Keeping It Real With The Economist

Rapping about bling and bitches is played out. What’s next for aspiring rappers? Rapping about The Economist. [via The Guardian]

The Economist’s bid to appeal to more youthful readers seems to be paying off after two 17-year-olds created a rap about the business title, while a Facebook fan group created by a teenage schoolgirl has enjoyed a surge in popularity.
The rap, created by US students Ike Edgerton and Chris Misa under the name Psikotic, is a tribute that includes samples of Economist journalists such as Edward Lucas and Anthony Gottlieb from the title’s audio podcasts.
The chorus of the rap runs: “He reads the Economist so he can get the gist, its solid competence gives him confidence that his intelligence is correct.”
Other lines praise editorial standards such as “The style in which they write is simple and concise, how do they get their sentences so precise?”
The rap finishes with the defiant statement: “I guess reading it makes me kind of boring. Well if that’s the price I pay for being well informed – too fucking bad.”

We can only hope they tackle The New Yorker next. Grab the MP3 here or listen to an excerpt here. [Hat Tip Gawker]

Santogold: "Your Voice"

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Santogold with M.I.A.
RCRD LBL has a new dubtastic track by Santogold not included on her album. Grab it here.

PEHDTSCKJMBA: Waits Explains Why There Will Be No New York Shows


Anti has the full list of tour dates posted. [hat tip BrooklynVegan]

McCarren Park Pool Shows

Since lots of people have been asking, yes, Gogol Bordello are confirmed. As are M.I.A., Ween, Death Cab For Cutie, Devo, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, and the Black Keys. Tickets and more information can be found at mccarrenpark.com. We’re still waiting to hear more about the free JellyNYC Pool Parties, so stay posted.

Gogol Bordello, Wonderlust King

Clinton Advisor: Indianans "Shit" "Worthless White N*rs"


UPDATE: Part of this video, according to filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker, has been doctored. See the original here. Still, where the racial slur seems to be a fraud, Kantor does in fact refer to Indianans as “shit.”

WTF? Babies Dropped From Tower "For Their Health"

This is fucking weird, but don’t worry, the video is bizarre but carnage-free. [hat tip Buzzfeed]

Smoke Up

From the Washington Post

The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer. The new findings “were against our expectations,” said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.
“We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use,” he said. “What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”

Sign the McCain FEC Complaint Letter

By his own admission, John McCain is breaking the law. His latest spending report has him $4 million over the limit he imposed on himself when he accepted public financing. Make McCain comply to FEC laws by signing this petition.