This Weekend In New York: Yellow Ostrich Pines, Rakim Makes The Sun Come Out


In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

This weekend took us from a fatally twee record release party in Williamsburg to a Central Park performance of some of the greatest hip-hop of all time. We got rained on, whined on, and possibly nearly electrocuted, but in the end, we got to shake Rakim's hand, and that made it all worthwhile.

Debbie Allen

Friday night we hit up Glasslands to see Exitmusic. The band's fronted by one very attractive married couple, one half of whom is Aleksa Palladino, who plays Angela Darmody on Boardwalk Empire. This multi-talented young lady composes music with her mod dreamboat husband Devon Church, and her persona is thankfully devoid of theater-person obnoxiousness. As Palladino swayed over her synths and hid behind her long hair and witchy necklaces, a surprisingly powerful alto emitted from somewhere deep inside her, catching in her throat before it escaped. The deep bass, glitchy samples, and moody, swelling compositions were reminiscent of two great "heads" of the nineties: Portis- and Radio-. (I'm guessing their name is a nod to the latter.)

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