News With A "Z" - The Off Air
this week's episode I rant (good-naturedly, I think) about
whatinthehell happened to the term "emo."
Before it became Hater Bait on the web - I remember emo
equating to a strong expression of unrequited and refuted
love (if a sometimes predictable
think of bands like Starmarket, Jets to Brazil, Deep Elm
"The Emo Diaries" series & The Appleseed Cast's
"Low Level Owl" records.
many a list is the band Braid. The short-lived Champaign, IL
quartet garnered all kinds of praise for
"Every lyric transmits Ernest Hemingway-like
romanticism; every jagged chord or meter change serves its song
perfectly." -Alternative Press
"I can understand people going out of their way to
praise Braid. They took the aggressiveness of punk, pure pop melody
and the kind of personal lyrics that by their nature strike a
universal chord, and made it all into something
"…as a relic from the early days of a genre, it's a listening
experience that's difficult to pass up…"
nostalgic or even hung up on the futile nature of what constitutes
"genre" but emo shouldn't be viewed as a group of sad sacks at the
local Hot Topic. Rather, let's paint emo with the artistic
brush so masterfully wielded by Braid.
Check out the vinyl reissues while you can. I have
it on good authority they're pert'near sold out!
BOY! Things are picking up for The Comedy
Correspondent. Words is quickly making its way through the
comic community and we're extra stoked about it!
The launch of Comedy
Correspondent [dot] Org might have something to do with
week's installment is the IDEAL example of what CC is all
Funny, For You.
The headliner this week is the acerbic W. Kamau Bell. In
addition to what you hear on this week's episode, here's a segment
from his one man show: The W. Kamau Bell Curve - Curing Racism in
About an Hour.
Questions Never to ask Black People (About Their