Wednesday, January 13, 2010

H.W.- Smile

The smile is gone.

H.W. is the self-proclaimed "Brad Pitt of uncool." That's reason enough for me to like him. The Boston-based rapper came to my attention because "Sh*thead", the lead track on the album A Year's Worth of Worry, uses a beat by Mac Lethal. H.W. is not a groundbreaking talent, but I admire his self-deprecating grind. And as the amusing sample of this track suggests, H.W. makes me smile. The entire album is available as a free download here.

I wonder how indie rock advocates will react when they discover that the majority of Vampire Weekend's audience now consists of fans of Colbie Callait, Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz.

And speaking of worlds colliding, how about this supposedly spontaneous collaboration between Brother Ali and Justin Timberlake? (Warning- turn your speakers down before clicking on the link.)

I like more than just the album title of Charlie Hunter's Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid.

Have you studied the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup yet?

Kansas City Click: The Troubadour's Music Club meets Wednesday at Bulldog. This week's featured artists are Tony Ladesich, Betse Ellis and Terrrence Moore.

Dale Watson returns to Knuckleheads on Thursday.

(Image from the longlivehw photostream at Flickr.)


bgo said...

Are S&G going to second line down Rampart Street this spring as part of JazzFest?

I haven't checked to see if Cedric Watson has been booked but I know for the first time in decades Brian Stoltz has not been formally invited and he is not a happy camper.

brucedene said...

I consider Vampire Weekend an opportunity to find common ground with my Mraz-loving sister. Before this current release, I never thought that would happen. Then again, I never thought I'd hear Spoon on NPR so, you know, big wide world out there.