Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by ken, Dec 3, 2004.
Has anybody heard the new HBMS record? I think it's called 'White Boys'.
hmmm I didn't even hear that it was out. I'll have to go check it out, thanks.
It's weird as all hell. Nakamura and Huston tried very hard to accomplish another concept album and hyped it up with odd guests (Del AND Chan Marshall of Cat Power, wtf?) but didn't have a really cohesive direction to take the music. I'd say it's mediocre at best... nothing like their older stuff.
Oh, and the album name is "White People." Your guess was pretty damn close.
I dl-ed a couple tracks Â , but I dunno if I'll buy yet. I really dug the first disc. This doesn't sound a whole lot different, I was a little disappointed by the "single," "Breakdown," which is essentially a Jack Johnson song. Catchy, but fluffy. I guess "too surfacy" is not a valid criticism of the Handsome Boy concept, though. pitchforkmedia.com, which hates, well, everything, had some funny crit:
So, is Mike Patton really on the album anywhere? That review was confusing as helll.
my favorite part of the previous album was father guido sarducci doing the blurbs. how old is that guy, anyway. i remember seeing him on johnny carson.
the jack johnson song is okay, if you like jack johnson. however i think i'm kindof getting annoyed with the mixer-as-artist phenomenon. seems like, more often than not, it's really just taking someone else's work and putting a heavy hand to it, as though to say 'look at me, i'm clever'. and then somehow it's not a jack johnson piece, it's HBMS. i have a groove armada cd that gives me a bit of the same feeling. there's an otherwise nice track of al green singing 'light my fire', that just has a veil of 'groove-armada-ness' over it that gets in the way.
i mean, if you're going to reconstitute the fruits of someone else's labor and package it as your own, then it seems more 'artistic' to do a little more deconstructing than a mere re-mix. (not that there aren't some great re-mixers out there.) sampling is an example of this. take the beastie boys, sample fiends they were. they took chunks that, while still recognizable as source material, were reassembled in such a way that they really made it their own. (contrast this with vanilla ice and his brainless 'pressure' plagiarism.)
i dunno, does anyone else feel this unease at a remixer putting their name so prominently on essentially someone else's work? traditional mixing engineers content themselves with a mention in the album credits.
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