When: Sat., May 26, 9 p.m. 2012
So far this year I haven't listened all the way through any album as many times as Blue Chips, the full-length, Reebok-sponsored collaboration between rapper Action Bronson and producer Party Supplies. It's an odd record that works within the general outlines of New York City hip-hop but sounds like nothing else in rap music. By the pair's own account the recording process was an extended stoned YouTube binge, and it shows: the music is ramshackle, lo-fi, and full of oddball choices of sampled material, recorded straight from YouTube to an MPC. On "Hookers at the Point" you can actually hear the telltale blipping of a Mac's volume being turned up. "Dreamer," based on an instrumental break copped from the Ozark Mountain Daredevils' "Jackie Blue," stops abruptly after 50 seconds, partway through the second verse of one of the most breathtaking vocal performances of 2012. "Huh, the beat cut out," you can hear Party Supplies say. It's a sloppy, hissy record, but it's also raw and immediate—and refreshing in its disregard for perfection. —Miles Raymer Sidewalk Chalk and Palmer Squares open.
Price: $15, $13 in advance