We wrote about Oakland hip-hop/rockers Why? earlier this year; their newest album, Alopecia, has been a 2008 Bobka fav (yes, we've got a bunch of those). Thankfully the good peeps at Dublab recorded a killer live set with Why? way back in January.
The strength of their live material lies in the combination of simplified hooks and the articulated lyrics of lead singer Yoni Wolf (examples below). Even better articulated is the album's logline from Why?'s myspace page:
In short, Alopecia is a collection of hard rhymes and raw-spun songs forced through the stubborn smile of a life-lover scorned and reborn. In long, this is an album of bone-dry jokes, suicides played out in poem, musings on final moments written inside of restrooms, begrudging self-affirmation, and the grit and glories of every day living.Well put Yoni.
Here's a few samples of Yoni's poetic abilities as well as his knack for unique irony:
"Your cat clawed out my eyes while I was distracted by your smile /
and now my sockets sit like empty catcher's mitts waiting /
and you ask me if there's anybody else that I'm dating"
"Sucking dick for drink tickets at the free bar at my cousins Bar-Mitzvah"
"Using Purell 'til my hands bleed and swell"
Highlights from this set include "By Torpedo Or Crohn", "These Few Presidents" and "Fatalist Palmistry".
A Sky for Shoeing Heroes Under
By Torpedo Or Crohn
Brook & Waxing
These Few Presidents
The Fall of Mr. Fifths
Song of the Sad Assassin
Why? - Live at Dublab 1.18.08" [right click to save]