Archive for 04/01/2007 - 05/01/2007

LOST, Season 3: "The Man Behind the Curtain" [recap]

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Sheesh. What a crazy episode.

Damon & Carlton said in the May 11th podcast that they wanted to create a "TiVo moment", inre: the brief glimpse of Jacob that we received, and I did in fact pause my DVR to catch it. Now, what we actually saw is just beyond me... let's break things down a bit:

First off, the whole "help me" that Locke heard, that situation is crazy. I don't doubt that Jacob is real, and is some kind of weird entity or something you can only see if you are tuned in or whatever the hell he is, but it just kills me that, apparently, it seems as though you can only hear what he wants to hear, or what have you. Like, Locke couldn't hear anything Jacob was saying to Ben, but when Jacob spoke to Locke, Ben couldn't hear it. This infuriated Ben, for not only does it seem like he wants to stay leader of the Others (or at least the Others who don't live in non-electric houses), he also wants to be the only enlightened one, the only one who can speak to and be spoken to by Jacob. I slipped up at the end of this episode, after the credits rolled... I said "damn, so Locke's dead?" and my wife answered back "What makes you say that he's dead?"... which is telling. Ben only shot Locke once, and it wasn't really in the heart (looked more like the stomache, no?); knowing how non-fatal blows can be cured at a more rapid pace, I don't doubt that Locke will be back before season's end. How, and in what shape, is anybody's guess...

Onto Ben: I am certain that he is lying about more than he says he is. I should never have believed him, after his fakeHenry Gale nonsense; but he constantly states this season that his is not a liar, almost to the point of being offended if you question his word. Then we find out that dude wasn't born on the island - didn't even get there until he was like 8 or 10 years old. That's BIG, but then again, when hardly anyone really knows this, he can kind of create his own past, with the power he wields. I did find it interesting that Richard Alpert might be what we consider to be a "Hostile", esp. since he looked the exact same (well, aside from his long locks)! This whole Hostiles/Others debate is crazy, too. And the talk about when the Purge actually took place is even more frustrating: this thread over at is trying to pinpoint the decade (1980s vs 1990s) in which the purge took place - mainly due to what Rousseau and Mikhail have said previously, but the question of the Timex watch (made in 1992) that Ben wore in that scene - was that a production error or a big clue?)...

It was crazy to realize that the whole Hurley finding the van thing earlier this season had Ben's pops in it. As a matter of fact, that entire DHARMA scene when Ben touched down was a bit too much. I can't really wrap my head around what they were trying to do; nor can I fully believe that the DHARMA/Hanso people aren't having a hand in the island today. Who knows, though; we haven't seen a fooddrop in a while, and we are to assume that the destruction of The Flame AND the destruction of the sub killed all outside contact. I just find it difficult to believe that neither DHARMA nor Hanso were involved for years before Flight 815 fell from the sky...

Here are a few points, just some things I am throwing out there:

*I loved seeing Locke whup on Mikhail; he always gets his ass kicked, right?
*From what I've been reading, the idea is that Ben was born in/around 1965. If so, it's safe to assume that he and his father touched down on the Island in the 70s. How long was DHARMA on that island before Ben got there?
*The gun Ben shot Locke with: was it the same gun Alex gave him, or did he have his own piece on him?
*Why would Jacob be asking for help? Does Ben have him held there beyond his will? Is that what the substance Locke was trying to investigate outside of the cabin (and what is supposedly in the cabin) was there for?
*The lantern broke and a fire erupted in the cabin: why was there no smoke, nor any broken lantern when Ben left the cabin?
*If the grave was full of DHARMA people who got gassed, why did one of them have a gunshot wound to the head? And was Ben the only DHARMA person who joined up with the Others? And what happened to Annie?
*Did all of the DHARMA guys survive? I'd imagine that any gas let off would only affect that camp - but DHARMA had stations all over, and they weren't close.
*What does Juliet actually think she was going to do to help the survivors of Flight 815? Telling them that the Others were planning on swiping the females is one thing...

There is just so much going on. And next week looks like a MOTHER, with this big survivors/Others battle set to pop off. Check out the trailer, then try to cool off. I really hope that Jack is straight and narrow, and primed to set it off with the Others, but who knows - he could go either way, from uncompromised to infatuated/intrigued by Juliet. Hopefully he is doing the right thing.

Sad thing is, this week's ep is the last new episode before the finale. It's this week, then a LOST: The answers show on May the 17th, then the two hour finale after that. Two hours of who knows what, I just can't wait for whatever they may bring.

In the mean time, check out this Doc Jensen theory, which is all about links to philosophers and Postmodernism. Kind of wordy, but I'm also not that bright...

Until next time: namaste!

The Sopranos, Season 6B "Walk Like A Man" [recap]

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Never worked on a recap at all. Check out's synopsis of it.

I never thought I'd see the day where AJ looked more and more like a gangster, and it all happened over a piece of Puerto Rican trim. Stranger things have happened, I guess...

Chrissy hopefully learned a valuable lesson as well: stick to your friends. No faxing and two-ways in the Mob.

This week is going to delve deeper into that AJ shit, I can feel it...

the shuffle. [5/12/07]

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Wow. Before I rock this week's nonsense, I want to speak on some personal, in-my-neighborhood nonsense:

I realized today that the "shiftless Negro" stereotype is way off. Being shiftless and lazy has nothing to do with race. I live on a sometimes-quiet street that is infested by ground hogs and a shitload of lazy neighborhoods. Pretty evenly mixed: I have annoying black kids and annoying white kids on my block; there is a heavyset black woman and a heavyset white woman on my block; the niggas make noise at all hours of the night, and the crackers argue in the middle of the afternoon. What do they all have in common? None of them clean up after themselves. My fam spent 2 hours this morning cleaning up our street, after organizing (with the Mayor's office, mind you) to have a neighborhood clean-up today. No one came out, no one supported, but $20 says mad people are going to come out for the organized yard sale my wife hooked up (you did so well, mama!)... Just ignorance. And its all shapes, all sizes, and all ugly.

God bless America... land of the free, home of the ridiculous...

Let's go!

01/Def Jam has been laying off niggas like mad, for no good reason, aside from the fact that the majority of the shit they release makes no money, or doesn't even get released! Earlier this week word eeked out that 40 employees were fired, including the entire Roc La Familia staff (side note: does this mean Tru Life is not coming out?)... and now word is that Ludacris' DTP label is the next to skate from the big timers. Who does the blame sit on for this? Is it the guy downloading MP3s online? The fans who are buying more ringtones than albums? I don't think so: it's the execs who sit in an office, totally trying to taste make as opposed to listen to what the public wants. If they knew what we wanted, they'd be creating better albums, and not the 18 track, 1 keeper coasters that they make. The funny thing about this is that the music industry is reverting back to the 1950s and what not, when singles were the breadwinners. Nowadays, the single is what it is - but it's not our fault! They want radio play, but then design albums that are devoid of quality, and get mad at iTunes for selling tracks at $.99 a piece. Why not jump on board, and work with what works? I'll never understand that...

02/Akon's dryhumping escapade is just not going away, no matter how hard he tries... TMZ found his dryhumpee and posted her MySpace pics. From what I'm reading, it sounds like she wants, almost desires the very sort of attraction that she received from Akon. I hate saying that, but she has herself listed as being 19, speaks about being a bitch but not caring, and has some semi-revealing shots for a 14/15 yr old... and from the video I saw (but can't find online!), it didn't look like she was trying to pull away from dude. Not to say she was comfy, but the shots I see look like she's smiling. In any case, in Trinidad & Tobago, the dancing they did might be considered criminal, so it doesn't really matter if she liked it... poor, poor Akon.

03/The NBA Playoff Season is live and well, and the NBA is acting strange... Dirk Nowitzki is being named the MVP, even though his team got booted in the first round of the playoffs. MVP stands for most valuable player, right? If your team's MVP can't lead you out of the gates, how fucking valuable IS HE!?!?!... then we have Amare Stoudemire sounding like a bitch, calling the Spurs a dirty team because he got kicked during a game. Now, I didn't see the video, but regardless, this is the fucking PLAYOFFS! 2nd, if you were in a game and felt like dude k icked you on purpose, why were you too shook to speak on it? Why not speak to the ref, take the tech (if necessary), and at least create awareness? You that much of a baby? After the game don't change the score, dunny... and while we're on the subject of idiot sports players, was the NFL really that surprised that Ricky Williams failed another drug test for weed?

04/You gotta love Michael Moore's luck: he's making a documentary called Sicko about the US' health system, and is now in hot water for taking 10 sick 9/11 survivors to Cuba, which is in violation with a travel ban the government enacted. They are possibly pressing criminal charges for this, but in the end, whether he goes to jail or not, this will bring more publicity and praise to Moore than harm. Dumbass government: you have to IGNORE shit if you want it to go away...

05/What was Ty Pennington doing out driving whilst drinking? I mean, he's on one of the highest rated shows for its timeslot, has money coming in from his Sear's endorsement... and has Oprah fawning over him. I understand he did a bad thing, but his facade is so helpful and cheery, why was he out there getting it crunk, then getting behind the wheel? Does he need to pull a Patrick Swayze and escape the limelight for a hot one? And why can't Paris admit to her faults like Ty did?

06/Ready for some entertainment gumbo?... Justin Timberlake blabbed about his forthcoming collabos: 50 Cent, Rihanna, Madonna & Reba McEntire all got their sexy back... the forthcoming UNKLE album features loads of artists, none of them named DJ Shadow... I don't know how I feel about the porno industry trying to capitalize on the Don Imus/"nappy headed ho" fiasco... Why does EW have to hate on McDonald's trying to use Shrek to bring little kids to healthier foods?... Why did the now former chief of HBO have to get drunk and start a fight with his girlfriend that ultimately got him canned by Time Warner?... While the De La Hoya/Mayweather fight brought in boxing's biggest payday, the boxing world lost a great fighter in Chico Corrales... first Edward Norton gets cast as the Incredible Hulk, now Tim Roth is being cast as Abomination? They trying to win an Oscar?... OJ got booted from an eatery during Kentucky Derby weekend... LOST Executive Producers Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindeloff spoke to Doc Jensen about their now-known end date, and gave some food for thought bits about the end of this season... I love how Usher has the nerve to say R&B cats are biting his style, but doesn't have the balls to name names. Why even bring it up?... And why hasn't R. Kelly gone to trial yet!?... Janet had one disappointing LP with Jermaine Dupri; why would she want to be signed under him again?... And why did Ne-Yo have to denounce gay rumors... again?... Whats up with the rumors going around that Nick Cannon's supposed fiancee is now saying that it was a media stunt? I'm with Rizoh on that one: seems to involved to have been some PR thing... Do we really need a Best of Both Worlds-type album from Bow Wow & Omarion?... Three 6 Mafia's Last 2 Walk album is further delayed, now coming out in July. Couldn't have anything to do with their "Hollyhood" aspirations, no?... I still have no desire to a) see a movie with Jessica Biel in it and b) see a Street Fighter movie, but I know loads of fanboys are creaming to see her in the next installment of this series, even if its going to try and erase the silly movie that came before it... Pirates of the Carribean 3 is set to hit theaters earlier than expected, to try and steal some of Spider-man 3's shine; Johnny Depp also said that, if the story looks right, he'd be down for a 4th Pirates flick... Do you really want to see more Terminator movies, with or without Arnold?... I'm interested in this American Idol-style show for bands that they previewed this past week (go Jordin!)... Eddie Murphy might be pulling a Nutty Professor-style job for the movie version of Fantasy Island... Her producers are assuring us that Britney Spears' new LP is complete and does not speak on K-Fed @ all... The Game got arrested in LA for making criminal threats; have they not listened to any of his CDs yet? Or maybe they arrested him BECAUSE of his CDs...

07/From the desk of the Ignorant Entrepeneurship Bureau of rock the dub, Nelly thought it was necessary to distribute his Pimp Juice and Derrty Entertainment ventures to Africa. Jay-Z goes to Africa and helps them get water; the (red) campaign helps distribute proceeds from consumer goods to purchase HIV/AIDS meds; Nelly wants African kids crunk off his Pimp Juice and rocking Apple Bottoms? These kids need food, water and homes, not ignorant wears. You can't be that crunk on the sauce to not see that.

08/This just in from the "WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT MASTER P" file; last year's Dancing With The Stars reject has created Take A Stand Records, a label co-founded with Romeo, which is making street music sans crude lyrics. While it's a great idea, I just don't see Master P as being the one to turn things around. If this was 1998, maybe... then again, this is the man who made a noise like UUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH popular, so I guess anything is possible.

09/NASA has predicted that in 80 years, it's gonna be fucking HOT during the summer! I could say "no shit, Sherlock", but a 10 degrees spike during the summer months is kind of crazy. The odd part is they say that, then they're like "but we're already taking steps to beat that. That's like me saying this crack-addicted prostitute will be smoking more crack in 5 years than she does now --- but she quit yesterday. Stop striking fear in us, and get to combating this global problem, quick.

10/In July, Australian TV will be showing a documentary on some really true love: a pair of aborigional lovers from different tribes went off to live in the wilderness, on some Romeo & Juliet-love shit. For 40 years. Could any of you do that? I know we all love our sig. others, but is your love strong enough to live in the wilderness... for 40 years? AND dude hurt his leg at one point, so his wifey was the one foraging for eats. They had 3 kids, and when the tribes FINALLY got worried, they tracked them down. And on some Nell shit, they grabbed them out of their world, where shit like cars and stuff was not even heard of. In the perfect end to the story, the male dies, and because she can't live without her man, she went on a hunger strike and died a few weeks later. DAMN! Fuck Wimbledon; we need THIS in theaters. True love. Should show this during Valentine's Day. Discovery Channel or whomever, get this either on American TV or on DVD here, STAT!

11/From the newly formed Health & Wellness Bureau of rock the dub: if you are out engaging in oral sex, just know that your chances of contracting HPV are jumping; if you own an iPod and have a pacemaker, just know that your iPod can cause your pacemaker to malfunction; if you are planning on including smoking in your Hollywood feature film, be aware that you are temping a 'R' rating from the board; down in the M.I. crooked letter, niggas are going buck for Kool-Aid Dills (dill pickles with Kool-Aid in them): this has to be the most ignorant, disgusting sounding thing out there; PARENTS: the government says you are still pacifiying your kids with TV. Being a parent of a newborn myself, its not exactly something that can be helped. We watch TV at home, and shorties are just nosy. If it's on, he will watch. Funny thing is? My son, from my wife's constant M*A*S*H* viewing, is in love with the theme song to that show. Like "i'm-crying-until-that-song-is-played" type shit. Won't watch the show, but will shut the fuck up if that song is on. Is that so wrong?l BEWARE MICHIGAN RESIDENTS: your police force is eating pot-laced brownies, and getting away with it; if you are Black and thought the auto-dealer was hiking the interest rates on you, you were probably right: but they aren't gonna be doing it anymore, supposedly.

12/Finally, rock the dub's 'These Stories Fit Nowhere Else' Bureau would like to speak: Tony Blair, quite like the producers over at LOST, has announced his departure date; Hot off his skewering of Don Imus, it seems as if Rev. Al Sharpton is prone to making asinine remarks about the Mormons. I guess he figures they aren't as important as nappy headed ho's?; and speaking of Imus (which is all we ever seem to do these days), when will Opie & Anthony ever stop offending people on the radio? Probably when we stop talking about them and their sexual content about Condi Rice, Laura Bush and others... lucky for them there's no regulations on satellite radio; The wonderful people over at Street Census have come up with the 10 PR Commandments, which is pretty spot on for guys like me who are trying to get info from A&R/artists for the purpose of giving THEM shine (whattup srix!?!?); American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance?, and now this new band competition show. Fox sure knows how to milk it. I will be watching though; It's good to know that Republicans can flip-flop like John Kerry when needed: check out Rudy Gulianni's abortion rights mishaps.

Can you handle all of those links? Well, then grab one more: go buy a Hip-Hop Is Alive band and support a good cause...

Now, for my final thought:

Jaylib ft. Frank-N-Dank "McNasty Filth"

Go grab that 2xCD when it's available... It's 'the official'!

Until next week... namaste...

Friday, May 11th 2007 playlist

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My motto for this week: better late than never.

01/Rufige Kru "Letting Go VIP" [if you think Goldie lost it, you're nuts.]
02/UGK ft. T.I. "Hit Da Block" [I'm a sucker for ill Swizz beats. This one is CHOICE!]
03/The Insiders "Down Low" [Horizons Music Group keeps it movin'.]
04/Joe Budden "Where Did It Go Wrong" [one of NJ's finest waxing over some brooding organs.]
05/Loxy & Munk "Devil's Advocate" [DNB + MLK samples = sick!]
06/Swizz Beatz ft. Cassidy "Come & Get Me" [good to hear Cass doing the damn thing.]
07/Dom & Roland "Can't Punish Me (2007 Remix)" [THIS IS THE DOM I'VE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR!]
08/Calibre & Zero Tolerance ft. Merci "What I Feel" [smooth.]
09/Peter Bjorn & John ft. Spec Boogie "Amsterdam (Remix)" [that loop was just ITCHING to be remixed. Loosie does it again. And again! Fader noticed, as well.]
10/Break "Come And Get It" [Break on soul:r?!?!? YES YES! B-side wins again BTW.]


Need some DNB? Fanu, Perpetuum, Marcus Intalex & Klute provided some pressure. Check out FYLP for the scoop...


Now, there are an assload of leaks out there... get ready:

Amir Sulaiman ft. Mos Def "When I Die" [track is ehh, but Mos is on it...]
Grafh "Money, Power, Respect Freestyle" [he updates a classic, I guess...]
Crooked I drops his "Hip-Hop Weekly" freestyles... Part 1 murders "Umbrella", while Part 2 murders "We Takin' Over"... dude is a BEAST!
Obie Trice "Detroit Summer" [dude is just not original...]
Domingo ft. Joell Ortiz "Exactly" [lovin' the beat on this one. watch how that verse rhymes shit spelled backwards.]
Serius Jones "Can't Stop The Game" [dude's songs suck. WTF happened?]
UGK ft. Cory Mo "Top Drop Dyne" [ridin' music.]
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Game & Will.I.Am "Streets" [ugh.]
Muro ft. Young Chris & Kool G Rap "The Extravaganza" [lovin' this beat as well. Really big.]
Wes Fif "My Dawgs" [this one right here is why dude won't go nowhere.]
Common ft. Dwele "The People" [Kanye produced. Internets goin' nuts for this one; also check out "The Game", featuring DJ Premier...]
Erykah Badu "Real Thing(Music Is Everything)" [Erykah with Madlib on the beats? Damn, weed is a beautiful thing...]
Tony Touch ft. Tru Life, Lumidee & Joell Ortiz "We Run New York" [gutter.]
Joell Ortiz ft. Big Lou "Latin Assassin" [dude got that fire.]
Sisqo "One Finger" [nigga dissin' R. Kelly AND Usher on this one. O....K!]
Peep out this sampler of Saigon's LP
Jay Lyriq ft. T-Pain "Can't Deal" [I'm so tired of this idiot...]
Two new tracks from G-Unit's Hot Rod: "Don't Like Me", ft. Young Buck, and "Love 'Em Or Hate 'Em", ft. Ca$his and produced by Eminem
Tum Tum ft. E-40 & Rick Ross "Caprice Muzik (Remix)" [wobble wobble.]
R. Kelly ft. Usher "Same Girl" [all the black chicks I know go nuts for this one.]
Marques Houston "You So Beautiful" [crap R&B meets "Fast Car"...]
Big Steele ft. Trae & Ne-Yo "That's What I'm About"
Clyde Carson "Hood Stomped Out" [drive-by music.]
T-Pain ft. Kanye West "Buy You A Drank (Remix)" [so annoying.]
Beyonce's sister Solange has a few tracks on the leak circuit: "White Picket Dreams" and "Champagne Chronic Nightcap"...
Shouts to eskay for posting up three new Lupe Fiasco tracks. So much for nothing being leaked...
Ya Boy, AKA The Game's patna, AKA Kevin Federline's ghostwriter, has a new single out: "Holla At Ya Boy". There's also a version dedicated to the Golden State Warriors...
You still need that Buju Banton/"Rockstar" refix?


That's about it.

Final thought is a track/video that this guy at work would NOT stop playing on Thursday. Or was it Wednesday? I'm not sure, but the fuckin ignorant ass nigga ruined a pretty ill beat for me...

Rihanna ft. Jay-Z "Umbrella"


LOST, Season 3: "The Brig" [recap]

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I first want to again apologize for this recap coming the same day the new episode will be dropping. I got this new temp. gig, and haven't really been on the PC as of late. Anyway, let's get to it...

Did you guys know beforehand that Cooper was the guy who drove Sawyer's father to murk his mom and himself? Exec Producers Damon and Carlton seem to think so, as they say in the latest Official LOST podcast, but I really don't see it. I mean, OK, they are the 2 main ones involved in cons, and situations like that can surely drive you do crazy fates, but I really don't think it was as pronounced as they might think it was. In any case, you could smell the whole setup from the beginning of the episode, which wasn't that cool. I mean, I knew Ben wasn't being held captive. Locke isn't that cold, or sneaky. And once Sawyer got "locked" (hah! nice pun!) into that room with Cooper, I figured out what was about to go down. Does that mean it was not executed well? Not at all... it basically means I'm too dedicated to the show! I'm such a fan, like many of you, that I can see where the main chunk of the ep is going to go...

There is one thing I loved seeing in "The Brig", though: Alpert. I so want him to be Slugworth (well, Mr. Wilkinson) of the Others, but from the hints the producers have dropped, do not be surprised if this splitting of the Others that is eminent (see Juliet's hatred for Ben, Alpert letting Sawyer know of Ben's intentions, etc.)... and Alpert will be one of the heads of any rebel faction against Ben. But who knows? I mean, from that tiny scene with Locke on the hill, you could read it straight: Alpert wants Locke to know he is special, and to prove something to Ben; or you could read it how I originally read it: Ben put Alpert up to it, to force Locke further down the rabbit hole. In any case, Locke took the bait: we see him at the end of this episode, walking with his father's dead body on his back; he says he is going to find his own way, and he is: and from the preview of "The Man Behind The Curtain", we will be learning much more about Hanso and/or DHARMA, and from the producer's own mouths, we will be learning more about Benjamin Linus, who is the man behind the curtain (lovely Wizard of Oz reference).

I don't pay too much attention to spoiler sites, couldn't even give you a link to ones I have checked in the past, but I believe we are to learn more about this mysterious JACOB character in the very near future. We are also going to find out that the survivors find out about Juliet's intentions (which kind of makes sense, since Sawyer is given the tape recorder he jacked from Ben)... but is everything really so cut and dry?

To get back to the island, I just want to bullet a few points:

  • Jack is a damned fool. Not only is this fool wanting to know EVERYTHING that is on the island, he is keeping his own secrets? I doubt he is working for the Others, but he knows something that is going to be detrimental... maybe he already knows Juliet's motives?
  • I'm glad that we now officially know that Penny Widmore was hunting for Desmond; I do not like how fucking mystical its getting though. You'd think that if they found out that Oceanic Flight 815 crashed, that they'd have exhumed the bodies in the plane, no? They recovered mad bodies from the 9/11 site; why not pick up the plane from the ocean for proper burial? Is this customary?
  • The Naomi/Sayid bickering cracked me up. I loved her "remind me not to rescue you" line. I hope she is around for a while...
  • You like how Locke assumes that the Black Rock was steered TOWARDS the island. He has to have some idea of how Oceanic 815 got to the island (although I am starting to reconsider it just being the anamoly that brought the plane down), why would he automatically assume that the Black Rock MEANT to go to the island?
  • WTF is Rousseau doing with the dynamite?
  • Why the inclusion of Cooper's rantings of the island really being purgatory? This has been debunked for a while now... I guess I understand why he would think that, given how he ended up there... but why the persistance by the writers? Or is that a nod to the theorist and fanboys?
  • I liked how Ben threw Locke's "don't tell me what I can't do" line back at him... so fucking eerie, and interesting for sad fucks like myself.

On a totally non-episode note, ABC has let us know that LOST will be ending in 2010, which calculates to 3 more seasons of this masterpiece of a TV show. Best news I've heard in a while. This is exactly what we all need: a finite point, something to look forward to. And it gives the producers a timeline to show shit they always want to show, and weave it in without trying to figure out when and where to drop hints and clues and such.

For more info on this episode, check out LostPedia's synopsis. And if you are bored/looking for something interesting to read, peep MSN TV's LOST Death Pool.

the shuffle. [5/5/07]

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So yeah, ya boy got a temp. gig. I'm still hunting, but now I actually have something to do during the day. And I'm planning on starting a part time gig as well. Shit's falling into place - I might not be where I want to be, but steps are being taken. It just sucks when shit takes longer than normal, eh?

This week has its share of odd stories, but fear not: I will play your nutty travel guide. My MP3 player is loaded with fresh DNB and Fishbone (big up, Perpetuum), and I'm ready to take that trip. Let's Go!

01/The NAACP is going to have a funeral for the word nigger this summer. You know, after all of this Don Imus stuff, I can see why they would want to do this (publicity), but I'm not sure if, aside from the symbolism, this is truly going to change anything. I mean, on the surface, yeah, educated Blacks and popular rappers might stop using the word. They aren't hitting where we need to hit: the ghetto. A shorty in the ghetto has no concept of the NAACP, nor do they give a shit if they are going to symbolically bury a word. And what happened to the age-old adage "sticks and stones might break my bones..."? If you have to put so much power and spotlight on one word that you are going to have a funeral for it, aren't you accidentally giving the word more play and emphasis that it truly needs? Maybe the youth's embracing and reflipping of the word is more than just being ignorant...

02/Before his team was eliminated by my New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell was upset that Jason Kidd didn't look like he was playing hurt, despite the fact that Kidd has a known knee injury. I'm trying to look at dude's comments as sarcasm, but he seems dead ass serious. OK, Kidd played his heart out and actually pushed him team over the hump: why not, instead of questioning what Jason Kidd is doing, start asking your Raptors why they let a crippled point guard stomp all over them? I can't see how a coach can still be employed when he is so willing to pass the buck. Does he think Kidd was trying to set himself up to look helpless or something? I don't see why Kidd would need to lie about an injury, only to play great the next night. That thinking is too far out... and at the end of the day, if his own estranged wife can look at him in a different light now, why does Mitchell have to hate?

03/Don Imus is in the news again, this time suing CBS for breach of contract. I saw his attorney working his magic on GMA, and gleamed the following info: essentially, CBS was supposed to offer dude a 2nd chance before firing him; also, if they were to fire him, they had to do it within a certain amount of time. They also brought up the five-second delay that CBS never employed previously when Imus reportedly used similar remarks during his tenure. Essentially, based on language in the contract, they are arguing that CBS hired Imus on to be controversial, to say what he says, and now feel like they fired him for what they hired him to do. All well and good, and in a court of law that looks peachy. Check it, though: has Imus ever apologized this publicly over remarks he's made in the past? Aside from Howard Stern speaking about him, I never heard of dude, and surely if he was making similar remarks regarding race, he would have had to answer to SOMEONE! In any case, dude has never been t his vocal about feeling bad about his remarks, so if you are admitting your wrongdoing, why then try and throw the blame on CBS? Yes, you got fired b/c your idiotic persona caused advertisers to bounce from the show. Tough tits, suck it up and go start anew. Don't rehash this bullshit like you are the victim, chief. That's not even the case.

04/With everything going on in 'urban' music, I'm surprised that Vibe's website is so stuck on the Ray J/Kim Kardashian sex tape fiasco. On the one hand, they are posting up pics and making fun of Ray J attending the release party, although it is kind of odd that the tape hit the streets a month ago and they are just NOW celebrating it, but they then report on Kim getting a reported $5 million out of Vivid by settling the lawsuit she had. She kind of pimped them: she denied that the tape was out there, and sued them, then dropped the suit for the loot. I got a feeling she got broken off with the dick AND the loot, and Ray J is just getting shine because people feel sorry for how low he's gone...

05/So the girl Britney Spears has been performing 'randomly' under the name "The M+M's", to mixed reviews. I love how big news channels report it as a secret show, but you see how fucking ramjam those venues are! And to the people who are dissing homegirl for lip-synching: did you not notice her lip-synching back when she first came out, or were you too caught up and are now trying to act like you don't give a fuck, even though you spent good money to see her work it for 15 minutes? I do wish she hadn't cut that hair, her wig/headband combo is wack. What's wacker, though, are these topless photos of her with flowers over her nipples. I can't even begin to comment... And for some added fun, Idolator predicts the near-future of Brit's career.

06/The newest, latest and YOUNGEST mogul in the Rap game is this lil dunn named Big Korey. He's 9 years old, and has already worked with both Jermaine Dupri AND Jazze Pha. He is the subject of a reality show, which follows his efforts to build his own label. You think, yo dude is 9? Check out this video of neph @ Jazze Pha's MPC, making a beat. It's kind of crazy when you realize he was 7 during the making of that video... I just now realized, I seen him before: he is down with the Oomp Camp, and introduced Unk before his BET Hip-Hop Awards performance last year. And before you guys start with your "wow, Rap is in such a sad state that 7 year olds can made dope Rap beats!" That's funny, but let me see some of the hot work YOU made at 7...

07/Speaking of Rap, let's dive into a bunch of Rap/R&B-related news bits: T.I. is working on his T.I. Vs. Tip album, and just recently wrapped up a track with Eminem that will either be very hot or a hot piece of shit... In response to Australia's repeated hate towards Snoop Dogg, his lawyers released a statement that claimed, among other things, that Snoop has no gang ties. OK, so why do I have to hear him about wearing his rag "on the left side/yeah that's the CRIP side"? Why all the C-walkin'? You perpin' now, dogg?... During his book tour (which has helped Do You debut on the New York Times' Bestseller list), Russell Simmons got cut off during a radio interview for correcting the DJ on the radio. In listening to the audio (which is provided on the site), dude does come out of his face. If it wasn't for Russell, nigga, you wouldn't be where you are right now. Remember that... The boy Akon got his Verizon partnership pulled over a sexual dance involving a 15 year old girl... Busta Rhymes loves being in the news, no? Reports say that a shot of Henny did it for Busta, for he got pulled over for having too-darkly tinted windows on his whip, but when they smelled alcohol on his breath, they tested him. Nigga blew a 0.67, was arrested for DWI, but it's only a violation. Now, if he only did this shit when his LP was coming out... Erykah Badu and her friends are taking their weed-love a bit too far with their "Cannabinoids" collective, although the idea of recreating Hip-Hop production live is sick... The boy Ludacris got shitted on by two magazines this week: Vanity Fair's Lisa Robinson was interviewing for a Tribeca Talks panel, and was just on some "I don't get this rap stuff" nonsense; why do they do that? Why send someone with no knowledge of Hip-Hop to interview one of the scene's bigger stars? Flip over to Ebony, which replaced his cover picture for their "new Black fathers" issue with Boris Kodjoe, after the uproar and hate against Rap lyrics due to, you guessed it, the Don Imus situation. Luda can't catch a break!... PaRappa The Rapper is coming to the US on the PSP. If you missed the original, you missed a funny ass game...

08/Now, let's bring you the best from the rest of the Entertainment field: Courtney Love is holding a Christine's auction for the remainder of Kurt Cobain's things... I love how the Playstation 3 just came out last year, but they already have plans for Playstations 4, 5 AND 6!... This year's MTV Movie Awards is just asking for trouble: a live, non-tape delayed show hosted by Sarah Silverman and produced by Mark Burnett? Do they want to have another one next year?... Speaking of MTV, they are hoping that the name change from "TRL" to "YouRL" will help keep what small number of viewers they still had... David Hasselhoff's daughter (at his request) videotaped him in a drunken state, eating a burger shirtless on the floor... Justin Timberlake is bringing his FutureSex LoveSounds to HBO via a taped concert set to air this September... Bruce Willis let it be known that he is pissed about the forthcoming Die Hard sequel is going to be rated PG-13... Lindsey Lohan is set to get chopped up and fucked in an upcoming horror flick... Paris Hilton got sentenced to 45 days jailtime for violating parole, to be served starting in June, just in time for the premier of the new season of The Simple Life (you see that, Busta??)... Sacha Baron Cohen is NOT going to be playing former Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, although the resemblance would have made for as good flick.... Watch out: records shops are giving you the option to make your own mix CDs that you can burn in the store. If I could have made a CD of my fav tracks back when I was a shorty, compared to having to buy decent songs on crappy discs, I would have been in hog heaven!

09/Finally, here is a rundown of the final stories I felt should get some burn: You'd think being robbed whilst naked and superguled to an exercise bike is bad enough: no, your robbers also have to drink up your Chivas Regal, too!... Why is this lawyer suing this cleaners for $64 million over a pair of lost pants?...

Weird week, right? I'm off to bed now. I just heard De La Hoya lost, and he didn't put up a great fight towards the end... whattupwidat?

Final Thought time:

Run DMC "Ooh Watcha Gonna Do"

[I used to love this video...just came on VH1 Soul]

Until next time...

Friday, May 4th 2007 playlist

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Well, ya boy finally got a job! It's a temp, call center gig, lasting 2 months (with possibility of more, depending on what might be available), so we'll see when I get these shuffles posted on Fridays. I might start doing them early, but we shall see. They won't disappear at ALL! Speaking of which, let's get right into this pre-Cinco de Mayo blastoff:

01/Aspect & Perpetuum "Ghetto Girl" [I had no idea these two could come with the ragga-influenced jams on this level. Coming out on a label I cannot plug right now... soon though. Audio up in Perpetuum's EXBC mix from March of 07...]
02/Soulmatic & Saburuko "2 Dollars More" [forthcoming freshness on Crisis. Loving this combo. Unfortunately, no audio up for this one, but it should be out on promo SOON!]
03/Push Button Objects ft. Maintain, Vast Aire & Akrobatik "Fly, Pt. 2" [from 2002, this is just a trio of sick MCs, a tricked out beat and some reggae dude on the chorus. Simple, yet effective. "I'm serious like the answer to HIV/government made? Possibly Maybe"... Vast!]
04/The Alchemist "Can't Stop ALC" [ALC flips the same beat Shaq rhymed over for "Can't Stop The Reign". I love how he takes the obvious and totally makes it better.PS: RIP Miami's 2007 playoff run!]
05/Lomax "Artisan" [I love how he freaked those classic, old school jungle basstones, into this low-key monster.]
06/Cannibal Ox "Handle That" [can you tell I was on a Vast Aire kick this week? This is from their 2004 Speakerboxxx... The Ox Below mixtape (he speaks on it HERE). The rest is kind of trash, but this is a perfect melding of their off-kilter flows and a tight yet abstract track.]
07/David Banner ft. Akon, Lil' Wayne & Snoop Dogg "9MM" [what an odd combo.]
08/Evol Intent "Dead On Arrival" [this is just a clip. Funny sample for those who frequent the DOA boards. Hopefully their LP drops soon...]
09/YoungbloodZ vs. Virgo "Chop Chop (DJ Nappy Thugstep Mix)" [you should already know about this. join the revolution.]
10/Prodigy ft. Nyce "Time To Kill" [P and Nyce go in over Damien Marley's "Road To Zion". Proper ignorance.]


These leaks didn't make it to the list, but should still be peeped:

Keith Murray "Weeble Wobble" [when is his LP dropping?]
Showbiz & AG "Business As Usual" [welcome back!]
DJ Lazy K ft. Remy Ma, Trina, Lil' Mo & Jackie O "We Takin' Over (Female Remix)" [nice flip of the current B single...]
Termanology ft. Lil' Fame "Squeeze Ya Ratchet" [Fame produced this one. It's OK, but I dunno... shoulda just got Primo to do the beat.]
M.I.A. "Hit That" [You know you gonna click it. Some calling her LP the summer jammer. Who knows. Party starter right here.]
Method Man "New York, New York" [Meth takin' it back to "that real NY street shit". Nice flute thrown in there.]
Young Jeezy ft. R. Kelly, Bun B & Jadakiss "Go Getta (Remix)" [why do I wish it was just Bun B and Jada on this?]
The Bomb Squad "Before I Let Go" [speaking of 'Kiss, here's Jada and Sheek back when they were known as "The Bomb Squad" (shouts to eskay for posting this one, Nah Right Lite STAND UP!]


If you are looking for some dubstep and electronic music trickery, check out SWAEG. They have loads of FREE licks up there. I found this EP by a dubstep artist named Toiminto called "Lost In Low Frequencies". It's sick, esp. "Tuesday Flow Dub". Check them out for this and more.


Need some DNB mixes? Hit up this week's FYLP... Fanu loves white Russians, Dan Marshall kicks a slick one for BIOS, and Bailey drops a dub-laden Intabeats on you. Do not sleep.


On the music related video tip, here are a few I found amusing:

eskay posted up some exclusive fight footage between Cam'ron & Tru Life.

Redman is hilarious. Check this video (courtesy of OnSmash) where he lets it be known that he don't need $100K spent on BET - he'd take it to the hood and do a Heineken promotion for his people. 1 Heineken and some flip flops for the people!


In terms of a Final Thought, I wanna mix it up, since Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo, I wanna big up the Mexican-influenced Hip-Hop tracks I loved from the past, as well as Hip-Hop videos that feature boxing, due to the De La Hoya/Mayweather bout coming up as well. Let's go!

Delinquint Habits "Tres Delinquentes"

[I used to vibe off this one when I was a shorty...]

Kid Frost "Ain't No Sunshine"

Kid Frost "La Raza"

[this is just good Hip-Hop...]

Cypress Hill "How I Could Just Kill A Man"

[I feel this way all the time.]

LL Cool J "Mama Said Knock You Out"

[remember when he did this on MTV Unplugged, with the weird underarm deoderant remnants? (sorry for the terrible quality, I didn't up this...]

Canibus "Second Round KO"

[I still say he won that battle...]


Until next time... BE EASY! and save some Corona! Actually, nah, I'll take some Heineken from Red.

The Sopranos, Season 6B "Chasing It" [recap]

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The episodes this year are just getting back to the raw essence of the earlier seasons, where each one is a tiny movie unto itself. This week, we get back to the meaner, eviler Tony, shown through his addiction to gambling. The title is a metaphor for him trying to chase whatever joy he gets from gambling... but we also saw his addiction creep into his everyday life...

Why would he gamble the money he was to give Marie Spatafore for their move to Maine? I think subconciously, he did not want to give her that much loot. That move is kind of ridiculous - if you don't get at the root of the problem, you really aren't solving a thing. I'm like everyone else, tripping over the fact that dude shit in the shower at his school, but the situation is bigger than that. Rebellion brought on by confusion of what his dad did, and who his dad was. That requires therapy, not a move to another part of the US...

The bigger deal with Vito Jr. is the Phil situation. Phil Leotardo was man enough to cause the situation to be what it was by murdering Vito, but is not man enough to take the responsibility, whether it's ponying up the ends to move them out or taking a more active role, but it just shows how heartless of a prick he really is. Don't think for a minute that by the time this season is over, Phil and T will be bumping heads once again, over something.

Did we really need to see Nancy Sinatra in this episode?

I want to send a shout out to AJ Soprano, for getting played like a fiddle. I love how he damn near makes her say yes, then looks all upset when her brother pulls up with his bag of clothes ("I just did laundry last week!")... he was chasing that puerto rican poonani, and a life that involved him being the big man. But being manager of the pizza shop and learning some spanish to impress ya shorty's seed does not a man make, young AJ. And by the looks of the preview of next week, he hits a deep funk.

I do have to say, I think Adrianna is buried under the house Carm and her pops built, and with the weak lumber, she will be found. Just a hunch - they are spending too much time dwelling on Carm worrying, and the fact that pops is using the old ass lumber. I also wanna let it be known that T's "unborn baby" crack @ Carm was fucking wrong, even if he technically fronted the major end of the money for the house she considers her own. T should have played it off, not even gotten at her for ends for his gambling, but he took it too far. And upset Carm. That's gonna bite him.

The big thing I want to see is next week's showdown with Chris and Paulie. Both look bad in Tony's eyes right now, so if it comes to blows, its going to be interesting to see how that will play off. Their rivalry has always been a staple of the conflicts - so much can be played off, and it harks back to the "Pine Barrens", where both the show and their relationship went to far-out places.

Only time will tell how this show will end, but I have a feeling I'm not ready for it. Like they are going to hit us with something way out of the ordinary... or just have it end like any other season, with Tony letting off a puff of smoke and some poignant song ushering in the credits...

LOST, Season 3 "D.O.C." [recap]

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So, Jin is the father after all. That's good, that means their kid won't look like the bastard son of a Korean Powder. The flipside? Homegirl now has a death sentence... but the good news is, Jin's being on the island upped his sperm count by 5x! How ill is that?

The connections and situations in this show are so well written... we now know that Sun's the reason for Jin's bloody work for her father, so even while she is horrified at what he has to do for her father, she figures it's better to let him do that with dignity than be ridiculed for being the son of a prostitute and a fisherman.

I wish I could get a handle on the island, though; what could POSSIBLY be making the island a spot where you cannot get pregnant on, for you will die, but a puncture wound to the lung takes under two days to heal? Or a seemingly deadly soundwave shock to the head that makes you bleed from the ears - how does one magically recoup from that? And on the even odder flipside, how can the island thus make Ben someone who is succeptable to cancer, even if he lived on the island all his life? It's just too crazy to even try and get your head around...

Checking out LostPedia's rundown of this episode, I saw that they note that the convo in Korean that Sun walked in on referenced the Hanso Foundation... I wondered why they didn't put the subtitles on it! (They also said that Naomi's words, which Mikhail said meant "Thanks for helping me", really translated to "I am not alone"...)

I also wonder what Juliet's beef with Ben is, and why she feels a certain way - right up until he asks her to do something. Please let me know so I can stop wondering why she is dicking over people she really shouldn't... but who knows. This LOST shit is too deep for the kid.

Now, for all of you guys who are going to take Naomi's "there were no survivors of Flight 815" comment to mean that they are in purgatory (a tired, often used theory since season 1), I suggest you listen to the latest podcast. Damon & Carlton let it be known that she could either be a) lying, or b) confused, meaning that, let's just say, someone made it LOOK like Fligth 815 crashed and had no survivors - to make the outside world not worry or want to look for the people who are inhabiting an island that is experimenting on them and the damn laws of physics/nature/science/whatever else...

They also spoke on this week's episode, "The Brig", which finally brings us back to where John Locke has been with the Others. We are to find out the following things:
  • What John has been doing with the Others
  • Where the Others are going
  • How Locke's father got on the island
  • More about Naomi (the girl in the parachute) and her ordeal
  • Some other stuff I can't remember right now...
If you peep the trailer, Locke is bugging out - did he just go with the Others to try and set a trap, or does he have ulterior motives? Judging by what we know about Locke, it's more the latter than the former... who knows.

Do you guys have anything you think is going to happen before this season ends? I remember at the end of season 2, they said we were to learn more about the "4-toed statue", but we haven't gotten a peep about it since... I think we will learn more about that. Any thoughts? Leave a comment!
Until next time.. namaste!

Friday, April 27th 2007 playlist


No real big write-up before links this week. I've been on the grind. This is the soundtrack to my grind:

01/Freeway, Peedi Crakk, Memphis Bleek & M.O.P "Same Ol' G" [that new State Property CD is kind of hot. This one is badass.]
02/Bachelors of Science & Saburuko "Dreams Come True" [sampler to the forthcoming Bachelors of Science LP for Horizons Music. Def. save up for this one... LUSH DNB!]
03/Joell Ortiz ft. Jadakiss & Saigon "Hip Hop (Remix)" [Joell slowly becoming one of my favs. This is a really slick track, blast it.]
04/Hobzee "Cubism" [don't sleep on dude. His new beats are impressive!]
05/Jay-Z "30 Something" [one of the better cuts off of Kingdom Come. I wish I was as rich/cool as Jay when I get that age...]
06/UTP & Lil' Wayne "Do Whatcha Wanna Do" [this beat is bananas. Get your dance on!]
07/bowzer "Disconnect Me" [some smooth dubstep vibes for ya. those bleeps sound like phone tones, kind of...]
08/Notion "It Always Was" [seriously dope new cats. This one is on an EP forthcoming on Progress LTD. Peep their MySpace page for audio. Loving the delayed bassdrop on this. So refreshing...]
09/Jacewon "Shelly (Remix)" [Keep an eye out on dude. He has an LP coming soon, Evolution, and is poised to turn heads with his tracks. Check his MySpace for more info/updates...]
10/NORE ft. Jadakiss & Kurupt "Throw 'Em Under The Bus" [am I the only one who is excited to see NORE and Kurupt do a cut together, after all of that "New York, New York"/"LA, LA" shit from years ago?]


Leak It!:

>Keith Murray ft. Tyrese "Nobody Do It Better"
>Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crakk, Young Chris & Juvenile "Killin' That"
>Joell Ortiz "Block Royal" and "BQE", which features Lord Black & Alex Santiago, and is produced by The Alchemist
>DJ Unk ft. T-Pain, Jim Jones & E-40 "2 Step (Remix)"
>Chemical Brothers "Do It Again"
>Rob G ft. Fat Pat, Lil Keke, & A3 "Road to Success"
>Illa Ghee "NY Nightlife"



Here's a few links to more than one mp3:

*Better Than Butt Sex posted up 5 essential ODB tracks: they are all tracks that he covered.
*For some random reason, ?uestlove has been remixing cuts off of Pharrell's In My Mind. "Pharrell and the Yessirs" have reworked "Raspy Shit", "Number One" & "How Does It Feel". I don't know if I'm really feelin' these...
*Were you guys looking for that Lil' Wayne Drought 3 mixtape?
*I wanna shout out Benja Styles; I kept forgetting to hotlink his We Takin' Over (The Philly/Miami Connection) mixtape, which was made in conjunction with DJ Khaled & JDS. Some ill joints on here, featuring cats like E. Ness (from Making Da Band fame), The State Property fam... fuck it, peep the tracklisting:


Holla. That "Roc The Mic (Benja Styles 2007 RMX)" is BANANAS!

*Wu-Tang Corp. has linked 200+ mp3s of unreleased/rare Wu cuts. Go have fun...
*The Ninjasonik crew (aka Sound Advice's dj k.ross and reverend mcfly) has a new mix out, showcasing original cuts and a bunch of slammin' shit:

1 ninjasonik - holla for a dolla
3 klaxons vs unk - teenwolf blend
4 jamiroquai - canned heat
5 new young pony club-get lucky
6 ninjasonik vs archie bell & the drells - tighten up
7 ninjasonik - tight pants
8 matt and kim - yea yeah (vyle remix)
9 dillinger-cokane
10 bunji garlin - clear di way
11 duchess says - black flag (juan maclean remix)
12 ninjasonik - the obvious jj fad ripoff
13 the english beat - too nice to talk to
14 peter bjorn & john - young folks (sound advice remix)
15 gigi d'agostino - i'll fly with you
16 kenna - freetime
17 federation - what if i had a gun (dj b.cause deep disco edit)
18 talking heads - life during wartime
19 ninjasonik - internet bitch
20 sound advice - bmore eyed girl
21 teenwolf - floating on
22 purple crush- never ending story club edit
23 ninjasonik - tight pants (mr. andersonic edit)

Get your crunk on.


It's cold and rainy, and I have this cut stuck in my head:

Lil Keke ft. Paul Wall & Bun B "Chunk Up The Deuce"

Enjoy your weekend.

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: episode guide for "Remember When"

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


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 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...