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Song of the Day 8/11/09

Yeah, yeah, more new stuff coming soon. Promise. In the meantime, our top 666 songs of alltime countdown gets one step closer to #1. Tuesday’s song is #351:

Ice Cube – Ghetto Vet

Over one of the eeriest piano samples in the history of rap, Cube bitterly narrates one smalltime thug’s descent from menace in the hood to wheelchair-bound crack addict. Mp3s all over the place. From the War cd in the 1998 two-cd War & Peace album.

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August 11, 2009 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the Day 12/2/08

The top 666 songs of alltime countdown continues, one day at a time all the way to #1. Tuesday’s is #602:

NWA – Fuck the Police

This one you know, it’s a rite of passage, a staple of every 13-year-old boy’s playlist, but when it came out in 1988 it was just short of revolutionary. Straight Outta Compton wasn’t the first gangsta rap album (that was Ice-T’s first one), but it’s probably the best and this is what got them in so much trouble (and sold them so many records), Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre all determined to piss off as many people as possible and succeeding brilliantly. MP3s are at all the usual sites although the vinyl version sounds best, especially if you have a system with good bass boost.

December 2, 2008 Posted by | Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CD Review: Custard Wally – Estrogennia Dementia

In many respects Custard Wally’s latest cd is the perfect album to put on in the background if you’re having a party. The music is pleasantly melodic, generally upbeat and sometimes quite pretty. Most of it is pop/rock, with a few punk numbers. You can play this for just about any crowd and not worry about it. Until somebody turns the volume up to the point where the lyrics are audible.

They’re filthy.

Some sample song titles: How I’d Luv to Touch It!, All the Sex in the World I’ve Ever Wanted, and Prematurely Whorely. The prettiest song on the album is about how a woman should wipe after urinating (Front to Back, as it explains in detail). Reeeeeeeeeeal highbrow stuff. The music is straight-up rock but the esthetic – if the word “esthetic” can be used in the same sentence as “Custard Wally,” which is something of a stretch – is pure gangsta rap. This band is obsessed with sex, crude, sexist…and funny as hell. Not exactly politically correct, but something to keep on the shelf with your Tammy Faye Starlite, NWA and the Ween country album. You can break this out late at night after everybody’s overindulged and as long as your friends have a sense of humor, you’re pretty much guaranteed a few laughs.

The jokes aren’t limited to sex, either: the solo on Front to Back is lifted straight out of Redemption Song by Bob Marley, and there’s a hilarious anti-trendoid diatribe called Pretty Little Ponytail Boy. If you’re, say, 12, or have the mind of a 12-year-old, get this cd: it should be huge on college radio. Good album: it achieves what the band set out to do, which is make you laugh. Four pairs of edible underwear.

July 6, 2007 Posted by | Music, music, concert, review, Reviews, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments