The Passion of the Weiss

Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick. But most of the time, I don't rhyme.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Head North Young Man

As you read this, I'm probably hungover and barrelling up the Pacific Coast heading towards the promised land. No, not Bakersfield. But close. Actually, I'm heading to Washington, specifically Seattle to attend at least one day of the Bumbershoot Music Festival, maybe more, depending on whether or not Washington hipsters are more or less irritating than California hipsters. This means I will be seeing some of my favorite groups (The New Pornographers and Spoon) for the first time. I will also be seeing Kanye West for the first time. I will also be bringing a sack of rotten tomatoes to throw at this Kanye West fellow.

At any rate, this post is going to be short, because it's the Friday before Labor Day Weekend and I can't imagine any one is reading this. However, there are some things that need to be addressed. I know this happened a week ago, which is eons to you blog-savvy Internet folk, but still how can I resist:

First off, how can Britney Spears say with a straight face that Kevin Federline "chose the Teen Choice Awards to make his debut?"

Yep, because Federline had so many offers to do so many shows, but instead he was like, "nah...sorry...MTV...sorry Coachella...think I'm gonna' premiere at the Teen Choice Awards. Hip-hop is for the children."

Second: How did he let her refer to him as "my man," on National Television? As though America didn't already think of him as Britney's poodle. It's like George Bush going on air and talking about what a great buddy Tony Blair is. It's not gonna' help things,it'll only make it worse.

Third: Wow.

However, in the aftermath of his performance and the media storm that accompanied it, it's safe to say that it proves my point about white guys not liking white rappers.

I'm not trying to say that Federline was good. In fact, he was pretty bad. But how much worse is he than a guy like Rick Ross or Yung Joc? Not much. In fact, he might even be better than Young Joc. If anything Kevin Federline proves that no matter what your color and creed, rappers can be retarded. Yet people seem to take a certain visceral pleasure in beating up on white rappers. Fair enough, they're an easy target and a guy like Federline deserves to get made fun of 10 out of 10 times. But I'll also bet you that if no one had ever heard of Kevin Federline and he had Scott Storch doing his beats and Young Jeezy and Jay-Z guest-starring on a remix, he could debut at #1 just like Rick Ross. Easy. And he'd still suck, but there certainly wouldn't be a story from The Associated Press about how much the hip-hop community thinks he's a no-talent ass clown.

The Hold Steady Press Photo: After Spending The Whole Last Week Getting High

There isn't an album coming out over the next five months that I'm anticipating more than The Hold Steady's Boys and Girls In America, except maybe Carey Mercer, Dan Bejar and Spencer Krug's Swan Lake project. Lately, I've been listening to the Steady's leaked single, "Chips Ahoy," on repeat.

Their new album's been getting crazy buzz with Pitchfork and Rolling Stone gushing about its greatness. I wouldn't be surprised if you see this at the top of a lot of critics' Best-Of Year End Lists. There hasn't been a clear-cut album that has emerged from the pack this year, the way Sufjan Steven's Illinoise seemed to last year. Well, except for Sunset Rubdown's Shut Up I Am Dreaming which in my book, still crushes all competitors. No matter what everyone else thinks.

Anyway, if you haven't heard "Chips Ahoy" yet, you should. The Hold Steady are all sorts of awesome.

Download--The Hold Steady "Chips Ahoy"

The Round-Up
I was digging through Stylus' archives the other day and found this kind-of amazing look at Wu-Tang's "I Can't Go To Sleep." The video in and of itself could get me going for days, but the article is pretty great too.

You have to scroll down, but this article claims that the Wu apparently added a new member (via Nah Right)

I finally caught Little Miss Sunshine last night and I'd write a review but Uncle Granbo already beat me to it, with his take-down of the film. It wasn't that I thought it was so bad as much as I thought it was a really wasted opportunity.

There are some incredibly talented people behind this. At times, there's some of the best writing you'll see in a film this year (specifically the first 20 minutes which are masterful). And the acting is pretty much flawless. But this movie had some major flaws. Most notably, it didn't know what it wanted to be. The tone was wildly uneven and there were some unnecessary and needless plot twists that ultimately killed the good-natured feel of the film. I'm not going to spoil it for all of you that haven't seen it, but all in all, I can't say that I wasn't disappointed.

For those of you who couldn't get enough the first time, This Is What We Do Now has more info behind the continuing saga of Jewish girls with big breasts.

I'm gonna' write a post about it sometime in the next week or two, but Oh Word has a truly outstanding review of the new Decemberists album. Believe the hype: this album is damned good and a lock to make my top 10 of the year. I've always been a fan of The Decemberists but always felt that their albums weren't all that much fun to listen to. This is one is. It might be my favorite of the bunch.

Crock Tock with a hilarious send-up of George Bush and his relationship with oil tycoons.

Floating Away sees Cat Power. Cat Power goes insane.

And lastly, I don't know if everyone reads Marathon Packs, but if they don't they should. This week, Eric wrote a great post about Brightblack Morning Light and the neo-psychadelic movement going on right now. The post is incredibly informative and maps out the scene right now, listing a lot of bands that I'm a big fan of.

Next week, expect some guest blogs from none other than NBA blogging guru Nate Jones on the NBA. And maybe even a post from me about Bumbershoot. We shall see. Until then, Happy Labor Day.


At 6:42 PM, Anonymous dan said...

have a good time in seattle. cant wait to hear your thoughts.

At 10:07 AM, Anonymous jack bauer said...

My favorite part of the K-Fed "performance" is when the overpayed black DJ (added for street cred) screams "GET LOW, KEV!" That's almost as great as the VMA Nomniee for best Male Video Busta Rhymes "Touch It REMIX" in which Busta screams "GET LOW, PAPOOSE!"

At 3:08 AM, Anonymous Matt said...

Parts of that performance were difficult to watch. By parts I of course mean ALL.

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Wade Word said...

Man, I want to name myself something hardcore, something so real that it blows people's mind. But it also needs to be reminiscent of a native american baby-carrier. Hmmm... Okay, got it. Now, will I have people call me "Pap" or "Poose" for short?

At 11:05 PM, Blogger KaLiBLeeK said...

If anything Kevin Federline proves that no matter what your color and creed, rappers can be retarded.

Some form of that statement NEEDS to be on a bumper sticker.


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