Here is a new video from the hardest working man in showbiz and his two bandmates. Besides an album coming in June, a newly released book about heavy metal and a newly relaunched magazine, Awl pal, ego trip founder, Mass Appeal editorial director and White Mandingo Sacha Jenkins has just signed on to co-write a forthcoming Beastie Boys memoir—one that will deviate from the standard memoir format into what the Times' Ben Sisario describes as, "a pastiche of voices, images, irreverent humor and pop-culture reference points" modelled after the magazine the group published in '90s, Grand Royal. In other Beastie news, gather a deep sigh in [...]
Lots of people loved president Obama's speech calling for civility Wednesday night. It was a great speech. (Except the line about "jumping in rain puddles in heaven.") And in that spirit, and because I think it's good to note when people you often disagree with say something you do agree with, I very much like what David Brooks writes today: "The truth is fragmentary and it’s impossible to capture all of it. There are competing goods that can never be fully reconciled. The world is more complicated than any human intelligence can comprehend."
But not everyone is in that kind of mood.
When Awl pal Sacha Jenkins was a teenager growing up in Queens, he was into graffiti and rap music and, more than anything perhaps, the Washington D.C. hardcore legends The Bad Brains. In the early '90s, with help from his friends Elliott Wilson and the artist and graffiti documentarian Henry Chalfant, Sacha started a music magazine called ego trip. Then he wrote for a bunch of other magazines, one of which gave him an assignment of interviewing Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jennifer. The interview didn't go so well. They didn't get along. "He was kind of a meanie," Sacha says. But through subsequent interaction they became [...]
Well. The thought of a Run-DMC Broadway musical makes me want to puke in my shell-toes. (Just kidding, I don't really have shell-toes.) True rap greats, going the way of Billy Joel? This cannot be good. (It certainly was not good for true rock greats, The Who.) But wait, maybe I shouldn't be so quick to diss and dismiss. After all, Awl pal Sacha Jenkins' recent foray into rap musical theater, met with rave reviews. And if Big Boi can pull off a ballet and still kill the mic (and talk to penguins) anything's possible. And Jordan Galloway of the New [...]
"When Wayne re-emerged some time in 2000, the story goes that he went to a gallery opening. It was if he’d been frozen for years. He saw that what he’d done for fun as a young man had turned into a cash cow. When folks figured out who the quiet blackman in the room was, the excitement in the air was thick like good pizza. It was if James Brown Moonwalked across the Atlantic Ocean straight to Sierra Leone, West Africa." —Awl pal Sacha Jenkins eulogizes graffiti legend Wayne "Stay High 149" Roberts for Mass Appeal magazine. Go there and read it, it's great.