A Violent Screaming Playlist
The history of music, it seems, is a crescendo. Parents have always said “turn off this trash” to their kids because as time marches on the sounds get louder, more virile, more violent. From the ancient Greek symposiums, to The Rolling Stones at Altamon, to the deafening stadium rock of today; our collective wailing (and celebrating) from this little blue rock in space is becoming increasingly more pronounced and amplified. It is almost as if — we keep trying to make our music louder and louder so someone “out there” might hear us. We’re trying to send noise, a sign of life, to outer regions of the universe.
This playlist is a collection of these projections. What it amounts to is an asymmetrical, yet deliberate, blend of nu-metal, noise, progressive rock, post-hardcore, and electronic experiments. It begins with tracks and artists traditionally known for their loud squelching — one song features a prolonged scream for over 30 seconds, a hallmark staple of metal music. Then it marches towards stranger territory, a queller, but still aggressive, mood marked by lush noise and cacophony.
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If you’ve been looking for a chance to say something then this very well could be it.
I wish to God I’d had a list like this when I was 23.
Answer phones better than anyone else has answered phones before. Relay messages so brilliant, they bring people to tears. Turn the coffee run into the choreography of Swan Lake. Become best friends with every intern and every underling and every taxi driver you encounter.
I remember taking the pen and notebook from that woman outside the courtroom, flipping to a clean page in the book, and writing, JESSICA IS SAD in big, bold, uncoordinated letters. “My sister is going to be a good writer someday! Look at how nice her lines are!”