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North Korean BBQ Mixtape

by Mac Lethal

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War Drum 04:06
Citrus 04:04
I'm Odd 04:37
Little Mac 04:43
Dying Young 03:56
Shannon 04:46
Suitcases 04:03


In the Midwestern region of the country, we feel the seasons much more intensely than the rest of the world. As I type this, it is 40 degrees outside. Last night it was 33 degrees outside. Yesterday it was 90 degrees outside. This type of unpredictable shifting in weather and city-vibe can deeply affect people's emotions and overall feelings about life and such.

I guess this mixtape was an exercise in keeping myself sane during the dark, bitterly cold Kansas City winter months. Mostly chronicling and processing an extremely serious, devastating breakup, the overall feeling of sadness about loss and aging, the constant struggle we all face with vices and exogenous substances, and accepting emotional, mental and physical damage (whether self-inflicted, or done by someone else.)

North Korean BBQ is for old souls. People 30+ (figuratively and literally.)

The title, however, is a reminder for me and all of us, that no matter how hard life can seem. We are all very fortunate people to live where we live. In Kansas City, when we get lonely or depressed, we go gorge ourselves on delicious, molasses-based BBQ. In North Korea, they don't get lonely or depressed. They don't choose feelings or thoughts. North Koreans don't eat BBQ. They eat octopus skin and fried white corn. I was looking through audio clips from old North Korean documentaries to mix in with the music, but honestly, I felt like I was being lighthearted about their situation, which is greatly serious.

I must remind you of something, though: THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL PIECE OF MUSIC. NO!

This is NOT a political statement, but an examination on the self-entitlement we feel while bathing in our own excess and drama. I'm sorry your boyfriend broke up with you, but treasure the good times you did have. Bump this mixtape as a way to help push those negative, volatile emotions out, BUT...always remember that below the surface, life is truly a beautiful, pleasant work of art for some of us. Unfortunately it takes looking at other people's situations to realize that sometimes.

Shouts to everyone oppressed by Kim Jong-il. I wish we could help. Holler fool.


released April 4, 2011

ALL lyrics written, recorded etc. by Mac Lethal
Mastering by Jay Tigg
Artwork by Adeolu Adebayo
Hugs/kisses, thugs/dishes, bugs/kitchens, drugs/bitches

1. Therapy For Gangsters (beat by Kid Called Computer)
(fyi I say "dream you CAN control")
2. War Drum (beat by Seven)
3. Citrus (beat by Seven, slide-guitars by Jace)
4. Raise the Dead (beat by Seven)
5. I'm Odd (beat by ClamsCasino)
6. Something I Can <3 (beat by The Inkredibles)
7. My Favorite Song (beat by Seven)
8. Little Mac (beat by Whodini)
9. Dying Young (beat by DJ Khalil)
10. Feel it in the Air (i dunno who made this beat)
11. Shannon (beat by Seven)
12. Suitcases (beat by Seven)
13. inohowutheenk (ambient water music by Seven)


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