NEW JPEGMAFIA VIDEO SALUTES BALTIMORE’S BELL FOUNDRY
By Nathan Leigh
September 14, 2018
It’s always a good day when there’s new shit from JPEGMAFIA. The new video for “1539 N. Calvert” is part requiem for legendary Baltimore music hub, The Bell Foundry, and part celebration of the community that grew there. The space was shuttered in 2016, with the city disrupting a vital hub of Baltimore’s music community. It’s a song and video that stand on their own, as well as a reminder that these spaces are lifeblood, and their loss is irreplaceable.
It can be impossible to put into words what spaces like The Bell Foundry mean to the crew of misfits that call those spaces home, something fragile and life-giving. JPEGMAFIA puts it like this: “The Bell Foundry doesn’t exist anymore but no one who was a part of the community there will ever forget it. This video is the best recreation of what we experienced there, but in reality, there is no way to convey that on screen, I wish I could put what I feel for The Bell into words but I’m not that smart I guess.”
JPEGMAFIA is headed on the road on a decolonizing Reverse Christopher Columbus Tour. Dates and tickets are at jpegmafia.net