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Archive for November, 2008

Dap Dippin Dealer

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As one of the many who found Sharon Jones, Gabriel Roth and the rest of the Daptones family about 10 years too late, it’s nice to see them get their due proper like in the NYT magazine. AND Amy Wino is only mentioned twice. Doubly great.

Anyway, if you have the extra hour, read the entire 5 pages leisurely.

100 Days, 100 Nights, and more than 100 words

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November 22nd, 2008 at 10:16 pm

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Drop Kick: A War We Can All Win

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About time someone declares a war on Kanye West. Let (real) arrogance meet (fake) arrogance in a steal cage, ladder, casket royal rumble retirement match. Yeah, I caught the last SmackDown on TNT. What can I say, I still got love for the Undertaker 😉

In some ways, I actually would like for Stephen’s scenario to play out. The record industry subverted by a viral effort based on a fake political commentary host. Now if that is not innovative, what is?

Vote NO on Prop Autotune

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November 22nd, 2008 at 12:08 am

Other Top Drops: Mojo and Uncut

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More end of year lists from more semi reputable music magazines. This time courtesy of Mojo and Uncut. I dig that Uncut has an angle – find music that really represents America. But I think they get lost in the trees without seeing the forest at times.

Mojo isn’t my bag, but kudos for putting anything down on paper and trying to sell it these days. Lord knows newspapers can’t do it.

Why is Stereogum my new favorite website…check it out for yourself.

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November 20th, 2008 at 9:47 am

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Other Top Drops: Blender

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On the heels of the Paste List comes Blender – a less scientific, artist focused, or anything else even seemingly related to music based focus for a top albums list. Nevertheless, they try their hardest to present well and show some interest outside of the Clear Channel supported top 40. A bit hit or miss, but can you blame them for trying? I won’t.

As transcribed from a reader posting to Stereogum.

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November 19th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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Other Top Drops: Paste

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It’s that time of year again. We are all rounding up our favs of 2008 to make one last push to pressure others into buying the “must have” of the year. Before it goes on sale immediately in January. First up, Paste with a quite surprising list of 2008. Their top spot is quite unbelieveable (well, for me, since I don’t own the album and refuse to believe in anything I haven’t heard directly), but they do their best to make a case.


You be the judge – Paste

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November 18th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

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Digital FINALLY Killed the Radio Star

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The moment we all were waiting for actually happened. Digital music sales at a record label finally surpassed it’s analog older brother. Better yet, baby boomer father. Who says ringtone rappers are not worth it? Certainly not Atlantic.

I will be very curious to see if this trend spreads to other labels and even tips the balance for the Big 4. I can’t say whether I am enthused or not. On one hand, it’s great to see that the viral impact of technology is allowing more artists to get more fans, feedback, and sales at a lower cost. However, is the death of the record label really a blessing for all artists? Are we really supposed to get all of our information from Myspace, friends, commercials, tv placements and blogs? Do we want to spend all of our time this way?

The only time you will see T.I. hanging with white folk.

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November 17th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Sort It Out

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My co-worker just gave me a new CD ( to be reviewed, just you wait) that he burned at home. Since it is of the less than legal type, I got no track names, no artist, no nothing when I popped it into Steve Job’s looking glass into my music habits. What to do with the “Track 1” phenomenon, particularly if I don’t know what “Track 1” really is? Well, all it really needs is a TuneUp – some genius program that feeds off of “iWant to suck up your whole life” and sorts out all of the mayhem of distributed music missing critical info. No more lost track names, album covers, or genre’s. You want more? Fine. They’ll throw in concert searching for your library AND a sneek peak at what else you can learn about your favorite artists on the web. Not bad if you have a lot of co-workers who like to give you semi-pirated material.

Sort it out, mates!

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November 16th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

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Drop Kick: Ahmadinejad New BF alert

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Yeah, so this is knid of old. But I just saw it. And I couldn’t stop laughing. He DOES look a little like Jake Gyllenhall. Maybe this is my post Prop 8 bashing coming out. Pun very intended.

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November 15th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

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I’m Back

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I sank into despair. It was getting very tedious finding a computer. So, I bought one. For cheap ( I wasn’t that depressed). And I am now ripping all of my music off of my iPod onto my new (old) computer. So, yeah, I’ve been busy with that. No excuses then. Just a lot of make up blogging (which is always SO good 😉

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November 14th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

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Drop Kick: Does Kanye have to steal EVERY Cultures Artwork

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After the blatant rip off of Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E” video for “The Good Life” and the blank check co-op of Japanese cartoons for the Graduation album title, is there anything else left to steal? Why yes, T-Pain’s autotuner. Just when you thought we had finally reached the end of vocoded bliss (even Pain has conceded that the days of electronic singing are numbered), Kanye has dedicated a whole album to it. But wait, he doesn’t sing? Neither does Lil’ Wayne. But that has never stopped either of them from picking up a pitch straightening mic (and in Wayne’s case, a guitar ???).

Furthermore, Kanye has stolen 65 Japanese animators for his latest release from 808’s & Heartbreaks, “Heartless”. The song is mind-numbing at best but the visual provides some entertainment. I can’t imagine watching it over and over again (thank God TRL just died). But I guess it”s just the coldest story ever told…


Heartless from kwest on Vimeo.

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November 13th, 2008 at 9:49 pm