Thursday, May 21, 2009

nowadays folk would rather rap than go to school

there are few people's musical judgments that i trust. so when a friend of mine with impeccable taste in music told me about a new Atlanta rapper, B.O.B, i was eager to listen. and i'm glad i did. i know very little about rap, so i'll let his own bio do the explaining, but i urge everyone to listen to this guy. he is absolutely great. and now that's finally summer, this is the perfect music to listen to on the beach, at a party, wherever the weather is warm.

"B.o.B has a unique talent in that he produces, writes, raps, arranges, and mixes his own music. He is a one stop music creation shop from top to bottom. This allows B.o.B the rare opportunity of recording with reckless abandon. It is a freedom that he willingly accepts. 'I am constantly coming up with songs and concepts because I want to sound different. Nobody made it by sounding like everyone else.' This unique sound caught the attention of two industry heavyweights, Jim Jonsin and TJ Chapman, who are poised to make the rest of the world believers."

"At the age of 17, B.o.B is already well on his way by co-producing and dropping a verse on the “Showstopper (Remix)” by P. Diddy’s Danity Kane featuring Pitbull. Plus, B.o.B has a vault of music with close to 100 songs to choose from for his upcoming Rebel Rock/Atlantic release. And the Southern music mouthpiece Ozone Magazine has already featured B.o.B it its prestigious Patiently Waiting to blow section. (Click this link to read it yourself - ). Not to mention, the radio legend, Greg Street has already begun playing B.o.B’s “Cloud 9” five times in one shift on Atlanta’s V103.

B.o.B’s knows for his star to rise, he must tread 'along a very cold road and wherever it ends or begins I do not know.' But, one thing is for certain, B.o.B is a one to one… there’s never Been One Before and there’ll never Be One Beyond."

my favorites: mellow fellow and i'll be in the sky

political gloss

Obama was criticized for his celebrity
Tim Daly, co-president of The Creative Coalition
A production still from POLIWOOD: Susan Saradon & Josh Lucas at the 2008 DNC
Actor Matthew Modine and director Barry Levinson speak about POLIWOOD after its screening at the Maryland Film Festival.

Barry Levinson's most recent "film essay," POLIWOOD, addresses the hyperreality the media has created within politics. As seen most clearly in the 2008 presidential campaign, Hollywood has infiltrated politics. Obama was criticized for being a celebrity, not a legitimate presidential candidate, by the McCain campaign, and for one of the first times, Hollywood celebrities came out in hordes to endorse their presidential choice, whether it was for Obama or McCain.

POLIWOOD follows actors (including Matthew Modine, Susan Saradon, Rachel Leigh Cook, Josh Lucas, and Anne Hathaway) in conjunction with The Creative Coalition as they try learn more about politics, and understand how their voices both hurt and help. Throughout the film, celebrities are constantly criticized for viewing themselves as lofty and important, though mass society believes they are using their platform improperly and know no more than anyone else. This raises the question of celebrity power and mass resentment by the public.

Levinson makes a poignant example with his film, a scary idea that everything we encounter is filtered through a glossy media counterpart.

Can celebrities influence us?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

shooting stars

"shooting stars" by this band mysteriously showed up in my itunes one day after a friend downloaded it on my computer. lucky me!
shooting stars by bag raiders

matt dunne

singer/songwriters pop up all the time. some are worth our time and many are not. this may be a shameless plug for a friend, but Matt Dunne is one singer/songwriter who is worth your time. a little bit jason mraz mixed with some of dispatch's rhymes, and completely melodic.

check him out: myspace
or buy him: iTunes
become his fan: facebook


the wackness.
directed by jonathan levine.
starring ben kingsley, josh peck, olivia thirby.

Coming of age story set in NYC during the summer of 1994. Socially awkward high school grad, luke, gets by selling pot, but things get more interesting when he befriends his "shrink" and falls for his daughter, Stephanie. Great performances by Kingsley, Peck, and Thirby.
Amazing soundtrack featuring Notorious B.I.G, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, and more.

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