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AJ Cornell and Tim Darcy - "Too Significant to Ignore" (video) (premiere)

Tim Darcy, the guitarist/vocalist for post-punk band Ought, and Andrea-Jane Cornell have created an exciting new experimental, electronic, spoken word project.

Tim Darcy, the guitarist/vocalist for post-punk band Ought, has created a new experimental, spoken word project in conjunction with Andrea-Jane Cornell, a Montreal-based music improvisor. Too Significant to Ignore, released March 18th via NNA Tapes, pairs dense and psychedelic layers of electronics and field recordings with Darcy's surreal spoken word poetry, delivered in droll and ironic tones. The result suggests humans face existential angst, loneliness and dislocation as a result of technology's onslaught. So much comes at us so quickly in the early 21st century, constant blips of data delivered through the myriad devices that we own, rent or borrow. This recording brilliantly evokes how that actually feels and it provokes serious thought, causing us to reflect on our place in the world as well as what it really means to be human. This is art.

AJ Cornell tells PopMatters that they "gave carte blanche to Allison Moore to make the video for 'Too Significant to Ignore (Big Black Bowl)', and are so pleased with the way her images support the hypnotic pulsing backbone of the piece. The black rotating sphere or bowl keeps the eye focused, as the cut out words and phrases punctuate the rhythm, and create a playful counterpoint.

We are both big fans of Allison's work which involve a mix of satire, absurdity, and magic."

The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti (By the Book)

With discussions of characters like Leon Ray Livingston (a.k.a. "A-No. 1"), credited with consolidating the entire system of hobo communication in the 1910s, and Kathy Zuckerman, better known as the surf icon "Gidget", Susan A. Phillips' lavishly illustrated The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti, excerpted here from Yale University Press, tells stories of small moments that collectively build into broad statements about power, memory, landscape, and history itself.

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