feat_prison_PinC_main
When Dan McDonald sings for Dirty Ink & Mutton Chops his "Woke up in Windham," a true 12-bar blues number, am I supposed to feel bad for him? "Dagger in my back, life's way off track/Went down the long path," he sings in a thin tenor. "Wound up in this jail, with no money for bail . . . stuck here in Windham, jammed up in this cell/Trapped here in Windham, this place I call hell."

Okay. Sucks to be in jail, I'm sure. But there is a natural reaction to argue that there are certainly ways of avoiding winding up in such a place, right?

Who are prisoners? What separates them from those who never find themselves incarcerated? What does the future look like from the inside? These are the questions these albums elicit, and they're questions both worth asking and considering.

"I don't separate the Department of Corrections from us as a society," says Svendsen. "If we wanted to fund more rehabilitative programming, we would do it. And if we funded it they would do it."

That's the real question these albums force us to ask: How do we really want to deal with those who commit crimes? Do we want to punish them? Or do we want to make it so they don't commit crimes again?

Sam Pfeifle can be reached atsam_pfeifle@yahoo.com.

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  | 
  Topics: News Features , Entertainment, Music, Arts,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY SAM PFEIFLE
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   FIRST SECOND COMING  |  August 22, 2014
    Hey, look, I Discovered a Planet
  •   THE CRUNK WITCH THAT THEY ARE  |  August 14, 2014
    Three albums in, Crunk Witch are now far more than novelty. The all-digital, husband-wife duo of Brandon Miles and Hannah Collen have created enough material at this point to establish a clear method behind what can sometimes seem like madness.  
  •   FIRE ON FIRE  |  August 07, 2014
    From the varying deliveries and styles through the three fully instrumental tracks, there’s a lot to consider in Pyronauts , with equal attractions in playing it loud in the car with the windows down and in the headphones.
  •   HIP HOP SUMMER  |  July 31, 2014
    For pure output, it’s hard to argue Portland is anything but a hip hop city.
  •   SEVEN-MAN ARMY  |  July 24, 2014
    Lately, it’s been open season on “Wagon Wheel,” which has become the acoustic musician’s “Freebird,” one of the very few songs that people actually know well enough to find it funny to request.

 See all articles by: SAM PFEIFLE