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Sean Bell. Amadou Diallo. Danroy Henry. Ramarley Graham. Orlando Barlow. Aaron Campbell. Timothy Stansbury. Oscar Grant. In the land of freedom and opportunity, the possibilities for these names to become household ones should be endless, and are what fundamentally define for what America stands at its core. Instead, these names represent a reality which has been carved out specifically for black males of this country. Sadly, we add 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to this list of people who will never reach the potential on which America thrives in theory, but fails in practice.
We've been waiting for it for a good little minute and the wait will soon be over. The guys from BADBADNOTGOOD took to their Twitter last night to speak not of buying bargain Pop Tarts in bulk or dashing to Los Angeles to play with Odd Future (their lives are just so glamorous) but to announce that their new album, BBNG2, drops April 3. They even made a web 2.0-y video to break the good news (included after the jump).
The more I think about it, the more I like how this show has turned out. It features tracks from some of my favorite jazz releases of 2012 so far. It features some Darcy James Argue that I'm sort of not certain gets a lot of radio play. It brings back happy memories of last week in Austin. I found a particularly good artist for the music beds in the mic breaks. This is a pretty good show.
The Line-Up for 23 March 2012
I spent last week in Austin, Texas, for the South by SouthWest music festival. Each day had its own adventures and distinct shows, jazz and non-jazz alike. The final day of the festival serves as the final stretch and is an endurance race all its own, so it seemed entirely appropriate that it would fall on St. Patrick's Day (which really had little bearing on anything I did this week except wear the same green pants just about all week just in case someone wanted to be a smart alec).
Last week, I was at the South by Southwest music festival having crazy adventures and seeing all different sorts of shows. I've been spending every day this week since Wednesday giving the rundown of all I've done in Austin last week-- shows I saw, drinks I've had, and folks I've met (most specifically Chicago pianist Josh Moshier and steampunk big band leader and Nextbop artist Darcy James Argue. On Friday, I got to see both Best Coast and Wavves, met DJA, and had more free drinks on this day than any other day I spent in Austin. This all makes for a pretty interesting story.