Podcast Recommendation: The Undersiders

A new podcasting publisher has popped up called Engle and their first show is a hit.

The Undersiders is a series about the intersections between the burgeoning hip-hop movement and the sale of drugs at mass. The show is produced in binaural sound and really well crafted. Being that Engle is a french company, the show has been produced in both French and English languages.

From Engle:

It’s the 80’s... Hip-hop is beginning to emerge.

Cocaine is already everywhere and crack is about to make a dramatic appearance into ghetto life. This unprecedented consumption will make some dealers into the new kings of the streets, and also new role models for their community.

The Undersiders will tell you the story of eight of them. True and crude. Tales about millionaire drug dealers who at one point directly impacted on the development of hip-hop.

Dr Dre, Tupac, Lil Wayne and many more… would these pop culture icons have had the same career without these figures? Without being judgmental, without glorification, the Undersiders will guide you down into hip-hop’s turbulent underground and follow its rising up as a worldwide culture.

The first few episodes are already up and I listened through at a steady clip last evening. Episodes are less than 30 minutes and packed with information and well-written story-telling. I highly recommend it to any fans of hip-hop and its origins.

The MV Podcast 205: My Dear Podcast,

From Modern Vinyl:

Episode 205 of The Modern Vinyl Podcast takes on The Weeknd’s new release (NOT EP), “My Dear Melancholy,.” Chris and Mike, along with special guest Jacob Tender (Bantha Fodder), discuss where the EP belongs in the Abel Tesfaye story, along with misogynistic trends in his writing.

Lovely chats with the MV guys about the new album from The Weeknd.

CloudFlare launches 1.1.1.1, Their Answer to Private and Secure Consumer DNS

CloudFlare has unleashed their new DNS service that's faster and more secure for the user than those currently on the market. Switching was a fast and easy decision.

From their post on the release:

We began talking with browser manufacturers about what they would want from a DNS resolver. One word kept coming up: privacy. Beyond just a commitment not to use browsing data to help target ads, they wanted to make sure we would wipe all transaction logs within a week. That was an easy request. In fact, we knew we could go much further. We committed to never writing the querying IP addresses to disk and wiping all logs within 24 hours.

Switch over now using the easy-to-use instructions on the 1.1.1.1 website.

Will Ferrell Interviews Joaquin Phoenix for Interview Magazine

Interview Magazine either gave Will Ferrell the opportunity to interview Joaquin Phoenix or Joaquin Phoenix the opportunity to be interviewed by Will Ferrell.

FERRELL: I love everything. I was recently thinking about your role in Gladiator [2000], which is a big studio movie.

PHOENIX: Are you reading off prepared questions and trying to pretend that they’re just popping into your head?

FERRELL: Maybe wait to hear what I have to say: I was thinking about your role in that movie, and the reason why it works is because you’re such a little bitch.

Wedding Hits With A Same-Sex Twist

In a new EP titled Universal Love, six classic love songs have been reimagined to be more inclusive.

As marriage has become more inclusive, it seems like it’s time the music we use to celebrate it caught up. That’s why [MGM Resorts] partnered with Legacy Recordings and a diverse group of iconic artists to create Universal Love, an album that re-imagines what a first-dance song can be.

Tracklist:

  1. He's Funny That Way" by Bob Dylan
  2. "And Then She Kissed Me" by St. Vincent
  3. "My Guy" by Kele Okereke
  4. "Mad About The Girl" by Valerie June
  5. "And I Love Him" by Ben Gibbard
  6. "I Need a Woman to Love" by Kesha

From the project's liner notes by Anthony DeCurtis:

The performances here leave no doubt about the same-sex nature of the singer’s desire. Male and female singers have flipped the pronouns in “He’s Funny That Way,” but it takes Bob Dylan to lend the song a simmering, homoerotic heat. Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie retains all the dreamy sweetness of the Beatles’ original in his version of “And I Love Him.” Similarly, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party places his man on the lofty pedestal the Temptations build for the gorgeous “My Guy.” Valerie June brings a delicious, elegant slow burn to Noel Coward’s “Mad About the Boy,” and St. Vincent finds all the adolescent wonder and excitement in the Crystals’ “Then She Kissed Me.” Finally, please, can someone arrange an invitation for me to the wedding of the couple that chooses Kesha’s incineration of Janis Joplin’s “I Need a Woman to Love Me” as their wedding song? That’s going to be a party!

Like desire itself in its most exquisite form, these re-imaginings of classic love songs are playful and intense, erotic and idealistic, fun, forceful and yearning. At first it may be jarring to hear these emotions expressed out loud in songs that are so familiar. But many millions of people will feel a liberation in not having to perform the psychological gymnastics required to make yourself feel included in an environment to which you have not specifically been invited. Like consent, inclusion is sexy.

Listen to Universal Love on Apple Music, Spotify, or Pandora and read more about the project at The New York Times.