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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sasha Frere-Jones on Erykah Badu at Radio City Music Hall Last Week

posted by on May 15 at 13:14 PM

Erykah Badu played Radio City Music Hall on Friday night… Instead of saying that Baduís performance will not be bettered any time soon (though it wonít), Iíll say that her show gave everyone in the house serious bragging rights. Dylan in 1965, Metallica in 1985, Bad Brains in 1981óit was one of those points on the arc. If you want to know who is at her peak, who is both of her moment and channelling so many forces that her work spills out over the edges of history and stops time, thatís Erykah Badu in 2008.

The whole review is here.

And, since we’re on the subject of Badu, here is possibly the best first sentence Charles Mudede’s ever written.

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Wouldn't 1966 been the "bragging year" to see Dylan? When the Band was his um, band?

Also, Badu is awesome.

Posted by Eli | May 15, 2008 2:35 PM

Oh, yes, I'm certain that in 40 years we are going to be comparing Badu to Dylan what all the genre/culture changing they have in common. I think it's more likely we'll be comparing this to, maybe, Sha Na Na in 1969, John Cougar Mellencamp in 1983 or Barenaked Ladies in 1998. I am having a tough time remembering exactly when in 1981 Bad Brains played Radio City Fucking Music Hall...

Posted by danmohr | May 15, 2008 2:35 PM

You can't be seriously saying that this:
"Does Erykah Badu have a center?"
qualifies as the 'best' of something.

Posted by ibrahim | May 15, 2008 2:57 PM

No disrespect to Erykah Badu, but his little bragging rights sideline is utter bullshit. It's his way of saying "hey, Erykah Badu might be my favorite act, but I like cool stuff too guys!" Get a grip SFJ, she's probably got a guy slapping a six string bass, and that's why you were stoked.

Posted by Dougsf | May 15, 2008 4:23 PM

Nice illo on Charles' piece.

Posted by Paulus | May 16, 2008 10:17 AM

frere jones' review of the new erykah cd was totally his great black hope rationalizing his other famous article

he created an avenue with that first shit then answered his own question. what a hustler

erykah owes a lot to madlib and karriem riggins and sa ra this time out. those madlib tracks will srsly blow a hole in your speaker.

for real, that cd broke my speaker

Posted by ndrwmtsn | May 16, 2008 10:35 AM

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