Tuesday, August 15, 2006

An Evening With The Roots

Good times with Pharcyde, Supernatural, Talib Kweli & The Roots at Webster Hall last night. Unintentional comedy everywhere, but good times nonetheless. Not a bad way to pop my hip-hop cherry.

I must admit I left a little early and missed some top-notch shit, including a rendition of Crazy with Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo, but The Roots put on a helluva show. If you're white and want to buy a $12, six-ounce cup of Hennessy and some green shit, sign up for free stuff from the cool people at Kool, and get free dogtags and Zippos with customized sayings, then The Roots are certainly for you. Go git 'em.

They're also a supremely talented band and put on quite a fun show from start to finish. ?uestlove is a monster on the drums, and one day when he and Trey play together (nearly confirmed by Roots Lover J-Cantor this weekend), it's gonna be a nice little gin party. Oh yeah, and their MC's name is Black Thought. I mean, that's just cool as hell. "Uh, Mr. Thought, can you sign my hat?"

Slack Pictures of the Day: Some more from Webster Hall -- The Marquee; This picture just seems racist...booty-shakin' girls with Kool ads behind her; Pharcyde opens the show... not well, but they played their hits (Yo Momma, Passin Me By, etc); Supernatural -- this guy literally asked for people to pass him shit to the front of the stage and he'd take it, rap about it (to show they weren't old raps), and pass em back -- he lit the show on fiya; Black Thought and ?uestlove; More Roots; Even more Roots; and Talib Kweli, who I thought sucked.

Slack Song of the Day: Obviously we'll stick with The Roots - check out their faux MySpace page here for some tracks off the new album.


At 11:59 AM, Blogger Some Dude said...

Hey Ace-
Trey and ?uestlove have actually played together. It was for the movie "All Access" where The Roots and Trey backed up B.B. King on Rock Me Baby.

It's a cool movie saw the IMax version of it.

Check it out... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E6JHAO/sr=8-2/qid=1155657234/ref=sr_1_2/102-4044476-0671361?ie=UTF8

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Alex Fritz said...

That's one hot hip-hopper show right there.

"Bizzare Ride to Tha Pharcyde" was the first rap album I ever got, followed quickly by Bone Thugs, Warren G, Tupac, et al.

My parents really hated that phase of my teen years and were very relieved when I started driving around the midwest for Phishy shows.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Yes yes, SD, I am familiar with that actually...I think we discussed it in the comments section of a post here recently.

My bad, a little confusing -- I meant a tour of sorts. Rumor swirling last night had Trey, ?uestlove and Flea in a trio (confirmed by ?uestlove at Saturday night's show), but apparently Flea's too busy with RHCP and other big-time shit to play along. Not gonna happen.

But throw in Medeski and Mike (in place of the Col. Tightey Whities) with Trey and ? and you've got a sweet band.

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Some Dude said...

That would be quite the trio, but yeah adding Medeski into the mix would be as you say "craisins"

At 12:39 PM, Blogger J$ said...

The Roots opened for Trey on 6/1/02 in Vegas but there was no collaboration. Really sweet Small Ax the night before with Michael Franti though!

At 1:21 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

i cant believe u went to this without the poophop ace. my feelings are officially hurt

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Sorr, poophop...I thought you were dead. ALL CAPS ANON told me as much at the wedding this weekend.

Wanna go to a Dance Party?

At 2:43 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

eh tu Brutus??


At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At 3:02 PM, Blogger Passion of the Weiss said...

It's too bad you didn't get to see Talib Kweli a few years ago. He was the best of the bunch and then over the past three years I think he's had the greatest dropoff of any rapper in recent memory. Cool pics...I wish I was there...sounds like a great show.

At 5:55 PM, Anonymous j-cantor said...

Hey Ace-

Yeah sorry you had to miss out on the last part of the show. i know you would have really enjoyed the questlove and guitar solos. gnarls will also have to wait to see another day. when it comes out on dvd, you have seat on my couch. until next time in an air conditioned venue on a weekend.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger kitty kat said...

I sawt his show last Saturday.

It was phenomenal, wasn't it?

Hypnotiq+Hennesey=Incredible Hulk=green shit in your glass, dude.

?uestlove dj-ed the afterparty here, I take it he didn't there?

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous shoe5548 said...

Sounded like a sweet show, sorry I missed it-Ace what do you make of the Guster/Ray Lamontagne/ YMSB show this friday at PNC? I think YMSB would be the best part....

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

J-Cantor, you the man...thanks for bringing me along. After the ridiculously week I had leading up to Monday night, I have no regrets leaving that show early -- BUT, I do feel bad that I walked out on your favorite band. That's on me, my bad. I'll buy you the DVD as pennance.

shoe, Guster is one of the worst bands I've ever seen live. I saw 'em once in college (and promptly left saying "That is dogshit") and once at The Jammys, where Peter Frampton was the only thing that saved them from my throwing tomatoes at them. Good god, how is that band popular?

I don't know much about Ray, except I like what I've heard and Mulgrew is a big fan. Other than that, YMSB is clearly the highlight of that show (PNC? Really? Fucking Guster/Ray L/YMSB can play sheds?!). They were awesome at that Randall's Island thing, and I'd see them all the time if they ever dragged their asses to NYC more often. I'd stay home from that one though and buy a ticket to the upcoming Steely Dan/Mikey McD show instead.

At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Rashid Z. Muhammad said...

Talib never came across to me as a guy who would do a good show as his voice and delivery would seem to be unintelligible which sucks for a guy who is so lyrically concentrated.

With that said, he is still one of the sickest MCs around.

At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was linked here from okayplayer and the pics are cool. Show at Webster Hall was off the wall! As for Talib sucked, that is nonsense. Talib is one of the sickest emcees you'll ever hear and he played a lot from reflection eternal, which is my favorite Talib album. Great song selection, but the sound guy drowned him out.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger DannyNoonan said...

I think Talib kinda sucks now too. I used to kind of like going to shows when he was with Most Def but the last few times I saw him he was pretty bad. Maybe it's because I wasn't familiar withhis new stuff, or maybe because I don't really like hip hop music.


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