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Barak Obama in the ’60s

22 Apr

Check this pic out from the NYTimes. Obama with his mama.

Britney’s BACK

14 Jan

I’ve been meaning to do this for a LONG TIME…

Guys, I want to talk about Britney Spears. Why? She’s incredible. And I strongly believe that she’s wildly under-appreciated.

Okay, yeah, I know, she’s had her ups and downs. But you might shave your head too if you’d been a celebrity (and I mean like… a REAL CELEB) since the age of 12.

Anyways, I’m not going to pollute this post with words–I believe these songs/videos will speak for themselves. But I will say, that if you were one of the many h8rs who simply looked past Britney, assuming she was just an industry puppet who made music for 12-year-old girls, I ask you to please, PLEASE, look again. Her music is, and always has been, WAY ahead of its time in terms of production/sound/style and, of course, marketability. There’s a reason she’s so damn famous, and WAY too many people don’t know it. Check this before you wreck this. In no particular order – some new, some for the throwback…

http://vimeo.com/18213920

http://vimeo.com/9517888

http://vimeo.com/11205461

http://vimeo.com/11194799

http://vimeo.com/11208318

http://vimeo.com/11569416

And, last but not least… the BRAND NEW Britney single off the album that we have to wait for until MARCH. This single is dope. It climbed to #1 on iTunes in 16 COUNTRIES in the first 24 hours. Fathom THAT for just a sec. And for good reason. Her voice actually sounds different a little… maybe even better? There’s a taste of dubstep (which, by the way, was on BLACKOUT, an album she released years before this dubstep hysteria broke out. See what I mean about her being ahead of her time and no one noticing?!). Also, Dr. Luke produced it. He’ll get his own post some day, but he’s pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to contemporary producers of main-stream/pop music.

Now, everyone’s saying “it sucks” or it’s “no good” or it’s “boring”. Okay, SHUT UP this is a SUPER HOT FIRE TRACK and when this is bumping on the dance floor you will blush with embarrassment and regret, and you will instantly revoke any negative claims you previously made. It’s okay though, I will forgive you when that moment comes. But in the meantime, BLAST this in your headphones in order to get a nearly full effect–the sounds swirl around your head, and they’re bumping and amazing and AHHH!! UnREAL. Pay special attention to what goes down at around 2:10. I present, “Hold it Against Me” by the one, the only, Britney Spears:

Things from the PAST

14 Jan

Here’s some scattered, disorganized music from le past. It’s where it all got STARTED. They’re the best, really. So just listen!!!

 

She’s Not There – The Zombies

 

I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James

 

Dream a Little Dream – The Mamas and The Papas

 

You Always Hurt The One You Love – The Mills Brothers

 

Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin

 

Night And Day – Ella Fitzgerald

 

Tell Her No – The Zombies

 

I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday

Wear Sunscreen

21 Dec

My brother Brett showed me this track a few years ago, and it’s the illest. I mean it. Pop Tarts? Step aside.

All I ask is that you put aside all your distractions–close your windows, get off chat, put the phone down, maybe plug in some headphones, focus, and listen to this track. If it doesn’t make you feel invincible, nothing will.

I present: Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) — Baz Luhrmann

FINALLY!

20 Dec

I FINALLY got my hands on a copy of Pinocchio and I just watched it. Let me just say… it REALLY messed with my head.

First of all, it’s a classic. There is so much to love about the movie. The Blue Fairy is amazing, Geppetto’s the man, his cat Figaro and his fish Cleo are the best, his shop with all the cuckoo clocks is off the CHAIN, and Jiminy Cricket is arguably one of the greatest Disney characters ever created. Okay.

But all the joy and happiness is shot DOWN when Pinocchio is skipping to school like a GOOD little boy and, SUBITO, he gets kidnapped by a psycho fox and his idiotic sidekick who convince him into becoming an actor instead of going to school. Jiminy Cricket, his conscience, tries to convince him to just go to school, but Pinocchio is too amped up about being an actor that he doesn’t even think twice and heads off to the theatah…

Next thing you know he’s locked up in a birdcage, growing cherry-blossoms on the end of his nose, missing dinner, and getting shipped off to Pleasure Island where he befriends a kid who is all jazzed about the idea of not having to obey any parents or laws. Immediately the two are smoking cigars, gambling, smashing windows, lighting the Mona Lisa on fire, drinking beers and plays POOL (!?).

It’s all pretty much downhill from there, when Pinocchio realizes he and  homeboy are transforming into donkeys who will be tortured, sold, and shipped off. It’s messed up. But listen, bro. It’s Disney. Things turn around and end up just fine.

All I’m tryna say here is if you haven’t watched Pinocchio recently, you must. It’s straight crack. And here are a few more things for you to deal with…

Chew on THIS for a sec:


Can you spot my Pinocchio reference?!:

Not At All – Emily Warren & The Betters