Saturday, May 20, 2006

the shuffle. [5/20/06]

What up world? Yet another week down the drain. Just got back from seeing the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey "Circus of Dreams"... we saw a cat get dropped, a horse fall, and a lot of faked singing. And some adopted Asian kid got to do all kinds of tricks while lip synching. It was almost like a live action, dubbed kung fu flick. With motorcycles.

Why do they let Antonio Tarver talk? He jabs a lot of BS with his mouth. Yeah, he whupped on Roy Jones, but Roy couldn't take one on the chin. Hopkins did jail time, nigga. Don't sleep on those ex-cons. First jigs to knock you out just for livin' (whattup P).

Being a sick ass dude sucks. My temp was up to almost 101... nasty. All sweaty and shit, felt like I was going through menopause.

Saturday nights are HBO boxing nights. That nigga De La Hoya is a funny dude. He is probably the best diplomat out there. Go Oscar!

Anyways, let's get into this here shuffle thing.

1> A Tribe Called Quest is talking about a reunion tour. Am I the only one who thinks they should just make another album? I mean I know, I know, they'd make more money doing the shows, show money is what MCs eat off of. True fans want some new music. HOT music, too. Fix up, Ali, Tip and Phife Diggy.

2> This week, the Pentagon finally released the footage from when the plane hit them on 9/11. Funny thing is, there has already been sites devoted to this particular piece of 9/11 history. Plus, the footage didn't tell us a fucking thing about what truly went down. Go figure, the government is keeping info from us.

3> I've seen some fucked up shit, trust, but this shit takes the cake: a RPG game which puts you in the Columbine massacre. That I can understand, sort of. I mean, that's a place in US history, and people might want to interact with that. What I thought was worse was the Columbine Paintball "experience", where dumb ass people PAY to be the Trench Coat Mafia, the SWAT team, classmates (dead or alive), etc. What kind of sick shit is that? What's going to be next, "OJ Simpson Murder Mystery-Dinner Theatre"?

4> All I gotta say is this: "J Dillia Changed My Life". Buy the shirt.

5> So Roy Jones "Glass Joe" Jr. plans on coming back to the ring this coming July. Yo, why? When you get sonned like you did against Tarver, you need to just pursue that shitty rap label a lil further, and call some more HBO bouts. Keep it corporate.

6> Whattup Joey Crack? Fat Joe, my duke, it's one thing to be up on a Paris Hilton track. I can understand the pursuit of the almighty dollar. But her album is phenomenal, dog? Come on! Pick up your career -- it's not that serious!

7> After many, many moons, New Jerz's finest, Joe Budden, is going to be (hopefully) unleashing his latest album, The Growth, this October 2006. Hopefully this is no ploy, and President Carter is ready to greenlight Budden's gem. In other Hip-Hop album news, Nas has decided to name his next Columbia/Def Jam LP "Hip-Hop Is Dead". Is he going to pull an Andre3000, and spend most of his time singing and trying to be Prince? I doubt it. So what's dead? You're God's Son, nigga, wake up this sleeping beast.

8> Right before Barry Bonds tied The Babe's home run record, he got the shit beaned out of him by this pitcher Springer. If you haven't seen it, Springer seemed to be aiming mad pitches @ Barry, with no remorse. Well, that dumb bastard got a 4 game suspension. Good job, prick. The footage was type funny though; it seemed like, with a full count, he was just gunnin' FOR Barry. Sportcenter did the science on this fued, and it seems as these 2 have had history. Funny stuff.

9> Why they got the numbers already, I don't know, but the Da Vinci Code film has already raked in $29 Million. With an assload of shitty reviews. I will still be seeing it next weekend, and you best to believe I'm going to review this. I still say they should have done an Angels & Demons movie first, but who am I?

10> THIS JUST IN: apparently fashion guru Tommy Hilfiger (hillnigger) and Axl Rose got into some beef? WTF is that all about? Apparently, they were beefing over a table in some VIP room for Rosario Dawson's bday. And Hilfiger was actually whupping on Axl? What a bitch. Is THAT the reason that last GNR album didn't come out? And why is Axl sporting those weak dreadlocks? And this is after I spent the weak humming classic GNR material at work. What a dick.

Well, people, that's it for this week. More shit probably happened, including Bush trying to fix this immigration system, but when that pussy can't figure out how to fix what's going on with people who ALREADY live here, how can I truly believe he will be able to fix the madness going on with the immigrants?

Holla at the kid.

PS: Happy Birthday, Malcom X.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Friday, May 19th 2006 playlist

Whattup world? Another week, another set of beats. A slew (dem) of new music coming through, it's looking like it's going to be a HOT summer. What's good on the music scene? Come check mi playlist, seen?

Drum & Bass:

1> Dylan & Raiden "Preacherman" [freak] (dubby, halftime Amit-esque vibes, insane sounds)
2> Teebee, Form & Mike Engine "Postmodern" [engine] (back to the future, classic Teebee Certificate 18-era)
3> Contour "Moving High (Basic Operations Remix)" [cymbalism limited] (RIP Basic Operations)
4> Davide Carbone & Kubkis "Ready With This (Craggz & Parallel Forces Remix)" [intrinsic] (shouts to Jeryl for unleashing this gem)
5> Submerged "Servant (Technical Itch Remix)" [ohm resistance] (moody, ominous sounds by one of the Dons of Dark DnB)
6> Dave Angel "Brothers (XRS Remix)" [v recordings] (jazzy, funky, but too fucking short!)
7> Tommy Boy "Love & Happiness" [v recordings] (big up to TC for this one; yes, he does sample the good Reverend)
8> Danny Byrd ft. IK "Rise Again" [spearhead] (beautiful, soulful, wonderful)
9> Phobia "Sun Rising" [renegade] (James doing the damn thing, liquid style)
10> Dirty Harry "Pimpin' Ain't Easy" [radius] (who says DnB has to be complex to make you shake?)


1> DJ Khaled ft. Kanye West, Consequence & John Legend "Grammy Family" [I guess this is coming out on Khaled's album? If he did this beat, he's BANANAS! the beat loops every 5 bars, instead of 4. nice work on that one!]
2> The Roots "Don't Feel Right" [this one is dope, classic Roots affair.]
3> Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z & Young Jeezy "Hustlin' (Remix)" [long awaited remix of the track of the Spring. people want to shit on Jay, but he does the damn thing with his verse.]

That's really it. Not much *new* Hip-Hop has been moving me. Waiting for my boy Russ to get his studio poppin'. Do the damn thing, boss. Do it.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

LOST, Season 2: "Three Minutes" [recap]

What an eye opening episode! Well, not a full eye opening, but we got a peek, kind of like how Chris Rock wanted Stevie Wonder to get a peek. We got to peer into the camp that the Others have set up, which looks like a front to me. This episode was focused on Michael, but just like the Claire episode where the flashbacks were based on events happening on the island, this was the same thing (I'm not sure if you can even call these flashbacks, though: that normal flashback sound never appeared, we just got hit with subtitles like "13 DAYS AGO" and such). It was odd stuff, so let's delve into it nice and easy...

Boom. We start out on Michael, 13 days ago, jacking Jack and Locke for a piece. Oddly enough, Locke let him go, even though Michael was fidgeting with that watch Jin gave him. After locking them both in the vault, he runs to instant message with Walt, or who he thinks is Walt. He's told to go North, and he will know where he is when he sees these big rocks. He darts out, running along the way, when he sees a raggedy looking man, who looks like he was peeing? Anyways, Michael gets all wild and points his piece at him, but is blindsided by "Zeke" and a few other Others. They grab his rifle, but he jets with a handgun and lets off a few rounds. Zeke tells them they need him alive, and throws some kind of slingshot device that knocks Michael out. He is "bagged" and brought back to their camp. At that camp, we see Rousseau’s daughter Alex, who looks like she doesn't belong but regrettably does what she is told. Michael has no bag on his head, and sees when they capture Kate. They gag him and go through the whole scene with Jack, Locke & Sawyer being told not to "cross the line"... Alex is excitedly asking questions to Michael about Claire and other things going on with the Fuselage crew, but he obviously can't answer. After this escapade, we flash forward to Michael being brought to the Others' camp. I am not sure but I think this part is about 10 days before the current time on the island... anyways, we see a very different island than what's seen in the hatches. These people have a little community of huts and homes and are very structured, so it seems. Michael is sat down and some cat runs right up and takes his blood. WTF?! Then a new character, named "Miss Clue", walks up to Michael and starts shooting questions at him, about Walt. What was Walt like as a child, has he ever been places he shouldn't have been, was he ever sick as a child, all types of shit. Michael, as we have heard him scream many times, only wanted to see Walt. He gets taken into a hut where he seemingly has to stay for about a week's time. We are then forwarded to about 3 days ago, where Clue comes in with a meal and an objective for Michael. She tells him he has to do something for them or he will not see his boy ever again. He demands she show him Walt, so she brings Walt in (she called for someone named Pinky or something), and told Michael he only gets three minutes to meet with him. Walt comes in, startled, and during their innocent conversation, he blurts out things like "THEY ARE PRETENDING", that they are putting him through tests, and other things. Miss Clue looked startled, and warned Walt that if he didn't stop he'd be placed in "the room"... wtf?!??! Walt is so riled up, they pick him up and drag him out, but not before he tells Michael that he loves him, which Michael reciprocates. The scene seemed kind of odd -- this is the first real vocal affection Walt has given Michael, which is sweet but has people thinking that Walt might be brainwashed and is really working the angles with the Others, but I don't subscribe to that theory. Once the ruckus is settled, Clue gives Michael a list of four names, and he has to bring those people back to the Others' camp, as well as free fakeHenry Gale. The list contained the names of Hurley, Jack, Sawyer and Kate. What's good with that? Are they "good", or are they threats? I've seen online chatter suggesting that these 4 have "seen things" on the island (Jack saw his father, Sawyer and Kate saw the black horse, and Hurley saw "Dave"), and that this might be the reason they were chosen. And before you say "but Eko saw Yemi" or "but Charlie saw Mary", those were DREAMS! Strange. She told him to make up a story, which is probably how Michael comes up with the whole MurderDeathKill thing on Ana-Lucia. It worked, but it might have been too much. The one thing Michael said while agreeing to this is that he wants a boat. Being a parent, I understand what he was thinking: when all is said and done, the only person he has ties to on this island is his son, Walt. He wanted to pick up Walt and BE OUT. No harm, no foul.

While all of this was going down, we were flashing forward to the modern day showing Michael going through the motions on back with the survivors. His demeanor was shady from the jump, and his insistence that it only be Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sawyer going to the Others’ camp to confront them tipped Saayid off, who voiced his fears of this before the funeral for Ana-Lucia and Libby. Jack is concerned, but they plan on playing things out until opportunity knocks.

On other various parts of their camp, we got to see a few notable things:

Charlie made steps to reconciling with Claire. He gave her a pneumatic needle and some vaccine, apparently, for her and the baby. The bottles supposedly advised that they were to be taken every 9 days. He told her it didn’t hurt because, well, he took the shit himself. Damn drug addict. She seemed content, even holding his hand during the funeral.

Vincent showed Charlie where Sawyer’s heroin stash was, and instead of being tempted to take some, he threw all of the Virgin Mary’s in the ocean. Good job, smackhead.

Charlie also voiced his disdain with Eko, who is now pushing that button every 108 minutes. Eko told him that he is no longer building the church, that this is what he has to do now. Charlie threw a hissy fit and stormed off, failing to build the church himself…

Eko also noticed the magnetism in the Swan, with his cross being pulled…

Something made Locke cut off his splint and start walking. He had been sitting on that beach all show, pretty much. Probably re-evaluating his faith and purpose on the island, and in life...

Sawyer opened up to Jack about his encounter with Ana-Lucia, even making a funny play on something Jack said. Sawyer asked Jack what he and Kate were doing that night Michael came back… Jack told him that they got caught in a net. Sawyer told Jack that Ana-Lucia and him got frisky in the woods, that they got “caught in a net”, and that’s how she got his gun. Jack asked why he told him that, and Sawyer let him know that he’s the closest friend he’s got on the island. Touching, isn’t it?

Towards the end of the episode, during the funeral, the survivors notice a boat off in the distance… coming ashore! Who knows who/what is on it… some think it’s Desmond, who is supposedly going to be shown during next week’s 2 hour finale. I can’t wait.

I wish I had a theory about what’d happen, but anytime I do that I’m wrong, so I will just say I’m content to know that this season has been everything I thought it’d be.

Oh and btw, Let The Compass Be You Guide

. Namaste.

Monday, May 15, 2006

The Sopranos, Season 6: "Moe 'N Joe" [recap]

I'm kind of torn with this episode of The Sopranos. I think it has to do with the fact that this show is winding towards it's end; I can't see how ANY of this is going to piece itself together (2 more episodes this year, another 8 starting Jan. 2007)... there is just a lot going on, rifts being presented, and chapters seemingly open-ended. Let's get to brass tax.

First off, Johnny Sack got 15 years. His lawyers started out trying to get him to flip -- as I said last week, he shot that down with the quickness. Some of his people (Phil Leotardo, Silvio) made some strong comments about his course of action, but he had no choice, honestly. They went after his assets, and he stood like a man and made sure his family was taken care of. He had to take some low blows, like selling Tony his house for half price, but if he stood trial, that shit would have gotten UGLY, and there's no telling how many MORE years he would have gotten, as well as how much more loot they'd take from him. In my opinion, smart move, but that life they chose can be a bitch sometimes. With that story, you get some funny moments. Ginny (happy 50th, ma) had her brother play messenger between Tony and Johnny, and seeing Andrew in the jailhouse with Johnny, trying to talk in code, was hilarious ("Our friend with the stomach", "7 cups of coffee", etc). John's a broken man, but he is taking this shit right on the chin. Good luck.

Speaking of selling the house to Tony, guess who got it? Janice, of all people. She cried to Tony in the beginning, made him feel guilty about things. She kept on and on about how Tony is just like Livia, how he always shits on Bobby, wondering why Bobby isn't a captain. Bitch even went as far as to say that the only thing shared between them is DNA. Cold, right? He took this to Dr. Melfi, who we got to see twice, and she told him that it's possible his early sexual fantasies were about Janice (barf!), and that because she got laid and got out, he had to take the brunt of the pain from Livia, as well as running the family business. He has always had that soft spot for Janice, and will always do for her. It's just fucked up that things have to be like that, and she always makes her problems the only important problems.

And boy does she have some problems. Bobby Jr. is showing his ass, talking slick to both her and Bobby. She's the only one who really can put a foot in his ass, but as he gets older, he's kind of not even wanting to deal with them (can you blame him?). She also has to deal with Bobby Bacala, who in every preview, from to my cable provider, said he has a "visual impairment"; this cat got got up in Newark by a gang of kids. They beat him down (that's the scene I thought was someone getting beat by firemen -- wtf was I on?!?!) with a lead pipe, jacked his money, and shot at the ground, which ricocheted into his eye. Tony initially laughed at this, but I think the guilt set in, and this is something that leads to him giving Janice and Bobby the house.

The other continuing arc in this episode was Vito's Big Adventure. We first see him chugging Smirnoff in the library, drawing motorcycles. Johnnycakes sees him and is upset (remember, "Vincent" told him that he was a sports writer), but Vito calms him down. Vito also lets Johnnycakes know that he is connected, not in so many words, but why would he even go that route? He doesn't know that bitch from Adam. Anyways, one night Johnnycakes responds to a fire call, and Vito decides he wants to go with him. He ends up saving the day at the fire by cutting some electrical wire, which pisses Johnnycakes off (he ends up giving in and apologizing). "Vinny" takes Johnnycakes up on his offer to work some odd jobs for some locals, but that doesn't set well with Vito at all, and these scenes were some of the funniest. From Vito getting caught "on a siesta" in the barn to the dialogue he has with himself, trying to coax himself from clock-watching, are some of the best individual scenes of the year. Vito cooks dinner for Johnnycakes, who tries to butt-pump him at the stove, but that was a meal he'd have to wait for later. OK, the homosexual stuff got to be a little too thick for me, and I think it got to be too much for Vito, because he cleared out of there. He longed for the life he knew, which is back in NJ. While drunk driving, he ends up smacking the shit out of a SUV on wooded road. The guy has a rapport with Vito, who just wants to bounce, but dude wanted to file a police report. Vito went to grab his registration, which turned out to be a gat, and he plugged homey in the back of the skull, murking him in the woods. Fuck the dumb shit, but watch him get popped for that. Vito took off (ironically yelling "cocksucker" while trying to detach his car from the SUV) and drives back to his stomping grounds, passing the pork shop with a found glare. Silly bitch, you are about to get capped.

A few additional points of interest:

Meadow revealed to Tony that her relationship with Finn is NOT working well. It seems that they are spending little time together, and that time is usually spent apart anyways. She cried on Tony’s shoulder, but he was none to pleased… kept insisting that she discuss this with Carm.

Carm and Tony were going back and forth about this spec house. We found out that Tony let it “slip his mind”, and ordered Silvio to speak to the inspector. Sil was fronting on it, putting it off until Friday, but Tony told him to 86 their meeting… a day after he noticed that Carm was looking to get another contractor for the job, possibly costing more money. In my opinion, Tone doesn’t want Carm to be working outside of the house, no matter how small the task is. He was pissed when he came home to no home-cooked meal, just some sandwiches, while she was prepping for an interview. She was pissed when he basically lied and told her they wouldn’t budge, but what can she do? Tony wants her in the house, and as long as his lies work, she can’t do much else. WHY he’s doing her like that is the question… esp. if she did so much for him when he got shot…

The preview looked juicy… I get the distinct feeling that Vito got found by the crew. There’s a scene with Phil, Sil, Tone and someone else walking through what looks like a warehouse… which looks like the same warehouse that Sil is telling Tony he doesn’t want to go in. I think they catch Vito, and don’t want T to know he got caught. Who knows.

*sigh* I’m a bit upset about this whole Sopranos ending thing. I watch 2 old episodes every Sunday it seems. I will be kind of torn when this ends. Anyone else?

We’ll chew this over next week. EZ.