Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The influence of Tag Team's 'Whoomp! There It Is' on hip hop today is drastically underrated

Top 5 Performances of the '06 First Quarter

5. Kanye West, Jamie Foxx and the FAMU Marching 100 - 'Late Registration Medley' at the Grammys on 2/18/06 -- Pretty much everything I thought it would be. Thank God for YouTube so I can watch this over and over. The Marching 100 really left it all out on the stage, dancing and performing so energetically for such a short time. The Broke Phi Broke dancers were amazing, too. Besides a drawn out spoken intro and a superfluous "Touch the Sky"/Curtis Mayfeild-sampled horn part, the performance was excellent.

4. The Hold Steady - Beta Bar performance on 2/10/06 -- To be honest, this was a little bit of a disappointment. Frontman and Irish Catholic drunk/beat poet/gangsta rapper Craig Finn (who, lyrically, resembles a storytelling meld between Slick Rick and Bruce Springsteen) purposefully went off his lyrical cadence and rhythm that so permeated "Seperation Sunday" and made it such an amazing record. I was expecting this to be a "holy shit" performance, but it was just "very, very good." Not anything to complain about, though. All in all, maybe they're more of a studio band.

3. Katharine McPhee - Come Rain or Come Shine (Ella Fitzgerald cover) on American Idol, 3/23/06 -- If you didn't actually see it, watch it. It's one of the best, most effortless "American Idol" performances I've ever seen. If I were Simon Cowell I'd ask her: "Did you sing that to someone?" She'd say "yes," because she did. "If you sang to someone every week, you'd have this competition locked up. That was amazing." Totally confident, totally effortless, totally sexy. In a perfect world, she'd win this season of "American Idol."

2. Kaki King - Club Downunder performance on 2/2/06 -- There are solo guitar performers, and then there are virtuosos. And then there are CUTE AS HELL guitar virtuosos. Kaki King (beautiful hi-res pic) is just that. Unless you caught John Fahey or Leo Kottke when they were alive and touring, you've never seen anyone (much less a woman) play guitar like this.

1. Wilco - The Moon performance on 3/14/06 -- For once in my life, I am speechless in regards to Wilco. Total no brainer here.


Blogger Matt Gilmour said...

Leo Kottke is still alive and touring.

C'mon man, seriously. I don't even know who the motherfucker is and I know that.

4/06/2006 11:17 AM  

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