Whether it's age, booze or both, you see enough live music and you're bound to forget a few shows. What I can only hope is that the memory of Friday night’s Ty Segall show at Skatepark of Tampa stays as raw and joyous as it was after the last crackling note buzzed from SPOT's speakers. [Text by Andrew, photos by Tracy.]
I'll admit that I was a little worried when I walked into the House of Blues this past Wed., Sept. 10, and saw the stage decked out in giant baby bottles. Lily Allen's new album is a strange dichotomy of self-conscious mom and bad-ass bitch, and the decor had me worried that I was going to be seeing only one side of things.
It is nearly impossible to get a bunch of passionate hip hop fans to agree on anything. But I tried anyhow, starting with a series of polls on Facebook that aimed to figure out which emcee or group was the best in the game as driven by the letters of the alphabet. No specific rubric or criteria was given; just a simple request for answers to the question, "Who is the best emcee or hip hop group beginning with the letter 'A'?; 'B'?; 'C'?; 'D'?..." and so on. The responses were immediate and spurred some pretty spirited discussions. A general consensus was ultimately reached for each and per the request of Music Editor Leilani Polk, I'm bringing the poll results to Ear Buds. Each week, I'll reveal a letter and its "winning" artist, and then I'll re-open the question for further debate. Once we finish the first 26, we'll start it all over again fresh.
The letter V of the Hip Hop ABCs shines some light on one of the comparatively lesser-known names in our list. You might recall that earlier in the list we had a little controversy involving this gritty-voiced emcee’s group. There was no denying their frontman.
Landing an interview with Nardwuar is a sure sign you're making it in today's musical landscape. Yesterday, Tampa-refined big deal Benjamin Booker hit that milestone when the Human Serviette himself welcomed him — along with bandmates Max Norton and Alex Spoto — to British Columbia by pulling off another characteristically awesome chat complete with gifts (a 45 RPM single by cross-dressing Canadian soul singer Jackie Shane) and more than a few really random facts.