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Toronto reminded me of her bite this week; her snarl, and snapping jaws. Snakes are lively in the winter, don’t let the temperature fool you. And with this cold comes the chill of the past, shortening our shine and darkening our days. Amidst the skaters in the square and the lights upon the trees stirs an air of betrayal, an odd scent to smell in December.

The holidays make us greedy; backs are turned and hands pick pockets. Yet, loved ones prove themselves so amidst the fires of family. Laughs are had, tears are dried, and kisses are made underneath the mistletoe. December is a conflict that creates incredible art, and today I’d like to share with you two pieces that impressed me.

Coldest Winter "Survival Kit" - Dilan Manahan


The Weeknd was welcome on Dreamland before I created this rhythm and fashion series. In fact I’ve discussed him four times prior to this point. With the recent release of his music video for, “The Knowing,” I’m forced to discuss the man’s work a fifth time.

Directed by Parisian filmmaker Mikael Colombu, The Knowing is pictorial potpourri. Though Mr. Columbu isn’t a star on IMDb, his work is alive and well on the internet. Abel in connecting with him created an intoxicating array of imagery for his opening mixtape’s closer. Instead of releasing a teaser for Echoes of Silence, or giving a curtain call to Thursday, he dug in the crates and deepened a classic. Juxtaposed against the dark drama of science fiction is the politics and promise of the Ethiopian people.  It’s a must see made out of a must listen, founded by a Lion of Judah and built upon by a Renaissance Man. It is the return of Haile Selassie and the struggles of his ancestry…. Watch and see.






Time to travel. In the fictional city of Crooklyn California lives an evil mastermind known as, Stevie Crooks. For years he’s paced about his lab analyzing his method and honing his skills. Proud to be a Villain, his crooked method is poised to overthrow the current empire. Basically, Stevie feels the world is in a bad place, and that if correcting it is upsetting he is more than willing to brave the branding.

His plan is laid out in the Latin looking album, VLNS NVR DIE. The title and cover art caught my attention immediately, and the content continued on in kind. He carries over a sound made popular in the early-mid 90’s, but he pushes it forward by coloring outside the lines. It’s clever, it’s worth a listen, and after doing so you’ll see it’s worth a download.

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  • Chris Elliott

    Both great topics. I didn’t dig the Weeknd’s video at all though. I saw it about 2 weeks ago, and I must say, it did not resonate with me at all. Just too far off the deep end for my taste. Quite painful actually. Love the song though. As for Stevie Crooks, I dig his voice, lyrics and flow. Definitely someone to look out for. Great continuation to the series. dog!

    • Anonymous

      Fair. I must say it is my video of the year. I dig the fact he takes Ethiopia’s modern legend and finds him resurrected in the future known as “Ethio X.” There’s just so much story behind it, plus this contrast of a bitter break up. When the planets split and become independent sexes I was overwhelmed. It’s artsy though, and daring, but I’m just so happy they did it. That said, to each their own.

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