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February 23, 2017 on Jidenna – “Bambi” Video
http://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/201719/rs_500x281-170209073751-500-drake-shots-grammy-020917.gif Says the guy who not only wrote a song entitled "Grammys" for the album which he was nominated and included his award-winning song, but also the very same guy who literally quenched his thirst with the award earlier in his career
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February 19, 2017 on Drake Talks “Weird” Grammy Wins: “I Don’t Even Want Them”
Straightforward from here: 1. Drop a classic 2. Get nominated for AOTY 3. Lose to Taylor Swift 4. Retire from rap 5. 2032: President Chancelor Bennett
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February 15, 2017 on Is Chance The Rapper About To Get Corny?
Do you remember the Web Sheriff? Good times: http://www.stereogum.com/37681/grizzly_bear_apologize_to_animal_collective_domino/news/
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February 15, 2017 on Thor Harris Discusses Nazi-Punching Video, Twitter Ban In New Essay
That was weird...can you hear me now? http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view5/2138848/fotc-angry-dance-o.gif
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February 15, 2017 on Summer Moon – “Happenin'” Video
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February 15, 2017 on Summer Moon – “Happenin'” Video
In addition to his opinion on Beyoncé, Carlos Santana shared a few other statements: "With all respect to our brother, Kendrick Lamar...he's not a rapper-rapper, with all respect to him." "With all respect to our sister, Amy Adams...she's not an actress-actress, with all respect to her." "With all respect to our brother, Karl Malone...he's not a forward-forward, with all respect to him." "With all respect to our sister, Rosalind Franklin...she's not a scientist-scientist, with all respect to her." "With all respect to our brother, James Baldwin..he's not a writer-writer, with all respect to him."
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February 15, 2017 on Man, It’s A Hot One: Carlos Santana Apologizes For Beyoncé Burn
"No disrespect, but that thing you've been doing all of your life for which you've recieved countless accolades and nearly universal praise from both the public and critics...yeah, you're not really good at it." Get. The. Fuck. Out.
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February 15, 2017 on Man, It’s A Hot One: Carlos Santana Apologizes For Beyoncé Burn
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February 14, 2017 on Manchester Police Decline Drake’s Offer To Talk Suicidal Man Off Bridge
Favorite record from my dad's vinyl collection. Good luck convincing me that this isn't Album Art Of The Life: https://bossip.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/gd7587368album-prince-1979-by-3770.jpg http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Crol8Omzgd8/Sa_iixFZmbI/AAAAAAAACWA/DyXd-FTATOY/s400/princeback.jpg
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February 14, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Jidenna The Chief
I had no idea all this time that Afrobeats was the name being used for the most recent strain of dominant Afropop. I'm a huge Afrobeat fanatic, so I thought at first Tom was saying that Jidenna's music above was Afrobeat influenced and I was very confused because I didn't hear any Fela Kuti or Tony Allen. It would appear that Afrobeats is to Nigeria as Hiplife is to Ghana and I would guess there are nuances besides just being regional that I haven't picked up on yet. Either way, even though I'm not big on Jidenna's Afrobeats outings, at least he's not embarrassing himself like Drake. I love "Long Live the Chief," though, so I'm looking forward to hearing him rap more. I do agree that the Wondaland artists seem to be in a weird limbo but I think that because they have other outlets besides music like activism, movies, and television, there might be profile-building reasons behind music delays. They might be helping to plot a takeover, though. My dream is that the Falcons losing, Migos getting cancelled, Baby Dick Spicer making up terrorist attacks, President Bannon, Agent Orange and the FUCKBOIS running rampant makes Atlanta really rise up and we (the people) get an Outkast album to aid resistance and persistence. A man can dream...
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February 14, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Jidenna The Chief
I could see the thinking behind inventing Best Urban Contemporary Album as a parallel to the reasoning behind differentiating between Best Rock Album and Best Alternative Album: recognize/reward more forward-thinking artists in a "genre." But let's be real...IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS BABY!!! There is obviously a disconnect that you could argue is generational. Maybe the BUCA category was genuinely (misguidedly) created in an effort to create a more inclusive awards ceremony but the optics don't look good when you start analyzing AOTY trends like a.j. and dansolo have already done and shared in previous threads. It does start to feel like the NARAS is willing to give out breadcrumbs to keep certain demographics locked-in and keep the money rolling off the appearances and performances by the very artists that perennially appear to have no shot at their biggest honor. It's cool, though, in five years (who am I kidding? probably two) Taylor Swift's Light Lemonade will dazzle and delight and be a shoo-in for AOTY . I do want to allude to my previous post and point out the fact that the inaugural year for the Best Urban Contemporary Album award was 2013...the same year that "Accidental Racist" graced our ears. Furthermore, there are 3 L's in LL Cool J and 11 letters in Brad Paisley. WAKE THE FUCK UP PEOPLE
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February 14, 2017 on Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent Tell Grammys “Don’t Be Racist”
For me, it's just the flag bearers of the genre and no one else. http://a.abcnews.com/images/GMA/abc_gma_faris_130409_wg.jpg
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February 14, 2017 on Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent Tell Grammys “Don’t Be Racist”
Speaking of death...I loved the sounds that I heard emanating from the SG Serial Killer Van, so I climbed aboard and brought along some members from my Collegiate Cereal Club: a paper chaser, mask makers, Canadian cloaks, English blokes, French folks, Hippie jokes, a calm collective, a fat family, white Walkers, and Blochead's friend, the biggest bother and a most fiendish "Father."
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February 10, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
A part of me wants Trump to reach the nadir from which his reputation and that of the Republican Party can't recover (probably impossible with fans like these!), but I also want us to survive. I've read about Bill Clinton's indiscriminate and brutal attack on Iraq the eve of his impeachment vote, and I shudder to think about how Dumbass Donald Dick would react (retaliate) in a similar situation. However, it would be an understatement for me to say that I'm depressed that the only stopgap between a future physical confrontation between the US and Russia appears to be Dumbass Donald Dick. Maybe it's hyperbolic thinking, but to me, it's like how do you want your eggs cooked: Trump (US war with Iran and/or China) or Pence (US war with Iran and/or Russia (with not only bipartisan support but probably also the consent of a brainwashed citizenry))? To end on an optimistic note, I proudly participated in Columbia (SC)'s sister march to the Women's March on Washington. While it wasn't as much of a march as a "Rally and Strategy Summit" (combination of weather and organizations wanting to capitalize on having like-minded people together) it definitely inspired me (and I'm sure many others) to better direct my anger into action. I hope that everyone else who participated across the world had a similar beautiful experience, and I hope that the People's Climate Mobilization on April 29th is able to generate an even better turnout/outcome. Shut Up, Dude: Rise up Migos, Falcons, John Lewis, all of ATL, Women, Immigrants, LGBTQIA, Minorities, and Allies! Thanks for letting me vent. Also, thanks Missy and Jamiroquai; I'm off to dance myself clean. Fuck Donald Trump.
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January 27, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
While I have been pretty satisfied thus far with how members of the "corporate media" are covering Dumbass Donald Dick, it's with mixed emotions similar to how I felt about Barack Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning's 35 year sentence. Like we wouldn't be in this situation if you either did your job (if anyone want to make the argument that "their" job these days is less about service to the American people and more about generating revenue and disseminating messages from our shareholders & slave masters, I won't disagree) or just did what you promised in the first place (if anyone wants to make an argument against Manning's actions, I'm going to undermine it with the quote, "most transparent administration in history" and reminders about abuse of the Espionage Act and evasion from the Freedom of Information Act among other reminders about corruption and crime), respectively. Basically, I start to wonder, "why am I giving you credit, again?" Going forward while I don't want them to distract too much from policy, I do hope that select critics (op-positional members of Congress, members of the media, celebrities, anyone in a position of power and influence) exploit the idea that the easiest way to derail Dumbass Donald Dick is to keep attacking his name and perception of reality (when you're insecure, all sizes matter) until he blows a gasket (gallows got me thinkin' bout his heart and his casket). Like if either (or both) Culture went to #1 on the Billboard 200 and/or the Atlanta Falcons won the Super Bowl, I need a representative from either party to shout out John Lewis and for John Lewis to take credit (obviously, much stranger things have happened in this parallel universe than the possibility of John Lewis and Migos publicly recognizing each other) and brandish it like a weapon against Dumbass Donald Dick the way he will take credit for the future success of the trash artists who played his Inauguration or NYG, NYJ,(sorry Buffalo) Washington, or his friend, Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl.
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January 27, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Raindrops Gold top Crackin' on cracka with the orange cock (A political rant and a quick music tangent) For those of you that don't have time (or the patience) to keep up, the following link is to the first article in a series that will summarize all of Trump's political actions of note each week of his reign: Donald Trump's First Week. Missing from the above article was today's executive order that essentially puts a cap on immigrants and temporarily bans refugees from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Iran. Hey, wait a minute...where were the hijackers from 9/11 from again? Oh yeah, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, and Lebanon! *Rereads list of countries temporarily banned from US* Huh?!? I wonder which countries are on the list of predominately Muslim countries the US has either bombed or imposed crippling sanctions before and during my lifetime? I guess when you're scaremongering about ISIS and "radical Islamic terrorism" (while both ironically and unironically creating terrorists), they'll let you do anything (that generates monetary and political capital and doesn't anger US "allies").
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January 27, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Honestly, the outcome of "Just 'a security review' and a Republican Director of the FBI" should have been about as surprising as the ending of Grizzly Man. I'll see your "fuck James motherfucking Comey" and raise you fuck Hillary Clinton; fuck Donald Trump; fuck Barack Obama; fuck George W. Bush; fuck Bill Clinton; fuck George H.W. Bush; fuck Ronald Reagan; fuck every US president and vice president; fuck Democrips and Rebloodicans; fuck the US government; fuck the US IC and the US MIC; fuck corporate media; fuck Wall Street and K Street; fuck our Shareholders and our Slave Masters; fuck "American Exceptionalism" i.e. US hubris and hypocrisy; fuck the United States of America. I love the theory of my country 'tis of thee but fuck the reality. "It was fucked from the beginning until the end" will probably be an appropriate headstone . P.S. 2.5 Minutes to Midnight; let's fucking go, 2017!
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January 27, 2017 on FBI Director James Comey Added To SXSW Lineup
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January 20, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
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January 20, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
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January 19, 2017 on Gorillaz – “Hallelujah Money” (Feat. Benjamin Clementine) Video
@cheap_suit_jr_jr Dave Longstreth is 15 years into his career. In 15 years, Animal Collective went from Spirit They're Gone... to Painting With . In 15 years, Bjork went from Debut to Volta. In 15 years, Radiohead went from On a Friday to Kid A/Amnesiac. In 15 years, David Bowie went from David Bowie to Let's Dance. We could go on all day; I think that you probably get the point I'm trying to make, but if not, let a motherfucker breathe! Adding on "I know, I know they have a lot more albums than that" kind of misses the point of the project. It's best to imagine Dirty Projectors as Dave Longstreth's pseudonym the way that David Bowie is the pseudonym of David Jones. You have rotating musicians under the same umbrella but the spiraling vision/direction really belongs to one person (Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor is probably a better analogy). At least wait until you hear the whole album ( and maybe revisit the albums released before Rise Above) and the actual context of the singles before you start saying uninspired and Bon Iver. I'm with you on not feeling much for Bon Iver's music (I think that he's obviously talented but prefer him as a wing man in a smaller dosage) but he and DP sound world's apart in influence and both vocal and music arrangements to my ears. Quick related-tangent/bone-to-pick, can critics (paid and unpaid) stop saying x sounds like y when they aren't even a year apart in release? I fucking hate "we're in a post-_____ world" declarations when x and y were created over the same time period in their own little bubbles (they're obviously reacting to their own music, the world, and other music, so I 'm saying relative to each other). I'm not mad. On the contrary, this is 2/2 for me. Let's go, 2017! Burn in Hell, 2016. Fuck Donald Trump.
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January 5, 2017 on Dirty Projectors – “Little Bubble” Video
Exactly! I don't know much about Chazelle but the little I do know indicates to me that so far in his young career, he is writing what he knows and the casting of Stone and Gosling in a relatively smaller project like La La Land is a "no duh" move that works for prestige and business. I'm with your train of thought that Rostam has noble intentions and is mostly trying to stay in his lane but I wonder if he has said anything about representation to the creative team of writer Brit Marling and his writer/director brother Zal Batmanglij. I enjoyed their first two movies together and have only watched the first episode of their new series, The OA (for which Rostam has music composition credits), but Brit Marling and a straight white guy appear to be the leads in every project (again I just started the series but it appears to be the same case with slightly more diversity than their movies). I'd wager that he hasn't said as much primarily because they are family, but also because he knows that those are independent passion projects where they are essentially writing what they know, targeting a specific audience, and basically at the beginning of their careers. I would love to see more people like me (black), Rostam (Asian/gay) (Ha Moonlight, the best movie I've seen so far, kills a few birds with one stone), and other minorities in leads roles but at the same time I recognize there is a vicious cycle in the film industry (like most American institutions) where money does the talking. Which demographics in America have traditionally had the money and power to not only get movies made that are mirrors to their worlds and the ones they imagine but also which audiences have traditionally had the economic viability to "vote" for these movies with their dollars? Trying to sink a movie like La La Land is sort of self-sabotage in that studios are more likely to take the wrong lesson going forward that musicals are toxic, don't finance them. I honestly don't see too many present day solutions besides celebrities with money and power starting their own studios (like Brad Pitt did) to give platforms to people without those opportunities. You could harass younger writers and directors but vitriol should be saved for those with actual money and power like top-tier directors, studios, and casting directors. But once the money starts to flow to finance the bigger projects, it's important to remember who that money is coming from, what their expectations and pull are, and what both success and failure could mean for you and people "like you". Of course, the music and entertainment industries are similar on the surface but their business models diverge in many different manners. I obviously don't speak for a majority of black people because we and other populations aren't as monolithic as people like to pretend, but like Shabani noted below, the black friends and family I know care more about tangible economic power than being represented on the big screen. Don't get me wrong, it's nice, (and it makes perfect sense for those fighting that battle in their creative field to do so publicly) but even switching over for a quick political analogy, getting Obama elected looks fantastic, but the way the 2007/08 financial crisis DEVASTATED black homeowners/communities and decimated black wealth among the myriad of other shit that's continued to happen, became public knowledge, has gotten worst, and yet, still looks to get even worst, he becomes just a symbol that extraordinary people can ascribe towards (completely leaving acceptance out of the equation). I love Rostam's music and salute his intentions but we (the under-represented) have MUCH bigger existential problems than La La Land (what an appropriate title for this point), that I would recommend tweeting at 100,000 followers.
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December 21, 2016 on Rostam Criticizes La La Land’s Lack Of LGBTQ Characters And People Of Color
Hey Califonia Lovin, I dropped a long Lupe recommendation in the James Taylor thread. If you've already heard Tetsuo & Youth feel free to ignore it.
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December 21, 2016 on Rostam Criticizes La La Land’s Lack Of LGBTQ Characters And People Of Color
I actually think that Tetsuo & Youth (Lupe's last album from last year) was a fantastic return to form. Ignoring whatever else was going on in the arts or around the world, it definitely got overshadowed not only by coming out between Black Messiah and To Pimp a Butterfly but also coming out the same day as B4.Da.$$, Vulnicura, No Cities to Love , and Viet Cong. Those albums plus Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (came out a week earlier) are everything that was competing for my attention during January and then a few weeks later, I Love You, Honeybear and If You're Reading This, It's Too Late were released in February. So, I imagine with that very stiff competition, Lupe was cut out (understandably based on his previous two albums) for everyone with varied musical tastes including the arts blogs I follow. If you haven't heard the album, it does suffer from being too long (like all of his albums) but that is more due to there being three songs that are over eight minutes long than there being obvious filter (although, IMO, most albums that go over fifty minutes can usually stand to cut a few songs as this one can). Most importantly, though, he sounds focused in a structured album (seasons that get longer like a Chicago Requiem for a Dream ) and the production is much better than the two previous albums (probably his biggest musical problem next to the career-derailing record label fights and penchant for controversial statements). If 78 minutes is too long for one sitting, try dividing it into 20-30 minute EPs by cutting off before the season changes and let me know what you think.
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December 21, 2016 on James Taylor Cancels Philippines Concert Over President’s Brutal Anti-Drug Campaign
Yeah, I was surprised that the article left out the best part of the story that he decided (correctly) to use the voice of God.
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December 21, 2016 on Mark Zuckerberg Built An AI Assistant To Play RHCP, No Nickelback
@raptor jesus On the other hand, the same broadcast media outlets don't mind publicizing war in Syria and skewing the U.S. role in those sectarian conflicts to garner support from its citizens while comparatively, blacking out our complicity in war crimes and mass slaughter in Yemen. While the former is a shitshow with too many cooks, the latter is essentially a one-sided affair where our ally is using bombs, "intelligence," fuel, and our unwavering support to bomb the fuck out of what is essentially the poorest country in the Middle East. I don't need to ask which of those three conflicts we have more control in stopping. Off-subject but tangentially-related, the relationship between the CIA and large media outlets in the U.S. and history of Psy-Ops on the American people is why I have been skeptical (and ranting like a madman here and there) since the first "Russian Hacks" (If you're going to subvert and pervert FOIA standards and do everything in your power to punish whistle-blowers and block adversarial journalism, I'm going to call it Karmic phishing for transparency) happened months before the Podesta emails began to be published. I agree that the messenger and his/her/their potential intentions are important but shouldn't be used as a means to route damning information. Like the War in Iraq before (and that in Libya and the upcoming sequel: War in Iran (and if we're lucky, the exciting conclusion WWIII) our politicians (*ahem*and plutocrats and policy-makers and partners) have a tendency to set the table like a shit magician who just needs a willing audience that will listen to the words, go along with the trick, shut-up, and not pay any attention to the hands. TLDR: I suspect that the U.S. has much bigger fish to fry (and larger bucks to make) than pay any mind or dare divest any resources to what is tragically happening in the Philippines. Remember that it's not about "spreading Democracy" as much as it is about what's in it for US (and by US, I of course mean the masters and the puppets who need the peasants but don't really give a fuck about them).
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December 21, 2016 on James Taylor Cancels Philippines Concert Over President’s Brutal Anti-Drug Campaign
"I just left the strip club, got some glitter on me/ Wifey gonna kvlt me, she the female OJ (Chris Ojeda)/ Y'all don't feel me, man this ain't okay/ [Trump Tower], take a shower, new clothes, I'm reloaded" Kanye always has his bases covered (unless Amber is at bat). Yeezus is a fan of both the New Testament and the Old Testament.
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December 21, 2016 on Testament Guitarist Questions Whether Kanye West Is Trve Kvlt
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December 20, 2016 on St. Vincent Talks “Deepest, Boldest” Album Coming This Spring
Thanks to Stereogum's Band to Watch profile on Algiers, I caught them live last year with Omni (who, beside The Drones, Preoccupations, and Exploded View, quietly released one of my favorite angular guitar records this year) in Atlanta. I thought that Algiers sounded great on record but live, HOLY SHIT, it's a revelation! They have so many weapons at their disposal: THAT voice, THOSE lyrics, THOSE guitars, THOSE samples, and now Matt Tong (probably in my Top 5 of All-Time Favorite Drummers) who they added after completing their first record. I'm honestly expecting Algiers' new album to be along the lines of Return to Cookie Mountain and anticipate them being one of the great emerging explicitly sociopolitical rock bands not just because they are in the right place at the right time and in tune with the times, but primarily because they kick major ass.
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December 14, 2016 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2017