• Jul 23 2012

    Queer Future: Frank Ocean Opens Up

    By Lukas Clark-Memler

    “Today is a big day for hip hop…”

    Def Jam founder and hip hop heavyweight Russell Simmons is of course talking about Frank Ocean’s recent proclamation of bisexuality. The Odd Future-member and saccharine crooner revealed that his first love was a man in a poetically intimate Tumblr post (click here to read original post). Cue the ever-pervasive interweb exploding with articles like “Frank Is Gay” and “Is This The End of Hip Hop’s Homophobia?”


    Dec 23 2011

    Project Rhythm Seed’s Best Of 2011

    By Lukas Clark-Memler

    Introduction
    Another year has ended; another list has been compiled. Often I get this feeling that in 100 years, all that will remain of today’s pop culture will be a number of well-thought-out lists. While many critics are driven to paroxysms at the thought of another year-end list, the fact is that they are essential to annual retrospective analysis. There is a feeling of security and consistency in ‘Best Of’ lists; inasmuch as one can feel safe in the presence of a numerically-ordered selection of things. But in truth, the rapid acceleration of technology and the advent of social media has completely changed the way humans organize their internal thoughts. We no longer think in prose, or even full sentences; we think in lists.


    Aug 8 2011

    Anarchy In The USA: Tyler, The Creator’s New Brand of Punk

    By Lukas Clark-Memler

    On November 6th, 1975, Sid Vicious walked onto the stage of London’s St. Martin’s College and changed the world. Although the Sex Pistols’ debut performance was cut short by the College’s dean who ostensibly called the music “extremely loud,” Vicious still had time to spit at the audience, destroy his amplifier and get into a fight with the soundman. It truly was one for the history books.