Saturday, February 28, 2009

Video: Prince Paul - "Beautiful Night (Manic Psychopath)"

I was doing some homework relating to music, so I was going thru my old mix CD's for the tracklistings. I can't remember half the names to the songs, so a lot of my time is spent typing in the lyrics to google. I was typing the lyrics to this song, and apparently a fan made a video of it! I'd always wanted to make one for this song.

Listen to the lyrics... kinda dark, but incredibly funny. That's Prince Paul for you.  

I tend to always include this tracks on mixes, it's just that brilliant!

I've always had an affinity for all things dark and cryptic... especially in rap music. The whole horror-core stuff facinates me, cause it's so rare in hip-hop that I can really only count a handful of artists that fit in this category.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Movie: Higher Learning

"Without struggle there is no progress."
- Frederick Douglas

I heard this quote today after finally finishing Higher Learning over my Hungry Man lunch. Man, I miss the 90's.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Video: Colossal Media

Colossal Media featured on Japanese TV Show-"The Real" from Colossal Media on Vimeo.

This video reminded me of probrably the most inspirational day of my middle school career. In 7th grade, for some reason we had this dude come in to talk about his career and he did pretty much the exact same thing those dudes do in the video, but in Toronto. He was talking about how he started off really small, just doing it for fun - and then started to get crazy comissions from really big companies.

His presentation was great: he basically just showed us a few slides of his work and told us that school was completely useless and that we should just do whatever we find fun with our lives. To demonstrate in case our teachers didn't agree, he walked over to the window and turned on the alarm to his brand new Jaguar.

He noticed my sketchbook on my desk after the presentation and he told me that I should never stop trying to piss the world off. (rather childish, but in my book at the time there was a siloette of my middle finger I'd spent two weeks filling in w/ read and blue ball point pen)

Commercial: Delete Cyberbullying

I was trying to watch the rest of Higher Learning today over on Hulu, and before the movie came on this ad came on. Despite being completely hilarious and awesome... are people overtly more sensitive these days? Cyberbullying?!?! Seriously?!?!?

Maybe Patty's broke ass dad should get a job, or a new sweater.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dope: Lego Porn

I thought this was so clever and tastefully done.

Dilla Month: "Time: Donut of the Heart"

Three years after the death of legendary producer... blah blah blah.

He's great, I just don't think I really need to write an intro. You should already know... apparently Shepard Fairey does too.

Anyway, I didn't think I'd write a post on this subject, 'cause there are so many other posts and parties going on honoring his memory this month, but I found these two videos today on this post that relate to my favorite beat off Donuts: "Time: Donut of the Heart"

If you've been lucky enough to have gotten a mix CD from me in the past 3 years this song was probrably on it. Today while poking around on Pitchfork, and reading about the new Dilla compilation coming out, I found this blog. It's 'Dilla' month and since there were 31 tracks on Donuts, every day a few bloggers break down each song SUPER nerd steez in: what it means to them, the history of the track, the sample, etc.

Here's what I found out:

1. I never knew where the break for this song came from.

Jackson Five - "All I Do is Think of You"

2. I never knew this song was about sex... I mean I guess I could see it now with all the moan-y vocal samples, but I just thought it was a great touch and a great way to pull the song together.

3. I never noticed how often he switches up the tempo in the song. Well I mean of course I did, but I never knew it was such a 'revolutionary' thing to do in a song.

4. I never thought a Korean indie band would cover this song!?! Brilliant!

Bulssazo - "Time: Donut of the Heart"

They also do a shoegaze cover/remix of Common - "The Light" (produced by J.Dilla). Peep the myspace.

RIP to James Yancey.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sneakers: Converse x Ozzy Osbourne

I love metal... although I don't really follow the genre so tightly anymore, but there was a time in my life, and I suppose it still exists to where I find comfort in the sound of crushing guitars, double bass pedal drumming, dark lyrics and primal screaming.

It's prolly as blasphemous as saying that I love hip-hop but I'm not a big 2pac or Tribe fan... but I'm not a huge Ozzy fan. Crazy Train was dope, but although not a hardcore fan I do enjoy quite a bit of the Sabbath stuff, esp this song.

Anyway, I was poking around on Hypebeast today looking for some inspiration on what the latest trends on t-shirts are for my Type 3 midterm, but I found these posted up. Pretty cool idea, making a pair of Jack Purcells look like a straight jacket. I hardly find anything on Hypebeast anymore that excites me, but I'd totally rock these! Same with these (Black Sabbath Collection released back in October). The black leather, or the black on black w/ purple trim is more my style, but anyway great job Converse!

Check them out here.

I'm normally not a big fan of Converse 'cause everyone wears them and they're pretty low, so I end up looking shorter when I rock mine, as opposed to the one and a half inch lift my Wally's give me. Now you know my secret.

Also, on a claim to authenticity: I got to see all the original members of Black Sabbath reunited for their 'final tour' at Ozzfest '99!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

iPhone: Marvel Comics

Fellow comic book nerd alert: at this years New York Comic Con, Marvel comics announced their intention to sell “In-Motion” comic books through the iTunes Store. According to Marvel, the In-Motion comics go beyond the paperback books with animated panels and voice-over work from popular actors.

Sounds interesting, although I'm really more of an 'alternative' or indie comics kinda guy... the last graphic novel I really enjoyed was this one.

iPhone: Wobble Application

So apparently the good people over at the App store said no to the iBoob application, but this app is pretty much the exact same thing, except it does not come pre-loaded w/ images for your wobbling pleasure.

Check the video on how it works... narrated by Australian dudes. More here.

iPhone: whatthefont application

Wow. Finally a useful application for all my fellow graphic designing iPhone owners!

More on it here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Video: Flight of the Conchords - "Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor"

Best episode of the season so far! I think this one was directed by Michel Gondry.

Friday, February 13, 2009

No Fat Chicks

A doodle I did today in Type 3.

Video - Bootsy Colllins Bass Solo

Random find today, but one of the G.O.A.T. bass players ripping it up. In my opinion, he's no doubt one of the godfathers of funk. Bootsy was a key player when collaborating with James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic during the funk explosion.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

YouTube Beer Bottle Dominoes

Not sure if this was really done in one shot... but pretty cool.

Com Design 2 is kinda boring at the moment. I need to sleep and wake up before the Scion Next starts.

NEW Cage Track - "Nothing Left to Say"

I think God may have read my blog sometime in the past few months... 'cause I was happy as hell to find this today!

I'm still in class so I haven't had time to actually listen to it yet... so if it sucks at least it was free!

Check out the myspace to see the new cover art done none other than Alex Pardee.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Music Video: Asher Roth - "I Love College"

I know this song is mad old, but I'm so glad the video for this is finally out. It does it's job perfectly and reminds me of my time at UCI... even tho I'm technically an undergrad again in 'college' now, Art Center is another world and for better or worse (well, better professionally) I'm at another point in my life, but watching this video just brought me back to a fun, blurry and stress-free time in my life that I still hold very dear to my heart.

I've never really admitted it on this blog, but Frat life was and always will be awesome - even if you're an anti, non-conformist artsy dude you can't deny it. I was cracking up when I saw the two dudes chugging the gallon of milk. *Tear*

However, what would've made this video amazing is if they did something in the video to pay homage to the brilliant sample used in the song.

Oh and Asher CAN spit. I was doubtful at first, then I heard the mixtape.

Tap Defense

Ever since Monica suggested this to me (via twitter), I've been pretty obsessed with this game - to the point where I want to delete this off my iPhone cause must sadly admit that I do get a bit too emotionally invested in this game!

Best part about it: it's free and fun.

I'm not sure what the exact premise is, but you're basically creating towers to slay demons, locusts, monsters and occasionally the devil himself to gain acceptance into heaven. It's essentially a really dumbed down version of Command & Conquor or War Craft.

e-books, Amazon's Kindle and the iPhone?

I think this would be a great idea for an app on the iPhone. It's bascially an app that would do the same thing as Amazon's Kindle. It can download books and is basically what is known as an 'electronic book.'

I have to admit I am guilty of poking around on my iPhone while in the toilet sometimes - in place of some serious magazine reading sessions... but instead how about engulfing my head in some classic Steinback, reading up on Nitzche or a dirty romance novel while I'm dropping off the browns?

I mean, I've 'heard' He's Just Not That Into You is EPIC!

And imagine if it could read audio books to you... I'd be in.

Found on theiphoneblog.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Porn Stars and Twitter

Before even reading this article, since purchasing an iPhone two weeks ago, I honestly can't get enough of Twitter these days. When I have nothing to do or are passing thru the halls alone, I love the fact that by whipping out my iPhone and making a few finger movements I can read what some of my friends, "followers" and people I am "following" are up to.

With the iPhone, applications like Twitfon and Twitteriffic make it really easy to post these under 140 character mini-blog posts as often as you like. Before obtaining the iPhone, I did not like the application as much. I only made updates on my laptop and by the time I sat down, logged onto my account and thought about my post, something about having to remember what I wanted to write an hour ago just seemed to lack authenticity. With a device like my iPhone, it takes less than a minute to post a thought or an idea.

I've also noticed that a lot of celebreties are also using twitter, which is a great way to broadcast yourself and to keep up with your fans. Following suit, Rappers and Bloggers alike have also taken advantage of this program... so I suppose it was no surprise to find out that many famous porn stars are doing the exact same thing.

In terms of porn I think this is going to be revolutionary, because porn is such a socially taboo subject, that this will allow porn fanatics to quietly and quickly take a glimpse into the lives of their favorite starlets at their leisure with complete privacy anywhere on the planet where they get cellphone reception.

I find this especially interesting because I feel that since porn is regarded as so hush-hush and taboo that they are an industry that constantly needs to embrace new technology and the DIY ethic (ie: the internet) to keep their anonymous legions of fans 'stimulated'.

On a more personal note, I have not subscribed to any particular porn stars, but if you'd like to subscribe to my feed it's HONORROLLER.

Found here.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Cage at somedude's house??

I NEED this album to come out already.

but i have to settle for these clips on youtube posted on myspace.

I've been fiending for this album since 2005's "Hell's Winter". I need that lyrically dark and twisted white backpacker rap music back into my life... now.