Lil' Wayne is the most important rapper in the world and of the decade. Lil' Wayne is the most important hip-hop artist in the world (and this by a long shot, by a really long shot, and all others cower beneath him, crushed and driven while he rhymes over the lamentations of their weak) and probably the most important musical artist in the world.
Let's talk about it. That's an invitation. Bring it.
I've got a wild story to tell, kids, but it will have to wait for another time. For the time being (about 4:45 of your time, being) bounce to this one. The Soul Children are one of my favorite Stax bands, due in great part to the raw, perpetually anguished vocals of J. Blackfoot. This one's from 1974, with horns provided by the mighty Muscle Shoals.
"Your love is so good, I don't care about manhood..."
SOULFUL DISPATCHES FROM THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN
This is Mission Control in four dimension broadcasting a couple of soulful transmissions across time and space in the general direction of your domepiece. Here's the catch: for once, I am eschewing my '66-'74 fetishism and posting some contemporary stuff. All of these artists are worth investigating, but if you only have time for one, peep that first track. This shit will flood your circuits with sublime light.
Let me know what you think, ya heard?
2:12 TO BLISS
Morricone's "The Carriage of the Spirits" from his score to the The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly must be one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever heard.
Lately I've been in the mood to listen to glam rock. For a lot of people, the genre basically means Bowie and maybe T. Rex, both of whom are beloved to me, but there is also a lot of terrific stuff out there that is tragically underappreciated. Sparks is a band that I am always trying to play for other people. In form and aesthetic, they occasionally seem related to a school of glam rock of which I am not so fond-- the super-cutesy, super-kitschy, super-corny, etc.. However, there is a vicious black humor to Sparks that distinguishes them from the twee cheesefests spouted from Elton John and the like, as well as some surprisingly muscular riffs. Thought I would share a couple of pretty cool videos. Let me know what you think, and please by all means be forthcoming with any musical suggestions that may occur to you.