Sunday, September 25, 2005
Remember being taught in elementary school that policemen are your friends? During these profound lesssons on how helpful police officers can be, the other side of the coin (brutality, corruption, ignorance, intolerance, abuse of authority, etc.) is conveniently never mentioned. That's mainly because parents and teachers love to lie like hell, and part of becoming an adult involves being forced to come to this realization. However, the children in this video are receiving a crash course in the darker side of law enforcement at a relatively young age:
Be prepared---this clip is humorous on one level, and fuckin' disturbing on another.
So I'm waiting for HP to send me a new monitor at some point next week. Until then, I have to use a really old school computer to do any updates. This, in addition to the added pressures of moving, is making it pretty damned difficult for me to post very often. If you think that I'm just making stupid excuses, you are completely accurate. I'm actually lying about all of this, because I'm trying to conceal the fact that I'm secretly spending hours playing with these:
Either way, amidst all of this chaos, I did still manage to find you a few good mp3s. They are getting closer to expiration as we speak, so make sure to visit these sites right away if you are interested...
Moistworks is offering a nice collection of "strut music". If you don't know what I mean, check it for yourself: http://www.moistworks.com/. This is classic material...
At Filthy Choice, you can download two nice remixes of songs by the Pharcyde:
And finally, Checkerboard Chimes has a dope Jay Dee/Pharoahe Monche track---"We Must Be In Love": http://checkerboardchimes.blogspot.com/.
Stay tuned---back soon with more bass in your face, and chrome for your dome...
Thursday, September 22, 2005
I have an unproven theory that David Banner suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There's no other conceivable explanation for some of the facial expressions he makes while being photographed...
Anyway, I have to admit that some of the hip-hop that's come out of the South in recent years has struck me as faceless and generic. As usual, the industry has latched onto a hot commodity and exploited the hell out of it. Hell no, rap music isn't dead...it's just being severely oppressed. There are a host of artists now who represent the southern demographic, but the quantity has all but eradicated the quality. Mediocre. Formulaic. Uninspired. I have complete respect for any commercial artist who is able to maintain their artistic integrity in the current climate of dollars over sense. While David Banner's songs sometimes fall into the boring and tired category, I've always respected the man for the handful of meaningful tracks that he includes on every release. "Bloody War" w/ BG is one of those tracks---and for a limited time only---you can cop that shit at the Razorblade. Link to your right.
Download everything you possibly can at Spine Magazine, and make sure you don't forget to check out "Game of Life" by AZ:
Am I High? (yes I am) is featuring a remix of Common's song "Testify", featuring Darien Brockington: http://amihigh.blogspot.com/.
If you've never visited the Gallery of the Absurd, there's no time like the present:
I think that's all for now. My PC was jacked up for a couple of days, so I haven't had much time to check out what's been happenin'. I finally got things up and running a few hours ago, after being on the phone with HP's technical support for a couple days straight. I will post again soon, but for a week or two, I will probably be around less frequently. I'm in the process of moving, and I have all kinds of hellish shit to do and transitions to make...but I promise to hit you up whenever I can.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Originally, my plan was that John Lennon's picture would accompany this post. However, the vast majority of the photographs I uncovered during my search were sort of unfriendly to the eye. In quite a few of them, he looks like an awkward byproduct of the mating of Jesus with a rabbi. Disturbingly ironic, huh? Then, I kept encountering the image of him naked on a bed with his wife, Yoko Ono. Something about him posing in that fetal position was a always a little strange for me. I ended up deciding that the Souled On Image Of The Day award should be granted to Donny Hathaway, one of the greatest soul brothers to have ever walked the earth. I gave John his props in the title instead, because his lyrical talent beats the hell out of his physical appearance (any day of the week).
So, even though it seems like I'm probably high and just rambling, there really was a point to the whole John Lennon thing. I've been thinking about John a lot today, because I just read some new material by Steve Lightfoot this afternoon. "Who the hell is Steve Lightfoot?," you ask. He's your mama...either that, or he's an odd conspiracy theorist who pushes pamphlets which emphatically assert that Stephen King murdered John Lennon. Yes---that Stephen King...I've found Lightfoot to be oddly intriguing since I first encountered his conspiracy theories a few years ago. He's actually a rather intelligent dude...but damn...he is simultaneously wack as crack. Currently, he's proposing a new theory about the disaster in New Orleans. As always, he manages to be both paranoid and insightful: http://www.lennonmurdertruth.com/index.asp.
Donny Hathaway's song "Giving Up" is available for free download at Fifteen Minutes to Listen: http://15minutestolisten.blogspot.com/.
10 tracks highlighting the production skills of DJ Premier can be downloaded at The Low End Theory. Link to your right.
No Frontin' is featuring "Barely In Love", a track from Q-Tip's unreleased project as Kamaal the Abstract: http://www.songz.blogspot.com/.
If you cop the Q-Tip joint, it might get your mind right to listen to some Sa-Ra. Two of their tracks from last year are available at Ear Fuzz: http://www.earfuzz.com/. If you like their shit, you should start diggin' for their 12" on pink vinyl.
Checkerboard Chimes posted the mp3 for "Slow Blues", a song by Vast Aire from the upcoming release Think Differently Music: Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture:
http://checkerboardchimes.blogspot.com/. And it's finally here---the RZA/MF Doom track, "Biochemical Equation".
Scissorkick is featuring Nicolay's "Light It Up": http://www.scissorkick.com/.
Download Anthony Hamilton's "Can't Let Go" at Notes From A Different Kitchen. Linkage to the right.
At The Number One Songs In Heaven, you can acquire "The Saddest Story Ever Told", an extremely powerful song performed by Mattie Moultrie: http://www.londonlee.com/blog.html.
Hopefully, this shit will keep you busy for a minute. No post tomorrow, because I have less important things to do---like get high as hell in honor of the day of my birth. Don't worry about sending a gift or anything...I'm just hoping that someone in my life loves me enough to get me a busty boobs birthday cake: http://www.thecakefairy.co.uk/pages/bustyboobspage.html.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
I had planned to do this particular post yesterday, but Blogger was really fuckin' with me. I'm slightly technophobic to begin with, so this sort of thing just ends up exaggerating my neuroses. Obviously, things are going a little more smoothly today, and I apologize for any undue stress that the delay may have caused. I'm okay---are you okay? Anyway, I'm going to type very feverishly now to get this published, before these links have a chance to expire and retire:
Music: There are several more mp3s available for download on Freemotion (link to your right). Tracks by Atmosphere, Mathematics, Little Brother, and more...Make sure you cop "Lost" by Cool Calm Pete...my inner dork embraces this track completely.
If you've been paying attention, then you'll know why I'm hyped about the fact that Last Night An Mp3 Saved My Wife is featuring Sly and the Family Stone's "Spaced Cowboy":
Stylus Magazine made my week (musically speaking) when they posted "Anthem for the End of the World", a track by underground MC Pumpkinhead. My girl Jean Grae (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Grae) also put her lyrical blessing on the track, making the overall listening experience that much more enjoyable. You can also download another Meters song, "Just Kissed My Baby":
No Frontin' is featuring a dope Ratatat remix of Raekwon's "Cuttin' It Up":
Art: Check out the gallery of Chicago artist Terry Dixon here: http://www.artistterry.com/index_01.html. If you hadn't anticipated this fact already, I'm definitely not an art critic. All I can tell you is that I find much of his work to be visually appealing and....well...soulful. Hopefully worth a moment of your time...
Politics: Here is a list of 25 of the stupidest things that have been said in the wake of Hurricane Katrina:http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/currentevents/a/katrinaquotes.htm?nl=1. True to form, most of these stupid utterances came from jackasses we've elected to be the voice of the people.
Life: I just discovered Exploratorium, and it's cool as cat shit. I don't know where that metaphor came from...feline feces doesn't really make a good standard for comparison....at all. Anyway, this site is an online museum of science, art, and human perception, and it's pretty damn fascinating:http://www.exploratorium.edu/. Get off the pipe for once, and seek to further your intellectual development...
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
So yesterday, my flu (I'm sort of attached to it now) officially made the journey from my head to my lungs. Since then, I've been blasting it with cowboy killers, unclean city air, and weed smoke. So far, however, I have not been at all successful in forcing the damn thing to leave my premises. That's right---my virus and I have been getting high as hell together, and now it's stuck on stupid, refusing to budge. Ugh.... Needless to say, I'm short on wit, and long on complaints. I respect you far too much to ask you to tolerate more of my incessant whining, so straight to the links we go...and let's do this damn thing properly:
Laura Bush recently demonstrated how she could be married to such a complete idiot. Birds of a feather flock together, so to speak. Watch this brief clip in which she screws up the name of the hurricane...twice: http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=12763. This is a MAJOR faux pas as far as I'm concerned---especially considering the fact that the Bush clan is still trying to pretend that they give some kind of shit about this disaster.
In this video, Taco-Man pokes fun at the Trinity of Evil Bastards---George Bush, Rush Limbaugh, and Pat Robertson: http://www.funnyflash.com/details.php?id=187&t=1126660618.
Dave Chappelle update---you'll have to get your ass off the couch to see him this time around, but he is currently doing a comedy tour (hopefully near you):
Freemotion posted several mp3s yesterday, including tracks by Madlib, KMD, Lootpack, and The Meters. Link to your right.
Fifteen Minutes To Live has a handful of new songs you can download. Some of the artists featured are Kev Brown, Cage, and Rob Swift:
Probably because I'm a total fuckin' nerd, I've been a big fan of Blockhead's music for quite some time now. I have a deep appreciation for the production work he's done for Aesop Rock, and my vinyl copy of Blockhead's Broke Beats is scratched to hell and back. His last official release was Music By Cavelight, and his LP Downtown Science is scheduled to be released next month. Both efforts have more trip than hip in their hop (if ya know what I mean)...but it's all good music. You can download "Expiration Date" at Earfuzz: http://www.earfuzz.com/,
and "Long Walk Home" is posted on Checkerboard Chimes:
Speaking of noteworthy producers, you can cop a couple of tracks by Nujabes at Diggin' Music: http://www.digginmusic.blogspot.com/. Two Herbaliser mp3s are also currently available.
Spine Magazine is featuring new stuff from ODB and Redman:
Someone will probably be offended by this (I'll bet that happens a lot), but I've always thought of Obie Trice as being kinda lame somehow. However, against my better judgment, I find myself really diggin' his sound from time to time. If you haven't heard his song "Wanna Know" yet, you can download the mp3 at Razorblade Runner. Don't pass up the opportunity...this track simply has me bouncing off the walls and shit. You know where the link is...
My flu has just requested a little smokin' session. On that note, I bid you farewell...
Monday, September 12, 2005
I had to quarantine myself at home this weekend because some dirtbag gave me the flu. I ended up getting exceptionally bored, so I watched Ego Trip's Race-O-Rama series for the 17th time. That's a funny thing about being a weedhead...you can experience something more than once, and yet, it seems brand new every single time. Anyway, despite being stoned on Nyquil for the past few days, I did somewhat pay attention to the episode about white people acquiring ghetto passes. In order to get a ghetto pass, the general perception is that you have to be one cool-ass white person. This made me start thinking about the whole situation from a reversed perspective---what's the criteria for a black person scoring a trailer park pass? I still haven't exactly figured out the formula, but I did manage to compose this list, based upon my own observations...
Top 9 Black Folk Who've Been Granted A Trailer Park Pass:
Saturday, September 10, 2005
When disaster strikes, a perfect opportunity always arises for the Christian right to advance their hateful and misguided agenda. Because they believe themselves to be the most righteous souls on Earth, they are inclined to inform the rest of us about the nature of God's intentions. Coincidentally, God hates the same people that they do---African-Americans, gay people, poor people, Jews, and/or anyone who has a philosophy that's different from their own. In the aftermath of Katrina, a host of foolish and biased sentiments have been expressed by Christian conservatives. Some undoubtedly have more finesse then others, but most of them are on some undercover KKK shit...minus the sheets, of course. Here are just a few examples:
Barbara Bush has expressed her privileged white person opinion that many of the hurricane's survivors are now "better off": http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0906katrina-barbara06-ON.html. The accomodations are so superior, in fact, that even the poor women who were raped in the Superdome are astounded by the generous hospitality they've been shown.
This article on SOHH explains why some conservatives are saying that hip-hop culture is partially to blame for the disaster: http://blogs.sohh.com/katrina/archives/2005/09/hiphop_culture_partially_blame.html.
Finally, there's this crazy lady: http://www.haywired.com/goldchrist/racism.html. She contends that the hurricane was God's way of punishing all of the black gangsters in New Orleans, especially the ones who listen to rap music. Her theory isn't even worth debunking, as she so obviously had her head up her ass the day her god was handing out wisdom and common sense.
Damn.....times like these really make you wonder how and why we ended up on such a fucked up planet. Scientists generally utilize evolutionary theory to explain the process of our creation. A number of religious fanatics are tending to favor the intelligent design theory of existence, despite all realistic evidence to the contrary. And now, Cyberpope is proposing his own theory-that the world was created by an entity known as Sadistic Racist Retarded Baby: http://cyber-pope.blogspot.com/2005/08/not-so-intelligent-design-sadistic.html. As he describes it, there is no better way to explain the creation of things like hangovers, McDonald's, Dido, mullets, slavery, SPAM, televangelists, etc.
One of the reasons why I've always liked RZA is because the brotha is definitely not from this particular planet. He may hail from strange origins, but an average earthling is something he will never be. Spine Magazine is currently featuring one of his tracks---"Outlines". While you're there, you might also want to check out some of the other mp3s they've posted recently---2 NAS/DJ Clue tracks, an unreleased song by De la Soul, a couple of cuts from Fatlip's album, and more: http://www.spinemagazine.com/index.php?task=.
Soul Sides posted "Katrina Klap" by Mos Def, as well as "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" by legendary underground crew, K-Otix: http://soul-sides.com/. For your listening pleasure, Mista T (aka Treat Williams) also posted more tracks by K-Otix on his blog. Hook up with Treat to your right.
At Lemon-Red, you can cop "Holiday" by Roy Ayers (DJ Spinna vocal mix): http://www.lemon-red.org/blog/.
This is a pretty interesting interview with Kool Herc. He discusses a variety of topics, including the current state of hip-hop and his favorite mcs: http://www.freep.com/entertainment/music/hec8w_20050908.htm.
Before I go, I just wanna give a shout to Miss Maple. She's been one of my loyal readers for quite some time now, and she deserves to get a little bit of hype and type for her dedication. Peace, girl...
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Don't worry...I haven't forgotten about you. And yes...I miss you, too. I will definitely update by late tomorrow night, so hit me up on Saturday morning---after you have some cereal, walk the dog, watch cartoons, etc. Hope to see you then...Scholar
P.S. I've included a self-portrait since one of my readers e-mailed me, requesting to know what I look like. Surely you will agree---I am looking quite fly in this pic...
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Since I've been ranting and raving so much lately, I thought it might be nice if I just shut the fuck up for once. Consequently, I'm gonna let these links pretty much speak for themselves:
Andre 3000 is working on an animated series that will air on Cartoon Network. Dre will be doing the voices, as well as the musical production. Article here:
Speaking of collaborations between hip-hop and animation, The Low End Theory is featuring 3 tracks from the Danger Doom album. I provided links to a couple of these songs in earlier posts, but now you can also cop "Bada Bing". Link to your right.
Free Tacoma is featuring Kanye West's "Heard 'Em Say (New Orleans 2005 remix)":
Unlike NBC, Jay-Z says he supports the now infamous statements that Kanye made during Friday night's telethon to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Hova is also expressing a desire to speak with Diddy about creating a fund to assist African-Americans in crisis:
This National Geographic article from October 2004 predicts the vulnerablity of New Orleans in the event of a hurricane strike. This is just eerie:
A gallery of photos detailing the extent of the damage done by Katrina:
I am completely hooked on Crooks and Liars. If you aren't one of the 67,000 people who visit this site every day, you definitely should be:
Am I High? is featuring a dope remix of Three 6 Mafia's "Stay Fly": http://amihigh.blogspot.com/.
Checkerboard Chimes has several new mp3s available for download. If nothing else, make sure you check Little Brother's song "Beautiful Morning": http://checkerboardchimes.blogspot.com/.
Sometimes less is definitely more...don't you agree?
Monday, September 05, 2005
Those of you who've been hangin' with me for a minute may remember the post I wrote in honor of Independence Day. You know---the day when we all sit around a picnic table with our dysfunctional-ass families, celebrating the fact that we are fortunate enough to live in a free country. My post that day contained some silly pothead humor, but part of the underlying premise was to call into question what freedom really means in today's world. As Americans, we are asked to understand the concept of freedom in relative terms. We know we ain't allowed to do whatever the hell we want---that's not at all what American freedom implies. Be real---prisons have become a capitalistic enterprise, and even those who commit nonviolent, consensual crimes (prostitution, drug use, etc.) often face lengthy periods of detainment under today's regulations. Instead, being free in America is understood to mean living in a society that isn't run by an evil dictator who seeks to manipulate, harm, and oppress his or her people. It means being able to worship and love whomever, and whatever, one wants. Hmm...it appears as though freedom is becoming little more than an illusion in this country---the captain of our ship has taken on the features of a wretched imperialist, possessing one hell of a corrupt agenda. So how true does freedom ring at this particular point in time?
One of the unfortunate truths about our current socio-political climate is that anyone who speaks out against the government is accused of being unpatriotic...or even a Communist. This notion is in no way congruent with the values upon which this country was established. If you disagree with what's going on here, people often feel inclined to tell you to leave the country. That way, this former melting pot can separate out anyone who doesn't see things the George Bush way. So fuck diversity, right? Man---don't let these con artists fool you...a true patriot fights for the integrity of the nation. If you are in disagreement with current policy, now is not the time to be silenced by that kind of propaganda...
So now it's Labor Day, another holiday wrought with its share of twisted irony. As far as I'm concerned, this is a day to celebrate and honor those who bust their asses on a daily basis to provide goods and services to the American people. Problem is, a really high percentage of those individuals will have to work today, in spite of it being their so-called day. Other working class people might get the day off, but will have to go without pay. Loss of a day's wages can be pretty devastating when you're counting pennies to maintain a budget.
In actuality, this holiday is more of a cause to celebrate amongst those who have a good enough job to score the day off, with pay. I'm one of those lucky assholes now, but it sure took a long time to get there. I guess that's why now, I hate to see anyone looking down on, or disrespecting another person because of what they do for a living. Believe it or not, that single mother working at Wal-mart has enough to deal with, without being shit on by you...
So, I implore you...when you stop to get gas today, consider making eye contact with the cashier. Or get way the fuck out of your comfort zone, and smile at the attitudinal bitch who works the drive-thru window at KFC. Give the waitress at Denny's a tip for once, you greedy bastard. Put a little bit of humility and soul into Labor Day this year, and be grateful you're ass is being served...
Many thanks to all the workers who are unsung heroes in this nation...
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Is it really all that surprising that our government is royally fucking up the process in providing relief to the citizens who've been affected by Hurricane Katrina? While this disaster can't be directly blamed on George Bush, the re-victimization of these people by the government is undoubtedly an enormous failure of his administration. At this point, New Orleans might fare better if it were part of a third world country. Here's one of many articles detailing the criticism that Bush is currently receiving: http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/09/01/news/prexy.php.
Recent events beg the question--- if it happened to be mainly rich white people who were dying, might that do anything to increase the response time?
If you haven't heard Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans, express his anger about the situation, you can listen to some audio clips and read a detailed article here: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9172420/. Through the same link, you can also watch a video of FEMA's director, Michael Brown, where you can witness (up close and personal) how much he really doesn't give a shit about any of this...
I've heard a number of people in the last few days suggesting that other countries are not doing enough to assist us during this crisis. Too bad we've burned a bridge or two. This widespread poll (taken and published by the BBC) may be relatively indicative of the current attitudes that foreign countries have in regards to the United States: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/programmes/wtwta/poll/html/default.stm .
Call me a pessimist, but...I am certain that George Bush has no intentions of handling this catastrophe appropriately. His next power move is simply to tell more lies, and repeat more idiotic slogans that he hopes the American people will memorize (and eventually believe). By definition, a logical fallacy is an error in reasoning that leads to invalid arguments. All politicians utilize them occasionally, but the Bush administration has made the fallacious argument a core foundation of their empty rhetoric and brainless ideology. Some of their favorite fallacies include (but are not limited to): argument by gibberish, weasel wording, argument by half truth, and hypothesis contrary to fact. If you'd like to become even more adept at deconstructing political spin, here is a pretty exhaustive list of arguments that are fallacious and illogical:
http://www.don-lindsay-archive.org/skeptic/arguments.html You'll be hearing more of these in the near future, so make sure you get your mind right ahead of time.
Before I leave the political arena, have you ever visited WebPetitions.com? You can sign petitions that have already been posted, and/or create your own. There have been some really weird submissions lately. One guy is trying to get people to officially add the letter "c" to the beginning of the word rap. I'm convinced that this person is a complete asshole...and so is the idiot who wants your support in getting girls to fart more. I wish that I was making this up, but I'm not. Obviously, most people are kinda dumb, and as a result, this site ends up being a sad commentary on humanity....but interesting, nonetheless: http://www.webpetitions.com/.
Okay...enough sermonizing already. I'm hitting you with some music links, and I'm gone:
More Blackalicious tracks from the upcoming LP, The Craft: Download 2 tracks from the album ("My Pen and Pad" and "Give It To You") at Freemotion. Link, as always, is to your right. Marathonpacks is hosting another one of their new songs, "World of Vibration":
The Broke Bboys are hosting three tracks by Swindle, who mashed up Bob Marley's music with Mobb Deep's lyrics. The resulting project was entitled Bobb Deep. I decided in advance that I would not like this, but it ended up exceeding my expectations: http://brokebboys.blogspot.com/. See what happens when Queensbridge meets Kingston...
Alot of heads I know still aren't up on ClokWorx. Some recognition is beyond overdue, because these guys are fairly intelligent lyricists, and they've teamed up with a number of talented producers from hip hop's underground. At Download.com, you can cop a free mp3 of a track called "Robots": http://music.download.com/clokworx/3600-8543_32-100782862.html?tag=listing_song_artist.
Finally, there are a couple more mp3s that you can download from the upcoming album with GZA and DJ Muggs. Checkerboard Chimes has "Advanced Pawns (Royal)", a song that sounds like something you've heard before, but the beat is still undeniably knockin'. RZA also makes a guest appearance on the track, so I can't be too mad at it: http://checkerboardchimes.blogspot.com/.
And Spine Magazine is featuring a different track by the duo, "General Principle": http://www.spinemagazine.com/index.php?task=.
Be back at ya on the day of labor, or maybe even before...peace.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
While I was preparing for this post, I was searching for a recent photo of George Clinton that would be somewhat flattering to His Majesty of Funk. Unfortunately, since the beginning of the millenium, the brother has begun to look a bit stranger than usual. For one thing, in a lot of the pictures I came across, he appeared to be about 4 or 5 months pregnant. I'm really not sure what the deal is with that, cuz I ain't heard a damn thing about him having a baby. All I can figure is that the kid was boarded on the mothership before the media had an opportunity to exploit the situation---ya feel me? Don't bother taking immediate offense to any of this---I think the man is a god. These are just some random thoughts roaming around the hallowed hallways of my brain...nothing more, nothing less.
Anyway, there really is a point to this whole George Clinton/Funkadelic thing. PBS will be airing Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove on 10/11/05 at 10pm. Mark your Hello Kitty wall calendar or whatever. New Funk Times has more detailed information about the documentary, which will be part of the "Independent Lens" series on PBS:
While we're still on the subject of funky stuff, you can download a free song by Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra at MP3 4U. Who can resist a track called "What Senor Snatch Likes"?: http://www.mp34u.com/songCard.php?posting=3088.
Equally funky are the most recent tracks posted by DJ Haze at The Low End Theory. Catch the link to your right.
Speaking of links, did you happen to notice that I did a small update on my list last night? Most of the sites I added are people who've supported this blog through links and/or dropping kind words in the comment section. Much gratitude to all of you. Treat and Lemon---your links were sadly overdue...apologies.
One of hip hop's most famous photographers has a new book being released in the near future. Public Access: Ricky Powell Photographs 1985-2000 will be coming out this fall. Learn more about the book and visit his gallery here:
Download "Road to Zion" by Damien Marley and Nas over at Cuban Links: http://onlybuilt4.blogspot.com/.
After I copped those songs with Bill Cosby dissing drugs, I started considering getting sober. Bill can be pretty persuasive sometimes---tell me you've never eaten Jello pudding. To add insult to injury, I took a quiz to assess whether or not I had a substance abuse problem. There was a perplexing question about whether your bong is taller than your dog. I don't have a dog, but even if I had a Great Dane, the answer would probably still have to be yes. So I started feeling kind of guilty, until I came across this article about famous stoner scientists: http://www.cannabisculture.com/news/scientists. At that point, it occurred to me...fuck yeah...I'm a total pothead genius. I mean, just as one example, give me a cylindrical obect of any sort, and I'll turn that bitch into a feasible smoking device. So fuck being "on the wagon"---I probably don't even know where the wagon is located at this particular moment in time.
The world has been so screwed up lately, it's just scary. I'm ready to jump on the mothership with the product of George Clinton's immaculate conception. The Number One Songs In Heaven is featuring a song called "Oh Lord (You Gotta Help Me)" that somewhat reflects the way I feel right now about the state of things on this planet: http://www.londonlee.com/blog.html. I've also been listening to Solomon Burke's track "None Of Us are Free", and it seems equally representative of my frustrations: http://www.anti.com/media.php?id=6.
Things just keep getting more and more chaotic...
According to this article by Fox News, Fats Domino and New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas are both currently missing in the floods: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168122,00.html.
Dave's Daily is hosting a video compilation of the damage done by Katrina. Peep it here, even though the soundtrack is kind of annoying. The footage alone will break your heart---why throw Enya into the mix?: http://www.davesdaily.com/videoclips/112-hurricane-katrina-compilation.htm.
If you are in a financial position to provide some assistance, here is a list of charities that are providing relief: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7BDFAC4D5A-4DAE-45B1-A0FF-510C17F41F1A%7D&siteid=google&dist=. You know damn well that our government can only do so much to help, considering all the money we need to explore space and fight our misguided "war on terror"...