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March 31, 2008

Temptation to Wonder

Bjork times Encyclopedia Pictura equals...well, just watch. I really could try to describe this, but there's a reason we can communicate non-verbally. Plus, I mean, it's embedded right here:

Bjork - "Wanderlust" (off her last album, Volta)

"Temptation to Wonder" posted by urn at 6:08 PM

March 6, 2008

NPR (Wait for it...)

Admittedly, I'm not cool enough to have liked the new Gnarls joint at first peep--what is this? Nancy Sinatra rap?--nevertheless, my ADD-afflicted, telegenicized* ass was kinda digging it after the video. Maybe blame it on the Graffiti Rock reference (Justin Timberlake playing OG scenester Michael Holman is PURE COMEDY) or the fact that we still have one of those clunky, faux-furniture, wooden TVs down in our basement (HD transition can get the bozack). Irregardless**, I just thought of another GR-referencing viddy that doesn't cause seizures though it may make you have flashbacks to previous cases of acute backpackeritis***.

WHT "14 Years of Rap" (w/ cameos by Bobbito, Crazy Legs, and what could be the world's first Semetic Cyborg eye)

*,**&*** = no PoMo, rasclots!

"NPR (Wait for it...)" posted by urn at 11:21 AM

March 3, 2008

Tan Gent Man: de Naija Edition

While I'm purdy sure that "Thelonius" tickled the ebonies & ivories, this jawnt is still crankin'. Maybe I'm just a sucker for the marimba--I'unno.

In more Bun B appearance updates: no offense to main mang (I don't have a death wish), but however-few-years-old MC Rye Rye shows everyone up on the Homeland Security Remixes with that Charm City...uh...charm. If the next gen of (female) MCs is this sick already...Lawdamercy! Maybe a change is gon come. African Boy also gets honorable mention for the best "cooking up white"-involving rhyme I've heard in ages. Fufu, anyone?

Look like Mike Love (who I hear cold as hell) done took the "King of New York" and mashed him up with the King of Afrobeat. Some cuts are more definitely more inspired than others ("Sweet" is my heat) but it goes without saying that hopefully more folks will take an interest in the music of Mr. Kuti after hearing this.

Officially taking the word to the motherland, the half of Blackstar NOT currently starring in dope revisionist Fats Waller docs just shot his new video in Lagos. Though dude comes off kinda self-righteous/colonial in this soundbite discussing the song, the glorious beat (Just Blaze + the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy) and video (the SHRINE!) are excellent. Hopefully Kwe will stay true to his word, not only spreading the gospel over there but reversing the trans-Atlantic trade, if you get my drift. I mean, with an actual cultural and material exchange, who know what can come to fruition?


"Tan Gent Man: de Naija Edition" posted by urn at 2:44 PM