“It was an honor when I received a request to record this tribute to George Jones, and after I heard how well Keith Gattis had written “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” I was excited to record it. Thanks to Joe Nichols for coming in and helping on this project,” says Travis
Three Turkish rappers take aim with a polemically-charged and a socially-conscious number.
From the looks of the video (spliced images of camera phone and news footage showing the recent riots that took place in Turkey), rappers Rahdan, Buğra Milat and Kerim Erduran take aim at the powers that be with “Yatsı Vakti”, a hypnotic pulse of hip-hop grooves and gunslinging Southern twang. With a sampled riff of a slide guitar providing the sole hook, an air of presentiment hangs over the sombre rhymes as the three trade verse for verse in an uneasy exchange of politics and passion. At once optimistic and solemn, the song strikes a curious balance between youthful rebellion and a wise-beyond-their-years outlook that is remarkably successful in its confluence of emotional upheaval and workmanship-like determination. The fact that it is incredibly catchy doesn’t hurt the song at all. Considering how much of an impact Turkey’s riots have had on the nation, “Yatsı Vakti” will most likely be one in a slew of tracks to flower in light of the recent events. But for now, it takes first place as Turkey’s response to Johnny Cash’s adage of why you should never take your guns to town.
PopMatters is pleased to share the theme song to the IFC series Maron.
If any claim to being the king of comedy in the social networking era means mastering multiple media platforms, then Marc Maron might just have the last laugh. In a career that has cut across various formats, from being a stand-up veteran to a gadfly talk-radio personality to the host of one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts around, WTF, Maron is now tackling TV with his own eponymous sitcom on IFC. Adding to his multimedia mini-empire is the original soundtrack to Maron, which features the likes of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Hospitality, and Obits.