Archive for 03/01/2007 - 04/01/2007

The Sopranos, Season 6B: "Remember When" [recap]

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I don't know if it was the OE in me or just the sentimentalities running through this episode, but I'm going on record, saying that this was one of my favorite episodes in Sopranos history. You can go on and on about how it's changed, or you can be one of those jerks who is only looking for the violence, so when someone doesn't get killed or isn't shot at, you think the show is going down hill.

This is poetry.


Don't get me started on the many "buddy" relationships we touched on, from Tony/Paulie to Corrado/Carter to Johnny/Corrado... or the fact that Paulie denied telling Johnny Sack about Ralphie's comments regarding Ginny 3 times (LOST ain't the only show with Biblical references...). Just take a look at all of the references to past times, not just the "remember when" premise of the show, which was genius, given the way everyone was reminiscing. The whole Ralphie/Johnny Sack fued got thrown in here, as did Big Pussy getting capped. The Sopranos is wearing its sadness on its sleeve, letting you know that, in ending, they will still remember the hits.

Touch on a few of the other recurring themes, like the search for that father figure. We see the obvious one in Tony's friendship with Paulie, who is 20+ years his senior, but dig deeper: remember Carter getting so furious about his pops pissing on his 96? Now, he has Corrado, who might be a bad influence, but it was an influence that helped him crack his shell.

This show is just too deep, and beautifully done episodes like this one just reinforce the fact that this show is one of the greatest in TV history.

This episode just had too many classic moments:

  • Corrado whoopin' the Professor's ass
  • The whole flowers/vase joke @ Corrado's card game
  • Tony glancing over the ax and the knife, wondering if he should murk Paulie
  • Carter throwing the paper at the guys singing, which harks back to Meadow throwing the bread at Corrado when he was singing in the finale of Season 3
  • The blonde asking Tony if Paulie was his father
  • Doc Santoro's eye getting shot out. That Phil is a cold bastard.
  • The Feds getting (false) wind that Jackie Aprile was the one who killed the bookie. LOL such a shame, the Aprile family always gets the short end...
  • Corrado's Dick Cheney letter. That was just a stroke of genius.
I just want to touch on two more things.
  1. I had no idea Phil Leotardo was poised to be such a big problem/character on the show. He went from just getting out of the slammer to stamping out all comp. That New York family has been in shambles ever since Johnny Sack set foot in Jersey, and while I think Phil feels he is too old to truly lead, he doesn't like giving up the power. And he is poised to keep murdering...
  2. Paulie Walnuts' life is the family. While T might have wanted to off him on that boat, he knew that Paulie gets it done when it comes to family business. He might have wavered for a bit, but for all of his neurosis-like behavior (who has 4 pairs of the same white shoes in their closet?!), when you need a situation handled, or some muscle thrown around, you holler at him. I still think he'd kill himself before flipping to the feds. It's just sad to see that his life is nothing outside of the mob.
I can't even go on... if you are sleeping on these episodes, just keep sleeping. You don't get it.


related links:
HBO.com episode guide for "Remember When"

LOST, Season 3: "Catch-22" [recap]

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You can't front on solid episodes. This one, with its Desmond backstory and "visions" might not have been everyone's cup of tea (both myself and my wife were kind of "meh" about this one in the end), but it does serve a purpose, especially if the previews of next week's episode are true...
First off, aside from LostPedia, was I the only one to notice that the Monk Desmond was dealing with all-episode, in a flash, had that Ms. Hawking lady from the LAST Desmond-flashback episode in a picture on his desk? I noticed immediately, and was kind of intrigued... I mean from the monk's dialogue with Desmond, you knew there HAD to have been some ulterior motive going on. Was it just coincidence, or was the monk truly a servant for a greater cause?

Speaking of Desmond... what a Catch-22 for his ass! He keeps saving Charlie for GOD KNOWS WHAT REASON, I mean, why does he ONLY have visions where Charlie dies? And how long is he going to let this go on? I mean, if the order of life says someone has to die, let them die... you can only escape death so many times. I'd like to think that you'd only try and save someone you have no connection with for so long... especially if they might be standing in the way of your true love...

LostPedia says that the girl at the end of this ep who uttered Desmond's name is "Naomi", and it seems like she is going to play a vital role in the last arc of eps for this season. Remember, at the end of last season, there were 2 guys who got word of the anomoly when Desmond hit the failsafe: I think she is connected to them, and in turn, connected to Penny Widmore. Desmond said, essentially, with that much money, you can find ANYONE, ANYWHERE. I think "Naomi" was looking for Desmond, and was planning on bringing him to Penny... or something else.

Dig the biblical references throughout this episode to. The aforementioned Abraham/Issac connection; the names Ruth and Naomi; the fucking Moriah Vineyards wines (which is limited to 108 cases a year?!?!); the fact that dude was at a monastery... this whole faith/religion play is deep, and has to mean something. I feel like I'm in Bible study every now and again, watching LOST.

Now, back at the main camp, its crazy to see how Kate is reacting to seeing Jack & Juliet being together. I mean, I could see her being upset, but did she have to slip into Sawyer's spot, cry, and give him the time, just to prove something to Jack? Sawyer's demeanor is cool, though: he knows that he truly cares for Kate, but has to mask it as lust to not show his emotions. His "mixtape" comments were classic, though, but I guess you have to be a child of the cassette era to truly understand.

And why was Jin so happy about going camping? Like, he generally just wanted to sit by a campfire and tell scary stories in his native tongue (which lead to a funny moment this week)...

Next week looks like the wheels will be set in motion, with Naomi's character being explored, as well as the Sun angle. We know the island is not nice to pregnant women, so her dilemma is realer than Evander Holyfield. "D.O.C.", aka 'Date of Conception", is next week's episode (get the scoop HERE with the official LOST podcast for 4/20/07), and looks like it will deliver SOMETHING to us.

Where do you guys think this season is going to end up? We're like 4 eps away from the finale... I know John Locke is going to be back by season's end, and I want to know more about how Ben is holding up. I'm such a fan, I can't help it!

Until next time... namaste.

Earth Day 2k7

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Happy Earth Day.

Go turn off your TV. Turn off the shit you aren't using.

And go turn on your loved on. Or turn yourself on.

And just be aware...

The Sopranos, Season 6B "Stage 5" [recap]

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My life has been crazy CPT lately, so this is very late. I apologize. And will be brief:
  • RIP Johnny Sack.
  • Daniel Baldwin is the coolest Baldwin, that's cemented in history.
  • Contrary to popular belief, if Phil Leotardo was to go after Christopher, I don't think Tony would just let him murk Chrissy.
  • Phil's speech to the children at the end was the single funniest thing on this show not uttered by Uncle Junior.
  • So now Meadow and Finn aren't even together? Thank God.
  • I don't like how Carm nudged Tony into thinking that Cleaver was written to discredit him or make him look like shit... although it kind of did, a lil' bit.
  • All in all, one of the best episodes in show history: it was a great blend of humor, gritty life, Geraldo Rivera cameos, and just what we have learned to love about this show. Fucked up, I don't want to see it go.
Check a detailed summary HERE.

"How was Florida"
"Hot and sticky. Like my balls."

PS: "Evidently Chickentown" by John Cooper Clarke. That was the end music. Perfection.

the shuffle. [4/21/07]

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I just want to apologize for not completing last week's shuffle... I got caught up in being tired and being a parent, and never completed the jawn... my bad.

Been a frustrating couple of months, but this week has just been nutty. Two steps forward, 15 steps back... I'm still here, alive, but it's just a crazy ride. Esp. when you are juggling a fussy son, job searches and trying to just keep your head above water.

In any case, this isn't about me, but about my thoughts about this week's news... or lack thereof!

01/I don't want to get into it at all, but I just want to say RIP to those who lost their lives in the senseless violence at Virginia Tech this week. Well, there is one observation that has been made that I want to echo: kind of interesting how Bush took what, a day or 2 to get to VT, but a whole week to get down to Katrinaland. I know, I know, "he is better at handling emergencies"... bite me.

02/Did you hear Alec Baldwin rip his 11-year-old daughter a new one via voicemail? (If not, the good folks over at TMZ have uploaded an mp3...) How the hell you go about calling a child, your own flesh and blood, a ruthless pig, is so far beyond me... especially if you are in the situation where you are in a heated battle with your ex-wife. I mean, OK, you feel you had a great visit with the child... does this mean the child had a great visit? What if you said one thing wrong to piss her off, and now she is trying to give you a time out? Nah, Hollywood never thinks this way... its either their way, or getting cussed out over the cellphone towers. I never would have thought that there would be a time where Daniel Baldwin is actually cooler than Alec... for once.

03/You like how Sanjaya says that the reason he was voted off this week was because he is not a country singer... say whaa? You aren't a singer, period. You got by due to the internets and Howard Stern helping you along, not because they liked you, but because they had American Idol. Dont' play yourself, dogs.

04/Note to Perry Farrell: if you are going to make a comment like "illegal downloads are killing the music industry", do not follow this statement up with suggestions like "make internet file sharing legal" or ridiculous musings like "if you hear garbage music on your radio station, you only have yourself to blame". Dumbass, the REASON people are downloading music is BECAUSE OF THE GARBAGE MUSIC, not in spite of it. I mean, when you have to spend upwards of $15+ to buy a 17-track CD that holds, say, 8 interludes and 2 good tracks, who wouldn't rather just get those 2 good tracks? I don't see the logic in his words @ all - P2P is killing the music industry, so we should make P2P legal? Is this the whole "make drugs legal" rhetoric people spew? I just don't see how that'd HELP the industry...

05/Speaking of Music, let's quicklink some music/entertainment industry news bits: Common spoke to EW about his new LP, Finding Forever, which is somehow to be dedicated or inspired by J Dilla, all the while produced by Kanye West (and some tunes from will.i.am). Why do I not have high hopes for this LP?... Edward Norton is set to portray the Incredible Hulk in the next feature flick. I can see him doing this, but I don't know if I WANT to... Here's a bit of upgrade/downgrade for you: Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff are set to reunite and work on an album. For Will? Major upgrade! His last LPs have been doo-doo. For Jeff? He has had so much success (critical and commercial) with his music, WTF does he need to get back in the studio with the Fresh Prince? Ironically, Will's last great single was produced by Jeff - go figure... Either life must really suck for Macy Gray or she is on some serious intoxicants: she is now saying that she was "forced" to work with Justin Timberlake on her new album. I got a hunch she won't be having another 'new' anything after this one... RIP Don Ho... All of you Internet Web Radio stations need to take heed: they tryin' to kill you!... The cops say that the dude who is suspected of murdering Jam Master Jay is also the same cat who murdered "Stretch" Walker. Go figure. And an ex of his turned him in!... The Fader has a track-fi-track breakdown of the new Beanie Sigel LP, as well as a new, in-depth interview to boot... eskay also brought some ill Sean Price/Heltah Skeltah info to the table, mainly the name of Sean P's next album (Mic Tyson!); prefix also let it be known that Def Jam WAS trying to holler at Price. Crazy!... Someone pulled a Paris Hilton on Lindsay Lohan and hacked into her Gmail, BlackBerry AND Myspace accounts. The world is now privy to Paris and Lindsay arguing like, well, dumb Hollywood millionaires. The point? I wish there was one... For fans of exclusive kicks and Back To The Future II: Nike's Air McFly [EDIT: I got word just now that these aren't actually being released... digg/metaflier posts were not fact checked. There is a project going on to try and get Nike to makes these available, though] ... CBS Radio is suing a smaller radio station for re-airing the now-infamous Don Imus/"nappy-headed ho's" show, which they say is being used to educate the public. CBS wants to put some educated feets up their asscrack, legally... Microsoft has developed a new, colored barcode to be used in the near future on DVDs, XBOX games, and other products... for no good reason, apparently. They don't want to step on the normal UPC barcode's toes, but they will hold loads of information, which can be then scanned with a mobile phone (who the FUCK has a scanner on their jack?) and will transport consumers to... wait for it... websites. It's a marketing ploy, no? Why not just print the fucking URL on the package?... Cartoon group Gorillaz is going to be calling it quits after their upcoming movie/soundtrack drops. Why do I care again?... Circuit City & Napster are in cahoots creating a new digital music download service. Napster gains exposure, the City makes money back off slumping CD sales... amd finally, Chris Rock is being a man and asking that the courts find out if he fathered a 13 year old boy, without even asking why homegirl took so long to get at him. Big up to him.

06/Saul Williams, one of my favorite poets of all time, posted an open letter to Oprah Winfrey, in response to some of the points brought up about Hip-Hop this week in the wake of the aforementioned Imus/nappyhead comments, and how Hip-Hop is being attacked for its misogynistic tones. He breaks down the difference between an emcee and a poet, drops gems of knowledge (who knew 50 Cent and Dubya shared the same b-day... as do D-Styles, Tia and Tamara, Merv Griffin AND Inspectah Deck?), and even calls Oprah out on a few points. Love or hate what he has to say, do yourself a favor and take some time to take in what he wrote.

07/Finally, here's the rest of the news fromt his week: Britain, like the US, is fighting a losing battle against illegal drugs, which might explain why this mother made her toddlers fight while she videotaped it... this Ghost Ship story is just downright SPOOKY!... The people have made Dell go back on their word, and continue to build PCs that support Windows XP, and not just chuck it for Vista. Everyone ain't ready for that shit, yet...

For any news I might have missed, check out OhWord's TWIB post for this week. And for you 4/20 stoners, check out my posts from 4/20/07, you filthy heathens!

Speaking of 4/20, that leads me to my final though...

Musical Youth "Pass The Dutchie"

sorry, I had to!

Until next time...

Friday, April 20th 2007 playlist

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Have you checked out my latest edition of the Dub Sessions, "Twenty After Four"? If not, you should... get your lighters up, take a couple of pulls and peep these cuts:

01/Perpetuum & B-Line "DC Metro" [dubplate DNB bidness. Nice straddling of the old with the new. Quality as per usual from Perps and B.]
02/Jay-Z ft. Sterling Simms "Dig A Hole" [diggin' this one for no really good reason. Swizzy on the beats of this beast.]
03/Lil' Wayne "Upgrade U Freestyle" [fuck you for laughing. The instrumental to this one fucking KNOCKS! Weezy murks it, as if you didn't already know.]
04/N.O.R.E. "Shame On U" [Nore continues to jack classic beats. This week, he airs out his recent past over ODB's "Brooklyn Zoo".]
05/DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. Big Daddy Kane "The Garden" [mellow, chilled vibes here. What a tight combo...]
06/D.Kay "Boiling Point" [from D's forthcoming Individual Soul LP. Lovely, jazzy lick right here. The entire LP is on this vibe.]
07/Signal "Chuyen" [I don't get why this hasn't been signed. Supposedly a more mixable version might be in the works? In any case, enjoy this chunky Cambodian dubstep damager.]
08/The Lox "We're Back" [they're back. And they will murder you.]
09/XRS "System Halt" [newest latest on Horizons Music. The flipside was my love for years, but this one surpassed it.]
10/Heist "Don't Hold Back" [Heist's premier release for Full Cycle, and it's a mother. Reminds me of their older styles... beautifully short intros delving into some unadulterated funk. Grab this one up, early!]

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Follow the drip, follow the drip... leaktime!

*T.I. "Big Shit Poppin'" [T.I. Vs. Tip forthcoming...]
*Canadian DNB producer Illfingas has decided to stop releasing his tunes via label, and is giving 320kbps mp3s out for FREE. The first two bits, "Young Bwoy" & "Tears Like Rain", are deadly. There might be another version of "Young Bwoy" due to the vocal sounding kind of low...
*Timbaland ft. Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake "Laff At 'Em (Give It To Me Remix)" [Why?]
*The Fix "This Fire (dz's bayswate mix)" [grab this and more dz dubstep tunes AND mixes HERE.]
*Huey ft. Bow Wow & T-Pain "Pop, Lock & Drop It (Remix)" [Why?]
*Jin "Rain Rain Go Away" [in tribute to the people of Virginia Tech.]
*Just Blaze ft. Skepta, JME & Klashnekoff "110 Sessions" [UK/US fire.]

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Need your DNB fix? Head on over to the DPD for today's FYLP: mixes from the likes of Knick (Evol Intent), Dankone (Prestige Music Group), Saburuko (Horizons Music Group), Atlantic Connection (Westbay Recordings), InsideInfo (GanjaTek/Terrafunk), and C.A.B.L.E. (31 Records/Timeless/The Horsemen). Holla!

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The Rub *DJ Ayers, DJ Eleven & Cosmo Baker* have a load of Hip-Hop mixes being hosted over at BrooklynRadio.net. They are the History of Hip-Hop, and broken down by year. Classics... do NOT sleep.

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On the video tip, I have a few diverse bits, then some 4/20 related jawns...

KJ Sawka LIVE on the 13th of April:


John Brown and his Ghetto Revival crew have a video up for "Hallelujah Holla Back":

That beat knocks. Why does the first dude rappin' look like Lord Jamar, but act like Prodigy? And why does John Brown look like a gay reggaeton producer?

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4/20:

Channel Live ft. KRS-One "Mad Izm"


Homer Simpson partakes of the pot:


Dave Chappelle on weed conversations:


Katt Williams' weed bit, which was included in Dub Sessions vol. 8:


On that note, I'm gonna call it a wrap. Be EZ. And enjoy yourselves.

Dub Sessions, vol. 8: "Twenty After Four"

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I've been on some "wow, it's 4/20" shit, mainly from the shows coming up tonight on G4 (can't wait to see "Night of the Tripping Dead")...and I don't even smoke weed anymore. I just figured, hey, I know a lot of readers/friends still puff the mighty green, and figured, if I was still smokin', what would I want to be rockin' to on this 20th day of April, 2007? Probably some dubstep tracks... a likkle bit of Jungle, and some Hip-Hop. You might have heard all of these... you might have never heard none of these! Some are classic weed cuts, others are just things that would make me groove if I was lit. So, peep the tracklisting:

01/Ray-gun intro
02/Coki "Burnin'"
03/The Fix "This Fire (dz's bayswate mix)"
04/Knifehandchop ft. Ninjaman "Weed Wid Da Macka (Deerhunter Mix)"
05/Aries "Herbsmoke (Visionary VIP)"
06/Interlude: Katt Williams vs. Source Direct
07/Styles P "Good Times"
08/Redman & Method Man "How High (Remix)"
09/Mathematics & Raekwon "Trees"
10/KRS-One "Amsterdam"
11/Uncle Murder "Bullet Bullet"
12/Cham "Rudeboy Pledge (Nappy's Liquid Swords Blend)"
13/Mr. Vegas ft. Lexus "Taxi Fare (Remix)"
14/The Bug ft. Flowdan "Jah War (Loefah Remix)"
15/Congo Natty "Original Sess (Police & Helicopters)"
16/Signal "Chuyen" (bonus track)

time: 65:20
size: 92mb


I'm gonna run this one down quick: the intro is a nice chopping of a Ronald & Nancy Ray-gun speaking on the ills of drugs; "Burnin'" is my theme song. That dz RMX of The Fix is just dutty, found that on dubstepforum.com; the knifehandchop tune is just hyper. Visionary's "Herbsmoke VIP" has the ill "sensi-milla" computer voice thing going. That interlude is a masterpiece: Source Direct's "Dark Metal RMX" riding underneath some Katt Williams weed-bit from his HBO special. From there, Styles P's summer of 2002 hit and a classic Meth & Red cut. Raekwon weaves a weird tale referencing diff names for diff weeds, and KRS lets you know what it is about Amsterdam. Uncle Murder's "Bullet Bullet" is a dope, DJ Green Lantern-produced reggae-sampler, and Nappy's Cham/"Liquid Swords" blend is just essential. Following that is one of my favorite dance hall remixes ("Taxi Fare RMX" is the bidness!), followed by Loefah's sub-heavy rmx of "Jah War". This is ended by Congo Natty's classic, John Holt-sampling "Original Sess" which was heavy years back, and I even treat you guys to a special dubstep tune from the one like Signal. Big up.

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How Many Superheroes Does It Take To Screw In A Light Bulb?

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Let Dirk Greenhouse show you:



On the real though, keep things like this in mind, not just because Earth Day is coming, but year round. Saves you loot, too!

LOST, Season 3 "One of Us" [recap]

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I want to first apologize first to Jodi and my other faithful readers who've been wondering/disappointed in my lack of timely recaps of LOST. Not only have I not really been watching the episodes until the weekend (hectic schedule right now), but I've been on a job hunt and just taking care of bidness right now. No excuses, let's bring the recap arguably one of the better episodes of this year...

I hinted at it at the end of my "Left Behind" recap, and so it came to past: this whole "Juliet got left" thing turned out to be an elaborate ruse set up by Ben himself for... who knows. I like how Juliet continues to play that role well - underneath all of her "loyalty" to Ben and the Others, there seems to be a seed of striking out inside of her. I don't know what it would take for her to bounce on the Others - lack of hope? And I'm wondering why she still sided with Ben... am I being put on? I mean, I know she has a connection with Jack, esp from her asking Jack to save Ben whilst showing Jack that video of her saying don't trust him...

From her flashback, it seemed that for a while, her trust and support always lied with her sister. She was stuck on the island for years, and only wanted to go home and be with her. The day Oceanic 815 crashed, the thing that brought her to tears was seeing Rachel and her child playing. And she was recently about to get off the island with Jack, until Locke blew up the sub. Now, is she realigning herself because she is feeling like she can never get off the island? What does she know that we don't... and what does Ben hold over her?

One interesting piece was seeing how Juliet got to the island, however short the piece was. The "Herarat" Aviation thing was a nice touch - I knew it was important, but it didn't make sense until after I finished watching the episode. The one thing that interested me was not the fact that they gave her tranqulizers before the trip, nor is it the fact that she gulped the drink down, but the reasoning. Dude didn't say "oh, you don't need to know where we're taking you or how you get there"... Ethan kept referring to the trip being "pretty intense", which had me thinking - I am ignorant to submarines and such, and I figure there's a certain pressure on the body that's taken, but is there something ELSE going on in that trip? Like crossing a different dimension or SOMETHING that would put your body through additional stress? Kind of far-fetched, but I have to present the idea...

A couple of other things were done rather nicely this episode:

  • The use of the "Downtown" song. Having her drive up to Mittelos with her sister, and the song playing, made the later scene of her crying while it was on make that much more sense.
  • The whole Mikhail/The Flame scene cracked me up. "He never has his walkie". It just played so well to what we already knew about the station...
  • How did Juliet and Goodwin end up fucking? And was this the reason her and Ben have strain in their relationship?
  • Why did Ethan's improvisation turn from taking samples to kidnapping Claire to continue giving her the medication? I don't see why he would do that... of his own free will.
  • LOL @ Hurley trying to be hardcore with Juliet (his whole "the last one of you guys who came to our camp is buried over there" thing had me rollin').
  • Don't you just love how, if Sawyer was never on the island, Kate & Jack would be humping to high heaven every night?
  • Speaking of Sawyer, it was good to see him exchange a handshake and a hug with Jack. These two have been through a lot...

I do have to say, though, that Jack looks like the ultimate fool. While you can't find a better leader (Sayid is the man, but I don't see him leading the camp without constant headbutting), he is too trustworthy. He questions a lot of the survivors of Flight 815, but seems to give Juliet a long rope (to hang herself with, maybe)... for what? For love? Or is it something else? She might be "One of Us" in terms of wanting off the island, but her dealings in how to meet that end is surely not the same as Jack, or many of the survivors. To each their own, though.

Now just a batch of questions: why does the island seem to make women infertile, yet make it so no one has disease on it? And why does Ben get a tumor/cancer? who/what is Jacob, and why do we never see him? why does no one believe Sayid when he has doubt about someone/something (this past ep with Juliet, he also had beef with bringing back Mikhail, etc.)?

In any case, I'm just typing aloud at this point. I do wnat to point out that, despite previous rumors, LOST fans are still watching - we are just watching LATER! Stats show that Nielsen ratings for shows watched on DVR later in the week have LOST jumping up by considerable numbers (even if that doesn't look good for advertisers - we fast forward commercials!)... so take that, haters!

Tonight's episode looks tough as well, get LostPedia's brief lowdown HERE. You can also peep the official LOST podcast (dated 4.16.2007) HERE for a rehash of "One of Us", as well as a prehash of tonight's ep, "Catch-22", which will focus on Desmond and feature the return of Penny Widmore! More on that later, though. And if you aren't afraid of spoilers (I didn't even read this article yet), you can check out Doc Jensen's "LOST in translation" article over at EW.

Sorry for my CPT. Hopefully my thing shifts in the near future...

Until next time... namaste.

the shuffle. [4/14/07]_(late, incomplete)

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Being in a state of limbo is a bitch. I'm like, OK I have these clerical talents, what is it about ME that is making jobs be like "nah, nah son, we don't need dude in our establishment"? Am I speaking too much? Not enough? I don't know, I just throw on Coki's "Burnin'" and zone out when I think about the shit I should have/should not have said, the reasons why I might not be hired...


Then I think about this writing shit. I mean, I know I'm not the world's best writer OR blogger (which are two totally different things), but I think I could get gwapped off for my musings on many things. Doesn't seem to be the consensus of the rest of the free world (and some parts of the locked-down countries as well). I have been peeping your ads for writers/bloggers needed. I even made a resume suiting that, with tons 'o links. Does that suit you? Nah, not really... So again, I throw on "Burnin'" and zone. Expect a non-Dance Hall Dance Hall Dub Session coming soon-like...

Enough of my Mickey's-fueled malarky, let's get this shuffle ting a'gwarn!

01/I mentioned in my last shuffle that I'd get into some Don Imus talk, and it's only right. It was this week's biggest story without really going stale. It seemed like everyday, something new was happening. I remember first hearing about this "nappy-headed ho's" business over last weekend. I didn't give it much play until Sunday for no good reason, and when I finally saw WTF he said (I mean, really, I see now that he was trying to be funny, but dude has not one funny bone in his body), I was like WOW, he is totally not going to get fired. How naive I was... they dropped neph like a bad habit, within reason, but not after a week of me seeing Al Sharpton berate him on the Today show (with Don going back at Imus and Matt Lauer right after on MSNBC) Tuesday morning, to the Rutgers girls showing up on the Today show Wednesday (and later, on Oprah) to be like "yo, we made moves, wtf he dissing us for", and by Thursday morning, based on the list of advertisers that pulled out when he was initially given his 2 week suspension, he was finally canned. I mean, I guess I should have seen this coming, but for the right reasons: Imus was fired because of the advertising dollars lost, not because of what his comments did to the Rutgers team, which doesn't scream progress to me. It just screams conspiracy. I hate being a "conspiracy theorist", but true heads know that America's future is in the hands of like 4 old white males who run the largest conglomerates around. Now, Al Sharpton, you need to STFU - the fact that you are horning in on these media-ready issues, and not speaking out for 1) the little person and 2) for other minorities, makes your stance on "civil rights" hogwash. And Snoop, don't dig a hole: we know that Imus didn't need to make those comments, and that shit like this only helps upset people who want "gangsta rap" to die, but you don't need to comment. Ain't no one going to stop gangsta rap: you know why? Like Saul Williams said, you guys aren't a threat! Think about it: as long as you continue to coon and make money that eventually makes those 4 old white men rich, you will be safe. Start shouting "kill Dubya", though, and you can kiss your career goodbye. My final thought: did I think Imus should have been FIRED? No. I am a champion of free speech, and while I think his comments were ridiculous and in poor taste, I don't think he should have been fired for them. His "I have a comedy show" defense is the funniest thing I've heard him say, but the thing is this: it was just bad taste. The joke wasn't funny, and coming from some gray haired white man is just not a good look at all. End of story, really, but because of the greenbacks, Imus now sits on the unemployment line, not with me, for he has opportunities in America, but on the unemp line regardless. Good luck, Donny! On a few related notes, Al Sharpton is getting thrown under the bus (deservedly), and some radio DJ from the Poconos tried to capitalize by having his listeners call in and imitate Don Imus, but ended up getting fired for his stupid actions.

02/Best wishes to New Jersey Govenor Jon Corzine due to an accident that took place the same night the Rutgers girls' team got their apology at Corzine's temp. home. Dude got flack all over the NJ papers today because they found out that he didn't wear his seatbelt, but really, what's worse: getting a failure to wear seatbelt ticket or being in critical but stable condition, facing a serious tenure of recovery? Now, on to the perp: dude isn't geting charged, yet... word is he's what they call a "special needs driver"(huh?), and didn't know he was even hitting the most powerful man in NJ aside form Tony Soprano... Now, I can see why this is news, but you know what's fucked up? The last Corzine-related story was about how much he donated to the Democrats in 2006, as well as how much he gave to his ex-girlfriend. Kind of fucked up when the only news we hear is dude's more fanatical, scandalous pieces - and nothing on what he's actually done for the great state I reside in. Fucked up.

03/With real life being so crazy and hectic, it's nice to focus on the Entertainment industry, especially the politics that goes into making feature length films. There's a few news stories this week featuring some sequels and long-talked about films... let's dig in: the cast of The Mummy 3 is getting ironed out, and while Brendan Fraiser is in, Rachel Weisz, his wifey in the series, is out. Why? Who knows for certain... it could be her wealth of gigs at the moment, her recent Oscar win, the birth of her kid... but, I'd figure that movie is going to do VERY WELL in the theaters off premise alone... The Forbidden Kingdom has both Jackie Chan AND Jet Li, joining forces to tell a tale based on the old Chinese "monkey king" legend. Can't wait for this one!... the big news, however, is the announcement of the prequel to The Da Vinci Code getting finalized, and both Tom Hanks & Ron Howard signing on to be a part of it. Hanks is supposedly getting a HUGE payday for this, but no final amt. has been announced. Now, this movie should be based on Angels & Demons, a far superior read that Da Vinci Code, and both my wife and I are holding off on seeing Da Vinci Code until this prequel comes out, just like we did with the novels. Anyone who reads Da Vinci Code first is playing themselves... on one final note, I just found out that the guys who brought you The Matrix are going to be recreating the classic 1960s cartoon, Speed Racer, which will be featuring Christina Ricci (and her forehead), John Goodman and Susan Sarandon. I don't get how they were the obvious choice for this movie, but hopefully it doesn't come out like some Fast & The Furious nonsense...

04/I applaud the family of Nicole Brown Simpson for trying to purchase the book OJ Simpson wrote but never got to release on what he "thinks" might have happened to Nicole. I think their determination to not only finish him, but make sure Nicole's given the justice, is great, but I don't get how the hell the book could be up for a sherriff's sale anyways. Shouldn't shit like that be a bit more guarder, for the sake of the family he has torn apart? Even if it means that they will be compensated by however much the book sells for... something just doesn't sit right.

05/A couple notable RIPs go to the following: Kurt Vonnegut, one of the leading writers of modern times, and Roscoe Lee Browne, who fans of The Cosby Show and Different World might remember as Prof. Foster, the English teacher at Hillman College. You both are going to be sorely missed.

06/Why is Halle Berry chatting online to keep herself secret.... only to drop that "I'm really Halle Berry!" line, and get surprised when the person on the flipside of the IM is like "um, naaaaaaaaah" Basically, what good is protecting your anonymity by... letting go of your anonymity?

07/You know The Simple Life has lost it's fire when they have Nicole and Paris performing enemas on people on their upcoming season. This 10-minute sequence is not something that sounds amusing, nor anything I'd truly want to see.

08/Hip-Hop has been kind of odd this week, here's a number of interviews and the like out there: Little Brother kicked 9th Wonder's back in over creative differences and what not. Nothing has been heard, but I don't dobt his style changed so much. After a few years, the last theing they shold be surprised about is 9th's work behind the board...

...never finished, late as fark...

Video Ho's volume 1

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So, being home unemployed during Spring Break whilst teenage females live in your home, I spend a bit of time peepin' the MTV. MTV Hits, TRL, regular non-video showing MTV, BET, all of that. I don't listen to radio, but if it has a video, 9 times out of 10 I've probably seen it. Because of this, I've been noticing a few thigns that I just figured I'd point out:


  • Beyonce's last album had some gutter beats. I thought "Ring The Alarm" was the end of it, but with "Upgrade U" and "Beautiful Liar", I find myself really getting into the groove. I don't know wtf she is singing about on any of these cuts, and the actual video for "Beautiful Liar" is muddied by the too-quick cuts, as well as Shakira's "singing". I can't get into her lyrically, and the videos aren't very appealing in terms of R&B divas, but damn, get me those instrumentals!
  • Speaking of Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland's "Like This" (ft. Eve) is a fucking sick track that could easily get played out if it gets played more than 5 times in a 5 hour period.
  • Funny 15 year old observation: while peepin' Young Jeezy ft. R. Kelly's "Go Getta", my middle daughter advised me that she thought that, when Kells was singing "go getta", he was actually singing "broke nigga". Think about it: "this is the life of a... broke nigga! AY! broke nigga! AY!" True comedy.
  • While I love The Alchemist, I was not feeling him in the "Stuck On You" video, where he bit off the same "programming the beat" shit Primo just did in the "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been Remix)" video...
  • I love when cool videos like Rich Boy's "Boy Looka Here" make me appreciate his wack lyrics and beat chorus. I can bop to the song now and still not understand what he's saying...
  • On the flipside of that, Birdman & Lil Wayne's "You Ain't Know" is NOT helped by the faux mobster/1920s vibe the video tries to pull off.
  • And when am I supposed to believe that Fergie is really a good singer/dancer/hot body? "Glamorous" isn't proving ANY of that to me...
  • How annoying of a song/video is Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend"? Christ, come back with something a lil' more, well, like you. Same goes to you, Hilary Duff. "With Love" was NOT the look you need right now, especially since you have all of 2 dance moves.
  • Speaking of dance moves, why do I feel like "Pop, Lock & Drop It", "2 Step", "Rock Yo Hips", and a number of other videos are, like, the same shit?
  • OK so we just got done with the previously most annoyingly catchy song, Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot"... now, we have Lil' Mama's "Lip Gloss" to occupy our time.

So those are my video ho's for right now. If you have anything I might not have seen, of any genre, please let me know!

Friday the 13th of April, 2007 playlist

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I always wonder what Jason would listen to if he, you know, cared about music as much as mass murder. Would he be into headbangin' shit, like Metallica, which you would expect, or would he be into like Phillip Glass? Probably nothing that I am listing, I bet!

01/Noreaga "They Call Me N.O." [I am not a big NORE fan, but anytime someone jacks "My Name Is D-Nice", I'm all ears...]
02/DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. Peedi Crakk "Brand New Funk 2k7" [update of the classic Fresh Prince/Jazzy Jeff original. Peedi does his thing. That beat just gets me open as well...]
03/Fracture & Neptune "Ups and Downs" [I've had a lot of those... new, retro sounding tune. Reminds me of the old Virus sound forreal.]
04/Ruff Ryders ft. Snoop Dogg, Yung Wun & Scarface "World War III" [taking it back to when they were almost on the come back. This beat is BANANAS!]
05/The Others "Hear Dis Style" [some big dubstep vibes for ya.]
06/Joe Budden ft. Redman "New Jersey Drive" [Budds gets his shit off, but it's a lie: Redman is featured in samples on the chorus and a lifted verse. Dope mixtape banger though.]
07/Coki "Burnin'" [big dubstep refix of a choice dancehall cut.]
08/Saburuko & Hobzee "5th Avenue Funk" [check out Saburuko's myspace page for audio. Wonderful, uplifting vibes on this DNB cut.]
09/Prodigy ft. Big T.W.I.N. "Sold My Soul" [Havoc provides an eerie cut that might just be good for today's Friday The 13th stigma...]
10/Spor "Molehill" [Subtitles signing that nastiness! that intro is worth the price of admission.]

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The leak continues! (some of these are from last week):

*Prodigy "Raining Guns And Shanks" and "Straight Murder", which features 50 Cent and is produced by The Alchemist. What's up with all the Tapdance P leaks lately?
*Termanology "I Did It" [prod. by Hi-Tek, jacking a sample that was just used not too long ago... I can't place who at this time though.]
*Crooked I "Straight To The Bank Freestyle" [Crooked I said he finna do his shit every week, dropping frees like that. Peep his "I'm Throwed" Freestyle, dissing DMX & Don Imus from this week.]
*Canibus has leaked "Poet Laureate Infinity". Check out eskay's post, with a link to the track and a link to a mixer-style website...
*Freeway ft. Sleepy Brown "Some Say Yes" [prod. by Chad West. I'm not feeling this at ALL! No wonder his LP isn't out yet?!]
*Rich Boy "Throw Some D's (Travis Barker Remix)" [apparently, this is the version of the track that plays on the promos for HBO's Entourage.]
*DIPSET: Duke Da God ft. Freekey Zekey, Juelz Santana & Jim Jones "Suga Dooga Pt. 2", and Hell Rell's "Streets Gonna Love Me".
*Fabolous ft. Ne-Yo "Make Me Better" [prod. by Timbaland. YAWN!]
*Here's a radio rip of "New York Part 2 (Murder Ya Face)", from DJ Khaled's forthcoming LP, which features Ja Rule, Jadakiss & Fat Joe... again!
*The boy Dev79 has a new refix out, JR Writer "Get 'Em (Dev79 Street Bass Refix)". Watch out for the Street Bass Anthems mixtape...

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*Want some DNB? Sick producer ICR is making available a gang of his cuts from 1998 to 2002. Check this thread on DOA for the first batch; he promises to update this thread when more tracks get uploaded. A gang of direct links in there!

*I also posted up a few mixes over at the DPD; FYLP 4-13-2007 features mixes from Goldie, DJ Bailey, Bassmachine for Flatline Audio and Subsonik. Check 'em out!

*plainaudio has a new FREE release out, this time featuring 3 cuts from Alpha Omega. Check out pp023md HERE.

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Is it Hip-Hop you are after? Peep out these mixtapes:

*Royce Da 5'9"'s The Bar Exam
*Nu Jerzey Devil, DJ Skee & The Game You Know What It Is Vol. 4
*SpliffHuxtable.com provided a nice experiment: the Madvilliany album meets The Black Album. Mixed by Biz of Soul for Hire. Boh!
*One of my favorite MCs, Che Grand, has a new, limited edition mixtape out with DJ Low Key called The Fixtape. Do yourself a favor and grab it.

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I finally want to give a shoutout to OhWord.com for getting some Hot97 love courtesy of Miss Info, for their thievery of Cam'ron's rhyme book.



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That's that for this week. In honor of this day, Friday The 13th, I figured I'd drop some vids from one of my favorite groups, the Gravediggaz. Let's go!

"1-800-SUICIDE"


"Dangerous Mindz"


And here are a few Gravediggaz B-sides:
"Psychosis" and "Tonite Is A Special Nite (Chaos Mass Confusion Mix)", both taken from The Hell EP, a collabo between Tricky & The Gravediggaz.
"Nowhere To Run (Portishead Mix 2)" and "The Reincarnation of Freud", from their Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide EP.

Until next time...

RIP Proof

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One year anniversary.

Posted this free between Eminem and Proof end of last year, but so what.



Be on the lookout for the Proof documentary, coming to a theater near you.

the shuffle. [4/7/07] (late)

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Hold tight. I'm trying to contain myself while rinsing this 5L of Heineken (thanks, baby!) and rocking to Fanu's new mix...

it was at this point that my son was crying loud, and my wife was trying to get some sleep, so my dreams of completing the shuffle for the 7th of April, 2007 ON the 7th of April, 2007, were destroyed. Not like I was upset, that's just how it goes... so here is a list of what I WAS going to post about, with a lil comment or 3 by them:

01/Don Imus, the most boring radio host of all-time, calling the Rutgers Univ. Women's BBall team "jiggaboos" and "nappy-headed ho's". He meant it as a joke. Not many laughed. More on this later this week...

02/DNB wondergroup Pendulum have signed a deal to distro their new label, "Earstorm", through Warner/Atlantic/Chrysalis, marking the first time a dope DNB crew has signed to a major in... a while. Good luck to them!

03/Melanie "Scary Spice" B. of the Spice Girls delivered Eddie Murphy's lovechild.

04/People really think this Indian call center/Sanjaya shit is true, eh?

05/You know the RIAA is sue-happy when they start going after sites that are posting up deliberately leaked tracks. Nine Inch Nails: next time, alert these idiots!

06/Young Jeezy and his USDA crew want to recruit an all White girl street team, referencing (sort of) their coke-influenced "White Girl" single. Persia of The (white) Rapper Show fame was not happy.

07/You cannot lose your license for driving Zamboni's drunk.

08/Keith Richards said he snorted his father's ashes mixed with coke. Then he denied it. Disney doesn't care, for he is apparently too unpredictable to promote the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

09/Afterparties for Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards are GANGSTA!

10/PETA has beef with "MC" Karl Rove.

11/Anyone wanna buy "KITT"?

12/Spike Lee is going to revisit the victims of Hurricane Katrina with a new, extended edition of his When The Levees Broke doc for HBO, that will cover more of the Gulf region.

13/RIP to the director of one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, A Christmas Story.

14/While one soldier gets saved by his iPod, the first round of iPod virii are hitting the masses.

15/Jay-Z said the kid is not his son.

16/Rev. Run and Kid Rock are working on a collabo CD.

17/NYC's mayor is hot over how the city is being depicted in the trailer for the new Grand Theft Auto game. Big deal, go listen to a 50 Cent CD to find out how NYC is being depicted...

18/Speaking of 50, it looks like Young Buck is going to be out of the G-Unit (maybe the problem isn't the rappers, but 50 and his business model)... G-Unit gonna be a non-entity in 5 years.

That's it for now, folks. Sorry for the delay. Hope you find some interesting stories though! Def. more on Don Imus in the coming days.

Until next time...

The Sopranos, Season 6B: "Soprano Home Movies" [recap]

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WOW. What a way to reintroduce a show on it's last 9 lives. We get to peer into a birthday party that kind of goes wacko, and we see a parallel: the Soprano family home movie of yesteryear, and the craziness of the Soprano family today...

First things first: Bobby, no matter how much of a man you are for standing up to Tony, you played the situation wrong. OK, you have to defend your wife, but this is in a situation where the playing field is level. Tony is not only your boss, but he is your wife's brother. Extenuating circumstances much? I just don't see how Bacala flew off the handle like that, even if he was liquored up. You should know, being in that kind of family, that these situations are bound to come up. Deal with it, curse him behind his back, but don't suckerpunch and then proceed to fuck him up. Wasn't the big stink about the Tony vs. Ralphie situation that Tony hit Ralphie, who was a made guy? Why would Bobby not think that the same could happen to him? Then again, Tony had him plug that foreign guy, so I guess Carm was wrong about T being vindictive...

Speaking of Carm, shouts to her servicing her husband on his birthday. Well played, homegirl. And couldn't you just feel the brewing tension between Janice and Carm? I know they both wanted to slap each other, but that can't even be done. And on to Janice: get your head out of your ass. The whole live-in nanny thing is kind of nuts. Is Nica really that much of a pain? And why constantly badger her? You just know that Janice needs that drama to keep all eyes on her... hopefully her kid doesn't grow up with that. Good to see lil Nica already saying "NO!" to Janice.

I also like how Christopher called with the belated bday love to T, and T totally hung up the phone. He spoke on there being a possible shift in his thoughts, which had been brewing ever since T had Christopher pop that dude who he THOUGHT killed his pops. The thing is, with Christopher out of the pic as T's insulation, who is there to step up? T has no real family to trust in the mob now: Silvio is out, he's not trustworthy. Paulie? Hell no. Bacala would be hella reluctant, you remember how he acted when Uncle June would ask him to do some menial task. AJ? LOL...

AJ, AJ. He is getting his latin rocks off, but at what cost? You just know that Tony and Carm are looking down on him. He's getting that good loving, playing daddy to that big head kid, and still screwing up. "Gotta remember to clean the sheets..."? 'Nuff said.

What else, what else... not much. I need to rewatch this one. Oh and @Deadly Habit: the kid who picked up the gat Tony dropped at Johnny Sack's was NOT a young AJ. It was just some random idiot. LOL.

Next week: the Phil Leotardo plot thickens. Keep it locked...

related links:
MSN TV's Sopranos Spectacular
HBO.com's recap of "Soprano Home Movies"

MySpace hate.

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I can't post bulletins on my MySpace page, for anytime I throw an HTML link to something on this blog, I get a message saying that my MySpace page has been phished. What's really good with that? That cuts out on a big chunk of heads who peep my blog... which cuts down on my hits. They hating on the kid or what?

LOST, Season 3: "Left Behind" [recap]

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Deep episode. Sort of. I mean, OK we don't know a boatload of new island lore, but "Left Behind" did drop a few interesting character points:

*Juliet can FIGHT! Not too many people can take Kate down as quickly as she did when Kate tried to smack her with the stick (pool cue?).
*Kate really does love Jack, but my wife made a good point: as long as Sawyer (and Juliet, for that matter) are in the picture, they can never be together. Kate is torn, and while she knows *Jack is the dude for her, she wants that badboy style in her life. Normal.
*Sawyer, while he knows he is a prick and a con artist and an overall asshole, he knows what he needs to survive.
*Hurley, although he could never hold the title, has essentially been the defacto leader. Think about it.

Next on the list: the flashbacks are being handled really well. I could go on about the correlations between this episode and "The Long Con" (Sawyer's cross with Kate's mom VS. Cassidy's crosses with Kate AND Kate's mom in this one, etc.)... I just like the way its going down. Very sneaky like. And what is Kate still tempting fate for? Once I heard that my mom's didn't want to see me after I did something I figured would be the best for her, I'd be LONG GONE! I guess this is what eats her up, though, and she probably feels a certain amount of guilt over what she's done (not just to the father).

This monster business is crazy, too. The barrier was to protect the Others from the monster, even if Juliet first tried to front about what the barrier was for. I don't believe her at all when she says that they don't know what the monster is though: just like many other "Other" lies, I imagine that this is a failed experiment gone awry by either DHARMA or the Hanso Foundation (OR something they were experimenting with on the island). It backfired, and now they have this monster (which split into 3s - did you see it?) roaming the island, seemingly taking snapshots of Juliet (did you see THAT?!)... I think we are far from knowing everything, but we have someone who knows a good chunk - and I want answers!

One more thing I wanted to touch on: is Juliet really "left behind"? Remember, we knew Ben by a different name, initially, so he could infiltrate - why am I to believe that Juliet really has been left, or isn't just part of some elaborate scheme to set the castaways up for a further, deeper con (ah, the flashbacks MIGHT hold a key to wtf is going on)? She just has lied about so much, its hard to believe that a) Jack believes her from the rip and b) she is going to survive. Watching those previews of this week's episode have Sayid back in his torturer role, with that chilling line about him possibly killing her if she doesn't give up the goods... the April 5th, 2007 Official LOST podcast revealed, among other things, that this week's episode ("One of Us") is a Juliet flashback - and we might possibly learn about how she arrived on the island.

So what do you guys think is going to happen soon? Anything you want to discuss, leave a comment or get at me (khaldub@gmail.com) - if something sounds interesting, I'll bring it up in a post!

Until next time... namaste.

Friday, April 6th 2007 playlist

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What a wild week. I went on my grind, and got a few interviews. Hopefully one in particular pans out. In any case, another varied week, plus an ASSLOAD of leakage for you leak-fiends. Peep game:

01/Mala "Changes" [dubstep anthem? Possibly...]
02/Mims ft. Junior Reid & Cham "This Is Why I'm Hot (Remix)" [tracks like this make up for shitty LPs. even if it's the only hot joint on this album...]
03/Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch "Roads Less Travelled" [simply beautiful DNB.]
04/UGK ft. Outkast "International Player's Anthem" [that beat is so dope. Outkast does their thing, but not much better than the version with Three 6 Mafia.]
05/KRS-One & Marley Marl "Kill A Rapper" [jacked Chris Rock's routine, but a dope track nonetheless.]
06/Electrosoul System "The Vision" [always nice to see some techy-liquid vibes out there. Nice signing for Teebee...]
07/Grit Boys ft. Paul Wall VS. Virgo "Drank In Your System (DJ Nappy Thugstep Mix)" [had to do it.]
08/Mutt "Let's Get Away" [gotta love free, soulful DNB.]
09/Tes La Rok "Hypnotise" [gotta love free, emotional dubstep.]
10/Apex ft. Ayah "Space Between" [the producing half of Unknown Error going all liquid on us. Expect more bangers from this cat in the near future...]

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Leak-fiends, unite!:

Twista, Speedknot Mobstaz & R. Kelly "This Is Why I'm Hot (Remix)" [this is why I'm cold?]
50 Cent "Straight To The Bank" [boy is doing it on the diss level.]
The Game "Body Bags" [back on the G-Unit like it was never off...]
Eve "Tambourine" [Swizz Beatz on the club banger.]
Royce Da 5'9" "Hit 'Em" [when is the Preemo/Royce LP coming?]
Big T.W.I.N. ft. Prodigy "In The Smash" [I dunno what's going on here...]
ANS "Tipped" [nice dubstep for those who know.]
Black Milk ft. Royce Da 5'9" & Guilty Simpson "Sound The Alarm (Remix)" [loving this beat!]
Lil' Troy "Still A Bitch In My Book" [LOL]
The Game "Vida AKA They Love It" [Game dissin' Vida. What good is gonna come out of it!?]

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If you are looking for mixes from talent like Utah Jazz, Notion, Fanu & Perpetuum & friends, check out this week's FYLP over at DPD.

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Here's a few mixtapes for you: TEKDBZ's "HEAT, Vol. 2" and "The EPiphany" are available for dload NOW. Also, Big Mike & Poobs crafted a new mixtape from Styles P (download HERE).


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And here are a few random bits: 50 Cent speaking on what sounds like a crew-less future to G-Unit ($20 says they are disbanded and either replace with new cats or 50 will just spit it himself... there is also a John Brown SoundBoard for those who are a bit TOO into The white Rapper Show. Enjoy it though!


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That's it for this week. Check out this freestyle of Black Ice's on BET's Rap City:


Until next time...

LOST, Season 3: "Left Behind" [precap]

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This one is quick, for there isn't much info about... just a few links:


Kate flashback this week BTW.

Until next time...

TEKDBZ PRESENTS: HEAT VOL. 2/EPIPHANY MIXTAPES

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It's that time again for the TEKDBZ Crew to show you cats what time it is on the fire mixtapes. Check out the press release for these slammin' mixtapes:

You’ve been patiently waiting for the next TEKDBZ explosion, and the time has come to feel the HEAT! These two mixtapes will not only showcase the versatility of the TEKDBZ sound and affiliates, but it will be another example of how forward-thinking this crew truly is.

When Hochi and Infiltrata first brought HEAT, VOL.1 to the masses, it was something many heads did not understand. While it was a straight-up DNB mixtape, it was wearing Chuck Taylors: the focus was showcasing a serious selection of Drum & Bass bangers, but in a Hip-Hop state of mind, from the intros to the drops to the overall feel of the tape. HEAT, VOL. 2 brings Hochi alongside The One, going from “The UK to the Bay” with their selection. Hochi steps up first, crafting a seamless blend of rough DNB beats, Hip-Hop blends, all creating an intense, speaker-bangin’ time. Exclusive drops from some of Hip-Hop’s biggest stars, rhymes from MCs like Messinian, Dre (winner of BBC 1Xtra’s XtraBass Awards 2007 Breakthrough MC award), Mental Sharp and more, and the hilarious interludes will further establish the hybrid style that TEKDBZ is slowly bringing forth. The One steps up for the 2nd half of HEAT, VOL. 2, bringing a choice crate of Grime tracks to the platform, playing yang to Hochi’s ying. You haven’t heard many mixtapes like this, especially coming from a brand that was initially seen as a DNB label. Get prepared.

On the 2nd mixtape, Armanni and Sharpness bring you EPIPHANY, a mixtape that truly let’s you know how hot of a pairing these two MCs are. For those of you who only know these two from their DNB output (URB’s 2006 DNB Single of the year "Fahrenheit 215”, “Hit ‘Em Hard”, etc.), you don’t know the half of this: straight up Hip-Hop flavor, from the story within the interludes to the choice of instrumentals (“Grammy Family”, “Make It Rain”, “Kick, Push”, etc.) to the plethora of styles these two possess. MCs who are more soldiers than rhymers, with a message and a knack for grabbin’ your ears and keeping you occupied. There’s always a load of people asking for some dope Hip-Hop to check out: look no further.

So, what have we learned from these two mixtapes? TEKDBZ is the future? There’s more to DNB than internet forums of One Nation dance floors? Hip-Hop can both make you dance and make you think? I think it’s safe to say that, with these two mixes as proof, all of the above would be the correct answer. Keep it locked to TEKDBZ.com for more news, more music, more tour dates… just MORE! 2k7 is OURS!


I think that pretty much sums it all up.

Download both of these for FREE:
"TEKDBZ PRESENTS: HEAT Vol. 2" (mixed by Hochi & The One) (DNB/Grime) (cover HERE)
"TEKDBZ AND GASM Present: MENTAL SHARP - The EPiphany" (Hip-Hop) (cover HERE)

I also started a thread over at DOA discussing the interlude on "HEAT Vol. 2" that plays a clip of Marcus Intalex diggin' at Photek, talking about a track sounding like Photek "when he was good", and the TEKDBZ throwing a sly barb at him over an Infiltrata remix of "Mr. Me Too" inna DNB meltdown. What's to come of BEEF in DNB?

Big up to Hochi and the entire TEKDBZ crew - each and every. And from what I hear, there's more fire to come!

the shuffle. [3/31/07]

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OK so, before I bring you guys your regularly scheduled edition of the shuffle, I have to get a bit nostalgic: today marks one year of rock the dub being alive in the blog world. I know that's not a big feat to most, but hell, it's big for me. It started out as being a hub for my writings and branched out, into Interviews, scathing Reviews, a spot for me to bust out recaps of my favorite shows, hell, even a place for my imagined mixtapes (or Dub Sessions as I affectionately call them) to be seen by the masses. I've helped usher in THUGSTEP, and introduced the world to many new artists and tracks. And I ain't stopping. I ain't stopping my weekly Friday playlists (peep the first one!), I damn sure ain't stopping my shuffles (peep the first one! it sucked!)... I will keep it moving. Why? At the end of the day, I know there might only be a handful of you guys reading, but I know someone is. And if you are going to be getting the info anyways, why not let it be from me?

It's funny, I started these Saturday shuffles b/c I was not on the PC enough to post up news first, so I figured "why not amass all the news I dig, and give it in one big pill?"... seems to be working, from the positive notes I continue to receive about my work. So I thank all of you who take the time out of your schedules to check me out. And I hope you continue to use rock the dub as a source for news, whether it's important, impotent, or just down right ignant.
Speaking of which, let's get on with the week that was...

01/While I normally don't get too religious/political, both on my blog and in my everyday life, I had to comment on a few things Dubya has going on that are kind of wild. First off, he gave a (long overdue) apology to people living and dealing with the atrocities over at Walter Reed, one of the leading Army medical centers. Word has it that they had mold and rats up in that place, which, no matter how great the staff and their work is, is just not healthy, especially if it was in the spots where the most severely injured cats were laid up in. Ever heard of staff infections? The shit guys catch whilst in the hospital?! These cats are risking life, losing limbs, and just overall dealing with the shittiest conditions over in Iraq-land, and our leading hospital is on that nonsense, for no good reason. Fix up. Secondly, and this is something I just got handed to me in the rock the dub War Room, the US is prepared to bomb first on Iran from 4AM to 4PM on Good Friday. Say whaaaa? This news is coming from some random Russian sources, so who knows if it is 100% valid (I only say that because, until I hear Charles Gibson say it, it just ain't news), but is it really that hard to visualize? Our men, out in the Gulf, locked and loaded to stomp on Iranian soldiers... families... babies... and we still haven't finished taking a dumb in Iraqia. I just don't get it. We might need to fall back and let those niggas sort their own shit out, while we take care of the shit going on over here - like Katrinaland, and just helping us poor people get up.

02/Speaking of goings-on in Iran, I have never agreed with Bill O'Reilly in my short time on this earth, but when he says that Rosie O'Donnell is both nutty and needs to be fired, I say "Go Bill!" His main beef is her comments saying that shit like the recent kidnappings of British soldiers is a plot between Britain and the US to further our country's thirst for Iranian blood, and I think she needs to stfu with shit like that. There's already enough bloodshed, we don't need you spreading half truths on TV and on your blog. I mean, when did Rosie become so bitter and, well, un-funny? She wasn't the best comedian, but she was always laughing. Now I always hear about her badmouthing so-and-so, or giving some heated, serious diatribe about someone being called gay or her convoluted thoughts international affairs. We don't need you spreading lies or falsehoods, Ro. Keep fighting the good fight, and dive into a muff or 3. It will do you right, girl.

03/This week, I had the opportunity of hearing one of the oddest ideas ever to hit the restaurant business: the Girls Gone Wild (you've been up at 3AM and seen these retarded commercials, right?) founder is planning on opening a string of restaurants soon, primarily in vacation/Spring Break hotspots (SHOCKER!). The catch: no titties, no sex. It's essentially going to be Hooters, but not really. Or, "sexy without being sexual". Why doesn't he make is exploitative videos in the same vein? And how exactly is he going to link the two? When I hear "Girls Gone Wild", I think of drunken college chicks taking their clothes off in RVs. And club shots of breats and butts being flashed. Is that something I really want to associate with eating?

04/There are some stories that make you go "hmmmmmm...", some that make you go "awwwwww...", and others that just make you feel ashamed for being a part of the human race. This story falls into the category of the latter: a man was upset that his former girlfriend was seeing someone while at school. So, she comes home on vacation, and what does he do? Instead of having a deep convo with her, or just leaving her alone, he dismembered her, then discared of her remains (allegedly) on two grills, on the balcony of his residence. While there was a foul ass odor for two days while he was griling all night (for a wedding, he told his neighbors), no one felt the need to truly confront him about this, aside from calling the cops. The thing is, they said her remains are not being found. I find it hard to believe that, in two days, he grilled her shit to pieces that could not be identified. It just doesn't seem to be possible, not on some grills. I don't think he burned her all up, and her body has to be somewhere else. Nasty bastard. OH and the kicker: dude was BLACK! This isn't your normal black people crime, but niggas said the same shit about the Beltway sniper...

05/Apple has finally stopped double charging peeps and set up its "Complete My Album" service on iTunes. This is good news, as it should help bolster sales of entire albums (although I haven't heard an album in a while that was worth its price in USD front to back), but I am trying to get my head around the fact that this service has been up for years now, is the leading legal download service out there, and yet its taken so long for this to be completed. I mean, is it hard to have created a program where if you purchase a track, when looking back over the album, or just the catalogues, if you come across the tune you bought the other day, it says something like "OWNED" or something in it? Netflix lets me know what's In Queue when I do a search and happen upon something I already listed, why couldn't iTunes get that going? Anyways, kudos to Apple for that, and a big middle finger to the artists/record labels who are still miffed @ digital downloads. If you bastards made product that wouldn't cause me to pick out the hot tracks and throw away the nonsense, maybe more $$$ would be spent on CDs. A-duh!

06/It looks like Anna Nicole Smith died the same way her son died: OD'd on a deadly combo of drugs, including shit to combat her sleeping meds, anxiety/depression meds, and her infection on her ass. It's a tough pill to swallow (no pun intended), but maybe this news might calm some of the asinine comments about her and her death. I highly doubt it, though. RIP to her fam, and hopefully her daughter grows up bright and knowing the good side of her moms.

07/Not "NEWS" news, but there are a few new trailers out for a few pop culture standouts: The Sopranos' trailer for the Final 9 is out, and it looks like it will be a mother before this season ends. Also, the trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV is out, and while it looks amazing, the lack of real content and backstory pissed a LOT of internet video game lovers off. What I gleamed from this short piece was that it takes place either in New York City or a NYC-esque city, and the dude you control is some Middle Eastern/Eastern European kind of guy, who seems to have been through a lot of violence and shit. My initial impression is that dude is a terrorist or something of that nature, but who knows. He has an accent.

08/For a bit of a breather, he is a mishmash of Black Entertainment news for ya: Lil' Wayne is hard at work on Tha Carter 3, not only getting a new management staff, but working with Kanye West on some heat (why does that make me feel all good inside?!?!)... speaking of Weezy, Mannie Fresh has said that he squashed beef with Wayne, which was not really a big beef, considering the fact that Weezy ended up losing out on Mannie's beats, and he was also given a desk job @ Def Jam, overseeing the albums of their Southern artists, which is a big look for both ends... a big LOL goes out to Suge Knight for getting evicted (karma's a bitch, no?), as well as being involved in a lawsuit over the 2Face project (aka old Pac vocals matched up with new Scarface vocals). Take that fat bastard to court!... Good luck to Styles P over at Koch. At least he should get what he's owed per album... Eddie Griffin, while promoting the new, shitty racing movie he is in, crashed a $1.5 Million Ferrari Enzo - but why do some people think it's a publicity stunt, and not a general act of dumb nigga-ness? I must admit, the crash just looked kind of staged, although rather weakly... DJ Drama spoke out about his ordeal and the state of the mixtape game. I commend him for keeping his name out there, and hey, since he and Cannon got arrested a few months ago , there's been a slew of free mixtapes out there, some pretty good, too. The record labels need to fess up and acknowledge their part in this (giving the DJs the tracks to promote, turning a blind eye to the enormous mixtape scene, signing loads of mixtape-hot artists, etc.), and start ponying up the funds to these tastemakers...

09/There's a few dope interviews out this week that you guys should check out: Young, Black & Fabulous interviewed both Kelly Rowland and Joe about various topics, including their new work... Mass Appeal sat down with Disco Fever's Sal Abbatiello, one of the early Hip-Hop staples... hell, I even posted up my interview with DJ Jus Ske (and I also have an interview Gridlok up over at DOA, with jeryl on the additional question flavor). Happy reading!

10/I am about to hit the sack in about 2.5 seconds, so let me see how quickly I can throw the remainder of these brief news points out to you guys: Taboo, aka the Black Eyed Pea that no-one knows, got popped for DUI... MTV is going to be unveiling the final season of Punk'd during a marathon on April 7th - then unleashing those 8 episodes on a weekly basis starting April 10th. I somehow don't believe this is it, but Ashton Kutcher still has a production deal with MTV no matter how this unfolds... Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite will be featuring 120GB of space, HDMI ports and hi-definition video cables (all shit they said they weren't planning on offering to the consumer in this month's EGM) for about $480 at the end of April. And I still won't be buying one... Yahoo, trying to beat Gmail on the free-email tip, is unveiling unlimited storage for all of your email needs come May of 2007. I have barely touched my 2+GB on Gmail, and don't think I'm going to... Did you guys know that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kool Keith made a track together? More info here... Finally, it's taken years for this to happen, but in the near future both Mario (of Super Mario Bros. fame) and Sonic the Hedgehog will be sharing duties in an Olympics-themed video game...

So, that's the anniversary post. Hope you guys love it.

I have a few vids to link, just because I've found some funny/crazy stuff on your internets:

South Park's "Nagger" bit:

(hopefully Viacom doesn't take this one down)

"When Getting Hyphy Goes Wrong"...

(classic)

I had to post up some Kimbo Slice: Kimbo Vs. The Bouncer:

(dude is THE MAN)

Redman's "Put It Down" video:

(gotta keep it Jersey on you cats)

The true price of the Iraqi War:


Here's to one year down... many more to go. Until next time...