Friday, July 29, 2011

Put This On - Episode 7: Personal Style

Episode seven of Put This On explores personal style - elegant, quirky, distinctive and everywhere in between.

Field correspondent Dave Hill visits the annual meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club, held each year on 11/11, the date which most resembles corduroy. He discovers a magical world, dedicated to the promotion of that most bookish of fabrics, and to the denigration of the sworn enemy of the wale: velvet.

Then Roxana Altamirano brings a new Nerd Boyfriend segment, with an investigation of an icon of eccentric style, Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000 of Outkast.

Plus: a conversation with one of the world’s most elegant men, Gay Talese. He’s not just one of America’s most celebrated magazine writers and the man who invented the contemporary magazine profile. He’s also one of the best-dressed men in the world, the son of an immigrant tailor who imbued in his progeny a love of fine clothing. Besides that, he’s got his own lapel shape!

"Andre 3000!" - Roxana

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Missy Elliott - Beep Me 911 b/w Surrounded By Idiots

Featuring 702 and Magoo.

Yes, Magoo -- one of Hip Hop's easiest targets. Most discussions involving him are usually summed up by two points:

1) He biting Q-Tip.
2) He's wack.

The former, I would say is a little silly. I'm pretty sure that's what his voice sounds like. The latter, well, yeah...not much defending that one. one can convince me that he was wack on this track. As a matter of fact, I would say he was quite nice on it.

FF to 3:24.

What musical times we live in. I'm here fondly reminiscing about DeVante Swing's bastard children. I even went as far as copping a bunch of Missy joints to listen to. I deleted most of them within an hour, but I kept this one.

All of this was brought on by Complex, who (over a week ago) posted early recordings by the group Surrounded By Idiots. Hailing from Virginia, the group was made up of Magnum (Pharrell Williams), Magoo, Larry Live, and DJ Timmy Tim (Timbaland).

Surrounded By Idiots - Skull Caps & Striped Shirts

Surrounded By Idiots - It's Like That

Surrounded By Idiots - If Ur Freaky Baby

There doesn't seem to be any hint of innovation that Pharrell and Tim would bring later in the decade. It was probably for the best that they had a little more time to refine their craft.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Crooklyn Dodgers - Crooklyn

‎"Originally we all wanted ‘Ol Dirty Bastard to be on it. He came to screening and in the middle of watching the movie when the little girl went to visit her other family Dirty was like, ‘This ain’t no Brooklyn shit!’ He got up and walked out. I guess he didn’t want to be in that boat [laughs].” -- Q-Tip

I miss Russell Jones.

Q-Tip Interview: Vibe

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Watch The...


Taking it back to '93

The best thing to come out of Joe's rising popularity was his ability to style himself (a bit) better. Black shirt, black shorts, and black shoes paired with white socks? Martorial Elegance if I've ever seen it.

  • Puba's setup of the Gilligan line was great.
  • Diamond was one of the best at dropping solid, but not spectacular verses.
  • Were the limo scenes shot early in the morning? Everyone (especially the girls) seem disinterested.
  • There seems to be similar level of interest at the dining table. Maybe everyone was hungry at the point. Jorge's camera awareness is kinda funny though.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Downton Abbey

UK peeps, were any of you down with this show?

Over the past week, it's been mentioned often on my Twitter feed (due to its Emmy nominations), so I decided to check it out. 2 episodes in, I have to say that I'm enjoying it. I mean, it's pretty much --and I'm being lazy here -- Gosford Park: The Series, without the high powered cast, and (as far as I know) the murder mystery.

Errr...can we please stop using music from Scala & Kolacny Brothers in trailers?


Monday, July 11, 2011

All Talk: The Return of Omega Jackson

Future target in a Kurupt diss track

This blog's favorite broke rapper, Chris "Omega" Jackson, returns for a conversation on random topics including: the new sex trade (canvassing), Kurupt and hip hop beef, a new track released by Common, our homie Jelani (the Morpheus of New Jersey), Quentin Tarantino, and Tracy Morgan.

Download: Link


Music Credits:

Pulling Teeth (featuring Omega Jackson) - IZ REAL | Bandcamp

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Put This On - Episode 6: Body

Jesse Thorn visits Carl Goldberg, owner of CEGO Custom Shirtmaker in New York City, to learn the difference between a custom shirt and an off-the-rack shirt. Then it’s off to Alan Flusser Custom in New York for a visit with the proprietor, a menswear legend. Flusser offers some tips on dressing for your body with the help of three associates of Put This On. Finally, a visit with Ryu Kwangeol at Pro Tailor in Los Angeles to answer a viewer’s question about altering off-the-rack dress shirts.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


"To be a great and virtuous man appeared the highest honour that can befell a sensitive being; to be base and vicious, as many on record have been, appeared the lowest degradation"

It's funny how my (probably not uncommon) perception of Frankenstein's Monster, had been shaped by the Boris Karloff's portrayal in the 1931 film, directed by James Whale. Reading the plot summary of the film, it pretty much mirrors most of my mental images of tale.

The mad scientist. ("It's Alive!")
His hunched assistant.
The secluded laboratory.
Opened rooftops, and lightning storms.
A slow walking, dull creature.
Enraged villagers with pitchforks and torches.

Basically, this:

* 0:08 - 0:14 sounds mad familiar. Did someone sample it?*

I recently read the book, and wasn't surprised at how different it was, but I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.

The monster in this story is very complex, and at different points in the story (sometimes in a manner of pages or paragraphs) can be thoughtful, caring, frightening, stubborn, and quite frankly -- an asshole. There are points when you're not sure if you should feel sorry for it, though I suspect towards the end of the story, many wont.

The best parts of the story occur when the monster holds court with its creator (depicted by the author as more emo than madly ambitious). A good portion of their dialogue revolves around Man's capacity for evil, and I guess the circumstances which causes him to become or act this way.

The edition I read was only 200 pages, some of which dragged (surprising for such a short story). Still, there some to chew on here, so if you haven't read this classic, I would say it's a solid read.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The HedRush: Episode #40 - Style Wars

I'm putting this show into syndication on channel All Things. I'm a fan of the content, and the hosts are cool peoples (Thanks again Jesse, for doing the chat).

The HedRush has returned, and is taking it waaaaaay back. Well, at least back to the '80s, where they made us at. Every track featured on this episode was released during 1989 and earlier, and runs the gamut from straight raw lyrics to story raps to dance tracks.

"even though we call it the 38th episode, it's indeed the 40th" - Spider Jerusalem

Tracklisting and previous episodes, here: The HedRush