Saturday, August 06, 2005
What's In A Name?
Today, I'm actually going to try to live up to the standards I set when I initially gave this blog its title...
MUSIC: DJ Rob Swift's album Soulful Fruit (1997) has been on my turntable an infinite number of times since I first purchased it several years ago. I remember buying a used copy from some stoner DJ on High Street in Columbus, Ohio a few months after it was released. The vinyl had already been spun enough at that point to have a few unique character flaws, but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. This is one of the first records that was released on the Stones Throw label---for that reason (and many more), I consider this effort to be an absolute classic. If you're interested, The Broke B-Boys are currently offering an mp3 from the album: http://brokebboys.blogspot.com/. Swift also has a new album/DVD, War Games, scheduled to be released on September 6th. From what I've read, the content is mainly based on his socio-political vision of life post-9/11. More about the album here: http://www.coupdegrace.tv/robswift/news/. Some general info about Rob Swift here: http://www.djrobswift.com/, including a link to an interview with him that explains his reasons for departing from his former turntablist crew, The X-ecutioners.
Also on the musical tip, most of you could probably tell that I was eagerly awaiting DangerDoom's track about Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Even though I had encountered quite a few of the tracks from the upcoming LP, that particular one continued to elude me. The day I did my post on the project, I was compelled to put up a picture of ATHF, even though I obviously had no available link to post for the track. Freemotion (God love them) has finally posted the mp3. Find their link to the right.
ART: Michael Paulus has a pretty interesting imagination. Like most of us, he spent much of his childhood life inside the distorted reality of cartoons and animation. Unlike most of us, he decided to delve more deeply into some of his favorite characters, and "dissect them like science does to all living objects". As a result, he has created numerous sketches of the skeletal systems of animated figures, as he imagines them in his mind's eye. Some of his subjects are Betty Boop, Marvin the Martian, Dexter, Fred Flintstone and Hello Kitty. Click here to visit his gallery: http://michaelpaulus.com/gallery/character-Skeletons.
POLITICS: Kontraband.com is featuring a video montage called World of Evil. It's mostly comprised of clips of more recent politicians and events, but it also contains glimpses of corrupt motherfuckers from days past---Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, etc. The video manages to strike a balance between the humorous and the horrifying, and is therefore highly recommended: http://www.contraband.co.uk/show/show.asp?ID=1769&NEXTID=0&PREVID=471&DISPLAYORDER=20041221141646&CAT=movies&NSFW=0&page=8.
LIFE: As a category, this is pretty open-ended. I decided to throw the word "life" into Souled On's title, because I figured that gave me freedom to talk about whatever the hell I wanted without misleading my readership. A lot of my "life" posts are about religion, so today, I thought I'd go in a slightly different direction. The only way this can be construed as religious, is that the site I'm going to link you to might just make you smarter than Jesus. I know it's blasphemous and offensive to say such a thing, but drastic measures are sometimes necessary for the sake of a good analogy. The site I'm referring to is How Stuff Works, an incredibly comprehensive and informative site that can teach you everything you should have learned in school, but didn't. The site is broken down into quite a few different subject areas---computers, entertainment, science, money, travel, etc. You will become an incredibly arrogant, know-it-all son-of-a-bitch after paying them a visit. I promise: http://www.howstuffworks.com/.
Since my readers seem to be the strong, silent type, I really have no idea what any of you love and/or hate about Souled On. Until I figure this out, I am left to my own crazy devices. Hopefully you are somewhat enjoying this chronicle of my insanity...