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Lil B is Gay and Loves Woman

So by now you’ve probably heard that Lil B’s new album is going to be titled “I’m Gay”. Following this announcement, GLAAD dared him to back it up and be prepared to use the “power of words” for good; in other words, not to exploit the word for shock value.

Since then, b (seewutididthere?) has commented that he is a “gay, heterosexual man” and that he is “very happy”. I guess he’s going by ye olde definition to defend his actions but he’s a rapper. He knows how to use words. He further went on to say that he’s receiving death threats about the album title to which I wonder aloud, from who? Homophobes or the Gay Community? If it’s the latter, why hasn’t their been backlash against Lady Gaga’s horrible new songs that, at least to me, feel like exploitation?

In my opinion, I think there isn’t any harm in Lil B’s album title. I don’t see anything wrong with using the word “gay”. This positive usage could even possibly be a step towards reducing it’s use as a derogatory term. Just like how Michael Scott described the use of the word “retard”: “You don’t call a retarded person a retard. You call your friends retards when they’re acting retarded.”

Anyway, obligatory THANK YOU BASED GOD

When .gifs can be tattooed this will go right on my back

WCDB Artwork

Let me preface this post by apologizing for the lack of updates in recent days. School (boo) has been coming down hard but once we get past this point in the semester, I promise a whole new slew of amazing blog posts wherein we get pretentious about music or dissect things in pop culture that were never meant to be dissected.

In the meantime, enjoy this artwork from our very own DJ Kicks

Music Makes Everything Better: Reason 02

When I did my show a few weeks ago I started off with “Stephanie Says” off of the Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack. Fellow DJ Mike Campana (Tuesdays 2-4pm) wondered how many times a song from a Wes Anderson movie gets played on WCDB each week. I purposely failed to mention to him that I had Scott Walker’s “30th Century Man” cued up which had appeared in The Life Aquatic.

I love every Wes Anderson movie. His stories are pretty simple and straight forward but in some strange, unique way they always contain a deep emotional resonance vesseled through deeply flawed, complex characters. To add to this, Wes adds some of the most perfect soundtracks.

THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD

This is what is good in the world

Let’s take a minute to enjoy this:

A trailer for a 30-minute Beastie Boys music video featuring:

-Danny McBride, Seth Rogen and Elijah Wood as the Beastie Boys

-Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black as the Beastie Boys from the future

-Rainn Wilson

-Someone who I believe to be Jason Schwartzman dressed up as Van Gogh?

-Ted Danson

-Will Arnett bringing back Gob’s catchphrase from Arrested Development “C’Mon!”

-And a whole slew of other actors who’s name escape me

I can’t wait.

Bounty in My UAlbany Webmail Account? or: WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE

Have you seen the graffiti on the academic podium?

Pretty funny, although I do empathize with the groundskeepers who had to scrub all of them off. But while this act of uppity college terrorism is pretty humorous, c’mon… priorities, guys. Now I’ve kept quiet mostly on what I think of Fountain Day’s cancellation but allow me to just say, if I REALLY want to stand ankle deep in pisswater and drink I will still stand ankle deep in pisswater and drink. That will pretty much define my upcoming summer. So, this brings me to the e-mail I am currently looking at. If you’re a student at U of A (or technically “of U at A”) then you most likely have this same information in your inbox right now from the fine folks at the University Police Department:

UPD is committed to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible. A $1000 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible.

A $1,000 reward. If you’re a broke college student who suffers from as much unemployment as I do, you know this is a big deal. But more importantly, if you grew up idolizing the right people like I did, then you know that this is an oppurtunity to be a real life BOUNTY HUNTER.

 

So… Cool…

 

 

So sit back and read how I captured the Graffiti Bandit!

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The Super Bowl Halftime Show Sucks

PETITION

So I’m really late on this but with the NFL lockout I need something football-related to talk about.

Why is it that only Prince is capable of putting on an amazing halftime show? Playing his hits, covering All Along the Watchtower and then finally finishing with Purple Rain (in the rain!!). Bruce put on a decent enough show, but outside of the cameraman getting a crotch-first view of his power slide, it really was just a great musician going through the motions of an act he’s done a thousand times before.

The rest of the acts can just be summed up as those old bands we like but feel bad for to actually see live. Old British bands who couldn’t give a damn about football. Don’t even mention the halftime shows pre-Boy Band era (John Goodman and Jim Belushi as the Blues Brothers?). Oh yeah, and for some reason the Black Eyed Peas were there this year. We need someone American, someone who’s in his prime, and someone who will make the halftime show worth watching.

We need Kanye West.

Let’s go down the list. First off, he’s American. Born in Atlanta, raised in Chicago (effing Bears…), which are in fact American cities. Now I can’t think of any examples that actually proves Kanye is a football fan, but at the same time, who isn’t?

Next on the list, “someone in their prime”. Kanye just released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and it was awesome. I have a rock show (Tuesdays 4-6)  and I even played tracks off it. I don’t need to run down and name how many publications gave it a great review or how many end of year “Albums of 2010” lists it topped. All I need to do is cite one phrase that has been going around: “The Sgt. Pepper of Hip-Hop”

Lastly, what kind of a show would he put on? Allow me to state my case: Saturday Night Live 10/2/10

 

Normally when musical guests come to SNL they do their thing and leave. It’s normally not very exciting and it’s just another television appearance for a lot of these acts. Kanye came in, made the set his own, got a bunch of ballerinas and poured his soul out into the mic. Part of the reason I’m even starting this movement is just because I’m curious to see what he would do at a Super Bowl.

The biggest thing that people will throw in my face is that his “personal drama” won’t make him the most appealing candidate for the NFL. To that, I’d just like to throw Michael Vick back in their face. This entire season,Vick has been applauded for the turnaround he’s managed to do with his life and how inspiring it is. What’s so different about this? Yeah, Kanye may have done some things we might not agree with but c’mon NFL, where’s the redemption at?

If you think anything I just said sounds like a good idea, I’d really like it if you signed this petition. Show everyone you know this post and let’s turn this into a big thing. Let’s get national attention to this cause. And let’s fucking get Kanye West to do the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

PETITION

Music Makes Everything Better: Reason 01

Do the Right Thing

Before DJ extraordinaire Mister Senor Love Daddy screams WAKE UP to open Spike Lee’s commentary on race issues in America, we’re treated to one of the best examples of using the opening credits to set the scene. Rosie Perez dances to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power on a stage built to resemble a  Brooklyn street. Throughout the rest of the film the song creeps its way through the background of scenes, slowly building as the racial tensions come to a boiling point.

Everyday or so I’ll be giving real life examples of why music is so awesome, as if you ever doubted. Keep coming back and tell me what makes music so awesome for you. @JamesMeckerWHAT