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“God Bless My Brother”

By Cadence Weapon

Written and produced by Cadence Weapon (R. Pemberton) for Metal Machine Music (SOCAN); recorded at DGC Productions in Edmonton, Alberta; courtesy of Upper Class Recordings. Copyright ©2005 Rollie Pemberton
 

Rapper and producer Cadence Weapon (a.k.a. Rollie Pemberton) self-released his debut album, Cadence Weapon Is the Black Hand, in 2004. Pemberton's second effort, Breaking Kayfabe, appeared on Upper Class Recordings in 2005. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, he also writes for the online music magazines Stylus and Pitchfork.

Esopus 5 (Fall 2005)
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Esopus CD #5: Audio-Visuals

For our fifth CD, Esopus invited 12 musicians to pick a work of visual art they recalled as having been significant to them at some point in their lives and then use it as inspiration for a song. The selected pieces ranged from historic masterpieces to contemporary work to anonymous folk art. 

Some songs hint at their source lyrically; others—including several instrumentals—echo in musical form the visual poetry of the piece they reference. Connecting particular tracks with their source is a challenge, and we didn't make it any easier: Esopus asked musicians to avoid directly referencing the artworks’ titles in their songs, because we thought readers might enjoy establishing the links on their own. 

TRACK LIST

 
01
Cadence Weapon
God Bless My Brother
 
02
Jim White
Plywood Superman
 
03
The Mountain Goats
Porcile
 
04
Alina Simone
On Being Complicated
 
05
Josephine Foster
Two-Harp Blues
 
06
Autoparty
Juliette vs. the Ink Blot
 
07
Meg Murray
Ode to Bunnatine
 
08
Sankofa
They All Die
 
09
Jesus Licks
Terrible Beauty
 
10
Kevin Blechdom
Dying Robot
 
11
Grasshopper w/ O.C.D. Bottle Factory
Back in No Time
 
12
Britta Phillips
Song of You