Max Tannone, “History Town (Mos Def vs. Desmond Dekker)”

From the recently released Mos Dub mixtape (available here, fo free!) comes this delightful little mashup. I was first introduced to “007 (Shanty Town)” thanks to Diplo/Santigold’s Top Ranking, and hearing it reinvented as the beat here was a pleasant surprise. The rhymes are quick enough to keep the dub sound from putting me to sleep, and there is enough extra production here to separate this from the rest of the “beat + acapella = mashup” DJ crowd.

dem a shoot dem a loot dem a wail a shanty town


Worthy Cause of the Day: Courtesy of The Stranger’s Dan Savage.

To paraphrase Patrick Henry: I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty to draw Mohammad in a bear suit or give me death!


UPDATE: This should go without saying, but nothing ever really does. The whole point of this is not to offend Muslims, it’s to offend censors. There are no sacred cows in comedy (see The Aristocrats for more on this). If you are offended by something on television, change the channel, close your eyes, walk away. Do not send death threats to the show’s creators. That last part really ought to go without saying, but, as I mentioned above, nothing ever really does.

Don’t do anything to offend anyone. Just do what’s funny if you’re trying to be funny; but your goal shouldn’t be to offend censors or to lash back at terrorists. Do you really think the people who are targeted by this joke will lighten up or something? This is just being a dick to Muslims everywhere as opposed to actually having a point.

B.o.B., “Don’t Break My Heart”

Bobby Ray is getting a lot of attention lately— maybe even enough to break into the big time? “Airplanes,” featuring a chorus sung by Paramore lead Hayley Williams, has been posted non-stop this week. Now that Eminem dropped a verse on “Airplanes Pt. 2,” the track doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

So definitely go listen to that, it’s a great song.. And so is this one. I just wanted to make sure it didn’t get lost in the overload and insanity that is contemporary music. The rhyming feels a little stilted at first, but robo-horns soon drop in and provide the needed rhythm. It’s still a weird little jam, but just try to not smile at the bridge.

now all the fellas in the house, if you’re not too proud, look your woman in the face and tell her right now: “i need you, i need you, i need you, i need you baby!”

LCD Soundsystem, “All I Want”

Today I made my way through the soon-to-be released This Is Happening. While “Drunk Girls” annoys me a little bit too much to be the heir of the “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” throne, I’ve come back to “All I Want” a few times and I’m happier each time I’ve done so.

People are writing that this is the follow-up to modern classic “All My Friends.” Where “All My Friends” is about speeding forward and never looking back until it’s all over, “All I Want” is a more mellow version of the same idea. The same conclusion is reached here (all I want is your pity,) but it’s done in a much more relaxed fashion up until about two minutes left. Then the keyboard starts to squelch out of control and Murphy starts yelling take me home and everything fades away. “All My Friends” ends with a bang, but here we end up with a whimper. Sadface.

all i want is your pity, all i want is your bitter tears