Our calendar girl, Big AL, is a little pressed with midterms just now, so you’ve gotta make your own fun until Friday. Blame it on Obama.
In the meantime, I want to share with you a neat project that’s coming out of UNC Chapel Hill, just in case you might be interested. The music department there offers a 3-credit class in beat making. That in itself is pretty enviable, but their course, Beat Making Lab, is only a building block for spreading open source beat making software and education across Africa and the global south. The link above leads to a 3-minute video about what they’re doing.
Also, Funny / Not Funny Records is releasing a new 12″ 45 from Invisible Hand, who sound as good, if not gooder than ever. It’s available on pre-order and, as troo fans prolly already know, early birds enter a raffle for a test pressed worm. For those who have subjected themselves to the caprices of chance one too many times, there is a free summer mix-tape from (: / ):. It features such favorites as Borrowed Beams of Light, Lux Perpetua, and The Young Sinclairs, as well as some doodles you may not have heard of.