Since I switch careers from Architecture to Radio. I see the power of broadcast media. How one song you play can affect someone or a certain words can move or offend. It is quite an amazing medium. That is why I really want to see the movie ‘Talk to Me’.
Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene Jr.; Petey’s story is funny, dramatic, inspiring — and real. In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Petey to fully express himself — sometimes to outrageous effect — and “tell it like it is.”
If anyone has seen it or going to see it, let me know how it is.
I thought this was be a cool site of day since I live in Brew City. The site is called Coastr. It is a social network for beer lovers.
Coastr is a simple and free service for people who love beer. Our goal is to allow you to connect with other passionate, like-minded people in order to discover new brews that you would have otherwise not known about.
The site is broken up by exploring types of beers and places to brink beers. Under exploring beers, you search by style, origin, brewery, and tag. You can add your bown beer to the database. Under places to drink, there are plenty of cities to search for places; however, Milwaukee is not one of them. I find this kind of upsetting. Hey Milwaukee we need to represent. Minneapolis is on there and their beer can’t compare to Milwaukee!
So Milwaukee, What is your favorite local beer/brewery?
On the air, I mentioned that there is a stereotype that the German language is not as sexy as French. The singer from Germany, Joy Denalane a singer from Germany can easily disspell that stereotype. Check out her video here.
Ill Doctrine had video blog about a church that put up billboard in Chicago that stated do no listen to these rappers becuase it is trash. It became a topic on CNN. Check it out, and let me know what you think. The ironic thing about this billboard is that it is own by Clearchannel. Clear Channel owns radio stations across the nation and some of those stations play the same music that this billboard is calling trash.
Is Hip Hop Dead? Maybe it is just seriously ill. I found this article over at XXL’s website about The Beastie Boys being the top selling hip hop album last week on Billboard. They only sold 44,000 copies of their record ‘The Mix Up’. Pharoahe Monch was second with only 12,000 copies(note: These albums are really good too). Only a couple years back, hip hop records were selling at minimum 100,000 copies, and it beat out country music as the top selling music genre.
I believe that there are several reasons for this. I know the Major Labels and the RIAA believes that there is only one reason: illegal downloading. First off, I think people are sick of the same old thing that commercial hip hop is putting out. Whether it is the forumlaic southern style hip hop (i.e. lil wayne, shop boyz) or it is the east coast rappers trying to bring back New York rap songs. Both are kind of old and played out. I admit I like some of the southern hip hop, but mainly for the beats. Some people even think the the Hip Hop from the South is killing Hip Hop. I totally disagree with that statement. The second reason is the internet. People are finding about new artists doing different things in hip hop such as Kid Sister, The Cool Kids, even artists such Bonde Do Role and J*Davey who bring an element of hip hop to their music. Myspace and blogs has help bring light to lot of these artists from around the world. The third reason is illegal downloads; however, I think it is only a very small part of the reason. The fourth reason is the ability for anyone to create their own music with a variety of software and midi controllers. Take a look at the mash-up craze and sites such as the hollerboard(site is down) where people post their own remixes and original work for review. People think they can do better than the stuff they hear on the radio. I really believe that their is something bubbling in the underground. If you hear it initially, it does not sound like hip hop, but it has all of the elements. This will be the second coming of Hip Hop. (I hope)
What do you think? Do you think Hip Hop is Dead or is it seriously ill. Do you think that there is an underground renaissance going on in hip hop that the labels, Billboard Charts, and commercial radio do not know about or try to ignore?
It has been 10 years since the release of the classic Radiohead album OK Computer. To celebrate, the blog, Stereogum released a compilation of covers for free at their site. It features covers from the Mobius Band, Vampire Weekend, John Vanderslice, Cold War Kids, My Brightest Diamond and others. You may ask is this legal, and the answer is yes. So go grab it before they take it down. If you check it out, let me know what are your favorite tracks.
I just found about this really interesting documentary which you can download for free. The name of the documentary is Good Copy, Bad Copy. The documentary is about the current state of copyright and culture.
The movie posed some interesting questions to the music industry and film industry.
Instead of trying to evolve and innovate, these industries rather hire lawyers and sue kids (who are usually the biggest fans). The industry says downloading killed their business. Me personally, I think it is their lack of motivation and creativity to capitalize on this technology that killed them.
Go download the film and let me know what you think. You will need a torrent client such as bittorrent or transmission for the mac or better yet get Democracy and you can download it and watch it.
Women always want to see a man’s sensitive side. Well I will show y’all just this once. You will have to wait until next year to see that side again. So to show my sensitive side, I thought the best way to do it would be in this blog. So for the site of day, I pick Cute Overload. Before you go there, please don’t leave any ‘awwwww’ comments. I do have a reputation (I like to keep it real)
Cute Overload is a blog with a pretty simple premise. Show all things cute whether it would be pics or videos of various animals. The site breaks up cuteness by animals. So if you are having a bad day and need a pick-me-up go over to cute overload. If your girlfriend is mad at you, show her this site. She will forget why she was mad at you (No Guarantees, especially if you did something really bad).
Chicken hatch some kittens (I mean it. No ‘awwww’s in the comments)
I thought this video from the site would redeem me, but the ending ruined it.