Excuse the child-not-so-friendly artwork, but this song is a great one. Give it a listen if you are sick of listening to Everyday Riddim or the Counting Crows or whoever.
December 26, 2009
December 22, 2009
Here's a little documentary on Bobby Konders of Massive B and Hot 97.
Interesting to hear his grind and stories about Brooklyn's West Indian Day Parade.
Oh yea, shout out to Greek Spot Greg for cookin up some good veggie cheesesteaks.
December 20, 2009
December 12, 2009
December 6, 2009
December 4, 2009
One of the most excruciating problems that has plagued Planet Earth for the past 25 years is a phenomenon known as "S.P.L.A.T.T.E.R.". The location of this problem is within the interior surfaces of the omnipresent household microwave, and it is caused by radiation's unprecedented level of kinetic energy disrupting the "peaceful" nature of TV dinners and assorted foods. The French call it "Shrapnelle". This growing problem is an endemic that is more common than Herpes Simplex 1. The prognosis is not good for the world. Whenever possible, discard your old microwave and buy a new one.
-C & Out
November 30, 2009
November 25, 2009
November 9, 2009
November 1, 2009
Poor Floyd. First he beefs with Rick Ross now he gets torn apart by RA the Rugged Man on Sirius Satellite's Shade 45. He questions Floyd's reputation of ducking fighters known for taking on the hardest fights, i.e. Pacquiao, Cotto, Mosley and Paul Williams. I had no idea RA was such a devoted boxing fan....props! Complete p4wnage at its finest.
October 29, 2009
October 26, 2009
October 24, 2009
Epicly Later'd is at it again;
this time with Max Schaaf from Oakland, California.
Amazing! Even if you don't like skateboarding or
care for the dude, it's a great experience watching
these in-depth life stories. Can I say "touching"?
October 22, 2009
October 20, 2009
Description: The secret lives of invisible magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries . All action takes place around NASA's Space Sciences Laboratories, UC Berkeley, to recordings of space scientists describing their discoveries . Actual VLF audio recordings control the evolution of the fields as they delve into our inaudible surroundings, revealing recurrent ‘whistlers' produced by fleeting electrons . Are we observing a series of scientific experiments, the universe in flux, or a documentary of a fictional world?
This video is pretty amazing a la "What the Bleep Do We Know?". If you haven't watched Bleep, then just consider those raw moments in your childhood, which were purely magical. And I'm not talking about the time you got the Batmobile in your Happy Meal. I'm talking about that time you floated mysteriously in the woods behind your house. I'm just kidding, but I guess you could say I'm half-serious too. There indeed is more than meets the eye, and that point is often neglected, even though few refuse to admit it. Maybe try to apply it?
October 16, 2009
There is way too much production that gets overlooked these days. It's kind of sad, because its like a daily basis that I go to blogs or the store to look for new material, and its seemingly impossible to find solid stuff. But the truth of the matter is that producers are still making awesome material. Exile is the man. Please support the dude. Okay, 1:20 AM random rant. Weekend!
October 15, 2009
This video is pretty tight, regardless if you're into bikes or not. I believe that is OG NYC skateboarder Mike Hernandez in that video. Nice.
It's raining outside, but it's aiiiiight. One more day of midterms, and hello weekend.
at 2:58 PM
October 13, 2009
October 7, 2009
October 5, 2009
October 1, 2009
Some highlights from my week:
* I had a dream that this beautiful girl in my class smoked a blunt and later found out that it was laced with PCP. I remember her acting like it was no big deal.
** Some form of vehicle or beast destroyed my bicycle, while it was locked up.
*** I came up with a theory that if you're an Asian male WITHOUT A CAR, it puts the level of difficulty to pick up Asian females to about a 11 on a scale of 10.
Luckily, there's plenty of black women for Asian men out there.
September 29, 2009
Rap isn't one of Canada's chief exports, but they do have a fair share of quality rappers: Saukrates, Mathematik, Kardinal Offishall, K-OS, Buck 65, and more recently Drake... who has been kind of taking over US radio, but is he getting airtime in Canada? the rest of the world?? I'm too lazy to check charts, and my radio don't pick up signals that far.
Drake-Between Us (feat. Slakah the Beatchild)
September 27, 2009
------------> Weekend is f l e e t in g.
Really inspiring track by Toro y Moi.
"Talamak" is Tagalog for "chronic"; then there's the Urban Dictionary that tells us that it means "free loader of drugs".
September 25, 2009
September 23, 2009
In the late 90's, I exchanged tapes with this kid in Reno, Nevada. I think I met him in an AOL chatroom for hip-hop or something. His nom de plum was Diatomaceous. He's probably the reason why I ever heard of people like Sixtoo, Living Legends, Scienz of Life, and Siah (... that is until I heard of Sandbox Automatic).
Tangent: Do you remember Sandbox Automatic, and how they used to write great descriptions for their new releases? I guess that's kind of the direction that blogs operate under now.
Back to the story: So this kid that goes by the name of Diatomaceous, sends me this tape that has this one particular song that blew my mind. It was by a rapper named Buck 65, and the track sounded like nothing I ever heard before. It was called "Wildlife".
As a product of a fairly conservative household, I listened to a lot of my first cd's and tapes with headphones. Regardless of that reason, I probably would have still listened to Buck 65 in headphones, because of some symbolic need for self-preservation or to keep myself untamed from compromising criticisms. To this day, I play this song for people, and they think its simply wack or weird. Oh well. It is called the Wildlife. And in a sense, we are our own elected council of nature conservation.
I am a fan of Andre 3000 jumping in on someone else's song. Kelis had a lot of potential, and Wednesday is that day that either tips forward or backward. Hopefully its forward.
-SprintPCSVoicemailBox of "........"
September 21, 2009
So I did go downtown yesterday.
I get a $50 ticket for skateboarding, and my board taken away. Either
way, it was still a good day, echoing the same sentiments of Walt
Whitman's words that are engraved in the marble floor at Freedom Plaza:
"p l e a s a n t l y disappointed".
September 20, 2009
September 19, 2009
I just ate a cheesesteak with lettuce and tomato,
which means I might have broken a couple of rules in Philly.
But I'm not in Philly, and hypothetically. . .
I need my antioxidants to counteract the built up stresses from the week.
You got to pay to live free and radical.
September 17, 2009
Everyone talks about J.Dilla post-mortem.
Slum Village this and that (RIP everyone in that group in advance. no offense), Stones Throw (great art direction, okay music),
Getting only humble recognition for producing Tribe and Pharcyde greats...
Here's another song produced by J.Dilla, and it's a downtempo lounge song like a mixture of Esthero and somebody good on the boards. Cheesy lyrics, but great overall vibe. I'm a sucker for this kind of music.
September 14, 2009
So I send a text message to this girl I have a crush on.
After years of never having text messages, I am psyched.
The message I sent to her went something along the lines of:
"hey girl. i just got text messages. yay. hope everything is well."
Fast forward a couple of hours, and I receive a text message back that goes something like this:
"hey biotch. congrats. welcome to the 21st century."
Ouch. Oh well.
September 10, 2009
September 8, 2009
September 2, 2009
If you don't know who Sun Ra is and love jazz, get to know him. Imagine a large piano jazz musician from the 1940s and on into the 90s claiming he is from outer space brought here to earth to enlighten human beings. Wearing elaborate costumes and leading large bands in songs with names speaking of other galaxies, stars, war, and peace, he carved himself a piece of time. Asides from all that, he was an amazing musician who produced many, many albums and whose influence is unparalleled.
The Durham Arts Guild in Durham, NC is holding a unique show consisting of original Sun Ra LP covers, artwork and sketches for album covers, and some other interesting items. Some info on the show can be found HERE.
at 12:10 PM
August 31, 2009
Recently I got to film my friend Sean Driscoll skateboarding around the Columbia Heights/Shaw area of Washington DC. (*He is a flow rider for Stereo for all publicity and legal purposes.) We only spent about 2 hours filming, right before his workshift at the the Greek Spot in the historic U Street area. There's a cameo of Pulaski OG Hojin Chang in the end. The first video was intended to be an intro to the second video. Hopefully we'll see more footage soon.
August 27, 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thFumzBYRd8 (*Stolen from KEO TC5's Blog)
The first cassette single I ever purchased was Groove Theory's "Tell Me". I never quite understood my affinity towards neo-soul, but I am always intrigued and somewhat proud of my appreciation towards a genre with good intentions and no street credibility. This video features quite the mash-up of Groove Theory with Art of Noise. Usually, I am not a fan of mashups, but this is almost a flawless match. Check it.
I stepped out of class today, and somebody was blasting this song out of his car. It was kind of comedic and inspirational. I basked in a euphoric moment of nostalgia, as I used to hear the original song by DJ KC (?) during the rave/dance days of early 2000's. Everyone get their mean head nod on, or their dagger on as Jaguarman can.
Have a good weekend
at 12:37 PM
August 26, 2009
Henry Sanchez: Sight Unseen
In retrospect, the skateboarding in this particular part was always off the hook, but the Cali Agents as a soundtrack did not age too well. Girl/Chocolate had a good formula of putting classic music in their videos, which allowed for a more timeless feel. Relax and take notes.
at 1:53 AM
August 25, 2009
August 24, 2009
It's Monday, and another week has started. Soon it will be the weekend. And next thing you know it'll be Fall. Don't get anxious now.
Alien Workshop's MindField was pretty good. A little heavy in retrospeect due to the large number of great parts from an almost too large team of skateboarders. I guess its hard to soak it all in within one sitting.
at 12:42 AM
August 19, 2009
Earlier this week I was exiled from the house due to the exterminator taking over the premises. During that day, I decided to ride my bike to the museum areas for kicks. I opted for the Newseum, but it was big bucks to get in. Instead I went to the free Native American Smithsonian museum with free Air Conditioning.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that they dedicated the entire 2nd level (out of its 4 levels) to an exhibit on skateboarding culture of modern Native Americans. The previous photos are all related to that exhibit, with a few missing photos of MURF and some amateurs that I never heard of. Overall, that museum is amazing, and I suggest anyone to go check it out.
August 15, 2009
August 12, 2009
August 11, 2009
My friend Andreas introduced this band "The Radio Dept" to me years ago, and I've been a fan ever since. Part of the story behind the band consists of the band falling apart, leaving behind no drummer. That led the band to using beat programs and machines, which gave them their unique sound. They're from Sweden if I'm not mistaken. Enjoy.
at 5:02 PM
August 10, 2009
July 14, 2009
July 13, 2009
July 10, 2009
July 9, 2009
July 7, 2009
July 4, 2009
July 3, 2009
Around 2003-5 at the peak of my early 20's angst, I found a lot of relief reading Adrian Tomine's comic books. They're really simple but incorporate a lot of "mise en scene" if you will.
Without getting too pretentious, Tomine's imagery captures those short and subtle moments that mean a whole lot, but are often never transcribed properly. Everyone experiences those moments, especially in our lonesome.
It's always a good thing to give ourselves a break from our public personas once in awhile.
Hope you enjoyed some of these images!
June 29, 2009
Aside from signing a fight with the Boricua Sensation Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao will star in a new action comedy movie entitled Wapakman with singer Nicole Sherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls and WWE wrestler Batista.
In an interview with GMA News, Pacquiao said he’ll be playing the role of a father who acquires super powers. Sherzinger will be Pacquiao’s leading lady in the film, and Batista will be play the villain. Still Waiting for the rumored Pacquiao/Stallone movie in the works. -Jagwire
at 2:22 PM
June 19, 2009
June 16, 2009
June 15, 2009
June 10, 2009
Once again here is another "8 Track" mix. This one is specifically tailored for sedentary lifestyles and can be applied to most personal environments, such as kitchens, autobahns, and futons. Apologies for the 30 seconds of dead silence at the end of the Large Professor song, as well as if you're allergic to House music. As they say, the difference between poison and elixir is the dosage. Enjoy!
Artist Roll Call: Mr. Fingers, Large Professor, Omar S, Busta Rhymes, Atmosfear, Joey Beats, Meaty Ogre, and Nite Jewel.
-Duane Reade the Selector
June 7, 2009
"I don't think I had the sophistication to appreciate what a cultural shift hip-hop was when I first heard it, but I was also pretty young. I mean, when you are in 5th grade, every day has it's own eureka moment." - Stretch Armstrong
If you're remotely interested in rap, radio shows, or the original ZOO YORK, then you may appreciate this relatively new interview with DJ Stretch Armstrong.
For the scoop on the original ZOO YORK video called "Mixtape" (1998), read Eli Gesner's interview.
*that dude standing behind Busta in Robbie Gangemi's part is indeed Kurious Jorge...
at 8:47 PM
June 2, 2009
May 29, 2009
May 27, 2009
May 23, 2009
May 19, 2009
I always wanted to put up a mix of some songs, but I was always afraid of getting entangled in some spyware popup mess that comes with using free e-storage. Luckily, 8tracks.com exists, which allows users to share their mixes, although not the actual files. There's some real restrictions to the site, due to the music infringement laws. I guess we'll see how it works out.
This mix consists of some electronic or instrumental music; some of it you may have heard. And I think there will be at least one track that you might consider to be suspect. Hopefully you enjoy it though!
Gwen Guthrie. Tundra. Meaty Ogre. Kiln... among others
at 3:46 PM
May 14, 2009
May 9, 2009
Bill Stroebeck is one of the filmers behind the Alien Workshop videos in the past couple of years. He has also been featured on Epicly Later'd on VBS in the Anthony Poppalardo series.
The point is... Stroebeck has only recently been releasing youtube videos of his old footage, which outweighs the big budget skate videos without a doubt. Think Dan Wolfe's Eastern Exposure with Stroebeck's personal style.
Raw! Check 'em out.
at 3:04 PM
May 4, 2009
I'm a little late on this, but here are some scenes from a recent art show we had in Lancaster, PA. It was a four person show featuring Christian Herr, Kris Harzinsky, John Slaby, and Keith Garcia. The opening was on April 4th and will end almost 2 months later, on the weekend of May 23rd. Info at theinfantreegallery.com
April 29, 2009
Getting Flicks 2001 from Jagwiremon on Vimeo.
I've been fooling around with old footage again. This one is from '01 after a night hitting steel, but focuses more on the 40 min. bike ride (to and from) alongside the river, which may or may not be considered a Philly Freight tradition by now. I will be posting more videos like these, as my summer project is to make use of the tons of random footage I've been sitting on. -Jaguarman
April 28, 2009
So I've been pulling all-nighters for the past week and a half.
Today I end up passing out in a common area in between exams.
I get woken up by my classmate, while everyone else is already
starting on their practical exams. God bless a sweet lady in a
school full of vultures. Grad school ain't no joke!
Sometimes in the wee hours of the day, I end up vibing to the
damnest things, or should I say the paranormal. Who on earth
listens to Manu Chao? I wouldn't say normally, but I sure will
at 3:30 AM in a 24-Hour CVS buying Cheese Puffs and Red Bulls.
Especially if its just playing through the CVS system.
at 10:59 PM
April 25, 2009
I don't know if anyone checks this site anymore, but I plan on posting random videos in exchange for less writing. With the advent of final exams and my computer crashing during finals, I have been, for better or for worse, without regular digital interaction.
The blog is coming back; I hope you'll join us.
at 11:53 PM
April 6, 2009
Columbia, the restaurant was founded in 1905 by a Cuban immigrant in the Ybor City section of Tampa, Florida. It is the state's largest and oldest Spanish-American resturant. I ate at the Columbia in St. Petersburg. Had the Mojito Chicken which came with a rice unlike I've ever tasted, as well as fresh homemade bread that melted in the mouth.
(photo taken with cell phone in Ybor City)
at 9:17 PM
March 29, 2009
Archers of Loaf "Underachievers March and Fight Song".....a great song/video that I just remembered, and brings back memories from the 90's. I remember this used as the intro for I think Eastern Exposure 3? Set a good tone and title(sort of) for the rest of the vid. -Jaguarman