Unsolicited Endorsements XXXVI

Because sometimes you just want friends to tell you about cool things… the Brew House team offers up its weekly mix of author-supported goodness.

Hipster Hop: G-Eazy’s “Runaround Sue”

A few weeks ago, my friend Danny called me about a show. He lives in New Orleans, and I’d planned to go down there the last week of September. So he told me that Hoodie Allen, the Ivy League educated (and former Google-ite) independent rapper was playing in New Orleans that week. Cool, I said.

Well, it turns out that Hoodie will actually be in Lawrence before that — at the Granada on Saturday — and he’s sharing the tour with G-Eazy, the Oakland native who made YouTube waves last year with his underground hit, “Runaround Sue” a sample of Dion’s *all-time hit/underrated party song. (Earlier this week, my old college friend Jess interviewed G-Eazy about the upcoming show and his new material.)

*One incongruous moment: Dropping a line about texting in a song that samples a 1961 hit — and features a video homage to the same era. Kids these days— Rustin Dodd

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 Book: “The Rent Is Too Damn High” by Matthew Yglesias

 Like most of the stuff Matthew Yglesias (Slate, ThinkProgress, The Atlantic) writes, “The Rent Is Too Damn High” is a book by a city dweller, for city dwellers, about city dwellers. If you live in a sprawling abode in suburban Johnson County, Kansas – which the book references in detail – you won’t find much information of interest here. But if you live in a city, and by proxy, probably pay too much in rent each month, you’ll find a lot of thought-provoking material in Yglesias’ relatively short volume.

If you’re a city-dwelling progressive who recoils when you hear the term “development” and braces at the mention of the world “gentrification,” you’ll definitely have your attitudes challenged and your mind changed. In short, our government’s overreaching zoning, landmarking and development regulations are driving up rent, pushing out low- and mid-income earners, and hollowing out cities from within. It’s an eye-opening, brief (64 pages) and affordable ($3.99) read. – Asher Fusco

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 Journalism: “The Second Term” by Ryan Lizza

So, we’re a little behind here. This piece came out in June, and if I was going to recommend a political longread, it might make sense to point out Michael Lewis’ access piece on Obama, which appeared online this week in Vanity Fair. (Then again, anyone with internet access was probably bombarded with  words about that story on Thursday. I was.)

But with 50-some days left until the election, Lizza’s analysis of a potential second term exists in a reality where governing is tough, compromise rare and campaign wishlists are whittled down to two or three practical options. What would a second term look like? Well, don’t listen to any stump speeches. There’s also some insightful historical context of past presidents — Reagan, Clinton and Bush II. — RD

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