Will write thoughtpieces about rap for $$$

27th January 2012

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kibblesmith:

beatyourwings:

i interviewed warren ellis. he talked about a lot of things, not least of which was the question of whether he has common ground with newt gingrich when it comes to space exploration.
it was really cool and interesting. you should read it.

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Reblogging my friend Abe, comics writer Warren Ellis and Newt Gingrich. Because everyone knows it takes three men to land on the moon.

kibblesmith:

beatyourwings:

i interviewed warren ellis. he talked about a lot of things, not least of which was the question of whether he has common ground with newt gingrich when it comes to space exploration.

it was really cool and interesting. you should read it.

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Reblogging my friend Abe, comics writer Warren Ellis and Newt Gingrich. Because everyone knows it takes three men to land on the moon.

Source: beatyourwings

27th January 2012

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music blog as cultural archive: totally a thing →

Gary from Bodega Pop breaks it down.

24th January 2012

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Cocaine Blunts: R-E-U-P G-A-N-G →

tumblinerb:

To show my support for Megaupload founder and political prisoner Kim Dotcom, I’ve reposted several zip file compilations from the heyday of Cocaineblunts.com. Click through for some choice selections of Atlanta Bass, New Orleans Bounce, Based Freestyles, Trenton Rap, West Coast Indies, Crank Dat knockoffs, Pimp C productions, Goodie Mob b-sides and more.

This is important.

22nd January 2012

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Draft of a sketch I wrote in class

BRITISH

Cast:
Dr. Barnes- a doctor
James- Young British man
Debbie- a nurse

(Hospital.  James is lying in bed)
(Dr. Barnes enters with a file folder)

DR. BARNES

Please sit down. (looks up) Oh.  We got your test results back, James.

JAMES

Did you figure out what’s wrong with me, Doctor?

    DR. BARNES

I’m afraid there’s no easy way to say this.  You’re British.

JAMES

I’m…British?

DR. BARNES

We checked the results several times to be sure.  I’m afraid you’re definitely British.

JAMES

I can’t believe it.  Are you sure I’m not just anemic?

DR. BARNES

That’s usually how it presents at first, but your other symptoms all fit.

JAMES

Does my wife know yet?

DR. BARNES

I thought it would be better if she heard it from you.  You’re actually lucky, you know.  Before we checked your Dubstep levels, we thought you might be Australian.

JAMES

Dubstep levels?

DR. BARNES

Yes that’s actually what helped us make the diagnosis.  You have the highest Dubstep levels I’ve ever seen.  It’s a wonder you’re not dancing awkwardly.

JAMES
(sits up)
Oh god! Can you cure me?

DR. BARNES

There are treatments available, but you will always be British. 

(Puts his hand on Jame’s shoulder and looks in his eyes)

Sorry, I mean a British Person.

JAMES

What am I going to do, Doctor?  What am I going to do?

DR. BARNES

Now James, there have been several people throughout history who have gone on to live practically normal lives despite being British.

JAMES

Really?





DR. BARNES

Yes, really.  There have been British musicians, British actors, British nurses, and maybe some day we’ll have a British president.

JAMES

What about my children?  Will they be British?

DR. BARNES

They’ll be half British.  It’s very likely that they’ll never exhibit any symptoms of being British at all.  How old are they?

JAMES

The oldest is five.  The youngest is three.

DR. BARNES

Those are fun ages.  What are their names?

JAMES

The youngest is named Anthony, and the oldest is named Margaret Thatcher.

DR. BARNES

Oh.

JAMES
(standing up)

What do you mean, “oh?”  What ever is the matter, doctor?

DR. BARNES

It may be nothing, but I’d like for you to bring your daughter in for a consultation.

JAMES

Do you think she’s…

DR. BARNES

It’s too soon to say.  Is your wife British?

JAMES

No.

DR. BARNES

There’s a test you can conduct at home to see if your daughter’s British.  Ask her to say “aluminum.”

JAMES

Aluminium?

DR. BARNES

Maybe you’d better let your wife conduct that test.  Here’s a prescription for a Willie Nelson album and a can of chili.  Try to head down to a Wal-Mart and get that filled as soon as possible.  And if you have any other questions, feel free to call.

JAMES

Thank you, Doctor Barnes.

(Debbie bursts in)

DEBBIE

Sorry to bother you, Dr. Barnes, but there’s a patient in room 213 with a severe case of 1950’s Greaser.

Dr. Barnes

I’m sorry, but I have to go.

(Dr. Barnes pulls out a switchblade and exits quickly, snapping his fingers)

16th January 2012

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Here’s a guy …

paulftompkins:

When I started standup in Philadelphia, Todd Glass was a hero to me. Now he’s a hero to me all over again, in a different way. I am proud of him and happy for him!

jamesadomian:

Todd Glass: “It’s time that bullies stop bullying and we bully them.”

WTF with Marc Maron - Episode 245 - Todd Glass

This is a watershed moment for comedy. We love you, Todd!

Source: jamesadomian

4th January 2012

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tumblinerb:

If you aren’t still reading Willie D’s formspring you should be.

tumblinerb:

If you aren’t still reading Willie D’s formspring you should be.

2nd January 2012

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1.) My 5 favorite songs of 2011

SURPRISE! I got the top spot on the list I made up.  My list of my favorite songs is my favorite.  Here are the songs:

5.) Pairs- Cloud Nine

I got this off of Bodega Pop list.  Pairs is a fantastic post-punk band from Shanghai.  The drummer sings.  They play on the floor instead of the stage.  I bet they’re fantastically loud.  Also here’s the cover of the album:

This is the opening track.  It’s about being dead, and how that’s probably ok.  It’s surprisingly catchy.

4.) Fucked Up- Queen of Hearts.  There’s a reason this album is on everyone else’s best of lists this year.  It’s because it’s amazing.  It’s a big deal.  “Almost as good as David Comes to Life” is going to be a compliment from now on.  This is my favorite song on the album.

3.) Le Butcherettes- Henry Don’t Got Love. Practically no one has shown this amazing group any love except for me and Jim DeRogatis.  Le Butcherettes are a Riot Grrl band from Mexico led by an extremely photogenic intellectual with one of the most amazing voices I’ve ever heard.  I’m actually mad that these guys aren’t getting press everywhere.  Compare this to anything off of that Florence + The Machine album, and you’ll see the huge gulf between powerful singing and loud singing.

2.) Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire ft. Despot, Das Racist Danny Brown, & El-P- Huzzah (Remix). (NSFW) I never really liked El-P as a rapper that much.  I think I wrote him off because of my wholesale disillusionment with the entire early 00’s “intelligent hip-hop” scene. It’s good to see him embracing the good music going on in his city.

1.) tUnE-yArDs- Powa. Last year, everyone was on about Vampire Weekend’s proto-African indie rock.  This year, someone did it right.  This is also the second song on my list featuring a really amazing female singer.  Her range is RIDICULOUS.  The reason I picked this song is because her vocals on it are all over the place, and also because of the part where the bass kicks in.  I get chills.

2nd January 2012

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My top 5 Best-Of-2011 lists.

There was a lot of stiff competition this year.  Most of the lists were easy to cull out due to them being really similar, or having Drake on them. The similarity thing I get.  Lots of undeniably great stuff came out this year.  Paste, Pitchfork &c all put together a sort of canonical list of best albums this year.  You don’t need me to tell you about those lists.

One of the things I was looking for when I put my list of lists together was people drawing from slightly different sources.  There’s enough music out there that I can pick through the Best-Of-2011 lists and find a wealth of different things.  Here are some I liked.

(Wow this ended up being more earnest than I thought it would)

5.) Best Free Albums of 2011 (Forbes Magazine)

First of all, Forbes has a music columnist.  Second of all, Forbes has a list of free albums.  Third of all, the music columnist for Forbes magazine is the one guy who likes Witch House.   Despite the amount of love that obtuse electronic music and experimental rap got, I like this one.  The overall concept is really good, because a lot of the really amazing music that came out this year was, in fact, free.  Also it’s got that Wugazi album on it.  Get that one.

4.) FSD 2011 Writer’s Poll (Fake Shore Drive)

The writers at Fake Shore Drive have been exhaustively chronicling the rap scene in Chicago for years.  A big step in making it as a rapper in Chicago is by going through Fake Shore Drive.  I’ll just quote proprietor Drew Barber about it:

A lot of people gave me the side-eye when I told them we were picking 15:  “WAS THERE EVEN 15 GOOD CHICAGO SONGS THIS YEAR?” Yes, there was a shitload of good hip-hop made this year. Were you not paying attention?

There were approximately 45.

3.) Best Rap, 2011 (Cocaine Blunts)

Noz is the best guy writing about rap.  These are the 50 tracks that he thinks are the best. He’s been making these lists every year starting in 2005.  Go back and check out the old ones, too.  That’s it, really.

2.) 10 Best Albums of 2011(Bodega Pop)

The only band I’d heard of before reading this list was Deerhoof.  All of these bands are pretty damn great, even if they’re not all my thing.  Plus this is how I found out about China’s indie rock scene.  They really like Sonic Youth over there.

There are the first 4.  I wonder what number 1 could be???

29th December 2011

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Absinthe (?)

So a certain relative of mine decided it would be funny and/or useful to get me a bottle of 192 proof liquor for Christmas/Hanukkah this year.

He was right.

A while ago, I found this guy at the grocery store down the street: 

uh oh!

I took it home with me.  Absinthe is way overpriced, especially considering that wormwood doesn’t really do anything special.  Still, though.

So like I said, I got this as a present

double uh-oh

This stuff is nasty!  You can’t see it in this picture but there’s a drawing of what look like plums on the label.  Pretty sure it’s distilled slivovitz.  But it’ll do for what I need.  And what I need is to make absinthe.

I started with 2 parts Rectified Spirit (It sounds foreboding and  stentorian.  Like a reform school from a Roald Dahl book. But also a liquor.), 1 part vodka, and 1 part water.  Then I dumped in the wormwood and let it sit for a day.

yum!

It definitely had a taste at this point.  Not unpleasant.  It’s missing something though.  To figure out what, I consulted this guide, among others.  When you’re cooking something for the first time, I’ve often found the best way is to look at a few different recipes and see what they have in common.  And then to look at what you have.  Here’s what I had:

Dried Fennel seeds

Thyme

Cardamom

Star Anise

After letting the wormwood steep in, I strained it and added everything else.

Tomorrow I’m going to add some fresh fennel and anise seeds. 

I’m bringing this to a party, so I’ll be kind of a hero even if it doesn’t turn out ok.

16th December 2011

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These Oedipal children of the ruling order, who took a sadistic delight in biting the hand that reared them, have always proved useful to the political left.They have the grit, stylishness, effortless assurance, inside knowledge,and social contacts of their patrician backgrounds but can turn these assets to radical ends. The only problem is that they tend to revert to social type as they grow older and wealthier, or when the political going gets tough. Hitchens, who detests a cliché almost as much as he abhors a despot, has turned into one of the dreariest stereotypes of all: the revolutionary young hothead who learns to stop worrying about imperialism and love Paul Wolfowitz. With marvelous convenience, his support for liberal interventionism allows him to combine his radical hatred of oppression with the values of his posh military background.