1. 1970s Music Billboards on Sunset Boulevard.
For those who dug the lead item of this , here’s a slightly older post from the same folks that we couldn’t keep our grubby link-mitts off of. Vintage shots of music ad billboards standing tall over Hollywood. Yes, the above J5 ‘board’s a beauty. But did you know that an Incredible Bongo Band album cover once incredibly towered over La La Land?
[ Vintage Everyday ]
2. Filibustin’ with Willie D – My Healthcare Reform Plan.
Thoughtful proposals by the Geto Boys’ longtime member (that come across even more persuasive when you imagine them recited in Willie’s voice). On eliminating HMOs: “Lobbyists, special interest groups, and politicians who receive kickbacks will raise hell about how many thousands of jobs will be lost. But you know what I think about the people who work for HMOs? Fuck ’em! That’s what they say about my loved ones every time they deny a claim or refuse to authorize treatment.”
[ Vice ]
3. Is it Fair for Chefs to Cook Other Cultures’ Foods?
Okay, not as heated a debate maybe as the whole who gets to say the n-word thing. But chefs Francis Lam and Eddie Huang – both sons of immigrants – engage in some real talk re: the codes and ethics of who should be serving up ethnic food.
[ Gilt Taste ]
4. New Podcast featuring RZA!
The Abbott speaks on a wide range of topics, from growing up when hip-hop was real to breaking down lyrics to the dualities between RZA and Bobby Digital to his thoughts on ancient Persia. (Peace, Persia !)
[ Rap Genius ]
5. People Hear What They See.
Noz on the first formal solo effort from D.C.’s Oddisee, and the pressure inherent in hip-hop debuts (a/k/a, the “ Illmatic effect”).
[ Washington City Paper ]
6. Update: Mystery of the “Mardi Gras” Bells Solved.
“The truth and long running debate over the Bob James ‘Take Me To the Mardi Gras’ with no bells has been verified.” Break-ing news, for real.
[ Flea Market Funk ]
(Thanks to @hkbabel for ‘Mardi Gras’ link)