Entries from February 2008
February 29, 2008
Scion presents Daptone Records Remixed, a special edition compilation of remixes pulling from the catalog of Brooklyn-based, independent, funk and soul label, Daptone Records. This release is a continuation of Scion’s championing of independent thought and progressive urban culture through music-based initiatives.
Scion’s commitment to artistic expression provides a platform for passionate musicians to focus on developing their art and exploring endless possibilities. Producers, remixers and MCs such as Mark Ronson, Hank Shocklee, Mad Professor, Large Professor, DJ Spinna, Kenny Dope, Wale, Ticklah, and Cool Calm Pete re-work some of the most soulful songs released by Daptone Records groups Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, The Daktaris, and The Sugarman Three.
While the remixes serve up a mashed-up soup of soul food for the ears, Daptone’s classic sound proves itself just as worthy of the dance floor today as ever. The collection creates a common ground for music lovers old and young to unite, drop all pretenses and preconceptions, and just enjoy the excitement of music that moves the heart and the feet.
Scion Sampler Vol.19 – Daptone Records Remixed; Scion Records, 2007
February 29, 2008
In honor of The One EK’s birthday, the Top Rankin Hi-Fi is dropping this hip-hop gem for all. The critically acclaimed production duo known as the Sound Providers team up with Tampa Bay-based emcee Surreal. Jay Skills and Soulo, the two-man hip-hop production team behind the SPs have been blessing eardrums with their “back-to-basics” format of flavorful beats, scratched choruses, and hype rhymes that have garnered them an enthusiastic following which continues to grow. Surreal is a true emcee in every sense of the word, he has the ability to switch from braggadocios battle emcee to soulful and introspective artist with an innate flow that only comes from a gifted and natural performer. Recognizing this raw talent, the SPs quickly teamed up with him and the result is True Indeed.
Surreal & The Sound Providers – True Indeed; ABB Records, 2006
February 27, 2008
This album was discovered by The One EK while strollin’ down the sidewalks of Little Five Points…where everyday is Halloween. Not in a storefront window or from a sketchy character selling stuff out of his trunk, but literally just lying on the sidewalk. Guess it was his lucky day or perhaps there is an unknown reason for the finding and it was delivered from above. Who knows?
Shambhala is two like-minded MCs Agua and Born Infinite and DJ Tsun Tzu on the ones and twos. Hailing from Washington DC, but receiving their guidance and inspiration from the Buddhist teachings of the Far East, they put out their debut album, The Lotus Of…, in 2004 and opened the minds of many throughout the hip-hop underground. Feel the Eastern vibrations rumble through your heart, meditate on the conscious lyricism as it filters through your mind, and keep an eye out for their follow-up effort The Return of the Silent Dragons which is set to be released this year.
Shambhala – The Lotus Of…;199 Records, 2004
February 20, 2008
Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Salsa, Disco, Latin Funk, Latin R&B, Latin Jazz…What hasn’t Joe Bataan sung?
Joe Bataan was born in 1942 and grew up in Spanish Harlem, East Manhattan, NYC to an African-American mother and Filipino father. His birth name was Bataan Nitollano. His musical experience started on the street corner singing doo-wop in the 1950s. During his teenage years, Bataan associated himself with street gangs. At the age of 15, he spent five years at Coxsackie State Prison for riding in a stolen vehicle. In prison he learned music and six months after his release, he began to record music. He eventually realized an incredible vision to combine Latin music with Rhythm and Blues. As a result of this merger in the late 60s, Joe Bataan became known as the first recording artist to create authentic Latin Soul music. Let the grooves of this originator flow through you.
Joe Bataan – Call My Name; VampiSoul Records, 2005
Joe Bataan – Riot!; Fania Records, 1968
February 18, 2008
1. The calendar hit one year for me living here in Thailand during the first week of February and to mark the event, I moved to another province. Left for Phang Nga early on Saturday the 9th while still in a drunken state from the farewell drinks consumed the night before. So far, the first week in Khao Lak has turned out to be fantastic in many regards and a real fucking pain in the ass in another regard. Here are some thoughts on the past ten days or so.
2. Stargazing outside of my house has become one of my new favorite hobbies. There are only a couple of streetlights on the dirt road I live on and are hardly enough to drown out the sea of stars that dot the sky around the midnight hour. I drove out into the woods one night to complete darkness and the atmosphere was mesmerizing. I’d love to invest in a telescope or some high-powered binoculars, but the budget doesn’t allow for that at the moment. No worries, the naked eye is perfectly suitable.
3. Snooker is the game of choice for kids around here and I have counted four shops within five minutes of my house that have quality tables. The one shop is a two-minute walk from my house, so, naturally, I went over to be the shark that I am…or should I say, that I thought I was. First of all, it took quite some time to figure out there rules for the game, as I have never played snooker in my life. Additionally, I have only seen it with numerous red balls on the table, yet they had red ones and then the traditional solids from pool, but with no numbers. The kids bet a certain amount on each ball and during the process of learning the game, I ended up getting ruled and walked out of there with 250 baht less in my pocket. Oh well, it was a good trade off to make friends with some of my neighbors and to share some laughs.
4. The mountains surrounding my house are simply awesome and are a blast to explore. I’ve spent much of my free time just driving out along the dirt roads and checking out the scenery. I’m back in the state of mind where every little thing I come across is intriguing and I think my friend Khun Pat was getting a little tired of me constantly asking what this was and what that was every five minutes. Lucky for me, she was kind enough to answer my questions. Can’t wait to trek deeper into the woods for some more awe-inspiring experiences.
5. Started work at The Sarojin on the 11th and everyone there is really nice and welcoming. I think it is going to be one fantastic place to work and I am excited to help them develop their training program for the staff. For now, all is well there and I’ll send out some more feedback once the wheels get turning. Out of nowhere, I received a one-week leave after only two days on the job (…to be explained).
6. Sasso sent me an email in that old-fashion style that we used to spit back in the day and part of it was rubbing in the fact that he was sipping on a frosty pint of Sierra Nevada’s latest brew, Sierra Nevada ESB. I can’t even imagine how my body would react if that hit my lips. I’m sure I’d get a chill or two down my spine and continue gulping away. Much love Squat and likewise on that deep desire to spend a nite chillin’, sippin’, smokin’, and chattin’.
7. I drove my bike down to the temple near my house and it wasn’t anything too overwhelming, but I did stumble across a group of guys putting on a concert/shadow puppet show and the audience consisted of nobody until I showed up with my friend. To set the scene, there were about six guys in a small shack – two on percussion, one on keyboards, and the others on traditional Thai instruments – and on one side of the shack was a white cloth where one person was taking Thai stick puppets and acting out a show. Surely it is difficult to describe the whole thing and audio/video would help, but the sounds they were making were great, the show was interesting to watch, and I loved the fact that they were just there doing it for nobody but themselves. I was told by my friend that the meaning behind such an event was that someone had been praying for a lost item to be returned and his prayers were answered, so they were paying respect. The simple diversion to see the temple turned out to be an amazing hour that evening.
8. It didn’t take long for me to be able to rock my Jahdidas track jacket. The weather up in this area gets somewhat chilly in the evenings and, most especially, in the early mornings. The weather has been absolutely perfect as of late, except for the out-of-season 4-hour downpour last nite, and comes as a welcomed relief from the stagnant Phuket atmosphere that is a tad more scorching than here.
9. I watched Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street the other nite and, well…I had no idea it was going to be a musical. I knew it was coming out, but didn’t bother to read anything about it. It was certainly fantastic and was another stellar film in the Tim Burton catalog, but the singing was a little too much. My friend watched it with me and, after the first 30 minutes when we were both puzzled about the songs, she went to sleep thinking it was an incredibly odd movie. I can only imagine the looks on the faces of Thai people when they went to see it at the cinema. Bet the theater was 25% less full by the time it was over. Adding to the annoying nature of the movie, I went to the barber a couple days ago and the whole time I was singing “Pretty women…pretty women…pretty women”. Fuck me.
10. I found a disc at the bottom of my blank-CD spindle that ended up having a small amount of pictures from the first months that I was here in Thailand. It certainly is not all of them, but better than none I suppose. I’ll share a couple of flyer pictures with you now.
This was found on a wall in a Phuket Town bar. This looks like one hell of a good time to say the least. Next time there is a concert like this one, count me in!
This one was found plastered on a wall in Haad Yai while I was on the way to Malaysia.
11. Here comes the stinger of the first week in Khao Lak and I know anyone reading this will yell ‘Goo!’. So the reason why the first week here was a fucking pain in the ass in one regard is that I literally had a fucking pain in my ass! On Wednesday the 13th, two days after starting my job, I had to go see the doctor because my ass was in severe pain and I was having difficulties in the ol’ elimination processes. Dropped my pants at the doctor’s office and he immediately told me he could not help me and that I had to go to Takuapa Hospital the next day. I awakened the next day in severe pain and went to the hospital where the doctor diagnosed me with external hemorrhoids with thrombosis (filled with blood), and told me I needed surgery within a few hours. Fuck me!
So off I went to the operation room where I was given local anesthesia and after twenty minutes the procedure was done. I spent the night in their infirmary that reminded me of the set of a 50s-era war movie. I’m gonna spare you the details of the more miserable moments, but luckily they doped me up with morphine at night and it was lights out for The One Nero. Woke up the next day and was actually starting to feel significantly better already (it’s good to be young). The nurses gave me all the medicine I needed and a thong with a pad to protect the wound, and then they told me I could be on my way to recover at home where I needed to take a ‘hot seat bath‘ (which I mistook when they said it to me for ‘hok siph baht’ which means 60 baht…probably only humorous to Khun Ree) two times per day. Oh yeah…the guy next to me in this picture had a one-kilogram kidney stone the size of an average potato inside him. He saved it in a bag and let me check it out, and upon doing so, I immediately asked the doctor what steps I could take in my life to prevent that from ever happening to me. Goo!
12. Top Five Recovery Albums
- Wagram Records – Oriental Lounge
- Bonobo – Days To Come
- Desert Dwellers – Downtemple Dub: Waves
- Caia – The Magic Dragon
- Boozoo Bajou – Satta
13. Feeling significantly better on Friday afternoon, Khun Pat and I ventured out of the house to explore the woods around my house, came back to the house to relax, then went out to eat. I wanted to check out some live music, so we asked the guy at the shop where to go and he recommended the place directly across the street and it’s a great thing he did so. We strolled, or I should say she strolled and I gimped, over to the place and the concert was from a Thai artist named A’Dam. I had never heard any of his tunes, but right when I entered the place I was hooked. His band killed the set and it turned out that the guitarist, Khun Suea, lived down the street from me back in Phuket Town. We chatted it up afterwards and then they came over to my house to smoke a joint and listen to some tunes for a little while. K. Pat took some rudimentary video of the concert on her mobile, but unfortunately she cut off the filming at some inopportune times. Dig the songs below and you’ll see The One Nero lovin’ it the whole time. I think my grin was from ear to ear and I had a refreshed mindset that despite being young, life can change in an instant and that vitality could diminish in just as much time. Here’s to recovery and moving forward.
14. This post would be highly lacking if I didn’t extend my love to my friend Khun Patcharin who assisted me with my move and getting settled around this area during the first weekend, and then came back to help me again when I called her and told her I had to go to the hospital. Generous and kind don’t even come close to describing her wonderful nature. Thank you so much for everything K. Pat, you have no idea how much I cherished your presence this past week.
February 18, 2008
I’m going to let pictures and video give the explanation on this one. Dwight Howard…you are unbelivable my friend. Congratulations!
Gerald Green was mad creative also, but nowhere near the level of D12.
The most important part…the video footage of the dunk contest.
I know you’ll watch it twice.
February 7, 2008
1. I’m leaving Phuket and moving to Khao Lak in Phang Nga. I decided to take a job as a teacher at The Sarojin resort, and I’ll be moving this weekend. I could write forever on my experience here during the past year, but I’m going to refrain from doing so as it’d end up entirely too verbose. I enjoyed most of my time here in Phuket. Many ups and downs, but that’s the case no matter where you are in the World. There are aspects and places in Phuket that are amazing and, on the flipside, there are aspects and places in Phuket that make this place less and less inviting. The main reason I’m leaving Phuket is that I was given an offer that was too good to refuse. There are certainly more reasons on top of that as to why I am leaving, but regardless of those, Phuket is a great place to live and work. So, I’m headed to a small house out in the mountains with a short drive to the beach, zero access to the amenities and luxuries I have here, a quiet and rural setting, significantly less foreigners and generally more…Thailand. Wish me luck by saying “Choke dee Khun Ryan khap (for the fellas) / ka (for the ladies)”.
2. The Super Bowl results made me ill to my stomach and left me staring blankly at my screen for a good while after it was over. I’ll defend the Giants by saying that they deserved to win as they certainly executed in a far better manner than the Patriots did, but did it really have to end with a series of amazing plays. Eli Manning’s spin-away move and subsequent pass which led to David Tyree’s half man-half beast catch was when I knew the game was likely gonna be lost. I just thought the Pats defense wasn’t going to crumble so quickly and get burned on a corner route. Unbelievable game to say the least, but I’m still pissed that the Lombardy trophy isn’t being hoisted in the streets of Boston. Maybe we’ll go 18-0 next year and have a chance to do it over again. Yeah right. Fucking Giants.
3. I came across Stomp and Stammer‘s website the other day and realized one thing I miss for sure from Atlanta. I had been reading their publication since the very first issue which I remember getting at the Book Nook, the real one when it was on the corner of Buford Hwy and Clairmont, when I was a sophomore in high school. The News Leak section remains one of the funniest columns around. What I’d give to be able to go to Willy’s, where I’d always pick it up in recent years, get a Super with grilled tofu, and sit down and crack up at their commentaries.
4. Turned out that asteroid WD5 didn’t impact Mars on January 30th. Bummer! That would have been phenomenal to observe. Once it started to get closer, the odds went from 1 in 25 to 1 in 10,000. Oh well, maybe it’ll happen sometime. Just hope one doesn’t hit Earth first.
5. It was fucking game day all over again the other nite when I went to meet up with some of my friends at a karaoke bar in town. I gave my friend a call and she said to come on down and chill out for a while. So I did…which was a mistake. When I arrived, they were completely hammered and I had not a drop of alcohol flowing through me. It immediately took me back to the days when I’d work my ass off on Georgia Tech game days until late at night and then call up the fellas to meet up and socialize. Upon arriving, it’d always be me being completely sober and surrounded by a gang of drunkards who’d been drinking all day. Annoying as hell. It took me about four or five of those evenings to realize that going home and listening to records was a far superior option. However, I stuck around with my friends the other nite and remained amused the whole time.
6. I bet you’d think I was full of shit if I told you that Cutty Ranks gets played on the regular here in Thailand. Well, it’s true. Of course it is the cut “Limb By Limb” every single time, but that’s a dancehall classic. Even people who don’t know jack about dancehall will recognize the Fever Pitch riddim. ‘Dun-duh-dunt-duh, dun-duh-dunt-duh’. Now, I just need to get these DJs to kill a sound with “Six Million Ways To Die” or “Kill Dem feat. Supercat”. Nuff respect Cutty, keep chopping ‘em down.
7. Guess what came on television a week or so ago. That’s right…The Daily Show with Jon Stewart! What!!! I immediately questioned if I had Comedy Central, but it was actually just being featured on CNN World. Bet you didn’t know that The Daily Show records a Global Edition. Not sure how often they do the episodes, but the most glaring difference was that Jon Stewart curses like a sailor throughout the taping. They bleep it out and all that, but still, it makes for an even more hilarious dialogue.
The International Moment Of Zen was George W. Bush riding a Strander-brand motorized standing-lawnmower that Jon Stewart described as “a device which combines the popularity of mowing your lawn with the fun of standing”. Ha!
8. I watched National Geographic Channel’s ‘Incredible Human Machine‘ two-part series the other day and was left slack jawed. They have only shown the first part so far which focuses on skin, eyesight, breathing, hearing, digestion, and vocals. If you get the chance to watch this, do it! Stunning camera work and insight that is simply mind-boggling and proves that most people walking the Earth take these incredible processes for granted in terms of how unbelievably dynamic they are. I’d go into the details, but I know I’d get all the facts wrong. If you can’t watch the show, then just browse around the website they have for the series.
9. I have more records than you can shake a stick at and have zero intentions to stop building my collection. However, records get lost rather easily as there is only so much time to listen to music. Some excellent records have to get put on the back burner and depending on the vibes I’m rocking, they might remain back there for an extended period of time.
Top Five Recent Re-Discoveries:
- Iron and Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days
- Har-You Percussion Group – Self-Titled
- Nomo – Nu-Tones
- Green Day – Dookie
- Various Artists – Samba Funk, MPB and Other Illicit Brasilian Grooves
10. Do you know where the phrase “shake a stick at” originated? I didn’t, but now I do. Well kinda, as there is some speculation regarding its exact origins.
11. Scored an advance copy of Guilty Simpson’s Ode To The Ghetto which is set to be released on March 25th. I love GS on his Jaylib cut, his Now-Again 7″ with The Heliocentrics, his many J-Dilla collaborations, his track with Black Milk, and a few other slices. However, when it comes to a full album of Guilty Simpson, it starts to get repetitive rather quick. I’ve only given it a listen or two, so maybe it’ll be a grower, but I doubt it. Regardless, the album cover is fuckin’ stout.
12. Nobody sent me The Selmanaires The Air Salesmen, but luckily somebody out there decided to share it. Haven’t listened to it yet since I just got it today, but I’m looking forward to it. Grab it if you want it.
13. Somebody please tell me if they are seeing a grey box appear in the ‘DJ Alibi’ post. I literally spent an hour trying to get this random box to disappear, however, it didn’t work. Every time I load the page it shows up on top of the ‘Four Days In Geneva’ album cover. Well, if you could be so kind, let me know if you see it there. First comment, my brother thinks I am crazy because, when asking him during troubleshooting, he said he cannot see it in Explorer and wondered if I had gone mad. What about the Firefox users out there? Second comment, why the fuck would anybody choose computer programming as a career? It has to be the profession with the most bald people as I was on the brink of ripping every hair out when I took every route possible for this “grey box” to disappear and I still have yet to succeed. Anyways, just venting a frustration and looking to see if I’m the only one seeing this fucking thing.
14. Admit it, none of you muthafuckas have a clue what’s goin’ on in The Association. Well, I’ll be your correspondent and get you in the game.
The National Basketball Association…Where Amazing Happens.
- J.Kidd is desperately wanting to leave N.J. It’s even gotten to the point where he called in sick to the game against N.Y. as an F.U. to Rod Thorne. Wonder where he’ll go?
- The Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat made a deal to send Shaq Diesel to the Land of the Big Sun in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. This one came out of left field for sure. I’m lovin’ the deal, but Suns basketball will have to be radically different. There is no way Shaq can get up and down the court like they do in their current system. However, if it all blends well, there’ll likely be a trophy headed that way sometime soon.
- The Lakers are the surprise team of the year and are competing for the best record in the West which speaks volumes. Then they took a huge hit with the youngster Andrew Bynum going down with an injury. Just the other day they picked up Spain’s one and only Pau Gasol. Wicked nice move and should solidify the gap in the lineup. Assuming they maintain the same pace, I call Kobe grabbing the MVP trophy. The guy deserves it with a capital ‘D’. Unrelenting and dominant in every aspect of the game.
- Do you guys truly realize how special the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls 72-10 record is? The Celtics were trying hard to be the first team to either match or break that, but then they took a 4-game slide and I highly doubt it’ll happen. They did steal one game against the Bobcats on a ridiculous inbounds play. All Charlotte had to do was get the ball in and they would’ve won…you can watch and see what happened. However, that came back to bite them when they went down to Orlando where the magic was sprinkled on Hedo’s hand in the last second. One more loss during the rest of the year? Yeah right.
- D-Wade is in the All-Star starting lineup. Bullshit. I know it is a popularity contest and all that, but the injustice is never acceptable. Although his team is pathetic at best, at least he played during the first half, unlike a few years ago when Vincanity was voted to the starting lineup despite being injured the whole first half. Come on fans, check yourself.
- The Slam Dunk Contest is going to bring something nobody around the league has every seen before. I promise you this. If you watch Jamario Moon’s behind the scenes tape, it shows the takeoff of what is an incredible dunk. I’ll clue you in…look where his feet are when the camera is directed toward the floor. I’m willing to bet there will be something even more insane than that…which is ridunkulous to even ponder.
- The dunk lineup has stacked up nicely, but I’m still waiting on James White to participate and take the show to the next level. The man has wicked skills in the jam session. Between the legs from the free throw line. Are you serious?
- Was it me who wrote in a post before the season that my Finals prediction was the Spurs vs. the Heat? Way off on that one. The Heat, oops! Couldn’t have been more wrong on that one.
This is not from an NBA game, but has to go down as the greatest comeback in a basketball game ever. Watch this and see how amazing it really is. Bananas!
15. Aaron Karo is coming to The Punchline on February 17th. In all the years that I lived in Atlanta, I never met a single person who attended a show at The Punchline. Guess they get crowds since they have been in business and drawing big names for a long time, but who the hell are the people who go there. Guess it’s just the Sandy Springs crowd. By the way, did Sandy Springs ever secede from Fulton County like they planned on doing a few years back? Well, regardless of that, perhaps you can make Karo’s show your first visit to this ever-allusive Punchline place.
16. Get your laugh on over at the Audio Comedy Archives.
17. Check out the biggest pencil ever made. Sketchin’ in at 76 feet long and 22,000 pounds. Comprised of 8,000 Douglas Fir boards, a 10-inch graphite core, and a 200-pound rubber eraser. I won’t take credit for this comment, but I read on some guy’s blog that Lee Corso probably had a giant orgasm when he read the news. Hilarious. Oh yeah, the pencil is so big that it appears on satellite images. Crazy. Let me guess…someone has too much free time on his hands.
18. This post directed to Khun Ree. After you left at the “new” O’Malley’s (lame!) the other nite, Billy and Phil came rolling in and here is what developed. They forgot who I was…again. I’ve met these guys on no less than 10 occasions and they introduce themselves every single time. I mean seriously, I have two full sleeves, I’m not that hard to forget. If you forget my name, fine; but forgetting in the manner of introducing yourself like you have never seen me before means they’re morons. They started talking about the Super Bowl and Phil commented “I could be a wide receiver.” Really? This guy is 5’10″ and 175 at most. Fuck no you couldn’t my friend. You’d get your ass handed to you in one down and it’d be season over. What a joke. The only entertaining thing that came out of talking to these two tools was a conversation about Buster Bloodvessel from Bad Manners which was entertaining as I hadn’t thought about him in a long time. Now there lies an individual who could play NFL football. Easily. Thanks for saying I was on your trivia team which awarded me a free Guinness in an over-sized beer mug that was designed for either getting plastered within a few drinks or as the perfect weapon in a barroom brawl. Cheers!
19. To the shock of everyone, Heath Ledger passed away on January 22nd. I didn’t see too many of his films, but I did see Brokeback Mountain which is absolutely phenomenal and easily ranked in my top five movies from 2005. Lords of Dogtown was also well done, however the true documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys is far superior. Guess everyone is still wondering exactly what the circumstances are surrounding his death. Seems to be a lot of questions still at hand. R.I.P.
20. You know you want to listen to the amazement that is the Keller Williams Incident. Don’t resist. You can stream it if you’d like, but, since it’s free, you might as well grab a copy.
21. I installed Leopard on my Mac last week. I had the upgrade disc for a month or so, but was fearful to install it since I thought it would conflict with the illegal software that I run. I was also getting a prompt stating that I had to have Tiger to install it even though already had that. Anyways, put the disc in last week, got the prompt to go away, installed it, and then I ogled over how nice everything looks and celebrated the fact that it didn’t destroy any of my software.
22. You might’ve saw two Top Rankin Hi-Fi 2007 year-end lists on this page. Found some choice selections that I forgot about, Blue Scholars, Brazil 70 Vol.2, Gallows, that were worthy of a revision.
23. Current Listening:
- Nickodemus – Endangered Species/Remixed
- Various Artists – Cafe Del Mar: Oriental Mix
- Blu – Below The Heavens
- Giant Panda – Fly School Reunion
- Visioneers – Dirty Old Hip-Hop
- DJ Alibi – One Day
- The La Discotheque Ideale Soul 10-Disc Box Set
- Soul Jazz Records – Saturday Night Fish Fry
- Asa – Self-Titled
- Alton Ellis – Cry Tough
- Portishead – Live at All Tomorrow’s Parties:12.08.2007
- Keller Williams Incident – Live at Bonnaroo: 06.21.2002
- Cheikh N’digel Lo – Lamp Fall
- Merle Haggard – If I Could Only Fly/Roots Vol.1
- Cookin’ On 3 Burners – Baked, Broiled, and Fried
- The Revolutionaries – Roots Man Dub
- Ella Fitzgerald – Sings The Cole Porter Songbook
- Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Expensive Shit/I.T.T.
- The Avett Brothers – Mignonette
- Farid – Crowd Control
- The Slackers – Wasted Days
- Tommy Guerrero – Return of the Bastard
- Clutchy Hopkins – Walking Backwards
- Yesterdays New Quintet – Elle’s Theme/Ahmad Miller Set
24. Big ups to Alton Ellis aka The Soul Of Jamaica.
25. How dope is the image below? Esperanza…nuff style fi di wardrobe.
26. I checked out the video on Esperanza’s blog of Michael Lee doing an American Idol audition. He’s got a nice voice for sure and I wish him good luck. A few comments regarding that guy though.
- His name is Michael Lee, yet the prompt says Michael Johns. Huh?
- Remember him calling John Fuoco a dog fucker. So funny. I still don’t understand where that came from, but it’s classic.
- Classic story involving him, myself, and Rob Hood was one night after going out we were in a cab headed home and Rob and I were talking about pulling the move of telling the cabbie that we didn’t have any cash, so we’d have to go inside the house and grab some money then come back and pay. Except we’d tell him to park on Calhoun Street and then jump the fence over to Lynch Street and disappear into the house and he’d never know where we went. We clued Mike in on the whole thing, so when the cab stopped, Rob and I got out, Mike apparently didn’t get all the instructions and remained seated, and we told the guy we’d be back. The plan phenomenally backfired when the cabbie locked all the doors with Mike inside. We sorta walked behind some house and stood there a minute and, who do we see rounding the corner after a couple minutes, the fucking GT police. Shit. So we came out and just played it off like we weren’t trying to pull anything and handed over the cash and got the fuck out of there. Still had to climb over the fence though as walking around the block would have surely given away our intentions.
27. What’s the adjective to describe this here billfold that I wish to replace the 11-year-old tiger-striped one that was stolen from me?….Money, of course!
28. The new Stones Throw DVD In Living The True Gods is coming out on February 12th. Definitely have to find some way to check this one out, but I reckon it’ll be a while before that happens. Peep it if you get the chance.
29. Check out an ATL Drumline performing during a rainout of the Braves v. BoSox game at Turner Field last year. This shit is fucking bangin’!
30. I know the average temperature around these parts fluctuates between lows of 75F to highs of 95F, but I’ve been eyein’ the jacket sported below ever since the first time I saw it in the shop. Boss threads! A.D.I.D.A.S…All Day I, Dream About…Suitin’ up in this jacket when I’m actually in a suitable climate for it.
31. So, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m moving to Phang Nga. That means no television and no Internet. Television?…whatever. Internet?…I’d certainly like to have access, just have to check the possibilities first. I’ll be able to connect at work, but the content here will likely be slowing down for a little while. Surely don’t be afraid to keep checking though. Till the next time, keep it sabai sabai.
32. I spent most of my time here in Phuket without a camera after someone stole it from my room. Huge loss and hopefully I’ll be able to remedy that void sometime in the near future. The result? No pictures from The One Nero about life in Thailand. Well I guess there were some, but then I deleted them from the server and they were subsequently stolen from me. Anyways, I’ll leave you with a stellar set from Khun Ree at LCS Photography. Sawatdee khap.
February 6, 2008
Baraka is one of the most stunning movies I have ever seen in terms of cinematography and will forever remain my most favorite non-verbal film of all-time. I’ve watched the film on numerous occasions and it strikes a chord deep within me each and every time. During one viewing and meditation, it took my mind and soul on a spiritual journey to a place I haven’t returned to since. Heavenly. I highly recommend viewing this cinematic masterpiece. Word has it that Ron Fricke’s latest project, Samsara, will see its release date this year. I guarantee it will be on par, in terms of quality, with Baraka.
Baraka – Directed by Ron Fricke, 1992
February 6, 2008
A documentary about turntablism from the South Bronx in the 1970s to the global base it currently possesses. The world’s best DJs, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl. Featuring DJ Q-bert, Mix Master Mike, Rob Swift, The X-ecutioners, Cut Chemist, DJ NuMark, DJ Craze, DJ Z-Trip, Jazzy Jay, DJ Shadow, The Bullet Proof Space Travelers, DJ Babu, DJ Krush, Madlib, DJ Premier, Peanut Butter Wolf, Kool Herc, Grand Mixer DXT, Afrika Bambaataa and, the originator himself, Grand Wizard Theodore. Vuh-vuh-vu-vu-vuh…Vibe on it.
Quote from the film: “The turntable was originally something you walked away from when you put a record on, you never thought to sit there and look at it and think, ‘What else can I do with this?’ You never were supposed to touch the record; your parents were like don’t touch the turntable, don’t touch the record: you’re gonna ruin it!”
Scratch – Directed by Doug Pray; 2001
February 3, 2008
It’s two weeks and counting until the 57th NBA All-Star game, and, more importantly, the 24th NBA Slam Dunk Contest. The lineup this year features the following rising stars:
Gerald Green aka G-Money, Ice, High 5 (when he was #5). The defending dunk champion rocks a 48-inch spring in his step and has no qualms whatsoever in posterizing people on a nightly basis. His dunks last year were ill and it was easy for everyone to see who the winner was going to be that night in Vegas. Then again, Dwight Howard didn’t make it to the final round. It sucks to see him in a different uniform this year, but it doesn’t suck that the Celtics got KG in return. Who knows what he’ll bring to the contest this year, but if he puts a dollar on the top of the backboard, grabs it, leaves change, and then flushes with authority; it’ll go down as the greatest dunk in the history of man.
Jamario Moon aka Apollo 33, Moon Man, Super Jamario. Where did this guy come from and how in the hell is he 27 and just now making it to the league? Well, there are surely 29 teams who are kicking themselves for not signing him to a contract. Where’d he end up? Toronto. How you ask? Bryan Colangelo, who possesses a keen eye for talent and holds the title ‘Executive of the Year’ for two out of the past three years. Where’d he play before the league? He jumped around from the NBDL to the CBA to the ABA to the Globetrotters to the WBA to the LNBP in Mexico to the USBL back to the NBDL and then to the king of all leagues, the NBA. I think he’s proven that he is determined and I think he has also proven within a half-season that his play is sick, wicked, and nasty.
Rudy Gay aka………Hasn’t gotten a nickname yet. One search came back with Rainbow Man cause his jumpers have a nice arch, he can sky through the air, and well you can guess the third reason. Anyways, highly skilled and overwhelmingly powerful in the post is what he is all about and when people talk about power dunking and attacking the rim, Rudy is where it’s at. I don’t know what he will bring to the contest, but I dig the fact that he is taking requests from fans and incorporating that into his repertoire. Maybe he’ll pull off some move that’ll earn him a nickname for good. We’ll see.
Dwight Howard aka Thunder or D12. In only his 4th year he has become the starting center for the Eastern conference. The kid is everything the NBA could hope for in a person who will be one of the faces of the league for the next couple decades. A well-raised and classy young man who is an absolute force to reckon with in the paint. He says he has some tricks up his sleeve for this years contest, and I don’t doubt it. Can’t wait to see what come out of his bag of magic.
Dwight Howard introduces the competitors in this year’s contest. Did he seriously ask if we remembered the Sticker Dunk from last year?
February 1, 2008
Mikhail Galkin, aka DJ Alibi, was born outside of Moscow, Russia in 1986. He’s been steeped in music his whole life. At 4, Alibi picked up a violin, then a piano, a trumpet, a bass, a guitar, and others to follow. At the age of 12, Alibi’s family moved to Toronto, Canada where his love of music followed him. Within six months of living in his new hometown, Alibi had already made his first beat utilizing his newest instruments: turntables and samplers. In 2005, the talented 19-year old sent a disc to Thes One who immediately realized the talent in DJ Alibi’s production. The disc was filled with sophisticated arrangements that push musical boundaries and defy post hip-hop labeling. The now 21-year old shies away from the title prodigy, but the heads out there know that this is an accurate word to dscribe this producer.Vibe on his debut album, One Day, which offers the perfect balance of music theory and hip-hop intuition. Consisting of eleven purely-instrumental tracks and five tracks complimented by Giant Panda, Insight, Theo 3, and Alibi’s crew Bamboombox; One Day is a mixture of boom-bap rooted tunes and cleverly-worded rhymes unlike any hip-hop record to date.
DJ Alibi – One Day; Tres Records, 2007
As a special two-for-one bonus, the Top Rankin Hi-Fi is offering a second album via the DJ Alibi file. It’s the hard-to-find album, Four Days In Geneva, from Braille, Ohmega Watts, Surreal, & DJ Idull.
Recorded in four days (as the album title suggests) in Geneva, Switzerland (as the album title suggests) during a short break while on a European tour; Braille, Ohmega Watts, Surreal, and DJ Idull entered Rec N’ Play Studios to lay down some beats made from the records they were collecting throughout the tour and lace some lyrics over the ill beats. The result is fantastic and is a testament to three individuals with the gift of gab who’d prefer to maintain productivity instead of loungin’, and from their loyal fan base, the offering is much appreciated. Dig these tunes that were written straight from the cuff and laid directly onto the platter.
Braille, Ohmega Watts, Surreal, & DJ Idull – Four Days In Geneva; Japan Import, 2007 (included w/ DJ Alibi link above)