Call me a stickler for nuance, but I sometimes wish artists were required (by some musical Big Brother) to document every creative and technical decision that they make in their crafting of an album. That way, listeners would be able to get an immediate and detailed sense of just how much (or how little) work and talent was put in, and adjust their opinions accordingly.
Listening to ahnnu’s remarkably smooth 29-minute sample-fest pro habitat (TMT Review), the question of whether or not work or talent was involved hardly merits a response; obviously, indisputably, the answer is yes, but now we’re concerned with degrees. It’s apparent that he worked his ass off, but just how much of his ass did he work… off? Are the two cheeks still mostly recognizable? I might just have to do some serious/borderline creepy investigative reporting and invite myself into his studio to watch the man at work if I want to obtain a clear and complete answer to this.
Or I (and you) could just catch him on his West Coast tour, which begins today in Pasadena, CA. To be sure, live performances aren’t quite as thorough a method of obtaining information about recording processes as being obnoxiously insistent, but fun-having remains a distinct characteristic of the former. Have fun and witness a burgeoning talent in the abstract/instrumental hip-hop scene at one of the dates below.
Dates (all w/ Ages, Mndsgn, and DTCPU):
11.30.12 - Pasadena, CA - Poo-Bah Record Label and Store
12.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Icon Lounge
12.04.12 - Seattle, WA - The Lo-Fi Gallery
12.05.12 - Portland, OR - Groove Suite
12.07.12 - Oakland, CA - The Fox Theater
12.08.12 - Arcata, CA - Ocean Grove Lodge
12.14.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Space 15 Twenty
• ahnnu: http://www.dogtropic.net