“The war came—and then looting, chaos, state collapse, insurgency, sectarian war, and no weapons of mass destruction. This last development left Bush “shocked” and “angry,” a recurring state of mind in “Decision Points”: the objections of Justice Department officials to warrantless wiretapping also “stunned” him, Abu Ghraib “blindsided” him, and the looting of Baghdad prompted him to demand, “What the hell is happening?” But Bush was undaunted. He writes, at one point, “In later years, some critics would charge that we failed to prepare for the postwar period. That sure isn’t how I remember it”; and, at another, “The absence of WMD stockpiles did not change the fact that Saddam was a threat.” All these years and lives later, the blitheness of such statements is breathtaking.”—George Packer absolutely lances Bushie’s ‘memoir’ in the New Yorker. Obviously, the book’s appalling selective memory is not a shocker from this gauche man who i still cannot believe WAS A PRESIDENT. But wow. Wow.
Here’s audio from Dap's and my appearance on DJ/Rupture's WFMU show last week. I am talking about what I see as a mini-resurgence of the diva in dance music, IRT UK funky, dubstep, turn of the millennium 2-step, ’90s resurgent house music and, obvi, Magnetic Man. Jace, kindly, takes my word for it, even though it could all be in my mind because I live in New York and on the internet. Shout out to Carrie Wilds and Tiombe Lockhart, tho. And Kim Ann.
Then Dap says a lot of funny shit in a Charlie Rose voice.
Playlist is super broad overview to prove my points—some new, some old, some way obvious and some shit you don’t have on mp3 yet—
Magnetic Man f. Katy B-Perfect Stranger
Rusko f. Amber Coffman-Hold On Subfocus RMX
Kim Ann Foxman- Creature
Alexis- Lonely Sea prod. by Teengirl Fantasy
SBTRKT f. Jessie Ware- Nervous
Toddla T x Ms Dynamite- Want U Now
Egyptrixxx-The Only Way Up Cubic Zirconia RMX
Paleface x Kyla- Do U Mind Crazy Cousins RMX
UPDATE-TOTALLY FORGOT TO TALK ABOUT BASSLINE. OK DENN
Could not all of this emo-talk be a euphemization of a particularly masculinist (and in turn homophobic) backlash against a feminine quality of contemporary hip hop culture? More to the point, is the emoization-issue grating to many older hip hop fans because it’s “men” (and all the assumed cultural values and norms that lie within that label) acting like “women” (and all the assumed cultural values and norms that lie within that label)? How much of the discussion is about “emotion”—long the weapon of choice to categorize women as irrational and hysterical—as it is about the crisis which the young cadre of rappers that dominate the hip hop blogs are acting outside of their prescribed “masculine” place?
Just when you thought hardcore crit about masculinity in rap had deflated to a disquieting whisper… SAM HAN dunks from the cut. THANK YOU SAM.
“We’ve all gotten very good at disassociating, as critics. This is necessary. But it’s worth remembering that we’re always doing it, too—that to appreciate a lot of the art we love, we’re turning a blind eye to some of its essential aspects and to those of the people that made it. It’s a necessary lie that we tell ourselves, but a lie all the same.”—“ We tell ourselves stories in order to live…” Zach Baron uses OFWGKTA as a jumping off point to contemplate rape/violence in lyrics, and it’s an important work. The comments are for the most part characteristically dismal, though. I think the point is not to vilify Odd Future, at all—Zach Baron says as much, and I too think their music is exciting, interesting and important. The point is that Zach Baron is acting like a critical ombudsman, of sorts—positing that in the internet firestorm of writers and bloggers and lots of ppl in nyc/elsewhere freaking out about their music, it’s important to step back and breathe and think deeply and talk about the responsibility of the writer, critic and blogger too, i think. He’s clearly musing broadly on some Pauline Kael shit, he is totally lucid, and I don’t understand why anyone who’s not in Odd Future is getting so defensive about it. Also, KINDA FEELS LIKE CAM’RON ‘06 IN THE INTERNETS TODAY
Ashok Kondabolu aka Dapwell aka my dude and I are going on DJ/Rupture’s WFMU show tonight at 7 PM EST. He is going to talk about being in the rap ensemble Das Racist and not being into all the music I’m going to play, which is all diva-vocaled dance stuff. TUNE IN. There will be a podcast l8r. CHECK IT HERE. There’s a podcast from Das Racist’s appearance a couple weeks ago up there, which Dap missed, which is why he is on my jam. OK THEN.