Tuesday, Jul 26: EPMD • hip-hop, rap • DJ Ohm
The Daily Word in Money, Outer Space and the death of Prince
Another white actor gets a role playing an Asian character.
Let's hope you're not 110% pure rage like me (just kidding, I got 39%).
Bernie Sanders is psychic? No, he's just logical, you nitwit.
Wanna go on a trip to the Pussy Vortex with rapper Dio Ganhdih?
Hillary Clinton talks about her “greatest regret” again.
Gwyneth Paltrow (and Beyonce, sources say) learned choreography from one of the toughest teachers of this century.
One local school is looking to change it's name.
NASA talks about the loneliest lil' planet that ever was.
Off to space we go! Again! Hopefully we won't crash this time!
Not only will the 20 dollar bill be updated, but the five and 10, too! Wow!
And the world lost a true talent last night, Prince.
Stevie Stone Rolls into the Launchpad
Launchpad was graced with Yung Knowledge, YAK Boy Fresh, BINGX and Stevie Stone on Sunday, Nov. 22. Yung Knowledge officially began the show. The duo were exceptionally charismatic and engaging. Easily captivating the crowd, they initiated audience participation and used that as a flawless segue between songs. YAK Boy Fresh (Y.ou A.lready K.now) was backed by a band – atypical for his work – but they all had incredible chemistry. YAK Boy Fresh’s flow was effortless, rhythmic and rousing. BINGX was extraordinarily entertaining and receptive to audience members. His high energy was relentless and unmatched.
Stevie Stone took the stage after a short film showing him escaping from a mental institution looking like Hannibal Lecter. Working with DJ Picasso, he was commanding and powerful. Stone’s passion for his music was easy to see and feel. He wanted his fans at Launchpad to know he appreciated them. He performed songs primarily from Strangeulation Vol. II; the crowd was wild and reflected Stone’s enthusiasm. With all the excitement and energy he was putting into the show, Stone took small breaks at the beginning of some songs before jumping up and dancing through his set. He invited a few groups of people from the crowd to join him, his touring crew and the other musicians on stage. All who joined him were eager to do so.
Stevie Stone is an unpretentious performer with outstanding content and flow. He subtly harmonizes with the music. He can stay in tempo but change rhythms with ease. His voice is profound and authoritative. When he’s on stage, there’s no misidentifying the drive and expertise he exudes.
After the show, Stevie Stone stayed to interact with fans. While his music is aggressive and direct, Stone was very kind and gentle with his fans. I watched him talk with and take photos with at least 20 people before I left. When I talked to him he was thoughtful and was genuinely concerned that I enjoyed myself. I talked with a few of the other musicians at the show; they were the same way. I felt welcomed and very pleased to see them all.
I loved watching the crowd and their energy which reflected the performers. Being unfamiliar with all of these musicians and their work, I looked to the crowd for guidance. The group was enthusiastic, wild, blissful, and passionate. Everyone was happy to be there, perhaps most of all Stevie Stone.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need a chilly rub.
Terrible Is the New Awesome
Mad media archaeologists Everything Is Terrible! come to town
The Daily Word in hip hop royalty, unstable men on a soapbox and cancer
Yet another disturbing report could further damage frayed U.S.-Afghan relations.
Even Mitt Romney tries to back away slowly from Teg Nugent.
Suspender-straining liberal dude goes nuclear, drops F-bomb on Sean Hannity.
Norwegian mass-murderer is mum on shadowy underground associations.
A new species was discovered in a dark gypsum pool near Carlsbad Caverns.
Levon Helm from The Band is in his “final stages.”
Warren Buffett isn’t worried about his recent cancer diagnosis.
Mo Money Mo Problems.
Attorneys asked a New Orleans judge to sign the formal terms of BP oil catastrophe settlement.
The Pakistan Prime Minister is dealing in his own Breaking Bad-esque drama.
Are political moderates the newest endangered species?
Doesn’t the final voyage of space shuttle Discovery just make you wonder how astronauts use the toilet?
The voice behind Blackalicious blazes on
The Daily Word in Hitler, Porsche, Brigitte Bardot, Israel vs. Iran and VLC Player 2.0
Is Santa Fe's art gallery industry going downhill?
Who wants to see Brigitte Bardot in a bikini?
Awesome 1965 documentary featuring Buster Keaton.
There is a new version of the (open source) VLC media player and it is kick-ass.
Learn about "jiggle keys."
Edison was a hard-ass when it came to hiring employees. Check out some sample questions from the tests he gave prospects.
This Week's Music: Spring Social tonight, Double Plow and Justin Hood albums drop, Adam Hurt, All Locos Crabwalk[ Fri Apr 22 2011 3:00 PM ]
Aural Fixation: Weekly Alibi’s Group Hug presents the Spring Social
Spotlight: Earl Who? An interview with Adam Hurt
Song Roulette: Local hip-hop musician Justin Hood’s random tracks
Flyer on the Wall: All Locos Crabwalk
Blog Spot Beats: Anne Laplantine's last tracks, Constrobuz's latest, Lil B meets Imogen Heap
Anne Laplantine, "Spring won't find us" (2009)
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Ms. Laplantine is a French musician and video artist who lives and works in Paris. While her previous 11 releases mine the sound-art vein of experimental electronica this release debuts her dreamy vocals, layered into thirteen minutes of soul warming future folk. These haunting voals fused with earth-toned landscapes create the compelling musical language this album. She claims that this is her last release, after 9 years of music crafting, to focus on board games and Facebook.
Constrobuz, "Glorious Nippon" (2010)
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Chris Papp of Raleigh, North Carolina has been dishing out beat tapes to the web like hot cakes since he was 16. Strictly Beats mention rates Bleep Blorp Remixes as "one of the best tapes ever... on the net." Now he's 19 years old and his followers are hypnotized by his sound. His atypical producing strategies have warped the online hip hop scene.
Glorious Nippon boasts a wirey synth melody, lots of lush, spacey compression, and immaculate drum placement (a Constrobuz signature). This track is based on a sample from the 70's prog rock band CMU.
Lil B, "I'm God" (2010)
Watch and listen at YouTube
Lil B is sensibly retarded. He has a fairly large cult of people who idolize him (his YouTube tracks can sport a quarter million views or more). His lyrics are hilarious, vulgar, psychedelic and unexplainable delivered with a deadpan, lewd-emcee crackhead manner. He claims his name 'Lil B' stands for Lil Boss, but then goes by 'Lil Based.' Either way, half the time he goes by "Based God." At one point he had around 122 myspace pages for his music, each one with a different name.
This track, from the "6 Kiss" album, starts off with a sample from Imogen Heap's "Just For Now" --her dreamlike vocals serenading on the beat. He goes on rapping about absolute nonsense. Or maybe there's meaning. Who knows? Some people think Lil B is dragging this ego along to become the next Lil Wayne. Some think he's the new Wesley Willis. Regardless, I think he needs to keep doing what he's doing. Because he's working and producing thousands plus me are hooked.
(ED's note: Lil B is defininitely a strange phenomenon. Check out his 'positive' track "Age of Information" plus tracks like "Wonton Soup," "I'm a Fag I'm a Lesbian" & "Like a Martian" for a better scope of this peculiar voice in hip hop.)