It’s shit like this, rappers

…it’s shit like this that makes people think rap is nothing but trash.

Here you have a visually beautiful video, nice concept, and a strong song. And then Kanye West comes in like a 14-year old kid going HAW HAW BOOBIES IN SPACE HAW HAW I WANNA PROBE YOU HAW HAW GET IT THAT MEANS I WANNA PUT MY PENIS IN YOUR VAGINA HAW HAW HAW.

It’s like a YouTube video that comes with its own idiotic YouTube comments built-in.

Blah blah kids these days, get off my lawn, etc. It wouldn’t bother me so much if rap like that would stick to pouring out of blinged-up Escalades. Who decides to trash up perfectly good songs with it though? And how does that conversation go, exactly? “Yeah, Miss Perry, great song but we’ve decided it will sell more copies if we have Kanye West interrupt you to talk about his penis.”

And no, I don’t believe all rap is trash, but I can’t believe that Kanye exists in the same musical universe as the good stuff.

York County: land of a thousand secret enclaves

You know what phrase I am sick of hearing? “I never knew about that”

“We have CSAs in York County? I never knew about that” (Yeah, only for
like a decade)

“Fairy Festival? What’s that?”

“There are drum circles here?” (At least one every weekend)

“Is anybody coworking in York?” (I’ve only been flooding Twitter with
@yorkcoworking spam since February)

“I haven’t met any cool people in this area besides you guys” (Have you LOOKED?)

“York Emporium? What’s That?”

“Chris Davis benefit? Who is that?”

“There aren’t any good restaurants in York County”

“There’s nothing to do”

“What’s ThinkDrink?”

“Let’s start a music and arts festival in York County! There couldn’t possibly be anything else going on that
weekend” (Oh, only the the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival, The Prometheus
Film Festival, the Cigar Box Music Festival…)

LOUD EXCLAMATION OF DISGUST. It’s not like this is a big county, would
it kill people to talk to each other and learn about what’s going on
in their home community? You know what the chief cause of Shit Town
Syndrome is? Everyone assuming they live in a shit town and not
bothering to learn otherwise.

I wish I could say simply keeping up on local media could remedy this
lack of information, but a lot of the questions above come from
journalists. YDR and York Dispatch are more interested in reporting
crime stats, local political infighting, and national news than on
keeping their fingers on the pulse of cultural developments in York

I swear, if I didn’t have too many other projects going on I’d start
the “York County Primer” blog. And I’m a relative newcomer here; I
barely know anything about what’s going on.


Best Christmas Albums?

Dear Internet: Recommend some Christmas albums, please.

I’m looking for serious suggestions of genuinely good Christmas music which you would put on your stereo while baking sugar cookies, wrapping presents, or just sitting around the fire.  Not mall-muzaak schlock, not Weird-Al joke albums.  Beyond that, the field is wide open.  It could be as mainstream or as edgy and alternative as you like.  Modern, classic, or even classical.  Accoustic or electronic, Western or Eastern, Christian or Pagan.

For reference, the best Christmas album I own is Over the Rhine’s "The Trumpet Child" "Snow Angels".  But that’s also probably the only Christmas album I own.  So – give me some suggestions!