MIND OF MOUSE

Friday, April 18
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Every time I hear Future’s stutter cadence in “Karate Chop,” I imagine the first half of this Tetris video for some reason. In the song, Future barely finishes the sounds for each word, reducing them into abstract syllables than anything solidly defined. But what’s really hypnotic is how he rhythmically whips each syllable to fit this imaginary melodic pocket, kinda like how this dude magically fits each Tetris shape in an empty spot in a rhythmic fashion. I imagine each word/syllable taking a solid form to fill an available negative space, piling up on top of each other like the Tetris blocks here.

Now, if you don’t have any clue what I’m saying, that’s OK. Enjoy this video regardless.

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Wednesday, April 16
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While I waited up front at the Gobi tent to see Future Islands, two dudes suddenly cut through in front of me and a neighboring guy next to me. They shuffled through the side and eventually found their friend, who stood next to my neighbor. They rejoiced rather obnoxiously, messing with each other’s hair and heads as if they were preteens. I had a sense that these guys would be trouble, but boy, what a trouble they caused.
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As soon as Future Islands came on and played their thing, these guys started moving to the beat; I wouldn’t call it dancing, but more like pushing and shoving, again, like they were preteens. Even worse, one of the guys kept touching the surrounding women. Of course, both of them said something about it, but the creep kept running his hands along their backs and shoulders. When one girl tried to confront him about it, he instead took his arm out as a gesture of introduction, as if that would fix something.
At the same time when Future Islands started, a couple moved next to them, right next to my neighbor, and they started dancing to Future Islands, too. The couple just wanted to have a good time — they seemed like big fans of the band — but quickly got disturbed by the obnoxious trio, mindlessly getting in their space as they flailed arms like no one’s business.The girlfriend kept confronting them about it, especially to this one dude whose shades made him look like the biggest jerk. I couldn’t hear what she was shouting about, but she looked legitimately pissed, like she was ready to sock them in the face — I don’t doubt that’s what she actually wanted to do. At one point, the dudes mocked her for screaming at them. They just were not having it.
The other girls behind them switched places with two guys, both also legit Future Islands fans. The frustrated girlfriend started to talk to everyone around her, including the two guys, couple of girls who dealt the creep-ness, and my neighbor while all this was happening. The girlfriend talked to one of the two guys. I didn’t catch what she was saying, but from what I can guess, it was probably some suggestion to team up to get rid of those guys once and for all.
The jerk got into their space one more time, and then all of them rushed in.The girlfriend gave one last confrontation, and, of course, the dudes mocked them away. Then, the two dudes got in, putting on the most serious face, and confronted them too. The three friends was now surrounded that people that hated their guts. The smart thing was to leave peacefully, but they instead stayed and had to be escorted out the hard away. The two dudes began pushing the three away from the crowd, and quickly the two was out. My neighbor then gave it all his might to push the last one out, which caused the last guy to fall and stunned. They exited the tent with no question.
The girlfriend looked proud, and she celebrated the group’s accomplished by proudly talking to the people involved. Her face read something like “yes! They’re finally out! We did it!” Everyone else had on a well accomplished smile, as they kicked out the bad guys once and for all.
That was one glorious moment and a powerful sense of communiy that I witnessed during Coachella, and I probably won’t see such a thing again. I felt really happy that these people can sing and dance in peace. I wanted to clap and cheer and give them high fives. Seeing them shout lyrics like the rapture and dance like no one’s watching seemed like an already enough reward. It was well fought and well deserved.

While I waited up front at the Gobi tent to see Future Islands, two dudes suddenly cut through in front of me and a neighboring guy next to me. They shuffled through the side and eventually found their friend, who stood next to my neighbor. They rejoiced rather obnoxiously, messing with each other’s hair and heads as if they were preteens. I had a sense that these guys would be trouble, but boy, what a trouble they caused.

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Tuesday, April 15
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I wrote about Woods’ new album With Light and With Love. Another good folk album to contemplate your existence. Woods has yet to make even a mediocre record. You can read it here.

I wrote about Woods’ new album With Light and With Love. Another good folk album to contemplate your existence. Woods has yet to make even a mediocre record. You can read it here.

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I wrote about the Schoolboy Q show couple weeks ago in my city. Photo by Jesse Gassaway for Th3 Company. You can read it here.

I wrote about the Schoolboy Q show couple weeks ago in my city. Photo by Jesse Gassaway for Th3 Company. You can read it here.

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Here is a picture of Solange and her band. I didn’t snap one of her and Beyonce because I was too into the moment to pull out my camera. Some things don’t need documenting, I guess.

Here is a picture of Solange and her band. I didn’t snap one of her and Beyonce because I was too into the moment to pull out my camera. Some things don’t need documenting, I guess.


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Here’s my photo of Haim. I rested happily and completely satisfied after I got out of that crowd.

Here’s my photo of Haim. I rested happily and completely satisfied after I got out of that crowd.


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Wednesday, April 9
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Tags: The Replacements
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I typed out my thoughts and feelings for the incredible It’s Album Time by Todd Terje for Unrecorded (It went On the Record!). Very, very fun to write about as it was very, very fun to listen to. Read my blabber here.

I typed out my thoughts and feelings for the incredible It’s Album Time by Todd Terje for Unrecorded (It went On the Record!). Very, very fun to write about as it was very, very fun to listen to. Read my blabber here.

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Tags: Arcade Fire
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Tuesday, April 8
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Tags: Neko Case
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