Tuesday, August 07, 2007

It List: Tuesday 8/07/07

Wu Tang Clan/Nas /UGK/Talib Kweli (Smirnoff): I just can't accept a Wu Tang Clan without Ol' Dirty Bastard. It's too bad this blog wasn't around in 2004 because I could have written down my monologue about why his death was so much more significant than Elliott Smith's the year before, a little speech that infuriated everyone around me for about six weeks. Central Booking even hinted that Ghostface Killah might be a no-show, and he's easily the next best rapper of the bunch, as far as theatrics, uniqueness, and style are concerned. Nas has always been able to carry even somewhat weak material on the strength of his personality, and I respect his public calling out of 50 Cent at the height of his popularity. UGK are probably the artists that were chopped and screwed before anyone else in this lineup, therefore making them somewhat closer to my heart. Standing out from this fairly rough bunch is Talib Kweli, who's lone bit of controversy is sampling Ben Kweller without asking. Take it as a compliment, Ben.

Riverboat Gamblers/Valient Thor/Totimoshi (House Of Blues): Woah, sixteen dollars to see a local punk band?! I wonder what kind of distro deal they got?! To be fair, they do live in Austin now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really fair to call the Gamblers punk. They used to be a decent rock band, but now they are borderline pop punk. Yuck!!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

I didn't even know who the fuck Elliot Smith was until i Heard about his death. Same with Mitch Hetberg

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I could of seen gravediggaz

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

457p, seriously? are you really going to be a punk aficionado here on weshotjr.com and pretend that you know the difference in all of that?

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:11 ... exactly.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

worst blog ever

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...




4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

comparing odb to elliot smith is the sort of nonsensical fanboy yammering that you would find in the outtakes of high fidelity


1:24 PM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

You referenced High Fidelity. Automatic dismissal from the blog.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


but seriously folks…its gay

and I didn’t even get into the real(dumb) debate of odb being the
best mc in wu-tang….in short: your argument is retarded


2:44 PM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

"Nigga Please" all the way through is maybe the best rap performance ever. Sorry to break it to you. Listen again and marvel that it was released by a major label.

2:55 PM  
Blogger steve said...

The sound sucked. And Valient Thorr were better than the Riverboat Gamblers anyway.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wont argue that the production on "nigga please" was top notch right down to the bst samples and dolemite soundbites but as an overall record i doubt it would break the top five wu solo joints...i mean liquid swords, bofcl, fishscale are all classics ...and to say he is the best mc?... totally laughable.... most "heads" would argue gza or ghost

i say ghost


4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man, you weren't kidding about the sound sucking in the cambridge room at hob. it wasn't any better than standing outside of the club trying to listen.

valient thor made my feet hurt. did not like them.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous frank said...

I went to House of Blues for the first time the other night for the Gamblers show. All I can say now that I've been is Robert Johnson sold his sold to the devil to play the blues. Ironically House of Blues has no soul. Maybe the big room is better but all I saw was the difference between Bronco Bowl vs Nokia on a smaller scale w/ Gypsy vs HOB. Guess I'm getting old but I personally am not thrilled w/ the evolution of corporate venues messing w/ my Rock & Roll.

4:13 PM  

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