Once you reach a certain age it’s difficult to become excited about new music. No matter what it is, you’ve heard it before. Which makes you all grumbly and get-off-my-lawn-y.
So it’s fantastic when something new comes along and grabs you even in your dotage. Right now for me that’s South African weirdos Die Antwoord with their album Ten$Ion—high-concept white trash mixing ’90s rap, trance and seriously foul language in both English and Afrikaans into something that’s earned heavy rotation in my car for the last several weeks.
I should add, in my car when I’m driving alone without my young daughter, as the explicit tag on Ten$Ion is highly earned. Seriously, I don’t speak Afrikaans, but I know they’re doing a lot of cursing in it. And I do speak English and I certainly know they’re cursing.
But cursing and rolling Rs aside, Ten$Ion brings a mix of high-end production values, technical skills—white people can rap! who knew?—and punk art-school ethic to put a band in the mainstream while at the same time completely apart from it.
Not to say there aren’t problems. Some tracks go off the rails in spectacular fashion. But weirdly, that’s a frisson in its own way. It’s OK that I just listened to three minutes of foul-mouthed idiocy: It’s part of the thing.
Basically, Ten$Ion is like if Eminem was bilingual, had 20 more IQ points, went to art school, and was best friends with a very interesting female rapper.
I can’t stop listening to Ten$Ion. It’s one of those very few albums that are completely out of left field while at the same time supremely catchy.
Posted Monday, 19 March, 2012 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.