This song is arguably more true today than ever.
Making my Last Playlist was as hard as I thought it would be, which was: very. It was also interesting how the format of 80 minutes limited me. Had it been limited by song number instead of overall length, this list would look different because I would have chosen several longer songs. For example, I really wanted “Echoes” or “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, but both were so long that they got cut.
you loved me as a loser, but now you’re worried that I just might win
Cigarettes and Wine
by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Wings on her shoulders and feet, bar on Gethsemane Street
I took time to plan my retreat
And backed out the door.
Must be attracted to those who witnessed a man in the throes
Of a life that ain’t grindstone to nose
But pedal to floor
She smelled like cigarettes and wine; she kept me happy all the time
I know that ain’t much of a line
But it’s the gods’ own truth.
She lives down inside of me still, rolled up like a twenty dollar bill
She left me alone with these pills
And the last of my youth.
Perhaps not-so-mysteriously, the red deadmau5 avatar is gone from turntable.fm, replaced by two monkeys. I’d wondered what kind of licensing turntable could possibly have for it; I guess this answers the question.
Now, turntable does still have two Daft Punk ‘Superuser’ avatars. Will those be next to go? Or are the “Superusers” they are reserved for Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter?Moving along, female avatars are under-represented. For example (top), there’s the male gorilla and the male monkey to the one female monkey, who happens to be pink (ugh). For the 600-999 point avatars, they are all male (pink, but still).Similarly, most of the avatars are pretty damn white. About a week ago, turntable seems to have come to that same (belated) revelation and added this little guy.But look at the group he was added to.Perhaps it doesn’t matter, but even the animal avatars are white. (White with Woodland Critter devil-eyes, perhaps, but still pretty white.)
Now, I am a ridiculously huge fan of turntable. And of course they can have whatever avatars they want. But I think it’s important for those on the forefront of art, culture, technology—progress, in a word—progressives, if you will—to pay close attention to the subtext of the messages they are sending. Maybe we could have a kickass troll chick who isn’t pink?