1. Lou Reed Reviews Kanye West’s Yeezus .
Lou Reed: “There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old shit… Why he starts the album off with that typical synth buzzsaw sound is beyond me, but what a sound it is, all gussied up and processed. I can’t figure out why he would do that. It’s like farting.”
[ Talkhouse ]
2. His Own Man: Jim Kelly 1946-2013.
Michael A. Gonzales surveys Fab 5 Freddy, David Walker and others in remembering Kelly – the ’70s martial arts cinema icon of Enter the Dragon , Black Belt Jones , Three the Hard Way and other classics.
[ Roger Ebert ]
3. “You Look Like A Tourist”: Manning The Door in ’90s New York.
Two former NYU-students-by-day/club-gatekeepers-by-night recall the art of curating a crowd (“I thought it was the coolest job. I never thought of it as a job of power and influence”). By Andy Beta.
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
4. How He Got Over: An Oral History of Darondo Fandom.
The Bay Area soul man Darondo (R.I.P.) appreciated: “Spry with a pompadour and belt buckle bearing his name, he was an actual former pimp who drove around Oakland with a mini-bar in his car. He sometimes wore a cape and sported huge, almost novelty jewelry. He had local cable access shows, one was called Darondo’s Penthouse After Dark . There are more lovable asterisks to his story but ultimately, what we adore is his music.” By David Ma.
[ Nerdtorious ]
5. The Long Game of Singer Doug Shorts.
Longtime hard luck Chicago soul singer working as a doorman is rediscovered by a new generation of fans. And, best of all, begins putting out dope new music . By Leor Galil.
[ Chicago Reader ]
6. That Obscure Object of Desire.
Thoughts on this great book by Hua Hsu: “Paging through Enjoy is like browsing a catalogue of forgotten dreams, or at least inferring a set of cautionary tales about the dangers of psychedelic drugs and/or religious cults. Yet I couldn’t shake the feeling that these albums collectively represented one of the most moving statements on hope, failure, and American dreaming I have ever seen.”
[ Grantland ]