Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Supreme Clientele – 10 Years Later

"YAW! NEW GHOSTFACE!" Remember when that was an accurate opening remark?

Here is a really well-written article from Richiestyles.com called "Supreme Clientele – 10 Years Later"

Monday, March 1, 2010

Elephant Man - So High (Fireflies)

When I got down here to Jamaica last month and a new link was giving me his rundown of the "tunes dat a mash-up Jamaica right now" he mentioned, along with hardcore Vybz Kartel joints, "Firefies" by Owl City.
If you think it's incongruous that a song that even teenage emo boys in the U.S. would call "gay" could "mash-up" the most homophobic country in the Western Hemishere, you don't know how weird it can get down here.
Immediately when I heard this I said "So when is the Elephant Man dubplate coming out?", to which my friend said "Oh, it definitely will." Turns out it was already out there:

Elephant might not be Jamaica's best deejay, but he is the quickest to jump on every U.S. hit, probably hoping for some crossover U.S. radio airplay. He also has to be careful not to use homophobic slurs as that would prevent radio airplay here in Jamaica. This remix seems like it should get big in the next couple weeks, as Diplo reports on the Maddecent blog after his gig in Kingston last week :
"The biggest track was either "Pon the Floor" or an Elephant Man Owl City" dubplate! ?!?"

And apparently the man was in the building! (pics from The Fader):

Seriously, how fucking bummed am I that didn't make it over to Kingston for this party?! Lykke Li and Prince Zimboo like what? Why am I broke and on the other side of the island?

The Liberty Elm, Providence

Why do earnest do-gooders always do things just half-assed enough to prompt you to go "Aw, but.. at least their heart is in the right place."?
The Liberty Elm is a diner in Elmwood Providence that is serving locally sourced organic products, using biodegradable take-out containers, and giving 1% of their profits to buy disease-resistant Dutch Elm trees to "re-green" their neighborhood. We went there on New Years Day for a mimosa brunch with extreme needs for quick service of multiple forms of beverages and large amounts of food. Unfortunately the service, though friendly was totally shoddy, with everything coming out in random order between long unexplained intervals. And the food was just the sort of mishmash of bland fake Mexican and vaguely healthy randomly combined vegetarian items that make the "real Americans" of the Heartland hate us liberal elites. Luckily I opted for the least healthy and least fuck-upable choice on the menu, the Monte Cristo sandwich, which was actually very good.
Maybe I'm being too hard on the Liberty Elm. I just think that if they put as much thought into their food as they do their social consciousness they could create an even more profitable business, which would help them do more good in their neighborhood. But.. at least their heart is in the right place!