More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: I Believe in Jay Electronica

As sort of an old-fashioned hip-hop fan, I’ve never really latched onto the notion of the internet buzz for an emcee. I’ve yet to drink the Kool-Aid on Charles Hamilton, and Kid Cudi’s hype has worn off. But for some reason I believe in Jay Electronica, and I really believe that he has the potential to be hip-hop’s future. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: I Should Have Listened to Eddie Vedder

Getting a ticket recently for an upcoming show was mighty alarming. The price of admission was $15, which caused me to jump at the opportunity. But by the end of the transaction the whole deal cost me $26.35. That’s an increase of 75% in fees alone. It’s absurd. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: Optimism 2010

Being the music fan that I am, I’ve compiled a list of artists that I expect to see albums from this year. For some of them, I’m just being greedy. For others, I think that something new is due. And for still others, albums have been announced, so I’m well within my rights to have expectations. ... »»

MGF Presents My Top 21 of the 21st (So Far…)

It’s nutty. This was the first decade where I was an adult through the entire thing, thus it’s the first decade where I’ve really been able to have an opinion about the “best of the decade” topics. It’s a weird feeling; it’s excitement coupled with obligation. ... »»

MGF Presents My Top 21 of the 21st (So Far...)

Each of these albums (or songs) from the past ten years, I can listen to right now and be satisfied. Here’s why... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Past, Present and Possibly Future

Ok, so roughly six months ago, I made up a list of ten things that I was hoping would come to pass in the year 2009. And since 2009 is half-over, I figured that now would be a good time to revisit that list and see how much of what I wished for has come to pass. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Missin' Mr. Yancey

I really do miss Dilla. Even though he has gems that are still being released, the fact that eventually his back catalogue will run out really bums me out. But I'm not going to dwell on his death—I'm just going to enjoy the music he left. The first time I became aware of Dilla was on The Pharcyde's sophomore release, Labcabincalifornia. I picked up that album, and as I listened to it, I read the liner notes (because I'm one of those people), noticing a few things. Firstly, I noticed the absence of J Swift. Secondly, I noticed that Diamond D produced a cut. But lastly I noticed that Jay Dee not only produce quite a few tracks on the album, but quite a few of the songs that I enjoyed the most. It was 1995 and that was my first impression of Dilla. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Best of 2008

2008 was a nutty year. ... Local record stores moved closer to extinction, rap continued its descent into inanity and BET is still the most depressing channel. ... But why dwell on the negative? Here are my picks for the best albums of 2008, in alphabetical order, as always. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Fingers Crossed

At this moment, I'm full of hope—it's oozing out of my pores and I'm expelling it though belches. That's how hopeful I am. ... I tried to narrow down the things that I'm really, really hopeful about, when it comes to music. I got it down to a list... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Imagine...

Every day on my way to work I pass the Pier Six Pavilion. It's an outdoor arena in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Every summer they have a concert series. It's where I missed The Roots and saw Erykah Badu. Anyway, last weekend as I was walking to work, I saw a random assortment of people in line for the concert that night. I was really dumbfounded as to who was going to be performing. Now, usually you can tell who's performing by glancing at the fans. When James Taylor performed it was a bunch of Boomers in their casual wear with nary an ounce of rhythm to be found. Donna Summer attracted roughly the same audience, only a degree cheesier and a notch more "urban." »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Charm City

I really do love Baltimore. It's a great city with a unique identity and a vibrant culture. It's gruff but with a hint of friendly. It's really hard to pinpoint exactly why I dig this town but here are a few of the reasons why Baltimore rocks... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Sell Out!

I've been meaning to write this piece for a long time, but I've just not been particularly motivated. I don't know if it's a "funk" but I'm pretty certain that I'm at a crossroads of sorts. But that's not what this is about. This is about me selling out. Y'see, I was watching the video for Erykah Badu's "Honey" and I was really digging it. But then the message at the end of the video scrolls across the bottom of the screen "Support Your Local Record Store!" I've been completely slacking on that. I probably haven't been somewhere that could be described as "local" to buy music in around a year. Yup, it was easily a year ago that I last journeyed across town to purchase music. That was the last time I went to Zia's, which isn't even "local" since there are a few in Tucson, too. »»

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