Coltrane, “Lyrical” and The Art Of MCing

The notion of being lyrical is often misread in hip-hop by the connotations put on it by those who for the most part don’t like lyrics. In that context lyrical has some sort of direct relationship with the actual words, usually implying the excessive use of words.  “Spiritual, miracle, lyrical!” Outside of the hip-hop context… Read more »

To The Max Bro

Some heavy discussion of Mike D’Errico’s latest piece Going Hard: Bassweight, Sonic Warfare, & the “Brostep” Aesthetic this week. While I’ve been adding my two cents on twitter, I wanted  to take some time to try to concisely formulate my notes. I jumped into the conversation after DJ/Rupture posted his response Brostep, Mansplained which criticizes the gender politics… Read more »

Theory, Language and Aesthetics

Last week I wrapped up my three part series on live electronic performance for SoundingOut with “Theory and Practice”.  The word practice in the title has an intentional double meaning.  The writing itself has the surface appearance of being primarily fascinated with the practicality of using the variable language exposed within the series to discuss… Read more »

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    William Henry Lewis’ PEN

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    If you haven’t already done so go pick up William Henry Lewis’ book I Got Somebody in Staunton. Why? Because he is the shit. If you’ve ever sat down and talked with Hank you gotta respect his gangsta. Not literal gangsta. Literary gangsta. You don’t believe me. Don’t respect one brother trying to put you… Read more »

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    Hank Willis Thomas: metro pictures

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    The bi-costal bad boy of the artworld, Hank Willis Thomas, touched down in Miami this week for the opening of metro pictures at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. One of the new masters of the visual art world Hank has been killing them this year with opening after opening. If you’re in Miami… Read more »

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    why i work in logic

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    So I’m a Logic user. I first got into Logic back in OS9 with Logic 4, but after the release of OSX and all the bugginess that comes with porting programs to a new OS I decided against the initial upgrade. Instead I took the opportunity to begin exploring the other DAW’s out there. Of… Read more »

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    Enter the monome

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    I don’t recall who first put me on to the monome. Maybe on some webforum somewhere. But whoever it was, I am forever in your debt. If you don’t know what the monome is, check out this video. As soon as I saw it I wanted one. Maybe just by watching it you’ll say that’s… Read more »

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    Kambui’s Woof Tickets

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    10:30 pm and the phone rings. “Aye yo D, you think you could let me borrow that saw.” Gotta be Kambui. At the opening for walk the plank there’s a cigarette girl walking around selling ‘woof tickets.’ Gotta be Kambui. His latest work is at Gallery 138 through May 18th. It is a conceptual tribute… Read more »

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    My Favorite MC of the New Millenium

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    Busdriver is an acquired taste, preferred by those with a pallate for lyrically dense humor. It isn’t surprising that he comes from the Project Blowed crew, but unless you’ve been following them (which you should have been) since they first popped up in the nineties, you probably don’t know you know who Busdriver is. Oh… Read more »

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    AvantUrb Exclusive: Feedom (Dollar Whine)

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    Leave it to me. I got this album, The Catalyst ready to be finished. Everything recorded, people anticipating, label’s like, “you gonna finish this album or what.” So what do I do? Some new shit for my next project. Actually this is a pretty old song that really needed to be finished. And honestly I’m really glad I took the time out to work on it.

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    Food Force

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    Okay it is a good idea, but there just seems to be something wrong with it. I mean you're telling me the United Nations spent money to have a video game developed? Okay, the game will hopefully work to spread the word about world hunger, but couldn't that money have gone to actually feed someone…. Read more »