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I Can’t Dance to the Beat but I keep my head way high and absolutely Dig this Song – Video is a Must Watch

by Prince Of Petworth March 8, 2016 at 10:05 am 34 Comments

See why hundreds in DC (and beyond) are discussing the new video for Tarica June's politically-charged song "But Anyway".

Posted by Tarica June on Saturday, March 5, 2016

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    Man, that was really good!

  • Truxton K

    As a 40 year old, I really appreciate her choice in samples.

    • anonymous

      Yes, the PM Dawn beat took me back to high school.
      Good song…

    • Ed

      It looks like no one paid for/cleared them. It’s been taken down from most video sites.

    • textdoc

      What are the samples other than Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner,” as remixed by DNA?
      (I don’t have headphones here, so I had to listen to the video at super-super-low volume.)

      • jcm

        I heard the Suzanne Vega song, Spandau Ballet “True” (or I guess PM Dawn which sampled it), Eric B. & Rakim “Paid In Full”. I didn’t recognize the last song, from about 2:50 to 3:15.
        I thought the song was pretty good.

  • perfect

    I like it – she is really talented and it’s a sharp message. But the cheap shot about “can’t dance” wasn’t really necessary.

    • Shmoo

      i dunno, i think its a pretty accurate stereotype in general. have you ever been to a phish concert?

      • perfect

        There are many accurate stereotypes (however you want to define that) that are still unnecessarily insulting and do nothing to further the conversation. It goes both ways.

        • Anon

          I suggest you get over it, aggrieved one.

    • Yeah I’m not sure how you say “The city is filling up with those who dance off beat” and talk about spreading your message through love in the same song. Flip the script and imagine a white singer complaining about black people who (insert whatever stereotype you choose) keep moving into his neighborhood and see if you feel the same way about it just being a funny joke.

  • ExWalbridgeGuy

    Are the lyrics posted anywhere?

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Now that is ugly. I think Barry did a lot for the teenagers and down and outers. I’m not at all convinced that should be the mayor’s job.

  • anon

    this song is whack, NEXT!! could’ve been a whole lot better. definitely better than the water sprinkler sounding pre loaded drum beat stuff

    • Grant Circle

      So when can we expect to hear your new song?

      • Anonskies

        I’ve never understood why people make retorts like this. Since when does someone have to be capable of producing something to be qualified of expressing an opinion on that something? I doubt Tom Sietsema is a phenomenal chef but no one questions his capability of critiquing food.

        • Anon

          Tom Sietsema gets credibility from being Tom Sietsema. “anon” has no such advantage, knamean? Unless of course, “anon” publishes a widely acclaimed music review site that nobody knows about, in which case I’d expect a much deeper and better reasoned critique than “this is whack”.

        • Grant Circle

          Tom Sietsema also knows a thing or two about cooking. Beyond that, read his reviews. If something is bad he doesn’t simply write, “This wasn’t good.” He identifies the problem with the dish, service, etc. and in addition he highlights what is being done right. Anon simply said, “the song is wack.” and gave no support for their argument. They could have stated that the lyrics were somewhat simple, the videography could have been better, etc, but instead they chose to go the simple route. That is the difference between a Sietsema critique and an anon whine.

    • Bort

      You mean “wack.” “Whack” is what one might do to a mole, for example. Could’ve been a whole lot better.

  • Anon

    Why PG……

    • Anon

      The offensive comment was removed and now I look like an idiot :) Thanks for removing though! Hate seeing stuff like that here

      • BigPuddin

        Yeah, it was a shitty racist comment from an ignorant ass.

        • Anon

          Yes, Popville is a very inclusive place, but sometimes the commenters are not. As a person of color there are often threads that are too upsetting for me to even read, let alone try to respond to. The worst part is rather than being sharply denounced by others, their racism and ignorance gets echoed. Add to that the fact that these aren’t just random internet trolls in the middle of nowhere, these are neighbors. Now I try to just stick to posts about puppies

          • Blithe

            Word up! Thank you for articulating so eloquently what I’ve been feeling for a while.

          • anon


  • Los

    Christina Applegate you gotta put me on…
    Bonita Applebum you got it going on

    I approve of the beats and samples, but not of the lyrics

  • tacopuss

    I was amused that she recorded this partially in 16th St Heights, which three generations ago was a primarily Jewish neighborhood, but whatever. It’s still a great video.

  • J

    I love it!

  • This is Awkward

    Guess I should buy that toner cartridge I’ve been neglecting to pick up for 5 months…

    Side note: My coworker and I were postulating about what the deal is here. There are so many long-term vacancies in this space, but the neighborhood is dense and thriving. Are they just charging so much rent that no one can stay? Are they intentionally trying to drive down their property value for tax reasons? What gives?

  • Blithe

    Loving this! Possibly my favorite PoPville video ever!

  • TropicBird

    Great video! I see my daughter isn’t the only one who can’t stop playing with her hair :)


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