Saturday, August 27, 2011

postin on the job

Alright folks, quick post today as I'm currently on the job.

For the next week and a half, I'm in a town 3 hours away, working long hours, and have no internet. I'm helping my stepdad do the electrical wiring in a 10000 square foot house . I'm going to be posting pictures as I.get a chance (and after I figure out how to get my phones blogger app going), but posts are going to be a little less frequent. This place is super cool though. Not only is it just HUGE, but there is a gym in it, that is the size of an average house (we've estimated it to be 1000-1200 square feet).

Anyways, hope you're all doing well, and we'll see you more frequently in a bit!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bieber Fever Taken to the Next Level

I don't really have anything against Bieber's music; he's just another teen pop sensation, like the Backstreet Boys or N*Sync (or to a different extent, O-Town) were to my generation, or hell, even New Kids on the Block before that. In time he'll fade away, or become a "serious" artist and his music will grow up with his fans. But holy shit am I tired of hearing about him. I mean, his fans are just ridiculous about expressing their love for this kid. You've all seen that video of the little girl who wants to marry him, you've all heard of how he gets rushed at malls and all that...but have you heard the DIRTY BIEBER SECRETS people are cooping up inside? Have you? I don't think you have. This tumblr is a place where people can anonymously send in their fantasies about the Bieb. Some of these have to be trolls...but some have to be legit too. Prepare to be scarred for life, as these fantasies have quite...graphic descriptions.

Monday, August 22, 2011

News for the 22nd!

So I got that new computer...but I guess my parents had discovered Torrents since I'd moved out. So, I'd love to wipe everything, but they've lost their windows disk. Urg. Anyways, here's some news for you.

American artist Alexa Meadehas made some "Real Life Paintings". You just kinda have to look at it to see what I mean. Its pretty cool!

MLK is getting a memorial in DC, with the likes of Lincoln and Jefferson. Its about time, but I don't know if I really like the monument itself...

You've probably heard about everything that is currently happening in Libya, and how the rebels are finally getting into Tripoli, but here is an audio clip of Gaddafi's son getting captured while in an interview. You can hear the rebels busting in and everything.

I can hear the nails on the chalkboard now...

A woman in Florida has been accused of trying to sell her 5 year old son, for $2000, so she could feed her prescription drug habit. The people who turned the mother in, had helped her out in watching her she figured why not sell him to them? This is so sad.

And speaking of sad...there was some big fight between two families in Winnipeg (if you've never been to, or heard of Winnpeg...I guess its comparable to any US Midwest city, just smaller. I don't recommend going. Ever.), and someone is being charged with using their car as a weapon. To quote the article "It was right about over here where a girl was dragged under the (vehicle), her legs. It was really hard to tell because there was smoke from the tires being spun, but it looked like one girl was run right over"

And on a lighter note, before I go, here is the headline of the day: Kiwi gals swig shots of horse semen. Umm.....

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rugged n Raw

Another quick post today! I got my parents old computer, and now have a decent work station for music production again; yes! So today I'm about to go out and get a new keyboard/mouse/monitor. Here's some tunes I've been listenin to recently:

I don't even care about how trancey this one is, its become a guilty pleasure (along with the whole album, tbh).

This has to be the collaboration of the year for the DSF awards...

Just nuts.

And for my old school hip hop heads...

Friday, August 19, 2011

I Think You Spelled 'Punching' Wrong....

Just a short post today. This News announcer gets takes a jab at Chris Brown on twitter, and then "apologizes" for it. Its a good laugh.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Your Midweek News (as found by me)

Glad to see the excellent response for yesterdays post! AK1200 is a personal favorite of mine, and I was glad to share what he's got. Here's a nice old skool track for y'all.

Unfortunately, he can't even play "Drowning" out live anymore, due to it being on his old label and blah blah blah. I actually saw him live twice in one week, a few years back, and the first show (which I think was a Wednesday)was the last show where he was legally allowed to play it. However, he might be able to gain the rights back in 35 years, as starting in 2013, any artist can now try to regain their song rights, if they apply two years in advance. The RIAA is not impressed, obviously.

And on a PSA tip,apparently, non-stick pans are apparently not healthy for us. If this is true, should we really be surprised? I mean, we all knew it was a chemical coating, right?

This video may be the sappiest video I ever post on here. It is an engagement video. However, if you can wait until the end, its totally worth it. I promise.

And on the other end of the relationship spectrum...Mayor dumps gift-wrapped 20-tonne boulder on ex-wife’s lawn. A quote, from the Mayor of Saint-Théodore-d’Acton, Quebec " I had to do something so she’d leave me alone. That’s the biggest rock she’ll ever get in her life." He also owns an excavation company, so I'm sure the town appreciates that wasn't at their expense.

For all the Tech heads, Nintendo is creating a "Massively Single Player game". This is for "Those who want to play games that are more dynamic, not-based on Al and not-pre-scripted like multiplayer games, however, don't want to 'deal' with other people, appreciate the privacy it provides." What are your thoughts on this concept? Do you think it will work?

Life magazine has assembled a bunch of pictures of the Berlin Wall for us, from its erection to its fall, and wrapped it all up in a nice slideshow.

For our last story, we go to Texas, where a 19 year old "vampire" broke into a womans house because "he needed to feed". Oh, and he's also been alive for 500 years. My favorite quote comes from an officer, Daniel Erickson: "He was begging us to restrain him because he didn't want to kill us". Had this kid been black or mexican, that quote would have been enough for them to get lit up.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Free Tune from Gridlok and AK1200

Before we get into the tune, lets look at this first:

Now, back to our feature:

To quote the soundcloud
'This was originally only available on vinyl. For the first time me and AK have decided to unleash it on the digital world as a FREE download! The Godfather of U.S. Drum and Bass teams up with the Rick Deckard of Drum and Bass to provide you a groove that the infamous Goldie described as: "a tune that shoulda been on headz".'

AK1200 and GRIDLOK - Dub 4 Dub by GRIDLOK

I think its pretty cool of them to release this one for free. They realize they made their sales off it, so fuck it, put it digitally for nothing. Big ups to the both of them! Here's a mix from Gridlok as well.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Yesterday Was a Good Day.

Quite a long day, but totally worth it. My parents had just finished packing up, and started the road trip to move back to the east coast. They're renting their house out today, so I had to get my uncle to drive me down (its about 300 km its 3 hrs there and back) to go pick up their car! It feels so good to have wheels again. However, I haven't really driven a standard for 7 years now, so it was quite the crash course driving home! But I did okay, stalled a few times but got back going immediately.

Today is also seeming to shape up pretty good, as I have absolutely nothing to do except for pack (I am moving at the end of the month), and watch football (pre-season, anyways)! Who else is stoked that the NFL is back? Who do you cheer for? Should I heckle you for cheering for said team? I cheer for a weird bunch; my ideal Super Bowl would be the Raiders vs the Seahawks, just because it would be hilarious. I also like the Redskins...but they are just a mess.

Before I am off, here's a sample from Gemmy's W.O.W. label (release date is Sept. 1). Da Dodgems is on some serious business. Sounds like something the So Solid Crew should be rapping over.
WOW002 Gemmy - Too Far/Da Dodgems by GEMMY

Hope the weekend treated you well!

Friday, August 12, 2011

News for Friday, August 12

Alright, since the work week is done, here's some more news for ya! I'm thinking on doing these posts twice a week, maybe every Wednesday and Saturday. Thoughts?

Our sappy story goes to a man in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, who as a kid painted a bunch of quarters, and got one back as change recently. Yep.

Onto more serious news, the United States is deporting an Albanian Mother and son...even though the husband is currently in the United States, testifying against a Albanian mobser. 10 years ago, mobster has already shot the man, and put his nieces into prostitution because he's testified, or was planning to. The Man and his nieces have been granted asylum in the US, but the wife/son, they'll be okay back in Albania, right?

Here's the 10 Housing Markets that are going to fail this year. California and Florida aren't looking so good...

In lighter news, dark beer has been found to have more iron than pale beer. No real story here, I just know that the dark beer fans will appreciate it.

And 30 years ago (yesterday), IBM came out with the first personal computer. If you showed this to anyone born in the 90's, their reaction is probably "Who's IBM?"

And here's a really big piece of news for me, and all my other Canadians. Our government is trying to outlaw internet anonymity . IF you voted Conservative, thank you. I hope you don't do anything illegal on the internet, or troll (because that will be illegal too), because they'll be able to monitor our internet in real time and get your ass!

America, fuck yeah!

How Does One Take Himself Seriously

When he makes a video like this?

Dude looks like a mix between Dennis Leary and Michael Douglas, and raps about the same as they would too. In a way, its kind of cool to see a guy this old rapping, as it shows how mainstream the music has really become, and the social barriers its broken...but goddamn it, some people really need to know when to just stick to being a fan!

But hey, at least he isn't as bad as Lawyer Mike.

Or as bad as...McRorie...

Have a good weekend, everybody!

Canadian Hip Hop Nostalgia

I was going to write an intro to this, but you know, I think I'm just going to let these tracks do the talking (for the most part).

I was in the donair shop across the street today, and this was playing in the background. It inspired this post, because I just remember hearing this for the first time and just being absolutely amazed at how beautiful that instrumental is. Also, this was the first appearance of K-Os! And speaking of K-Os...

Where did this go? Exit was such a great album...then he goes pop on us. He still puts out some of the better pop music on the radio, but come'on guy, you could have been on some Golden Era revival shit...

The first real Canadian "posse cut". It says its by the Rascalz, but those were all the biggest MC's at the moment. Kardinal Offical was really the only one who went anywhere...last I'd heard he was on Akon's label. Oh, and Little X directed the video. He discovered Melyssa Ford (wiki her. If you've seen a music video over the last decade, you'll know.) and has done videos for: Aaliyah, Ice Cube, R Kelly, Jay Z...and then someone who is probably the most famous MC To come out of Canada (more on him later).
There was also a Drum and Bass remix, which I would kill to have. Its not the best, but its just too gnarly.

And once again, speaking of Kardinal, here is probably his most popular song here at home. In true Jamaican style, Kardinal doesn't take himself too seriously, and you can really tell from this song. Here's another track of his, on some more reggae vibes. I'm pretty sure this is what got him signed by Akon (sadly).

And before I get to the most popular MC...I need to touch on the first MC to really make a name for himself. You've all heard his one hit, as it is a Jock-Jam/High School/Wedding dance tune. Big ups to my main man, Maestro Fresh Wes.

I could keep posting more tracks, but I think that is enough for one day. So, now we must move on to our most popular export (which is actually a tie). I am ashamed in both of these artists, and really don't know who's worse. Anyways, here we go:

Good God, why did we allow this? More importantly, why did we still allow him to do his fake Jamaican accent on Ghetto Concept's "Still Too Much"?

Number 2 on the list, is Sean Paul. Do I really have to post the videos? No? Okay good. Instead I will post a Bong-Ra remix of a really old song of his.

I wish I could find this really old video I remember seeing on Much Music years ago, where its Sean Paul and his buddies driving around the forest on Quad's, but alas, no dice.

Before I end this post, I have to give a shout out to Saukrates: The most underrated MC and producer to come from our country. He's signed to Redman's Gilla House label...but still hasn't released anything, just been on a bunch of features. If you go on youtube, and search "feat. Saukrates", way more videos come up than you'd expect, and yet we give him no love here. He was even on a Drake album...and still no one talked about it.

Look how funky, yet radio friendly this is. Why was this not killing Sean Paul on the charts? If I remember correctly, this got played for maybe two months. MAYBE.

Ugh, I hate the industry.

Also, since I forgot to throw this in Originally, check this out, "Easy 2 Slip" by Solitair

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Iron Mike

I'm a sucker for boxing, and that might just be because I was growing up in Mike Tyson's heyday. I remember watching Tyson as a kid, and just being amazed at how powerful one person could be. Now, we only really remember Mike for biting off Evander Holyfield's ear, legal problems, and more recently, for his cameo in the Hangover. Now I don't look up to Mike for the wrong he's done, I just want to show some appreciation for his athletic ability. However, if you're interested to know his side of his life story, and want a little look into his mind, I really recommend watching this documentary "Tyson". Its really well done, and it really shows that on the inside, he's a not that mean dude all the time, and is actually a lot more intelligent than we all give him credit for. Anyways, here's some classic fights.

Mike Tyson vs Eddie Richardson. Nov 13, 1985

Mike was still 19 at the time of this fight, and this was his 11th fight of the year. He ended up fighting 15 times that year. Name any fighter who does that now, its just unreal. Now, look how Richardson just goes stiff as a board when he gets knocked out, and how Mike comes up to make sure he's okay afterwards.

Mike Tyson vs Sammy Scaff. Dec 6, 1985

All I can say about this, is what was Sammy Scaff thinking, and watch his nose at the end of it. Also, there was another fight in between the two I've just posted. He was seriously fighting ever 3-4 weeks. Christ.

Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks. June 26, 1988

Well, thats a terrible way to lose your title, but at least he didn't go out like Michael Johnson.

(39 second knockout)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Today's News...

Like I've said before, I love the news, and am constantly checking up on it. I just got off work, so here's what I found interesting on August 9, 2011.

Obviously, I must start off with some pictures the riots in London, and then in the rest of the UK . Hopefully this madness gets sorted soon...
While we're at it, here's a good video. This man knew something of this magnitude was coming, and makes some excellent points.

Leigh Stubbs, Mississippi Woman, Serving 44-Year Sentence Despite Discredited Testimony...and that "discredited testimony" comes from a self proclaimed "wound pattern expert, a trace metals expert, a gun shot residue expert, a gunshot reconstruction expert, a crime scene investigator, a blood spatter expert, a "tool mark" expert, a fingernail scratch expert and an expert in "liquid splash patterns." In Stubbs case, he using his special video enhancement techniques, that are way more effective than the FBI. This is a long read, but if you're into law, then its worth the read.

On the lighter side of things, Adult Kickball Leagues are on the rise in New Jersey. Still isn't any reason to go to Jersey, as there are still 35 other states with organized Kickball leagues.

Scientists have apparently found a new way to create spermless mosquito's, to help curb Malaria. They've been able to do this for a while, by blasting males with radiation. However, that method wasn't too effective, as it made the male mosquito's super frail, and just gave them no chance of surviving. Now they have a new method where they inject embryos with some RNA to "turn off" the gene that triggers sperm development. Over a few generations, a number of males lose their fertility. Which is promising, until you realize that number was 100 out of 10 000 embryos. I'm just stoked to see we're actively fighting the War on Mosquito's. If there is one extinction I'm down to embrace, its this one!

The Pentagon’s mach 20 missile ready for its practicum.
Oh DARPA, why are you so cool...yet so cruel. This scares me.

This story just boggles me. A man is seen driving down the highway, is throwing cash around as he drives, then hits, and kills two people. I only wish there was more evidence of why he was throwing out the money... I need to decide if this is karma or not.

And for those who still have faith in Hollywood, a Smurfs sequel is set for 2013. Lets hope the Mayans are right in 2012.

Also, for my dubstep heads, you need to give this a listen. Even if you've never heard of dubstep, but want to hear something new, then listen to this mix. The songs are quality, and the MC is quite entertaining too.
Slaughter Mob at twenFM 25.06.2011 by slaughtermob

Monday, August 8, 2011

New Kanye West and Jay-Z

Just a quick post before I head out for the day, but why...why would you do this to me, Kanye? I actually like the original sample (for those who don't know...). This doesn't disappoint me because of the actual sample itself, as I will admit to waiting months for "I Can't Stop" to come out (and by that point it'd been played out and I didn't care for it), but this is hardly even sampled...he just took 7 second of it, slowed it down a little bit and called it good. Its just lazy. And not good.

However, the second half of the beat is tight, and almost makes up for it!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Avoiding the Issue

It was my birthday last wednesday (while I was on perfect), and my girlfriend decided to get me a bunch of books as gifts. All of them look so intriguing...but I just don't know where to start, especially since I already had a few other books on the go! This is where you guys come in; I want your opinions to help me decide which book to read. I will probably be posting more about what I'm reading, so I figure I might as well get some input from my readers right? Here's the books, with some descriptions(with links, if you want more):

Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan - My boss actually lent me this one, and has pretty much explained it as so: The author takes a look at the Paris Peace Conferences (after World War 1), and calls out the allied leaders on their failures, and debunks that the reparations imposed on Germany were largely responsible for World War 2.

The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss - (Here's the description from the back of the book)
Mark DeMoss defines wisdom as "skill in living", and the unconventional wisdom he offers in this book has been gleaned from people, famous and not, from whom he learned life lessons. In 25 short chapters devoted to both professional and personal life, [this book] presents simple but inspiring principles you can follow to "get wise" and become skillful in living your life as richly, spiritually and happily as possible

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave - I've already started this book...but I might have to start it again. Frederick Douglass was a slave in Virginia, and had some pretty intense stories about what he saw and went through as a slave, from childhood until his escape. He doesn't leave out any detail, regardless of how gruesome it may have been. As I was reading this earlier, it really hit me hard, as some of my ancestors were slaves in the United States, and luckily escaped through the Underground Railroad into Canada. From what I've read of this so far, I really recommend it for all you history nuts!

30 Second Politics by Steven L Taylor - This seems like more of a coffee table book, but it still seems super interesting. Basically, it has a bunch of political terms (for example: oligarchy, patrimonialism, unitary state, realism, neo-conservatism...) and describes them in one page. Also on that page, it will give a "3 Second Soundbite" as a quick descrition, as well as a "3 Minute Manifesto", Related Theories and "3 Second Biographies" on people who fall into those categories. Its quite cool.

Dark History of the Popes; Vice, Murder and Corruption in the Vatican by Brenda Ralph Lewis - I've done a quick glance over this book as well, and once again, its more of a coffee table ting, but looks like a nice little history off the Papacy and how corrupt some of them were and I think tries to make a point about how some Popes were trying to be really good guys...but didn't have the control they thought they would. It goes all the way up until the present times though; that could be interesting.

Deathride - Hitler vs Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 by John Mosier - (Description via Amazon)
The German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, began a war that lasted nearly four years and created by far the bloodiest theater in World War II. In the conventional narrative of this war, Hitler was defeated by Stalin because, like Napoleon, he underestimated the size and resources of his enemy. In fact, says historian John Mosier, Hitler came very close to winning and lost only because of the intervention of the western Allies. Stalin’s great triumph was not winning the war, but establishing the prevailing interpretation of the war. The Great Patriotic War, as it is known in Russia, would eventually prove fatal, setting in motion events that would culminate in the collapse of the Soviet Union.Deathride argues that the Soviet losses in World War II were unsustainable and would eventually have led to defeat. The Soviet Union had only twice the population of Germany at the time, but it was suffering a casualty rate more than two and a half times the German rate. Because Stalin had a notorious habit of imprisoning or killing anyone who brought him bad news (and often their families as well), Soviet battlefield reports were fantasies, and the battle plans Soviet generals developed seldom responded to actual circumstances. In this respect the Soviets waged war as they did everything else: through propaganda rather than actual achievement. What saved Stalin was the Allied decision to open the Mediterranean theater. Once the Allies threatened Italy, Hitler was forced to withdraw his best troops from the eastern front and redeploy them. In addition, the Allies provided heavy vehicles that the Soviets desperately needed and were unable to manufacture themselves. It was not the resources of the Soviet Union that defeated Hitler but the resources of the West. In this provocative revisionist analysis of the war between Hitler and Stalin, Mosier provides a dramatic, vigorous narrative of events as he shows how most previous histories accepted Stalin’s lies and distortions to produce a false sense of Soviet triumph. Deathride is the real story of the Eastern Front, fresh and different from what we thought we knew.

So there you have it folks, theres all the books I've got to go through. Please help a brother out in deciding where to start! Oh, and listen to this song while you're at it :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Weird News Day, Today...

I'm a sucker for the news. In my spare time, I'm always browsing the web, reading different news articles. There are always weird stories...but these four stories really stood out while I read them.

Story One: Man Rents a 78 Square Foot Apartment in Manhattan...

...shares one bathroom with three other tenants (who live in similar sized apartments), and pays $800 dollars a month for it. This is not because he can't afford anywhere else, its just because of location. Jesus christ.

Story Two: Only U.S. Harmonica Company To Close Rockford Facility

This story was just weird, because if there is anything thats American as fuck, its a harmonica. They may have been invented in Europe, but you know damn well where the harmonica solo was perfected. Anyways, I'm really just surprised there was only one factory in the country, ever.

Story 3: Kent Man Charged With Girlfriends Murder, Digs up Her Tombstone...

...and then spells her name with Taco Bell wrappers.

Story Four: Pensioner Escapes Being Burned Alive When His Mobility Scooter Turns Into a Fireball

Yes, the story is as hilarious as the title. What may be more hilarious though, is that The Sun is probably the only paper running this story. Its really no surprise they are, since this isn't really "real" news...but it is kind of a big deal. I mean, how does a Mobility Scooter BURST INTO FLAMES as intensely as it did? A short circuit you say? Thats a pretty intense short circuit...

So yeah, does anyone agree that it was a weird news day?