This is the Best Part of the Trip
Finding sanctuary through sound
By August March
The middle of winter is like a soft parade; diffuse and difficult. It can also seem lengthy yet loud because one of the places we all take sanctuary in during these discomfiting months is in music. With a potentially disruptive and for-certain shocking inauguration trailing the release of this issue of Weekly Alibi by one one short day, I think it's totally time to get it unraveled through sound; Morrison wrote that the two other ways to freedom were through sleep and travel, but with this week's awesome concert line-up in mind, I hope you choose auditory asylum instead.
Wriggle on out of your wintry hibernation capsule on Thursday, Jan. 19, in preparation for the presumably portentous party to be held the following day in our nation's capital. While you're up and around, traipse on down to Launchpad (618 Central SW) that same evening for a concert by upper Midwest hip-hop marvel Prof. Jacob Anderson, as he is known IRL, is responsible for putting Minnesota on the map of hip-hop nation and has a style that combines the comedically scandalous affectations of Ol’ Dirty Bastard with the seriously skewed yet incisive confessionalism and long-winded, blank-verse tendencies of fellow midwesterner Eminem. While most of his output is patently offensive and louche, his approach to production, including instrumental quirks and sly rhythmic conceits, make for a musical effect that joyfully overlooks national tragedy while imbuing a lost generation of Americans with the same sort of quasi-gravitas that won this year's presidential election. This all-ages vision of the essence of middle-America will cost concert-goers $15; doors are at 7pm and the gig goes down at 8pm.
Friday Part II
Listen: If all the suggested diversions listed lovingly above fail to assuage or otherwise ameliorate your asylum from the Trump-tentacled storm to that’s bound to come, go ahead and follow Jimbo’s advice, from the same song. You have this reporter’s permission. The words go something like this:
When all else fails/ We can whip the horse's eyes/ And make them sleep/ And cry.
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