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Archive for May, 2010
This is dedicated to Lou Adler aka “The guy who sits next to Jack Nicholson at Laker games.”
As much as I love Kanye branching off to do something different(808’s & Heartbreak), I’m ready for him to bring it back to what got him here in the first place.
The thing I find interesting is that his production style is such a far cry from his College Dropout days. His beats have a certain sound and quality that is exclusive only to him. If I’m on my game, I can pick out a Neptune, Primo or RZA track without batting an eye but certain Kanye tracks I wouldn’t believe they were his if you showed me actual video of him in the studio producing it live and in person. He makes songs that are grand in scale but they don’t seem like songs that can be radio singles. Yet they are. I don’t know, it’s hard for me to articulate. Think about it, what songs on the radio sound like “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” or “Love Lockdown” for that matter? Nothing. And what makes my mind explode is that he released these as his first singles! I honestly believe if it were anyone else in the world, no record company would release these songs as singles, let alone the lead off single to promote an upcoming album! I don’t know if that’s a combination of arrogance, dillusion with dash of retardation or if it’s simply genius.
It becomes apparent to me by the drums, the continuous clap track, the chanting, He’s once again going for the stadium anthem. I wouldn’t be surprised if this new album is filled with songs that will translate very well when performed live.
On a somewhat related note, and I have absolutely nothing to base this on but for some reason I feel Jon Brion had a hand in making this song. Which is very welcomed, by me at least. Single becomes available June 8th. I figure the new album becomes available sometime after that.
“Power” by Kanye West:
Edit: Long time commenter of this site(back when I allowed commenting) and all around cool cat @capntightpants informed me that this song is co-produced by @symbolycone and not Jon Brion who I thought maybe co-produced this with Kanye. Good look by @capntightpants who also has a Tumblelog, check it: …and now you become me.
I don’t get exited over Hip Hop music like I use to. Every once in awhile a new single or an album that I’m looking forward to will come out but 8 times out of 10, I’m underwhelmed by it. Those few times I do get something worthwhile are great and it usually tides me over until the next time but these moments are few and far between.
These days there are only a few combinations of names and/or words that when put together incite an almost frenzy like excitement that harkens back to when I was in high school and at the height of my hip hop obsession. Two of those words are “Doom” and “Madlib.” Hearing these words in tandem makes me want to throw on a Rawkus t-shirt, put on my backpack and rant about how true hip hop is about lyricism while putting up “Free Mumia” stickers. Oh, how sweet a new Madvillain album would be right about now.
Well until that happens, Adult Swim has been releasing a track a week in a appropriately titled “Adult Swim Singles Program” where this week just happens to be a brand spanking new Madvillain cut entitled “Papermill.” Underground heads rejoice!
“Papermill” by Madvillain:
For a television show to keep my attention nowadays is no easy task. One reason being that I don’t even have a TV. Okay let me correct myself, I do own a TV I just don’t get any channels coming through it. I didn’t go digital because I wasn’t home enough to justify even bothering with all of that. And I’m lazy. Basically my TV was used primarily for movie watching and playing my Playstation 3, both of which I didn’t do all too much because of school, work and my attempt at something that somewhat resembled some sort of a social life.
Lost was the one show that did draw me in. I was on the edge of my seat after every single episode. Well, not as much in Season 3, I don’t know what it was but to me it felt like the writers were just throwing shit against the wall during this period. It wasn’t until they officially announced an actual end date that they tightened up and got the show back on track. Still though, the “worst” season of Lost is better than anything else out there. Except Hoarders, I’ll watch an episode of Hoarders over half of the episodes in Season 3. That’s more a compliment to Hoarders than a knock against Lost though. Anyways, never have I obsessed over a show like this and I can’t be more happier that it’s bowing out on top. Six short but very sweet seasons. That’s how you do a quality television show right there.
Here’s my prediction on the ending:
They kill Man In Black by creating a “pylon cage” if you will, keeping it trapped and then positioning another few to blast right through it. Boom. Dead. I don’t know how but I have a feeling Ben will die(cause he’s a prick), Hurley will die(get everyones tears flowing). Leaving Jack, Desmond, Kate, Sawyer and Miles surviving. Jack, now with his Jacob like powers gets them off the island somehow. No more monster now, just Jack and the Island.
Then at the very end of the episode Jack wakes up one morning not as Jack but as Charlie Salinger, the character he(Matthew Fox) played on “Party of 5”. Coming to the realization that all of Lost was a dream. He goes downstairs and has breakfast with Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell and Lacey Chabert who are all sulking cause their parents just died in a car crash.
I consider myself a connoisseur of creative ads, especially those of Nike/W+K. Of the countless commercials that have sparked from the collective minds of these two establishments over the past 20+ years, it means something when I say that this is one of the best. It almost makes me give a shit about Soccer! That also is saying something.
On the short list of my favorite songs of all time, this one is the most likely to give the listener diabetes. You couldn’t tell by the look of the cover but this song is 100% sugary sweet. It’s the kind of song you would see compiled in one of those AM Gold collections they would sell on TV on some infomercial. I want to buy the actual LP of this just for the enlarged picture alone. Cause, I mean…..just look at it!
Look how cool those two motherfuckers are. It’s as if they’re saying: “Yeah, yeah we’re here. Can we get this goddamn photo shoot over with already? We got pussy to slay and cool music to play. Where are my goddamn cigarettes?”
“Sweet Baby” by Stanley Clarke & George Duke:
“Morning Sunrise” by Weldon Irvine:
“Dear Fall” by Lupe Fiasco:
Oh and here’s Jay’s version “Dear Summer”. It actually preceded Lu’s version but for some stupid reason, I can’t get the file to play so I’m linking to it.
“Dear Summer” by Jay-Z: