Though her debut album, 4 Years & Counting … was released this past September, Jennifer Chung has been creating a following for herself for the past two years via YouTube; according to her website, she’s got more than 140,000 subscribers, drawn to her via cover tracks. (Her rendition of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” alongside New Heights, is also worth checking out.) Chung’s debut album is also avaiable online.
Based out of Brooklyn, Mighty Fine lists one of its’ genres as “grime.” And “Black Train,” the first single from their latest album, Get Up To Get Down, should make it clear why that’s the case.
Next one’s going under a cut. Why? It’s a neat little surprise I found digging through YouTube the other day. Continue reading →
Reviewing the outcomes of this year’s Grammy Awards, Jon Caramanica of the New York Timesdescribed how, “for the umpteenth time, the Grammys went with familiarity over risk, bestowing album of the year honors (and several more) on an album that reinforced the values of an older generation suspicious of change.”
For Caramanica, the issue is not the quality of Adele’s musical offerings, but that her spectacular success at the Grammys – her album 21 brought her six awards, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep – represents a particular cultural refusal of progressivism, a nostalgic clinging onto the safety and familiarity of a tried and true musical conservatism. What I want to suggest is that this nostalgia might also be understood as certain kind of white nostalgia for cultural dominance that is perceived as threatened within what is now known as the “post-racial.” Continue reading →
Race, Culture, and Identity in a Colorstruck World