Monday, August 31, 2009

Sloan

"E, what the fuck?"



I don't think I would have been able to walk away from Sloan on this particular day. She was looking fine as fuck.

Kudos to E, for finally saying enough is enough. I'm sure there are plenty of men watching who have been in a similar situation.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wolverine vs Ryu Mixtape Steeze



1. "Superheroes" by Planet Asia and DJ Toure
2. "Number One" by Havoc and Nyce
3. "Terrorize" by Raekwon and Ohno
4. "The Remainder is One" by Random, Blaze Rock and Storyville
5. "Reinforcements" by DJ Qbert
6. "Take U 4 A Ryde" by Talib Kweli and Ohno
7. "Battle Drum" by Hieroglyphics
8. "Fight the Good Fight" by The Grouch and Eligh
9. "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To" by E40 and DroopE
10. "Power Up" by MC Supernatural

steeeeeeeeeeeeezeeee

GQ - September 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Melle Mel on De La Soul's Dugout

This is a very long video, but Melle does drop some history lessons, disses the shit out of kids who have their pants sagging, and drops his thoughts on MCs such as Buddens, Eminem and Pras.

During the broadcast, Freddie Foxx opened the lines up for people to call in. I have some credits on Skype, so I took the opportunity to call in and salute the legendary MC. Melle has commented in the past that he doesn't think a Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five album would gather much interest from labels, so I decided to ask him whether or not the possibility of a tour had been discussed. *Fast Forward to 02:26:17 to hear my beautiful voice*

Long story short...there was not short answer. The matter was discussed for some time following my call. Seems like Flash isn't as willing as the brothers Furious (R.I.P. Cowboy). Viewers were also treated to a impromptu phone call to Furious Five MC, Scorpio. He supported Melle's claims that they did try, and were even offered a lot of money by promoters, but Flash just isn't having it.

Of course we were only getting the story from Melle and Scorpio's side, but it's sad that many people will not have to opportunity to see this legendary group perform as a whole. I hope at some point in the future they can work everything out.



De La Soul's Dugout: Link

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Frankie Avalon - Venus

Shout out to Slick Rick, The Ruler.

Orson Welles Meets H.G. Wells

Sound clip from the historically epic meeting between the two creators. Welles and Wells discuss America's reaction to The War of the Worlds, and their thoughts on the WW2. H.G. also plugs that little movie that Orson was currently working on. Dated October 28, 1940.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Reasons To See Julie and Julia


1. Meryl Streep is the G.O.D. actress



2. The Food...The glorious food.



3. Stanley Tucci (a fine actor) is wearing really dope outfits in the movie.



4. While not her most brilliant performance, Amy Adams is still charming, and a G.O.D. actress in training.



5. The character Julie (played by Adams) uses a Sony VAIO.


6. Your girlfriend might enjoy it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

'cism!

Ripcord



"But because us fans liked the two jive-talkin' robots in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", "G.I. Joe" gives us Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), who is comic relief, says black stuff, and can't control his high-tech armored suit, so he runs into things." - Roger Ebert


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth



H.G. Wells' third novel (first published in 1904) examines the ethics of scientific research.

The food - designated Herakleophorbia IV by its creators Bensington and Redwood - heightens and strengthens the growth curve in living organisms. Besington and Redwood begin to conduct their research on hens. A married couple is hired to feed the hens regularly and monitor the results. Tragically (predictably) the couple are not suited for this sort of research, and their complete disregard for neatness and cleanliness results in the spread of the food. Soon the farm and neighboring towns are under siege by all manner beasts.



While the B-Movie nature of the first section, thrills; the remainder of the story focuses on the consequences of the experiments, specifically the embrace or rejection of evolution through the manipulation of science.

Without giving anything away, the conclusion ranks among the best of his work. Much like when I read The Time Machine, I simultaneously experienced excitement, fear and bewilderment.

Though not as highly regarded as his other science fiction classics, I very much enjoyed this book.

Recommendation: Read it!

Next: Love and Mr. Lewisham

The Job Search

Not happening

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Old School Video: Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds

R.I.P. John Hughes

The Mercury Theatre on the Air - War of the Worlds (October 30, 1938)



Download: Link (Courtesy of mercurytheatre.info)

From Wikipedia

The War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938 and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds.

The first two thirds of the 60-minute broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested to many listeners that an actual Martian invasion was in progress. Compounding the issue was the fact that the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a 'sustaining show' (i.e., it ran without commercial breaks), thus adding to the dramatic effect. Although there were sensationalist accounts in the press about a supposed panic in response to the broadcast, the precise extent of listener response has been debated. In the days following the adaptation, however, there was widespread outrage. The program's news-bulletin format was decried as cruelly deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast, but the episode launched Orson Welles to fame. Complete article: here

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Herbert George Wells

August is H.G. Wells Month - at least it is for me.

Last year, in an attempt to read the classics I should have read in high school, I discovered Wells, and read his most popular science fiction classics. Needless to say I was blown away by his work, some of which I found to be surprisingly terrifying.

This month I will continue to read the work of Wells, delving into some of his lesser known works. I might share some thoughts on his books if I feel inspiration to do so.

If you've never read any books by Wells, give him a shot. A lot of his popular books are easy reads. I would recommend starting with The War of the Worlds, or The Time Machine. No doubt they're available at your local library.

Tell em W.O. Boothe sent you.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Favorite Rappers: Baatin

"I hope you're feeling better now; hold tight"


Baatin, Elzhi and T3

I'm not going to pretend that I was a big Slum Village fan, because I wasn't. While I appreciated some of their early releases, and the free form writing approach they took when crafting their music, they always remained on the periphery of my "favorite groups" circle.

Baatin, a member of the group passed away yesterday. He was not on my original list of favorite rappers, but I decided to make a post in his honor because he exhibits some of the traits that are common in a lot of my favorites.

The first track I heard him on was Hold Tight, by Slum Village. Q-Tip, a seasoned veteran at this point, drops a very dramatic verse, but if you speak to fans of the group or the song, some might tell you that Baatin actually had the most memorable verse on the track. Quite the accomplishment due to the fact that Q-Tip was a beloved veteran, and the kids from Detroit were just starting their journey into the public consciousness. His words "I'm outta this" in particular are quite haunting now.

Slum Village - Hold Tight Remix (featuring Q-Tip)


As stated earlier, I'm not a huge fan of the group, so I can't cite specific references in terms of songs and verses, but when I did listen to SV tracks I always paid close attention to Baatin. I enjoyed his unpredictability, and he always kept things interesting with his usage of voice, words and delivery.

Slum Village - Fall In Love


Titus "Baatin" Glover passed away July 31, 2009 at the age of 35