Release Date: May 19, 2009
Record label: Interdependent
Tanya Morgan :: BrooklynatiInterdependent RecordsAuthor: Pedro 'DJ Complejo' HernandezBrooklynati is a mythical place and a concept album. Tanya Morgan is a group named after a woman. The group has garnered and maintained quite a following since its birth years ago on the OkayPlayer.com message board. It was only natural that the group would become an internet media darling, representing all the hopes and dreams of the countless bloggers and internet collaborators who hope that a little internet game won't kill their hip-hop credibility.
A lot of people were excited for the 40th Anniversary Woodstock boxed set, but not exactly for the most wholesome reasons-- as undoubtedly the final time that these recordings will see a physical reissue, it was seen by many as a sign that we might start to free ourselves from the pervasive tyranny of Summer of Love boosterism, with all of its self-righteous back-patting and errant historical recounts. (As Douglas Wolk put it in his Pitchfork review, "the forgotten secret of Woodstock is that it kinda sucked. ") Personally, I don't see any sign of abatement on that front, since around the same time, Tanya Morgan's new album taught me that misconstrued nostalgia is pretty much part and parcel of any span of time where great music and worthy ideals intersect: damn if the praise of Brooklynati has me wondering if I've got a faulty memory too.