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mikeeaglestinks:

sidewalkmagic:

Open Mike Eagle - ”Qualifiers (Live from the Laundromat)”

It takes a special kind of rapper (and person) to make music that revolves so heavily around intelligence and irony without completely alienating his listeners.  Open Mike Eagle’s secret?  Even when he’s throwing around obscure literature references or crafting two-minute-long figurative satirical narratives or wryly criticizing modern reliance on technology, Open Mike never loses track of himself.  Most of his criticisms come tied with a high-profile asterisk: Open Mike Eagle is just as tied to his surroundings and haunted by his demons as each of us, and that grounds his music and casts it in a subtly but crucially different light.  These aren’t the superior chastisements of a rapper who knows better than us; Open Mike is just as mired in 21st century faults as each of us are.

Equally capable of carrying his songs by way of rapping and by singing (and of making us laugh and cry), “blending genres” doesn’t give Open Mike Eagle enough credit for what he’s done with Dark Comedy.  He’s got a unique knack for phrasing age-old rallying mantras in ways that are both funny and undeniable in their clarity (“Nah, I’m in the hood hearing sirens/And the beat tried to make me feel good but it’s lying” — “Sadface Penance Raps”): as a matter of fact, run down the album’s tracklist for a good sense of Dark Comedy’s unique brand of honesty and irony: “Thirsty Ego Raps” and “Golden Age Raps” slide into “Very Much Money (Ice King Dream)” and the Hannibal Burress-featuring “Doug Stamper (Advice Raps),” while “A History of Modern Dance” makes an appearance later on.Making fun of people without alienating them is a difficult task, and one that Eagle takes to with aplomb.

It says it all, really, that one of the album’s most memorable tracks is about Open Mike being invited to a dream gig on the moon — a show that he has to withdraw from because, well, it’s his wedding anniversary (“Jon Lovitz (Fantasy Booking Yarn)”).  That type of wry “well, what can ya do” juxtaposition is what makes Open Mike’s music so powerful; reality is always there to be grappled with, and he’s got no patience for anyone unwilling to confront its ugliness or place their perceptions in question.  He might put it best himself on “Qualifiers”: “Fuck you if you’re a white man that assumes I speak for black folk/Fuck you if you’re a white man who thinks I can’t speak for black folk.” Sharp and incisive, Dark Comedy is rap made for today’s society, and Open Mike Eagle is a rapper made for its denizens.

i promise i didnt write this.

These were the guests for the first four Varietopia with Paul F. Tompkinses.
This Saturday is Varietopia No. 5. Whom shall the guests be?
FIND OUT AT THE SHOW! 
TICKETS

All photos: Liezl Estipona

These were the guests for the first four Varietopia with Paul F. Tompkinses.

This Saturday is Varietopia No. 5. Whom shall the guests be?

FIND OUT AT THE SHOW! 

TICKETS

All photos: Liezl Estipona

SPEAKEASY WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS: JOHN HODGMAN

I love doing this series, but I love it extra much moreso when the guest is a friend of mine. 

*SPOILER*: Mr. Hodgman has yet to make good on his promise of sending me some weird book that he was all jazzed about.

vice-portugal:

O mundo de Paul F. Tompkins http://bit.ly/1t1RL7y

vice-portugal:

O mundo de Paul F. Tompkins 

howtosharpenpencils:

This is the TV show I keep talking about! It’s gonna be fun and I hope you’ll watch it when it premieres ONE WEEK FROM TONIGHT. Basically, it’s a how-to show that investigates all the simple, mundane things we do without thinking.

I wanted to make a TV show in the same spirit as my book HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS, which — yeah it has some crazy stuff in it but — is fundamentally a sincere celebration of how interesting pencils and pencil sharpeners are. And a celebration of doing simple things well, and having fun too! Basically GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES Is just a big-ass fun celebration (and re-contextualization) of basic skills like TYING YOUR SHOES or OPENING A DOOR or SHAKING HANDS (actual episodes).

I will write more about this show soon, I promise! I can’t wait for you to see it!

laughterkey:

hannanimal:

"I’ve come to the conclusion having re-read Eliot, that maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap," Lord Lloyd-Webber said.

Great work, everyone. We can all go home now. 

THIS SATURDAY AT LARGO AT THE CORONET

The lineup for this month’s Varietopia is nothing short of delightful. Eclectic, electric and what-the-heck?tic! 

COME AND SEE.
Tickets: bit.ly/Varietopia714

Logo design: Liezl Estipona

THIS SATURDAY AT LARGO AT THE CORONET

The lineup for this month’s Varietopia is nothing short of delightful. Eclectic, electric and what-the-heck?tic!

COME AND SEE.
Tickets: bit.ly/Varietopia714

Logo design: Liezl Estipona
Pod 172.1

workjuice:

Pod 172.1 is brought to you by Bucatino Business, where the business of business is done by Bucatinos.
Starring Craig Cackowski and Paul F. Tompkins.

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laughterkey:

perzadook:

schrodingerskat:

I asked my friend if I could take his picture because I wanted to show my boss how much he looks like Tormund Giantsbane, and I promised him it wouldn’t end up on the internet. But he has been missing for four days - no one has seen him since Wednesday. His truck was found abandoned by the bike path on Dayton Xenia Road.
This is Chris Mollahan, and if you see him, please let me know? And I don’t care how far away from Ohio you live, if you could signal boost for us we would be grateful.

schrodingerskat is a good tumblr person so help out if you can

Signal boost.

laughterkey:

perzadook:

schrodingerskat:

I asked my friend if I could take his picture because I wanted to show my boss how much he looks like Tormund Giantsbane, and I promised him it wouldn’t end up on the internet. But he has been missing for four days - no one has seen him since Wednesday. His truck was found abandoned by the bike path on Dayton Xenia Road.

This is Chris Mollahan, and if you see him, please let me know? And I don’t care how far away from Ohio you live, if you could signal boost for us we would be grateful.

schrodingerskat is a good tumblr person so help out if you can

Signal boost.