Tuesday, February 28, 2006

quick, enthusiastic update.

dodgehas new ghostface AND a ghostface and mf doom collaboration! i'm going to go out on a limb and say the following about the ghostface/doom collabo:

BEST HIP HOP ALBUM OF ALL TIME! (even better than madvillainy!)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

where the hell am i going to find curry at this time of night?

pay-day came two days late because of the "holiday". in risk of sounding cynical, who the fuck actually celebrates president's day, anyway?

anyhow, i finally have money. i'm going to buy jenny lewis tickets before the weekend.

my niece's birthday was fun. it made me think about post-adolescence a great deal, though. it's funny how i've gotten to the age where nobody gives a damn about my birthday except me. it's a rite of passage of 20-somethings.

i'm really going to make a couple of real posts soon. bear with your boy. i'm busy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

the gorilla vs. bear controversy.

chris is one of my favorite bloggers. i heard about the controversy surrounding him today. i read something about him taking a post down over the weekend, but had no clue what he was talking about. i discussed the thing with bethanne about it, and i just want to put in my two cents about this:

in the post in question, chris' points are extremely valid. although he could have been wrong about the kid actually being a label trying to pose as a kid who genuinely likes whatever bands the blog posted, the final point does strike me as a perfectly fine reason to not like a blog. music blogs are basically based around music journalism. i understand that a lot of bloggers aren't particularly the best writers [i'm not going to throw myself into the fire; i think i have great writing skills. haha.], but if your blog has absoultely cringe-worthy quotes like the ones chris used as examples, you deserve to get called out for it. i'm sorry if this offends people.

secondly, i think if you stand strongly against something, you should be able to push political-correctness to the side and speak your mind on it. chris said it himself, he wouldn't have done it if he knew this was some kid [with bad writing skills-- my words, not his-- haha.] posting about bands that he genuinely liked. i think chris made a knee-jerk reaction, and right or wrong, he's entitled to it.

it's EXACTLY when i made my infamous "are cocorosie racists" post. i heard a white girl with a pretty voice use the n-word, and went overboard. i now recognize the conceptual merit of the piece, but i was raised in a family where you did NOT say that word, and you were NOT allowed to associate yourself with anyone who said that word. and you would have gotten your ass beat if you were hanging out with someone who uses that word. i still think it's wrong for that word to even be used [and i even cringe when black people say it sometimes], but i realize that the young ladies in cocorosie weren't intentionally spreading hate in their song "jesus loves me," they made a moderately-creative song using the "jesus is a pretty nice white guy [i.e. jesus loves republicans]" mentality [the quote is courtesy of john darnielle, i had an e-mail conversation with him about it]. i used my knee-jerk reaction, and was wrong. the same thing happened with chris. somehow, this unnamed blog pushed a red button, and chris reacted. there is nothing wrong with that.

the fact that people were outraged that chris called out another blogger is absolutely comical in my opinion. i don't care how successful you are: EVERYONE is allowed to have an opinion.

and i wish i would have found this blog first. not because i could call him out for possibly being a record label posing as a kid who likes bands, but because the writer in question can't write his way out of a paper bag. writers who can't write are not tolerated in my household.

let the games begin. where's the backlash?

j. dilla.

i'm sure you all are wondering what took me so long to post about arguably the most underrated hip-hop producer of all-time. it's because death fucks me up. it's a very sensitive subject with me. jay dee's body of work is so consistantly brilliant [including but not limited to my favorite busta rhymes song, "so hardcore"], that it proves what sad shape the music industry is in. almost every acclaimed producer in hip-hop today owes him a large debt, especially america's favorite rapper, kanye west. fuck, overrated hip-hop producers like scott storch should be doing j. dilla's laundry! hip-hop, and the whole of music for that matter, lost an extremely talented soul. jay dee, you will be SORELY missed.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

the truth about artist-run blogs.

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i get e-mails all of the time saying, "why don't you update your blog more often? why do you only seldom do things for your blog? you could be one of the top bloggers out there if you actually did something!" well, the truth is, i'm an artist first. if i spend all of my time blogging, i wouldn't be able to work on music. that's what's with the lack of posts since the new year started. i'm focused on making fresh cherries from yakima a big name this year. not exactly "big name" as in coldplay, but possibly "big name" as in 0kkervil river. or something. who knows? i'm just recording right now, trying to get the official fresh cherries from yakima website up, and of course, the pressures of having a day job, and your older sister/best friend as your roommate. posts will be infrequent, but classic, as they always are. expect an editorial on kanye west on tuesday. maybe.

my niece's 2nd birthday is on friday. show a proud uncle some love.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

calling in a favor.

i missed the grammies. boo hoo. but if anyone has an mp3 of hov and linkin park singing "yesterday" with mccartney, holla at your boy.

update: i saw it on you tube, and hov just AD-LIBS! at least chester added some harmonies or something. hov just stood up there and ad-libbed to "yesterday." i love jay-z, but that was the corniest thing.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

too important for a picture: just read the damn news.

if you haven't picked up the new urb magazine with lady soviergn on the cover, let me save you six bucks: david bowie lends guest vocals to a song on tv on the radio's forthcoming sophomore album! david goddamn bowie. how's THAT for indie cred, bitches?