Wednesday, October 26, 2005

What you gwan do?



- The Wednesday Night Weekly: Bo and I are DJing tonight at the TWNW. Come holler. $2 PBR and/or Yueng-er cans. Holler. Official promo is the following:
    Thats right! This wednesday is the official debut of the newest residents at TWNW, emynd & Bo Bliz. These cats are the REAL F'N DEAL on the decks. I had the pleasure of seeing them rock the Family Affair crowd over the summer and immediately brought them in last month to TWNW and the crowd ate them up to say the least. Prepare to get your dance on this week. These are the types of dudes that just ALWAYS seem to play the right track at the right time....expect to hear allll the classics.
    Oh yea, this will also be my OFFICIAL birthday celebration. SO YOU KNOW shits gonna be poppin this week. Be sure to come out and buy a brotha a shot. And by "brotha", I mean skinny white boy.


- Peedi Peedi: Quoting Peedi’s lyrics isn’t a very productive way to relay the genius of the man. Peedi is a flow monster. His lyrics are basically meaningless. You gotta listen to the man to hear the man!

- Cunninglynguists: OK, I’m really not too into “underground rap,” these days, but this new Cunninglynguists shit sounds great (snippets). The production is ridiculous. The homie Trapper Juan’s review of it confirms that it is dope. Did I mention that the production is ridiculous? Dude DJ Kno got rekkids.

- Benjamin, Warhol, and Aura: For my grad-school theory nerds, Steven Shaviro has some more brilliantly simple stuff to say about Benjamin, Warhol, and the concept of “aura”. The basic gist of it is that “authenticity” only exists because of the commodity culture that relentlessly razes it—you can’t have one without the other. Again, that’s worth repeating: “authenticity” only exists because of (not in spite of) the commodity culture that destroys it. So, if you’re going to suggest that commodification (and/or technology as Benjamin does in “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”) is the central focus as what brought on the demise of “authenticity,” you should be aware that commodification is simultaneously what made that “authenticity” actually “authentic” in the first place. Again, you can’t have one without the other. I think the major point of this isn’t to suggest we should lament the demise of “authenticity” because of commodity culture, nor praise commodity culture for simultaneously “creating” this notion of authenticity. Instead, it’s just a matter of understanding where this notion of “authenticity” comes from--that “authenticity” is not only a victim of commidification, but also at once a product of it as well.

- Turntable Lab Record Checks: Here, here, here, here, here, here, Diplo here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Whew. I’m sure I linked some of those incorrectly, but fuck it.

-e

3 Comments:

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Rocco Chappelle said...

Yo does the 3rd track on the "Snatch-whisperers" promo use the same sample that Eyego Direct used on Reef's "Players, Pushas, & Pimps"?

How long did it take for you to link all of those Turntable Lab records? Geesh, do some freakin' work.

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger emynd said...

Yeah. That's the same sample. What're you tone-deaf? Anyway, it's the 4th track.

It didn't really take me that long to link all that stuff. I'm a whiz with the "Find/Replace" jawn in Word. I just did a Replace "http://" with "[a href=http://" etc etc. I'm a genius.

-e

 
At 8:06 PM, Anonymous ken said...

About authenticity v. commodification. Authenticity is only linked with commodification on the level of signifier, though. In terms of semiotics, the sign 'authentic' can't exist without it's opposed sign 'comodified'. Yeah, that's binary western logic. however, ya shouldna look at theory in absolutist terms because that means you're only looking at signs. Check Barthes for that. signs such as 'authenticity' are vampiric, meaning, the sign sucked the juice out of the meaning and feeling behind the label authentic and forced it into a dichotomous relationship with 'commodification'. The humanistic feeling that creates a work/enunciation/allnightsexbout/etc.shouldn't is so outside the sign 'commodification,' so antecedent to it, that to deny it autonomous existence is essentially like saying you don't shit because you know words. I can't really exit gracefully from that so i'll leave it where it stands.

 

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