Friday, December 31, 2010

Flashback Friday - Year Closeout

Sorry for the lack of posting, but with all the eating, sleeping, travelling and hard drive crashes going on, I've been occupied. (My G.A.Y. Award will be coming out next week.)

But I couldn't close out the year without acknowledging the losses that have occurred in 2010. And if you were hoping that the music world could get away unscathed in the last week, you were mistaken.

If anything, both 2009 and 2010 have reminded me that I'm getting older and the folks who entertained me in my youth aren't immune to age, either. Making sure I witness these personal faves of mine perform at least once has become a mission, of sorts, for me.

Two artists that passed this week weren't necessarily on my list but they still carried major weight in their respective spheres.

With that, RIP Teena Marie and Billy Taylor.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Slowing Down

With the holidays approaching, we suspect posting may be slowing down yet again in the next week and a half.

So expect a few posts but in the meantime, HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

Was Alf a Racist/Sexist?

...or was this the work of an evil cat.

Take a look at these outtakes and log your conclusions.

Anyone else rethinking their childhood?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

And This Year's Anti-G.A.Y. Award Goes To...

Andrew Shirvell.

Shirvell's claim to fame was his one-man job-like effort to make the life of Chris Armstrong a living hell. Armstrong's major transgression-- being the first openly gay president of the University of Michigan's student council.

And Shirvell's actual job title-- Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan.

For a little context, read here.

Being that I went to school at Michigan, at roughly the same time Shirvell did, I understand being passionate about the institution. Lord knows I am during football season. But to rise to the level of indignation over something of this magnitude is ridiculous. Shirvell tried to raise the value of the student council to that of say, Congress.

Sorry, but lengthening library hours doesn't equate to START.

Jason Jones and the good folks at the Daily Show traveled to Ann Arbor to do a piece on the controversy and, unwisely, our Anti-G.A.Y. decided to take part.

Well, if there's a silver lining to the story, out-going Attorney General Mike Cox fired Shirvell last month.

I guess Andrew has more time for blog posts now. Still, Congrats!

Anti-G.A.Y. Runner-Up: Haley Barbour.

Tune in over the next few days for the unveiling of the G.A.Y. Award.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Flashback Friday - Going to Jail Edition

Can you remember back in the late 90s and early naughts when Ja Rule and DMX were among hip-hop's elite?


Both of them got bad news on the jail front this week. Even worse for Rule, his Twitter account got hacked.

When did isht really start going off the rails for both of them? I remember Ja beefing with 50 and DMX and DMX just losing it but was there a defining moment where all folks just said, "F--k both of you"? My memory is clouded by a haze of ishtty Ashanti hooks and growling.

Anyway, here's some footage of the two of them with a special appearance by-- Mic Geronimo?

Damn, another dude I forgot about.

Well, have a good weekend. I'll be at MSG in NYC Saturday to catch one of these guys.

I. Can't. Wait.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

One Sample Can Make You A Gajillionaire

And samples hide in the strangest places.

(Commodore 64 game "Lazy Jones" from the 1980s)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hasn't Aged Well

Not the video or the song.

Used to like both back in the day. Now it is un-watchable.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Night Music

Listening to this song makes me think people used to have fun when they would go out on a Saturday.


Hope you have/had fun this weekend. I'm going out right now.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Flashback Friday

Last year I did a post about cocaine and speedboats jazz funk.

Today's post could be filed under "Sipping Wine on a Rooftop Terrace While Watching the Sun Set with Your Significant Other R&B." It's just smooth and classy. Way smooth and way classy.

Interesting wiki note on Ronald Broomfield, a.k.a. Eugene Wilde. Since I hadn't heard from him in, you know, 20 some-odd years, I thought he might be destitute. Apparently, Ron/Eugene has done pretty well for himself on the songwriting tip, having penned this track along with tunes for the likes of Britney Spears.

So here's to Eugene Wilde and a life punctuated by fine wine and smooth classiness.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

BEST OF 2010

You know its coming.

We're about to do our Best of lists,

so in the comment section, let us know what YOU watched, listened to, and saw this year. Inevitably, there's stuff all of us missed.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Julian Assange in his own words

This worth watching.

Does it change your view?

I Feel Bad For Our President

Our President is not a pussy.

He is not a complainer.

He is working as best he can in the reality he works in. The party of no has realized how much more powerful they can be as the party of no. I think Republicans now, looking like the minority in the senate and without the presidency...have more power than they did when they were the majority.

They can stop ANYTHING the President does. And the Democrats won't change the rules, which they can't and won't since they'll need them when they become the minority again.

Being a Democratic President in 2010 is like being the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. It's a lose lose proposition.

This post to an inflammatory HUFFPO article puts into words what I cannot and backs it up with facts. Very much worth a read. To Wit:

"Republica­ns control neither the House nor the Senate – and certainly not the White House."

The VERY first sentence of this AP/HP article is alreay a LIE.

Republican­s don't control the House. So what did the House do? End the tax cuts for the rich, as almost all Dems, a majority of the American people, and the WH and president want.

But Republican­s DO control the Senate, as "WE THE PEOPLE" gave them 41 Senators, which means they can block or strongly water down EACH AND EVERY BILL.

As a consequenc­e, since the beginning of 2010 only ONE question is relevant: will the GOP block the next Dem bill (as they did with FOUR HUNDRED bills coming out of the House and that the president asked Congress to pass), or will they allow the president to sign it into law but will strongly water it down first?

The other question people on the left AND pundits continue to ask "will Obama cave?", or in more neutral words, "will he accept a compromise­?", has become TOTALLY IRRELEVANT­, as the president has NO choice but to accept a compromise IF he wants to sign bills into law.

And as Obama rightly said in this case: true, we Dems don't want additional tax cuts for the rich, because they increase the deficit and don't translate in jobs. BUT what is MOST important today is JOBS. In the aftermath of a recession, you can only have more jobs if there's more demand. To increase demand, the middle class has to buy more. Whereas Main Street just saw its income go down by 5% under Bush, and many lost their job during the 2007-2009 recession.

In these circumstan­ces, the most reasonable thing to do would certainly be to end the tax cuts for the rich AND the middle class, but to pass a second big stimulus, so that the fact that the middle class wil have to pay $3,000 more is compensate­d by increasing services and other kinds of help.

BUT the GOP has BLOCKED the second big stimulus the House passed in the Senate, and every other jobs bill since then. Now that they know that being the party of 'no' is the best way to win elections, they certainly won't allow a new stimulus in 2011-2012. So IF we care about Main Street and IF we want more jobs, there's only ONE solution left: keeping the Bush tax cuts for the middle class (= higher income for those who work), and extending unemployme­nt benefits (= income for those who still look for a job). Extending unemployme­nt benefits alone will translate in 600,000 jobs.

Whether we like it or not, THIS is the sad reality we're in, NOT the FAIRY TALE where Dems control the House AND Senate.

So... to all you people on the left calling Obama a "pussy" and a "caver" I have one simple question.

What would you do in his place?

Take a symbolic victory that kept people from working?

Make the Democrats change the rules in the Senate to end the filibuster? Just keep talking mad shit online without a firm sense of how our government actually works?

Yeah... I thought so.

My friends are worse than my enemies.


FYI - there is one thing the President could do. He could tell on the Republicans. Get out there and try and take control of the media cycle. I'm talking PR blitz all day and all night. But he doesn't work like that and he sees that as complaining and, as I know now he models himself after Lincoln (watch Ken Burns' Civil War Doc to see Obama taking pages straight from Lincoln's playbook)... I think he equates a certain amount of "underdog-ism" with doing the right thing.

But I think his handlers are misreading the terrain at their peril. Narratives matter. And the Republicans are controlling the narrative. And he will be one termer if he doesn't take control of the narrative...I know he's hoping for a jobs turnaround on which to pin his "comeback" story... but that's a long shot.

Who's Gonna Get The G.A.Y. Award?

The year's coming to an end so I've got to start thinking about who will be the recipient of the 3rd Annual Greatest American of the Year (G.A.Y.) Award, as well as the Anti-G.A.Y. Award.

My criteria isn't complex. Basically, I like small folks who make a big impact, as previous recipients demonstrated.

I have some ideas about who's in the field for both titles but I want to ask you all:

Who should take home either of this year's crowns?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sade Approved THIS?!!!!

Sade has been notoriously hard for any rappers to clear for almost two decades.

So if it's true that she approved this song - which is getting spins on the West Coast thanks to E-40's appearance on the cut - well, if that's REALLY true, I think we need to check up on here whereabouts, just to be on the safe side.

(song's kinda hilarious - not mad at all)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Flashback Friday

So, on Black Friday I might've gone a little overboard.

After finding a few good deals I decided to go ahead and upgrade my audio equipment game with a new laptop loaded with Serato.

I was geeked about the possibilities of finally being able to "spin" the digital files I've been collecting over the years. I mean, I have several thousand tracks that I can now actively manipulate as opposed to just passively listen to. How cool is that? (Music nerds understand where I'm coming from)

But low and behold, the process of migrating my files has been the biggest technical nightmare I've faced in the 25 years I've been used computers.

Complete f--kery.

To keep from getting too caught up in my own glass-case of emotion, I'll just say that the old iTunes file protection was some of the dumbest isht ever created.

But in order to play around with tunes like this one, I'm going to have to endure a little more labor and a few more late nights with red eyes.

I'm hoping it'll be worth it...