“Disgusting or Awkward Hip-Hop Lyrics on Otherwise Solid Cuts”

I guess what I’m trying to do here is corroborate what you feel, or have corroborated what I feel, about certain little alienating parts of good rap songs, the fact that they’re bitchin’ being the reason why it matters, and rock or white pop music has moments like this too, see Yo La Tengo’s “Sit … Read more“Disgusting or Awkward Hip-Hop Lyrics on Otherwise Solid Cuts”

“A Car and a Job”

Just as you can hide behind a car, You can hide behind a job Though they’re not yours, There are feet that are attached to you, And though the ground is obsolete, There is some contact there It’s not for us to decide Insofar as any thought can unfurl, Evasion is probably a safer bet

Monomania: Deerhunter’s Genre Retreat”

On the titled track of the new Deerhunter album, by the time Bradford Cox repeats over and over, “Mono mono mania, mono mono mania,” it seems like a natural, gerontological retreat into play, rather than simply gibberish. And indeed it’s these multi-phase heterogeneous setups of these songs that give them their power. In this way … Read moreMonomania: Deerhunter’s Genre Retreat”

Presence: Led Zeppelin’s Underrated Return to Form”

Led Zeppelin is one of those bands that people will go out of their way to say they DON’T like. It’s almost like disliking them entitles you to some special club of superiority. I love Led Zeppelin, but here are two overrated albums: III and Physical Graffiti. Presence comes right after the bloated Physical Graffiti, … Read morePresence: Led Zeppelin’s Underrated Return to Form”

“Crank in a Capsule: I Wish My Brother George Was Here.”

The word “Heraldo” is always fun to hear, because it almost always refers to the early ’90’s, or happens on an album that was made in the early ’90’s, like 1991’s I Wish My Brother George Was Here by Del the Funkee Homosapien, also sometimes known as Del the Funky Homosapien, and/or Deltron Zero, a … Read more“Crank in a Capsule: I Wish My Brother George Was Here.”