I recently finished watching The Wire. It was great. My finishing of the Baltimore-based series happened to coincide with a boom of music submissions to TECB — most of which have been the scum of the earth. I give the artists who mention their Bodymore residency a few extra seconds before I forever delete them from my life because I like to see if they remind me of any particular character.
Insert the Tate Kobang video “Everything Black.”
This kid (the first one to rap) reminds me of Michael on some series finale stick-up kid type-shit. I dig it.
Two questions have been asked since we had the stickers made — “Who are these kids?” and the inevitable “What in the holy hell does ‘creek that’ mean?” For those of you who haven’t seen the stickers, we used the graphic at the top of this monstrosity.
The long and short if it is this. The kids are from Summer Heights High, a hilarious show from the mind of Chris Lilley that aired on HBO for one season in ’08. Around that same time, when we still posted about anything we wanted, I had made a post on some fly photo shoot of Freida Pinto. It went viral, we had thousands of hits for what seemed like days on end, and TECB exploded with shit tons of comments from people who barely spoke English as a second language. One person said (s)he “creeked” our site, so we ran with it and never looked back. Its meaning can be manipulated to almost no end: “I creeked your mom.”; “You creek that Regina post I made?“; “Creek me the salt and pepper.”; and so on.
That said, AbnormL Injustice, an artist whose music once helped me in disrespecting what some call “prog-rap,” was one of few people who knew from the jump about Jonah Takalua and crew. He recently creeked his latest mix of the foul-mouth Polly with TECB, and I wanted to creek it with y’all…
Most of you have come to know TECB as a hip-hop site. Truth is, we are — primarily because hip-hop is what the two of us are most in tune with. That said, we do listen to, and prefer in many cases, music outside of the said genre. As far as recent artists go, Regina Spektor has always been one of my favorites. She has two albums — Songs and Soviet Kitsch — from 2002 and ’04, respectively, that I will forever celebrate as cornerstones of contemporary greatness. Ironically enough, it was Begin to Hope, Spektor’s following album from ’06, that gained her worldwide notoriety.
Since then, Regina has released two more albums: Far, her studio LP from ’09, and Live in London, a live recording from her tour for the aforementioned album in 2010. Her work has been featured in television and film so frequently that royalty checks are likely to hit her pockets as often as her hand pens a new lyric. The latest song to make the grade, “My Man,” a Fanny Brice cover, appeared in the closing of “A Dangerous Maid,” the third episode of Boardwalk Empire‘s second, and far superior, season on HBO.
Give it a listen:
Word to Richard Harrow. “Right down to the last bullet,” homie.
They are such a great label. Can’t wait to hear how Good Things, Aloe Blacc’s upcoming album slated for a July release, turns out. Here’s the lead single “I Need a Dollar,” which many of you may know for HBO’s new show How To Make It In America…
The b-side is just as nice, too…
Mr. Blacc is gunning for some Mayer Hawthorne-type acclaim if he puts out an entire album of freshness like this. I hope the vinyl single is in stores by Record Store Day (4/17).
I never thought I’d be saying this so soon, but, music-wise, 2010 could give ’09 a run for its money.