Friday, 14 November 2014

Another Day In The Underground: Why Mixtapes Suck



More clever commentary from Joe K. Talking on why "pay to feature" mixtapes are a waste of time




Saturday, 8 November 2014

Music Spotlight: JDPAKALILBLAZE

JDPAKALILBLAZE is an inspiring, innovative artist from Georgia with a positive message and a great ear for beats.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Channel Spotlight: Another Day In The Underground






Hip Hop curmudgeon Joe K delivers sharp, insightful commentary on the contemporary Hip Hop scene.
 Here, he takes a swipe at "Pay to play" promoters and basically bitch slaps them into orbit.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pop Song Review: Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

I've made no secret of the fact that I consider myself a male feminist. I spend a lot of time despairing at popular music for the... lets say "troubling" way Women's bodies are represented. It seems that the common counter to the male gaze within pop music is more objectification, but in an artificially empowered context.

Pictured: Empowerment
Enter Meghan Trainor....

Amy Winehouse for Soccer Moms

Who's song "All about that bass" is the latest entry in the grand tradition of Mika, Mix-A-Lot and Minaj: The "Body image empowerment song" is practically a cliche at this point, though it is refreshing to see such an original aesthetic take... 

ORIGINALITY

Okay, but seriously, have you taken the time to listen to the lyrics? cos some of them are kinda troubling.

"Yeah, it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two
But I can shake it, shake it
Like I'm supposed to do"

Supposed to do? I don't remember that in the Pankhurst Trust's manifesto.

"I'm bringing booty back"

No you didn't, you can be as charmingly anachronistic as you want, but don't lie Meghan. Booty never left.

"Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that"

1) projecting much? 
2) I won't help you spread your lies.


"No I'm just playing. I know you think you're fat"

Shut up Meg.


In conclusion, while the song does have it's flaws (it certainly could have used another draft of the lyrics) it's fun & catchy, and it's good that there is a voice for Women's issues, even if it's the voice of a grown woman who calls her ass her "Boom Boom" 




Wednesday, 15 October 2014

CIVIL WAR

Just when it looked like Marvel was becoming predictable, they have thrown us a huge curveball.

We finally know what Robert Downey Jr. was talking about when he said that there he was working on a deal with Marvel to do something that wasn't Iron Man 4.  Downey's in the final stages of negotiations that'll bring Tony Stark in to Captain America 3 and begin the movies' take on Civil War.



Our heroes: a steroid abuser and a war profiteer



Wow... that's big


For those who don't know, Civil War is widely regarded as Marvels greatest comic crossover story, featuring an idealogical (and physical, because Superheroes) conflict between Iron Man and Captain America over a government act that will force Superheroes to register as government employees. Cap is anti-reg, leading a group of heroes as a resistance movement against Stark's gov funded pro-reg faction. Having Tony Stark as a well intentioned antagonist will likely split the fanbase, but from a storytelling perspective it's a great escalation of the Marvel Universe's themes of sacrificing freedom for security and points to the second Avengers movie showing a much darker side of Tony Stark.






Whose side are you on?



Monday, 13 October 2014

Song review: David Bowie - Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)



David Bowie has a new song out... and I don't know what to think about it.



It's very interesting... Blending a Jazz Fusion arrangement with Bowies distinctive vocal style for some pretty left-field melodic interplay, The main instrumental figure is pretty compelling, and the 7 minute runtime seemingly functions as a middle finger to homogenised modern pop sensibilities.

Pictured on the right: Modern Pop Sensibilities



Saying that, the whole thing seems a bit forced.

Did someone say "forced?"


From the intentionally cumbersome title, to the use of a genre that commercially peaked in the late 70's it all reeks of "Look how different I am" and although Bowie appears to be putting a lot of effort into distinguishing himself from his contemporaries ultimately it all comes out as quite derivative of two (admittedly distinctive) artists: Scott Walker and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.


So, is this where we've ended up? has Pop's great chameleon been reduced to copying his less successful former peers? or is it a scintillating new sound, guaranteed to put all these young pretenders in their place?

History will be the judge of this.