While no single musical approach can be seen as “easy” by any stretch of the imagination when it comes to producing quality sounds, it can be argued that it is within the sonic extremes where the most difficulty can be found. That is to say, when an artist or band attempts to make very loud or exceptionally soft and delicate sounds, there is far less margin for error than when working in the “middle’ or more common musical spaces. Furthermore, due to the way that sounds move and play against one another, it is the quieter, almost ambient genre where some of the most stunning musical achievement can be found, as even the smallest mis-step by an artist can be easily heard. This is why within the down-tempo or ambient styles of electronic music, when a performer “gets it right,” it is both clear to the ear, as well as musically stunning, rarely losing its impact with repeated listenings. However, the reality remains that such performers often operate far from the musical mainstream and it is this unfortunate circumstance that has kept the Icelandic group called Múm a bit of a secret to the music-loving public. Working with some of the most fragile, yet outright gorgeous melodies and landscapes that have ever been created, the group has rarely sounded as perfect as what one can hear on their 2002 song, “We Have A Map Of The Piano.”
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As is the case with every genre, during the early years of hip-hop, almost every sub-genre was founded in some manner, though some can be found in more subtle places. Though there is no question where styles like “gangsta” and “jazz fusion” hip-hop came from, there were other artists that were making statements in other directions, and even in its earliest years, one can find an “underground” sound within the hip-hop community. It was within this sub-culture that some of the finest records of the “Golden Age” of hip-hop emerged, and there were few artists that could hold their own when compared to the duo known as EMPD. Comprised of emcees Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, the pair are responsible for some of the most iconic songs in the entire history of the genre, and yet it is also their distinctive rapping style that would influence countless later performers. Though there was never anything “shocking” about the sounds one could find on EPMD records, it was the way that the songs were constructed, along with the focused, straightforward vocal delivery from the pair that set them far apart from the songs of their peers. Each of the studio releases from EPMD carries with it a great deal of power and presence, and yet one can easily argue that it was their 1988 debut, Strictly Business, that remains a landmark recording in hip-hop history, as it is filled with some of the most memorable songs and lines ever captured on tape.
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I missed one in my inbox…and I need to be fair…and who can deny THIS LADY?
1. First impression: FINALLY, a Southerner! 2. Truth is: kickass ‘lil spitfire who better be at the July get-down! 3. How old do you look: late teens 4. Have you ever made me laugh: many times 5. Have you ever made me mad: nevah! 6. Best feature: the perfect amount of sass and sweet 7. Have I ever had a crush on you: N/A…she had her man from the start 8. You’re my: hair back and forth whipper 9. Name in my phone: blank 10. Should you post this too? but of course
I didn’t understand that I was supposed to “do” the person that first “did” me…so this is the last one…really…and it’s about THIS CHICK
1. First impression: Does she live in a black and white alternate reality? 2. Truth is: she is a coffee-slingin’ ninja 3. How old do you look: like ten..but not in a creepy way 4. Have you ever made me laugh: yuh-huh 5. Have you ever made me mad: nope 6. Best feature: the giggle 7. Have I ever had a crush on you: can you please define “a” 8. You’re my: 'roo 9. Name in my phone: yer real one…duh 10. Should you post this too? no. don’t. it’s a silly thing.
OK fine, I’ll do one more of these…but ONLY because it’s The Robot that requested it.
1. First impression: Does that say “bread fish” behind her? 2. Truth is: full of awesomesauce. 3. How old do you look: Robots do not age. 4. Have you ever made me laugh: That you have 5. Have you ever made me mad: I believe that to be impossible…challenge. 6. Best feature: the gaining of self-understanding and confidence is amazing to observe 7. Have I ever had a crush on you: that’d be BEYOND creepy…BEEEE-YOND! 8. You’re my: Robot…duh. 9. Name in my phone: None. Robots operate on ESP. 10. Should you post this too? You likely already did…
1. First impression: Wait, she didn’t run away screaming two minutes into the TinyChat? 2. Truth is: total rockstar for sure! 3. How old do you look: late teenish 4. Have you ever made me laugh: in the last 5 minutes? 5. Have you ever made me mad: yep…Mets, brah! BOOM! (PS, I still hate baseball) 6. Best feature: solid, humorous perspective on life 7. Have I ever had a crush on you: as the village elder of the TC Universe, that’s just wrong. 8. You’re my: co-conspirator in TC trickery 9. Name in my phone: your real name…which I won’t put here…stalkers and whatnot… 10. Should you post this too? Clearly.
“As far as space, I’m really skinny and Leanne doesn’t have to sleep indoors so that shouldn’t be a problem. Mike might cause you some shit, but just grab him by the ears like Sean does and he’ll obey.”—Andrew, Ladies and Gents…he’ll be here all night…
As it has been most of the past week, it is raining here in Brooklyn…the sky is slightly green, which back in Ohio would’ve made me a bit nervous as that can be a sign of a tornado…though this is more a brownish-green than a greenish-green…but I digress…
I thought I’d toss out some more “rainy day” albums for your listening pleasure:
-J. Mascis, Several Shades Of Why
-Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
-John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman