Thursday, March 11, 2010
The College Dropout Shel

Shel Silverstein on Kanye West’s The College Dropout

It turns out that Jay-Z’s producer
Is as cocky as a rooster
Dropping albums as an homage
To his dropping out of college
Rhymes are tight, Beats are brilliant
His career should be resilient
To the plagues of hip-hop fame
Like feuds with 50, or the Game
Or race-based presidential scolds
Or shutting down 19-year-olds.
I think he’ll play it safe; he sets his sights
On selling wax to whites.

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Illinoise KV

Kurt Vonnegut on Sufjan Steven’s Illinois

Illinois is a state. It looks like this:


It is also an album by Sufjan Stevens. Sufjan Stevens is a singer and songwriter with a lot to say about Jesus. He told a bunch of people that he was going to make an album for each of the 50 states, which is a very silly thing to say. So far he has made two. This album uses a lot of bells and funny horns and sounds like winter. Listening to it is like sitting in church with mittens on. Mittens look like this:


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Kid A Ernie

Ernest Hemingway on Radiohead’s Kid A

I put the needle on and poured a drink and sat in the chair. The first song sounded mechanical. There was a keyboard and a voice but I wasn’t sure which was which and then there was another song that sounded like something you’d hear in a nursery and then a bass solo. The singer’s voice was high and the lyrics were about loneliness and the future. I turned the volume up and went to the window. It wasn’t rock and roll, but it was good.

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Merriweather Post Pavilion Will

William Shakespeare on Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion

What boon is this?
Thy shim’ring cover doth contain
A wonderment of harmonies.
Why play guitar? Why drums?
Why verse or chorus?
‘Tis deconstructed Instruments
That speak unto my educated ear.
Tightened pants and fauxhawk molded
Forth I go, beneath the speakers
Thank the stars this disc appeared
Their early stuff was way too weird

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Transatlanticism Fuck

David Mamet on Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism

TWO MEN enter.

This album’s fucking great.


I said it’s a fucking great album.

The guy’s voice sounds like a little kid.


A fucking kid! But the lyrics are so …

Fucking deep, right?

Fucking deep, exactly.

Great fucking album.

Fuck you.

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The Black Album Steph

Stephenie Meyer on Jay-Z’s The Black Album

“I’m retiring,” the rapper said—in what seemed to be a sincere tone. We believed the silver-tongued-giant, but his lilting-voice hinted at something more, deeper—a rebirth. He wore a tight, black baseball hat low over his eyes and a loose-fitting, firmly pressed suit. Flows came easily to him, boasting with bravado and swagger. 99 problems were what he had. From darkness, there was to come a response: One word: “Holla,” warbled high and clear in the air that was the air of the nighttime.

Jamie King is a writer and comedian from Washington State, based in Brooklyn. Recently, his work has appeared online in Yankee Pot Roast, McSweeney’s and Tire Swing Press, as well as onstage at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, New York. More essays, videos, and propaganda can be found at

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