Monday, June 22, 2009

grab a beer, a lawn chair, go outside and chill.
perfect summer night listening.

the world is yours - nas
the what - notorious b.i.g. & method man
thieves in the night - blackstar
can i kick it? - a tribe called quest
100 days, 100 nights - sharon jones & the dap kings
flava in your ear - craig mack
heaven & hell - raekwon

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I hid under your porch because I love you.

How is it that animated films have such a way of pulling at our heartstrings? I've fallen in love alongside Belle and Arielle and Aladdin and even Simba. And now Pixar's done it too. The studio's newest film, Up, is not only a lesson in adventure in fun and the laughs along the way, but also deep love. Though I laughed throughout much of the film, it had extremely sad moments. The film was about the deepest, truest love, but what happens when that love is done. I won't go any further, but if you're above 12 years old, there's a heartfelt message in the film about true love.

Friday, June 5, 2009

And you left
me shimmering

Like diamond
wedding rings

Spinning dizzily
down on the floor

- moth's wings, passion pit

Thursday, June 4, 2009

reunited and it feels so good

It's been two years since DispatchZimbabwe, Dispatch's epic reunion concert at Madison Square Garden that sold out two shows within fifteen minutes of going on sale. Well, the band is doing it again. Only this time with only a week's notice and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Dispatch will perform an acoustic concert for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (6/5) at 10am. Dispatch (and Chad Urmston's current band State Radio) have done a good job with publicizing the concert on such short notice. I haven't decided if I'm going to buy a ticket yet, though I am quite inclined to try. Mostly because I am curious to see how long it takes Dispatch to sell out the 1,100 seated Eisenhower Theatre. Five minutes?

Try your luck: tickets.

family roots

Acclaimed French director Olivier Assayas' (Paris, Je T'aime) newest film, makes subtle yet poignant remarks about family relationships along with stunning visuals. When their mother dies, siblings must decide what to do with their family's estate. Keep it for their children or sell its contents to famous museums (like the Musee d'Orsay) and move on with their lives? The film is an understated commentary on human priorities.

"best summer jam"

Baltimore's CityPaper named Mullyman's "Party Walk" the best summer jam. Agreed. Subsequently, I just discovered "BMore Go Harder" also by Mullyman and featuring Jay-Z.
Both are great tracks, especially if you share my Baltimore pride.

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this week's playlist

Momma's Boy - Chromeo
Brother Bird - Franklin for Short
A Little Less Conversation (JLX Remix) - Elvis Presely
Party Walk - Mullyman
You Really Wake Up the Love in Me - The Duke Spirit
Change Gonna Come (feat. Charles Hamilton and Asher Roth) - B.O.B
Sleepyhead - Passion Pit
Good Times Roll Pt. 2 - RJD2
This Scene is Dead - We Are Scientists