Archive for April, 2009

Del The Funky Homosapien – The Funk Man


Visit Del @ band camp and downland The Funk Man free of charge. He’s back as Sir Diesel and displaying some nice techniques we haven’t seen in a few albums. Some outside production could have brought this album up a notch.


The Panorama of the City of New York


Queens is known for the Mets, amazing ethnic food and for being located in between Brooklyn and Long Island. Queens is also home to the Queens Museum of Art, which houses the Panorama of the City of New York. Like all things New York and monolithic, the Panorama was built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair to celebrate NYC’s municipal infrastructure.

The  Panorama is a 9,335 square foot architectural model that includes every building, bridge and structure constructed before 1992 in all 5 boroughs. Definitely worth checking out in person.

The Original of Laura – Dying Is Fun





After decades of deliberation and anticipation, Dmitri Nabokov has finally agreed to defy his father, Vladimir Nabokov, by publishing Nabokov’s final novel rather than destroying the manuscript by fire. The sordid details are classic. NPR has a great piece on it.

The Original of Laura will be published as a Penguin Classic in hard cover on November 3rd by Knopf and will include copies of the 138 handwritten index cards that made up the rough draft of novel.

Pre-order it on Amazon.

porchetta – the original swine flu


Porchetta – 110 E 7th St between First Ave and Ave A.

A Roman delight perfected in the East Village.

asher roth


Rap is ripe for gentrification. With obvious exceptions, hip-hop has grown a bit stale and formulaic in the 21st century. The new wave of hipster rap pioneered by Kanye West and progressed by the Cool Kids, Charles Hamilton, Kid Cudi, Pac Div, the Knux and a slew of other tight jean rappers is ready for the takeover and Asher Roth may be ready to kick in the door.

There are a number of elements that make a rapper a top notch emcee. Lyrics, technique and sophisticated rhyme patterns (see Eminem), the voice (ask Guru), beat selection and style. Like the Dude before him, Asher Roth is a man of his time and place. His lyrics fluctuate from fun and breezy to smart and earnest, his nasal voice has been the preferred choice of Caucasian rappers since Ad-Rock and his technique is versatile and fully developed. Most importantly, he’s as comfortable espousing suburban swagger as he is battling on the mix tape circuit, and his jeans fit properly. 

Download his mixtape and buy the new album on itunes.