Saturday, April 12, 2014

Letterboxd

I signed up for this site to keep a log of the films I've been watching, and to get recommendations on ones I might enjoy. No reviews though, and definitely no stared or numerical ratings. I mean, look at this:


Where did that .47 come from?

I don't put much stock in these rating systems because they feel so arbitrary, and at times the numbers are effected by what similar or related films might have received (if that got this, then this should get that). When anyone brings a Rotten Tomatoes score into a conversation my response is usually something to the effect of "Well isn't that wonderful."

If you want to *conversate about film, then let's conversate.

I'm right here.

* yes, I know...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Parachute Club - At The Feet of the Moon (1984)

*80s Pop Music Warning*

Growing up, I always assumed that all music came from some magical land of music. Well, not the Brits, they had accents, so they have to have been from somewhere different. It wasn't until all of the Live Aid type music dropped that I realized that Canada had its own musicians, and that there were musicians from Toronto. (Imagine that.)

This song recently popped into my head and inspired this post. I always liked the scatting(?) at 3:12, and the proto-Kid 'n Play (just kidding, Hip Hop) dancing that follows.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

George Michael, Morrissey, Tony Blackburn - 8 Days A Week (1984)

Discussing music (Everything but the Girl, and Atlantic reissues), film (Breakin'), and literature (Joy Division/New Order book "An Ideal for Living) .

George comes off well here. Found myself relating to him most. Morrissey is Morrissey, and Tony Blackburn likes Lucinda Dickey's bum.


Friday, January 31, 2014

I Met Kanye West



...

No I didn't.

But I did walk past him on N Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood. I posted this on Facebook a few weeks ago, but for those who didn't see it...
Walked by Fatlip (The Pharcyde) just outside of Amoeba in Hollywood. Exchanged pounds and kept it moving. 
A few blocks later while I was thinking to myself how awkward that encounter was, I see Kanye West walking towards me.
Time slows down as he gets closer. He's yapping on a phone, but I look him in the eyes, wondering if I'm gonna get a nod of recognition from Yeezy. Nope. He walks by, and I keep it moving; mind blown.
Yeezus
Also crossed paths with the following:

Micah A. Hauptman (Actor)
Chalk (UK Battle Rapper)
Damon Wayans Jr. (Actor)
Jackie Chain (Rapper)
Ian Cross (Engineer)
Ava DuVernay (Director)
Rob Cesternino (and a bunch of other Survivor contestants)

There's a lot of fake shit out there (Sunset Strip on Grammy weekend...ugh...), but it does feel like a land of opportunity, especially for those with some talent or skill. A lot of people I met did this, that, and the other. 

All that aside, I had a great time; a much better time than my first visit.

I could see myself living out there.

Kanye West - DJ Boom Freestyle (I Met Oprah)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Thug Notes

Classic Literature. Original Gangster


This web series is one of my favorite discoveries of 2013.

I have an interest in the classics, and I've found this series to be a fun and quick way to revisit them. Sure the character of Sparky Sweets, PhD is a...character, but it's all in fun and edumacation. I'm no academic, but the analysis seems pretty solid to me.

Peep the discussion on some of my favorite titles. 












Thug Notes: YouTube

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Music - 2013

Spent a good portion of the year getting reacquainted with the likes of Prince and TLC, but here are some tracks that dropped during 2013 that I enjoyed.

Feel free to recommend music I missed out on. (I know there was a lot.)


Busta Rhymes - Thank You (Featuring Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Q-Tip)


Danny Brown - Side A (Old)
Danny Brown - Float On (Featuring Chali XCX)




Da Dogg Pound and Snoop Dogg - L.A. Here's To You


Oscar Issac, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver - Please Mr. Kennedy


J-Zone - Black Weirdo


Kanye West - New Slaves
Kanye West - On Sight


Kelis - Jerk Ribs






Step Brothers - Nothing To See/Hear


Tears For Fears - Ready To Start


Tyler, The Creator - Bimmer (Featuring Frank Ocean)


Wu-Tang Clan - Family Reunion


YO_urs Truly - Commando (Featuring Mighty Mizu)