Sunday, December 30, 2012

Film - (Viewed In) 2012

Still too early to name favorites (I'm catching up) , but here's a long list of movies I watched during the year.



The Artist: Trailer
The Interrupters: Trailer
Magnolia: Trailer
Moon: Trailer
Tillsammans: Trailer
Hanna: Trailer
Grave of the Fireflies: Trailer  (*tears*)
WALL-E: Trailer
Take Shelter: Trailer  (A 2011 favorite)
Days of Heaven: Trailer


Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme: Trailer
Tales from the Script: Trailer
When Harry Met Sally: Trailer
Rosemary's Baby: Trailer
Macross: Do You Remember Love?: Trailer
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer: Trailer - (Eliot Spitzer Report Card)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Trailer
The Secret Lives of Dentists: Trailer
The Great Silence: Trailer
8: The Mormon Proposition: Trailer


Glengarry Glen Ross: Trailer
Downtown 81: Trailer
Please Give: Trailer
Chameleon Street: Trailer
Bullitt: Trailer
I Love You Phillip Morris: Trailer
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Trailer
Wild Style: Trailer
Young Adult: Trailer
John Carter: Trailer


Parenthood: Trailer
The Skin I Live In: Trailer
Laputa: The Castle In The Sky: Trailer
Dog Day Afternoon: Trailer
Fast Food Nation: Trailer
My Neighbor Totoro: Trailer
Match Point: Trailer
The Cabin in the Woods: Trailer
The Outlaw Josey Wales: Trailer
Devil: Trailer


Friends With Kids: Trailer
Monsieur Lahzar: Trailer
My Winnipeg: Trailer
Son of Rambow: Trailer
Milk: Trailer
Piranha 3D: Trailer
Island of Lost Souls: Trailer
Beauty is Embarrassing: Trailer
Incendies: Trailer
Dysfunctional Friends: Trailer


Think Like a Man: Trailer
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: Trailer
Marvel's The Avengers: Trailer
Pretty In Pink: Trailer
The Prestige: Trailer
Rampart: Trailer
Old Boy: Trailer
Bram Stoker's Dracula: Trailer
Deliverance: Trailer
Erin Brockovich: Trailer


National Lampoon's Animal House: Trailer
Gremlins: Trailer
Serpico: Trailer (Styles...)
The Station Agent: Trailer
Pan's Labyrinth: Trailer
Bottle Rocket: Trailer
Out of Sight: Trailer
Zoolander: Trailer
The Squid and the Whale: Trailer (Styles...)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Trailer

Newman >> McQueen

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: Trailer
Boogie Nights: Trailer
The Dark Knight Rises: Trailer
The Towering Inferno: Trailer
The U: Trailer
Source Code: Trailer
Inside Job: Trailer
Burn After Reading: Trailer
Friday The 13th: Trailer  (Haha...that cable knit sweater)
My Left Foot: Trailer


Chronicle: Trailer
Saving Private Ryan: Trailer
Picnic At Hanging Rock: Trailer
Tougher Than Leather: Desperado Clip
The Incredibles: Trailer
Punch Drunk Love: Trailer
Serenity: Trailer
The Night of the Hunter: Trailer
The Dark Knight Returns Pt.1: Trailer
Zodiac: Trailer


Paris Je T'aime: Trailer
Fantasia: Trailer
Pumping Iron: Trailer
First Blood: Trailer
Broke: Clip
Almost Famous: Trailer
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie: Trailer
Benji: Trailer
Private Lessons: Trailer
Argo: Trailer


The Master: Trailer
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Trailer
Moonrise Kingdom: Trailer
Django Unchained: Trailer
The Secret World of Arrietty: Trailer

That's a lot of links.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Books - (Read In) 2012



The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
No Country For Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means To Be Black Now - Toure
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother - Amy Chua
Paul's Boutique - Dan LeRoy
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The Great God Pan - Arthur Machen
The Call of Cthulhu - H.P. Lovercraft
The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
The Monkey's Paw - Diane Mowat
Y: The Last Man (Vol. 1 - Vol. 3)
Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion - Janet Reitman
The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars...- Thomas Lennon & Robert B. Garant
The Devil All The Time - Donald Ray Pollock
This Is How You Lose Her - Junot Diaz*
Superman For All Seasons - Jeph Loeb
NW - Zadie Smith*
Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank

*Published in 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Music - 2012

I sorted my iTunes tracks by date and selected those I enjoyed listening to this year.

That's it.

Don't trip.


Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools

                                   
Algiers - Blood


Black Classical Meets Sarah Webster Fabio - Echo Of Rain

                                   
El-P - Full Retard

                                      
Fiona Apple - Every Single Night

                                      
Jean Grae - Kill Screen

                                       

                                     
Iz-Real, Chris C, and Yo_urs Truly - 81



                                   

                                   


Trinidad James - Gold On My MacBook

Monday, December 24, 2012

Transparent Speaker by People People

A nice piece of design.


 Project information:
Home audio systems have come a long way from the blocky, black and silver painted stacks of particle wood and plastic. No longer are we building giant stereo systems that take up half of your valuable living space. Our iTunes, Pandora and Spotify accounts drive our music towards whatever device we choose. At People People, we believe audio is best heard, not seen, and the best electronics should last a lifetime! We set out to design a beautiful audio component that emphasizes the drivers, solidifying the speaker’s rightful place as the ultimate icon of what’s really important: Your Music! A year ago, we introduced the People People Transparent Speaker to the world - The response was tremendous!

Kickstarting here: Link

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Black List 2012



Earlier this week, Franklin Leonard released his annual list of top screenplays not yet produced or released in theaters. It seems those participating in reading and grading these scripts have moved on from stories of  zombies, vampires, and other tales of the undead. A quick scan of the list revealed ZERO screenplays of that sort. I did notice a couple of time travel themed stories. Perhaps that will become the latest trend. 

There really isn't anything on this list that made me scoff. Maybe I just don't care enough anymore. 

I did find it interesting that the number one film on this list involves the sad sack Buffalo Bills.



 Moneyball was received a lot better than I expected, so there might be a place for this one too.

The Black List 2012: Link

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Episode 14: Boardwalk Empire - Season 3

Nucky Thompson Is Dead.

Matt and I reconnect for a quick discussion on the recently concluded 3rd season of Boardwalk Empire. We both thought it was a fantastic season. The finale? Well...





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Appearing occasionally on Twitter to tell me that I'm wrong about something (mostly Snupe), you can follow Matt at justhere4tacos.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Antoinette - Who's The Boss

Was chilling with a homie the other night, and we happened upon this video:


What I remember most about this video is hitting that FF button on the VCR when going through video collections. The video we previously watched on YouTube brought a lot of laughter, and I was expecting the same here, but I was derailed and thrown into Hip Hop nerd/trivia mode.

Did y'all catch this?


Had no idea Yogi was around that long. Also, it makes this guest appearance seem a lot less random.

CRU - Bluntz & Bakakeemis
 

Now, someone find me Ha, so that I can interview him.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Eyecue - Pull Yo Pantz Up

Recently had a short exchange with Done about the underappreciated goodness of Whoridin' by The Whoridas. I revisited an assortment of Hobo Junction tracks I have in the collection, and recalled that I was a fan of crew member Eyecue.

Naturally, I followed with some internet-ing to see what he's been up to since the late 90s. I found this:



I laughed.

Also,  I kinda like it.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Briefly...Zadie Smith's NW

NW Girl.

First time I've read her work. Didn't like this one.

She's a talented writer, but I feel there needs to be balance between technique and storytelling. There's just way too much going on stylistically in this book, to the point of distraction. She's literature's answer to Chip-Fu on the Nervous Breakdown album. (at least she is here)

Also, whenever her characters were speaking patois, it felt like her characters were trying to speak patois.

That's all.

Thanks for reading. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Shad - Melancholy And The Infinite Shadness



A couple of years ago, I had a chance to have dinner with the Brother and his peoples. They were all really cool people, and I'm happy to see that they're all still working hard and releasing quality material.

I'm a bit late to this small project, but I like it a lot. Hits at the right spot of freshness and nostalgia. 

Peep the video, and download the EP if you're diggin' it. (Name your price)



Errr...the girl in the video...she's fly, yo!

Shad - melancholy and the infinite shadness: Link

Friday, November 2, 2012

Episode 13: Kendrick Lamar

Kid Good.

Haven't heard enough about Kendrick yet?

Good.

Homie and music hack Paul McGee joins me to discuss K.Dot, his first mainstream release, and where they both place in the current rap game.



 
Direct Download: Link
Subscribe via iTunes: Link

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Paul McGee: Twitter | Blog
The Arts Desk: The Arts Desk
Q Magazine: Link

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City: iTunes | Amazon

Monday, October 29, 2012

Look At Your Game, Girl

One of the good things about having a lot of tracks on your iPod -- in my case over 8500 -- is that you have so many, that you're bound to forget albums and songs in your digital collection. Was recently caught off guard by the song below.


 


Thought to myself  "Hey, this is pretty good. I wonder who..."


Oh right...him.

*awkward*

Chuckie kinda had some chops though...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Episode 12: Omega Jackson III

Where in the world...?
Hi.

I'm podcasting again.  (I think)

Couldn't think of a better place to re-start than with now frequent guest Omega Jackson. He's on the broke rapper phone plan, so we were forced to keep the conversation relatively short. Topics discussed include: 2012 (a terrible year), low-key touring spots for hip hop acts, Kreayshawn, J-Zone, and the uppercut bus driver.

Haven't done this in a bit, so please excuse any technical (or content quality) issues. I think it's all good though. Working at re-establishing an iTunes feed for future episodes. 




Direct Download: Link
Subscribe via iTunes: Link

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Omega Jackson: Twitter
The Crateshow: YouTube

The J-Zone - The Drug Song (Remix)/The Fox Hunt: The J-Zone Sto'
Kreayshawn - Somethin' 'bout Kreay: iTunes | Amazon

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dres on 'U Mean I'm Not'

Egg yolk


Today on Twitter, Dres shared a pretty interesting anecdote about track number two on A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing. (Released 21 years ago on this day, October 22) 












In case you missed it, and don't care to scroll down, click here to read my interview with Dres.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Trix

Trix is for the children.

They don't sell the stuff in Canada anymore.

Made arrangements for a friend to acquire a box on a dangerous cross boarding shopping trip.

Tomorrow morning I will fix myself a big bowl of cereal with some cold milk. I will park myself in front of the  television laptop and watch one episode each of Tales of the Wizard of Oz, The New Adventures of Pinocchio, and Rocket Robin Hood.

Some days I sit and wish I was a kid again.


The Extra T's - I Like It (Corn Flakes)


 LL Cool J - Milky Cereal


Iz-Real - Cereal...Yo

Put This On: Season 2 - Episode 5: Elegance (Milan)



Put This On, a web series about dressing like a grownup, visits Milan, a world fashion capital.

In this episode, our director Benjamin Ahr Harrison visits Biella, north of the city, to talk with Luciano Barbera. Barbera isn’t just one of the world’s most elegant men, he’s also the leader of Carlo Barbera, one of the finest fabric mills in existence.

For our PTO Place segment, we talk with the owner of G. Lorenzi. It started as a cutlery shop, and has become a spectacular tribute to the finest small accessories imaginable. It’s home to a visually stunning spectrum of knives, scissors, shaving goods, toothbrushes, combs, shoehorns and other tiny necessities.

In PTO Man, we visit Salvatore Battello, the elegant owner of W-D Man. Before he started his line, he ran one of the last companies in the world that worked with shagreen - the beautiful skin of sharks and rays. Battello tells us about his passion for vintage fabric, and his definition of elegance.

Plus Jesse answers the question “what color shoes go with the suit?” and Dave Hill offers a rudiment on the topic of socks.

This is the fifth episode in our six-episode second season. In this season, we visit the three greatest men’s style cities in the world, as chosen by our readers - New York, Milan and London.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Checkin' My Style (Return To Zero)

Yeah, I want everyone out there to check these styles and come back and return to zero.

I don't need swag.
I don't need Nickelson Wooster.
I don't need Street Etiquette.
I don't need the Miami Heat.
I don't need Air Yeezys.
I don't need The Bearded Man.
I don't need Scott Schuman.
I don't need Glenn O'Brien.
I don't need Hypebeast.
I don't need Yasiin Bey.
I don't need Supreme.

I just need what I need...





Friday, September 21, 2012

Native: A Conversation with Dres on his latest project, Evitan


Speed of Life, the debut collaborative album by Evitan (Native backwards) sees its release on September 21, 2012. While on downtime during a music video shoot, Dres (Black Sheep) took a moment to share with me his thoughts on his new creative partnership with Jarobi (A Tribe Called Quest), and some of the behind the scenes work involving the album’s creation.

Boothe: Evitan is a new entity, but also happens to pair members from two beloved hip hop groups. Fans often get caught up in memories of their favorite acts and become a little resistant to new material. How do you meet the challenges presented by nostalgia?

Dres: I think we've done a great job introducing what it’s gonna be to the people…we dropped 6 songs with videos prior to the release…easing them into the water so to speak...the only real nostalgia would be on my behalf...as Jarobi isn't really known for his rhymes on any Tribe albums. I think the music will speak for itself tho...we definitely not dismissing the past...but we def aren't carrying an old school flag…it's new music that will give anything in the marketplace a run for its money...golden.

Boothe: Speak a little on the genesis of your partnership with Jarobi.

Dres: Well, I had asked Jarobi to record an EP on my label (Pool of Genius) about a year ago...he didn't say no...but he didn't say yes...was kind of in the wind so to speak...he was in Atl...wound up he had to come to NYC to further pursue his career as a chef...perfect...he agreed to come to the studio and do a joint...I fig'd the best thing to do would be to do his first song together...take the stress off...that song is Keep Keepin On...came out WAY above my expectations...just a solid joint (not that I was sleeping...really didn't know what to expect)…everyone kind of chimed in about it...ya'll  should be a group...this that the third...we decided to do another song...dope! We just kept going...so after 26 songs...we have a groundbreaking project we're releasing on Sept 21st...I'm very proud of it...and Jarobi....it's official.


Boothe: We know that Jarobi is a seasoned stage performer, but naturally there is a lot of curiosity about his abilities on the mic. Take us through the recording process, and what you witnessed with his return to the vocal booth, his lyrical and creative contributions, and your ability to work with him collaboratively.

Dres: The process was very reminiscent of how we made the records that we're known for...we were together for each song...no email verses...a lot of writing independently together. Jarobi seemed to get better with each session... def keeping me on my toes... it also seemed each guest artist put their best foot forward... further making sure that we were doing the same. Robi is just a student of the game at the end of it all... it’s very evident on the album...and live...forget about it...we're next level.

Boothe: There are some interesting outside collaborations on this album, including those who entered the business the same time as you (early 90s). Your place in history can create a common bond, but how easy (or difficult) did you find the process of sharing your vision with peers, and getting them on board with your project?

Dres: It was a sheer pleasure...everyone seemed happy to be a part of it...we didn't have to sell too hard... especially once cats came by the studio and heard what we had going on...it was very organic...everyone identified with the sound and helped us take it up a notch...I was proud of Jarobi as well...he kept his cool and wouldn't allow himself to get left behind or lost...real emcee shit


                                        Video: Evitan - 3 Kings (Featuring Sadat X)

Boothe: I witnessed a lot of hustle being done by you during the recording/production phase of this album. In the past you’ve released music independently and with smaller labels. How has this experience helped you to guide the creative and business aspects of this album?

Dres: Well...this...and my prior indie ventures were all on my own label...I've been learning as i go...but I'm at the point where I've been going for a little while now...I've cut a lot of fat from my process...I've learned how to maximize my efforts and relationships...and yes...a lot of hustle has gone into it all...I like your question...because it speaks to my own thing growing...and that's whassup.

Boothe: You’re very active on Twitter. Being this connected with your fans was not possible during the early stages of your career. How do you feel about this level of accessibility, and how important is it for you to stay connected to your fans?

Dres: Well...I've been unattainable for years...so I kind of welcome it. I had to be talked into even starting the account...but I'm glad I did...it's given people the opportunity to know me...as opposed to a perception based on the words of others...old songs...old stories...I'm very comfortable with my walk...I think it resonates with people and puts them at ease to know that we are all so similar...we all have ups and downs...great days and horrible ones...we all push forward or fall...I don't mind people seeing this aspect in me for the moment...I'm far from someone in everyone’s face…not easily accessed even if we chat on Twitter...I'm good with my walk...so to speak...I also felt it was important to be ‘of the people...not to posture like so many tend to do these days...to let the people know that I value them much more than the baubles and trinkets that others are putting in front of them...to let them know...I am not them...I've never been.

Boothe: Any final words on the project?

Dres: September 21st is a great day in hip hop...we purposely didn't align with the industry and drop on Tuesday...didn't look for the support of those who didn't want to give it...we did our own thing...took baby steps even...I'm very proud of what comes...it will speak in volume to what can be done with some vision and ability...it reinforces that being a real person is the way to go...there’s an honesty to our music that the people will be able to identify with...if you don't know...slide by www.evitan.net and get familiar...give me and my dude a shout...@dresblacksheep @jarobione...we don't just say we're real...we really are...golden.

Evitan - Speed of Life: iTunes

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I Am Yasiin Bey

By Gary Gardner for GQ.com

"I don't have advice for people on how to dress"

The Artist Formerly Known as Mos Def: GQ

Bitties In The BK Lounge

Saturday, September 1, 2012

OMFGOD: Yasiin Bey and Mannie Fresh








Your year 2000 self is furious right now.

Parts 3 and 4 to appear on bmike's YouTube channel: Link

Friday, August 31, 2012

Chris Lighty



The man who, literally, put me on...Baby Chris. I am at a loss for words right now. - Chadio

Man, I'm really sorry about Chris Lighty. Such a nice guy to me & my band. May God rest his soul. Peace to his family. - Questlove

Very sad to hear about the passing of friend and #Violater founder Chris Lighty. Rest in Peace brother. - Slimkid3

My Heart Is Heavy..I'm Numb ..This is the man who sign me to my first Major label Violator/Relativity/Sony. RIP Chris Lighty - Frankie Cutlass

Lighty was one of my #heroes. Hope his soul finds peace. - Tajai

If you are REALLY in Hip Hop you know Chris... If you're not... You have NO idea how important and what a great person he was - Ice T

terrible news.. tremendous loss R.I.P. big homie - Prodigy

RIP Chris Lighty. Today, we lost a hip-hop hero and one of its greatest architects - Russell Simmons

Devastated by the news of Chris Lighty's passing. He was my friend, my brother and an enlightened human being. I will forever miss him - Dante Ross

Shows how people you have love for u need to get up w/em or check N w/em because you never know.. Violator Baby Chris ( Lighty ) RIP - Posdnuos

R I P Chris Lighty SMH to the mongrels that have made the BLACKmusic industry a depressing game to drag such good cats into a pit of bullsht - Chuck D

I am truly shaken to hear of the passing of my good friend CHRIS LIGHTY, he was an integral part of Brand Nubian's career... - Lord Jamar

He played a part in our coming up.. R.I.P. CL. Prayers to Family and Friends.. - Bootie Brown


Chris Lighty, smart and successful record exec, and an undeniably great guy, is dead. Self inflicted gunshot wound. Tragic. - Toure

RIP "baby" Chris Lighty. First time I met him was this day on 89' when he was road managing the JB's. Good guy, great sense of humor. - Domino

R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY THE MAN THAT SAVED MY LIFE!!! - Fat Joe

my mind is blown... i (as well Chi Ali) personally helped Chris get Violator off the ground ... he was Black Sheeps first manager.. no words - Dres



"Road Manager, yeah...this joint is slamming."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

TIFF 2012



I probably shouldn't be going this year, but if I do attend, I hope to see the following:

Shorter-list

The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
*Only if I can get a ticket for the Premium Screening

Short-list

Amour (Michael Haneke)
Foxfire: Confessions of a Gang (Laurent Cantet)
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay)
The Place Beyond The Pines (Derek Cianfrance)
Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas)
To The Wonder (Terrence Malick)

Long-list

Augustine (Alice Winocour)
Blackbird (Jason Buxton)  < --- Patriotic pick
Central Park Five (Ken Burns)
Dangerous Liasons (Hur Jin-ho)
Like Someone In Love (Abbas Kiarostami)

Friend of the blog, Marko Orlic, posted his picks earlier this week; you can peep them right here: Link

There's some crossover on between our lists.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chi-Ali



Funky Lemonade

Let The Horns Blow (Featuring Dres, Trugoy The Dove, Fashion, and Phife)

Roadrunner Reference Track