May 13, 2015

Welcome to The Sligo Punch. As always, the origin story can be found here.

Curated by Gene Buonaccorsi

I think the most telling part of my week was on Monday night while I was in a car driving to Portland, Oregon from Seattle. Although we were a car of people whose interest in sports ranged from strong to dedicated, my exclamation of surprise upon seeing the news about Tom Brady come through on Twitter was not reciprocated. Looking back at my phone I saw that nearly every tweet on my extremely scatterbrained timeline was about Deflategate. Even Michiko Kakutani, the chief book critic for The New York Times was retweeting Brady articles. In that moment I realized that, while I still seek out and engage with diverse perspectives in my real life interactions, I have fallen prey to the tendency to insulate myself online by tuning into familiar voices. So much so, that an issue that is barely even tangential to my life is also at least fleetingly on the minds of other uninvolved social media contacts. This made me feel half disgusted and half lonely at the moment, as does writing about it now. Thus, the theme of this week’s Sligo Punch is comfort and the joy of finding it in creativity. These three things allowed me to connect empathetically this week, either internally or externally, despite the faceless aggregational capabilities of the internet.

As someone who films and edits things for a living I find it ridiculous that any music video has ever consisted only of shots of a band or artist playing the song. The essence of visual art, in my mind, is the addition of a perspective that the imagination isn’t prompted to create otherwise. The video for “Change is Everything” uses foam and stop motion to model the song’s lyrics and break outside the confines of medium, giving new depth to a hauntingly sparse song. It reminded me that, while music videos were conceived to sell records, they are capable of marrying two disconnected but meaningful ideas.

Listen To This: A$AP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson — “Everyday”

Over the past few years, I have grown regrettably out of touch with hip-hop. A$AP Rocky’s enigmatic yet accessible sound has caught my ear from time to time, but “Everyday” did so in a completely different way when it came out on Sunday. The tonal flexibility of the song and the interactions between live and sampled elements reminded me of so many performances that have defined the genre for me from. The song brought me back to the reticent nostalgia of Common Market’s “Tobacco Road” and the sparse dedication of ““Never Better” by P.O.S.

Learn About This: “Thirteen Fish” by Dan Ozzi

Dan Ozzi is one of Noisey’s editors and he’s got a knack for commenting on music in satirical yet valuable ways. “Thirteen Fish” is not about music or satire, it’s about the matriarchs in his family and it weaves immediate experience with broad generational history in a beautiful and affecting way. The empathy and familiarity I felt with the scope of the piece, as well as my personal connection to Italian-American heritage, made this piece a source of serious weight in my week.

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