Sunday YouTube Madness: Turntablist Edition

Yes, I'm kind of new to this whole YouTube thing, but I cannot help it. I've been on the hunt for Hip-Hop/Turntablism/DJ shit. Let's see some of my spoils:

#1 - DJ Cash Money (shouts to Philly) doing a quick Dr. Dre routine. All I gotta say is "HOLD UP!":

#2: DJ Craze doing what he does best. I'm glad I got to see him live before he turned into this big DnB phenom. His Hip-Hop sets are still my favorite.

#3: Lord Finesse and Roc Raida at a live show. Finesse actually pulls a decent lil routine, but Raida shits all over the comp. Was there any doubt?

#4: One of my fav DJs of all time: Rob Swift. He cuts up some classic Public Enemy. Watch how he entrances the dudes in the room. Kind of short but whatever.

#5: Another one of my fav DJs, Shortkut, hitting the beat juggle like no other. Shouts to the classic ISP fam, as well as the Beat Junkies.

#6: The true tests, shown on many a Skratch Pikl mixtape, is the freestyle sessions. That's where the best work with the best, and to me is the true essence of this turntablism shit. Check out DJ Babu, A-Trak, Rob Swift and Roc Raida TOGETHER. 5 minutes of funk:

#7: Check out DJ Klever of the Allies wreck shop. Nice rock influence mixed in as well. He might not look like he can rip shit, but check ya boy out:

#8: Ninja Tune's Kid Koala doing what he does best, with some ill interview pieces in the middle. If you don't know, better get to know:

#9: DJ A-Trak was formally known as the Canadian wonder who was one of the youngest phenoms in the game. He is now Kanye West's DJ, as well as putting together his own CD. Check him out live:

#10: I'm going to end this edition right now, but check out Mixmaster Mike, formally of the world famous ISP crew, now DJ for the Beastie Boys, rock the crowd with a hot live intro to their show. Peep game:

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the shuffle. [5/27/06]

Memorial Day Weekend, bitches. What's really good? Wanna send a shout-out to my boy Russell over there reppin' NJ over in Cali right now. I hope you taking it easy out there on Crenshaw, nigga.

Wanna shout out to these cats online who type real tough. That shit amuses me... "lemme know where you at so I can bitchslap you". Pure jokes.

Anyone grilling this weekend? I'm putting chicken on that bad boy twice -- legs tomorrow, and breasts on Monday. Might have the in-laws in, which will be nice because their pet dog would come and tear up the yard. Quality.

My baby boy is moving strong.
Check out these new ultrasound pictures. He's a litte over a pound right now, and 13 inches long. THAT'S what it's all about. The funny thing about this is, this is the closest we get to fully realizing how close to animals we as humans really are. We have our opposable thumbs and our forward-thinking brains, but we are on some primal shit when it comes to procreation. I tell wifey all the time, this is the most beautifullest thing anyone can experience or be invovled with. I love her, and I love our girls, and I love Jayden.

OK that's the end of the mushy stuff, you guys want some new news, right? Holla.

1> RIP Desimal. DnB has lost a true individual sound. Peep
this post of mine detailing his music and a gang of tribute mixes. And spin his tunes when you can, DJs.

2> Beanie Sigel
got shot out on his block in Philly. I seen the shit on TV, it's pure comedy. He's in the back of his whip like "I got shot. I'm OK", and then proceeds to pull down his sleeve like "You wanna see?" Beans is a trooper; he apparently laid it out on the mic right afterwards. He says he got shot while being robbed by like 5 dudes. Damn shame, B Mac. Maybe he needs to move out the hood?

3> AOL is on the verge of starting up
it's own Myspace. Why? Who knows. If someone is already on Myspace, why jump over to this nonsense. Honestly, the only reason to fuck with AOL these days is b/c of AIM, which I use faithfully.

4> My favorite dead LOST actress, Michelle Rodriguez, got
sentenced more jail time. Homegirl needs to quit the booze & cruise on the real. Hold your head, though, Michelle.

5> Speaking of LOST, word is that Ubisoft has got plans to create a videogame based on the hit TV show. There's also word that Todd McFarlane is planning on creating
LOST action figures. Say word.

6> This Jewish guy on
Slate is Blogging the Bible. If you know the Bible like I do, you will find it interesting. I went to a christian school from K through 6th grade, so I had to know the Bible pretty thoroughly, but as an adult I look at it through a different set of eyes, so this is just a big shift in what I thought I knew and what I am now realizing. Check it out.

7> 50 Cent
won a songwriting award. Why? WTF good is an ASCAP award for a guy who can write hooks? He should get the "earned mad money raping Hip-Hop" award.

8> Apparently, the LA Courts are saying that Biggie's lawyers
decieved the court, and are holding onto that settlement. Kind of fucked up, over some dumb shit. I mean, this case is fucking important, not just to Biggie's family, but to the fucking corruption of the LAPD and their RAMPART division. I'll keep you up to date when I hear more about this.

9> Cam
debuted at #2 with Killa Season. Surprising... I guess the Dipset fans came out in droves to support ya boy. Nappy, we'll see if I win that bet or not. If I do, I'll settle for a 6er of Heineken.

10> Sony is proving to get dumber with their success. They want to make it so their PS3 consumers
cannot sell their used games to video game shops for credit to purchase NEW GAMES!??!?! Apparently this hurts their bottom line. Do people NOT buy their game systems? They pretty much own the competition. What's going on? I won't be buying one until the price goes down... in like 4 years.

11> It's funny when old schoolers sue rappers and producers for sampling seconds of audio. How you gonna sue someone for saying 2 words in a chorus? Ask Kanye & Luda. They
getting sued for some nigga's claim of them using the words "like that" in "Stand Up". Huh? Can I sue someone for some money? That nigga said "Yo"... I say "Yo" all the time, yo! Where the paper at?!?!

12> Italians are on some shit. First they put sauce on the Asians spaghetti, now
this. That's right, an atheist is suing the Vatican, trying to get proof that Jesus exists. It's funny, and kind of been a long time coming, but what's next? I doubt he will win, but stranger shit has happened.

13> Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy, aka P. Diddy, aka Diddy, aka That Music Mogul Who Dicks Over His Artists, is planning on
a new MTV show. This time, it looks like he is going to rival Fox and ABC's popular "dance" shows. Speaking of with, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance?" premiered the other day, and that shit was comedy. The Jew Boy smacked his face on the floor AND KEPT ON DANCING! How quality was that? Anyways, speaking of Diddy's MTV shows, peep how Dylan is trying to make amends with his former boss.

14> Ya boy DMX is off the meatrack. Oh I'm sorry,
The Dog. Yup, he's trying to change his name in time for his new album to come out. Why? Crack has gotten to him something fierce. I hope his new album is good, or he will be out of the loop forreal. Can't wait for that BET reality show, X!

15> What's good with the Miami Heat's 2006 NBA Playoff home games? Did they send a memo to the fans that there will only be white tees worn at these playoff games? I didn't watch too many Heat games this year, so I don't know if this is a NEW phenomenon, but it looks great on TV! [shouts to Nappy for the inspiration!] PS: I still say the Pistons will win it all this year...

16> No news here, but I've been digging this YouTube site and want to make it a staple of what I do in these shuffles... here is my find of the week on You Tube:

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RIP Desimal

I hope this is not premature or false, but I have had this on my mind ever since I found the shocking news.

Few artists styles could truly be considered "unique", but Desimal was that artist. In terms of DnB, his sound was unparalleled, I mean the talent just oozed out of the tracks. I first heard of him through Cyanide, when he was trying to get Armada off the ground. He played "Earthling" for me, and the fucking SOUND was just new. It was a breath of fresh air to a sometimes stale genre, so new that we toyed with the term "biofunk" to describe it. Desimal has had a lot of solid work released, but Earthling seems to be the watermark for me. "Arcana" is another gem, as is his latest 12" out on Barcode, the Desimal Project EP Pt. 2.

It's tough when our scene loses a producer, especially one who has not reached his full potential as of yet. My condolences to his family, and please, pay homage to this great producer sometime over this holiday weekend, as it is only fitting that he passed so close to Memorial Day.

Desimal, your sound will live on. I didn't know you, but I feel like we've met.

For a catalog of his releases, check out rolldabeats. You can find "Earthling" in this mix, which highlights a gang of Canadian DnB. Also found some old DOA thread shouting praise.

EDIT: I was just on DOA, and found a gang of old Desimal tracks that he asked be posted online for free. They are all in 320kbps mp3 sound, so optimum quality. RIP to one of the true unsung heroes of this shit.

"Sun Signal (v.2)"
"Sun Signal (v.1)"
"The Guardian"

Big up to Us Crew for hosting.

EDIT: DOA moderator double J posted up a sample pack of Desimal sounds that he uses, for all the producing Dogs and crew. Also, check out a picture of Desimal. He is on the left, holding the CD.

EDIT: Shouts out to I.N.I., who not only does ill design for webpages, but he has some shit hot mixes, whether it be DnB or downtempo. He has compiled a Desimal Tribute Mix which can be downloaded here (or here) (and here). Check out the tracklisting, taken from the RIP Desimal DOA thread:

desimal - afterlife
desimal - arcana
desimal - voidwalkers
desimal - circle of nine 2005 (tease)
desimal - voidwalkers
desimal - hyperboria
desimal - promist
desimal - mantra
desimal - sundecay
desimal - continuum
desimal - earthling
desimal - zero searcher (sundecay pt2)
desimal - promist 2005
desimal - sunsignal pt2

Nuff respect to DNBNation for hosting. Shouts to kapsil and elevenfifty5 for the mirror.

EDIT: ANOTHER tribute mix, this time from the one like rusher of The Repercussion Crew. He has had dialogues with Desimal, in terms of collabing on tunes and what not. This mix looks superb, and can be found here. Peep the tracklisting:

01. Desimal - Fallen Man
02. Desimal - Earthling
03. Desimal - Zero Searcher
04. Desimal - Voidwalkers
05. Desimal - Sun Destroyer
06. Desimal - Hyperboria
07. Desimal - Mantra
08. Desimal - Circle of Nine
09. Desimal - Continuum
10. Desimal - The Guardian
11. Desimal - The Promist
12. Desimal - After Life

As per usual, shouts to Rusher for making this happen. If you guys have any other mixes/interviews/pics/links/etc about or made by Desimal, scream at me, and I'll post them up here. I want to load this particular post with tons of Desimal. One.

EDIT: Desimal was not just a producer, he also drew. Check out this webpage full of his fantasy/scifi drawings.

EDIT: I just saw a note up on DJ Forums.com that has a note from Desimal's brother up there. Apparently, Desimal had a series of mental health issues that he battled for some time. It just puts things into perspective, the essence of some of his tracks and such. This shit hits everyone. If you need more information on mental health, check out this link.

EDIT: Just found a link to Desimal's obituary. I had no idea he had a lil son! I hope his mother let's him know how many people were truly affected by his music. Rest in peace.

EDIT: Here's another link to MP3s of Desimal's DnB work, as well as some more examples of his experimental side, under the name Epidose. Just a small snippet of the whole man. Raise your lighters high.

EDIT: I just saw on the RIP Desimal thread on DOA that his friends and family have set up a new website dedicated to Graham's life. Check it out.

EDIT: Here's a mix of Desimal's that is making the rounds. I have no tracklisting, but it's entitled the "Ambientdub Mix", so that should give you an idea of the sounds coming from it. Solid shit, too. No nonsense. Big ups to sacha @ DOA for re-sticking that RIP Desimal thread.

Shouts to practial for the kick-ass banner(s) he made for me. Check it out:

I really appreciate that, kid. If you guys want, you can dload it and link it in forums/blogs/sites across the globe. Spread the word so we can make sure Desimal's voice is heard.

EDIT: sr!x has his views posted up on his blog. For those who don't know, he's affiliated with DNBNation, who hosted that INI mix, as well as an interview with Desimal. Good to hear more personal accounts with people who interacted with Desimal.

EDIT: There is a new memorial MySpace page up, spreading love and respect for Desimal throughout the MySpace community. Check it out HERE. I have no idea who is behind this, but respect to them.

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LOST, Season 2: "Live Together, Die Alone" [hash]

This recap is not happening. Not to say I can't do it, but it's hard enough writing a recap for an hour show -- try a TWO HOUR SHOW!

I had something in it's infant stages, but either it is not coming together or I am just not going to get it done. If you are looking for some finale recaps, check out these links.

We learned a shitload about Mr. Desmond, from going from the dishonorably discharged Scotland Yard man to the guy who was dating Charles Widmore's daughter Penny to getting a boat from Libby (isn't she dead? how much more are we going to learn about her) to getting stranded on this island. We are introduced (finally) to KELVIN, the guy who taught Desmond everything he knows about the hatch.

Kelvin looks very similar to Joe Inman, who was the guy who made Sayid torture his boys back in the Gulf War and let him go. Not sure if they are one in the same, but who knows. He taught Desmond the tricks of the trade, and even worked it so the hatch doors would come down so he could continue drawing the map that Locke saw on the blast door --- in bleach. He also taught Desmond about the failsafe key that ultimately saved(?) the island from destruction --- but at what cost? I mean there was that noise, and the coloring of the sky, but did Desmond die? What about Eko or Locke? They were right in the computer room --- my other big question is, now that a) the computer is broken (thanks, Locke), and b) the "electromagnetic anomaly" is not there, is the Swan necessary? This is a BIG part of the mythology, and at the end we see some Brazilian (Portuguese?) guys in "The Listening Station" who got a message on a screen, and rang Penny Widmore about the situation down there.

On to Walt and Michael. So unHenry seems to be the leader. He is a man of his word, and let Michael ride off in the boat with Walt. He told him to follow bearing 325, and he'd be out of there. I know I don't believe that. And is it just me, or did anyone else notice Walt acting a bit, well, odd? I mean neph was hiding out under a piece of the inside of the boat for chrissakes! He also didn't ask about Vincent, which I had pointed out to me and thought was kind of odd. He seemed happy to see Michael, but I don't believe that it will last long. Plus, I don't think they will get off the island --- either they are going to get lost and not make it out, or Michael's guilt will eat away at him.

Our hero, Jack, is in captivity with Kate and Sawyer, on to "go home" with the Others, or as Kelvin calls them, the "Hostiles". I don't know if this makes them "good", whatever that means, but the Others seem to have an interest in them. Did they NOT have an interest in Hurley? Miss Klugh, now known as Dee, told him that he was free to go back to the camp, but he had to tell them not to come out there. WTF is that all about? Is he "bad"? And why did the Others seem to be pissed off when the anomaly blew up. And when the deal went down, they kind of just went back to regular bidness.

There's a load of stuff going on here. Charlie ended up getting his kiss from Claire by acting like he didn't know wtf was going on there. Odd, but he is putting the mack thing down. When asked about Locke and Eko, he was like "they aren't back yet?", which makes you wonder --- did those 2 survive, and if so, did Desmond survive?

Other questions to ponder:
  • What happened to Sayid, Jin and Sun? Did they really light that black smoke signal fire or were they compromised?
  • What were those Portuguese guys doing out in the frigid temps?
  • Who was really being watched/tested: The Pearl guys or the Swan guys?
  • Is Kelvin really dead? He smacked his head on the back of that rock, but Desmond took off mad quick and didn't seem like he was ready to check properly for vital signs?
  • Where'd all that Dharma alcohol come from?
  • Did the Swan really bring down Oceanic 815? That's what it seems but a nig never knows...
  • Why does one of the Portugese guys look like Jack?

There are tons of things going on with this show, but that's why I love it. I'll post up the link to the post-finale podcast when it is available. I guess most of my LOST obsession will be fed by the ARG.

Speaking of the ARG, did you guys check out the Hanso Foundation's Hugh McIntyre give an interview on the Jimmy Kimmel Show on Wednesday? Strange stuff... this ARG is getting to be BIG! The latest Hanso commercial had a link to Hanso Careers, which is like a sort of Monster-esque job search. No big clues as of yet, but the canon is just too deep.

I hope you guys dug my hashing of the finale. I dug it, and it made things a bit easier than writing this big dialogue on the show. Keep it locked for more in the very near future.

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Jayden soon come...

So I've got a baby boy on the way. The doctor says Sept. 10th is the due date, but Wifey is sure he will drop sometime in August.

It's fun to think about how much of a personality he has in the womb, already. He hates confinement... anything that is on her tummy, from her waistband to a glass is being kicked and punched out of the way, like he's some prenatal Bruce Lee. Yet, when you put your hands there to feel his movements, it's like he hides from the hands.

We haven't played him music as of yet, but I saw on a
National Geographic documentary that they can only really register bass, so while I won't be making him rock to the Drum & Bass sound [YET], things like Dancehall and Reggae will definitely be taken advantage of. I sit and wonder what type of music he will like -- it's never as easy as "what your parents like", because I got heavy into Aphex Twin and they had me rocking to Marvin Gaye and the Isleys.

I think about how amazing he will grow up to be, and I hope that he amounts to being more than I am. I mean I'm OK but I can be a lot better --- there's some shit I need to fix about me and I don't want him to think I'm some schmuck on wheels.

I just want to do right by him, and my daughters. I'm always wanting to do right by them. I just don't want to fuck up, b/c no matter how off track I may be in my own head, I will be DAMNED if they don't succeed.
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If you guys are not up on Mary Anne Hobbs and her Breezeblock Show on BBC Radio 1 in the UK, here's the skinny: she has a choice selection of DJs come through and drop mini mixes on the masses. Varying styles, from Hip-Hop to Dubstep to DnB get rinsed by some of the scene's hottest selectors, but this new show is going to take it back. She posted up on Dogs On Acid the following selection:


Bank Holiday Monday 29th Breezeblock BBC Radio
100 per cent old skool 20 minute back-2-back sets from the masterz... as nominated by you..

Doc Scott
Bizzy B
Congo Natty's Spikey

get the kegz in and invite yr whole street over for a party.. ;)m/a.. x

Looks slick, right? I mean I voted for Remarc and Bizzy B... surprised that Photek is doing it, b/c he is more new school style production now, so that should be VERY interesting. Doc Scott is gonna pull a hot set, but the one to not sleep on will be Randall's. Daddy Randall, the turntable vandal... he is a top spinner, and his selection is gonna be a journey. Spikey should do the damn thing too. I hope someone is recording these sets! MP3's should be out late next week --- I hope!!
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The Sopranos, Season 6: "Cold Stones" [recap]

The Sopranos is known for packing a lot into an hour, and this episode was one of the meatier ones of this season. It started off right in the midst of Tony walking in on an argument between Carm and AJ. AJ apparently got fired 3 weeks ago for selling promo items from Blockbuster. While he tried to defend his acts as him caring for the environment, Tone let him know that even "Rhesus monkeys" work at those stores. When T and Carm walk out of the living room, AJ punkishly flips them off. Lil' bitch.

With that on her mind, Carm can't sleep. T tries and fails to get her calm so he can rest his bones, but out of nowhere Meadow walks in, announcing that she is off to California, chasing punk ass Finn. She says she is going to get an internship studying medicine for her med. school apps, but Carm suspects she's just there for Finn. She even questioned their relationship turmoil, to which Meadow acted like that was new info to her. Meadow further stunned them by saying that she doesn't even know if she'd make it home for Christmas. The fuck?! With this on her mind, Carm decides the next day that she wants to take that trip to Paris she won. Tony is at first not feeling that arrangement, but after her talking about the year she's had, T says she should go, so Rosalie and Carm are Frenchie bound.

In France, Carm has some deep thoughts and good times. They eat in the best restaurants, Ro flirts with some young French dude, they shop out, and even see the sights. It's been noted that during a lot of the scenes, Carm is fond of a bunch of pieces referencing the Virgin Mary and other things of that ilk, which cause her to contemplate a "who am I?" school of thought. They visit a church, and Carm noticed that Ro lit 2 candles, seemingly for Jackie Sr. and Jackie Jr. When she tries to speak about this with Ro at dinner one night, Ro becomes upset, asking why she brought New Jersey to France. Ro opened up a bit, but was visibly disgusted. Carm apologized, but the thoughts were still on her mind. She had a telling dream featuring Adrianna and the rat-dog that Christopher sat on. She’s talking to Carm in the dream, when some dude comes up behind her and says something like "someone needs to tell your friend that she's dead". Deep shit, no? I still suspect that Carm is either going to investigate what happened to Ade or that shit is going to come to surface... whichever way, someone will have to pay for that.

Tony, who couldn't make the trip, had other things on his mind. Early on, Phil gives him some bad news: he can't keep up a 5 no-show job deal they worked out. Tony realizes that Phil is power tripping while Johnny is "folding laundry in Danbury", and is disgusted. To add fuel to the flame, Vito confronts Tony while he's reading a paper in the mall! When Tony is startled to see Vito, Vito immediately is like "my brother is over there", which is just a dick move. You'd really think T would clip Vito in the middle of that crowded mall? Anyways, Vito first tries to lie: he says that he was not gay, it was his fucking blood medication (??!?!?!), leading to this funny ass exchange:

Vito: "If you want proof, I can probably get a letter from my doctor."

Tony: "A note from your doctor sayin' you don't like to suck cock?"

In any case, Vito then suggests a $$$ fronting to Tony in exchange for a piece of the action. He wants to run a thing down in AC: drugs, girls, whatever, with a cut going to Tony. T thinks if over, and when he vocalizes the situation to the guys @ The Bing, they reject the offer cold. Tough break.

In one sad scene, Vito is eating a meal with his kids, lying to them about him being in the CIA or some shit. They believe him, thinking he is on secret missions, promising not to tell. Damn shame. He also calls Johnnycakes, who let's him know that he is very fucked up and doesn't want to have anything to do with him.

Tony realizes later that Vito has to go. He has to do it to make right with Phil -- this whole season he's been satisfying Phil, like that fuck really cares about him. He doesn't iron out plans, but he makes it clear to Sil that the plan should be put into motion soon. Later, T eyes a girl at the Bing and gives her a ride home... with her head in his lap. I thought he was panic attacking but no, that was just an orgasm. After dropping her off, he gets a call from Vito, wanting to set up a meeting. Too little, too late...

Vito catches it from two of Phil's goons, a guy named Dom and another guy. They smack him with a pipe when he comes back to his motel room. Phil (literally) then comes out of the closet to finish the job of murking Vito who (figuratively) came out of the closet. Before they beat Vito to death, he tells him that he is a "fucking disgrace".

Bobby Bacala brings the bad news to T and the crew @ the Bing (Vito even had a cue stick shoved up his ass when he was found), and T plays it off like its no thing. In private, he confides in Silvio that this does not look good @ all. Phil is showing that he doesn't give a fuck about what he does anymore. Sil asks if they should murk one of the NY boys, but T shoots that down. They don't want a war; he says they should hit him in his wallet, b/c that's all Phil really cares about anyways. Smart move... fucked up it didn't go that route.

The next day, Dom (one of the NY guys), Carlo and Silvio are at the Bing making food. Dom keeps coming with jokes about Vito ("You know the autopsy found a three ball in his side pocket"), which pissed both of them off -- so much that Carlo stabs Dom in the tummy! A few more stabs go, and fat ass Dom is dead on the table. T pulls up and wants to go in the Bing backroom, but Sil tries to play block at the door. Doesn't work. T sees this display and is disgusted. He says no words, just turns around and walks out, with Sil screaming behind him "you didn't see nothing!" ... can it really be that simple? Are we really ready for a 7 years war? Is it really necessary?

After this fucked up day, T comes home to see AJ on the couch playing video games. He had expressed earlier in the episode, to Melfi, that he actually hates AJ, wanted to fuck him up while seeing him in a "chit-chat room" online in his undies, laughing like an idiot. He then says he couldn't hit him if he wanted to, due to his size, which he says he got from Carm's side. Melfi points out that his hatred for that is due to the fact that AJ was raised the way he wasn't. T got his shit pushed in on the regular, by his pops, and Carm protected AJ, for good or ill. When Tony sees AJ at the couch, he’s ready to talk to him. He takes him in the garage and lets him know he has a job lined up for him: construction at 7am. In the winter. AJ thinks it’s all bullshit, and tries to brush it off. Tony gets pissed, telling him he’s going to start losing his shit 1 by 1. AJ tries to be cool, but then Tony bashes AJ’s windshield with a helmet. Sure enough, AJ is up and ready for the cold work life. We’ll see if this keeps up.

Vito's death made the paper, and not only did the photographer from the "Fit Club" we saw Vito pose for in the season premiere, but his fucking KIDS see it. His daughter is confused, but his boy knows what it is. He knows that his pops lied, and now knows that he was a homo. How fucking tough is that?!

The Sopranos is going on hiatus for another week, so it’s looking like we’ll have to wait for next month for the finale. I’m psyched. So psyched.

I won’t comment on the preview now; I’ll save that for when the new episode is in queue.

RIP Vito, you fat lying bastard.
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LOST, Season 3: NO RERUNS!

this taken from Yahoo! Small Business:

May 17, 2006 -- 3:52 PM PDT

When "Lost" returns on the ABC schedule this fall, producers say they'll no longer use reruns to fill in the gaps while they film new episodes of the Hawaii-based series.
ABC executives told reporters in New York on Tuesday that fans of the mega-hit series made it clear that they're tired of the constant string of reruns that have disrupted the flow of "Lost" this season.
Steve McPherson, president of ABC's prime-time entertainment, told the Los Angeles Times that "Lost" will run with seven new episodes in its Wednesday timeslot this fall, then go on hiatus until January or February, when it will return with new episodes until May.
"Lost," which premiered in 2004, is filmed entirely on location on Oahu at a cost estimated at between $1.5 million and $2 million per episode, a large chunk of the state's $100-million film and TV industry.
The series employs an estimated 200 people fulltime and parttime in Hawaii.

Can I get a word up? Maybe all of the LOST fans who bitch/moan about the reruns (which can be annoying, but with a show this good, I'd wait all year -- hell, I do it for The Sopranos AND The Wire!) will be happier. I had heard that they'd either do something like 24 does, where it just starts its season late, in January, or what they did now, which is the same thing Prison Break does. Big up to ABC and the producers of LOST.
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the shuffle. [5/20/06]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holla at the kid.

PS: Happy Birthday, Malcom X.
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LOST, Season 2: "Three Minutes" [recap]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh and btw, Let The Compass Be You Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

A few additional points of interest:

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

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

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

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

We’ll chew this over next week. EZ.
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the shuffle. [5/13/06]

I spent my Saturday on some very good vibes shit. Wifey and I went out to the mall, mainly to cop her a serious gang of maternity clothes. People kept downtalking Motherhood's price range, but she got mad tops and bottoms and we didn't even go over $300, which is good shit in my book. We ate the American Cafe that is located in the mall... the food was excellent, but that service was fucking ridiculous. Shitty floors, very retarded servers... just an overall downer on some great meals. I actually spent money on myself today, too! I copped a pair of Timbs, a pair of S Dot's for like $50 (!!!), and a Boondocks T-Shirt. All in all, a great way to spend a Saturday with the misses. We took the girls to cop shoes at Payless, and had a fun Burger King dinner. Chilled, etc... watched De La Hoya murk out on Mayorga, who is a fucking horse med taking fool.

In any case, most of this has nothing to do with a pretty wicked week in the world of entertainment and shit. shuffle on, peeps:

1> The Beatles' Apple label
lost a battle against the Apple computer company, who is still allowed to use their 'Apple logo' on the iTunes Music store. Great, another 15 years before people can purchase Abbey Road on iTunes.

2> The
E3 Expo went down this week, and people got to see the first glimpse of the Playstation 3. Who wants to buy this badboy for me? There's no way I'm spending $500 on a PS3, not right now. Nigga, I got kids. That shit can wait. I heard there's a Reservoir Dogs video game coming on it, though... which might sway me (even though I've never watched the flick in it's entirety).

3> Mobb Deep got a big lift with their G-Unit affiliation. They
have the #3 spot on lock, right under new albums from Tool and Pearl Jam, which is a good look for them. Now if they could only do an album without 50...

4> Faggot ass 'Prince' Naseem Hamed
got into a car accident recently. Hopefully, this will derail his planned return to the US boxing circuit. He was funny for 2 fights, but when you realized he couldn't fight, the comedy ended. Good riddance...hopefully??

5> Outed writer James Frey
admitted that his 2nd book, My Friend Leonard, has some fabricated situations in it. I wanted to read this; I read Million Little Pieces before all of the hype, and loved it. I understood why he might want to embellish in that one... but the 2nd one? It just makes me not want to even take a peek at the shit. Fuck that, James. Speak to me. In your real voice. About your real life.

6> Chris Daughtry, the man I picked to win it all during this year's American Idol was booted this week, but his some good luck. The rock band Fuel asked him to join their group. Good. I hope he does well, b/c America fucked up on that one. Whomever wins this season will be cursed. Well not cursed, but they won't do any spectacular numbers sales-wise.

7> Ya boy OJ is a funny dude. This nigga is out there fronting like he's selling his Bronco for some PPV hour show he's getting made. And he's saying he's not getting paid for this? He's got to be the dumbest nigga out there, esp. for someone that the gossip rags claim has a cocaine addiction. He's in need of a good job... maybe UPS is hiring?

8> Chris Tucker signed on to Rush Hour 3 for fucking $25 million!!! I had no idea Rush Hour 2 was the highest grossing comedy flick of all time --- $600 mill in total?!?!? How nuts is that. I guess that's why Chris can ask for that. Hopefully it's as good as the last 2 were. That first 15 mins is classic -- Chris singing MJ tracks?!?! "CHA-MOHN, CHA-MOHN LEE!!"

9> Lupus is the disease that claimed Jay Dee (aka J Dilla). His mother, Maureen Yancey, is calling on everyone to raise awarness on this disease. I'm here to do my part: check out these websites for more info.

10> Hip-Hop Shock Jock Star of the Star & Buckwild Show fame was fired from his station, Power 105.1, for some fucked up comments regarding Hot 97's DJ Envy (and his family) on the radio earlier this week. He actually ended up getting arrested over this nonsense, too, and he is lucky. Envy got suspended over this shit, but I can't blame him. That's his lil baby and his wife that this man was threatening. Fuck the dumb shit, Star should be either in the hospital being fed through tubes or 6 feet deep. After he made those fucked up comments about Aaliyah back in 2001, I disliked that nig with a passion. Now I have even more reason.

11> David Blaine couldn't do it. This shriveled up nigga couldn't hold his breath past the 7 minute 8 second mark, but the amazing feat is not that he stayed in water for a week straight; it's that people like me give a shit. I had been a fan of his when his first specials aired; the card tricks are legendary, the chicken thing, the fake levitation was even hot. Then this standing in a block of ice/on top of a high pole/staying for 44 days in a box type shit is not magic. Yes, people come see it but it is not magic. During the 2 hour snorefest, he did end up doing street magic. He pulled out some chick's teeth and spit them back into place... weird shit.

Whoa. 11 pieces this week eh? Good. Been saving some of these jammies; In any case, I'd like to wish all of the mothers out there HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! I'll be grilling for my lady tomorrow. Do something nice for the mothers in your life.

khal, out.
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RIP Floyd Patterson

RIP to one of the more classic fighters of our time. He was 71 years old, and had some medical problems going on. "Pretty Boy" had some memorable highs in his career, and I am at a loss for words about his life in and out of the ring. He will be remembered as a role model and a good sport, and will be sorely missed by try boxing aficionados.

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LOST, Season 2: "?" [recap]

For those looking for answers about Michael’s secret being told to the rest of the survivors, you might as well avoid this recap now. In typical LOST fashion, this piece of information has been held to the side to explore another story, and boy was it a doozy for those who are into the mythology of the island. It was an Eko specific episode, so you know there was a large amount of faith and speculation involved. Let’s jump right into things.

The episode started out with a scene showing Eko chopping wood, seemingly for his church. Where he got an axe, I have no clue. In any case, he’s chopping away and Ana-Lucia steps in and speaks to him for a minute. She let’s Eko know that he has to help out Locke. She also goes from her normal looking face to showing him the blood on her head and in her chest. He is startled by this image, and realizes it’s a dream. He has another dream, featuring his brother Yemi, in the hatch (The Swan). Yemi tells him that he has to find the Question Mark (“?” for now on), and Locke will help him; Locke does not want to help him, but this is Eko’s job. He has to get Locke to restore his faith in this island and it’s many mysteries. With this in mind, Eko awakens and, axe in hand, goes to the hatch…

The flashbacks are also Eko-specific. They tell a tale of him during his priesthood residency. We start with him in the confessional booth, looking someone bored/distraught/annoyed with the whole deal, and we find out there is a man there who he paid to get him a passport so he can travel to Los Angeles for an undisclosed reason. He is told that he cannot do this, for he has to go see about proving/debunking this woman’s claims of a miracle. Long story short, this woman’s daughter drowns in a pool, and is considered dead. On the autopsy table, as we heard on a tape in the coroner’s office, during the procedure she is awakened, and is alive! The mother wants this reported to the Vatican, but by Vatican rule, each miracle must be investigated, and since Eko was originally skeptic, he has been chosen as Sherlock. The meeting with the coroner is eerie, hearing the girl’s screams, and I think that might have made Eko a little more interested in this case. When he goes to his scheduled meeting with the girl, but her father jumps outside and ushers the daughter and her mother inside. He looks familiar, and confirms many fans’ suspicion (I have to give my wife credit, she picked it up right away) when he went into his tirade. He said he knows his wife is pulling a fast one, but she is doing it because of his profession. He is a fraud psychic, who finds out about the people who come to see him for advice and guidance. He researches them and then feeds them BS. He is, in fact, the psychic that Claire met with in Season 1, the one who told her to go to LA and sell her baby to a family. Eerie, right? The flashbacks end a little later; for another undisclosed reason, Eko is preparing to board Oceanic 815 when he glances over his shoulder and sees the daughter! She tells him that while she was “between places” (presumably Life and Death), Eko’s brother Yemi told him that he has to be strong, have faith, and that he will see him soon. Eko grows hostile, for good reason, but calms down and gets ready for his plane. Libby made a cameo in that scene, making sure everything was kosher… but nothing was kosher for her.

On their way back at the Swan, Sawyer, Kate, Jack & Locke are speaking about how Ana-Lucia got the gun from Sawyer, when Michael stumbles out of the door, shouting how Henry got the gun, shot Ana-Lucia and Libby and him in the arm, and took off. Eko appears from behind, telling them he will help Jack tend to Michael, and as they all enter the hatch. They see the destruction: Ana-Lucia, dead. Libby, seemingly dead until Sawyer catches a face full of her bloodspit. Jack says there’s not much he can do, due to the gunshot wounds to the stomach. He can make her comfy, but cannot work anything else. He asks for the heroin, which Sawyer has. Kate is told to go with Sawyer, and she does not get it; Jack played his cards right, because Sawyer has to go grab the smack from his stash or risk Libby in unbearable pain (FYI – Sawyer’s stash was in his camp, right under his sleeping quarters. Slick, right?). They go off, as does Eko and Locke, trying to track Henry’s trail.

During the tracking, Locke realizes Eko isn’t there to hunt Mr. Gale, and Eko lets him know of Yemi’s plan to find the ?. Locke wants to go back, but is met with a Wesley Snipes headbutt. He awakens to find Eko’s built a fire and set up camp. He asks about the ?, and let’s Locke know that he knows what the ? is. After some haggling, Locke pulls out the crude map he drew from what he saw briefly on the blast door. Eko immediately picks up on it and they set out to find the ?. Locke’s faith has been waining, and initially it shows. It’s not until he has a weird dream that his interest heightens: we see Eko, walking with a limp mind you, axe in hand, following Yemi. Yemi climbs the wall that once held the plane Boone crashed in. Eko is using that axe to climb the wall, and when he reaches the top, he sees Yemi sitting in a wheelchair, gets startled and loses his grip. Locke wakes up, and tells Eko of his dream. Eko realizes that Yemi is speaking to Locke too, and is charged up. He uses the axe to climb the wall and makes it to the top. Once there, he notices a circle-shape on the ground, ending where the burned plane sits. He investigates and realizes the ground is salted, like someone did this intentionally. With a little moving around, he finds what he must have been looking for: metal. After digging and moving the plane, Locke realize that they found a door, which turns into a new hatch! “The Pearl”, as it is called in a new orientation video (no film reels in this hatch) has 2 leather chairs, a number of TV screens, and a bank-drive through looking chute. The host on the tape explains that this station is used for observation. He says that the people in the hatch do not know they are being observed, for obvious reasons – they use this Pearl hatch to test different experiments. One of the TVs had a direct feed into the Swan, among other spots. Everything is recorded by tape and was to be recorded by the Pearl inhabitants; once they noted everything in their journals, they’d put them in the chute, to be picked up by the Hanso people. Weird shit, right? Eko asked what I knew he’d ask (“Would you like to watch that again?”), but Locke was visibly pissed. His faith was tested, he wained from it, and he saw this video and it confirmed what he thought. He told Eko this, but Eko told him about Yemi’s travels and how he got back his cross from his brother and such. He asked Locke, essentially, with all of this going on, and us finding this hatch, this does nothing but REINFORCE what we’ve been doing. Eko even went as far to say that if Locke won’t hit the button, he will.

Back at the Swan, Hurley is there with Libby. No one knows how he didn’t know for a day that Libby was hurt, as he was waiting for her to come back, but he was visibly shaken. He was there to see Jack administer the final dose of smack to Libby, and said he was sorry for not getting the blankets (sad moment, really made some people cry, too). Jack shot her with the smack, and for a moment Libby was alive, shaken, scared, and said “Michael” before dying… Jack figured she was asking if he was OK, but we know she was really trying to say that Michael capped her. Very sad ending, but the previews look like the game is ON!

In the preview, we see Michael with his arm in the sling. There seems to be much chaos going down, and this might be the episode where Michael either has flashes of his time with the Others (we see shots of him being injected with needles, and shots of him being taken off), and other scenes of him telling his story (or possibly covering up his story?). I am kind of foggy on what happened honestly, but that’s why I love my DVR! I’ll add to this more.

During this show, they showed a new Hanso commercial, this time with a new web address in it:
www.sublymonal.com. Upon further investigation, this turned out to be part of a new Sprite ad campaign. Sort of how the LOST Experience game showed up on Monster.com as well. (If you aren't into it, check out The LOST Experience Clues blog.)

That's enough of my LOST obsession for now. Tune in next week for more recap loveliness.
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