Music Stephen Carradini
Norman Music Festival has announced via Facebook that NYC indie-rock
band The Walkmen will be headlining NMF4, scheduled for April 28-30.
Japanese pop-punk act Peelander-Z also will be playing the main stage.
I may not be a mom (I don’t quite think people accept tabbies Ron and Charlie as my kids, which greatly upsets them, by the way), but I can appreciate MommaCounts, a locally based group-buying site that has a really cool twist: It picks a different nonprofit each month to which to contribute a percentage of its profits. How cool, right?
For its April beneficiary, Hearts for Hearing, MommaCounts is running a “Spring Into Savings” online event all this week. On top of the regular percentage that will go to the Oklahoma City nonprofit, MommaCounts will run contests and feature prizes on its social-media sites (like Twitter and Facebook) to support and raise awareness of Hearts for Hearing.
A social stuntumentary for those who live in holes
Documentary Rod Lott
After his personal data was lost with millions of other Brits on two
government CDs, ordinary guy David Bond decided to undertake a
documentary project: Giving them only his name and photo, he hired two
private investigators to find him as he leaves home and "vanishes." They
had 30 days.
Bite Size Carol Smaglinski
Qualls, 26, is an art history student at the University of Central
Oklahoma. He has worked in restaurants and has been a caterer. Qualls,
from Shawnee, said he has probably eaten in 90 percent of the metro
restaurants, and is the go-to guy for recommendations.
Letters to the Editor Hope Thomas
The Marriage Equality Rights for Oklahoma movement was launched to give
hope and accomplish civil equality rights to the many people in this
state oppressed by being discriminated against for sexual orientation.
It is a movement to bring awareness on gay discrimination to all
communities and also say it’s never too early or late to make a change.
In all this, I’ve noticed how much this guy cares about music (exclusively hip-hop and R&B, from what I’ve seen), as he’s constantly talking and arguing about what he’s listening to. Just a few days ago, Durantula defended West Coast mixtaper Dom Kennedy via Twitter, after arguing with @waldorfsfinest (apparently a friend?) between Pusha T and Young Jeezy the night before. He’s also been pushing Big K.R.I.T., an upcoming Southern trunk rapper/producer, extensively the last couple of weeks.
So I thought it might be fun to tune into No. 35’s Skullcandy headphones and analyze what he’s saying about it. Here’s your first installment of “What’s good, KD?”
Let’s consider his recent brief assessment of Clipse member and Kanye collaborator Pusha T. From Durantula’s Facebook, around about 2 a.m. yesterday:
Clipse’s 2006 street-rap manifesto “Hell Hath No Fury” set a high bar for mean hip-hop, and Pusha’s work since then’s been similarly aggressive. He loves to set your expectations much lower with especially playful beats and samples (the “Bohemian Rhapsody” sample on “Open Your Eyes” is textbook), then skewer them by comparing himself to, say, the genocidal Hutu tribe, as he does on “Fury”’s “Wamp Wamp (What It Do).” It’s one of the reasons he’s been so great with Kanye, who’s been similarly aggressive and graphic lately.
I’d be inclined to agree with KDTrey5 here then, except Pusha doesn’t really hit you that hard lyrically, and certainly not in the same place. On “Open Your Eyes,” he’s more earnest about his drug-dealing past, and proud of his success (“bigger homes, with bigger guns and better cameras”) than he is aggrandizing. It’s less intimidating, especially when you compare the track with his recent “Fear of God” mixtape (from standout song “My God”: “I gotta voodoo doll / Every time I pin the verse / Not only do they say they feel it but they say it hurts”).
This seems to me more like post-game wind-down music than a really gritty, mean, pre-game warmup track. So KD, while I do love that you’re into Pusha T, dig into some of his other work for stuff that’s truly “MEEEAAANN,” and you’ll instill the “fear of God” within the heart of every three-man in the league this season.