How to Listen to “How To Shoot Quail”

February 15, 2012
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The Onion recently quipped a “report” that:
“Watching Episode of (PBS/BBC)’s  ‘Downton Abbey’ Counts As Reading Book”

and…I often feel similarly towards a Doc Waffles track… since the Emcee’s raps are cultivated from his devoted hobby of page diving the sophisticated seas of Victorian novels and eloquently rendered sonnets from the post-Renaissance era,  a symptom of his day-job in dealing rare/antique books; altogether urban/antiquarian/suburban/subterranean and surreal…

As rapper SelfSays put it best: “Mad Regal.” A candidate to be the Grand Marshall of Detroit’s next-wave of the new weird -in hip-hop, like Self or Illingsworth, though you won’t be seeing him (Waffles, that is, a.k.a. Ben Ness) at Blowout, not unless he jumps up on stage during Passalacqua‘s set. But we’ll see. All the more reason for you, today, to listen…

Read more about Doc here …and head over to his bandcamp to take a listen to his latest release How To Shoot Quailgirded by the dazzling samples and thwacked-swaggering beats of notable local producers: Jamie Callahan, Eddie Logix, Robert Flood, Crate Digga, Scav D and Sheefy McFly (of the Delorean).

-Streaming above is this writer’s personal favorite: “Is It Showing?”

His tunes, queued with such indelible space-jazz/soul-pop hooks, are thus made evermore delectable by his disarmingly eloquent diction (part-crooner, part rose-in-his-teeth bard, shaggy thrift-shopping looks with a literati’s vocabulary); so there’s just this strange charm about them that made it hard for me, this morning, to resist listing a Top 5 Songs (from his previous three albums) – to provide you an ad-hoc refresher course, before you take aim at Quail.

1. “Bearskin Toga” -from 06′s Golfview Drive -(Maybe it’s the Melville references)

2. “Howard Hughes” -from 2011′s Seizure Suit Farms -(Maybe it’s the Jurassic Park re-enactments, but it was thing I heard from the guy, so there’s extra sentiment).

3. “….Well… crap… Looks like the Internet (0r maybe Doc-himself?) isn’t allowing us access, this morning, to his 2010 album The Bon Vivant…

Instead, I’ll put a link to this video featuring rapper Benjamin Miles (of- Of Mice & Musicians).

4. “Dumpster” – from 06′s Golfview Drive – (A fine example, as Logix pointed out, of Waffles’ talents at subtly slipping punches of sobering poignancy in with the surreal wordplay).

5. “From Mysteries…” (I can’t say why, at the moment… since my lap top’s out of commission and I don’t have the headphone-means of audibly reviewing, but the title sticks in my brain).

  • Bigupsdetroit313

    DocWafles EAT’S WEAK PEOPLE!!!!!

  • Getusome420

    It takes real heads and people who know music to understand Doc’s true feeling’s are an open book for music lovers to dive into. Jeff way to convey Doc’s true pale skin. He’s Detroit to his core

  • Everyonesnightmare318

    How is it that this guy doesn’t get more local support. I listened to his whole discography on his bandcamp site, then sent dude 20 buck’s for his new sh<t. OMG I've never even seen a quail but I hate them and doc waffles is way tighter than half the other guy's in this piece. Being a oakland county transpalant I see the deep over tone's of distain for the hush hush country club life styles, displaying the vast differance" of the one's who have vs. Us who feed the machine." We're all to take a deep look into this dude's "how too shoot quail" see the pain and essence of true hip-hop from a shatter soul reborn through lines designed to elevate all listeners into his world. Doc maybe one of detroits greatest all around Emcee's who's spaned a huge amount of time do'n HIS Art. MUCH RESPECT WAFFLES

  • Ballersinc313

    DOC WAFFLES IS THE BEST EMCEE IN DETROIT, FLAT OUT NOT ONE TRACK THIS DUDE WON’T WRECK ANY OTHER RAPPERS ARE JUST TRY’N TO BE WAFFLES. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE WAFFLES, He’S SPURRED MANY DETROIT AND NATIONAL ARTIST TO STEP THERE GAME UP. SUPPORT LOCAL HIP HOP