Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Slaves of Our Own Making

"Now that science has helped us to overcome the awe of the unknown in nature, we are the slaves of social pressures of our own making." Max Horkheimer - Eclipse of Reason

Usher X Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) | Climax Remix

Friday, July 20, 2012

Freestyle Friday | Chris August, Ray Johnston, and WhatUpWally?

Chris August and Ray Johnston

For two years WhatUpWally? sponsored a weekly local music showcase featuring the top Dallas musicians performing acoustic sets. We had the privilege of hosting acts like Jonathan Tyler and the Northern lights, Larry (G)ee formerly of Odis, The Campaign, Green River Ordinance, Chris August, Ryan Edgar, The Burning Hotels, Patrick Ryan Clark, Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, Sleeperstar, and Seth Philpot among others. 

This video features Dove award winning artist Chris August freestyling with Ray Johnston on the acoustic guitar, a mad saxophone, and WUW? on the beatbox.

Chris August
Larry (G)ee

Seth Philpot

Matthew and the Arrogant Sea
Ryan Edgar

Ray Johnston

Freestyle Blogging,

Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Rick Ross - Three Kings

Replace Rick Ross with Nas and you have a classic!

3 Blogs,

The Hip Hop Track You Have Never Heard but Should've

Pharoahe Monch - Right Here from the Album Internal Affairs (1999)

Where the Fuck is WUW?... We Right Here,

WUW? Presents The Dopest Soundtracks of All Time

Our apologies that Spotify does not have the Space Jam, Brown Sugar, Friday or The Boyz in the Hood Soundtracks (Insert extremely sad emoticon).

But... they do have Above the Rim, Garden State, Murder Was the Case, Reality Bites, Singles, The Wackness, New Jack City

The Blog Track to WhatUpWally?,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Live From Bunbury Music Festival 2012 | The Bright Light Social Hour

In a rare event of consensus among the WUW? crew, we have all agreed that The Bright Light Social Hour is the official band of the WUW? office. There has yet to come a time that BLSH has been played over the office speakers and a flash dance party has not commenced. 

Along with the Kids These Days set, BLSH was the highlight of our Bunbury experience. For those of you who reside in College Station, Texas, you will have a chance to dance your pants off on September 27th at The Grand Stafford Theatre in downtown Bryan. 

Get a little taste of what you are in for by watching this video of their live performance.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RZA x Edward Sharpe - The Truth of the 4th of July

Glen Hansard Covering Justin Timberlake's Cry Me a River

Found this video on Paste while stumbling on StumbleUpon. Normally covers of hip hop & R&B songs are wack but there is nothing lame about JT or Glen Hansard, so naturally this has to be a great rendition. Sounds a little darker with Hansard singing it.

To commemorate this combination of greatness, we have compiled a Glen Hansard Discography playlist complete with his music from The Frames, The Swell Season, as well as the Once Soundtrack. Also, watch and download Glen Hansard's Tiny Desk Concert on NPR music.

Blog Us a River,

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Great Books From Graduate School, Vol. 3 | Thinking About Hip Hop Philosophically

I was recently reading back through my masters thesis (THE CULTURE INDUSTRY, HIP HOP MUSIC AND THE WHITE PERSPECTIVE: HOW ONE-DIMENSIONAL REPRESENTATION OF HIP HOP MUSICHAS INFLUENCED WHITE RACIAL ATTITUDES) and had a good time reliving that time that changed the course of my life. There is so much hidden and not so hidden meaning within the discourse of hip hop music and I did my best to scrape beneath the surface to understand how discourse on rap music is really a discourse on race in America.

With all that being said, the ever so intellectual hip hop heads at WUW? would like to present to you:

Great Books From Graduate School, Vol. 3
Thinking About Hip Hop Philosophically

The selected titles are some of the best resources for the philosophical study of hip hop music, race, the media, and that peculiar race of people called the whites.

The following contains excerpts from my masters thesis: (Click here to read the complete study)

1.2 Hip Hop Music 
Hip Hop music (also referred to as rap music) emerged an extension of disco, Jamaican “Dub”, rock, and R&B, while rapping emerged from MC’s who would talk over the music as DJ’s fused the various music genres for the crowd to dance (George 1998). Hip hop music developed as a local, underground, alternative to the mainstream with a message which confronted urban poverty, racism, and a growing sense of economic abandonment in Black inner city neighborhoods (Rose 1994, George 1998). Although not exclusively a Black movement, the hip hop culture gave many young Blacks an avenue to create a new space in which they could communicate and express the frustrations and hopes specific to the Black community (Rose 1994). As hip hop spread from the streets of New York City to cities across America, it began to take on the local identity of the artists and their communities.

Hip hop music has become a highly contested art form as it has climbed to the top of the popular music charts and influenced various areas of culture from education to advertising (Kitwana 2002, Carter 2006, Ibrahim 1999, Fordham and Ogbu 1986). Following its popularity, critics of hip hop music have credited it for the destruction of the Black community, gang and drug related violence, demeaning of women, and the overall destruction of America’s values (Rose 2008). 

Towards the end of the 1990’s, hip hop music became increasingly associated with its negative manifestations, particularly “gangsta rap,” but also highly misogynistic, materialistic, violent, and hyper-sexual lyrics and images. Hip Hop’s multiple dimensions of politics, religion, comedy, social commentary, urban story telling, and social critique became underrepresented in mass media, as the commodities of gangster, ghetto, violence, drug dealer, and misogyny were thought to attract a wealthy, suburban, white, teenage audience. The culture industry’s intentional one-dimensional representation of hip hop music, for the purpose of attracting White consumers, plays on historically negative assumptions of the Black culture. This positioning of hip hop music created an economic environment which necessitated rappers adopt the commoditized negative images, which continued the cycle of one-dimensionalization. As hip hop artists continued to play the roles defined for them by the culture industry by representing negative images through hip hop music, Whites continued to accept the negative images and lyrics as authentic Blackness. The acceptance of these manufactured images and lyrics led the culture industry to increase production of the one-dimensional, negative forms of hip hop music.

1.3 The Culture Industry 

The Greatest Lyricist of Our Time | Nasir Jones - Life is Good

Always excited for a new Nas album... Now we know calling Nas the GOAT is a little controversial. Many of you will want to claim that Jay-Z is a better MC and then probably say something generic about Pac and Biggie. Well all we have to say to you is blah blah blah. If you listen through Nasir's catalogue, not just the radio friendly songs of the mid 90s, you will have a hard time lifting your jaw as you listen to the creativity and depth of his lyrics. It is our theory that Nas refused to let the industry dictate the direction of his music (and more than likely took a stance against the exploitation of hip hop music) and ceased creating music that would be played on Clear Channel stations... But that is just our theory. Make sure you also check out our Best of Nas Spotify Playlist.

Blog is good,

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Music from The xx | Angels

It is great to hear that The xx will be releasing a new album on September 11! Check out the new video.


Live From Bunbury Music Festival Cincinnati 2012 | Kids These Days - Full Concert Video

The WUW? crew all traveled to Cincinnati this weekend for the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival... and we are exhausted. Highlights from the weekend include the Bright Light Social Hour (video coming soon), Lights, LP, Minus the Bear, Maps & Atlases, Ra Ra Riot, YAWN, The Seedy Seeds, and RJD2. Unfortunately, like most festivals, we missed a tone of great music that we were wanting to check out - - including the canceled Passion Pit set.

After all was said and done, we agreed that we were most impressed by 6 kids from Chicago that blended blues, southern rock, hip hop, and horns in a most impressive way. We had already read about the Kids These Days so our expectations were high... We are excited to see where the world of music will take them!

We were also excited to see how well the videos (taken on our iphones) came out. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Now this girl can sing!

Burnt, Dehydrated, and exhausted,

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bunbury Band Spotlight | Austin, Texas | The Bright Light Social Hour

We came across this album on Spotify and have been killing it all week (yes... we have already discussed that we are late to the game and should all be grounded without the Nintendo in our room). Not a surprise that these guys come from Austin when you hear their danceable yet earthy and atmospheric instrumentation which can resemble Broken Social Scene or Explosions in The Sky one minute and Ghostland Observatory or Local Natives the next. 

They perform at Bunbury Music Festival on Saturday at 7:45pm.

Blogging is what you do when you have no musical talent and we are perfectly ok with that,


Bunbury Band Spotlight | Chicago, Illinois | Kids These Days

If you are going to Bunbury in the Nati today make sure to check out this dope hip hop band at 3pm Friday!

Also make sure to check out our Bunbury Spotify Playlist & 
Bunbury Band Spotlight | Alberta Cross - Songs of Patience

The WhatUpWally? Blogging Festival,

Slaughterhouse x EL-P

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thoughts on Being White | What Society Tells Us

A friend posted this on the Facebook today... Think about it...
"Structures create the individual, while they are being created and held by individuals." 
Charles Lemert summarizing the theory of Anthony Giddens

Spotted @ Caleb Mak

Beatboxing, Dubstep, and A Harmonica

Last night the WUW? crew signed up for a StumbleUpon account (yes, yes, we realize we should be a little more hip to the internet). So far the experience has been OK at best but we did come across a pretty amazing Swedish beat box artist named Dave Crowe. Having a few beat boxers in the WUW? office, we are not normally impressed by many beat boxers... This dude is definitely impressive. 

The First video is a dub step beat box and in the second he uses a harmonica. Make sure to like Dave Crowe on Facebook!

You can always stream Crowe on Bandcamp:

Ohio Indie Folk Pop | Lohio - Family Tree EP

We found these guys while searching for old Black Tie Dynasty albums (it's a long story). Our best description of the band is a cross between The National and a less spastic Apples in Stereo. It should be obvious by now that the state of Ohio has inspired some of the best indie music in the nation - even though Lohio is now based out of the evil city that harbors Ben Roethlisberger.

Favorite Track: Family Tree

Leave the city, Leave your blog,

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Acoustic Walk The Moon - Live at KYSR

It would appear that Cincinnati natives, Walk the Moon, have officially blown up... too bad we haven't had the opportunity to see them live this summer but maybe that will change. Chances are that you have heard a few of their songs on the radio already. 

We have truly enjoyed these acoustic renditions!

Walk the blog,

Listen Now | Communist Daughter - Lions & Lambs EP

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bunbury Band Spotlight | Sweden & England | Alberta Cross - Songs of Patience

So many great bands will be performing on the river this weekend in Cincinnati but Alberta Cross is one that has been receiving constant rotation in the WUW? office. In this age of electronic production and dance remixes, Alberta Cross is one of the special bands (like Bright Light Social Hour) that avoids the pitfalls of trendy music and delivers straight up rock that you can groove to, sing to, or just kick it and drink a beer to. Rolling Stone recently made Songs of Patience  available for streaming on their website and the New York Times described their sound as "a British take on southern rock." Check 'em out for yourself and then listen to the other dope bands playing at Bunbury on our Spotify Playlist.

Blogs of Patience,

New 50 Cent Mixtape | 50 Cent - 5 Murder By Numbers

New mixtape from Fitty... looks like his new album is scheduled to drop in November 2012.

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Blog by numbers,

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Download Now | Hip Hop } Parallel Thought - Articulation

WUW?'s favorite hip hop blog - Okayplayer - posted this album earlier today and we feel like y'all should share the experience. PT recently produced the Attractive Sin album with Del The Funky Homosapien which has received much press. Check it out.

Parallel Blogging,

New Kanye West Track | Kanye West & Pusha T - New God Flow

Kanye West x Pusha T "New God Flow" single art

Kanye and Pusha T debuted this song Sunday night on the BET awards. It took us a while to find an embed code but you know how we do... Take a listen and holla back.

spotted at Okayplayer

Jackin For Blogs,