Monday, March 30, 2009

Hot Soup



Serving up the city’s finest innovators in sound and performance [and delicious hot soup]

April, 2nd, 2009
8pm-12am
Admission $5

April Confirmed Performers
-The Jessica Stuart Few (funk/jazz set)
-Alaniaris (free jazz/folk set)
-Nick Storring (cello/digital performance)
-Aaron Water (experimental dance)
-Emily Hughes & Natalie Parkinson (aerialists) of Hercinia Arts Collective w/ Kousha Nakhaei (violinist)

On display: painting & mixed media by Sophia Muller

Labspace Studio

Mo' Fo






She's Dope.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

'cism!



Overreaction? Perhaps, but one thing that has always bothered me about The Amazing Race, is the lack of sensitivity displayed by contestants, to the inhabitants of the countries they visit. 

Lack of English speaking ability is no reason to be rude or treat people like shit. YOU are foreigners in their country; show a little respect (yeah I'm looking at you Jaime and Cara).  Also, resorting to acting out old stereotypes is NOT the way to try to blend in, or show appreciation (Mark and Michael).

14 seasons, and it never fails to happen. A blemish on an otherwise fantastic show. 

Saturday, March 28, 2009

America's Next Top Model

My cousin has me watching this shit, and I find it just as painful as other talent(?) based reality shows. 

It's really difficult to watch these aspiring models trip over themselves and get harshly critized by Tyra's band of ferrie men (and women). 
 
I really don't need to dedicate myself to more television (i've been trying to cut back), but Imma roll with this show as long as my girl Fo is on (bottom 3 last week, step your game up!).



She's dope.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Combat Jack: THE blog to read

Especially if you're into Hip Hop and behind the scenes music industry fuckery.

Entertainment Attorney CJ has stories for days. I was first lead to this site when someone sent me a link to his post on Dame Dash, who seems to be going through some difficult times. Check it out here

When you're done reading that, check out the other entries on his site, including his latest post, where he fires shots at Russell Rush. Also, you MUST check out his now infamous Top 5 Gulliest Moments in Hip Hop. The Pete Rock story will either have you bursting out laughing (Pete, Usain Bolting past him on the street), or crying over a tragic tale of some hardcore bullying.

Combat Jack With Today's Mathematics: Link

Bookmark that shit!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wait...The Roots involved in e-beef?

OK, I'm pretty sure it's one way, but this dude seems to have a serious hate on for the band.

Love The Roots, but I'm not gonna lie - he had me cracking up a few times (calling Black Thought "vending machine").

Dude (Bo Starks) is crazy.

Big Mac P



"Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, Quarter Pounder, French Fries / Icy Coke, Thick Shakes, Sundaes, Apple Pie..."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Repeat

Prince - Strange Relationship


This version of the song appears on the purple dude's aborted Dream Factory album. It still has the percussion-ie goodness of the retail version, but here they've turned up the India, which (according to pop culture trends of today) is a good thing.


Monday, March 23, 2009

GQ - April 2009



"The only way to establish any kind of mystique is to completely shut up and never talk to anyone
" - Robert Pattinson

The Job Search




The search continues...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Schoolboy Crush (Hip Hop Videos)

No video hoes up in here.

These were the days when the women in music videos were a bit more classy. I had these videos on VHS, and let me tell you, there was a lot of rewinding (great music) and pausing (hey, i was young) going on.

Some of my favorites were:

UMC's - One To Grow On

Shaolin's finest (before the Wu dropped). Video was a bit different, but they looked like they were having a good time. I LOVED the female dancers in this video. A lot of quick shots in the video, so it was hard to see them at times, but I really liked the one in the black leather jacket, and the girl in the denim shorts (yellow tights).




Extra Prolific - First Sermon

This track surprised a lot of people. Most of the tracks previously released by members of the East Oakland crew, Hieroglyphics, were battle raps attacking sucka emcees. Snupe (originally from Houston) took it another direction, and provided us this laid back track, with lyrics influenced by his baptist church upbringing. But this is about the girls right? Check out the girl at 2:42. Judging by the look on Snupe's face right after this scene, I would wager that he was feelin' her as well.




Pete Rock & CL Smooth - I'll Take You There

Second single from The Main Ingredient: this track was a little more radio friendly than what I had come to expect from the Mount Vernon duo. This video had number of dime pieces, but my favorite was always the girl who appears at 1:20. It must have been the schoolgirl outfit.



Ok, let me turn down the perv a notch and give out the special lifetime achievement award. Actually, this post was inspired by a friend (rapper and musician) who I had coffee with earlier in the week. My friend told stories of living in New York City; the popular venues and studios we've heard about; and the commoraderie of fellow underground artists in New York at the time.

It was great hearing names of artists I respected, but what really caught my attention was a casual mention of a friendship with Vinia Mojica. After immediately making sure I heard correctly, I had to stop the conversation in order to state the importance of what I just heard.

Vinia Mojica is THE crush of Hip Hop in the late 80s/early 90s (roughly the period I fell in love with the music). Made popular to fans by her appearances in videos by De La Soul, she also contributed vocals to tracks from the Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, and number of Hip Hop, R&B and Downtempo artists over the year.

Ms Mojica was the first (Ladybug Mecca and Shortie No Mass would soon follow) down to earth, cute girl from next door, and will always be the number one Hip Hop crush in my books.

De La Soul - A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays (Dave's Home Mix)



De La Soul - Keeping The Faith (Straight Pass)




Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ghostface: Today and Yesterday

Today:

Message From Ghostface


“This is for all my women out there that be getting beat up, you know what I mean, struggling, welfare, sometimes the jobs ain’t right, they going through mad trauma, especially with they man when they don’t really need that shit,”

Yesterday:

Wildflower


"I shoulda slapped ya but the Gods said chilllllllll"

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

VAINO?

No.

The Shield

Hand me a late pass.

Currently watching season 2, and I'm loving this show.

Quite often in conversation about the show, The Wire is mentioned. It sort of has a No Country For Old Men/There Will Be Blood, relationship with its respective fans. The Wire is in the high society of television shows, and while The Shield is not as smart, I do like the fact that it's very easy to watch.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Hot Soup

Hot Soup is a monthly series serving up some of the city's finest innovators in sound and performance in jazz, experimental sound, contemporary dance and theatre.



More info here: Labspace Studio

Don Cherry disses Ovie

His pro-Canadian rants are getting more and more difficult to stomach as the years pass. Alex Ovechkin has been the best thing in the NHL for the last few years, and if Don really cares about the game, he would give him the respect he deserves, instead of putting a mark out on him, on national television.

Hockey's an international sport.

Deal with it.



Ovechkin responds to Cherry: here