The lead “single” from Rhea Butcher‘s debut album, ‘Butcher,’ entitled “Haircuts & Flight Attendants” gives the audience a small vignette into the daily life of Rhea — as she’s continually mis-gendered and questioned about her age due to her appearance.
Hari Kondabolu decided to record his second album for Kill Rock Stars in Portland, Oregon against the advice and some gentle(?) ribbing from his old Seattle friends. ‘Mainstream American Comic‘ was born over the course of two evenings and three shows at Mississippi Studios, and this clip was plucked off the cutting room floor to promote the album.
Given “Take It On Faith”‘s heavy use of NASA samples, and the overall “conspiracy” theme to Art of Ballistics‘ ‘REX 84,’ it made sense to create a montage of vintage sci-fi and official state documentation that kinda blurs the lines between what’s real, what’s possible, and what has yet to be.
Some of the subtler themes found on Art of Ballistics‘, ‘REX 84,’ coalesced around the assassinations of popular leaders during the 1960’s, which coincidentally intersected with the rise of the “Black Lives Matter” organizing. This piece came together out of the confluence of those two ideas.