Meanest Man Contest: Everything Worth Mentioning

Meanest Man Contest - Everything Worth Mentioning
If you’ve been paying attention over the years, you’ve probably already heard/collected a good portion of the new Meanest Man Contest album, Everything Worth Mentioning, coming out Oct. 29 on Gold Robot Records.

Yes, the album marks the first since 2003′s acclaimed Merit for the Bay Area duo of Noah Blumberg (aka Quarterbar) and Eric Steuer (aka Eriksolo). But in the years that followed, MMC released a series of singles, EPs, remixes – and the best of those songs (along with a new one, “In the Dark,” and some other unreleased demos and such) make up the collection on Everything Worth Mentioning.

Steuer told me: “The idea was to take a look at the dozens of songs we’d done since our first (and only) album, throw out everything that didn’t hold up, and remix, remaster, and in some cases re-record the stuff we liked the best.”

Aside from tying loose ends into a cohesive album, the idea of confronting your own work for self-judgment 10 years later seems daunting. But there are so many highlights here that I’ve raved about in the past: There’s “Partially Smart” and “You Don’t Wanna Know” and (one of my favorites) “Throwing Away Broken Electronics.”

Gold Robot and MMC have made a stream/download available of the new one, “In the Dark,” a synth-heavy track that veers off the hip-hop course and show’s the duo’s range and penchant for experimenting.

You can order “Everything Worth Mentioning” on 12-inch white vinyl, which is limited to 250 copies, via Gold Robot.

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  1. Frankly I would like a form of the old Hollywood studio to come back not the part that shoewd black people in a negative light, not the part that treated it’s actors/tresses like chattle. But bring back aspects of the Hayes Code (not all of it cause some stuff was just ridiculous like No IR in movies, but I love that Hayes put in that code no disrespecting of other religions/cultures etc. (even if people didn’t always listen to it).My main point though is that it was more like a team. In some movies it was a committee that made a film and the director was just one of the team. Then you also had the directors who had more power, because they were usually producer/directors. Anyway it was regulated. I don’t believe in extreme censorship, but I do think we need to implement the idea of not showing other cultures as negative, religions etc.Also women seriously had better roles than they do today. Women in old films could be strong women and still feminine. They didn’t have to have mantude.Then take some of New Hollywood (the good, leave out the bad) and blend them. Bring back etiquette. Sorry for all the other junk. Anyway this goes for turning down roles (which in the Old Hollywood Studio system you couldn’t do much of that as you were not your own person. The studio owned you) Since no one is contracted to a studio you can turn down roles. Frankly I think the parents of the girl who plays Destiny on OTL (haven’t watched it, saw they were going to have her be the best friend who does everything for Matt while he chases a fool of a girl. This fool even gave credit to the other girl when it was the black girl that did everything for him, before he met the other one.) should just take her off the show. Get whatever money the child is making put it in an account for college or whatever and then get the hell off the show. It’s only going to get worse.GoldenAh: I hear you on the need for an old style studio system, and the Hayes Code. This offensive stuff is getting too much out of hand.I think for a new studio system venture to work in this environment there needs to be a new or existing media outlet, like internet TV channels that you’ve shown, and producing high-quality content that is supported by a strong audience and advertising. I think it’s possible.What I’ve decided to do is document whatever shows have decent roles and characters for black women. I feel that whoever does well by us needs to be complimented, and those who do not need to be blasted. That would include the actress who takes on the role as well, although I would put the negative emphasis on the writer and director for the ugly stereotype she’s invited to portray.I’m all for an informal online scheme to coalesce into a supportive environment for black women’s entertainment, especially something that’s positive.

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