie Montes de Oca Robles, Miss Dominican Republic 2008, playing a witch named Anzimee as she presents sights and sounds to confound the senses, assisted by the Tibetan prophet Vol Gorro. Indubitably, “A Night and a Day” will be released along with the Bollywood surf-metal ditty “Hesperus Garden” on the B-Side, and several remixes of the title track, on January 17th. All proceeds from the album will go to a charity attempting to clean the Baltic Sea. Good vibes all around.