Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: Watch the Throne

Did you know that There Stands the Glass takes requests? A couple readers have asked me to post my thoughts on Watch the Throne. Largely because I love "event" albums, I'm happy to oblige. In an increasingly fragmented world, it's reassuring to know that every once in a while everyone (everyone who shares my love of hip hop and popular culture, anyway) is listening to the same thing at the same time. And I imagine they're all smiling. Watch the Throne is hilarious. Sometimes it's even funny on purpose. (Zing!) It's not nearly as good as Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3, but it's still essential. For one thing, the most prominent samples are of Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding and Nina Simone. That's like kryptonite to would-be haters with my predilections. Want more? Ghostface Killah's review of Watch the Throne is rather remarkable.

I reviewed Theory of a Deadman's concert last Friday. I suppose I deserve the barb made by commenter 323, but dang… Nickelback.

Top City! I'm impressed by the video for "Hood Boi by KO Streetz.

"The Line (Super Soul)", a new single by D/Will and Les Izmore, is available as a free download.

I do this Plastic Sax thing.

Kansas City Click: The Loneliest Monk plays The Record Bar on Monday.

Everette DeVan has a weekly gig at The Phoenix on Tuesdays.

Janelle Monae opens for Katy Perry at The Sprint Center on Wedneday.

(Original photo by There Stands the Glass.)


Gary said...

"Ghostface Killah's review of Game of Thrones is rather remarkable." Huh? I don't really follow rap but "Game of Thrones" is the series on HBO from George R.R. Martin's novels. Maybe there's a similarity between Peter Dinklage and Ghostface?

Happy In Bag said...

Doh! Thanks for the catch. I would love to read Ghost's take on the fantasy novels/HBO series as well.

Espana said...

Great to see the collaboration between Jay Z and Kanye. A lot of good songs in an avant-garde style, where some work and some are less catchy. In all, I would recommend.