I suspect some dear readers out there, much as they like me, are getting sick of seeing my bristly face when they load the page, so I figured I’d get something else up here at the top, though I don’t have time for a proper post right now. One thing about those beard shots — ok, 2 things — 1) some people like em; 2) you can’t exactly call me a typical navel-gazing blogger now, can you?
As for placeholders, I’ve got a couple good ones per ongoing conversations in the comments.
The first comes c/o “Acid Washed Genes,” where we’ve been having a pretty lively discussion of “gypsy” signifiers, balkan beats, and nu-whirled politricks. Special shoutout to Joro-boro who, among other gems, posted a link to the following video, about which he writes —
It is kolbasti and according to my Turkish friends it is a style of music and dance originating from the Laz communities in the Trabzon area.
In addition to it being kolbasti, I would add that it is awesome:
The second is just a thought, inspired by some reportage c/o Marlon and Tito, who both have noticed a number of English language pop/club songs drifting into formerly Spanish-only (if not reggaeton-only) playlists. It’s easy enough to blame Pitbull alone for that, but I think the responsibility might actually lie with reggaeton itself. I have been thinking, for some time now, that reggaeton was remarkable for making space in Anglo media for Spanish language music, but I might have gotten it totally wrong: instead, reggaeton has made it safe for English language pop/club music to work its way into formerly Spanish-only spaces. Maybe the genre’s anti-imperialist detractors were right all along? Reggaeton: making the Latin world safe for Ke$ha.
I don’t have a video for that, but I do have a reggaetony YooToob which people seem intent to send my way. I wonder whether it will rub you as wrongly as it rubs me.
5 thoughts on “Making the World Safe”
People keep sending me the Mini Daddy video as well. It freaks me out — I feel like it should be featured in one of these end of times Nostradamus Effect shows on the History Channel.
No more beard on the front page? I think I prefer that to this video. I hate to say, it sort of reminds me of the purple hippo tra video (which is the funniest video EVER. for real)
Yeah, that purple hippo thing is hilario. Thanks for the pro-beard vote!
Ah wait, the beard is still there! (I check this via the feed thang) Sort of balances out our lil toddler rapper. I predicted a few years ago that one day we’d have an infant reggaetonero, seems like that day is getting closer.
That kolbasti seems to be laying some amped-up guitar lines from 3 Hur-El’s “Kol Basti” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeRvovk7jPM over a techno. Which is good in my book, as Kol Basti is an amazing song.
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