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pboutique-001 Has it really been 20 years since a teenage Mr. Canacorn went to the mall to buy one of his most cherished records of all time?

I know I’ve been talking about some of my more recent LP purchases the past couple of days, but today is kind of special, so I’m going to spotlight an old record…

Paul’s Boutique by The Beastie Boys and The Dust Brothers (including Matt Dike) just might be my all time favorite record ever made.

pboutique-002 I couldn’t stop listening to this record for a year straight back in 89 and I still revisit it in one form or another to this day.

Lyrically it’s a ton of fun and with over a hundred samples packed into 15 tracks it never bores me. In fact, I just downloaded a commentary track from the Beastie‘s site, just in case I didn’t learn everything I possibly could about PB from Dan Leroy’s 33 1/3 book back in 06.

And really, it’s the only double gatefold record I own…still…to this day. And how cool is that?

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Pretty fucking cool, old man…pretty fucking cool.

brokeNCYDE…Good For The Kids?

HMMMMMM…uh, where to start today? Okay…um, I guess if you don’t know what a brokeNCYDE is (which I didn’t either until a half hour ago) you should start with a video.

2rwn5mgWow, huh? My friend Joe scribbled some nonsense on a post-it note at work yesterday and predicted that brokeNCYDE would be the topic of my next blog….boy was he right! How could I stay away from something everyone in the fucking world knows about except me?!

Even Warren Fucking Ellis blogged about these jokers back in November!

While Warren refers to this band’s video for Freaxxx as a “fall of Western culture moment” and a “near-perfect snapshot of everything that’s shit about this point in the culture,” I’d have to kind of respectfully disagree…sort of

Obviously, brokeNCYDE is for the kids. You know, what we were before we grew up and started hating everything we didn’t “get.” Remember when we wanted to jump off a bridge because everyone else was doing it? Remember how cool you felt when your parents and teachers just didn’t understand what you and your elite group of friends were about? That’s what’s happening here…except we’re on the other side now. I may be more concerned with my mortgage and health insurance these days, but I still enjoy some dumb music every once in a while to help ease the pain of being a responsible adult….but kids can just enjoy dumb music ’cause, well, they’re kids.

Sure, the song is crap (but kinda’ catchy) and the dudes in the band look just a little too old to be Scene Kids (seriously, click on that link), and I think they all look like a gaggle of assholes, but this wasn’t made for me. It was made for the “Crunk Kids” of the world….heh, Crunk Kids….groan.

It’s not the worst thing in the world…or maybe it is an amalgamation of all the worst things in the world as Mr. Ellis suggests?

Whatever. Basically, I think brokeNCYDE is harmless, stupid fun for the kids of today and no different than when I was into this group in 1984…but hey, those assholes grew up and got all buddy buddy with the Dalai Lama, nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and won a Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” in 2008…so who knows what the future holds for the members of brokeNCYDE and their 151458 MySpace friends?

I’ll let the kids have brokeNCYDE and Freaxxx and I’ll stick with with what I know…