What happens when a bunch of skilled musicians get together in a room and just start playing -- with no regard for whether what comes out will be marketable? Check out the gorgeous new collaboration between Seu Jorge and Almaz for an example. For our print edition this week, Phillip Mlynar spoke to Jorge and found out
that the group's album -- which sat on a shelf for two years before being discovered by a label -- was a product of the kind of loving, naïve music-making that is all-too-rare these days.
Berkeley rapper Lil B jokes about being gay, got punched in the face on YouTube, and recently signed a deal with Soulja Boy. But is this clumsily rapping alumni of East Bay outfit the Pack brilliantly chameleonic -- or just searching for a gimmick that will get him exposure? Ben Westoff explores the strangely appealing trainwreck
of Lil B.