I approach music with the same interest and intensity that I do with meeting people. I feel just as there can be good people of all walks, I’m bound to find a great artist in every genre. Occasionally, there are styles I’m not as fond of and there are styles that are just downright bad. (Watered-down classical music with drum machines and curly-haired boy singers aimed at soccer moms will never be good.)
I search for good stuff everywhere, and I find much to like in rap. Yes, I know it’s always extremely musical. Much good rap is mostly about rhythm and rhyme–it’s performance art. I’m not going to be that suburban white guy who defends hip-hop as cultural enlightenment and certainly won’t defend the (c)rap on all the hot Clear Channel stations. There’s not enough space here, and, frankly I don’t need to die on that hill. I just think there are many people who’d like hip-hop if they had exposure to someone else besides Lil’ Wayne and Rhianna.
This week’s show probably best reflects my listening patterns of late: listen to one style, get fed up with it, play another, get fed up again and then play something else. Enjoy.
- “Clockwork” – Blackalicious (A2G/Quannum/1999)
- “Movin’ On” – Deep Thinkers and Approach (Necks Move/Datura/2005)
- “Exploding View” – Animal Town (A Purse-Proud Shabby-Genteel Compilation/Vainglorious Home Recordings/2001)
- “Leave House” – Caribou (Swim/Merge/2010)
- “Bear Vs.” – Cowboy Indian Bear (Each Other All The Time/The Record Machine/2010)