Jukebox

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

esperanza spalding
nice short of the creative process in the making of her
new album chamber music society. she will be coming
to charlotte september 24th at knight theater.

Monday, July 12, 2010


reel shit talking

Monday, June 28, 2010

Gonna Make a Change (and bring back my career!)

Chris Brown...........Chris Brown..........Chris Brown......... It's been a minute since we've seen this fella in the news. And last night on the BET Music Awards (in which they gave out approximately 5 awards...or at least that's what it felt like), he made, what started out as, a pretty impressive Michael Jackson tribute. I have to admit, I enjoyed the tribute at the beginning. It was one of maybe three highlights I could attribute to the entire 3 hours of time BET stole from my life. Props to El DeBarge for also doing his thing on stage. He's legendary. Also, the humanitarian award they gave to John Legend was dope. He deserved it, and the speech he gave was short, yet poignant. Back to Mr. Brown however. Impressed with the beginning of the MJ tribute, I quickly changed my view at the end.

At first, I have to say I was extremely critical of Chris Brown. There were numerous reasons behind this. One; because of his unapologetic attitude towards his actions towards his former girlfriend/lover/whatever it is they do in Hollywood these days, Rhianna. Two; because his music is lumped with Hip Hop, and he condones it. Three; because he's "cookie cutter". Figure it out. And the list could go on, and on. But this isn't a Chris Brown "hatathon". Also, my homie Kat said something that made a lot of sense when I slammed him on her FB page. She said; "maybe he's starting with the man in the mirror?" Great point. That said, purpose of this post is to analyze his actions last night on the BET awards from two points of view. 1st, we'll look from the point of the skeptic. Lastly, we'll look at it from the point of the sympathizer. Both to his career, and to his situation. Not sure where I lie on the matter. Both sides of my brain are making some pretty compelling arguments. Long live the schitzo world destroyer!

First the video. After that, the arguments. I'll tell you one thing, I can't WAIT to see what J-Smooth says about this on Illdoctrine!
The Skeptic
If we really look at what happened last night as its own entity, what do we see? Before it all, Chris Brown's career was almost dead because of his "kind of" recent 6 round bout with singer/entertainer/lover Rihanna, where he felt the need to not only beat the piss out of her, but bite her in the face. Now even when we were little kids, we knew the "biter" was a weird one. But biting in the face?! Issues. So his PR team/Label decides they need to work overtime to save the career of a person they invested so much money into. So on Dec. 14th 2009 (no I really don't know when) when someone in Jive think tank said, "hey, what do you think about a Michael Jackson tribute during the 2010 BET Music Awards in June 2010?!".. Somehow, some way, the right BJ was given SOMEWHERE (by man OR woman who knows nowadays), and BET caves.. Now he has to do something big, because its possible he could ACTUALLY salvage his career.. This is some true bottom of the 9th 2 outs, tying run on 3rd, winning run on 2nd shit here..












Britanny's image took a bad hit after the "chillens", and efforts to clean that fiasco up FAILED miserably.
Whitney went down swinging by getting booed on stage..
They needed something HUGE.. A fierce dance montage! Other than Usher, Chris is just about the ONLY one who could pull it off.. But we need something bigger.. Something to put it completely and utterly over the top... hmmmm.. OH SHIT! Sing "Man In The Mirror"! Better yet... CRY WHILE DOING IT!!! If u are totally crushed because u beat and bite women, what better way to redeem in the eyes of the fans than to CRY WhILE SINGING MAN IN THE MIRROR!!!? EUREKA! BASE HIT!!! GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!!
The Sympathy Giver
One can only look at the performance by Chris Brown and feel sorry for the guy. Whether you like his music or not, watching him breakdown like that on stage showed that he may have finally felt the weight of what he's done, both to his career, and a young woman personally for the rest of her life. He sang a song, Man In The Mirror, by R&B legend Michael Jackson which seemed like it was hitting home, as he could hardly get a word out of his mouth because he was so choked up. If we look at some of those lyrics, it's pretty easy to see how this could be true.

I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)


Yeah... For someone who has fallen as hard as this man has, it's pretty easy to see how such a song could have such a profound effect on a guy. On top of the words of the song, the anniversary that was going on, and the event taking place, there is the weight of WHERE he was performing this song. At the shrine where Michael Jackson was finally laid to rest. I don't know where Brown's true sentiments lied last night, but I hope that it was with Rihanna, and all women out there who get they're asses kicked every night. I hope he has decided to MAKE A REAL CHANGE. The opportunity and timing is perfect. Let's hope he swings the bat.

There you have it. Where do you fall? I know I still hate BET regardless! They will be of the first the world destroyer topples!

mS

Sunday, May 30, 2010

rip dennis hopper

Dennis Hopper

Thursday, May 27, 2010

coming soon
gotta see this...can't wait.

BOUNCING CATS film trailer from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

get down
not really a fan of the jay-z/radiohead mash-up but the
visuals are on point. plus the girl rockin is pretty versatile.
nice.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Questions


"All questions are female. All answers are male. If you're wondering why this might be the case, you are thinking with your feminine sensibilities. If you're considering why this is the case, you are thinking with your masculine senses. Questions are creative, intimidating, and periodically irritating. We may think them docile, we may try to ignore or suppress them, but their destabilizing power persists, pushing us towards our proper destiny. Answers are protective, giving us some ground, however shaky, on which to stand. Answers are cool, logical, but they can also become stubborn know-it-alls, resisting the emergence of new questions and answers and deteriorating into conservative old farts. Truth is a precarious balance between poignancy and peace. Truth lies within the perpetual prance of Yin and Yang." – Tony Vigorito, Just a Couple of Days

It's not always the wrong answer, but the wrong question.

Certain sects of religions, including the one I was raised in, teach you to be afraid of asking questions. They teach you that questioning the origins of things is a lack of faith. Which is completely ludicrous. An inquiring mind should be applauded. I was once asked, "If you don't go to church, what do you believe? Why are you here?" My response was, "Why do I have to believe anything? Maybe my purpose is my existence." Some people don't even know what they actually believe because they never asked questions. Which is a shame because humans are notorious for fucking things up. After centuries of their hands dabbling into interpreting and re-interpreting what they interpreted, edits and re-writes of certain 'sacred' texts… I think it's moronic not to question…I also believe it's okay to not have all the answers. Some things are meant to be wondered about, researched, theorized…Questions really CAN be irritating, especially when the answer to one question only leads to another question.

Why are we afraid to question?

I've always wondered if people ask themselves the right questions…the internal questions that serve as filters for our minds and mouths. The ones that make us think before we speak or DO. Because maybe asking ourselves the right questions will lead to truths about ourselves we really don't want to be made aware of. Certain truths about ourselves can always be changed…most adjectives we use to describe ourselves and others could change at anytime, if we ask the right questions. But most people don't because they are too lazy to do anything about changing or are too weak to face the truth.

Sometimes, we take a different wrong turn: asking questions of self that we need to ask of someone else. When I dread hearing an answer that I have no control over, I tend to overanalyze. Why did she say this? Why did he do that? When the real answer doesn't exist in me, but in someone else. I know this is mostly because of fear of a response I don't want to deal with or an answer I may not want hear, but some questions are necessary. It's better to be afraid than to regret not hearing something you may have learned from.

If you don't ask the right question, you may never get the right answer.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pillow Fight by C.Crutchfield

I didn't know it was "National Pillow Fight Day" last week! My name as world destroyer would have been echoed from one end of L.A to the other!! Props to my boy Chris Crutchfield for the video production!

Pillows (Good Feeling) from Chris Crutchfield on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Oh My F#%king God, there is a video named "OMG"?!!!

Now I was really never an Usher fan. As a matter of fact, I haven't had one of his records since he was Usher Raymond. But the video that you are about to watch explains two things. 1. People will do anything to cling on to their own "relevant" and self created existences. Creativity isn't what matters any longer. Not to mention, he's just about out of it. 2. Usher, your career is juuuuuust about over. As a matter of fact, its spiraling down through the atmosphere and burning up like the asteroid Apophis. Unfortunately he's burning everything up around him too, because after watching this video, I don't want to create carbon dioxide just by breathing! Ahh the life out here in oblivion.

mS





Saturday, March 27, 2010

smh

Friday, March 26, 2010

hahaha!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Little Dragon Comes to Charlotte (Milestone) 3/21

Caught a piece of the Little Dragon Tour last night at the Milestone in West Charlotte. Truly an impressive show. This was some of "indi-music" at its finest. In a dark, marker/graffiti laden venue, with people smoking ciggs even though they banned it in all indoor restaurants and night clubs in the city a few months back. We also had the ESTEEMED pleasure of hearing an artist unfamiliar to Oblivion ears. Introducing VV Brown ladies and gents. She threw down something fierce while opening up for LD. Check the voice!

mS



VV Brown




Little Dragon










Thursday, March 11, 2010

Who's Bad?!


I've been reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire little by little over the past few weeks, mainly because I want to have the book read before I go see the play. And also because I have always been interested in hearing the other side of things... how did the Wicked Witch of the West get to be so wicked? What was up with those glittery shoes? Where did the flying monkeys come from? I'm only about a third of the way through so I really don't have many answers yet. But one thing that intrigues me and always has is the idea that maybe the bad guy really isn't so bad... or what really is evil? Sometimes, it's hard to tell. I think in some cases, it's all about perspective. Know your backstory.

I sympathize with Elphaba aka The Wicked Witch because in the past, I've been painted as the bad guy in a situation or two. Nothing serious. Teenage shenanigans mostly. Everything was eventually cleared up, but at the time I was a little astounded at the position I found myself in. Someone said this and someone said that and... somehow, I was left holding the bag... and I didn't know what was in the bag or what the bag even was. When I was 19, my roommate at the time told several people (all mutual friends or associates) that I stole her cell phone. I had no idea she was telling people this... to this day, I have no idea how she came up with this story or WHY (her cell phone was stolen by a waiter at a restaurant... and she knew it). All I knew was that people started acting strangely around me. They'd speak, but wouldn't hang around for long. I noticed it, said hmmmm and filed it away. Eventually, people realized something wasn't right and a few of them told me what was going on. I was astonshed, as the whole thing was just… stupid. From a common sense standpoint, where would I use a cell phone that I stole from a person whom I LIVED WITH in a small apartment? Who would I give the number to? We had the same friends. When I confronted her, she told me my friends who came to me were liars and that she knew the waiter stole the phone. Luckily for me, she totaled her car a couple of months later and had to move back home. She was physically fine (I'm not that mean) - only the car got hurt.

My point is, what if she had come up with a more believable story or had people who were more gullible to tell her tale to? Some of the people she talked to did believe her, at least for a few days. If this was a once upon a time situation, would I have been the Evil Cell-Phone Stealing Roommate? I'm sure I would have been illustrated wearing all black with teeth missing and warty skin… bleh. I had a friend run into her a couple of years ago and she was STILL saying I had stolen the phone! So if she was the one to write the story instead of me... how easily it shifts. In her mind, twisted as it may be, I'm definitely the bad guy. I've also been a witness to similar situations with friends, one fairly recently when someone accused a friend of mine of harming them physically. If the one telling the tale had been talking to less intelligent folks... who knows how it could have turned out? And that's pretty scary because... who knows how often this may have happened in history?

I took away two things, one of which being: to this day, I'm kind of suspicious of people who say… odd or off-putting things to me. I've been involved in enough situations by now with people who I felt kind of weird about, but assured myself that they were cool… only to realize I should have gone with my gut. My ex-roomie was one of those people. She said a few things prior to that incident, nothing that would have enabled me to foresee what ended up happening, but maybe that I should have paid a little more attention to. I pay more attention now… it may not result in a cut-off, but I might limit my association or watch carefully. Sometimes, it's good to be wary. 

The other: the bad guy you see isn't always the bad guy that IS. Sadly, in some cases, women are the best at painting the picture we want people to see… we are usually able to tap into emotions (real or fake) more easily, thereby bringing forth tears more easily, thereby going into hysterics more easily… thereby fully appearing "wronged." Just because someone is crying doesn't mean they are right. I've seen plenty of people victimized by "the cryer." Myself included. And sometimes the bad guy is dressed up to look like the good guy, smooth-talking, explanation for EVERYTHING. Watch out for them, too. And of course, as with most things, sometimes the bad guy really IS the bad guy. But there are always exceptions… be aware…



Mmmmmhmmmm....

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sane by just a strand....

Have you ever thought how far you are from being "crazy"? All you need is the state to deem you unfit to take care of yourself, and your ass can be locked up in an asylum super quick.. Just something to think about.. We've all had crazy moments. Moments when we feel unsure, or even unstable. Think of how insignificant that tiny little voice in the head is when it says; "don't do it..." If its size could be measured, how big do you think that voice would be? Its probably pretty small. Which in turn is pretty HUGE. Where is this going? I don't really know. Just know that you are less than the width of a human hair from completely snapping and losing your "brain cookies" everyday. Knowing this, helps to keep you grounded appreciative. I had a friend who one day had a seizure and forgot everything that had happened to her over the course of a year and some change. What would you do if you lost a year and some change? Go just a "little" crazy you think? Respect the mind. Its nothing to take for granted, even though we all do.
mS

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Love SPREADDDED

Got away this past weekend.. Went down to Atlanta to experience DJ Kemet's monthly Spread Love event. I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed. Haven't been to a party like that in awhile. One of the most impressive things I came across on the weekend, is when I was outside speaking with Rich Medina, and I asked him; "So how you gonna hit em' tonight sun?" To which he confidently replied; "I'm going to try and KILL THEM out there tonight man.. I can't wait.." That's confidence every DJ should have before he gets ready to mash up the set. And kill them he did. Not going to say much else. Don't have too many pics.. For those, go and check out the Danger Means Nothing Blog. Got a quick vid.. I really wish I would have been filming a little longer. I was drunk to shit however, and really wasn't trying to focus on filming, as I was shaking my ass. Did I just say that? Destroyer of worlds, OUT!

mS


Rich Medina @ Spread Love Atl 2/27 from ninja team on Vimeo.


A few pics



Monday, March 1, 2010

Shut Up


I realized how much I loved those two words the other day because some people… really just need to shut it. Warning: Personal Rant on board.

You sexy disaster you … When a guy I know snidely asked me if I donated any money to Haiti… I should have told him to shut up. In terms of societal usefulness, he is about as contributive as the mole on the back of my neck. But because he has decided to become a bandwagon altruist, he of course decided to completely ignore the fact that I've been a volunteer for years, not just during disasters, but also for non-sexy causes like helping the elderly and shit like that. I guess it's not important to help the 90-year old woman who is lonely and struggling unless a tsunami hits her house… And I by NO MEANS want to downplay the importance of helping people during times of disaster… it is a MUST. I have plenty of friends and family who genuinely support the cause out of the goodness of their hearts. But I also know a lot of people who do it as a form of competitive do-goodery (yeah, I just made that up). And they suck. The guy I referred to earlier simply wanted to segue into a spiel about his own contributions… and this is a person I have known to not give his friends a ride home if they needed one. You're a jerk face… shut up.

I know big words… Okay, so most of my friends and associates are well-read, learned individuals who could probably throw a lot of big words at you just for the hell of it. And they can do it without flipping through Roget's because they are well-read individuals, so their vocabulary is pretty expansive. Which is great. I love a smart mouth J However… on the flip-side, I know some people who feel like the bigger words they throw at you… the smarter it makes them seem. Whether they know what the hell they are talking about or not. I need people to at least know a loose definition of the words they are using before using them in a sentence when we're having a conversation. Stop inserting words into sentences that make no sense whatsoever so you can appear impressive. Shut up.

When things crash for a reason… so, some things are bound to fail. Whether it's because a part doesn't work the way it's supposed to, there wasn't enough testing done before you went full speed ahead… whatever, some shit just don't work. Sometimes you can fix it, sometimes you should just dump the whole thing in a landfill or let it be compacted into a cube of trash. So, when a relationship/friendship/partnership fails… a lot of the time, it's actually a good thing. Learning experience blah blah blah. What sucks is when one person wants to rehash the past in an effort to make themselves feel better about whatever bullshit they perpetrated. I have had ex-friends, ex-lovers, who want to do this… shut up. It's over. Leave the past in the past and get your life together. If you are not happy with where you are, it's probably because you didn't learn anything from the experience and are still trying to justify your behavior. Get over yourself and just… shut up.

And since I'm done, I'll take my own advice…



Don't make me send you back to Crenshaw Pete...

Friday, February 26, 2010

the "out of clownee experience"
headed to atlanta with some of the crew for
jump n' funk. pop life on wednesday was
enough ciaa for me. got an eye full and was
around some good folks plus had a table.
thank you carla. i'm over the hype of ciaa
though. like anything else, it is not for
everyone. it is what it is. the title of this post
clearly describes what i feel about ciaa. i hope
whoever cannot make it to saturday's festivities
has a good and safe weekend. keeping somewhat
relative to the theme of jump n' funk, here's some
ride music for those who will be absent. peace.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The IllumineMinded Ones

Been working on this for a second on the side. Its a little something giving up some props to people who are, or are going to make a difference in this world we live in. The difference can come through activism, artistry, or just being a cool ass muthaf&*ka. Most of these folks I've met. Others, I'd like to meet someday. Its a little I like to call, The IllumineMinded Ones. Enjoy!




Who: Nadia Pillay


What: An actor/yoga instructor by trade. She has been ever since we’ve met. Outspoken about what she feels passionate about (especially when it comes to acting and yoga), and is blessed with one of the most diverse minds I’ve ever met.


Why: One word; radiance.


When: I first met Nadia at the end of the millennium, at Vassar College 1999. A then buddy, Master Million (we’ll keep his name under wraps just in case), had met her at a party they were having somewhere on campus. Water B, and I were getting ready to host another episode of our weekly radio show, The Backwoodz, on WVKR. Master Million was a student and was attending some summer classes when he met Nadia, and some other girl, at a party they were attending. They were part of some acting troupe “summer camp thing”, and were at Vassar for a few weeks. Trying to “get in”, he suggested Nadia and her friend come to the “radio station” where his boys were having a show. They came through, and enjoyed the music that was going on in the studio. One week, turned into two, and then Nadia asked if we minded if she swung by to hang out while we broadcasts. A few more weeks and some good conversation (maybe a spliff or 15) later, a great friendship was born which has lasted ever since. She later acquired the nickname, Breeze, from Water B because in his words; “Every time she comes in the room, its like a fresh breeze”.





















One of the lasting conversations I can remember with her, involved a documentary that she wanted to do about the women of South Africa who have to endure the hardships of the incessant threat of rape. Being from South Africa, this struck home from her and while her plans may have been “back burnered” a bit, I don’t think they have completely dissolved. Time will tell.


A breeze that emits:I AM AN ACTOR...i was born and raised on the STAGE not realizing from a young age I always made the world my own stage. I do it so i dont have to take myself seriously...i do it because i am extraordinarily fascinated by the human conditioning....therefore as an ACTOR it is my job to

"enlighten the human condition"


Yes, yes, yes my name will be in lights..but behold the name will live in infamy


I am African..with no classification beyond that

I believe we are all connected so get off DAT BULLSHIT!!!


and I have an appetite to KNOW people!”











mS
fresh
saw this a while back....thought it was pretty dope. just
saw a "live" version while i was online and was reminded
of the original which i think is actually better. here it is...
peace.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Real Hip Hop....

...always happens within the cypher... peAce to this



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Death of the Doctrine?!! C'mon SUN!!!!

Okay so one of my favorite blogs..... fuck it, my favorite blog, has just released an alarming statement!! It's shutting down! Illdoctrine.com, one of the sickest video blogs has called it quits. For those who don't know Illdoctrine.com, at least as it comes across to me, is the view of the world through the eyes of the Hip Hop generation that I came up in. It is run by a pretty down to earth cat (as far as I can tell through his blogs, which consequently don't mean shit as far as his true person goes) named J Smooth. And while I don't fully agree with the reasoning behind this pretty drastic action to call it quits, I can understand where J Smooth is coming from. He claimed that February 12, 2010 was the final resting day for Rap Music, which was "battling a long illness". And he didn't mean "ill" in the good way either. Who was the killer? Who was the one who finally pulled the plug on the life support that was keeping Rap music alive? Well, I'll let you watch for yourselves..



Now if you stomached all the way through that, then you get props enough. I won't get too deep into my personal politics on why I don't agree with this video, or why I think it completely, unequivocally, and utterly sucks asshole. I think the video did enough to explain that to you itself. I do have some questions though.

In this world of non-original thought, and TV diner music, you'd think that if the creative "moguls" of the music industry could somehow, someway manage to bring themselves together, that they would actually do something like, CREATE?! Instead, they all sharpened up their vamp teeth, and gorged on the carcass that was the first "We Are the World Song".

Old and stinky as it was, it could have been resurrected with something fresh and new. But alas, this was not the case. It goes to show you how important these people TRULY thing creation is. Not too important at all anymore. When the first "We Are The World" burst on the scene in 1985, it was like nothing that anyone ever saw before. I remember, I was there! And while I didn't blast the song out of my then boom box, I understood the importance of what they were trying to do, and the message they were trying to send. I don't get that from this in the slightest bit. They don't sell it I suppose.

First off, Tony Bennett? REALLY?! And then we have the popcorn stars like Hannah Montana herself, and that little Jordan kid singing his little heart out through Auto-tune. And what in GOD's name is with the AUTO-TUNE?! REALLY?! And the fact that Little Weasel was in the song just added to its suck power. With the exception of Mary J. Blige, Celine Dione, Josh Groban, and MAYBE Busta Rhymes (for a few underrated and dare i say, classic albums), I respected just about none of the "artists" up there as true artists. They were all vampires! It was like that vampire rave in the movie Blade! And they were ALL there! Janet, Fergie, Jaime! And Jaime even tried to sing like FUCKING RAY CHARLES in the song!! Let it go man!! It wasn't THAT landmark of a performance! As far as I'm concerned, Don Cheadle should have won for Hotel Rwanda anyway!

I suppose the point of the whole thing is that there should be a "We Are The World" every year from these people. Africa hasn't gotten any better. With all the money Akon's ass (Senegalese) has made, HE ALONE should have come up with another "We Are The World" for atrocities that are happening RIGHT now in, "pick a spot" West Africa. And now that they see a GOLDEN, and FRESH opportunity to sing about the new "tragedy which has befallen poor people" in the world, Haiti, they couldn't help but to jump at it. And jump they did, with both feet, ass, head and arms! I'm glad the Wu Tang didn't show up, cause I'd be where J Smooth is myself right now. Not that they are single handedly (any of them for that matter) holding Rap up on their shoulders or anything. It would have just crushed the last bits of memories that still exist in ye old cerebral cortex. But I digress. I'm gonna miss ill doctrine if it is truly gone. Props to my boy Devin who put me on late in 08. And to commemorate a bit, I'm gonna post a few of my favorite doctrines to show my appreciation.. Props J! And in the famous words of "Craig" from that old Negro Spiritual film, Friday; "Hey! COME BACK"!


Mini Docrtine on Haiti 1/15/10


Ten Other Things Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Said 1/18/10


East Coast Cats and Christopher Street Boys 10/28/09


Joe Budden, Raekwon, and American Civility 8/12/09


Beyond Chris Brown and Rhianna 2/14/09

And don't forget to continue to give what you can to relief for Haiti.


Peace,
mS

crossed my mind


being that its february and black history month,
i find myself thinking of the bullshit of it all. i find it
utter fucking ridiculous that the education and
recognition of anyone's history, culture and heritage
be relegated to a fucking month. the problem is we
are all too lazy. is not life a continuous journey of
knowledge and education? i don't know of anyone
that knows everything. as long as we are breathing
should we not be learning? perhaps learning about
one another's culture? i feel like most problems big
and small stem from lack of understanding. even a
lack of desire to understand. thus ignorance. i'm at
fault as much as anyone. therefore i need to tighten
up as well. let us stop assuming and start trying to
understand. i think it only benefits us all. fuck being
idealistic, be a human being. all that other dumb shit
is played out. just be "professional" in life. peace to
everyone who understands what i mean. fuck you if
you don't. peace.

Monday, February 15, 2010

inspiration
full cg animated piece showing architectural beauty blending
the surreal as well as the abstract. another great example
of sound and visuals complimenting one another. i suggest
you watch this on full screen if you have high def capabilities.
beautifully done. eyegasm ha ha! enjoy and as always....peace.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

sight & sound
mario basanov & vidis featuring jazzu-i'll be gone
i always liked unconventional music videos. sometimes
i feel it can better compliment the song when the artist's
face is not seen. plus the creative envelope can pushed.
enjoy. peace.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"the new guy"
gil is back after 15 years with his new album
i'm new here. the title is appropriately fitting
considering the landscape of music today, the
era from which he is from, the type of artist
that he is and the message that he brings. dude
hasn't lost a step. i like the minimalistic use of
production here. maintaining the soul while
embracing the new progressive electronic
sounds. respect to the poet. the album can be
heard below in its entirety. enjoy. peace

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Shmammy

I didn't watch the Grammy Awards this year. No big surprise, because I don't think I've watched them in 10-plus years, if not more. I actually get kind of disgusted when I hear people discuss them (or most awards for that matter) as if... well, as if they really matter in the grand scheme of music anymore. I'd rather you tell me you watched it to see what clothes people were wearing or for the mind-blowing dialogue than because you love music. As if having a Grammy legitimizes someone's music ANYWAY. I know there are some people who were nominated who actually deserve awards for their music, but unfortunately the company they are nominated with makes it damn near impossible for them to win. When I hear someone say, "I can't believe -insert multi-award-winning-bullshit-artist here- won for that single/album!" - my response is "Why don't you believe it? How is it any different from last year? Or the year before that? Or the year before that?!"
I'm almost to the point where winning a Grammy is a bad thing. I normally scan the list of nominees when announced just to see if anything's changed. Occasionally, I'll get a pleasant surprise in the nominees...One of my favorite groups, The Foreign Exchange, was nominated this year... they didn't win, but I was surprised they got a nod period. One of my favorite singers Alice Smith, was nominated in 2007. Another favorite, Janelle Monae, was nominated last year. So, greatness does slip though... but for the most part... no dice. Because I'm a woman who loves good music, I'm usually most disappointed by the Female categories, more often than not, specifically the R&B categories (I won't even touch Hip Hop),  I see the same people year after year win the same awards...
So... here are some female artists who possibly may not EVER win a Grammy or have record-breaking album sales, but would in a parallel universe in which people had better taste:
Joy Jones, whose album Godchild was one of my favorites from '09...
Alice Smith, whose voice makes sounds that never cease to amaze me... new song from new album dropping this year...

Sarah Anne Webb, former member of UK group D-Influence...
And I heart heart heart Nikki Jean... swoon...
Georgia Anne Muldrow is a producing, singing goddess...
Janelle Monae...
There's more, but I'll save them for another day :) Happy listening.

Monday, February 1, 2010

sound discovery
i recently stumbled upon this artist browsing the net. his
name is jose james of brownswood recordings. the label
founded by worldwide music ambassador gilles peterson.
i'm actually late getting hip to dude. his debut the dreamer
came out in 08'. unlike many of the so called "soul/r&b
singers" of today you feel the soul in james' voice and delivery.
i respect the versatility in his sound. from jazz to soul to hip
hop to future soul and everything in between. it sounds
organic and not forced. he's collaborated with artists diverse
as basement jaxx and jazzanova. his sophomore release
blackmagic was just released. it contains code produced by
flying lotus of which the video is of below. friends we love
made this simple but dope video. so turn down the lights
and enjoy ha ha! peace.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

her....