I. Am. So. Happy. These. Dudes. Collaborated. Again.
Y'all remember the awesomeness that was "Clean" off of Big Data's 2.0, which featured vocal stylings of now Nashville-based powerhouse Jamie Lidell. Well the two have teamed up to REALLY own the Black Mirror pop genre that I playfully invented when "See Through" materialized a few months back. I happened to be starting in on the mini stack of books that Big Data mastermind Alan Wilkis has been casually recommending via his Instagram stories, starting with his #1 recommendation: Life 3.0 Being Human In The Age of Artificial Intelligence just as "Monster" dropped on Friday.
The second I got to the chorus of "Monster" I couldn't grab that book fast enough. First of all, I was covered in goosebumps because this first person narrative as sung by Lidell is the kind of story that technologists everywhere : creating technology that we later deeply regret because it ends up being really harmful to mankind. We are definitely living in peak "just because we can make it, SHOULD we make it?" era right now. It's very obvious (and honestly really comforting) that Wilkis has spent a great deal of time pondering this about various technologies we're semi-normalizing in culture and giving us plenty to reconsider before blindly believing that every technological advance is inherently good for us.
Suffice it to say, every second that I have downtime I am reading that book. Already two chapters in I'm already starting to gain a deeper understanding of the concerns Wilkis' has. It's made me hope that other Big Data fans get curious and equally concerned about our future.
We're currently 3 songs deep into 3.0's album cycle with no concrete release date in sight, BUT our favorite data driven dude will be hitting the road as he headlines the Sirius XM Alt Nation tour starting in mid-October, so my Kibbe-sense says we'll probably have the whole shebang by then.
Also in 310 pages I will be making our impending interview official, so know that's coming too.
BIG DATA Tour Dates:
October 14th - Shelter - Detroit, MI
October 15th - HiFi - Indianapolis, IN
October 16th - Chop Suey - Chicago, IL
October 18th - Rumba - Columbus, OH
October 19th - Cambridge Room @ HOB - Cleveland, OH
October 21st - Space Ballroom - Hamden, CT
October 22nd - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
October 23rd - Foundry - Philadelphia, PA
October 24th - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
October 25th - Songbyrd - Washington, DC
October 27th - Underground - Charlotte, NC
October 28th - The Cowan - Nashville, TN
October 30th - Cambridge Room @ HOB - Dallas, TX
October 31st - Bronze Peacock @ HOB - Houston, TX
November 1st - Antone’s - Austin, TX
November 2nd - Lowbrow Palace - El Paso, TX
November 4th - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
November 5th - Voodoo Room @ HOB - San Diego, CA
November 6th - Resident - Los Angeles, CA
November 7th - Chapel - San Francisco, CA
November 9th - Dante’s (Take Warning) - Portland, OR
November 10th - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA