When I’d first heard that Marian Call was doing a garage band album with foul language, at some point I thought about Kaywinnet Lee Frye and Simon Tam discussing the appropriate times to swear. Regardless of what you do or do not know about Call personally, her singing persona doesn’t necessarily readily suggest anything other than the Simon end of that conversation.

Of course, being television, we not much later do see Simon swear. (Who could blame him, given the circumstances.)

When I posted about the first single dropping earlier this month, I’d said that it gave me “complicated feelings of expectations both met and confounded” that at the time I couldn’t explain. I probably could have; it’s mostly that somehow I’d imagined Call roughing up her voice more than she does here. That’s not a failing of the single, or of the album; it’s simply a mismatch of trying in advance to imagine the album in my head.

At any rate, the five-song EP itself — Swears! — drops today, and the only real thing I will say about it now is that “Glacier Bones” is brutal and while I always expect certain Call numbers to break me I fully did not at all expect to be broken by a garage band.

Fuck you, too, Nature.

The thing is, I’d retracted the good will I’d offered that white-people band that changed their name from Lady Antebellum to Lady A, because it turned out they didn’t bother to google and learn that Lady A already existed and she was a Black musician. Apparently, the two sides had been in talks about usage for both parties going forward that now have completely broken down. Here’s my thing, though: I don’t really fucking care that the white-people band trademarked Lady A back in 2010, when the real Lady A has been Lady A since 2001 at least. I feel like there’s possibly a story in here somewhere about access to intellectual property lawyers and privilege. There shouldn’t have to be a challenge: the band could have googled, their manager could have googled, the trademark office could have googled. The band’s usage as a nickname from 2006 onward postdates Lady A’s usage in her trade, period.

Marian Call’s much-anticipated Swears! album is up for preorders (so is, yes, Cuss!) and the single “Fix It Fix It” is giving me complicated feelings of expectations both met and confounded that I can’t properly explain, and that also in a weird way I could see as fully intentional. Where does this track fall on the album? Maybe that doesn’t matter; it’s the first track dropped and I feel like, as I’ve sat here staring at this post and listening to the song several times over before saying anything, that maybe there’s a reason for that. Absent the rest of the album, though, I can’t know.

Taylor Hosking has a really terrific writeup of the Tulsa hip-hop scene seeking to resurrect the legacy of Black Wall Street as the city nears the centennial of the Greenwood massacre.

There were six studios set up inside, and artists in the hallways were clamoring to get their songs recorded. When studios were full, others explored the mansion, discussing the symbolism of recording in places like the maid’s quarters. Some said they were excited to record in the kitchen where Brady killed himself. Over five days they ended up producing more than 140 songs, with titles such as “Reparations,” “Shining,” “Brunch at the Brady,” and “City of Dreams.” Only 21 of them will actually make the core “Fire in Little Africa” album. The goal is to capture the spirit of what Black Wall Street’s ancestors might want them to say.

Lady A already exists and she’s a black blues musician who not only isn’t amused at the appropriation of her name but isn’t amused with the band who took it pretty much at all.

Rolling Stone reports that the name Lady A is very much taken by Anita White, who works for Seattle Public Utilities by day. White told the outlet on Friday that Lady Antebellum is “using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before. It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it.”

The band says they weren’t aware of the precursor Lady A, which leads me to ask once again: do people not know about search engines? So much for the goodwill I afforded the band just yesterday.