Click here to watch a truly savage animated fan video for Aphex Twin's "Milkman."
Here is my list of singers who I think would sound good over Trent Reznor's music, in no particular order: Beth Orton, Res, Kelis, Debra Killings (sang on Big Boi's half of Outkast's double album), Sinead O'Connor, Sheryl Crow, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Tweedy.
Oh how I wish I could attend Dave Chappelle's block party.
SEPTEMBER 5Malcolm X on white liberals and conservatives in his speech God's Judgment of White America (The Chickens Come Home to Roost), December 4th, 1963. Click here to read all of it; it's very interesting.
AUGUST 11Old article on Dan The Automator's production techniques. It took me two years to get around to reading this relatively short article!
AUGUST 8Here is an interesting interview with Yeslam bin Laden, Osama's half-brother. He rebuts a claim in Fahrenheit 9/11 about when his family and Saudi officials flew out of the country made and elaborates on the state of the bin Laden family. One disturbing part is the very end when he won't say he would turn in his brother if he could.
What do you
prefer, silence or small
I usually prefer silence, I'm pretty comfortable with it, but sometimes
small talk can lead into a conversation that's actually interesting,
More real talk from OkayPlayer. It's not as smart as the previous entries but I basically agree with him, although of course lots of poor people are fat, too (see Super-Size Me about how McDonald's takes advantage of people without money to spend or the ability to cook a healthy meal).
i work at a "wellness center" (basically a gym for the bourgeois).. and there is a good amount of extremely overweight people up in here.. now, i'm not dissin chubby or big boned people at all.. but i don't really feel sorry for the really huge people.. i look at their extreme overweight condition as an example of the "more-is-better", take everything for granted, gluttoness attitude of americans and i just think about how their unnecessary eating habits can feed those that starve on the streets of the very same city some of these folk live in..
i don't hate these people or find them disgusting.. they are without question, just broken down individuals brainwashed by this fast food nation.. shit, we all eat TOO much.. most of us snack and eat when we are not exactly hungry, but just feel like "getting a bite to eat".. but this is an extremity.. maybe it is a sickness, maybe it is a disease, but to me, i can't help but see the symbolism of it all.. "welcome to the land of the overfed and empty handed"...
Thought live, you realize
he's mastered the craft of hip-hop -- the perfect balance between not
at all while putting every bit of his existence into his art." -Urb
writer Derek Beres. The new album by The Roots is proof of
Already a monster lyricist I have to wonder where he goes next?
As a follow-up to my Pitchfork essay, I just found out the only reviewer who was qualified to write hip-hop reviews was fired. Rollie Pemberton, whose reviews I usually enjoyed on the rare occasions I checked the site, got the ax and here's the email before it disappears off of this here InterWeb.
From : Pitchfork: Ryan Schreiber <firstname.lastname@example.org>Emphasis added. Anyway, RichDork is back to all-indie reviews so no reason for me to check even monthly. Someone linked The Roots review which was a big joke so more now than ever I hope no one reading this expects anything credible in their reviews.
Reply-To : email@example.com
Sent : July 12, 2004 4:45:14 PM
To: Rollie Pemberton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject : Re: a couple of reviews
So I don't know quite how to go about this. I'll give it my best shot.
You've been on the staff a long time now, over a year. You have always been decent with the deadlines, making up most of what you miss, and you've poured an incredible amount of energy into the site. I've been putting a lot of work into editing the reviews you've been writing lately, though, and I'm sort of at a loss. I can't edit too much because that changes the intent of your review, but if I don't edit enough I continually end up with something I'm not sure is really there. At this point, I don't know if I can keep you on. I think you've improved a lot as a writer since you came on board last fall, and while I do think you're talented and that you're headed in the right direction, you should probably focus somewhat on clarity-- frequently in editing, I'm unsure of what you're trying to say, due to overcomplicated phrasing.
I am thankful for your contributions. You've helped me through any number of last-minute, just-need-one-more-review type nights, and I'm really appreciative of that. It's a rare thing for me to actually let someone go, but there are some instances where it can't be avoided. It's definitely the least enjoyable aspect of this job, and a difficult thing to do to someone who's put in so much time for just a few CDs in return. Unfortunately, I just don't see any way around it in this case.
I feel like absolute shit doing this to you, and I probably should after all the time and effort you've put into this gig, but I have to look out for the best interest of the site, and I'm just not sure your stuff fits. I hope, though, that this can be made into a positive thing. I do think you're a genuinely great writer, one that should be getting paid for his efforts (god knows I'm having a hard time getting checks out-- though I will pay you *soon* what I owe you for the reviews I've run). In fact, I would be thrilled to write you a recommendation if you should need one. Let me know if you need anything from me. And again, really sorry about this. It's been great working with you.
Let's get past this but keep on hip-hop for a hot minute.
The story of Rawkus Records.
interview with Saigon. I'm not sure who reading this would actually
care but I found it fascinating and I can't wait until his album with
Blaze comes out.
It's tricky when
you feel that someone
has done something
on your behalf
your sense of justice
and you're asking yourself:
How am I going to make it right?
With a palmful
I shake them like dice
I throw them on the table
until the desired constellation appears
and I ask myself:
How am I going
to make it right?
-Bjork, "Desired Constellation"
More wisdom (really!) from OkayPlayer! Here's abstrak in a thread where some dummy urged people not to vote for Nader:
Why don't you devote your energy to posting reasons why John Kerry should drop out? Maybe you could get Bush to drop out too. They are taking votes away from Ralph Nader in the most important election ever.Then, because the original poster put down "idealists":
I'm tired of hearing about Nader taking votes away from Kerry, while "progressives" remain silent about votes Kerry is taking away from people who will vote for him despite the fact that he offers them nothing.
This anti-Nader thing is anti-democratic and cowardly. Dean tried to play the "Republican money" card on Nader yesterday, asking him to renounce those contributors. Nader did, then he challenged Dean to get Kerry to give back contributions received from corporate criminals. Dean dodged the issue.
If Dean wanted any of the things he campaigned on, he'd still be running independently, because Kerry is more Bush than Dean. Dean (and his supporters) only exist to shore up a lost Democratic party that couldn't care less about its base.
Vote for Bush. I assume "pragmatic" means "they have a chance", so if the Dems vote for Bush and the Republicans vote for Bush, you can make sure that you don't "waste your vote".In response to a critic:
It's obvious issues mean nothing to you. Anyone who cares about the issues would be an "idealist". By the way, is "idealist" a slur?
I'm just trying to apply the reasoning to Kerry that you apply to Nader.He also said, which was interesting and insightful:
Which issues do you care about? Are you pro-war, anti-civil rights, pro-free trade, anti-democracy? What issues make you want to vote for Kerry?
Kerry is not a "progressive". He's not really even a liberal. He's a centrist, both in the tradition of Clinton and in the tradition of the Senates that he has served in. The reason the country has lurched to the right is that the Democrats have abandoned their base. There has been no opposition to Republicans "calling the tune". This sort of election shapes discourse in the country, and if the Republicans go hard right and the Dems go kinda right of center, the end result is still rightward drift.A user named notnac posted this:
democrats been getting republican money for yearsAnd finally, abstrak's "Reasons not to vote for Ralph Nader" (share this with people, please):
They're called corporate donations. And yes, Democrats get them too so that if they get to office they take it easy on these corporations who would rather have a Republican in office.
How about exposing that? Bet you they ain't giving that money back either.
Ironically, part of why I'm not voting for Kerry is all this Nader-blaming. It's weak, and has a tinge of anti-democracy. Maybe more than a tinge.
And there's a reason they're called third parties or independents. They're not part of your party and their vote doesn't belong to you. Part of running for president is winning more votes than ALL candidates involved. It's always gonna be like that. And if you start worrying about a third party or independent candidate who ain't from your party, then your campaign has real problems and is weak, weak, weak.
I MIGHT vote for Nader, but best believe that it just wouldn't otherwise go to Kerry or Bush. Don't believe the hype.
1. Ralph Nader opposes the war in Iraq and has called for the withdrawal of US troops. Of course Bush wants to continue the war, and Kerry voted to give Bush authority to unilaterally make war and wants to send more troops to Iraq.How would you like to have that on your conscience?
2. Ralph Nader opposes tax cuts enacted by Bush and proposed by Kerry. Bush has cut taxes for the wealthy, while Kerry proposes a repeal of these cuts in favor of tax cuts for corporations. Tax cuts are destroying our schools and social programs because local and state funds must be redirected to programs previously covered with federal funds.
3. Ralph Nader opposes corporate money in politics, while Kerry and Bush have made these contributors their base.
4. Ralph Nader opposes "No Child Left Behind", George Bush's education plan which John Kerry voted for and which has weakened the country's public education system.
5. Ralph Nader opposes so-called free trade, while both Bush and Kerry have supported free trade, which has served to convert manufacturing jobs to lower paying service jobs.
6. Ralph Nader opposes continued support for Israeli persecution of Palestinians, while Bush and Kerry both support Ariel Sharon and the apartheid wall.
7. Ralph Nader will not appoint anti-choice Supreme Court Justices, while Kerry will not make a woman's right to choose a litmus test for judicial appointees and Bush opposes a woman's right to choose.
8. Ralph Nader supports a living wage, while Bush supports no minimum wage increase and Kerry supports an increase that maintains a poverty wage for working Americans.
9. Ralph Nader supports proportional representation, instant runoff voting, public funding of campaigns, debate access, and other electoral reforms. Bush and Kerry seek to perpetuate the winner-take-all two party duopoly that both of their parties have railed against. Significantly, they perpetuate this system in the face of "spoilers" from across the spectrum, seeking to silence opposition rather than reform the electoral system.
10. Ralph Nader opposes the PATRIOT Act, which Kerry voted for and Bush supports.
Ralph Nader's campaign follows a lifetime of public service and consumer advocacy and a childhood raised by recent Lebanese immigrants who ran a restaurant. Bush and Kerry come from the tradition that many other presidents have come from: the same privilege (Kerry is even wealthier than Bush), the same old money family (they're distant cousins), and the same secret society (Skull vs. Bones).
Remember, many bad things that have happened in the last four years are not actionable by the president alone. The president does not have the power to go to war. The president does not pass legislation or budgets. John Kerry has supported George Bush (prior to his campaign of course) far more than he has opposed him.
Ignore the polls: they only count "likely voters" (those who voted in 2000). If you did not vote, now is the time to do so. Vote conscience not charisma, and hope not fear.
Recall? Here are ?uestlove's comments on the so far well-received new Roots album.
thank you for copping the new joint.So much for finally having a record label on your side, with that mastering! Hopefully this is the only bump in the road, as apparently Black Thought is predicting a huge first week? At least the other mistakes were their own fault.
however, i must say (without "getting into it and pointing fingers) that this is not the final version that is questlove approved.
due to digital distortion and the compressed low end. we sent the record back to be mastered (when we did the red hot chilli run). the mistake i made was trusting that the editing and flawless seugs would still be restored.
much to my horror they were not. (compare and contrast rose stone's "everybody is a star" at the intro of the second part of "star" on the final copy and the copy that was a press copy (now a collectors item until interscope deems it worthy of me to go back and remaster this disasterous result) and notice how a matter of a 10th of a second can ruin the song.
or even the careless mix of "dont say nothin'" to "guns".
i counted about 12 mistakes that had me near depressed to the point of travis bricklisms.
i got my "promise" that i can restore the mistakes.
i know this shit is only visible to the naked ear and i probably ruined a good listen to a good 100,000 of you who didn't know any better. but its just that i can't even enjoy this record the way i want to--and it pains me to view this as "the retarded child" of my 7 kids...but this is how i see it.
love the songs, love the mixing,
but eff it up in mastering and it can ruin your whole day.
im on the case.
riq wants y'all to know that his lyrics were transcribed (a miracle) in ONE NIGHT by a friend of ours who got a "Few" terms wrong (we laughed at "stupid fans" on i dont care---as opposed to "super fans".
and cool is "kool" when it comes to herc.
and my name was NEVER ?uestlove Thompson.
let this be a lesson to other artists that this is a direct result of what happens when you multi task and lose focus...
sheeit i just learned that i missed out on a A- in entertainment weekly had i remembered to make my publicist give a notice that "duck down" was incomplete on the press copies.
next time im on everything two fold.
Me (7:20:43 PM): funny shite!
You (7:21:08 PM): didn't you LOVE it
You (7:21:15 PM): wasn't it totally purrfect
Me (7:21:27 PM): status symbol, using different words to make customers feel good about paying $3 for a urine sample size cup of coffee instead of paying 50 cents for the same thing elsewhere but not getting the cup.. all about right!
The above is in
reference to this
I "just have to" put up on DNR. After all these years it
boggles my mind how people can excuse Starbucks for what they do and
themselves to continue giving the chain all their money.
Check out this great quote from DJ Shadow in this interview. He sums up how I feel about underground hip-hop these last couple years, and why I don't "get" all the little names (mostly white guys but also half-whites and an albino) so-called "heads" are hailing as amazing indie emcees.
Interviewer: You love Hip-Hop. What's gotta change?You hear that? Dull edge of the blade.
DJ Shadow: I think a lot of times when I criticize what's going on with Hip-Hop people take it and put their own kind of energy into the comments or make it fit their own opinion. Certainly I still love Hip-Hop and love contemporary Hip-Hop. I think if you only listen to underground Hip-Hop yes it does suck right now, underground Hip-Hop isn't where it's at. During the last four to five years I've spend time listening to people like Lil' Flip and Lil' Jon, it's very kinetic and energetic. I just think that people need to broaden their own perspectives. It's interesting to me that underground Hip-Hop used to be the cutting edge but now it's the dull edge of the blade.
Interviewer: So what do artists need to do to be cutting edge again?
DJ Shadow: You just have to set yourself apart from the crowd, it's hard, it's always going to be hard. A lot of people think they can talk about how great it used to be and get instant Hip-Hop credit but that's just played out.
Here's a great
interview with Burt
Bacharach and one with Isaac
Hayes (also great except for the last two questions).
"A witty young
student ran out of money
sold his school books. He wrote to his father and said, 'Congratulate
father, for I am already making money from my studies.'" Philogelos,
The truth about
R. Kelly and his music
of which I like) can be found in this excellent Village
Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides. Eye opening
"from the inside" that you should check out.
suggest renting or buying the
of Tupac: Resurrection to anyone wishing to better understand
or hip-hop as a kind of music, or just wanting to see a good
Growing up I was a fan of him before and after his death. I
listening to his music regularly for the last few years and this film
me just how much his music and his life has influenced my own outlook,
from the heavy weight of the world on my shoulders to the sincere
in people suffering in any and all ways to the rebellious/progressive
attitude toward far-too-often corrupt systems. I was also
just how much Tupac accomplished in his young life. He was
brilliant songs ("Brenda's Got A Baby," "Trapped," "Keep Ya Head Up,"
Get Around," his verse in "Same Song" by Digital Underground) when he
my age (21) and even younger, and even giving speeches to modern day
Panthers and Malcolm X supporters like the New Afrikans. He was a
totally remarkable man and I think naysayers and people who freely
they know little to nothing about him will be surprised to see how
driven, and gentle he was when they watch this film. He
had two sides to him, and I've come to the conclusion that one was a
My old theory is that Intelligence + Passion = Nerdiness (so in
other words, "nerd" doesn't mean "socially inept smart person" nor is
a blanket insult for all smart people who don't roll in the popular
and Tupac definitely represented that when it comes to music and some
his life. One scene in the film shows a list he made that was a
to his high school years. What may not surprise you are names
Kool G Rap, EPMD, Stevie Wonder, and Bob Marley. What may
you are Kate Bush, Don McLean (whose lyrics he talks elsewhere about
his rap lyrics), and the Les Miserables soundtrack. Tupac
was an art school kid and it's really heartwarming to see footage from
those days. He was not only a brilliant musical artist but a
actor as well. I can't help but feel sad after I see one of his
(including this one) because this is the musician death that has
me most. I liked Kurt Cobain but Tupac was so much more important
to the world than Nirvana. Maybe it's because Tupac's lyrics were
more meaningful because they weren't as abstract, really giving comfort
and advice (especially to minorities who, frankly, needed the support
than white America with Nirvana's ambiguous lyrics; there's a reason
called "Black Jesus" in the hood and people don't really remember Kurt
on a daily basis) and addressed specific problems that had to be
Kurt's death was another selfish suicide and the loss of one of many
rock singers; Tupac's death was a truly significant loss for blacks and
people of all other races who found strength and inspiration in his
You know, sorry to racialize things, but it's the truth.
Happy summer. I just wanted to say I'm sorry Tripod messes with my pages so much. It always looks fine to me but I have a pop-up blocker. Putting cheater tags in the html code used to eliminate the pop-ups but I saw this month that if you don't have a blocker, not only do you get pop-ups, you get ads at the top of the screen. Just remember that I don't see that so that's why it looks crummy, because I don't plan for it. I'm strongly considering moving my page to a better server because there are free ones that don't do that. I can put this up on the private Conniption and Sonic Edge servers but I'd hate to lose the URL by not updating.
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