Archive | January, 2012

Heems raps about me (him)

26 Jan

You probably hate Das Racist. It’s a popular viewpoint, and not one that I fault anyone for.

As a group they make it hard to just jump into their catalogue. They rap about obscure topics (New York fast food, Bollywood film stars, immigration issues, etc.) and they deliver their rhymes in a deadpan that doesn’t necessarily make their ironic bent known. And then there is the ultimate love it or hate it song, Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

They don’t make it easy on anyone, but for those that find something to hang onto, it soon becomes clear that the group is absolutely visionary.

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Playlist for Thursday, January 26

26 Jan

I’m back after an unplanned two week absence from the airwaves. Not to bore you with the details, but I was at a thing where people got a violent infectious disease and now I’m back!

The playlist!

Destroyer – “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker”
Darwin Deez – “Deep Sea Divers” [grooveshark]
Rococode – “Weapon” [i(heart)music]
Heems – “Womyn” [grooveshark]
Kathleen Edwards – “Change the Sheets” [herohill]
Louise Burns – “Chinook” [i(heart)music]
The Cold Warps – “Let’s Just Fun” [herohill]
John K. Samson – “When I Write My Master’s Thesis” [i(heart)music]
The Elwins – “You’re invited”  [i(heart)music]

Also I will be hosting When insects rule the Earth tonight, because Dana is a big jerk and doesn’t care about you guys enough to not go to Toronto.

 

These songs didn’t get in due to time constraints, but are worth a listen nonetheless:
The Holiday Crowd – “Never Speak of It Again” [i(heart)music]
C. Sterling – “Tiger Proud” [herohill]

New Arcade Fire Videos

8 Jan

Since the release of their Grammy winning album The Suburbs, Arcade Fire has led the pack on interactive internet hogwash. First came their video for The Wilderness Downtown, created by Chris Milk, which used the power of google maps to create a personalized video that was set on the street you grew up on. It was an interesting experiment, and it did legitimately bring a smile to my face.

For their new single, Sprawl II, they’ve released two videos. One, a straight-forward, but charming video (see below). The other is precisely the kind of imaginative hogwash that they began this album’s tour de force with. In this video the movements of the viewer influence the video itself (webcam required). I haven’t been able to explore it too deeply, since I am writing this in a Starbucks, and wild arm movements would have me kicked to the street. Check it out for yourself.