January 29, 2007

Darwin Awards, Here We Come

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Moving Video

In the days of SNL's zenith, they had some amazing performances on the show. For me personally none matches that of The Replacements...though to be fair it would be a few years until I would appreciate the true impact of this band. In the second song they change into each other's clothes. That's fun.

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For the Hip Hop Headz

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I'd like to highly recommend Gang Starr's Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr. I was first introduced to Gang Starr's MC, Guru, when his label sent me a disc to review in 1993. Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 was smooth, scratching me right where I was itching at the time. Before that it was A Tribe Called Quest that was responsible for the infusion of Jazz into hip-hop, using legendary bassist Ron Carter on their album. But the smooth taste of my first introduction to Guru belied his hip-hop cred. It wasn't until I later became interested in hip-hop production that learned of DJ Premiere and, as a result, Gang Starr. Fast forward to now when I've picked up plenty of Gang Starr here and there but the re-mastered Full Clip best of is terrific; an homage to the days of smooth vocal flows and militant devotion to the game. The one where MC'ing and beats were the focus. Oh, and don't pay attention to the other best of that just came out, it's an effort by the label to squeeze more money out of Guru and Premiere's oeuvre. Full Clip is where it's at.

Written while groovin' to Ex Girl to Next Girl from the album “Full Clip: A Decade Of Gang Starr Disc 1” by Gang Starr

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January 26, 2007

Da Bairss

“I thought, how could (Mark) miss this one opportunity that he might never have again in his life?” said Pavelka, 28, from the southwestern Chicago suburb of Homer Glen.

You wouldn't be blamed for thinking that Pavelka was referring to her husband's attendance at her child's birth...the opportunity he might never have again in his life? Watching the Bears in the SuperBowel[sic].

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HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- A novel whose narrative consists entirely of mobile phone text messages has been published in Finland

Written while groovin' to Rules from the album “The Third Hand” by RJD2

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January 19, 2007

The Real Borat

What do you get when you crank up the Cher-inducing auto-tune and play a similarly overly-processed banjo on a Persian carpet in the middle of what looks to be a desert? This:

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It's Tricky Video

Courtesy of B3ta comes this long lost music video...very innovative:

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January 16, 2007

Microsoft wa(i)s Kooky

Watch a lil then skip to minute 7...I'm sure David Lynch had something to do with. (“Thanks” OliverD)
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January 15, 2007

Doug Morris - Music Industry Kamikaze

Universal Music CEO gets tough on licensing:

“I’m going to be a kamikaze pilot until that’s all straightened out,” he said.
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January 12, 2007

Text to Speech

I'm a sucker for some good text to speech action. Imagine Dr. Who's voice singing Prince's 'Sign O The Times' for example.

Written while groovin' to Sign O The Times from the album “Sign O' The Times (Disc 1)” by Prince

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January 08, 2007

Gods and Generals

I started to watch Gods and Generals tonight...it's been at our house for months now, a casualty of the over-three-hours-so-it-takes-a-netflix-movie slot syndrome. It sucked in a few different ways even just twenty-minutes into it. I turned it off and checked Rotten Tomatoes and derived more entertainment value from the following review snippet:

“As dry as a high school history book, solemn as a funeral service, humorless as a Politburo meeting, bloated as a waterlogged corpse and unbalanced as a bout between a debutante and a sumo wrestler.”

That about sums it up.

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Bill Gates, Soothsayer

Bill Gates was at CES (in Vegas...I prefer my keynotes in San Francisco) and spoke of the convergence of entertainment and computing:

``A big part of connected experiences is connected entertainment,'' Gates said. ``We think it's a category that could explode in importance.''

You heard it here first. I have my doubts about the PC's ability to play in this space...

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Written while groovin' to Stay In The Shade from the album “Stay In The Shade EP” by José González

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January 05, 2007

Up With Grups

A friend sent me the link to this one and it may be true that I am, in fact, a grup. I printed the article for weekend reading. We'll see. Up With Grups - The Ascendant Breed of Grown-Ups Who Are Redefining Adulthood -- New York Magazine:

Written while groovin' to Love from the album “Love” by The Cult

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Presidio Social Club

Note to self. Go to the presidio social club for a meal. Not even sure it's opened up yet but it looks cool; located in the old army barracks that are now a national park.

Written while groovin' to Sudoku from the album “Live 2006: 3rd Annual Concert Tour (Disc 1)” by Sfjazz Collective

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Meet The Real Sacha Baron Cohen

This interview went a bit better than that with Gene Simmons. Props to Drew for the link to the interview with the actor that plays Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen.

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January 01, 2007

Flickr Badge

A really cute flickr badge:

pedraum. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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