Archive for May, 2009

Walking On The Moon by The Dream (Video)

May 29, 2009

If I were a musician and had to be in music videos, my number one rule would be: NO SPECIAL EFFECTS. Anything with special effects doesn’t really age well. In fact the more time that passes, the worse it looks. You figure that 200 years from now, people will look back at our current CGI and it will be like if we watched a movie where spaceships were just miniature toys hanging on a string with someone in the background making flying sounds with his mouth. Apparently in the future(2085 to be exact), people will dress like bikers with studded black leather vests and wear glasses with dozens of mini solar panels on them. What depresses me most about this video is that even this far into the future, people will still be wearing fitted caps with that goddamn 5150 sticker on them.

Make no mistake, I love this song. The chorus is dope, the beat is nice and Kanye’s verse is cool, but this damn video, ugh. Horrible. This is one of those videos where in 20 years, The Dream is gonna look back and shake his head in shame. All the spaceships, futuristic clothing, the outdated effects will make him wonder what the fuck was he was thinking.

Oh yeah, The Dream looks like Just Blaze.

Watch the video here.

WOTM

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Paranoid by Kanye West (Video)

May 27, 2009

My favorite song off of 808’s & Heartbreak finally gets the video treatment. This, along with “Amazing” was shot in Hawaii. Interesting choice to cast Rihanna of all girls for the video considering the content of the song and all of the Chris Brown drama. Here’s hoping “Robocop” is the next and final video.

Kogi BBQ

May 25, 2009

Kogi BBQ is a famous Taco truck that goes around L.A. and stops at three spots a day and serves from what I hear, the most amazing Korean BBQ Taco’s in the world. Apperently the lines are absolutely ridiculous. I’m kicking myself here for not knowing about Kogi sooner as I was just in L.A. for spring break. When I was there I managed to visit three different Pinkberry’s, The Curry House in downtown L.A. and Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles. The next time I’m in socal, I will make it a point to chase down a Kogi BBQ wagon and try me a Korean Short Ribs and a Spicy BBQ Taco.

You can always get some Kogi Taco’s in Culver City from a place called Alibi, where they serve a number of things not available on the trucks like Kimchee or Spam Sliders, Kimchee Seasame Quesadillas and Korean Spiced fries. But seriously, it’s a much cooler experience to actually get food from one of Kogi’s two nomadic trucks Roja and Verde. If you’re ever in L.A. and happen to come across one of these two, be sure to get in line.

Pic of Kogi truck I stole off of Google
Kogi Truck

Kogi
Short Ribs

Follow Roja & Verde on Twitter: @kogibbq
Kogi Twitter

Golgo 13: Duke Togo

May 23, 2009

Wait…what? *rubbing eyes* Is this…is this shit real? Are you serious? Are you serious right now?! Oh fuck yeah. Sold. That’s all there is to it. Give me an M-16 that breaks down into a briefcase to go with it and I will literally murder in cold blood for this.

Duke Togo

Project Trico

May 21, 2009

Team Ico is one of the main reasons why I play video games. Fumito Ueda is apart of my holy trinity of game designers. Shigeru Miyamoto, Hideo Kojima and Fumito Ueda are designers whose games I hold up on a pedestal. As long as these three continue to make video games, I will continue to play them.

On my list of favorite games of all time, Shadow of the Colossus and Ico are my number one and two. To say I’ve been eagerly awaiting a follow up from this team is an understatement. I’ve been anticipating this since I slayed the last colossus in SotC. I’ve kept tabs and written a post(once here and again here) anytime new information would leak out concerning the next Ueda/Kaido opus. To finally see something visually to go along with all I’ve heard about this game makes me incredibly happy.

Kaido/Ueda
Ueda/Kaido

Trico
Project Trico

Project Trico(tentative title) looks to have all of the trappings of a Team Ico game. An expansive, far reaching environment, a large puzzle filled labyrinth, an overall sense of isolation, the familiar level and character design. It’s all here. Just like past games, the reliance of another character plays heavy into the gameplay. Even though you relied on Agro while fighting many of the Colossi, he still felt like a secondary character. This new animal, a sort of dog faced griffin with underdeveloped wings, seems to be designed with more personality. Even more cutesy for the reason to what I’m guessing is to make the player grow more attached to it as it helps you along your journey. I have yet to play this game but watching the trailer of the animal carrying the child on his head with it’s body riddled with several arrows struck a chord with me. And if it can evoke this kind of reaction all before even playing the game, I can’t imagine how I’ll feel when I actually do.

That’s what makes Team Ico so brilliant as a development team. They convey emotion all with minimalism. Sure you can tell a heart breaking story in Final Fantasy when all you have is hours and hours of dialogue, but when you can do it with next to no talking, it’s a much more impressive feat. This game is the reason I bought a PS3 and I’m sure will be mentioned along with Ico and SotC as another strong example as games as art.

Shining Down

May 19, 2009

Lupe’s definitely not one to chase the radio or the clubs. Haven’t listened to this enough to articulate a full opinion just yet. It’s cool, I like it. I can’t really tell because the quality is such ass but has Lu also sold his soul to the devil and adopted the use of auto tune? Ugh. I bet Roger Troutman has spun so many times in his grave, it’s not even funny.

And what sounds like a cross between fingernails on the chalkboard and 1000 screeching birds dying in unison(which starts at the beginning of the second verse) I’m safely assuming won’t be on the song. Blame that on the horrible Ustream rip. I’ll post up a better non shitty sounding version when I get one.

“Shining Down” by Lupe Fiasco Feat. Matthew Santos:

Lupe Laser

Why Do We Live Together?

May 15, 2009

Genius. Nike does it again.

“Lebron, have you seen my 3 championship rings? Cause I seem to have misplaced my 3 championship rings. And they represent the 3 championships that I myself have won. Now somewhere in this area, I seem to have misplaced my 3 championship rings. Have you seen em? I did say there were 3 of them didn’t I? You probably don’t even know what they look like. See, for each one of these delicious chocolate chip cookies there is an equally delicious NBA championship ring, that you don’t have. One for each chocolatey cookie, and you got to be hungry Lebron…” -Puppet Kobe

Casa Bey

May 14, 2009

I like to play this game where when I first hear a song, I try my best to guess the producer of it. Then proceed to look it up to see if I’m right or not. I don’t wanna brag but I have a pretty damn good success rate. This time was no exception. From the sample used and the way it was flipped, I managed to narrow it down to two producers: DOOM or Madlib. Proud to say I guessed the right one. Alright, alright, that’s enough Hip Hop snobbery for today.

I’m always a sucker for simplistic yet artsy videos. Directed by Chike and Coodie who have directed another one of my favorites, “Two Words” by Kanye. I’m just hoping The Ecstatic will turn out better than True Magic and The New Danger, both of which I listened to once and since have been demoted to coffee table coasters.

Beef & Broccoli!

May 13, 2009

Watching this makes me all giddy inside, like how Nike commercials use to make me feel. This takes me back to the days of “Bo Knows…”, Mars Blackmon and Lil’ Penny. Nike ads always have an extremely high level of quality to them and this is just another example that proves that fact(Thank you Mr. Wieden, thank you Mr. Kennedy) . They captured Kobe and Lebron’s personality to perfection! Kobe’s isn’t too hard to personify as he’s the cool, calm, collected character, obviously the “straight man” in this comedic duo. But Lebron’s puppet persona? Wow, flat out nailed it!

You know, if looked at in a different light one could misconstrue overly, hyperactive Lebron following around Kobe high off of his mind on cocaine. Sure if you’re a basketball fan, you know that what Lebron is throwing around is rosin/chalk, but I wouldn’t think everybody seeing this commercial is aware of that. Eh, just an observation.

Absolutely love it when puppet Lebron yells “$20 dollar Chinese food!” and “Beef and Broccoli!”

Sample Clearance: Ohio Players/Jay-Z

May 12, 2009

Ohio Players Ecstasy

Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z

“Ecstacy” by Ohio Players:

“Brooklyns Finest” by Jay-Z Feat. The Notorious B.I.G.: