Wednesday, August 25, 2010

...They're Seriously Trying to Make Me Snap...

A week after posting about the Lupe fiasco, here is a re-enactment of me reading  and finding out that the release date for the new CD, "Nothing" is being pushed back *AGAIN* ....and this time they're not even giving a date!!

Is it the label? Artists' perfectionism disorder? What?!?!?! It's done already! Let us have it! Set the music free, man!!
So here's what I'm thinking~
They can give us the music or we can find them and come and take it.
And it won't be pretty. But it will be worth it. Here's a preview:

Excellent "Sooner or Later" live performance. I guess that's when we'll get the album, sooner or later.
Video - Sooner Or Later (MTV Session) - N.E.R.D. - N.E.R.D Sooner Or Later (MTV Session)...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

...It's Still Crud...

My position still stands: the problem with the current state of music is the industry itself.

Music industry executives are blinded and apparently rendered deaf by their greed, leaving frustrated music lovers without anything good to love.

Artists and the people directly involved in making the music are all that’s needed, everyone else needs to get out.

That said, Atlantic Records (is it still Atlantic?) is holding Lupe Fiasco’s “L.A.S.E.R.S” CD hostage in exchange for people pretending to enjoy artists like Flo Rida.

There’s an online petition to get the CD released and you can click here to sign it.  I don’t think these things really work, but it might make you feel better to sign it.

If the petition fails, Lupe can always re-record it to sound like complete garbage which will result in it being promptly released to stores with singles being played at :08, :28 and :48 on the hour.

Good advice:

I hear that these Minions are actually Lupe. Which explains their phenomenal flow and skills.
What do we think about Vector? Booooooooo!! I love that part!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

...Today is Bittersweet...

Today would have been my Dad’s 65th birthday!!

If you like this blog, you have him to thank for it. My dad was the one that impressed upon me the importance of learning something from every experience, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant. He gave me my love of music, wild animals, and the night sky. And most favorably, my curiosity about how all things work.

Dad was smart. Not just NY Times crossword puzzle, Jeopardy smart, but extra smart. I remember he wrote and illustrated a manual for me on how to always solve the Rubik’s cube. It worked, too. I still kick myself for losing that thing, and the cube remains a jumbled mess.

He had a fascination with numbers and an ability for finding their patterns that would impress John Nash. And he was funny, no matter what I could always count on Dad to make me smile.

But he could be mean, too.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

...He Grabbed Two Beers...

This post is dedicated to Steven Slater, the Jet Blue Flight Attendant who gave the coolest job resignation since Scarface in "Half Baked."

There are whispers at my job that they want to promote me to a new position.

Hold your applause.

I’ve witnessed enough in the last few months to be skeptical about this. Certain people around these parts believe in the move them up… and then move them out method of termination: “We created this position just for you. Oops, we don’t have any more funding for it. Sorry! HR will send you your last check one day within the next 90 days. Been nice knowin’ ya.”

Most of the players involved in this theatrical production are people I feel mostly confident that I can trust. (Yes, shocking, I know. But I do actually trust people on occasion. Very rare, few, and far between occasions, but still…) But that “gut feeling” in me tells me to not to rest easy on this one.

As you know I have a problem with honesty. I relish it in other people, and have an over abundance of it myself. Lying is more effort than I have to spare, so I’m truthful about everything. Or else I just keep my mouth shut.

But you can see where these could create problem.

There were a couple of situations where my honesty and bluntness maybe left a few people rattled. “Important” people. Like birds- that- can- shoot- back- if- you- ruffle- their- feathers type of people.

These people are suspiciously silent about the whole thing. These people also previously ignored and avoided me and now they smile and make a point of speaking to me whenever our paths cross which I find, frankly, a bit on the shady side. None of this helps my paranoia.

I’ve been asked if I would be interested in the “upgrade.”

My answer was a hesitant “yes” through tightly gritted teeth. Which made my headache bad. Which made me angry. Which made me eat a cookie –except the cookie didn’t help. So I wasted a perfectly good cookie enjoyment experience. I don’t like having my mind all wound up about things I’m not even clear on and really can’t do much about even if I was clear on it.

I’m thinking the lesson in this is supposed to be about “relaxing” or something. Trying to accept the situation, or go with the flow… grow in the mud like a lotus- something like that.

Or maybe it’s another sign that it’s time for me to make some personal changes and make some moves.

I don’t want to be in my home, I barely want to be in my own body, and now I’m starting to question being in a job that I’ve always loved. It’s rare to love your job. And I’m glad to be working, but …

…One wonders--again-- if maybe it’s time to wander off somewhere.

You tell 'em, Scarface!

This song wasn't really stuck in my head, but it seems to be "following" me around- it just keeps popping up for some reason. I really, really miss real singers.

The song cuts off before the video does, but the quality is excellent. And the song is absolutely beautiful- classic favorite!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

...WXYZ is Full of...

I always turn on the Weather Channel first thing every morning. Of course, when the TV comes on, it’s on whatever channel I had on last before the timer goes off.

This morning it was on WXYZ, Channel 7 here in Detroit.  My mom loves this channel.

I can’t stand them.

My mom still thinks the news is just the news and not biased, editorialized, racist, or otherwise slanted. Whatever they say is how it happened.

She’s wrong.

So this morning they took a break from their apparent daily arousal at reporting any piece of news that makes the city of Detroit look worse than it is and reported a story about a nice man with a disability named Kevin that will be participating in a 300 mile bicycle race to raise money for charity.

At the end of the report the morning anchors blurted out some website to donate, did the fake TV news laugh complete with “Haha, what an inspiration. Haha.” And then moved on to the next thing.

I checked the station’s website with the little information that was presented to try and find the link and if it’s there, I sure can’t find it.

I tried calling and no one answered (all out in the field picking up more bad news I suppose) so I sent an email through the contact link.

This morning (7/22/10) just before 7am, I caught the end of a news story about a man with a disability (I think visually impaired) with plans to participate in a 300 mile bicycle race for charity. The website to donate to his cause was blurted out at the end but *not* repeated and I can't find any information on your website based on the very little information that was available during the report. I would like this address please so that I can donate and pass it on to others to do the same. - Thank you,

The autoreply:
Thank you for contacting us. We value your opinions and suggestions.
Our team will respond accordingly to your submission.

Two weeks later I still don't have a reply. So if by "respond accordingly" they mean, "we will ignore your request" they are right on the money.

I tried to see what I might be able to find elsewhere online using the few clues I do have “kevin d” “disabled” “blind” “cyclist” “charity” and still no luck.

In the meantime, I would encourage Channel 7 to lighten up a little on the reporting, re-reporting and then reporting yet again any stories that leave the viewer feeling sick, angry, sad, fearful, or disgusted.

This does not spawn action, or change, it just makes it look like every stereotype of the city is true, and it’s not.

Good things happen here all the time, but unfortunately you don’t want to report that.

You’d much rather loop the same dumb footage of Kwame Kilpatrick sitting absolutely still in court doing and saying nothing and spend 40 minutes of the hour talking about that with the rest being about fires, crime and corruption. I’m not saying those things don’t happen or aren’t important, but would it hurt you to do a little digging, and find out some good things happening in Detroit and present a fair, more balanced representation of the day’s events?

Oh wait, that would be too much like responsible journalism.

And you don’t do that.