another hip hop anniversary

Posted on April 19, 2014 by matt

Illmatic, the classic debut album from Nas, was released twenty years ago today on April 19, 1994. Here’s the location of the Queensbridge housing project from the album cover’s photo. Queensbridge Houses – Nas

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a map of locations from banksy’s better out than in

Posted on November 21, 2013 by matt

Here is a map of all the locations from Better Out Than In, Banksy’s October 2013 residency in New York. I’m not sure how many of these are still up. I know some were painted over almost immediately but others have been protected with plexiglass. I’m not a New Yorker, and I’m worse with the […]

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a hip hop anniversary

Posted on November 9, 2013 by matt

In case you want to hit up New York and celebrate, here’s a reminder about a couple of locations in honor of the anniversary of two landmark hip hop albums, Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), both released twenty years ago on November 9, 1993. Park Hill […]

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Steve Albini’s letter to Nirvana

Posted on September 27, 2013 by matt

A letter Steve Albini wrote to Nirvana about producing In Utero has been making the rounds. You can see it here. “My first choice for an outside recording studio would be a place called Pachyderm in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. It’s a great facility with outstanding acoustics and a totally comfy architect’s wet-dream mansion where the […]

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Portlandia Season 2 Filming Locations

Posted on September 5, 2013 by matt

Portlandia season 2 first aired over a year and a half ago, so here’s a timely post about the locations. I left out the residential homes. If you want to repeatedly petition the people who live there to ban plastic bags in Oregon or force them to watch The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari you’ll have […]

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