Music High: 'Supramundane' by Tay Sean
Tay Sean has long been one of my favorite producers and rappers from Seattle. I've been toe tapping and head nodding to his music for years, dating back to his work with the group Helladope back around the turn of the decade (Rainwater = favorite Tay tune from that era). I also think his group that followed Helladope, Kingdom Crumbs, is one of the most underrated acts in recent Seattle music memory. This latest tune, which he released as a solo single, showcases everything I dig about his music: timeless/effortless style, infectious rhythm and cool/confident/clever raps.
Writing High: 'Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book Is a Mixtape About His Hometown, So I Listened to It in Mine' by Rembert Browne on vulture.com (link)
Rembert Browne has been one of my favorite writers since he burst onto Grantland.com a few years ago and seemingly overnight became one of most important voices at a site full of heavy hitters. Rembert's piece Barack and Me was my favorite piece of writing from 2015. I also highly recommend his interview on the Long Form Podcast.
Podcast High: 'Meet the Press' host Chuck Todd on 'Keepin' It 1600'
With apologies to my both the NPR Politics Podcast and FiveThirtyEight's Election Podcast (which are both very good), Keepin' It 1600 has quickly become the can't miss podcast of this presidential election cycle. Both Senior officials on Obama's presidential campaigns, hosts Jon Favreau (Obama's former director of speechwriting) and Dan Pfeiffer (a former senior adviser for strategy and communications) bring incredible insight to every episode (which are published every Thursday), plus their guest selection has been top-notch. That said, this conversation with 'Meet the Press' host Chuck Todd (which begins at 50:30) is the best piece of podcasting they've done to date. Listening to them debate the merits of alternative vs. traditional media as the optimal medium for longform policy discussions between the president and an interviewer is really fascinating (Todd is befuddled as to why Obama's team scheduled a 50 minute interview on Marc Maron's WTF podcast and repeatedly declined his pitches for a 50 minute interview on Meet the Press.)