Odds and Ends 003
Ain't No Party Like an Alt-Rap Party 'Cause an Alt-Rap Party's So Unfashionable
Canibus: C of Tranquility (iM)
He talks too much about how good he is only because nobody else will‑-and he is, damn it, he is ("Pine Comb Poem," "Golden Terra of Rap") ***
Scroobius Pip: Distraction Pieces (Strange Famous)
MCs all secretly believe they can do it on their own, but even the smart ones are a little too full of their own words ("Let 'Em Come," "Try Dying") ***
Del the Funky Homosapien: Golden Era (The Council)
For three highly listenable CDs‑-incorporating the previously download-only Automatik Statik and Funk Man‑-impeccable rapper's electro beats don't stop and only occasionally rise above ("Calculate," "Dzl Funk," "Fit Like a Glove") ***
Murs: Love and Rockets Vol 1: The Transformation (DD172/Bluroc)
Quality alt-rapper tells the world how solid his career is with essential beats from solid careerist Ski Beatz, goes out on uncommonly anti-homophobic finale ("Animal Style," "316 Ways") **
Open Mike Eagle: Unapologetic Art Rap (Mush)
"Ain't no party like an art rap party 'cause an art rap party's so smart" ("Helicopter," "Mole in Your Ministry," "WTF Is Art Rap?") **
Awol One & Factor: The Landmark (Fake Four)
Depressive emo-rapper seeks help‑-good for him ("Daze Go By," "Don't Be Afraid") **
Lupe Fiasco: Lasers (Atlantic)
Catchier when he's articulating his ill-informed politics than when he's making nice to the big bad record company he doesn't actually defy, now does he? ("All Black Everything," "Words I Never Said") *
Pharoahe Monch: W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) (W.A.R. Media/Duck Down Music Inc.)
"Our revolutionaries want Grammys and Oscars/Making a mockery of the music to be pop stars," so this revolutionary makes a sermon of it instead, which doesn't work either until Jean Grae adds her mojo ("Assassins," "Haile Selassie Karate") *
I'm not a huge Woody Allen fan but Midnight in Paris (which I just saw) was one of my favorite films of 2011.
whose movies I find eye-rollingly ridiculous.
which Ryan disagrees with me HARD on
Leonard Cohen and Ringo.
I'm excited about the new Leonard Cohen and Of Montreal. Ringo not so much. I downloaded the new first single from Of Montreal and it sounds pretty pretty good (stream it at P4k). Paralytic Stalks drops Feb 7th.
Raditude is a lot like junior high. You’re tolerable for about three minutes, your stupidity is annoying no matter how little you try to make that matter, and all of your music sucks.
I was a bit away from music in the first semester of the last year. Any of the first four were released at that time?
Number five did not receive a full A.
I don't call things 'Golden' ages because I don't believe in such things. The 'Golden Age' itself is a halcyon myth of the ancients about a world and a time in which everything was perfect.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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