28 February 2009

i know its supposed to be top-shelf, but i really don't understand why people drink patron but thats really just a lament. at this very moment i am listening to WAVVES which i think is top-shelf. its really kind of great, and is pulling me out of whatever post-patron/gentelman,pbr funk i am in as a result of last night and that also resulted in having to wake up at 7 in order to leave the house we arrived at last night. the weird thing is as caught up as i may get with this band its going to get knocked out of my head in a few hours because i am getting ready to go downtown and see witch. i don't feel comfortable calling it a j. mascis side project so i won't, but its going to be kick ass either way. its been awhile since i've been to a show so i must admit expectations are slightly high but no higher then my expectations for the watchmen next week. one of the opening bands is called vincent black shadow so they must be good since they take their name from a line in fear & loathing.

25 February 2009

once in class i learned the term "liminality", which in its most basic form means that you can either go with this or you can go with that. this is exactly what happened last night. THIS or THAT. i was told to bring a cd for the car ride, and brought the first option from the last sentence. i figured that when people are going out on a tuesday night to drink whiskey in an apartment with no furniture or television set that this sort of music would be appropriate. apparently, this was not the case as the every one else went for the that. for the sake of full disclosure, i did not like this album. i liked youth & young manhood and aha shake heartbreak, but this no one just rubbed me the wrong way. last night, one of the ringing endorsements for this album was that the lyrics were about drinking wine and smoking cigarettes and how gosh darn cool that is, but you know what's cooler? it's cooler when the songs are about that and the band sounds like they are indulging in both while recording. without that it just becomes kind of hollow and overly polished, and if the band is doing something different then what i am doing well then shit i may as well be listening to hip hop because the beautiful thing about hip hop is that there is grand storytelling and conceivably i will not be experiencing any of that so i may as well listen and enjoy. also apparently, cut copy has too much of an 80s dance vibe and the synth is just too much but c'mon at least there isn't misinterpreted substance in it. the songs are about lights and music and basic simplicities, and not about what i presume is a song about a broad with a venereal disease. i thought i had brought a good selection, but i guess i was wrong. what am i supposed to do next time? does that mean i shouldn't bring out the new animal collective album or the latest from tv on the radio because those albums sometimes make me want to dance and i thought people have a good time when they dance which is why i brought the cut copy in the first place. but no, apparently time must stop so i can hear about this brand new band called M G M T, and i say oh i haven't heard of this but i have heard of band called management that go by the abbreviation MGMT is that the same band and then in the back of my mind i think at least there is still passion pit. i'm not trying to sound petty or elitist or condescending but its hard to please the people when they don't like wilco or only want to listen to the last radiohead album or just that one song off of my morning jacket's Z album or only like 30 seconds of a pavement and that goes for "cut your hair" too. this was a post about frustration. and this was a post about disappointment. and this was a post made possible after finally making it home and being able to put daydream nation on.

19 February 2009

i must admit that sometimes i'm a little behind on things. case in point, i just started listening to jadakiss. i remember him from the LOX, but truth be told i was in middle school when they were on the up and up and i couldn't listen to it then because of naughty lyrics. jada and green lantern just dropped a mixtape last week called "kiss my ass", and i dig it. i can't say that jadakiss rules yet mainly because i haven't heard enough, but he was real tight with biggie back in the day so that's dope, his voice is raspy so i think he may be a smoker so that's rad, and on this mixtape he does a joint with barrington levy which is rad and dope.

18 February 2009

nahright just posted an article via mtv that says jay-z is still still working on the blueprint 3, and that since he is his own boss that there is really no rush to get it out by a particular time. on the plus side, it means that hov is taking his time to make the sure the album is as good as humanly possible, and since it is the blueprint 3 its supposed to be phenomenal. initially there was some debate about who was going to produce the album, but now all signs seem to indicate that this is kanye's creation. another plus since kanye rules. kanye did some interview the other day, and he said that one of the beats he created will go down in history as one of the greatest hip hop beats ever. mr. west has always been one for hyperbole, but this one may hold some weight. even still, one would think that 'ye and jay would have this album done by now, but there must be a method to the madness. its worth noting that eminem, fiddy, and dre are all releasing albums in 09 as well, and i think jay is waiting to see how those turn out so he can release bp3 and bury all of them. curtis jackson has been talking a lot of shit about kanye and wayne, and it seems part of it is because he knows his boys (em and dre) are releasing albums this year so even his shiteous album can't hurt the aftermath camp too much. but that is faulty thinking because jay will ether all three of them with bp3. it all matches up pretty well in a 3 on 3 match-up. dre vs. 'ye in the producer first rapper second match up. curtis vs. wayne in the sheer popular rapper match up, and jay vs. em in the two of the best ever match up. its a good one kind of like cavs vs. lakers, but just like that one at the end of the day its kind of obvious who would win. the lakers or in this case jay, 'ye, and weezy baby. i mean lebron cannot carry an entire team just like em can't at least in this case. not to mention at this point "crack a bottle" really isn't that great. "brooklyn we go hard" > "jockin' jay-z" > "crack a bottle". score a point for jay and 'ye. (interesting sidenote: in the mtv article, jay said that he has been letting lebron listen to tracks off of bp3 in order to get feedback. apparently, lebron is one to pay attention to lyrics and offers feedback based on that. another point for jay's side)

16 February 2009

i tried watching the nba all-star game, but i only made it until midway through the second quarter. it went a bit flat after that. kind of like a can of natty light. on the surface it still looked good in the sense that beer is beer and the idea of the the worlds best basketball players playing one another are both very kick-ass at least in theory. also to be fair part of the reason i stopped watching was to watch rock of love instead. i'm a fan, always have, but at the same time theres something off about this season. theres always somebody to root for, but this year its kind of hard to figure out who. like in the 1st season, there was sam who had lots and lots of rad tattoos and listened to pantera, but was not totally comfortable with the rock and roll lifestyle and as a result of that cried a lot. and in the 2nd season, there was jessica, who actually made it pretty far but met her demise as she met the bottom of the bottle. she oozed innocence which made it slightly strange since see was trying to hook up with bret michaels, but she came across somewhat sharp so as a viewer you started to assume that she knew what she was doing. not sharp sharp, but when she did the voice over stuff she was always pointing how dumb shit was and was capable of making fun of herself so sharp in that sense. double conscious if you will. the previews for the next one look pretty great mostly because you hear big john say "all i asked was that you guys not act like sluts." and either way shit is definitely better than flavor of love 3. but everything is still ok. its nothing that a few episodes of law & order: criminal intent can't fix. (author's note: that show is like totally awesome. watching gorem try to figure shit out and then he finally does and then he explains it all in a very open display so everyone sees how smart he is and shit. its kind of a modern twist on sherlock holmes or something in that vein.) and for the record, other then the man currently in office and just like him as well lincoln is my favorite president. 

15 February 2009

nitro circus sucks. i was pretty excited, but now i am disappointed and its not some post-valentines bullshit. show is just kind of boring. theres not enough shit blowing up.

12 February 2009

some say this is a hoax. others say he's just off his rocker. i mean THIS isn't too terribly promising, but maybe he's just working the kinks out. joaquin phoenix is purportedly delving into hip hop. he's retiring from acting to pursue his career as an MC. naturally of course, there is a documentary being made chronicling his transition. its all really whatever. i mean if i were in a steaming pile like signs then i would want to retire too. last night, he was on letterman. WATCH HERE.  now there is widespread speculation that he must be "taking something". this i don't really believe at all. he might be high on the michael phelps shit, but i don't think its anything past that. actually that could probably explain all of this. when people smoke grass, one of the first things they determine is that they can rap and its not even that faulty of model to follow. weezy says he smokes weed by the acre, a claim i don't think anyone doubts, and he scored 8 grammy nods including best rap album of the year. pot and hip hop go hand in hand, and it seems that joaquin phoenix has figured out this formula as well. in regards to the letterman interview, he just seems real high. he doesn't say a whole lot, but it just seems like he got super high in the green room and then went out on stage and was like "shit, there are a bunch of people here and oh man these lights are really bright. and look at the gap in lettermans teeth. shit dude i would rather be in my hotel listening to 36 chambers". and with all this clatter going on in his head no wonder he couldn't fully pay attention and go on with the interview. or maybe he's just more of a conan fan...

11 February 2009

i was in the record store today, and i heard at least half of the new lily allen album. i don't know if it was really half or not, but i heard at least 6 songs before the girl behind the counter changed it. i would be down to listen to it again for several reasons and there was this one song where said fuck you a bunch of times, and for whatever reason i really respond to songs with messages like that. while i never officially owned the last album, i heard it a few times and liked it well enough. i'm thinking the new one might be better, but this isn't exactly my arena of expertise. i do like lily allen, although i think part of that stems from the fact that people are always hating and for whatever reason i think i'm supposed to stand up for her. actually truth be told i don't know that many people that actually hate, but i'm on perezhilton a lot and he's always hating and criticizing and i guess its ok because thats what he does but at the same time i wish he would hate on someone else. i got caught up doing other shit last night, but i had really meant to watch that t.i. road to redemption show. it looks promising to say the least. even if it just ends up being like an episode of made with t.i. as the life coach that still wouldn't be too bad. fortunately mtv only has like 5 shows and they play them all on repeat every day several times. maybe afterwards, there can be a chris brown road to redemption show. i must say i hope this shit gets straightened out its really hard reading news articles and seeing my own name attached to such violent words. on some hip hop sites they're starting to call him chris "pimp hand" brown. i really hope that doesn't stick. thats not really a nickname that i can sport.  

10 February 2009

Wire Tap: If Rappers Were Characters From The Wire

Wire Tap: If Rappers Were Characters From The Wire

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this shit was pretty dead on. for the sake of full disclosure, i was/am an enormous fan of The Wire. it was one the most gripping, captivating, intriguing things that i have ever spent time watching in my entire life. none of that is hyperbolic by the way. i wrote this absurd paper about homosexuality in hip hop, and a bulk of my argument centered around the idea that if a character like Omar could exist then a real gay gangster could exist in the hip hop community. i even went so far as to spin hypothetical yarns about whether or not a certain rapper was in fact. i'm not posting that on here because i don't want to diss someone and then start a gang war or something. only nice things. but this list was pretty great. i'm not crazy about equating jay-z to stringer bell, but thats only because of the shakespearean-esque tragic fall that stringer goes through. the idea of jay taking a fall like that is too much for me, and to be fair he did release kingdom come which is enough of a stumble anyway. some of these other one were just dead on it seemed. wayne as bodie, game as clay davis, t.i. as michael. those are ones that not only do i agree with but i kick maself for not putting into words sooner. others just bordered on hilarity like charles hamilton as dukie and asher roth as mcnulty. either way this shit was tight, and a bit of a pick me up after a day of sportscenter that is dominated by alex rodriguez. yeesh. everybody in baseball (except for cal ripken) has taken steroids and everybody still does. i thought everybody knew this by now.

09 February 2009

XXL is saying that Nas is working on an album with Damian Marley. I dig the idea of it in theory at least. I remember when "Welcome to Jamrock" first came out it was pretty tight. Like the first three or four times I heard it I thought it was a pretty dope song, but after that the rest of it kind of lost its steam except for the joint with Nas and that was mainly because it was the song with Nas on it. A whole album should be awesome in theory at least, but then again in theory clear pepsi probably seemed like a good idea. in theory "all the king's men" sounded like a good movie.
i must be growing up because seeings how instead of watching gossip girl i watched the address to the nation. to be fair gg was a repeat episode, but either way i would have watched the man speak tonight. i'm not a political political person, but i am capable of listening. i thought he sounded pretty good. he managed to still sound like he was the people's champ and not some douchenozzle, and at this point i think that is fairly important. he talked about that town in indiana a whole bunch, but i think in a grander sense that was a good thing in the sense that he was merely trying to remind us that he cares about all of us. obviously he talked about the economy a lot, but again that's a good thing. yeah, he lacquered it all on pretty thick but at this juncture i think thats the way it needs to be presented. but again, i am not a politico. merely a note or two on what i picked up. the terminator came on television afterwards so i guess the press conference couldn't have been too terribly uplifting, but it sends the mind to other places. watching arnold in action makes me wonder if this new terminator movie is going to suck or not. right now 60% thinks it will be at least pretty ok and most of that comes from the fact there will be a lot of shit blowing up in the movie and any movie that has shit blowing up is normally pretty good. the guy directing the new one is called McG which I find slightly troublesome. IMDB says that he is responsible for the charlie's angels movies. yeesh. so its all still fairly up in the air, but there were little things that made the first real rad like the fact that john connor wore a public enemy t-shirt and that its got lt. van buren from law & order in it. i mean it was cool on a larger scope talking all about how humans aren't really going to make it because it is our nature to destroy and all that.

08 February 2009

7:58 tonight radiohead and lil' wayne are going to be under the same roof. someone needs to report on this.

7:59 the announcer just called the jay-t.i.-wayne performance as the greatest hip hop summit of all time.

8:01 this is the first time i have heard this new U2 song. the verses almost remind me of something like r.e.m.'s "it's the end of the world as we know it", and theres this kind of sort of quasi diet-radiohead chorus. yeesh, but it might be ok because here comes whitney houston

8:04 if al green doesn't nab best r&b album it may be a long night

8:06 oh ok i liked dreamgirls so this isn't a total robbery. surprisingly short speech i must say

8:08 remember when the rock had swag?

8:09 ok i understand that keith urban can play guitar, but why exactly is he playing as a part of al green's band? was wayne busy? that last sentence for the most part was just a bad joke, but at the same time wayne did get 8 nominations so what better way of honoring that then by letting him guest on every single performance of the evening. a duet with kid rock seems inevitable, but just imagine one with taylor swift. the two people responsible for the two biggest albums of the year. the prospect is just brimming with potential. i'm going to apologize now but i am rooting for wayne tonight. i hope he wins as much as humanly possible, actually even more since he is a "martain" but seriously i am rooting for him especially since when the grammys were in miami they left him in miami which led to him rapping while we were asleep and in our jammies. so he's had all this time to prepare it should probably be rewarded. also the way things are going we may need real proof that tha carter III was indeed a huge deal in 2008.

8:23 how much longer are the guys in coldplay going to continue wearing those jackets? not complaining or anything it just seems like they have been wearing them for awhile now. but at the same time i guess it doesn't bother jay-z so it shouldn't bother anyone else. he's "addicted to fresh" so he would know

8:27 country songs about drinking are the best kind of country song. i'm starting to wonder what the over/under is going to be for appearances by people who were on american idol. already two in the first 30 minutes. conservatively speaking, i'll put it at 6.

8:34 ruth be told i don't really listen to country music so i don't know if this was upset or anything, but i'm fairly certain i just saw samuel l. jackson sitting next to paul mccartney

8:37 so coldplay snares song of the year honors, but at least they recognized the silliness of their jackets.

8:44 kid rock kid rock kid rock. i was just getting ready to type that "amen" song wasn't so bad, and that the flashing images in the background were a nice touch. but then that "all summer long" began. i'm probably a terrible person but i have a bit of a problem when warren zevon songs are jacked and used in that kind of manner. and to couple it with skynrd is about as awesome as falling over and breaking your pelvis.

8:51 'm starting to think that coldplay may clean up tonight. i'm sure that is exciting for them, but is it also exciting for joe satriani and that band from brooklyn? i mean technically its there song too right?

8:54 aylor swift and miley cyrus. again i'm a terrible person but i find it at least slightly amusing that miley cyrus is singing a song about being 15 when anyone that reads perez can attest that she doesn't do that, like ever. also, the whole sitting on stools thing isn't really the best look. and that was also a pretty weak high five thing there at the end. probably would have been better to go with a terrorist fist jab.

8:58 even madonna is losing now. talk about tough sledding. also, add one more to the american idol contestant appearance tally.

9:08 stevie wonder is performing with the jonas brothers? ok. stevie wonder using an auto-tune? kinda rad. maybe he can do a whole album with it and then he can guest on a slew of hip hop songs singing hooks. if thats not a possibility then the auto-tune should probably go ahead and be put out of commission.

9:13 i wonder what stevie wonder's reaction was when informed that he would be performing with the jonai? all hating aside it does seem like those boys tried darn hard on that performance. also the last thing i want is to be accused of cyberbullying so only nice things.

9:15 that being said, i'm fairly certain no one cares that blink 182 is getting back together

9:16 coldplay wins again. i mean i didn't think the raconteurs would win, and although i kind of hate that "sex on fire" song despite previous allegiance to kings of leon but i thought that maybe they could pull it off. its ok though. the announcer keeps promising a performance by katy perry.

9:21 that was a somewhat underwhelming performance of "i kissed a girl". although since i'm a terrible person i guess i can point out that the jonai looked slighltly flustered when the song ended and all the cameras were on them

9:28 over the summer "american boy" was kind of the song. it was a summer jam. so was "i kissed a girl" but now that its february and the songs were performed back to back the edge goes to "american boy". it had just a little bit more pep. that and this time around it featured an appearance by kanye's mullet.

9:34 so just when i think morgan freeman wearing one glove was random he goes on to call kenny chesney a poet and a good friend. random. really random. but just goes to show you that morgan freeman's voice has the amazing ability to make everything sound interesting and believable.

9:41 this marks the first time all night where i was at least somewhat rooting for coldplay. paper planes came out two years ago so thats understandable. adele gave a nice lil speech a couple minutes ago so that would have been fine too. but robert plant, really? i like to think i'm speaking for the masses when i say that the only songs robert plant should be singing are the ones about black magic and witches and sex. you know the ones accompanied by guitar and crashing drums. perhaps i am wrong though.

9:48 all eggs officially in the basket for this m.i.a. performance

9:49 i wrote a preposterously long paper awhile back and part it required me to explain swagger so i broke down "s.l.u". it was like "well kanye compares himself to christopher columbus in asserting his swag" and "jay-z points out that you can pay for college but you can't buy class, and in doing so points out that swagger is something that doesn't have a price tag" and so on and so on. clearly this performance is very serious because that is the highest i have seen wayne wear his pants like ever. (side note: not too sure about the corn row look he's going with tonight"

9:54 i wonder what chris martin was whispering right after that performance ended? i don't suppose he got to see it like i just did where it was in black and white and then changed to color all of the sudden. i kind of liked that by the way. T.I. seemed super pumped to be performing but i guess that has a lot to do with where he is headed next. the sound seemed a little off but i think that performance was still about as good as could be expected. i remember back when that song leaked how pumped about it I was when i read about how it sampled m.i.a. and it featured wayne, kanye, and jay-z. then i heard it and thought it was garbage. then after a few more listens i didn't totally hate it and i began to get excited when it came on the radio. and then i broke it down for a ridiculous paper. and now i just heard it during the 51st grammys.

9:59 paul mccartney was a beatle and dave grohl was in nirvana so by that math their duet was rad

10:04 maybe john mayer isn't getting a real grammy. maybe its just a pencil sharpner painted gold

10:07 that was a flight of the conchords reference and in no way was meant to diss john mayer. i just happened to think of it as he won for best male pop vocal. also now i am much more perplexed by this pairing of sugarland and adele. what just because they both won that means they are on the stage at the same time. i are the grammys starting to run out of celebrities to come out and announce the performers. this may be a problem cause there is at least another hour to go. "stay" is a nice song, but i'm more of a drinking, shooting, screwing country listener. "chasing pavements" is nice as well, but i'm starting to think the reason i like it is because it has the word pavement in the title

10:19 so gwenyth paltrow and chris martin don't sit down and do interviews together, but they attend the same social functions.

10:20 for awhile i used to say that radiohead was the world's best band in the sense that if there was ever a galaxy wide battle of the bands then earth should send radiohead to represent and it probably wouldn't hurt if they did indeed perform "15 step". they probably wouldn't need the USC marching band, but for this its a nice touch.

10:23 the announcer is promising a performance by lil' wayne and an all star cast. oh who could it be?

10:25 samuel l. jackson comes out to the theme music from "shaft". awesome. and he said "damn right"

10:30 yay for t.i., seriously. i've enjoyed his new direction. he seems to be really into this grammy celebration. the song was also fairly dope. i mean he's not dancing as skillfully as m.i.a. or thom yorke but there aren't many that do.

10:35 the graybeard man said "yes we can" entirely too many times

10:39 not sure its possible to really hate on a motown celebration even if one of the guys on stage is responsible for a god awful track about blaming behavior on alcohol

10:45 sweet caroline. bah bah bah.

there is something about neil diamond's voice that is kind of cool. kind of cool like how dr. manhattan from the watchmen is cool. don't wrap your head around it trying to figure it out but rather just accept it.

10:51 further proof that neil diamond is rad: jay-z standing up and clapping with a big ole smile on his face

10:53 did i miss something or was rob asheton not recognized as one of the deceased. if thats the case then its obviously a travesty, and would also seem to confirm that radiohead will not be winning album of the year. if there not gonna tip their hat for a member of the stooges then how they are going to know that radiohead is awesome?

10:56 again why keith urban? although it was still pretty rad to see john lee hooker on stage

11:02 the guy that played lt. dan is introducing wayne?

11:03 whoever came up with the idea for wayne to perform "tie my hands" was definitely not on the 'urp. he actually sounded coherent and such, and after the last few months that is quite an impressive feat.

11:08 i saw the dirty dozen brass band once and they walked all through the crowd then too. and now not too complain but was that the vaunted all-star celebration.

11:10 i didn't even realize that jay's american gangster was up rap album of the year. kind of a shame cause that album was tight, but i think its been abundantly clear that this one was wayne's for sure. but with this happening i can't help but think this cements the fact that wayne will not win album of the year. begrudgingly i can concede that robert plant and allison krauss are going probably going to win.

11:30 so plant and krauss won. why i'm still not entirely sure based on the live performance. but whatever seeings how i was 100% wrong on everything. shit i was even wrong on how many american idol contestants appearances there would be