Saturday, June 30, 2007

Spell iPhone, Mexican.

I found this picture of 5 grass cutters (with 7 iPhones) hilarious. Is this why they swam across the Rio Grande? Two drop 4-5 stacks on phones? Yes I'm racist. Yes I'm hating.

And while I'm hating, how bout something a lil more justified?

Here's the mayor of Philadelphia, John Street, waiting in line for an iPhone on Friday. He was 3rd in line and got there at 3:30am. Yes, 3:30 in the morning. Watching this, you wouldn't think that Philadelphia is the deadliest major city in the U.S. Or maybe you would. With leadership like this, no wonder the city's crumbling.

Needless to say, not too many ppl were happy when they discovered this. Watch this video of a tax-paying, city government employee, rip Mayor Street a new one.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Oh the irony

Download the album. Make sure u have winrar so u can open the file. (If u don't have winrar, google it and download it. It's free.) Be patient. Sendspace is kinda slow.

So about the album. All I have to say is it's a white boy (obviously) whose album is entitled "S.O.S.: Save Our Soul" (Captain Obvious strikes again). Hence the title. It's 11 tracks, 10 of which are covers of soul classics. If you read this blog as much as I do, then you should see where I'm taking this. (If u don't then holler at "The Curse of Ham" post from March 19.) White boy. Sings soul. Kills it. Like "send chills up ur spine and catch the holy ghost" kills it.

Just so u know what I mean when I say he kills it, Mr. Broussard did a cover of Donny Hathaway's "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know". If you know me, then you know that my all-time favorite artist is Donny Hathaway. Yes, I like Donny more than Jay-Z. (That means a lot. No homo.) Since I'm such a Donny Hathaway fan, I am a VERY harsh critic of any person who feels like they should desecrate a studio by doing a cover of any of his songs. I've yet to hear ONE individual cover a Donny Hathaway song and it sound OK, much less good or even great. Iunno what it is, nobody but Donny can get there.

So I'm listening to Marc Broussard kill track after track on this CD. It gets to track 5, "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know". I'm a nervous skeptic. I'm like, nobody's ever kilt a Donny song except Donny. But I'm also like, this dude just kilt the first 4 tracks. And finally I'm like, he's white! So I'm feeling quite ambivalent.

Let's just say that before about 20 minutes ago, I had never heard another singer other than Donny Hathaway do a Donny Hathaway song justice. Now there's only one other person, and he's white. I feel some type of way about all this.

Moral of the story: Download the CD. Enjoy it. It's great music. Too bad he wasn't black.

But to restore some vestige of hope, here's a new one from Teedra Moses. If you don't know who she is, see if u can find the best R&B album of the decade Complex Simplicity somewhere. It's the best CD you never heard of.

Anyway, her next album's been due for quite some time. This is sposed to be the first single. It samples a familiar soul record. (I always try to keep a theme with these posts)

"Love's Gonna Be" - Teedra Moses

2 links. Same song. In case one's down, try the other. If neither work, then u better hope u have VIP access to my music. Otherwise, it's limewire for youuuuuuuuu.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Cuz it's black music month

...and also the month of my bday, and the beginning of summer, I'm gonna bless yall.

Now, those who know me know that I am the self-proclaimed King of the Playlist. I can do magic with an 80 minute blank cd. Since I've been in the real world (and moved my music to the external hard drive) I lost all my former playlists and haven't had much time to make new ones. But don't cry for me argentina, the truth is I never left you. This summer is all about destroy and rebuild.

The following fits on an 80 minute cd, for those without mp3 players.
I call it "Real Niggas Light Candles"

"These Streets" - Paolo Nutini
"Fame" - Citizen Cope
"'Round Midnight" - Thelonious Monk
"Peachtree Blues" - Janelle Monae
"Giving Up" - Donny Hathaway
"Sideways" - Citizen Cope
"Mr. Curiosity" - Jason Mraz
"Open Your Eyes" - Bobby Caldwell
"Where Did My Baby Go" - John Legend
"If It's Magic" - Stevie Wonder
"I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good" - Nina Simone
"Love Is You" - Chrisette Michele
"Ne me quitte pas" - Nina Simone
"Chariot" (stripped)- Gavin DeGraw
"To Be Young, Gifted & Black" - Donny Hathaway

(FYI: The Citizen Cope songs have different names than what the actual songs are. )

For a proper, full-bodied, listening experience, one must play the following in order. Nothing is coincidental. So when the sun goes down, open the windows, let the summer breeze wrap round ur legs, light a candle, take a seat, prop ur feet on a coffee table, and close ur eyes...

Call Me... too grown for kidz bop.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Is Kanye kissin on Cassie?

P.S. "International Player's Anthem" still holds the title for video of the year. This didn't even come close.