Thanks to @tragedyman for suggesting this track as the #TFY theme song. I love it.
I love the Chemical Brothers. I’ve seen them a couple times at Coachella over the years, and I think I saw them at the Hollywood Bowl, too. Who can remember, really.
Let’s see, what else –
Oh, I have a couple of parody trolls on Twitter. Sadly, they are neither funny nor interesting, and reportedly are very similar to a particular troll who is being investigated by the FBI for threatening and stalking another Twitter user. So that’s fun, innit?
Also, too, the plumbing in my apartment building seems to be exploding, and there is water gurgling up from my bathtub and the sink. I don’t suppose there’s any possibility that the fact that the water is brown means anything other than I’m about to be drowned in a wave of my neighbors’ shit?
I need to leave the house and get food and head to the office, but I don’t want to come back to a Shit Wave.
Notwithstanding all of the above, I’m still in a good mood. Go figure!
What are you folks up to today?
While you ponder your answer, here are two more of my most favoritest Chemical Brothers tracks:
It’s Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday today, but rather than focus on Mr. Mandela himself, I thought I might introduce some of you to the South African choral stylings of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
I have been listening Ladysmith Black Mambazo since as long as I can remember. My parents are, I suppose, what an NPR listener would call “World Music” fanatics. While they generally prefer West African music and Afropop, they used to drag me to Ladysmith concerts when I was a kid. I liked Ladysmith well enough at the time (as much as any fidgety kid with zero attention span possibly could), but it wasn’t until later that I became truly enthralled by their music and their messages of anti-racism, non-violence, peace, love, and faith. (Personal Note: My IRL name means faith in Swahili.)
The name “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” is derived from: the hometown of Shabalala’s family, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal; the black ox, considered to be the strongest farm animal; and mambazo, which means axe in the Zulu language, and is symbolic of the choir’s ability to “chop down” the competition.
Ladysmith garnered world acclaim after being “discovered” by Paul Simon in 1985, and recording the track “Homeless” for Simon’s album Graceland (which is one of my favorite albums in the history of everything):
This video (from the 2004 Japanese film “Swing Girls” which I have not seen but which I now have to track down because it’s not on Netflix) is kick ass. My mom sent it to me. And she’s white, didja hear?