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Mafia IV story idea

Note: The particularly important details and music artist names are in bold text. Licensed music track names are in italics.
The year is 1973, five years after the events of the Mafia III, and 22 years since Vito Scaletta’s seen or heard from his old friend Joe Barbaro. The canon ending of Mafia III with this Mafia IV story is Vito taking over the city after Lincoln skipped town, however Cassandra and Burke are left alive and loyal to both Vito and Lincoln still. Burke was able to survive his liver cancer by getting a black market liver transplant in Mexico, like he did in his ending, except with Vito running the city. On Vito and Lincoln’s behalf, Burke and Cassandra agree to stay behind in New Bordeaux and keep the city locked down, incase Leo Galante and the Commission try anything.
The beginning cutscene is Vito answering his telephone after getting up in the morning in his new penthouse, on the top floor of the New Bordeaux casino he finished that was once Sal Marcano's, and grabbing a cup of coffee. It's Alma with some urgent news. Lincoln Clay came down to the cigar warehouse to visit her after 5 years of silence, and he has big news.
Joe is alive in Empire Bay and has been this entire time. However, as punishment for his actions, he's become Leo Galante's personal driver against his will and is forbidden from contacting Vito ever again, or else him and Vito will be killed. Alma then tells Vito to meet Lincoln at the airport to learn more, as he's already there awaiting Vito's arrival. When they're away from anyone who could listen in on their conversation, Lincoln tells Vito he has a friend named John Donovan he's going to introduce him to, hiding in the outskirts of Empire Bay, ready to help Vito and Lincoln with their new mission
Vito gets dressed in one of his signature trench coats with a suit and tie, ready to rain down hell on the Vinci crime family and their allies, and finally be reunited with his lifelong friend he previously thought was dead, Joe Barbaro.
Here is my idea for the kill list, all related to the Commission in Empire Bay and their allies.
I'm thinking Vito and Joe work with Lincoln Clay and John Donovan to split up Empire Bay and distribute territory to three other factions not unlike what Lincoln did with New Bordeaux. This time though, this is a much larger city in a much, much different part of the United States. The empire building mechanics would be a lot smoother, more robust, and streamlined compared to Mafia III. They would work similarly a more modernized version of how the game Scarface: The World Is Yours handled it's empire building and management mechanics, minus the whole switching to other characters lower on the ladder to do your bidding. This would be ideal for a story rich organized crime game in my opinion. Here are my ideas for those factions, all close allies of the up and coming Scaletta crime family.
The Cuban mob led by Alma Diaz. Vito goes way back with Alma, and she does not hesitate to answer him and Lincoln's calls to save Joe's life and royally fuck both Leo Galante and the Vinci family.
Conti crime family, led by Enzo Conti. This Conti crime family formed sometime in late 1968, months after Lincoln helped Enzo flee New Bordeaux and drop off of Sal Marcano's radar. It turns out he fled north to Empire Bay and finally formed his own family, having more than enough years of experience in the underworld to handle the job. Lincoln's tight with him and manages to recruit him to Vito and Joe's cause.
The Yakuza, based out of Empire Bay's Japantown. Longtime sworn enemies of the Empire Bay Triads, with bad blood going back decades. They would greatly enjoy seeing Mr. Chu and his son's heads mounted on pikes, along with whacking everyone who's ever supported their organization. You don't know them well, and they're known to be very unpredictable and ruthless. Use these traits to your advantage when taking on the Commission of Empire Bay and their friends.
I should mention as expected, this entire 1973 section where you play as Vito is much shorter than Mafia III. Vito's takeover is shown much more quickly over time than Lincoln's, and there's time skips during it, to keep it short and sweet, and to show onscreen only what's important. There is also no option for your underbosses to betray you, as to reduce confusion and keep the story consistently the same each playthrough, like the first two Mafia games.
However, unlike Mafia III, after all of these tasks are completed and every single assassination target on Vito’s kill list is dealt with, the game does not end. In fact, it's not even anywhere near close to being over yet. Vito's 1973 section was merely the beginning act. It was really a lead up to an entirely new Mafia story, centering around a newcomer to the American mob. Fast forward two years following Vito’s rampage that led to him taking over Empire Bay and the Commission, in the year 1975 him and Joe now rule Empire Bay, with Vito as the Don of the Scaletta Crime Family, and Joe working as his loyal underboss. You play the rest of the game as a young up and coming soldato named Louis in his 20’s, who’s a rising star in Vito’s organization. Do right by Mr. Scaletta and Mr. Barbaro, understand kid?
My basic idea for the character and his backstory is that he's a young Italian-Canadian mobster from Toronto, Ontario, or whatever Mafia's equivalent of it could be called. Let's call him Louis DeAngelo. (No relation to Tommy Angelo) His family hails from Tuscany in Italy and moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1939, shortly after World War II broke out in Europe. Louis DeAngelo was born in July 1952 in Toronto, and was raised in Toronto's Little Italy. Louis fled south to Empire Bay when the feds started cracking down on his old family and put his boss in prison, and he ended up finding a new home with the Scaletta crime family. The first few missions playing as Louis DeAngelo involve shooting your away out of an arrest by a Toronto Police Service SWAT team in Toronto in December 1974, seeing the rest of the members of your old crime family either get arrested or shot in front of you as you make your escape. You spend the next two missions fleeing Ontario through Quebec and upstate New York, before finally arriving in Empire Bay in early 1975, late January to be exact. Winter is in full force with snow everywhere, Louis' arrival to Empire Bay for the first time in his life mirroring Vito's return to Empire Bay in 1945 30 years earlier, except under far different much more dire circumstances. Louis' older brother and his father, both capos in his old crime family in Toronto, are shown to be arrested by the TPS SWAT team in his first mission, the same one that attempted to gun him down when he resisted arrested. Louis knows someone had to have ratted out his old crime family, and he wants to find out who someday. The thing is though, he doesn't just want to kill them. He wants to get out of them why they did it before he kills them. More than anything else, he just wants to find out why his crime family was betrayed and served up to the feds on a silver platter, having most of his biological family sent to prison in the process. He’s out to uncover the mystery of why his family fell apart, and he’s more than willing to help people like Don Vito Scaletta and his underboss Joe Barbaro to eventually get the answers he seeks. I came up with the idea for this character because I figured that playing as a fugitive from the law made sense for the mob life, and I'm surprised we haven't had a fugitive protagonist in the Mafia series yet.
In the 1975 chapters while playing as Louis, the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon’s resignation, and the official end to the Vietnam War are both discussed on the in-game radio during news segments. In the last 1979 chapter, the beginning of the Soviet-Afghan War is also the subject of a news segment on the radio.
The story eventually transitions into the 1980's as years pass, with the scenery, cars, and music changing accordingly, and historical events of the time discussed in the game. By the time the game ends, it's 1992, and significant historical events from the past few years at the time that are covered on the radio in-game include anything from the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, to the 1992 L.A. riots. The rise of the internet and home computers are briefly touched upon during news segments on the in-game radio during the early 1990's section of the story, but not greatly delved into given their relative infancy in that time period. During this entire 1975-1992 stretch of the story, Vito is no longer playable, and Don Scaletta takes a backseat in the story as a main supporting character, similar to Don Salieri throughout Mafia: Definitive Edition. You now play as the Italian-Canadian Scaletta family soldato Louis DeAngelo, who is later promoted to being a capo in 1985. However, unlike Don Salieri, Don Scaletta has much more integrity, and has more genuine loyalty for his men and his associates. If you've beaten Mafia 1 or Mafia: Definitive Edition, you'll know this is something Salieri lacked in the end.
The game will include a number of hit music from the 70’s that played on the radio back then, such as Bobby Womack’s Across 110th Street and Tony Christie’s (Is This the Way to) Amarillo, The Grateful Dead's Casey Jones and at least a few songs by the then new American rock band Cheap Trick, as well as popular songs from the 1960’s people still listened to at the time, such as Sam the Sham and the PharaohsWooly Bully, King Crimson’s 21st Century Schizoid Man, Zager and Evans' In the Year 2525, The Zombies' Time of the Season, and Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walkin'. When you progress through the game, especially after you switch to playing as Louis DeAngelo for the rest of the story, years change, and the music changes. Different songs start playing on the radio, such as Sylvester's You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), Randy Crawford's Street Life, and The Village People's Y.M.C.A., Cheryl Lynn's Got to Be Real, Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive, and the Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive start playing in the 1979 portion of the game. After you've completed the 1975 section of the game, Foghat's Slow Ride starts playing on the radio. Starting in the 1977 section of the game, Cheap Trick's I Want You to Want Me and Heart's Barracuda start playing on the radio. In the 1980's portion of the game, Thomas Dolby's songs Hyperactive! and She Blinded Me with Science, in addition to Night Ranger's Sister Christian also start playing on the radio. If Hangar 13 can afford the licenses, I also think a few Michael Jackson and Madonna songs should definitely be on the radio during the 1980's portion of the story, given the immense popularity and regular radio airtime those two had in that decade. If this ended up being possible, I imagine that Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Bad, and Billie Jean being on the radio in the 80's sections would be a must, Smooth Criminal especially because of how well it suits the series. Madonna's Lucky Star, Burning Up, Like a Virgin, and Borderline would also be perfect for the 80's portion of the game to me. Also mentioned by NPCs and civilians in the game are topical events of the time period, such as the release of the groundbreaking 1973 horror film The Exorcist at the end of Vito's playable portion of the game.
Other music of the 1980's segment when playing as Louis DeAngelo for the remainder of the game includes hits of the era such as Joe Jackson's Steppin' Out, The Buggles' Video Killed The Radio Star, Corey Hart's Sunglasses at Night, Laura Branigan's Self Control and Gloria, The Weather Girls' It's Raining Men, A-ha’s Take On Me, Men at Work's Down Under, Kim Wilde's Kids in America, The Gap Band's You Dropped a Bomb on Me, Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon, Twisted Sister's I Wanna Rock and We're Not Gonna Take It, Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead or Alive and Bad Medicine, Loverboy's Working for the Weekend, Dead or Alive's You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) and That's the Way (I Like It), Tiffany’s I Think We’re Alone Now, Daryl Hall & John Oates' Maneater, Aneka's Japanese Boy, Mötley Crüe's Dr. Feelgood, Girls, Girls, Girls and Kickstart My Heart, Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire, Huey Lewis And The News' Hip To Be Square, Bill Medley's (I've Had) The Time of My Life, The Police's Every Breath You Take, Whodini's Magic's Wand, Tears For Fears' Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Rockwell's Somebody's Watching Me, Regina's Baby Love, Nena's 99 Red Balloons, Earth, Wind, and Fire's Let's Groove and September, Billy Idol's Eyes Without a Face and White Wedding, Rick JamesGive It To Me Baby, Wham!'s Everything She Wants, George Michael's Careless Whisper, Toto's Hold the Line and Africa, Blondie's Heart of Glass and Atomic, and Mai Tai's History.
Note that not every single year and moment of the 17 year 1975-1992 section playing as Louis DeAngelo is playable or chronicled. My idea is it would be handled similarly to how the time skips in Mafia 1/Mafia: Definitive Edition were handled. Time skips of two or more years, or in this case, even longer such as 4 years sometimes, the game skipping from 1979 to 1983. This is to keep the game and story length ideal, and not risk it getting boring or repetitive, or going on for too long. Repetition was a big problem in Mafia III even if I still thought it was a superb game, so I think it'd be best to learn from that for the next big entry. The games story will skip ahead and show onscreen only what's significant, similar to the first Mafia game and it's remake, as well as certain aspects of Mafia II. Louis starts his section as a 22 year old fugitive soldato who got picked up by another crew south of the Canadian border, and in the epilogue of the game in 1992, is promoted to the consigliere of the Scaletta crime family at the age of 40, being set to take over the family once Vito and Joe become too old to run the day to day on a regular basis.
The years chronicled in the main gameplay segments are as follows:
1973
1975
1977
1979
1983
1985
1986
1987
1989
1990
1991
1992
Much more of the rural areas and countryside outside of Empire Bay are included than what was available in Mafia II. The way rural environments are handled for this hypothetical Mafia IV is akin to how Mafia: Definitive Edition and Mafia III handled their rural environments outside the main cities, except much larger in scale, given the increased power of the current new consoles such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. This region is based off of upstate New York and the surrounding areas across multiple states in the Northeastern US, and includes forests, fields, mountains, rivers, lakes, beaches, and small towns. Also included are other cities and towns, based off of other large cities in New York like Syracuse, Buffalo, and Rochester, where other story missions, business activities, and side missions take place, along with smaller notable places like Ithaca, Binghamton, and Utica. The entire states of New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, Maryland, and Ohio are also included, including places based off of all of their major cities and most of their notable towns in between. Large portions of Pennsylvania are included as well, including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton. Large portions of the eastern half of the Canadian province of Ontario are included as well, including cities based off of Toronto, Ottawa, and Niagara Falls. There's even a small portion of Quebec included, including Montreal and the surrounding countryside of the province outside that city, including a few small towns in southern Quebec. The player must pass a quick border patrol check when crossing the US-Canada border in a car or other ground vehicle.
Wildlife is present in the game, mostly to add to the background, scenery, and immersion in rural environments on the map. These are all animals native to the Northeastern US, ranging from white tailed deer, coyotes, bobcats, Canada lynxes, rabbits, hares, groundhogs, gophers, beavers, raccoons, opossums, bats, chipmunks, red and gray squirrels, mice, and rats to more formidable and potentially dangerous animals that may sometimes attack the player, such as grey wolves, black bears, mountain lions, and moose. These last four animals are known to spawn in the mountainous regions, especially in New York, Ohio, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Ontario, including the rural regions based off of the Catskills and the Adirondack mountains. Dogs are present in the cities, towns, and settlements where humans live and keep them as pets, being walked and sometimes found in people's yards. Some are used as guard dogs by enemies and are aggressive towards the player on sight. Domestic cats are also present in the background of residential areas, and both Louis and Vito own them as pets throughout the game in their safe houses, as well as other onscreen characters we see the homes of throughout the game.
Aircraft make their first usable appearance in the Mafia series too, from airplanes to helicopters. Vito cannot use planes or helicopters in his playable 1973 portion of the game, as he does not know how to pilot, being a paratrooper in World War II who never actually flew any of the planes himself. Aircraft are unlocked to use when Louis DeAngelo gets his pilot’s certificate offscreen in 1977, and at the end of a chapter set that year, Louis has to fly Vito in a helicopter to a penthouse in Downtown Empire Bay acting as a family safe house, equipped with a helipad. Louis frequently serves as a personal driver and pilot for both Vito and Joe afterwards, having done a lot in his time serving the family to earn their trust and respect.
Melee weapons also make a return from Mafia: Definitive Edition, with even more variety this time. In their respective sections of the game, Vito and Louis may use anything from baseball bats, pipes, shovels, brass knuckles, golf clubs, police batons, switchblades, kitchen knives, bowie knives, ice picks, 2x4s, claw hammers, crowbars, tire irons, chain links, machetes, meat cleavers, pickaxes, hatchets, sledgehammers, to fire axes. This amount of melee weapons is so no matter what environment the player finds themselves in during a mission or any other game activity, there is usually a weapon of some sort nearby. If the player has obtained piano wire, you may also strangle an enemy to death with it from behind as a stealth kill, this being a classic assassination method infamous for being used by the Italian Mafia. Rope can also be found and used for similar strangulation stealth kills, appearing in the gameplay environments where piano wire can’t be found. There is a wide variety of new guns and explosives to use in this concept for Mafia IV, going with the new weapons of the time the game takes place that criminals quickly got their hands on. This includes the SPAS-12 combat shotgun, the Beretta 92 pistol, the AK-74 assault rifle, the mini uzi, the MAC-10 submachine gun, both suppressed and unsuppressed variants, the Beretta 92 pistol, the Taurus raging bull revolver, Glock handguns, the TEC-9 machine pistol, illegally modified to be full auto, the Ruger Mini-14 full auto variant, and even Vietnam war era flamethrowers, which I think is only natural given that as of Mafia III, we already have RPGs and grenade launchers. Late in the game from the 1989 section and onwards, the Benelli M3 combat shotgun becomes available. The Milkor MGL grenade launcher becomes available beginning in the 1983 portion of the game. Attached grenade launchers are also available for the AK-47, AK-74, and M16 assault rifles.
Free ride makes a return in Mafia IV, with the player having the options to change the weather, time period, and an option to play as Louis, Vito, Joe, or Lincoln. Naturally, a multitude of new free ride missions are available as well.
I previously posted a much earlier and less detailed draft of this on the old Mafia3 subreddit 3 years ago back in 2017 as an idea for a hypothetical Mafia 3 expansion where you play as Vito, but have since updated and revamped it to a possible Mafia IV plot, and fixed any plot holes I noticed and made it much more fleshed out and in depth, and focus on more than just Vito in the end. You may view my original here if you so desire, to compare. https://www.reddit.com/Mafia3/comments/6sldhp/spoiler_mafia_iii_vito_dlc_basic_plot_idea/
Feel free to give me constructive criticism on this, as I encourage this discourse and believe it is integral to growing and improving, to build upon or improve these ideas I've come up with, or say whether or not you think something like this should happen in the future. Thank you for reading!
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Angélica Gorodischer - Three Stories [Translated by Lorraine Elena Roses and Marian Womack]

The Resurrection of the Flesh [Tr by Roses]

These first two tales published in Secret Weavers: Stories of the Fantastic by Women Writers of Argentina and Chile, edited by Marjorie Agosin (White Pine Press, 1992):
She was thirty-two, her name was Aurelia, and she had been married eleven years. One Saturday afternoon, she looked through the kitchen window at the garden and saw the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Men of the world, those four horsemen of the Apocalypse. And good-looking. The first from the left was riding a sorrel horse with a dark mane. He was wearing white breeches, black boots, a crimson jacket, and a yellow fez with black pompoms. The second one had a sleeveless tunic overlaid with gold and violet and was barefoot. He was riding on the back of a plump dolphin. The third one had a respectable, black beard, trimmed at right angles. He had donned a gray Prince of Wales suit, white shirt, blue tie and carried a black leather portfolio. He was seated on a folding chair belted to the back of white-haired dromedary. The fourth one made Aurelia smile and realize that they were smiling at her. He was riding a black and gold Harley-Davidson 1200 and was wearing a white helmet and dark goggles and had long, straight, blond hair flying in the wind behind him. The four were riding in the garden without moving from the spot. They rode and smiled at her and she watched them through the kitchen window.
In that manner, she finished washing the two teacups, took off her apron, arranged her hair and went to the living room.
"I saw the four horsemen of the Apocalypse in the garden," she told her husband.
"I'll bet," he said without raising his eyes from his paper.
"What are you reading?" Aurelia asked.
"Hmmm?"
"I said they were given a crown and a sword and a balance and power."
"Oh, right," said her husband.
And after that a week went by as all weeks do--very slowly at first and very quickly toward the end--and on Sunday morning, while she made the coffee, she again saw the four horsemen of the Apocalypse in the garden, but when she went back to the bedroom she didn't say anything to her husband.
The third time she saw them, one Wednesday, alone, in the afternoon, she stood looking at them for a half hour and finally, since she had always wanted to fly in a yellow and red dirigible; and since she had dreamed about being an opera singer, an emperor's lover, a co-pilot to Icarus; since she would have liked to scale black cliffs, laugh at cannibals, traverse the jungles on elephants with purple trappings, seize with her hands the diamonds that lay hidden in mines, preside in the nude over a parade of nocturnal monsters, live under water, domesticate spiders, torture the powerful of the earth, rob trains in the tunnels of the Alps, set palaces on fire, lie in the dark with beggars, climb on the bridges of all the ships in the world; finally--since it was sadly sterile to be a rational and healthy adult--finally, that Wednesday afternoon alone, she put on the long dress she had worn at the last New Year's party given by the company where her husband was assistant sales manager and went out to the garden. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse called her, the blond one on the Harley-Davidson gave her his hand and helped her up onto the seat behind him, and there they went, all five, raging into the storm and singing.
Two days later her husband gave in to family pressure and reported the disappearance of his wife.
"Moral: madness is a flower aflame," said the narrator. Or in other words, it's impossible to inflame the dead, cold, viscous, useless, and sinful ashes of common sense.

The Perfect Married Woman

If you meet her on the street, cross quickly to the other side and quicken your pace. She’s a dangerous lady. She’s about forty or forty-five, has one married daughter and a son working in San Nicolas; her husband’s a sheet-metal worker. She rises very early, sweeps the sidewalk, sees her husband off, cleans, does the wash, shops, cooks. After lunch she watches television, sews or knits, irons twice a week, and at night goes to bed late. On Saturdays she does a general cleaning and washes windows and waxes the floors. On Sunday mornings she washes the clothes her son brings home—his name is Nestor Eduardo—she kneads dough for noodles or ravioli, and in the afternoon either her sister-inlaw comes to visit or she goes to her daughter’s house. It’s been a long time since she’s been to the movies, but she reads TV Guide and the police report in the newspaper. Her eyes are dark and her hands are rough and her hair is starting to go gray. She catches cold frequently and keeps a photo album in a dresser drawer along with a black crepe dress with lace collar and cuffs.
Her mother never hit her. But when she was six, she got a spanking for coloring on a door, and she had to wash it off with a wet rag. While she was doing it, she thought about doors, all doors, and decided that they were very dumb because they always led to the same places. And the one she was cleaning was definitely the dumbest of all, the one that led to her parents’ bedroom. She opened the door and then it didn’t go to her parents’ bedroom but to the Gobi desert. She wasn’t surprised that she knew it was the Gobi desert even though they hadn’t even taught her in school where Mongolia was and neither she nor her mother nor her grandmother had ever heard of Nan Shan or Khangai Nuru.
She stepped through the door, bent over to scratch the yellowish grit and saw that there was no one, nothing, and the hot wind tousled her hair, so she went back through the open door, closed it and kept on cleaning. And when she finished, her mother grumbled a little more and told her to wash the rag and take the broom to sweep up that sand and clean her shoes. That day she modified her hasty judgment about doors, though not completely, at least not until she understood what was going on.
What had been going on all her life and up until today was that from time to time doors behaved satisfactorily, though in general they were still acting dumb and leading to dining rooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, bedrooms and offices even in the best of circumstances. But two months after the desert, for example, the door that every day led to the bath opened onto the workshop of a bearded man dressed in a long uniform, pointed shoes, and a cap that tilted on one side of his head. The old man’s back was turned as he took something out of a highboy with many small drawers behind a very strange, large wooden machine with a giant steering wheel and screw, in the midst of cold air and an acrid smell. When he turned around and saw her he began to shout at her in a language she didn’t understand.
She stuck out her tongue, dashed out the door, closed it, opened it again, went into the bathroom and washed her hands for lunch.
Again, after lunch, many years later, she opened the door of her room and walked into a battlefield. She dipped her hands in the blood of the wounded and dead and pulled from the neck of a cadaver a crucifix that she wore for a long time under high-necked blouses or dresses without plunging necklines. She now keeps it in a tin box underneath the nightgowns with a brooch, a pair of earrings and a broken wristwatch that used to belong to her mother-in-law. In the same way, involuntarily and by chance, she visited three monasteries, seven libraries, and the highest mountains in the world, and who knows how many theaters, cathedrals, jungles, refrigeration plants, dens of vice, universities, brothels, forests, stores, submarines, hotels, trenches, islands, factories, palaces, hovels, towers and hell.
She’s lost count and doesn’t care; any door could lead anywhere and that has the same value as the thickness of the ravioli dough, her mother’s death, and the life crises that she sees on TV and reads about in TV Guide.
Not long ago she took her daughter to the doctor, and seeing the closed door of a bathroom in the clinic, she smiled. She wasn’t sure because she can never be sure, but she got up and went to the bathroom. However, it was a bathroom; at least there was a nude man in a bathtub full of water. It was all very large, with a high ceiling, marble floor and decorations hanging from the closed windows. The man seemed to be asleep in his white bathtub, short but deep, and she saw a razor on a wrought iron table with feet decorated with iron flowers and leaves and ending in lion’s paws, a razor, a mirror, a curling iron, towels, a box of talcum powder and an earthen bowl with water. She approached on tiptoe, retrieved the razor, tiptoed over to the sleeping man in the tub and beheaded him. She threw the razor on the floor and rinsed her hands in the lukewarm bathtub water. She turned around when she reached the clinic corridor and spied a girl going into the bathroom through the other door. Her daughter looked at her.
“That was quick.”
“The toilet was broken,” she answered.
A few days afterward, she beheaded another man in a blue tent at night. That man and a woman were sleeping mostly uncovered by the blankets of a low, king-size bed, and the wind beat around the tent and slanted the flames of the oil lamps. Beyond it there would be another camp, soldiers, animals, sweat, manure, orders and weapons. But inside there was a sword by the leather and metal uniforms, and with it she cut off the head of the bearded man. The woman stirred and opened her eyes as she went out the door on her way back to the patio that she had been mopping.
On Monday and Thursday afternoons, when she irons shirt collars, she thinks of the slit necks and the blood, and she waits. If it’s summer she goes out to sweep a little after putting away the clothing and until her husband arrives. If it’s windy she sits in the kitchen and knits. But she doesn’t always find sleeping men or staring cadavers. One rainy morning, when she was twenty, she was at a prison, and she made fun of the chained prisoners; one night when the kids were kids and were all living at home, she saw in a square a disheveled woman looking at a gun but not daring to take it out of her open purse. She walked up to her, put the gun in the woman’s hand and stayed there until a car parked at the corner, until the woman saw a man in gray get out and look for his keys in his pocket, until the woman aimed and fired. And another night while she was doing her sixth grade geography homework, she went to look for crayons in her room and stood next to a man who was crying on a balcony. The balcony was so high, so far above the street, that she had an urge to push him to hear the thud down below, but she remembered the orographic map of South America and was about to leave. Anyhow, since the man hadn’t seen her, she did push him and saw him disappear and ran to color in the map so she didn’t hear the thud, only the scream. And in an empty theater, she made a fire underneath the velvet curtain; in a riot she opened the cover to a basement hatchway; in a house, sitting on top of a desk, she shredded a two-thousand-page manuscript; in a clearing of a forest she buried the weapons of the sleeping men; in a river she opened the floodgates of a dike.
Her daughter’s name is Laura Inés, her son has a fiancée in San Nicolás and he’s promised to bring her over on Sunday so she and her husband can meet her. She has to remind herself to ask her sister-in-law for the recipe for orange cake, and Friday on TV is the first episode of a new soap opera. Again, she runs the iron over the front of the shirt and remembers the other side of the doors that are always carefully closed in her house, that other side where the things that happen are much less abominable than the ones we experience on this side, as you can easily understand.

The Unmistakable Smell of Wood Violets [Tr by Womack]

Translated for the first time in Ann and Jeff Vandermeer's Big Book of Science Fiction (Vintage, 2016):
The news spread fast. It would be correct to say that the news moved like a flaming trail of gunpowder, if it weren't for the fact that at this point in our civilization gunpowder was archaeology, ashes in time, the stuff of legend, nothingness. However, it was because of the magic of our new civilization that the news was known all over the world, practically instantaneously.
"Oooh!" the tsarina said.
You have to take into account that Her Gracious and Most Illustrious Virgin Majesty Ekaterina V, Empress of Holy Russia, had been carefully educated in the proper decorum befitting the throne, which meant that she would never have even raised an eyebrow or curved the corner of her lip, far less would she have made an interjection of that rude and vulgar kind. But not only did she say "Oooh!," she also got up and walked through the room until she reached the glass doors of the great balcony. She stopped there. Down below, covered by snow, Saint Leninburg was indifferent and unchanged, the city's eyes squinting under the weight of winter. At the palace, ministers and advisers were excited, on edge.
"And where is this place?" the tsarina asked.
And that is what happened in Russia, which is such a distant and atypical country. In the central states of the continent, there was real commotion. In Bolivia, in Paraguay, in Madagascar, in all the great powers, and in the countries that aspired to be great powers, such as High Peru, Iceland, or Morocco, hasty conversations took place at the highest possible level with knitted brows and hired experts. The strongest currencies became unstable: the guarani rose, the Bolivian peso went down half a point, the crown was discreetly removed from the exchange rates for two long hours, long queues formed in front of the exchanges in front of all the great capitals of the world. President Morillo spoke from the Oruro Palace and used the opportunity to make a concealed warning (some would call it a threat) to the two Peruvian republics and the Minas Gerais secessionist area. Morillo had handed over the presidency of Minas to his nephew, Pepe Morillo, who had proved to be a wet blanket whom everybody could manipulate, and now Morillo bitterly regretted his decision. Morocco and Iceland did little more than give their diplomats a gentle nudge in the ribs, anything to shake them into action, as they imagined them all to be sipping grenadine and mango juice in the deep south while servants in shiny black uniforms stood over them with fans.
The picturesque note came from the Independent States of North America. It could not have been otherwise. Nobody knew that all the states were now once again under the control of a single president, but that's how it was: some guy called Jack Jackson-Franklin, who had been a bit-part actor in videos, and who, aged eighty-seven, had discovered his extremely patriotic vocation of statesman. Aided by his singular and inexplicable charisma, and by his suspect family tree, according to which he was the descendent of two presidents who had ruled over the states during their glory days, he had managed to unify, at least for now, the seventy-nine northern states. Anyway, Mr. Jackson-Franklin said to the world that the Independent States would not permit such a thing to take place. No more, just that they would not permit such a thing to take place. The world laughed uproariously at this.
Over there, in the Saint Leninburg palace, ministers cleared their throats, advisers swallowed saliva, trying to find out if, by bobbing their Adam's apples up and down enough, they might be able to loosen their stiff official shirts.
"Ahem. Ahem. It's in the south. A long way to the south. In the west, Your Majesty."
"It is. Humph. Ahem. It is, Your Majesty, a tiny country in a tiny territory."
"It says that it is in Argentina," the tsarina said, still staring through the window but without paying any attention to the night as it fell over the snow-covered roofs and the frozen shores of the Baltic.
"Ah, yes, that's right, that's right, Your Majesty, a pocket republic."
Sergei Vasilievich Kustkarov, some kind of councilor and, what is more, an educated and sensible man, broke into the conversation.
"Several, Your Majesty, it is several."
And at last the tsarina turned around. Who cared a fig for the Baltic night, the snow-covered rooftops, the roofs themselves, and the city of which they were a part? Heavy silk crackled, starched petticoats, lace.
"Several of what, Councilor Kustkarov, several of what? Don't come to me with your ambiguities."
"I must say, Your Majesty, I had not the slightest intention--"
"Several of what?"
The tsarina looked directly at him, her lips held tightly together, her hands moving unceasingly, and Kustkarov panicked, as well he might.
"Rep-rep-republics, Your Majesty," he blurted out. "Several of them. Apparently, a long time ago, a very long time, it used to be a single territory, and now it is several, several republics, but their inhabitants, the people who live in all of them, all of the republics, are called, they call themselves, the people, that is, Argentinians."
The tsarina turned her gaze away. Kustkarov felt so relieved that he was encouraged to carry on speaking:
"There are seven of them, Your Majesty: Rosario, Entre dos Rios, Ladocta, Ona, Riachuelo, Yujujuy, and Labodegga."
The tsarina sat down.
"We must do something," she said.
Silence. Outside it was not snowing, but inside it appeared to be. The tsarina looked at the transport minister.
"This enters into your portfolio," she said.
Kustkarov sat down, magnificently. How lucky he was to be a councilor, a councilor with no specific duties. The transport minister, on the other hand, turned pale.
"I think, Your Majesty...," he dared to say.
"Don't think! Do something!"
"Yes, Your Majesty," the minister said, and, bowing, started to make his way to the door.
"Where do you think you're going?" the tsarina said, without moving her mouth or twitching an eyelid.
"I'm just, I'm going, I'm just going to see what can be done, Your Majesty."
There's nothing that can be done, Sergei Vasilievich thought in delight, nothing. He realized that he was not upset, but instead he felt happy. And on top of everything else a woman, he thought. Kustkarov was married to Irina Waldoska-Urtiansk, a real beauty, perhaps the most beautiful woman in all of Holy Russia. Perhaps he was being cuckolded; it would have been all too easy for him to find that out, but he did not want to. His thoughts turned in a circle: and on top of everything else a woman. He looked at the tsarina and was struck, not for the first time, by her beauty. She was not so beautiful as Irina, but she was magnificent.
In Rosario it was not snowing, not because it was summer, although it was, but because it never snowed in Rosario. And there weren't any palm trees: the Moroccans would have been extremely disappointed had they known, but their diplomats said nothing about the Rosario flora in their reports, partly because the flora of Rosario was now practically nonexistent, and partly because diplomats are supposed to be above that kind of thing.
Everyone who was not a diplomat, that is to say, everyone, the population of the entire republic that in the last ten years had multiplied vertiginously and had now reached almost two hundred thousand souls, was euphoric, happy, triumphant. They surrounded her house, watched over her as she slept, left expensive imported fruits outside her door, followed her down the street. Some potentate allowed her the use of a Ford 99, which was one of the five cars in the whole country, and a madman who lived in the Espinillos cemetery hauled water all the way up from the Pará lagoon and grew a flower for her which he then gave her.
"How nice," she said, then went on, dreamily, "Will there be flowers where I'm going?"
They assured her that there would be.
She trained every day. As they did not know exactly what it was she had to do to train herself, she got up at dawn, ran around the Independence crater, skipped, did some gymnastic exercises, ate little, learned how to hold her breath, and spent hours and hours sitting or curled into strange positions. She also danced the waltz. She was almost positive that the waltz was not likely to come in handy, but she enjoyed it very much.
Meanwhile, farther away, the trail of gunpowder had become a barrel of dynamite, although dynamite was also a legendary substance and didn't exist. The infoscreens in every country, whether poor or rich, central or peripheral, developed or not, blazed forth with extremely large headlines suggesting dates, inventing biographical details, trying to hide, without much success, their envy and confusion. No one was fooled:
"We have been wretchedly beaten," the citizens of Bolivia said.
"Who would have thought it," pondered the man on the Reykjavík omnibus.
The former transport minister of Holy Russia was off breaking stones in Siberia. Councilor Sergei Vasilievich Kustkarov was sleeping with the tsarina, but that was only a piece of low, yet spicy, gossip that has nothing to do with this story.
"We will not allow this to happen!" Mr. Jackson-Franklin blustered, tugging nervously at his hairpiece. "It is our own glorious history that has set aside for us this brilliant destiny! It is we, we and not this despicable banana republic, who are marked for this glory!"
Mr. Jackson-Franklin also did not know that there were no palm trees or bananas in Rosario, but this was due not to a lack of reports from his diplomats but rather a lack of diplomats. Diplomats are a luxury that a poor country cannot afford, and so poor countries often go to great pains to take offense and recall all the knights commanders and lawyers and doctors and even eventually the generals working overseas, in order to save money on rent and electricity and gas and salaries, not to mention the cost of the banquets and all the money in brown paper envelopes.
But the headlines kept on appearing on the infoscreens: "Argentinian Astronaut Claims She Will Reach Edge of Universe," "Sources Claim Ship Is Spaceworthy in Spite of or Because of Centuries-Long Interment," "Science or Catastrophe?," "Astronaut Not a Woman but a Transsexual" (this in the Imperialskaya Gazeta, the most puritan of the infoscreens, even more so than the Papal Piccolo Osservatore Lombardo), "Ship Launches," "First Intergalactic Journey in Centuries," "We Will Not Allow This to Happen!" (Portland Times).
She was dancing the waltz. She woke up with her heart thumping, tried out various practical hairstyles, ran, skipped, drank only filtered water, ate only olives, avoided spies and journalists, went to see the ship every day, just to touch it. The mechanics all adored her.
"It'll work, they'll see, it'll work," the chief engineer said defiantly.
Nobody contradicted him. No one dared say that it wouldn't.
It would make it, of course it would make it. Not without going through many incredible adventures on its lengthy journey. Lengthy? No one knew who Langevin was anymore, so no one was shocked to discover that his theory contradicted itself, ended up biting its own tail, and that however long the journey took, the observers would only perceive it as having lasted minutes. Someone called Cervantes, a very famous personage back in the early years of human civilization--it was still debated whether he had been a physicist, a poet, or a musician--had suggested a similar theory in one of his lost works.
One autumn dawn the ship took off from the Independence crater, the most deserted part of the whole desert republic of Rosario, at five forty-five in the morning. The exact time is recorded because the inhabitants of the country had all pitched in together to buy a clock, which they thought the occasion deserved (there was one other clock, in the Enclosed Convent of the Servants of Santa Rita de Casino, but because the convent was home to an enclosed order nothing ever went in or out of it, no news, no requests, no answers, no nothing). Unfortunately, they had not had enough money. But then someone had had the brilliant idea which had brought in the money they needed, and Rosario had hired out its army for parades in friendly countries: there weren't that many of them and the ones there were weren't very rich, but they managed to get the cash together. Anyone who was inspired by patriotism and by the proximity of glory had to see those dashing officers, those disciplined soldiers dressed in gold and crimson, protected by shining breastplates, capped off with plumed helmets, their catapults and pouches of stones at their waists, goose-stepping through the capital of Entre Dos Rios or the Padrone Giol vineyards in Labodegga, at the foot of the majestic Andes.
The ship blasted off. It got lost against the sky. Before the inhabitants of Rosario, their hearts in their throats and their eyes clouded by emotion, had time to catch their breath, a little dot appeared up there, getting bigger and bigger, and it was the ship coming back down. It landed at 06:11 on the same morning of that same autumn day. The clock that recorded this is preserved in the Rosario Historical Museum. It no longer works, but anyone can go and see it in its display cabinet in Room A of the Museum. In Room B, in another display case, is the so-called Carballensis Indentic Axe, the fatal tool that cut down all the vegetation of Rosario and turned the whole country into a featureless plain. Good and evil, side by side, shoulder to shoulder.
Twenty-six minutes on Earth, many years on board the ship. Obviously, she did not have a watch or a calendar with her: the republic of Rosario would not have been able to afford either of them. But it was many years, she knew that much.
Leaving the galaxy was a piece of cake. You can do it in a couple of jumps, everyone knows that, following the instructions that Albert Einsteinstein, the multifaceted violin virtuoso, director of sci-fi movies, and student of space-time, gave us a few hundred years back. But the ship did not set sail to the very center of the universe, as its predecessors had done in the great era of colonization and discovery; no, the ship went right to the edge of the universe.
Everyone also knows that there is nothing in the universe, not even the universe itself, which does not grow weaker as you reach its edge. From pancakes to arteries, via love, rubbers, photographs, revenge, bridal gowns, and power. Everything tends to imperceptible changes at the beginning, rapid change afterward; everything at the edge is softer and more blurred, as the threads start to fray from the center to the outskirts.
In the time it took her to take a couple of breaths, a breath and a half, over the course of many years, she passed through habitable and uninhabitable places, worlds which had once been classified as existent, worlds which did not appear and had never appeared and probably would never appear in any cartographical survey. Planets of exiles, singing sands, minutes and seconds in tatters, whirlpools of nothingness, space junk, and that's without even mentioning those beings and things, all of which stood completely outside any possibility of description, so much so that we tend not to perceive them when we look at them; all of this, and shock, and fear more than anything else, and loneliness. The hair grew gray at her temples, her flesh lost its firmness, wrinkles appeared around her eyes and her mouth, her knees and ankles started to act up, she slept less than before and had to half close her eyes and lean backward in order to make out the numbers on the consoles. And she was so tired that it was almost unbearable. She did not waltz any longer: she put an old tape into an old machine and listened and moved her gray head in time with the orchestra.
She reached the edge of the universe. Here was where everything came to an end, so completely that even her tiredness disappeared and she felt once again as full of enthusiasm as she had when she was younger. There were hints, of course: salt storms, apparitions, little brushstrokes of white against the black of space, large gaps made of sound, echoes of long-dead voices that had died giving sinister orders, ash, drums; but when she reached the edge itself, these indications gave way to space signage: "End," "You Are Reaching the Universe Limits," "The Cosmos General Insurance Company, YOUR Company, Says: GO NO FURTHER," "End of Protected Cosmonaut Space," etc., as well as the scarlet polygon that the OMUU had adopted to use as a sign for that's it, abandon all hope, the end.
All right, so she was here. The next thing to do was go back. But the idea of going back never occurred to her. Women are capricious creatures, just like little boys: as soon as they get what they want, then they want something else. She carried on.
There was a violent judder as she crossed the limit. Then there was silence, peace, calm. All very alarming, to tell the truth. The needles did not move, the lights did not flash, the ventilation system did not hiss, her alveoli did not vibrate, her chair did not swivel, the screens were blank. She got up, went to the portholes, looked out, saw nothing. It was logical enough:
"Of course," she said to herself, "when the universe comes to an end, then there's nothing."
She looked out through the portholes a little more, just in case. She still could see nothing, but she had an idea.
"But I'm here," she said. "Me and the ship."
She put on a space suit and walked out into the nothing.
When the ship landed in the Independence crater in the republic of Rosario, twenty-six minutes after it had taken off, when the hatch opened and she appeared on the ramp, the spirit of Paul Langevin flew over the crater, laughing fit to burst. The only people who heard him were the madman who had grown the flower for her in the Espinillos cemetery and a woman who was to die that day. No one else had ears or fingers or tongue or feet, far less did they have eyes to see him.
It was the same woman who had left, the very same, and this calmed the crowds down at the same time as it disappointed them, all the inhabitants of the country, the diplomats, the spies, and the journalists. It was only when she came down the gangplank and they came closer to her that they saw the network of fine wrinkles around her eyes. All other signs of her old age had vanished, and had she wished, she could have waltzed tirelessly, for days and nights on end, from dusk till dawn till dusk.
The journalists all leaned forward; the diplomats made signals, which they thought were subtle and unseen, to the bearers of their sedan chairs to be ready to take them back to their residences as soon as they had heard what she had to say; the spies took photographs with the little cameras hidden away in their shirt buttons or their wisdom teeth; all the old people put their hands together; the men raised their fists to their heart; the little boys pranced; the young girls smiled.
And then she told them what she had seen:
"I took off my suit and my helmet," she said, "and walked along the invisible avenues that smelled of violets."
She did not know that the whole world was waiting to hear what she said; that Ekaterina V had made Sergei Vasilievich get up at five o'clock in the morning so that he could accompany her to the grand salon and wait there for the news; that one of the seventy-nine Northern States had declared its independence because the president had not stopped anything from happening or obtained any glory, and this had lit the spark of rebellion in the other seventy-eight states, and this had made Mr. Jackson-Franklin leave the White House without his wig, in pajamas, freezing and furious; that Bolivia, Paraguay, and Iceland had allowed the two Peruvian republics to join their new alliance and defense treaty set up against a possible attack from space; that the high command of the Paraguayan aeronautical engineers had promised to build a ship that could travel beyond the limits of the universe, always assuming that they could be granted legal immunity and a higher budget, a declaration that made the guarani fall back the two points that it had recently risen and then another one as well; that Don Schicchino Giol, the new padrone of the Republic of Labodegga at the foot of the majestic Andes had been woken from his most recent drinking bout to be told that he had now to sign a declaration of war against the Republic of Rosario, now that they knew the strength of the enemy's forces.
"Eh? What? Hunh?" Don Schicchino said.
"I saw the nothingness of everything," she said, "and it was all infused with the unmistakable smell of wood violets. The nothingness of the world is like the inside of a stomach throbbing above your head. The nothingness of people is like the back of a painting, black, with glasses and wires that release dreams of order and imperfect destinies. The nothingness of creatures with leathery wings is a crack in the air and the rustle of tiny feet. The nothingness of history is the massacre of the innocents. The nothingness of words, which is a throat and a hand that break whatever they touch on perforated paper; the nothingness of music, which is music. The nothingness of precincts, of crystal glasses, of seams, of hair, of liquids, of lights, of keys, of food."
When she had finished her list, the potentate who owned the Ford 99 said that he would give it to her, and that in the afternoon he would send one of his servants with a liter of naphtha so that she could take the car out for a spin.
"Thank you," she said. "You are very generous."
The madman went away, looking up to the skies; who knows what he was searching for. The woman who was going to die that day asked herself what she should eat on Sunday, when her sons and their wives came to lunch. The president of the Republic of Rosario gave a speech.
And everything in the world carried on the same, apart from the fact that Ekaterina V named Kustkarov her interior minister, which terrified the poor man but which was welcomed with open arms by Irina as an opportunity for her to refresh her wardrobe and her stock of lovers. And Jack Jackson-Franklin sold his memoirs to one of Paraguay's more sophisticated magazines for a stellar amount of money, which allowed him to retire to live in Imerina. And six spaceships from six major world powers set off to the edges of the universe and were never seen again.
She married a good man who had a house with a balcony, a white bicycle, and a radio which, on clear days, could pick up the radio plays that LLL1 Radio Magnum transmitted from Entre Dos Rios, and she waltzed in white satin shoes. The day that her first son was born a very pale green shoot grew out of the ground on the banks of the great lagoon.
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Happy Birthday To One Of The Best Albums of the Decade - Plastic Beach (Review)

Gonna go track by track to dish out my thoughts on one of my favorite albums of all time.
long post warning
Orchestral Intro is a simple but beautiful way to open the album. Well composed, but I don’t really have much to say about it.
Welcome To the World of the Plastic Beach features none other than the man Snoop Dogg. This song serves as a pretty chill intro with a really hypnotic bass groove to it. The song doesn’t serves as a great secondary opener and sets a pretty great mood, but it’s not exactly my favorite to come back to on its own. I don’t really think it sets up any core themes of the record like the next track does outside of being a warm welcome. Probably my least favorite off the record, but still not a terrible track. It’s probably the only song I occasionally skip.
White Flag probably has one of the most beautiful intros and sets quite the atmosphere this early in the record. I think this song sums up a lot of themes that the record would end up diving into. That synth beat once the verses come back is so groovy and catchy. It may not feature 2D at all but it’s still a highlight off the record.
Rhinestone Eyes is my favorite Gorillaz song. Its an unstoppable banger about commercialism and a critique on how factories work. It features some of the most punchy production in any of their songs. 2D sounds amazing here and it’s just an overall jam to listen to. This is one of those songs that I could jam out to no matter what mood I’m in and is easily one of my favorite songs of all time.
Stylo is yet another banger on the record. Mos Def and Bobby Womack do an amazing job on this song. The energy that this song makes it one of the best driving songs imo. The chorus on here is really catchy and I love the layering that goes on here. I’d say it kinda detours from the serious themes of the album but it’s still quite a great tune.
Superfast Jellyfish is 3/3 on some of the catchiest songs off the record. De La Soul and Gruff Rhys bring an amazing flow and energy to this song. I believe this is a song about consumerism while also sticking to the themes of industries dumping their toxic waste onto the ocean. Definitely one of the best songs lyrically on the record.
Empire Ants is easily one of the most beautiful songs on the record. 2D’s part in the beginning is really beautiful against this uhh, Reggaeton-ish beat. The harmonization on this song is really great and gives me the feelings of something so small being so powerful. My interpretation is that it’s about overpopulation and working in factories as one unit like ants, which could be talking about how the people of Plastic beach live. After the halfway point, it transitions into a pretty catchy song featuring Little Dragon. This isn’t really my favorite part, and I think it drags on just a tad bit too long. Still a really powerful song though, the sudden strings that pop up around this part are a great touch.
Glitter Freeze is one of the more experimental tracks on the record. I really really love this one. I’m usually not a fan of experimental songs but despite how odd it is, it somehow becomes a highlight for me. The synth on this song is so addicting. I will admit that the dentist drills was a bit annoying and hard to get info at first, but I somehow adapted to just zone it out and focus on the tune itself.
Some Kind of Nature comes next and features Lou Reed, who I’m still in the fence if I like his performance here or not. He sounds very robotic on this song, but I think that’s the appeal of it. The lyrics on this song adds a lot of the environment of what I think of when I think “Plastic beach”. Overall, a catchy important song on the record, but not one of my personal highlights.
On Melancholy Hill is the first song I’ve heard off the record and it instantly drew me in from how atmospheric and groovy it is. There’s something so optimistic yet melancholic about this song. It’s one of those song that I know in 10 more years from now, I’m going to start crying from how much memories it brings back. Hell, it’s already 10 years old, but it still feels so fresh. Another song that describes and sets up the environment of Plastic Beach.
Broken has more beautiful singing from 2D. I was going to say it hasn’t aged well, but after listening to it right now, I remember why I used to love this song. This song always felt like a continuation of Melancholy Hill. It has some really beautiful lyrics and singing in it. It feels empty and encompasses the vibe of just walking in a beach, it’s sunset, the water has too much plastic to swim in, and you’re alone, just staring at the rising horizon. Great song.
Sweepstakes is uh...well. I know this one is polarizing for many, and it kinda detours from the record, but it’s easily one of my favorite songs from the band as a whole. I LOVE the sorta casino like production on here and how it just cascades to feel more intense as it goes on. It encompasses the vibe of someone going insane with gambling and just falling into madness and winning. You’re in the casino, feeling like you’re about to pass out from the cigarette smoke, and looking at the bright casino lights before you pass out. As someone who sorta has a gambling addiction, I bump this song heavy. Oh yeah, Mos Def absolutely kills this song and his flow is amazing. Can’t believe he did it all in one take.
Plastic Beach is sorta on the same boat as Broken. The little synth arpeggios are a beautiful touch. It’s very dream like and atmospheric. 2D has another strong vocal performance and the vocal manipulation in the chorus actually fits the song well. I’m kinda lost on what the songs is saying lyrically, it makes me think of all inhabitants of Plastic beach being just robots playing casio keyboards.
To Binge is a really beautiful duet about alcoholism. Little Dragon and 2D have tons of chemistry on this song and the production has a really sweet summery vibe to it. I think it’s one of the more underrated cuts off the record. If I was to say pick out one thing, I think the beach-like guitar riff can get a bit grating. I don’t know what it’s called but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
Cloud of Unknowing is a pretty heartbreaking ballad off the record. I really like the strings that pop up in the second half of this song. I don’t really have too much to say about this one. It’s very atmospheric and chill to listen to.
Pirate Jet is probably my second favorite song off the record. Those weird manipulated pirate jet ad libs are strangely addicting to listen to, it sorta sounds like a bouncing pogo stick. The drums and synths along with 2D’s vocals performance give it a very swing-like feel. The highlight of this song, for me, is the lyrics. The song comes off as an apathetic aftermath on society when all oceans have been filled with plastic. The idea of drinking plastic cups on plastic cups and humans evolving to eat plastic is quite the imagery. 2D saying lines like “it’s all good news now” adds so much snark to the track that it almost sends me chills. It may be short, but the song is essentially one big way of saying “good job, this is what you get for neglecting climate change” and it’s done in a way that’s so subtle and not very preachy. I really can’t emphasize how creative this track is, everything about it is just perfect. I couldn’t ask for a better closer to this record. There is no happy ending to the narrative of Plastic beach, we just have to live with what we did.
I also think the two deluxe tracks are pretty great symphonic pieces. Not really much to say about them either.
Thank you if you did bother to read this all. Once again, Happy Birthday, Plastic Beach.
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ALL RATINGS of 2012

10/10
The Money Store-Death Grips

9/10
Put Your Back N 2 It-Perfume Genius
The Idler Wheel-Fiona Apple
Natural History-Dope Body
good kid, m.A.A.d. city-Kendrick Lamar
TNGHT-TNGHT
Ondatropica-Ondatropica
BBNG2-BADBADNOTGOOD

8/10
Attack on Memory-Cloud Nothings
Sweet Heart Sweet Light-Spiritualized
Silent Hour / Golden Mile-Daniel Rossen
Nehru Jackets-Heems
fIN-John Talabot
Kindred-Burial
Bloom-Beach House
4eva N a Day-Big K.R.I.T.
Narrow-Soap&Skin
awE naturalE-THEESatisfaction
There's No Leaving Now-The Tallest Man On Earth
Zammuto-Zammuto
De Vermis Mysteriis-High on Fire
R.A.P. Music-Killer Mike
Salughterhouse-Ty Segall Band
Hair-Ty Segall & White Fence
Torche-Harmonicraft
Galaxy Garden-Lone
Take the Kids Off Broadway-Foxygen
Beams-Matthew Dear
An Awesome Wave-alt-J
Control System-Ab-Soul
Nocturne-Wild Nothing
kin-iamamiwhoami
Holograms-Holograms
Lonerism-Tame Impala
Silencing Machine-Nachtmystium
The Seer-Swans
No Love Deep Web-Death Grips
Years Past Matter-Krallice
All We Love We Leave Behind-Converge
Breakthrough-The Gaslamp Killer
The Odds-The Evens
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!-Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Rare Chandeliers-Action Bronson & The Alchemist
Truant / Rough Sleeper-Burial
Sentenced to Life-Black Breath
Portico Quartet-Portico Quartet
Sinews-White Suns
History Will Absolve Me-Billy Woods
I.V.-Loma Prieta
Dripping-Pile
Hasta La Muerte-Xibalba
On Acid-Recondite
Alone Together-Karriem Riggins
Made Possible-The Bad Plus
Results-Murder Construct
PEEP: The aPROcalypse-Pro Era
Drought-Deathspell Omega
Possession-Christian Mistress

7/10
Tramp-Sharon Van Etten
Paralytic Stalks-of Montreal
Pink-Four Tet
Open Your Heart-The Men
Something-Chairlift
The Lion's Roar-First Aid Kit
Locked Down-Dr. John
Noctourniquet-The Mars Volta
The Horror-Pop .1280
Clear Moon-Mount Eerie
OFF!-OFF!
Lo Fi Hi Fives-R. Stevie Moore
Sorrow and Extinction-Pallbearer
In Our Heads-Hot Chip
Americana-Neil Young and Crazy House
Wreck-Unsane
World, You Need a Change of Mind-Kindness
Valtari-Sigur Ros
Skelethon-Aesop Rock
WIXIW-Liars
Yellow & Green-Baroness
Live from the Underground-Big K.R.I.T.
Four-Bloc Party
I Know What Love Isn't-Jens Lekman
Channel Orange-Frank Ocean
Instrumental 2-Clams Casino
The Haunted Man-Bat For Lashes
I Bet on Sky-Dinasour Jr.
Love This Giant-David Byrne & St. Vincent
Bend Beyond-Woods
1999-Joey Bada$$
Transcendental Youth-The Mountain Goats
Until the Quiet Comes-Flying Lotus
Half Way Home-Angel Olsen
Bish Bosch-Scott Walker
Order of Noise-Vessel
Luxury Problems-Andy Stott
The Heist-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Honor Found in Decay-Neurosis
Unkown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs-Chelsea Wolfe
Duality-Captain Murphy
Movement-Holly Herndon
Jessica Pratt-Jessica Pratt
Light Up Gold-Parquet Courts
Is Your Love Big Enough?-Lianne La Havas
Floral Green-Title Fight
Vacation-Shlohmo
Blood for the Master-Goatwhore
4NML HSPTL-Open Mike Eagle
Metahuman-Eprom
Har Nevo-The Black Heart Rebellion
Eschatological Scatology-Gnaw Their Tongues
No Youth-Wreck & Reference

6/10
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II-Earth
Let's Go Eat the Factory-Guided By Voices
MU.ZZ.LE-Gonjasufi
Blunderbuss-Jack White
Kings and Them-Evian Christ
Spooky Distance at a Distance-Lotus Plaza
With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery-Moonface
Ufabulum-Squarepusher
The Bravest Man in the Universe-Bobby Womack
Cancer For Cure-El-P
Unsound-Mission of Burma
Oceania-The Smashing Pumpkins
Swing Lo Magellan-Dirty Projectors
Kings and Them-Evian Christ
Gossamer-Passion Pit
Shrines-Purity King
Instict-Niki & The Dove
Centipede Hz-Animal Collective
Mature Themes-Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti
Held-Holy Other
Clockwork Angels-Rush
Total Loss-How to Dress Well
Shields-Grizzly Bear
Babel-Mumford & Sons
Local Business-Titus Andronicus
Key to the Kuffs-JJ Doom
Jiaolong-Daphni
LUX-Brian Eno
Kaleidoscope Dream-Miguel
METZ-METZ
2-Mac DeMarco
Book Burner-Pig Destroyer
Koi No Yakan-Deftones
Wu-Block-Wu-Block
See the World Given to a One Love Entity-Guardian Alien
Love Is Love // Return To Dust-Code Orange
Widowmaker-Dragged Into Sunlight
Koloss-Meshuggah
Decompositions: Volume Number One-Circle Takes The Square
In the Middle Of Infinity-3:33
No-Old Man Gloom
Ten Stories-mewithoutYou

5/10
Visions-Grimes
Onwards To The Wall-A Place To Bury Strangers
Old Ideas-Leonard Cohen
Reign of Terror-Sleigh Bells
Love at the Bottom of the Sea-The Magnetic Fields
Port of Morrow-The Shins
Given to the Wild-The Maccabees
Mr. Impossible-Black Dice
Habist & Contradictions-Schoolboy Q
Celebration Rock-Japandroids
Quakers-Quakers
R.I.P.-Actress
Confess-Twin Shadow
America-Dan Deacon
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors-Big Boi
Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurpp-Spaceghostpurrp
Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1-Lupe Fiasco
Advaitic Songs-OM
No Idols-No Genesis & The Alchemist
World Music-Goat
Ocean Roar-Mount Eerie
Piramida-Efterklang
We Don't Even Live Here-P.O.S.
Cobra Juicy-Black Moth Super Rainbow
Instrumental Tourist-Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin
Wild Water Kingdom-Heems
Wiki93-Ratking
Jesus Piece-The Game
Les Voyages de l'Âme-Alcest
Phantom Antchrist-Kreator
Autotheism-The Faceless
Agnus Dei-The Secret

4/10
Young & Old-Tennis
The OF Tape Vol.2-Odd Future
Acousmatic Sorcery-Willis Earl Beal
Kill for Love-Chromatics
Strange Clouds-B.o.B.
Life is Good-Nas
Coexist-The xx
Devotion-Jessie Ware
Based On A T.R.U. Story-2 Chainz
(III)-Crystal Castles
Zeros-The Soft Moon
Finally Rich-Chief Keef
The Parallax II: Future Sequence-Between the Buried and Me

3/10
Born to Die-Lana Del Rey
Resolution-Lamb of God
Synthetica-Metric
WZRD-WZRD
The Only Place-Best Coast
The Stoned Immaculate-Curren$y
Born Villain-Marilyn Manson
God Forgives, I Don't-Rick Ross
The 2nd Law-Muse
Lords Never Worry-A$AP Mob
Numbers-MellowHype
Welcome to: Our House-Slaughterhouse
Into The Future-Bad Brains

2/10
PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone-John Frusciante

1/10
n/a

0/10
n/a


Other lists
2010: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d2a9uq/all_ratings_of_2010/
2011: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d3paad/all_ratings_of_2011/
2013: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d5kels/all_ratings_of_2013/
2014: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d95b5w/all_ratings_of_2014/
2015: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/dem7xc/all_ratings_of_2015/
2016: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/df0mhl/all_ratings_of_2016/
2017: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/dfi9kz/all_ratings_of_2017/
2018: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/dgry9t/all_ratings_of_2018/
2019: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d1arzj/all_ratings_of_2019_so_fa
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Things to Do This Week in Phoenix (April 29 - May 05)

Week of: April 29 - May 05
This is a weekly thread of some of the goings-on in and around the Phoenix metro area. Feel free to subscribe to our public Google Calendar of meetups and events as well.
This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list. Such a list would be large and unwieldy. If there is an event that you don't see posted here, please add a comment below. In the comment, include the event, date, time, cost (if any), and location. A brief description would also be dandy. Please upvote people who share good/interesting events, even if it may not be something you will attend.
Don't see anything of interest? Click on any one of the dates to be taken to a comprehensive listing of events for that day over at the Phoenix New Times' web site.
If you organize or know of a meet-up that you'd like to promote, please PM the mods and we'll look into getting it added to the calendar. We'll post these events up to six weeks out. At that point, we ask that you ping us again. This just helps to ensure that the events stay fresh and no defunct events appear on the calendar.
With that said, the moderators of Phoenix (including but not limited to their families, friends (ha!), pets, and possessions) are not responsible for errors in these listings. Please take the time to verify the date, time, location, and cost of an event before you head out.
Monday April 29
Tuesday April 30
Wednesday May 01
Thursday May 02
Friday May 03
Saturday May 04
Sunday May 05
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[FLIP THIS CHALLENGE] Week 33: Cry Little Sister (theme from the Lost Boys)

Halloween is coming soon so why not get a little goth with it.
I was going to go with some Sisters of Mercy or Bauhaus but I think this will be easier to sample :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrMLMV6E4CM
RULEZ: -USE THE SAMPLE to create something awesome
-Be creative
-Outside instruments/samples are allowed
-Dont' bring outside people to vote for you, that's not cool
-IF one submitted a flip, it is one's soul duty to vote for a track that is not of their own.
-Deadline is October 25 at Midnight PST
-Voting is October 26-27th
SUBMISSION Join this group https://soundcloud.com/groups/makinghiphop-ftc label your track FTC 33 somewhere in the title or it will be deleted.
Good luck guys!
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[For Sale] soul/funk, rock, reggae

PRICES LOWERED!!
Shipping to the lower 48 states only, as of now. Shipping is 4$ flat. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Grading goes sleeve/record.
Hiphop
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper 8$ vg+/vg++
Boogie Down Productions - Man & His Music 10$ vg+/nm-
Boogie Down Productions - By All Means Necessary 16$ nm-/nm-
Doug E. Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew - The Worlds Greatest Entertainer 6$ nm-/nm-
Eyedea & Abilities - First Born vg+/vg+
Soul/Funk
James Brown ‎– Showtime $10 VG/VG side one last track has a scratch at beginning of track
The Larks - the jerk14$ nm-/nm-
Love Unlimited ‎– Love Unlimited $10 NM-/NM- All inserts included.
The Main Ingredient - I Only Have Eyes For You 20$ Nm-/Nm-
Marvin Gaye ‎– Moods Of Marvin Gaye $12 VG/VG+ cover has "swan" written on it
Michael Jackson - Thriller28$ nm-/nm-
Midnight Star - The Beginning16$ vg+/vg+
Minnie Riperton ‎– Adventures In Paradise $10 VG/NM-
Parliament - The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein vg-/vg-
Sam Cooke - Sam's Songs 26$ vg++/nm-
Sam Cooke ‎– The Best Of Sam Cooke $15 NM-/NM-
Sam Cooke - My Foolish Heart 5$ vg+/nm- played once, still in shrink
Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On vg+/vg++
Stevie Wonder ‎– Innervisions 10$ VG+/NM- writing on top part of front cover
Undisputed Truth - The Undisputed Truth 10$ nm- /nm- played once, still in shrink
Patti LaBelle-Tasty3$ vg+/nm-
Ohio Players Skin Tight vg-/vg+
Five special5$ vg+/nm-
first choice - armed and extremely dangerous5$nm-/nm-
James Brown Super Bad14$ vg-/vg++ seam splits but lp is very very clean
Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits mono 13$ vg/nm- flawless lp
Bobby Womack - Lookin' For A Love Again5$ nm-/nm-
Mongo Santamaria - Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits vg+/nm-
Marlena Shaw - Take A Bite 4$ nm-/nm-
Marvin Gaye - M.P.G. 10$ vg++/vg++
Booker T & The MG's - The Booker T. Set10$vg++/nm-
B.T. Express - Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) 10$ vg++/nm-
Aretha Franklin - Once In A Lifetime 4$ vg/vg+
Dee Clark - You're Lookin' Good 5$ vg++/vg+
Mary Wells - Mary Wells vg+/vg+
Four Tops - Meeting Of The Minds5$ vg++/vg++
Ohio Players - Honey 13$ vg+/nm-
Jazz/Blues
Stan Getz - The Melodic Stan Getz4$ vg+/vg+
Stanley Turrentine - Sugar 4$ vg+/ vg+
The Blues Brothers - Briefcase Full Of Blues 4$ vg+/vg+
Lightnin' Hopkins- At his Natural best 7$ nm-/nm-
Sarah Vaughan - pop artistry 4$ vg+/vg++
Wes Montgomery - The Small Group Recordings 10$ vg/VG++
Horace Silver - The Best Of Horace Silver Vol. I5$ vg++/nm-
Donald Byrd - Donald Byrd's Best 5$ vg++/nm-
Frederick Fennell And Orchestra - Frederick Fennell Conducts Gershwin5$ vg++/nm-
Thad Jones & Mel Lewis - Consummation 10$ vg++/nm-
Fumiaki Miyamoto - Jazzy Wind 28$ vg+/vg+
The Horace Silver Quintet - Doin' The Thing - At The Village Gate 16$ vg+/vg+
Jimmy Smith - Further Adventures Of Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery 10$ vg++/nm-
Z.Z. Hill - In Memorium 1935-1984 3$ vg+/vg
Various (BLUE NOTE) - Contemporary Sampler 5$ vg+/nm-
B.B. King - Midnight Believer 13$ vg+/vg++
LATIN
Juan Gabriel - A Mi Guitarra90$ vg++/vg++ very very clean copy and very rare.
Orquesta Hermanos Flores - Cumbias Solo Cumbias 60$ vg+/vg++
Orquesta casino - el gran jelengue60$ vg+/vg+
Tortilla Factory - Andando en la Parranda 40$ nm-/nm-
Cachao Y Su Descarga '77' - Cachao Y Su Descarga '77' Vol. 1 20$ vg+/vg+
Johnny Ventura - Noches en Quisqueya 20$ vg+/vg+ in shrink
REGGAE
Delroy Wilson - Better Must Come 75$ NM-/VG++ Still in original shrink.
The InnerCircle - Heavy Reggae 25$ VG/VG+ Still in original shrink. 1/2 inch seam split bottom
Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - State Of Emergency 50$ vg+/nm- Solid Jamaican press
Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston 20$ vg+/vg++ in shrink
Byron Lee And the Dragonaires - the midas touch 15$ vg+/vg++ pristine Jamaican press
Tito Simon - When The Heat Is On 20$ vg/vg++
ROCK
Keith Richards - In Tune With Jam 20$ Vg+/Vg+
The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet 18$ Vg+/Vg+
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti 18$ Vg+/Vg+ includes all inner sleeves and inserts
Led Zeppelin vg+/vg+
George Harrison - Electronic Sound 27$ VG+/ VG+
The Beatles - Introducing ... The Beatles (Englands No.1 Vocal Group) 75$ nm-/nm- pristine minty copy.
Neutral milk - in the airplane over the sea 180g10$ vg+/nm-
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers10$ vg+/vg+
Johnny And The Hurricanes Red River Rock 5$ vg+/vg+
the rolling stones- love you live16$ vg+/vg++
David Bowie - Pinups 10$ vg/vg++
Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair 9$ nm-/nm-
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell 7$ vg++/ vg+
Tangerine Dream - Exit 6$ vg+/nm-
Various - A Rock 'N Roll Dance Party 4$ g++/g+
INXS - Shabooh Shoobah 6$ vg+/nm-
Billy Squier - Emotions In Motion 4$ vg+/nm-
The Ventures - Play Telstar - The Lonely Bull And Others 5$ vg+/nm-
Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell 12$ vg/vg+
Night Ranger - Midnight Madness 2$ vg+/nm-
The Rolling Stones - Miss You 5$ vg/nm-
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery 5$ nm-/nm-
Eric Clapton - E.C. Was Here5$ vg+/nm-
Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood 16$ nm-/nm-
Rainbow Ffolly - Sallies Fforth 7$ vg+/nm-
OTHER
The Art Of Noise - The Best Of The Art Of Noise 10$ vg+/nm-
José Feliciano - Alive Alive-O! / José Feliciano In Concert At The London Palladium 2$ vg+/vg
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What's happening around town (Wed, Apr 11th - Tue, Apr 17th)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Wednesday, Apr 11th

Thursday, Apr 12th

  • 89er Parade Float Decoration (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 6:00pm Come out and bring the whole family to help us decorate our float for the 89er Day Parade! Enjoy family friendly music, and creative fun! Oklahoma's '89er Celebration Event Talk around…
  • 🎭 Blood Relations (Carpenter Square Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm Carpenter Square Theatre presents the Oklahoma City premiere of “Blood Relations,” an award-winning mystery-thriller by Sharon Pollock. The play explores the legend of Lizzie Borden…
  • 🎨 Can't Touch This: Visualization and Technology (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am Artists: *James Ewald | Assistant Professor of Graphic Design *Amy Jacobson-Peters | Instructor of Interior Design *Amy Johnson | Chair, Department of Design & Professor of Graphic Design…
  • Central Musical Theatre: Six Women with Brain Death (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Overweight Prom Queen Candidate Loses Crown! Housewife Keeps Severed Head On Cake Plate! Bambi Goes Haywire in Forest With Uzi! To the expiring mind of a modern American woman, life can…
  • Central Musical Theatre: Six Women with Brain Death (UCO Jazz Lab - Edmond) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Overweight Prom Queen Candidate Loses Crown! Housewife Keeps Severed Head On Cake Plate! Bambi Goes Haywire in Forest With Uzi! To the expiring mind of a modern American woman, life can…
  • Cloud Catcher / Crobone (Blue Note - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00pm Cloud Catcher (Denver, CO) -- https://cloud-catcher.bandcamp.com/ Crobone (OKC) -- https://crobone.bandcamp.com/releases
  • 🏆 Club One Special (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm The popular Club 1 Special is back for all live racing dates at Remington Park. Enjoy this spectacular offer on every live race date, regardless of post time, day or night. The Club 1…
  • The Comedy, Magic & Mentalism of Max Krause (Max's Magic Theatre - OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:45pm Ages 5+
  • 🎨 COMIX: OK (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am Following the success of Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma, COMIX OK looks at the thriving artistic culture of comics in Oklahoma. The comics genre is wide ranging and hard to…
  • Digital Bookmobile at Norman Public Library West (Norman) Start Time: 10:00am THE DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE IS COMING TO NORMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY WEST
    Traveling coast to coast, the high-tech update to a traditional Bookmobile, is coming to promote reading happiness and the…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Round Rock Express (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the Oklahoma City Dodgers take on the Round…
  • Dylan Bradway / Exhibition Opening (DNA galleries - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Featured in our gallery for the month of April is the work of Oklahoma City artist Dylan Bradway. Join us Thursday, April 12th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our…
  • Early Season Pass Processing (Starlight Amphitheater @ Frontier City - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am Skip the processing lines and have your Season Pass card made before your first visit to the park! Our office is open 9:00a-5:00p, Monday-Friday.
  • Elizabeth Cook (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Elizabeth Cook didn’t quite know what she was doing. But she knew there were songs, and they had to get out. Six even years since her critically acclaimed Welder, as well as much personal…
  • 🎓 Emergency Management Speaker Series: OKC Bombing (Rose State College - Midwest City) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • 🎓 FME World Tour (Skirvin Hilton - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:30am Once-a-Year FME Event inOklahoma City One thing that virtually all past attendees (99.7% last year) can agree on – it’s that they’d recommend the FME World Tour to a friend. Here…
  • 😂 Gabriel Rutledge (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Apr 14th
  • 🎭 Lyric Theatre - Fun Home Pride Night (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm Lyric Theatre and The Gayly are collaborating for Pride Night on Thursday, April 12, 2018, starting at 6:30pm for the Tony Award-Winning Musical, Fun Home! When purchasing a ticket for the…
  • Meditation Class (St Stephen's United Methodist - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Weekly meditation and discussion group conducted by the monks from Oklahoma Buddhist Vihara.
    St. Stephens UMC 6-7pm Look for the shoes.
  • 🎓 Microsoft Excel 2013 for Business (Pioneer Library System - Moore) 1 day left Start Time: 9:30am Excel is a valuable and often used business tool to help problem solve, organize and interpret information. This workshop is designed to help you become more efficient, whether you are a…
  • OCU Percussion Ensemble in Concert (Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm The OCU Percussion Ensemble presents its final concert of the semester with an eclectic program under the direction of Dr. David Steffens and Prof. Patrick Womack. Music begins 8 p.m.…
  • OKG Music Show (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🏆 RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 Watch Party (The Boom - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Join us every Thursday for our RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Watch Party in the front bar, hosted by Riley Moore! It’s not just a watch party but a drag show, too plus we’ll have weekly…
  • Spring Steam Train (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Apr 15th Embrace the changing season and relive the golden age of steam railroading by catching a ride on a vintage coal train…
  • 🏆 Surf and Turf at The Bricktown Brewery at Remington Park (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • 🏆 Thursday Night $25 Dinner for 2 at Silks (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm SILKS DINNER for TWO, just $25! – Thursdays in Racing Season The Silks Restaurant is the place for a great value and view of the racing action on Thursday nights throughout the Remington…
  • Trifecta live (The Deli - Norman) Start Time: 10:00pm Trifecta brings the full gamut of 60's-90's rock. These are spectacular players and they cover your full classic rock playlist. ZZ Top, Yardbirds, Ozzy, Iron Maiden, Dio, ACDC, Van…
  • Turkeyfoot Live (VZD's - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎨 Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am Museums typically exhibit only a very small percentage of their collections. In the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s vast holdings, specific pieces, for one reason or another,…

Friday, Apr 13th

  • 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk (Norman Arts District - Norman) The 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk, a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman, connects the downtown arts district with…
  • Alyssa Elaine (Red Brick Bar - Norman) Start Time: 7:00pm FREE EARLY SHOW!! Alyssa Elaine, OK Americana, Pop 21 To Enter, ID Required
  • ARTini (Farmer's Market - Oklahoma City) Get dressed up and head downtown for Oklahoma City's largest martini tasting. ARTini, held at the OKC Farmers…
  • At the Throttle (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00am At the Throttle Fridays and Sunday April 6 & 8 and April 13 & 15, 2018 8:00am-6:00pm Your opportunity to be a Steam Locomotive Engineer Tickets: $135.00 30 min run
    Take the reins of the…
  • Barrel Bash (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Start Time: 9:00am Complete details, schedule, entry forms and online entry link will be posted as soon as available at: www.BarrelBash.com Save the Date Trans West $10,000 futurity plus $6,000 BRIF…
  • 🎭 Blood Relations (Carpenter Square Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm Carpenter Square Theatre presents the Oklahoma City premiere of “Blood Relations,” an award-winning mystery-thriller by Sharon Pollock. The play explores the legend of Lizzie Borden…
  • 🏃 Bunion Derby 90th Anniversary Motorized Relay (Oklahoma, ssociation - Chandler) Start Time: 6:00am 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the International Transcontinental Footrace of 1928. This was an endurance marathon along Route 66 from Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL and on to New York…
  • 🎨 Can't Touch This: Visualization and Technology (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am Artists: *James Ewald | Assistant Professor of Graphic Design *Amy Jacobson-Peters | Instructor of Interior Design *Amy Johnson | Chair, Department of Design & Professor of Graphic Design…
  • Central Musical Theatre: Six Women with Brain Death (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Overweight Prom Queen Candidate Loses Crown! Housewife Keeps Severed Head On Cake Plate! Bambi Goes Haywire in Forest With Uzi! To the expiring mind of a modern American woman, life can…
  • Central Musical Theatre: Six Women with Brain Death (UCO Jazz Lab - Edmond) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Overweight Prom Queen Candidate Loses Crown! Housewife Keeps Severed Head On Cake Plate! Bambi Goes Haywire in Forest With Uzi! To the expiring mind of a modern American woman, life can…
  • 🏆 Club One Special (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm The popular Club 1 Special is back for all live racing dates at Remington Park. Enjoy this spectacular offer on every live race date, regardless of post time, day or night. The Club 1…
  • 🎨 COMIX: OK (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am Following the success of Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma, COMIX OK looks at the thriving artistic culture of comics in Oklahoma. The comics genre is wide ranging and hard to…
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, May 5th Don't miss Disney's The Little Mermaid brought to life by the talented company at Guthrie's Pollard Theatre.…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Apr 16th Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the New Orleans Baby…
  • Early Season Pass Processing (Starlight Amphitheater @ Frontier City - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am Skip the processing lines and have your Season Pass card made before your first visit to the park! Our office is open 9:00a-5:00p, Monday-Friday.
  • Eight Works for Six Pianos (Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Join the composers of Project 21: Music for the Twenty First Century for their final concert of 2018: a Friday night program of new works written for six-piano ensemble, featuring the…
  • 🏆 The Eliminator Challenge (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Remington Park racing guests have the opportunity to test their skill and take aim at a Grand Prize worth a minimum of $1,000, every Friday night in April. The Eliminator Challenge returns…
  • Family Workshop: Cheerful Garden Markers (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am Learn how to decorate your garden or small-space planters using unique items, from rocks to spoons. We’ll start with a walk around the garden grounds looking for inspiration, and then…
  • Flight Mongoose (Red Brick Bar - Norman) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • 🎭 Free Zumba (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 5:00pm Enjoy this free Latin inspired fitness dance class. Participants must sign waiver before taking part in this program. Space is limited, please RSVP for this event. The City of Guthrie, OK…
  • 😂 Gabriel Rutledge (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • 🎭 Impractical Jokers "Santiago Sent Us" Tour Starring The Tenderloins (Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm BIO: The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe: Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James "Murr" Murray and Brian "Q" Quinn star in truTV's hit show, "Impractical Jokers;" and are headed from your screen to the…
  • Joni Mitchell Tribute - Friday With Miss Brown To You And Friends (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • LIVE on the Plaza - Earth Day (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm In Oklahoma City's Plaza District, every second Friday is LIVE on the Plaza, an art walk featuring local artists,…
  • Looking For Something? (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Miss Brown To You - Mary Reynolds and Louise Goldberg - and friends will come together for two nights for a tribute to the incomparable Joni Mitchell. Special guests to be announced!
  • 🎓 Microsoft Excel 2013 for Business (Pioneer Library System - Moore) Last Day Start Time: 9:30am Excel is a valuable and often used business tool to help problem solve, organize and interpret information. This workshop is designed to help you become more efficient, whether you are a…
  • OU Sooners vs Texas Longhorns (L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park - Norman) Thru Sun, Apr 15th Cheer on the OU Sooners as they take on the Texas Longhorns in Norman. The University of Oklahoma Sooners baseball…
  • Petite Mort: A Triple Bill (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm TICKETS ON SALE SOON! Presented by OKC Ballet Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort (Company Premiere) Jiří Kylián is widely considered one of the most important choreographers in the world…
  • Ronnie Milsap (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Head to Riverwind Casino in Norman for a night full of tunes cranked out by country soul singer Ronnie Milsap. Sit back…
  • Showtimes (Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • The Sophistication of Medieval Jewelry and Decorative Arts (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Medieval Fair Free Lecture Series, co-sponsored by OU Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, presentation by John Cole, Order of the Laurel, Society for Creative Anachronism and…
  • Southwest Street Rod Nationals (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Apr 15th This event is Oklahoma's largest gathering of Specialty Automobiles, Street Rods, Custom Cars Trucks and Antiques…
  • Spring Steam Train (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Apr 15th Embrace the changing season and relive the golden age of steam railroading by catching a ride on a vintage coal train…
  • Tenkaichi Tour! (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 1:00pm Echo Muse and Untamed Engine with Forget Conformity meets the baddest of OKC local bands for this one Sick event! Alterblood, From A Broken Oath, DRYVR, Brought By Fate, Brett Landry.
  • 🎨 Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am Museums typically exhibit only a very small percentage of their collections. In the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s vast holdings, specific pieces, for one reason or another,…
  • 🎭 Western Heritage Awards (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am The Museum’s Western Heritage Awards was established in 1961 as the pinnacle commemoration of the American West by honoring the legacy of men and women for their works in literature,…

Saturday, Apr 14th

  • 🏃 Ally's House 5K (Calvary Church - Norman) Calvary Church is pleased to present the inaugural Ally's House 5K! Ally’s House was established in 2004 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to provide support to pediatric cancer…
  • Art Group Group Show (Skyline Ink - Oklahoma City) Looking for a fun evening filled with art, music and community spirit? Join emerging OKC art collective, Art Group, as…
  • Covered in Color (Charles J. Johnson Central Park Town Center - Midwest City) The third annual Covered in Color art extravaganza brings Midwest City to life through sidewalk chalk creations and…
  • Cowboy Days (Hope retreat ranch - Choctaw) Head to Hope Retreat Ranch for the annual Cowboy Days event in celebration of full-fledged family fun. This Choctaw…
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, May 5th Don't miss Disney's The Little Mermaid brought to life by the talented company at Guthrie's Pollard Theatre.…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Apr 16th Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the New Orleans Baby…
  • Fairy Tale Ball (Petroleum Club - Oklahoma City) Kids of all ages can experience a world of make-believe at the Fairy Tale Ball in Oklahoma City. Your little ones can…
  • Free Family Make + Take Art Project (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Enjoy some quality time with your children and help them develop those creative skills at this family friendly art…
  • 🏃 Full Moon Running and Walking Challenge (Your Pro Choice Hardwood Flrs - Oklahoma City) Did you know that in 2018 we will be having thirteen full moons (two in January)! Here at Moon Joggers, we LOVE the moon! We have created an incredibly awesome Full Moon Challenge medal,…
  • 😂 Gabriel Rutledge (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Last Day
  • 🏃 GCTC Foundation Rocket Man Run (The Gordon Cooper Technology Center - Aviation Campus - Shawnee) The USTAF sanctioned 5K or 1 mile fun run/walk starts at the GCTC Aviation Maintenance Campus at Shawnee Municipal Airport, 2600 Airport Drive. The 5K start is set for 8:30 a.m. with the 1…
  • 🏃 McNellie's OKC Pub Run (James E. McNellie's Public House - Oklahoma City) Don't miss this great annual event held in the heart of Mid Town.
  • Oklahoma Songwriters Festival (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Celebrate the power of well-crafted songs at the Oklahoma Songwriter Festival. This event draws talent from all corners…
  • OU Sooners vs Texas Longhorns (L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park - Norman) 1 day left Cheer on the OU Sooners as they take on the Texas Longhorns in Norman. The University of Oklahoma Sooners baseball…
  • Showers of Shopping (Czech Hall - Yukon) Showers of Shopping grants guests refuge from any impending rain storms. Avoid bad weather by stepping inside Czech Hall…
  • Southwest Street Rod Nationals (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) 1 day left This event is Oklahoma's largest gathering of Specialty Automobiles, Street Rods, Custom Cars Trucks and Antiques…
  • Spring Steam Train (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Embrace the changing season and relive the golden age of steam railroading by catching a ride on a vintage coal train…
  • Stephanie Mills & Freddie Jackson in Concert (Riverwind Casino - Norman) See Grammy Award-winning artist Stephanie Mills and R&B chart-topper Freddie Jackson live as they make their way to…
  • Wanderlust Pop-Up Shops (Oklahoma City) Come down to the Wheeler Ferris Wheel in OKC and browse local wares at the Wanderlust Pop-Up Shops. The vendors at…
  • 🏃 Worth A Tri (Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, OK - Edmond) $15 for OC student $20 for OC employees $25 for Community Teams: Individual cost plus $10 per participant. Maximum of 3 participants per team. Registration will open in March.

Sunday, Apr 15th

  • Disney's The Little Mermaid (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, May 5th Don't miss Disney's The Little Mermaid brought to life by the talented company at Guthrie's Pollard Theatre.…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the New Orleans Baby…
  • 🎭 Nick Swardson: Too Many Smells 2018 Tour (The Criterion - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm Join crass funnyman Nick Swardson for an evening of hilarity when he takes over the Criterion for the OKC stop of his…
  • OU Sooners vs Texas Longhorns (L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park - Norman) Last Day Cheer on the OU Sooners as they take on the Texas Longhorns in Norman. The University of Oklahoma Sooners baseball…
  • Southwest Street Rod Nationals (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Last Day This event is Oklahoma's largest gathering of Specialty Automobiles, Street Rods, Custom Cars Trucks and Antiques…
  • Spring Steam Train (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) Last Day Embrace the changing season and relive the golden age of steam railroading by catching a ride on a vintage coal train…
  • The Venue - Open Mic Night (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm

Monday, Apr 16th

  • Disney's The Little Mermaid (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, May 5th Don't miss Disney's The Little Mermaid brought to life by the talented company at Guthrie's Pollard Theatre.…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the New Orleans Baby…
  • Drake Bell in Concert (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Nickelodeon star Drake Bell honed his musical talents while focusing on his acting chops. After "The Amanda…

Tuesday, Apr 17th

  • 89er Days Celebration (Downtown - Guthrie) Thru Sun, Apr 22nd The annual '89er Days Celebration commemorates the Land Run of 1889 and the birth of Guthrie. On April 22, 1889,…
  • City Of The Weak / Echo Black (Red Brick Bar - Norman)
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, May 5th Don't miss Disney's The Little Mermaid brought to life by the talented company at Guthrie's Pollard Theatre.…
  • Food Truck Tuesdays (Jackson - Blanchard) Every week, treat your taste buds to new flavors. During Food Truck Tuesdays, a different food truck will park in…
  • Old & New (St. Paul's Cathedral - Oklahoma City) Want to experience a night of classical music you won't forget? Come to St. Paul's Cathedral in Oklahoma City…
  • Wheeler Criterium (Oklahoma City) Once the weather starts warming up, gather your crew and head south of the Oklahoma River for the Wheeler Criterium each…

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