Since its controversial release and subsequent rapid removal, No Doubt’s racist comeback video, “Looking Hot,” has engendered both indictments and shrugs. Marisa Demarco explains why perpetuating racist stereotypes and sexually violent themes in a pop music video matters in Plenty of Doubt.
With a national election looming, 2012 is a major political year. Director/co-producer Kevin J. Williams and his wife/co-producer Tamara are tapping into that zeitgeist with their independent documentary Fear of a Black Republican. The film explores why there are so few black Republicans and features interviews with such luminaries as former chair of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele, scholar Cornel West and commentators Tavis Smiley and Michelle Malkin. The film will screen locally on Saturday, July 7, starting at 7 p.m. at the African American Performing Arts Center (310 San Pedro NE, in Expo New Mexico). The married filmmakers will be on hand for a post-film Q & A. Admission is “pay what you can.”
Yesterday, while falling down a YouTube hole about weird jazz, I accidentally discovered some vids made just so users could enjoy an Easter egg. It’s been around since 2010, so I’m super late to the party.
Here’s what you do:
• Pause a YouTube video by clicking on the screen
• Hold down the left arrow key for about three seconds. The video will rewind, but don’t worry.
• Hit the up or down arrow, and the classic game of snake should appear on your screen. You can let go of that left arrow and begin controlling the snake normally.
People made special blank screens just for this purpose, though it works on any vid.
I don’t even know what to say about this one. Apparently this video’s been around for the better part of a year. Why, then, has something so magnificent gone under my radar that long? No clue. And I’m not sure what strikes me as more unnerving about it: the robotically flawless choreography, that a five-minute (again, robotically flawless) mariachi-esque tune is being played by what appears to be 5-year-olds dressed as sailors, or the fact that I’ve never achieved anything half as interesting in my life.
Ms. Laplantine is a French musician and video artist who lives and works in Paris. While her previous 11 releases mine the sound-art vein of experimental electronica this release debuts her dreamy vocals, layered into thirteen minutes of soul warming future folk. These haunting voals fused with earth-toned landscapes create the compelling musical language this album. She claims that this is her last release, after 9 years of music crafting, to focus on board games and Facebook.
Chris Papp of Raleigh, North Carolina has been dishing out beat tapes to the web like hot cakes since he was 16. Strictly Beats mention rates Bleep Blorp Remixes as "one of the best tapes ever... on the net." Now he's 19 years old and his followers are hypnotized by his sound. His atypical producing strategies have warped the online hip hop scene.
Glorious Nippon boasts a wirey synth melody, lots of lush, spacey compression, and immaculate drum placement (a Constrobuz signature). This track is based on a sample from the 70's prog rock band CMU.
Lil B is sensibly retarded. He has a fairly large cult of people who idolize him (his YouTube tracks can sport a quarter million views or more). His lyrics are hilarious, vulgar, psychedelic and unexplainable delivered with a deadpan, lewd-emcee crackhead manner. He claims his name 'Lil B' stands for Lil Boss, but then goes by 'Lil Based.' Either way, half the time he goes by "Based God." At one point he had around 122 myspace pages for his music, each one with a different name.
This track, from the "6 Kiss" album, starts off with a sample from Imogen Heap's "Just For Now" --her dreamlike vocals serenading on the beat. He goes on rapping about absolute nonsense. Or maybe there's meaning. Who knows? Some people think Lil B is dragging this ego along to become the next Lil Wayne. Some think he's the new Wesley Willis. Regardless, I think he needs to keep doing what he's doing. Because he's working and producing thousands plus me are hooked.