Tom Waits, De La Soul
cans and bottles purchased Real Gone, the 16th studio album from Tom
Waits. Pete and I sat on the porch smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee
and looking over lyrics. With turntables, banjos and bells; chaos, insanity
and the apocalypse seem to be common threads of Real Gone. It is an
unsettling, warped, beautiful creation.
in the voice of various characters, Tom's personalities seem to be suffering
from exhaustion and nervous breakdowns brought about by a world closing
in on them. While Hoist That Rag breaks ground with the most pointed
and relevant choruses in pop music memory, Don't Go into that Barn unfolds
amid the ugly landscape of slave trade, bringing out the horrific history
of an old barn.
16 tracks Real Gone is absorbing, reflective and in moments darkly hilarious.
A demented beatbox and wheezing punctuate Metropolitan Glide, an old
man's attempt at starting an urban dance craze. The circus is the topic
of a bitter rant and a man who kills his family drags their 'sins' down
to the pond, in a ten-minute banjo picking account. Some of the songs
do not correspond to their jacket numbers and two tracks are unlisted,
making an already schizophrenic album even more enigmatic.
Claypool is on bass, Casey Waits scratches and Brain adds percussion
to an album which displays various elements from Waits' Bone Machine
through Blood Money, while adding further experimental sound and texture.
Real Gone can both stun and mesmerize.
The Grind Date
people. This is why I love hip hop and diss that other shit we hear
on the radio or see on the boob tube. The much anticipated new album
from De La Soul is a breath of fresh air. It makes me feel good when
I can write a review for albums hip hop heads should have. The Grind
Date by De La Soul is one of those albums. The production is beautiful,
and of course there's no need to question De La Soul's lyrics. Picture
an album that has classic De La lyrics with 9th Wonder-sounding beats.
Beautiful. In case you're wondering, 9th Wonder did not do any production
on this album, but MF Doom sure as hell did. DJ Premier, Spike Lee,
and even Ghostface Killah make appearances. The lead single and video,
"Shopping Bags," in no way gives a preview of this album.
Tracks like "The Future," "Verbal Clap," "Come
On Down," and "Much More" are sure to have you pumping
your fist like Reginoff does after sucker-punching coke-whores on Elmwood.
My favorite tracks on this album are "He Comes," which features
Ghostface Killah, and one of the best tracks I've heard in a long time,
"Rock Co.Kane Flow," featuring MF Doom. Believe me when I
tell you, it's such a dope track that it's the last song on the album
and you'll find yourself hitting repeat for quite a while.
you, De La. At first, I was a little worried that your album wouldn't
live up to it's billing, but then I remembered that we're talking about
De La Soul, not a Buffalo Bills game. And on a side note, props to the
BPD officer who let me go for rolling through a stop sign because he
likes my Beast reviews. Either that or he's really a mustard ninja setting
me up for a battle. It matters not, for the Ketchup Samurai will always
win (just kidding). 4 out of 5 tomatoes.