Note: A shortened version of this interview appears in this week’s Other Paper. Pick it up for free at newsstands or visit TheOtherPaper.com.
Strand of Oaks put out my favorite album of 2010, Pope Killdragon. The group’s second full-length, it’s staggeringly beautiful and more than a little bizarre. The band is essentially the solo project of Philadelphia’s Timothy Showalter, who will play the support slot for Joe Pug at the Rumba Café on Tuesday (along with local act Dolfish). Reached on the road recently via email, Showalter answered questions about how the album’s songs–which touch on subjects like Dan Aykroyd and a 12-foot giant–came into being. He also talked about his decision to include “Giant’s Despair,” an instrumental doom-metal track, on the album.
How did you end up writing a song from the perspective of Dan Aykroyd about the death of John Belushi? It’s not typical folk-song fodder.
Actually, a friend of mine from Scranton, Pa., was putting together a Dan Aykroyd compilation (for some unknown reason) and asked me to contribute. Like all things Strand of Oaks, I took a funny idea and somehow made it into something really sad. I was staying up late thinking about Dan and suddenly began to sympathize with how he must have felt after losing John Belushi.
M1 of Dead Prez pledging to read Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow
OSU Law Professor Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow was in the air this week.
In this week’s Other Paper, Rahim Ewin and Rico Scott of Money and Memories Entertainment discussed their mission to hip Militant Rap Group Dead Prez to Alexander’s book. And they succeeded.
On Wednesday, Bell Hooks urged her audience at Ohio State to read Alexender’s critique of the Prison Industry.
Video of Michelle Alexander on TV talking about her book after the jump and Schoolboy kicking it with Dead Prez
Here is a picture of Stalley at Bodega.
The narrative is that Stalley moved to New York to play basketball from Ohio. He eventually linked up with Mos Def, Dame Dash, etc, and now is getting back in touch with Ohio. He went to a Cavs game with the Eighty81 crew.. He visited his old high school in Massillon.. He hung out in the Short North with me.. And he recorded music with some Columbus artists which is availble below.
The Smoking Section put up an EP that Stalley did with a Elevator Music, a Columbus based label slash collective.
The narrative leads to tonight’s show with Elevator Music.
MP3: Elevator Music Present Stalley Columbus
(via the smoking section)
01. L.e. – The Format (Freestyle)
02. L.e. – Late 4 Dat (Prod. By Rashad for Elevator Music)
03. Stalley – Masterpiece (Prod. By Precize)
04. Stalley – Babblin’ (Prod. By J Rawls)
05. The 3rd – Heart Of Gold (Prod. By Rashad for Elevator Music)
06. Truck North – Jill Jawn (Prod. By Kahri Ferrari)
07. O.G. Flow (Truck North & Rapper Big Pooh) – Dutch Dalton (Prod. By Tony Baines)
08. The 3rd – Out There (Prod. By DJ Premier)
Here is an interview Donewaiting did with Stalley around SXSW time.
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