Musical Interlude: Listener Discretion Advised

April 25th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

My younger critics often urge me to post more contemporary musical interludes–and it’s true that my tastes range from about Bach and Mozart in the 1700s to Wayne Shorter in the 1960s.  But I do have kids who for some strange reason would rather listen to contemporary pop than NPR when we’re driving around.  So here’s a recent pop/rap song that I find super catchy, once you get past the inappropriate lyrics (and note that I’m posting the clean version!).

I especially like that little sax break that pops up every now and again, which sounds like it’s right out of a Hassidic wedding in Brooklyn.  Yet somehow it works here!

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4 comments in reply to "Musical Interlude: Listener Discretion Advised"

  1. SeattleAlex says:

    I am one such younger critic, though I find that contemporary radio leaves something to be desired these days. Fortunately we’ve got a burgeoning local hip-hop community up here in Seattle that seems to blend seamlessly with the art & culinary communities as well. If you appreciate pleasant music production (and I know that you do…) you’ll enjoy this 2 video tour…especially if you’ve got the good weather to go with it : )

    The Physics – Journey of the Drum

    BFA – Molly Moon’s (Ice Cream Shop)

    Cheers to Friday and weekend Picketty reading!!

    • Jared Bernstein says:

      Thanks–I’ll check it out as I tend to like much that heralds from Seattle–though I read in my paper that the higher min wg has run into some problems.

  2. SeattleAlex says:

    Yeah my brother works in the capital and tipped me onto the supposed unveil, but indeed it looks like it stalled out at the last moment. I’m curious if we will start getting more than anecdotal information about our Sea-Tac wage increase and how that might change opinions. I hold some reservations about going straight up to $15 though I think my position is perhaps less tentative than your (certainly more educated) stance seems to be.

  3. Jeff says:

    The ‘sax break’ is sampled from Hermetico, by Balkan Beat Box


    “Balkan Beat Box (BBB) is an Israeli musical group founded by Tamir Muskat, Ori Kaplan of Firewater and Big Lazy, and now including Tomer Yosef as a core member. The group plays Mediterranean-influenced music that incorporates Balkan and Middle eastern traditions, Gypsy punk, and electronica.”