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The Roots Must Now Clear Music Choices With NBC

After the kerfluffle with Michelle Bachman's appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots must now have their music selections cleared by NBC.  The band had played an obscure Fishbone song called "Lyin' Ass Bitch" to introduce the controver »»

Trailer for Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Debuts

Actor and onetime Rock 'n' Jock Softball superstar makes his directorial debut »»

Wednesday Comments – Daytripper, Viking, Unwritten, Unknown Soldier and Daniel Kessler

This week Mathan gushes with love for comics. No hate, no anger, just pure messy love for the medium. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: The Used

You can come upon whole swaths of nü-metal. If you wished to own everything ever released by Korn and/or Limp Bizkit, you could easily find it used. You also see what phases people went though in college as Dave Matthews Band, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd... »»

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. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - June Woes

There's this Web site that I visit to stay informed. Well, usually I go there to stay informed, but lately going there has been more of a form or torture that I subject myself to occasionally. ... »»

Memos&Musings: To Be Hip or Not to Be

So, here's one of the rumors I find to be the most entertaining: hip hop is dead. I'm tickled every time because apparently some idiot equates BET or MTV with hip hop. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Late Night Creep

I want to be really happy that The Roots scored the band gig for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It's a chance for me to get my Roots fix on a nightly basis, and it's a means of financial security for the band. But I've acquired some mixed feelings... »»

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. ... »»

MGF Reviews Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust!

There will be people out there that will call this album "Halo 27.5", and really, there's nothing wrong with that. After all, Common's Like Water for Chocolate, like it or not, was essentially a Roots album but still one of the best to come out in 2000. Yes, Saul Williams is an immensely talented writer and musician whose work is about as thought-provoking as anything released by Public Enemy or Rage Against the Machine in their respective heydays. ... »»

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 - Snubs, Part I

OK, so last time I gave you a rundown of the albums that Entertainment Weekly had deemed "The New Classics." I even provided their ranking. Now, it's time for me to gripe about who I think was snubbed, in terms of hip-hop. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks – iPoorly Planned

Had I have known that I was going to be stuck with the same 1,153 tracks for a month, I would have been a little more discriminating. Way back, as April was drawing to a close, I casually synced my iPod to my computer. It's the type of thing that I do all the time. The music on my iPod is pretty fluid, as there's always new stuff coming and old stuff leaving. My mood is constantly changing; thus, the music I want as my soundtrack is in an equal state of shift. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Resolution: Week 50

This week's album is Jazzyfatnastees' The Once and Future. And to anyone who thinks that Scott Storch is a talentless bag of douche, you need to listen to this album. And anyone who thinks that Dr. Dre isn't evil incarnate who absolutely corrupts and taints anyone associated with him, they also need to listen to this album. Now, I'm not really an R&B type of dude. I usually find the modern variety, at its best, trite, and, at its worst, vomit-inducing, with most stuff landing somewhere in the middle, right around "please switch the bloody channel." So this album was a hard sell for me. Basically, I picked it up because of the affiliation to The Roots. The Jazzyfatnastees provided a lot of back up vocals on late-'90s releases from The Roots and the rap group executive produced the album. So, worst-case scenario, I'd be promoting a brand that I liked. »»

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