Talk that ish

In the world of hip hop, all you’ve got is your word. Now it appears that DJ Webstar, the decks behind Chicken Noodle Soup and that shaky Harlem dance, is testing his. Webstar posted a Tweet slamming Hova’s age and raps. More to the point, Webstar was responding to Hova’s “DOA” assault on the millenial rappers’ Auto-Tune fixation. Now Lil Bow Wow’s involved, not to mention a host of others, and thangs aren’t so looking good for the 20-something producer. Headlines screaming “career suicide” are all the evidence you need.

I think if Webstar’s smart, he should back on up. Retract that tweet, dust off the shoulders, then send Mr. Hova a box of cigars that say “I’m sorry!”

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June 8, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dusty Gem: Boney M

If this isn’t the ultimate midday jam, then I don’t know what is. I cannot tear myself away from Boney M‘s “Rasputin” disco! Maybe it’s the catchy “Ra-Ra Rasputin” refrain, or maybe it’s got something to do with the Rasputin legend itself. I love those Aladdin-inspired costumes and think this is a perfect time capsule of the Studio 54 era.

June 4, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks”

The video for Grizzly Bear’s first single off Veckatimeist is gorgeous. It’s slightly morbid what with the plasticized faces, non-symetrical blinking,  creepy smiles and all, but once it begins it’s hard to stop watching.

Drop a line: What do you think of the video?

June 4, 2009. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Tune In, Link Out

For your surfing pleasure:

Kids these days are partying like it’s 1929. Big bands are back, the economy semi-sucks, and speakeasies are becoming the recession’s best bet for a rollicking good time, or at the very least, a damned good gimlet.

Could Sonic Youth’s partnership with Ticketmaster’s iLike spell disaster for the release of its 16th LP? Nah. Back in April, Stereogum said it rocks. Stream for yourself.

From the dudes who created Record Store Day, now comes Vinyl Day. On June 20, pay your respects to the local indie Gods by investing some green in the bumper crop of fresh music slated to hit the shelves that day. Modest Mouse, Wilco, Green Day, and the lovely ScarJo are all on board.

Thanks, Zooey. Now I can never tell a dude I like the Smiths without feeling contrived. Soundtrack listing: Approved.

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Some random hipster couple.

June 4, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

On Rotation: Ain’t Gonna Save Me

Oh, Jay Reatard. How your spooky southern grimace, negativity, and blip-happy punk make my heart sing. I’m loving your newest single, “Ain’t Gonna Save Me,” which true to your awesomeness, is splashed across the Pitchfork internets.

Hopefully I’ll be seeing you at the Music Hall of Williamsburg July 2. And hopefully your first full-length album since Blood Visions–aptly titled Watch Me Fall–will sound awesome when Matador drops it August 18. Till then, this bopper’s on steady rotation.

Santard: Jay Reatard likes hats.

Santard: Jay Reatard likes hats.

June 3, 2009. Tags: , , . Shows, Singles, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

On Rotation: Audacity of Huge

No, they're not OMD.

No, they're not OMD.

Yo, you got that Bob Fosse? How bout that Tammy Faye?

Yeasayer frontman Chris Keating teamed up with Simian Mobile Disco–whose follow-up to Attack Decay Sustain Release drops August 17th–to let us know in SMD’s latest single, “Audacity of Huge,” that he does in fact have these. Other things Keating’s got: That Peter Tosh, that dial-up cable, and that Joey Ramone. Still no word on whether he’s got that Joey Fatone, though.

June 3, 2009. Tags: , . Singles, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Recap: Lykke Li at Highline Ballroom

lykke-liI’m a little bit in love with Lykke Li. Gen Y’s Blondie has a verve and style all her own, and her sold-out show at Highline Ballroom last nite was the perfect display for this sultry diva’s talent. I say diva with care, because unlike future and wannabe Madonnas (cough, Lady Gaga), Li’s got swagger for days. 

Dressed like a disheveled elf in black, ruffly tatters, the petite Swede stormed the stage and then proceeded to belt out hard-hitting renditions off her stellar debut, Youth Novels. Her  moves, her voice, and energy were fierce. Even her sexy model-esque bandmates–I swear I’ve seen one in Vogue–could hardly keep up.

Though the crowd was admittedly lagging, (after all, it is hard to get pumped up about heartbreak) Lykke seemed to be having a blast. She effortlessly whipped her songs into meekly-sway-the-hips-from-side-to-side shape. Just watching her felt exciting.

As far as songs go, here’s what stood out: “Everybody But Me” leapt from timid reflection to rousing anthem. The feeling was so not self-conscious and all control. Other melancholic numbers–“Tonight” and “Window Blues,” in particular–also took on surprising, confrontational qualities that worked. Li’s drum pounding (really, she used a stick and everything) and the frightening but so very on-point percussion of her cohorts played no small part in the transformation. 

Meanwhile, Li’s spunky remix of Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” (“I’m a millionaire, I’m not an f-cking millionaire”) injected jiggly booty-bass right where the hipster crowd needed it. 

I’m definitely catching Li next time she’s here. I wouldn’t mind hitting her for style tips, either. But for now, as the Replacements (kinda) intoned, “anything you want dear, I’ll buy, I’ll buy, I’ll buy, buy, buy…” Tonight, Lykke’s Li’s songs suffice. 

On a bloggy note, I promise to upload my vids when I figure this WordPress shizz out. It shouldn’t take long, cause I’m quick like a fox.

June 3, 2009. Tags: , , . Shows, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Hot Ticket: Lykke Li

Lykke Li, Swedish style icon and owner of the light-as-a-feather voice hailed by Pitchfork, plays Highline Ballroom tonight. I missed her last show, which totes sent teh internets reeling, so I’m excited to finally see her!

Lykke’s 2008 debut, Youth Novels, enjoyed more than its share of press and blog love. Its dreamy, retro-chic songs easily conjure Air, or more recognizably, Bjork’s playful experimentation and quirkiness.

But Lykke, whose voice stands out for its hushed, peculiar quality, isn’t focused as much on the melody as she is on expressive emotion. Her songs don’t immediately jump out at you.  They discreetly whoosh by, then after a couple of listens you realize you must hear them again.

“Everybody but Me,” explores the depression behind the party, while “Little Bit,” a danceable song about a fearful, evolving crush, features a trembling marimba and sputtering beat.

New York‘s profile is fun (Lykke’s parents were hippies? really?).

Keep it here for updates, recaps, and pics.

Lykke hates Abba.

Lykke hates Abba.

May 26, 2009. Tags: , , . Lykke Li, Shows. Leave a comment.

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