Monday, November 26, 2007

You're Not Crunk and I'm Telling Everyone

So when I saw that Lil Jon was involved with the Florida pop-punk outfit Whole Wheat Bread, then saw his use of the slogans "Crunk's Not Dead" and "Crunk Ain't Dead", I deduced he probably was into Punk in his day.

After that, I didn't think much of it. Fast forward to today, when I'm bored and trolling wikipedia. As I'm reading about Bad Brains, I see that (minus H.R.) the band joined Jon on a remix of a song he did with Ice Cube, using a new arrangement of the instrumental from "re-ignition". Fucking awesome. Then I see that not only is Lil Jon a huge Bad Brains fan, but he was into Minor Threat too.

Possible pre-cursor to "to the windoooow, to the wall!"??? Could be...

Thursday, November 22, 2007


I was going to post a happy thanksgiving post, but how can I be happy when there's sadness in Shaolin? I'm pretty out of touch with the blog world lately, so I'm a little late on this, but I came across Miss Info's interview with Raekwon today.

Dude's pretty anti-guitar and anti-Rza. Plus, stay tuned for a wu-tang album WITHOUT THE RZA. Why would they think that's a good idea? I know Ghostface has been vocal about his displeasure, and Method Man has voiced his concerns in the past, but I'm curious to hear where the others stand on this. I'm guessing U-God will go with whomever wants to put him on. I can't imagine a split between the Rza and the Gza, but even if these guys are angry at the Rza, how could they leave the Gza? He's the genius. This just doesn't sit well with me.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Iggy Pop and the Boys... or Paul's Power

Since the summer, I've been whipping a new(er) car with a big advantage over my old car. A tape deck. I'm sure there are folks out there who think a tape deck would be a step down from a mp3/CD player, but really, that's balderdash. Having a thought out mix CD is always nice, and plugging in your iPod is handy (if it hasn't been stolen yet), but there's a certain quality to a homemade tape that just can't be beat.

Recently a friend gave me a tape that I thought deserved special mention on here. Side A of the tape, Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys.

see the scenic LES corner, mere blocks from ABC No Rio!

Flip to side B, and it's Raw Power by Iggy and the Stooges.

pre James Mecklenberg days

Sonically, yeah, the albums are pretty different. I wouldn't have expected them to go together very well. It's such a great combination though. Even though they approach it very differently, both albums have a strong element of chaos that helps them vibe together, and the entire package makes for a great driving tape.

The epic 9 song mega track that closes out the album. My favorite part is the third song, "Stop That Train". Not only is the beat funky as hell, but there's a great sample of Keith and Tex's song, "Stop That Train", that vocalist/DJ Scotty recorded a singjay version of for the The Harder They Come soundtrack.

The first Stooges track to come blistering out after the automatically tape flipping. Already a great start to an album, now an even better start to the album. It makes me drive recklessly.

Speaking of the cover of Paul's boutique, if you're in the vicinity on November 24, you should check out Street Smart Cyclist at ABC. Go to their myspace and download the songs yourself.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Pink and Blue

So, my job started consuming my life, I saw LL Cool J with the LOX and Clipse, I moved to Brooklyn, saw the Bouncing Souls at Coney, saw T.I. again and took a vacation to see Weezy upstate, I went back to college, I quit my job, etc etc. Long story short, I was not contributing anything here anymore. Now I am.

This song just recently came to my attention, I know I've heard it before, closer to when it came out, but I must have not known the title.

Much to my chagrin, it is not a cover song.