January 29, 2006
Celluloid for that ass like cellulite:
Manderlay (directed by Lars von Trier)
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (directed by Michel Gondry)
January 24, 2006
Bland in DC.
Since I've promised to come off as less bitter whilst blogging from here on out, to keep things balanced and fair, there will be an general increase in mean-spirtedness with touch of added high-sididdy-osity on my part. So read the damned blog now, punk!
You can hate him (more) now. I don't really see this changing anyone's opinion of 'Ye and still consider this to be a healthier form of promotion than what some dudes are kickin (via Nah Right). Even if it is a bunch of mamajahambo.
Word in the press conference is that struggling TV networks UPN and the WB are combining to become one extremely pitful channel. I guess Tyra's on-screen tit-ilation wasn't even enough so save the Under-Paid Negro network.
City of God-Body: MVP MC MV Bill (try to say that 10 times fast) is putting it down something serious for the favela dwellas of his native Brazil.
Stay fly-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-yyyyyy with SkyAuction. I dunno if I trust some of the airlines on there I haven't heard of (cuz you can't just jump out an airplane and roll if shit goes bad) but the usual carriers are also offered. And going to Jamaica for the same amount as your average bar tab is pretty incrediculous.
And lastly, I'm waiting for the new Melvin Van Peebles biopic, How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It), to hit Oreo City. Insert additional joke here.
January 10, 2006
Joint out of Time
Word to my fellow amateur beatkonductas out there, getting out of the bedroom/basement/attic/darkness and working with real life musicians is a good thing, every once and awhile. I have been blessed enough to bookend this week with such occasions. Who knows if anything will come out of these meetings, but at least I will learn to chop in better time-- yesterday was a hardcore reminder that I'm no Otis Jackson. But then again, who is?
These (Year of the) Dogs is killin' me: Are these a sign that that Double-O-Seis will be all about the "so crazy that it works"-steez? I hope so.
Strangely enough, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.) calm and enunciating is exponentially scarier than when he's yelling. In the interview, he seems almost on the cusp of dissing 50 while he's discussing cats in the game now. It's good to see that moving to G-Unit was just a business move, unlike some of these other signees who done lost their natural minds.
Let's take a sec to think back with some "before they was famous" shots. Goo-ga. And I thought Lil' Jon was a funny lookin' cat now.
The Resolution Might Possibly Be Televised: Try to get in shape this year as well as kick some ass? It's all about the Matt Furery workout series. Serious. I don't remember how I came across these, but I feel like it rhymed with "imewire".
This is kinda weird, cuz used to joke around that the next logical evolution in gangsta rap was "vigilante rap", like some Hiphop-Charles Bronson-shit, but dude would DEFINITELY have to have a death wish to do that would probably get killed before he even made it big, depsite a probable media-thronging. Well, leave it to the tumultuous political climate of Jamaica to produce such a dude. Damn.
Meatier Media: 3030 is like a broke dude(with internet access)'s TiVo. Now all homey has to do is start fucking with Lost and it's a done deal.
While the "heart of darkness" talk on the website is not what I would have prefered, the film Darwin's Nightmare is an excellent albeit infuriating documentary that addresses the multinational oppression plaguing much of post-colonial Africa, in this case, Tanzania, through one of the country's foremost export industries. I can't recommend this film anymore highly, but you don't have to take my word for it...
Why couldn't my Mom have forced me to go to dance theatre like THIS when I was a young'nito? And speaking of plays, tonight I'm due to see Capers at the Mead Theatre Lab downtown. I'm happy to see that Ms. Yadav is getting local press since she's performing such community-centric work. Word to A.B.
January 9, 2006
Merry New Ear and Stuffs
Ah yes.. it's that time of year again, where I break into the leftover bottle of lean to combat the sickness. Jameson and Mr. Walker for backup... wooooooooooooha clean living without health insurance.
Irregardlessly, I'm back with a sporadic post to let folks know what the Via Diablos have been up to as of late. First things first, I completely slipped on this one, but...
VIA HAS A NEW MIX UP IN LOOSE TAPE. Defibrillators: Via Remixes features 13 remixes by DZ, Ixley, and Captain P with some original production thrown in as well. I'm definitely proud of these doods, they whipped the project together in the week leading up to the Fall/Winter Seasonal we threw in December.
In other Via news, The Gumbo Funk EP has completely sold out of its first pressing of vinyl (450 copies! HUGE for our no-budget operation). Distro doods are picking up the tab for the next round of pressing, and folks should be able to cop the EP in all its illustrious waxy glory (complete with full color sleeve yes yes) this week. So far we's seens it on ArtMusic and Kudos Records.. if anyone finds it in their neighborhood shop, snap a flick and send it to Captain P so he can get his kicks.
I'm slightly behind on this, but The Ricky Gervais Show has been keeping us thoroughly entertained at work.
Black Marmalade. Dechazier's got a good thing going here. The interview lineup is already worth your reading time.
Yes we are going to Sa-Ra on Wednesday. Hollywood Hollywood. NY Debut kiddies, expecting great things from these here creative partners.