July 26th, 2007


Zach Galifianakis' Video for Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing"

Can't Tell Me Nothing

I think that the idea of 'white people doing hip hop' officially stopped being funny around 1982, but ... Zach Galifianakis manages to wring some new laughs out of the joke.

What makes it awesome? Let me count the ways.

1. That's really Zach's North Carolina farm.
2. Blond Teenage Cloggers.
3. Great cinematography
4. The way Zach acts all hard, but still kind of back country chill.
5. Tractor Humping.

On a slightly more serious note -- Hip Hop is a big deal for young americans regardless of skin color or where they live. I know a load of people who grew up in rural Iowa for whom hip hop is life -- it speaks to their condition in a way that nothing else does. For that matter I know a few black folks who love Country Music. It isn't who you are, it's how you feel.

Favorite crazy-ass techno track of the week

Listen to Tolga Fidan's Tanbulistan

I can't get enough of this track -- zither, Dr Who synths, funky hand percussion, trombones, children's voice, and the kick doesn't drop until 6 & 1/2 minutes in.

I don't make predictions about 'the future of techno' but I love stuff this far outside the world of straight oontz oontz.

Gregory Tresher's A Thousand Nights is another new favorite, that goes a completely different direction, taking pretty basic beats, and endless repetition of the same 2 bar synth figure and turning it into something lush and romantic. It's a sort of endlessly rising shepard tone scale, which is literally uplifting.