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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pornstars, Fall Out Boy, and the Suburbs: the Roots in 2008

posted by on April 16 at 9:31 AM

Remember that awkward Roots video from yesterday? Idolator published a pretty good take-down today:

Cordero shoots the sequence in a more or less shot/reverse-shot pattern, but despite this lukewarm attempt at representing the female perspective, the sequence still comes off as uncomfortably misogynistic. That tight shot of the sausage hovering near her mouth lingers just a bit too long, and, furthermore, in all of the high-angle shots looking down at Grey opening the gifts she’s got her best come-hither face on, thus negating any potential emotional depth. Which would be an entirely acceptable stylistic choice if it didn’t seem as though Cordero were trying to make some sort of “statement.”

And: The Roots play with Eryka Badu on June 5th at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

Personal gripe: I spent like my whole young adult life working to get the fuck out of Redmond and move to Seattle, and now what happens? Marymoor park starts hosting Sub Pop festivals and the Roots while Capitol Hill flips into condos and Quiznos. (Not that I think the suburbs are set to become anything but new slums after the oil crash, but damn, where’s my idealized urban bohemia, dudes?)

Oh, and for what’s it’s worth, the offending FOB collaboration has been kindly omitted from the Roots’ new one, Rising Down, the rest of which is supposed to be hot. (Where’s our promo copy?)

Update: And then, there’s this…

What, no bass toss?

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Eryka Badu = vomit.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 16, 2008 9:44 AM


I saw the title of this post, I saw the words "the Suburbs" and thought there might be a blurb about Chan Poling, Beej, Bruce C. Allen, Hugo Klaers, Michael Holliday...aka the wonderful Minneapolis post-punk band "The Suburbs."

Nope. Damn.

(Nothing wrong with talking about The Roots, of course...but do they have a Cig Machine up in their room?)

Posted by pgreyy | April 16, 2008 2:31 PM

Seriously—the only shows I remember happening at Marymoor were pickup-truck country acts. And Heart. My mom was really excited about Heart.

I do like the idea of my parents hearing Pissed Jeans when they're outside barbecuing though.

Posted by Ed J | April 16, 2008 9:14 PM

Redmond is the new cocaine. Deal with it Grandy.

Posted by Joe R | April 17, 2008 8:39 AM

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