LxListening: Folkamania 2011

Looking back on our first four months of posts, I tried looking for trends on what we covered too much, just enough, and not nearly enough. At this point, you probably know we like hip hop, The Talking Heads, and Danny Glover.

The one genre I don’t feel we covered nearly enough was folk music. Perhaps that’s because I’m the biggest advocate for the genre at LxL, but it was also a strong year for folk and we would be remiss to not highlight some of the music. So this playlist highlights the best in folk music this year.

Without further ado…

Fleet Foxes and a log cabin
Folk music has always been meant for the log cabin.

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Childish Gambino: A Very Childish Review

Childish Gambino

Although I thought it a bit strange, I was very excited when I first heard the news that comedic actor Donald Glover would be crossing-over and launching a rap career under the name Childish Gambino. Angels in the Outfield was certainly a childhood favorite of mine, and who could possibly deny the brilliance of the hilarious buddy picture with Joe Pesci, Gone Fishin’? Sure, the Lethal Weapon series ran a about 3 movies too many, but the first one is not only a comedy/action classic, but also a template for all buddy/cop pictures following in it’s footsteps. Yes, crossing over from acting to rapping is a bit of an iffy move for a 65 year old actor, but why not? He’s black and he is total a badass. With a stage-name like Childish Gambino, I just assumed he must be playing out some sort of Peter Pan syndrome in which he is refusing to grow up, and instead, living out a childhood fantasy of becoming a rap artist. It wasn’t long after the news broke that I actually saw Childish perform at Bonnaroo, and my dreams and expectations were completely shattered.
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