England’s is OK, no Gillespie

February 20, 2004
It’s not exactly a British invasion. Dizzee Rascal is the second English rapper to have a major album release in the United States, following The Streets’ release of “Original Pirate Material” last year. And the best feature of his album “Boy in Da Corner” is not that revolutionary — or even catchy or intelligent — »

Wanna get the axe? Just do this …

February 13, 2004
Relationships take a lot of care, attention, and time, and on Valentine’s Day, you want to show that someone just how special she is. But this year, skip the hum-drum Valentine’s roses, dinner and play. Your relationship is going too smoothly anyway. This time, “spice things up” emotionally by taking her on one of these »

Hi, my name is Burt and I’m emasculated

January 30, 2004
I have an announcement to make. I have a girlfriend now. By “now,” I actually mean for about nine months, but she didn’t really feel comfortable with me writing this column for a while. What? Why are you making that whip-cracking noise? Wait, don’t stop reading! Please don’t stop reading! Yes, this is the column »

Kanye is rap’s face of the future

January 23, 2004
Even if you don’t think you’ve heard of Kanye West, you’ve already heard him. He was the beatmaker responsible for hip-hop classics like Talib Kweli’s “Get By,” but also for mainstream chart-toppers like Jay-Z’s “Girls Girls Girls,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” and most recently Ludacris’ “Stand Up.” And songs from his first solo album, “College Dropout,” like »

Road show feels city beat

October 24, 2003
Bad boys, bad boys, watcha gonna do? Watcha gonna do when they come for you? The Yale University Police Department is tucked away on the far end of campus in a weathered old house on Sachem St., a block past the hockey rink. It’s a strange place; inside there is a short hallway, with cramped, »

Burt’s freestyling gets him into trouble, again

October 3, 2003
So last Thursday night I got hassled by some townies, and my friend Starks kicked the door of a moving car (it was a Mini, with four dudes inside. They deserved it). Where were we? Closing time outside of BAR, of course. Ahh, closing time on Crown Street. It has all the chaotic diversity of »

Pledging ‘Maxim’

September 12, 2003
Hey, dude, how’ve you been? I know, seriously. So, what’d you end up doing this summer? That sounds awesome. OK, now we’ve gotten that out of the way. So — Pretty, much, the “how was your summer” question elicits one of two responses from Yale kids. Either you did some ridiculously hard finance internship/selfless volunteer »

Helm tries Ferrari, Aston on for size

April 25, 2003
Rock stars drive Ferraris. So do investment bankers, high-priced litigators, and the idle rich. The rest of us are stuck with rusty Geo Metros, emasculating Chevy Malibus, or our parents’ 1990 Subaru station wagon. But is there really that much difference between a guy in a Bentley and a guy in a Pinto? When you »

Google your way to play

April 11, 2003
One of the best parts of being a DJ on an FM station is doing shout-outs. I am a DJ on Tuesday nights on “The Love Zone” on 94.3 FM, WYBC’s commercial radio station. In addition to doing my weekly song dedication of “Do Me Baby” to my suitemate’s sister and mom (hey, can I »

When ‘Girls Gone Wild’ turns into just ‘Girls Gone’

March 28, 2003
Over spring break I took a trip to California, and while I was laid-over in Chicago I overheard these three guys talking at the gate near me. They were all in college, very gangly, and aside from one kid with a flat-top, all had gelled side-parts. From listening I learned the three of them were »

The 2-on-1 that got away: sometimes a tie isn’t enough

March 7, 2003
Thomas Carlyle once said, “Society, which the more I think of it astonishes me the more, is founded upon cloth.” The man’s totally right. Style is important, especially when it comes to clothes–it’s probably the sole reason that last Thursday, I almost got involved in a three-way. But let me tell the story from the »

Just in time, six ways to avoid the Valentine void

February 14, 2003
I have to admit, Valentine’s Day is not effin’ sweet. You can’t help feeling a little left out on Valentines Day when you’re single and watching the couples walk from place to place, engaging in cute activity after cute activity. You guys are going ice skating and then out to dinner? That is SO adorable! »