January 26th, 2010

Making the World Safe

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.


  • 1. Marisol LeBron  |  January 26th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    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.

  • 2. Nina  |  January 27th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    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)

  • 3. wayneandwax  |  January 27th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Yeah, that purple hippo thing is hilario. Thanks for the pro-beard vote!

  • 4. Nina  |  January 27th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    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.

  • 5. Ted  |  February 3rd, 2010 at 12:31 am

    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.


I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

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wayne at wayneandwax dot com

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