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Bass and Drums

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Athens, Georgia – Proud to be a part of this amazing non-profit organization, Girls Rock Athens. Tonight’s benefit [Really, these past few days of Ladies Rock Camp, leading up to the show] was not short of sonically amazing. As a parting gift, I played electric bass and received a blister.

If you live in town, check out the link…look it over…and see where either you or a young girl you know would fit. We would love to have you [as well as foster the ‘next’ Patti Smith, Tina Turner or Wendy Carlos].

Rock on, woman/ women.

Forecast: Edgy Art Teacher of 1985

As I noted less than a year ago, minimalist style would be making a strong case in 2017. Or, at least I had been hoping for it. As of this writing, the fashion tide is turning. Get that Dramamine ready, style scaredy cats.

Bohemian Art teacher style of the 1980s is on its’ merry way. She’s high stepping and has a bunch of No Wave lps in that canvas tote bag. The bohemian hippie art teacher wearing the crepe overall oversized dress in earth tones and a burn-out velvet Stevie Nick piano shawl covered in cat hair she is not. No, no. This is the cool, edgy bohemian art teacher who actually knew Warhol, went to a party at Area and had the 35 mm photographs to prove it. This time, as always with these style resurgences, it comes around with less grit, not fueled by coke, no artsy loft in Tribeca (circa ’84), zero Nolan Miller-esque shoulder padding, more smiling and now credited to the 1990s (Pshaw! – says I). Oh, my high school art teacher of 1985. She looked like Candy Jernigan in all-black and Bakelite bangles, stacked. When that look meant “She wears all-black. She’s an artist. Don’t fuck with her. [Wink].”

Here, in hipster Athens, tastemakers Kim Kirby of Young Athenians and Sanni Baumgartner of Community have been rocking the look in a more European-adult way as long as I have lived here. They work it the best: Crisply tailored, slightly crumpled denim and teeming linen, in colors snatched from the Pantone Cool Gray collection.

For the trend style daredevils, dramatic high-waisted Palazzo pants. Oversized button-down blouses. Floppy cardigan sweaters. Boxy dresses. A pair of brogues (or, leather Chelsea boots – scrap the ‘booties’) will be key in these next few years (Not months.)

Oh. And, you can keep the skinny jeans too.

Thundercat – Drunk [2017]

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While I am still pretty obsessed with Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap [2013] and Coloring Book [2016], there is this musical offering to break the spell: Los Angeles based, multi-instrumentalist, Thundercat’s Drunk [2017]. Not Hip-hop like Chance yet every track is golden.

The layers of sound and Drunk’s lyrical content show this dude has been paying attention. This is Tim & Eric + 1980s Yacht Rock on drugs in the forest.

So good, I’m dead.

3 Things

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Self-titled l.p. – Lingua Franca [2017]

Get your life, Ms. Parker [a.k.a. Lingua Franca]. Lyrically spitting. Spitting the everlovin’ truth.  Content: Conscious hip-hop, quick free-flowing rhymes, tight production and that naturallllllllllll. I was pleasantly surprised. Wonderful debut. Snatch up a copy on ye’ olde Bandcamp. [note: I am not getting paid to blow this up. Real feelings here. My “right now” joint.]

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Moon Drop Earrings [Holly Bobisuthi]

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‘Ferry Debonair’ Bryan Ferry coffee mug [Blake Chamberlain]