Monthly Archives: July 2008

Cool

Steve Nash and Baron Davis are ‘Stepbrothers’

So here’s a video I blatantly ripped off from a Facebook contact.  I don’t really know a lot about it, except that it’s a spoof of the new Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly movie, “Stepbrothers,” by NBA superstars Steve Nash and Baron Davis.  And yeah, it’s even better than you think it is:

Cool

Someone still loves audio tapes

Surprisingly, there’s still a big market for old school audio tapes.  According to Gizmodo and the New York Times, prisons in America are huge consumers of old-school audio tapes.  Apparently it’s because CD’s are too easy to make into shivs, whereas the tapes are not.

And yes, somewhere out there someone is still making tapes of new music.  It’s not something that would have ever occured to me.

I guess this guy has been trying to save up all the cassettes he can find over the last few years, and apparently he’s even able to order some of the newer titles from some manufacturer that still makes tapes!

The last quote of his is pretty epic, ““I have dodged every conventional bullet that has hit most music retailers,” Paris says. “I don’t have to worry about downloading, legal or illegally. The beauty of it is that prisoners don’t have Internet access and never will.”

At least there’s one music seller out there who seems to be doing well.  And considering America has one of the highest prison populations, he’s got quite the market to chase.

[Source: Gizmodo, NYT]

Music

Murs & 9th Wonder – Free album

Okayplayer.com has hooked everyone up by giving away a free download of Murs & 9th Wonder’s new album, titled Sweet Lord.

You can download it here:http://www.mursand9thwonder.com/9thWonderMursSweetLord.zip

And here’s the tracklist, in case you’re curious.

1. The Intro
2. Are You Ready?
3. Nina Ross
4. Free
5. And I Love It
6. Pusshhhhhh
7. It’s For Real
8. Marry Me
9. Love The Way
10. Murs Inatra

While I haven’t had a chance to listen to it just yet, I have some pretty high hopes for it!

So check it out.

Art Music

4080Records Reviews “Rock The Bells”

Like the best horror films, “Rock The Bells” is an exercise in tension.  Although billed as a concert documentary, Bells is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, and is far more exciting than most Hollywood fare these days.

The film’s protagonist is an affable concert promoter named Chang.  Coming off a string of successful shows, Chang attempts the impossible: booking the entire Wu-Tang Clan for his inaugural Rock The Bells concert.  After much work Chang convinces 9 of the 10 members (including Cappadonna) to appear at the concert, albeit as separate acts.  The RZA, impressed by Chang’s determination, eventually agrees to appear as well, and, in so doing, certifies it as an official Wu reunion.  And that’s when the movie gets good.

As Chang and his team scramble to pull off their ambitious project, things being to unravel around them.  On the day of the concert security shows up late, equipment malfunctions (forcing Chali 2na and DJ Nu-Mark to freestyle their entire set), disgruntled fans overrun security checkpoints, and – worst of all – ODB refuses to leave his hotel room.  Perched precariously between utter disaster and sublime triumph, Chang pushes on, absolutely convinced that his show will succeed.  The filmmakers capture the moment perfectly;  watching Chang try to placate 10,000 near-riotous fans and plead with a cracked-out ODB is compelling stuff.

Speaking of ODB, the film also serves as a powerful testament to his life and legacy.  Much of the film is dedicated to eulogizing the popular Wu member, and one of the DVD special features is a powerful interview with ODB’s former bodyguard.

Check this film out for sure, even if you aren’t a Wu fan.  It’s easily one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.

Politics

Budget Hero

You voracious politicians out there (or those  who are just convinced they can do a better job than the elected officials] may get a big kick out of this.

It’s a web-based game called “Budget Hero”.  It’s essentially a simulation game that lets you pretend to set the budget for the United States Government.  You get to decide tax cuts, whether to invest in infrastructure, national security, research etc.  You have to keep it all balanced to help keep public opinion happy.  It’s not that tough, but it’s kind of interesting to see what makes the most sense.

Check it out and play it below.

Cool

And1 Mixtapes, how did we forget?

Seriously, I used to love these things.

The And1 Mixtapes were the best little blends of hip hop and basketball.  They’d showcase some unreal talent both on the court and on the mic, and put it together in a nice little 20 minute package.

Nothing was quite as sick as popping that VHS in and yelling “OHHHH!!!” every minute as someone did something embarassingly awesome on the court.

Here’s a little taste:

Or, if you have the patience, here’s the And1 Mixtape, volume 8. One hour of awesome.

Music

Quannum’s Curumin Keeps It Electic

According to Wired, Curumin is a Jedi descipile from Brazil who makes “laid back Sao Paulo funk” (Wikipedia calls it samba-funk).  Signed to Quannum (you know them as the home of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, et al.), Curumin released his newest album, JapanPopShow, in May.  A fantastic blend of funk, dub, hip-hop, samba, rock, and who knows what else, the album is compelling in its diversity.  Check out two of its tracks below, and then buy it here.

Curumin – Kyoto (JapanPopShow, 2008)

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Curumin – Magrela Fever (JapanPopShow, 2008)

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Music

4080Records Presents: Animal Farm

Animal Farm is surprisingly witty.  They’re a hip hop group out of Oregon that completely doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

They remind me a lot of Ugly Duckling, because they fully embrace that kind of silly-yet-meaningful sensibility.  It’s a lighter side of hip hop, but one that’s no less important.  Consisting of Erik Abel (Gen.Erik), Hanif Panni (Hanif Wondir), James Baker (Fury) and Kenny Wilson (Kwils Rock), the group has a pretty steady adn diverse crew to back it up.

I mean, I could big them up for rapping about what they know and not trying to conform to mainstream hip hop norms, but I think it’d  be better if you just gave them a listen and judged for yourself.

The Show Must Go On

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If you want something a little funnier and full of faux-grit, here’s Mean Streaks.

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This is actually one of my favourite tracks by them, it’s called RagTime Gal.  It’s done in a campy, 1920’s type of style.  Pure gold.

Politics

Gordon Brown thrown by George Bush’s hip-hop handshake

This picture speaks a million words.  As does the media who way over-analyzed things.  The Telegraph, an otherwise esteemed UK paper, mocked and genuinely seemed concerned for Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Mr Bush threw the Prime Minister off balance with his hip-hop-style handshake when the pair met during the outgoing President’s farewell tour of Britain.

Instead of going in for a straight grip-and-pump, with the fingers slipping under the wrist, Mr Bush gripped around Mr Brown’s thumb, to the obvious confusion of his partner in the War on Terror.

The unusual, “street”-style greeting, more commonly used by young sports stars and musicians than middle-aged heads of state, so perplexed Mr Brown that three of his fingers somehow slipped inside Mr Bush’s jacket sleeve.

Just try reading that with a straight face.   I mean it’s all well and good that hip hop is pervading all kinds of culture, but this is just plain silly.

[Source: Telegraph]

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Music

The Economist Rap

This is far too entertaining to not post.

Two young fellows, Ike Edgerton and Chris Misa (apparently known as the quasi-hip hop duo Psikotic) have put together a little rap about the Economist magazine.  It’s not even half-bad.

Definitely a nerdy thing to rap about, but I have to say it’s got a ertain something to it.  Plus, I’m a huge fan of the Economist, so it made me happy.

Bellicose Studio has the mp3 for you, and we’ll stream it here:

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If you liked it, you can check out all their other tracks here.

[Source: Gawker]