AUGUST 20 | 'Playing Favorites' with Some of Our Favorites
THE MIX | 'Music from My Friends'
08.20.18 | Here's a playlist featuring tracks from a few of my musician friends. If you like any of these songs, please dig in, listen to more of their stuff and follow them! I hope you enjoy!
Current owner Jeff Lowe claims there are bodies, including "a young American Indian boy," buried on the property
It was recently reported that Carole Baskin had been awarded the property of the Tiger King Zoo—formerly the G.W. Zoo—in Wynnewood, Oklahoma after a judgment found in her favor.
As fans of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King will know, her long-standing legal feud with Joe Exotic (AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage, né Shreibvogel) over his violation of the Big Cat Rescue trademark resulted in a million dollar settlement in her favor. But for the most part Exotic managed to dodge paying Baskin through a series of illegal property transfers that temporarily protected his animal park from seizure.
Now that Exotic is in prison for attempting to have Baskin murdered—along with illegal animal trafficking and several violations of the Endangered Species Act—a judge has finally ruled that the park is hers, and she will be taking over ownership of the 16-acre property later this year. But Jeff Lowe—the park's current owner and the personification of a mid-life crisis—insists that there are no hard feelings, saying, "She deserves this property."
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Heartbreak and the Journey to Recovery Can Be Pretty Traumatic.
Melo claws her way to freedom.
A lot of life can be lived in three years. For grunge-pop singer Alexa Melo, that means plenty of love and heartbreak nearly tearing her limb from limb. With her first single in the same amount of time, a grim and greasy mid-tempo called "Dope Sick," in which she plots a pilgrimage through past memories, Melo claws her way out of the muck to reclaim her life. "Baby boy, you know I'm gonna survive," she promises on the opening lyric, stained with minimalist production, a rather ghoulish beginning. "But what's the point / I'd acquire a taste for a different kind of hurt."
Melo's misery hangs on her tongue, and as she goes for a mid-afternoon drive down the highway, tears flow down and flush her porcelain cheeks. Flashes of the past, cherished moments, mostly, come in and out of view, almost in a boozy haze. "Baby, I don't want these withdraw symptoms to subside," she later concedes, "because that means I've learned to live without you." The beat drops, and her voice cuts even deeper. "Dope Sick" is solo produced by Melo. Daniel Garcia helms the accompanying visual, premiering today.
Alexa Melo, MUTE EP cover art
On the song, she explains to Popdust, detailing quite a tragic past, "I grew up around substance abuse, and in my breakup I noticed similarities in addictive, masochistic behavior. It's about almost dreading the day the withdrawal ends because even though it sucks, the healing will officially signify that you are truly alone again."
The music video (watch above) ⎯⎯ strewn with needle-point and macabre-bent footage, reaching a climax when Melo admits herself to a rehab facility, where she dons a straight jacket ⎯⎯ cruelly displays what pain and recovery can feel like. It's a penetrating sequence of events, and Melo's performance is chilling. "Making the video was not easy," says Melo. Daniel and I were the only two people on the crew. With such a small budget, we had to trespass, pull favors, and work our asses off. It was intense to reenact the pain of what the song was written about. Still, making this video was some of the most fun I've ever had making art."
"Dope Sick" samples Melo's forthcoming new EP, Mute, is coming out October 12
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