Big Baby Gandhi
Smart Dumb Kid's Progress
Big Baby Gandhi: Big Fucking Baby (free download)
Like his patron Heems, this Bangladeshi-American is from the part of Flushing "where the smart kids act dumb and the dumb kids act dumb." He just acts dumb in a smart way. You could say his lo-fi debut favors degraded rhythm samples and soprano voices, only from the boat-rocking "Been Around Ya Girl" to the deep-soul "Summertime Thing" to the Indian-children's-song-plus-keyboard(???)-loop "Woof Woof" you'd be missing a lot. The flow seems effortlessly idiomatic, only not South Asian idiomatic, whatever that would sound like besides Heems. The rhymes bespeak a brainy slacker with an analysis underway, only he's watched so much porn and heard so much hip-hop that he's dumber than need be about sex. Here he's all "she's chokin' just hopin' to provoke a nut," there he's telling her he was only kidding about that handjob. Figure by now he's here and there both. He is a kind of famous rapper, after all. A MINUS
Big Baby Gandhi: No1 2 Look Up 2 (free Greedhead mixtape)
"Terrorist with no turban/Lyricist with no sermon," he admits he'll be proud to graduate from college and with the help of two resourceful young beatmakers I never heard of cleans up his production like he's ready to go pro. But for all his "Get $$$," he hasn't quite managed it yet. He's still a kid getting his thoughts together one surprise rhyme at a time, weeding out enough sex and dope to make room for a holy Bollywood "Long Ass Intro," a law-abiding uncle who kept him out of the army, a joke he jacked from Fall Out Boy, and other evidence of grown manhood. A MINUS
my personal 6 disc History of New Wave collection
Dude! I demand a track listing.
Ebn-Ozn's "AEIOU Sometimes Y" is a great half-forgotten late new wave novelty.
That whole Ebn-Ozn album (Feeling Cavalier) was interesting. They were sold as a new wavish dance-pop duo, but they were weirdly all over the map.
Wang Chung did two songs? Missed that one.
They have at least 4 or 5 good ones that I know of - best one is the surprisingly low-key "To Live and Die in L.A.".
Speaking of which, check out this proto-Choice Cuts list in the Additional News section of this 1984 Consumer Guide
Just a few words about cyberpunks--not sure if everyone already knows all this, but they were very rock and especially punk influenced. Bruce Sterling in his intro to Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk anthology observes that many cyberpunks "are in love with style, and (some say) fashion-conscious to a fault. But like the punks of '77, they prize their garage-band esthetic. . . Like punk music, cyberpunk is in some ways a return to roots."
In that collection, Pat Cadigan's "Rock On" is worth checking out, though it would take me a while to say what it's about. But Sterling in his later Zeitgeist has a smart Spice Girls subplot (about pop and marketing), and William Gibson used to namedrop Steely Dan.
And now back to my Easter breakfast, listening to, guess what, Patti Smith doing Easter.
check out this proto-Choice Cuts list in the Additional News section of this 1984 Consumer Guide -- tiny.cc/b63fcw
Wang Chung did two songs? Missed that one.
Speaking of which, check out this proto-Choice Cuts list in the Additional News section of this 1984 Consumer Guide - pretty decent place to get started on the wonders of that year's pop music:
the dangers and limitations of straightforwardness and sincerity <<<<<<<<<< the dangers and limitations of a lack of straightforwardness and sincerity.
The former opens us up to emotional pain. The latter saps our soul.
And since that has little or nothing to do with music I'll make amends by noting that the 50th anniversary presentation of To Kill A Mockingbird was on TV last night. In doing research about that I discovered that Brock Peters, the actor who played the accused Tom Robinson, sang with Harry Belafonte and Randy Weston. And even better, provided the voice of Jack Johnson on the Miles Davis album "A Tribute to Jack Johnson".
That connection is worth knowing.
Please return to your previous topic.
EDIT: Whoops, make that Wabash magazine (not Wired), if that makes any difference.
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Speaking of Chris Monsen, my archival efforts pale into insignificance compared to his marvellous 1984 project
Awesome! Chris is more of a jazz guy, but I hope he doesn't overlook the pop stuff, because 1984 was a phenomenal year for top 40 music.
Speaking of which, check out this proto-Choice Cuts list in the Additional News section of this 1984 Consumer Guide - pretty decent place to get started on the wonders of that year's pop music: tiny.cc/b63fcw
EDIT: That Turkey Shoot CG also includes albums by Irene Cara, Laid Back, Re-Flex and .38 Special that all contain at least one good-to-great single. Plus an actual good album by Hanoi Rocks.
'I've always believed, the reason homosexuals are more inclined toward camp than heterosexuals is, that their life experience reveals the dangers and limitations of straightforwardness and sincerity earlier and more vividly.'Wow, well said!
'At least, Alex is back.'
'Hope everything is OK.'
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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