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Shameless Self Promotion

February 7, 2011

Toomuchbrown here guys. I just wanted to throw some self-promotion out there and say that I’ve started my urban planning and traffic blog over here. It’s called Radials and since I’m a social media luddite I’m trying to get traffic anyway I can. I promise it’s not that boring.


Whiiite Stripes

February 2, 2011

The news of the White Stripes split, effective immediately with no 80’s style farewell tour planned, was abrupt and sardonically affected. Jack and Meg White’s philosophical and, hopefully, satirical take on the “life of music” will rub some people the wrong way for different reasons, but it is flawlessly pretentious and perfectly calculated. For an artist like Jack White (no shots at Meg but this was always Jack’s world) character play is just another day in the life.

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Shit You Used to Listen To and Probably Should Listen to Again (II)

January 26, 2011

Birdman can’t rap. That’s the circumvented summation of this post. Birdman’s talents are at their best in the once-opaque world of hip-hop production and ostensibly transparent landscape of hip-hop business (Dan Charnas’ book, The Big Payback attempts to chip away at the surprisingly sturdy facade, with mixed results). He is a rarity in this business: an expert talent scout, a savvy asset manager (ignore the Bugatti and $2.1 dollar necklace for a minute), and a talented musical producer.

But he screwed up. “What Happened to That Boy?” is another triumph of minimal production with excellent results; it’s what made the Neptunes great 10 years ago and what makes them terrible now. Pusha and Malice go hard as usual with lyrics that make you laugh not for their absurdity but for their graceful grittiness and unapologetic egotism centered on crack cocaine business acumen. Their oddly juxtaposed images of family and dealing (I’ve never heard a niece mentioned in a song before) serve as a slightly hilarious foil to each other.

This isn’t some sort of ironic. intellectualized critique of a song that is most about dealing crack and “[making] fiends [rise] from the dead like Thriller”. Alright, it sort of is. That’s a really white(ee) thing to do, but this song means a lot to me, and you need to listen to it again. Except skip Birdman’s part, he sucks.

DL: Birdman ft. Clipse – What Happened to that Boy (192 kbps)


Pusha, Yeezy, and Where we are Right Now

January 19, 2011



AVB and I were spending the night in, flipping between a dozen different shows: Top Chef, Iron Chef, The Office, real college-white-people jawns. The VMAs were also on that night, and since neither of us had seen it since we were teens we ended up watching more of it than I expected or really wanted.

It was the typical nouveau-MTV fare; less music than exhibition, more DeadMau5 than Aphex Twin (literally). I had heard that Kanye was performing his new track for the finale and since he very rarely disappoints in terms of spectacle (biggest miss: live performance of “Love Lockdown” at these same awards a few years back) I made sure we watched the last 30 minutes.

We’ve all seen the performance so I won’t go into the specifics. I will however describe what I said when Pusha T came out:

I will never forgive you, Pusha.

AVB gave me a confused sideways glance. She had no idea who he was, and neither did any of the kids who were in that dancing well thing.

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Shit You Used to Listen To and Probably Should Listen to Again (I)

January 18, 2011

Sometimes shit comes on your computer or iPod or whatever and you just have to stop and listen to it. Sometimes it’s embarrassing, actually most of the time it’s embarrassing, but you just have to do it, you have to listen. It happened this morning when “The Middle” came on on my way to work.

Is there anyone out there that can challenge the logic of this: if “The Middle” came out in 1996 instead of 2002 it would have been as popular as any grunge/pop/post-punk crossover hit ever written. “Clueless” would have had it as their opening theme instead of that ridiculously horrible cover of an already ridiculously horrible song by Kim Wilde, and “Liar Liar” would have used it for their predictably terrible montage commercial spot.

“The Middle” absolutely kills songs that sound exactly like it, somehow. It makes everything like Eve 6 sound, impossibly, worse than it already is (full disclosure: that heart in a blender song is my shit), and makes Everclear sound, um, exactly like Everclear. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s this kids pipes that make the song stand out significantly. The range is just there and it’s tough to mean mug a head who hits those notes in the second and third verses.

“The Middle” is so good I’m finna give it a happy face: ^___^.

DL:  Jimmy Eat World – The Middle (280 kbps)


How I Stopped Hating and Learned to Love Biggie Smalls

January 18, 2011

I’m going to start my blogging life here at That Whiiite with something that might scare some of my boyfriends who read this noise. Alright, deep breath, here it goes:

I didn’t hear “Juicy” by Biggie until I was 20 years old.

It’s one of those things that just happened; an embarrassing moment in an otherwise full musical life. When I heard it in its full baller glory something snapped in me. For the first time in my life, this LA white boy realized that the West Coast could not hold it down when it came to hip-hop.

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