On the last Saturday of every month, there is a party called Gullyver at the uber trendy club Plastic People. It's run by DJ MK, who happens to be one of the UK's leading Hip Hop DJs and is also a really good friend of Roots Manuva. Now, Gullyver is one of the better parties out here, so of course I didn't miss it. And it's a good thing I didn't, because this week Mr. Manuva was actually present and hanging out.
I think I have mentioned before on here how I have always wanted to hear what Roots Manuva sounds like when he's just talking. Actually, I think the specific phrase I wanted to hear him say was "Excuse me."
Well, while I didn't get to hear the specific phrase, I did get a chance to have a brief chat with him. It went something like this:
Me: Um, excuse me...could I possibly have a picture with you?
Roots Manuva: Of course! Wait...are you Canadian?
Me: No...not really.
Roots Manuva: Oh, well where are you from?
Roots Manuva: Well that makes sense...that's close to the border isn't it?
Me: Um. Actually, D.C. is no where near the Canadian border.
Roots Manuva: (Makes a really embarrassed face)
I didn't meant for what I said to come out so harsh and I'm sure he didn't hear me say D.C. He probably thought I was from Washington State, which is actually next to the Canadian border. So yeah. The main point is that I a) got a picture with him and b) got to hear him talk to me.
Sometimes dreams really do come true.
NOTE: The photo looks like that because it's a scan from a negative. Also, please ignore the date on the camera...I never changed it, so it's reeeeeally off.
Imageyenation's favorite dysfunctional TV family may be making a triumphant return, only, on the big screen. According to IMDB, an 'Arrested Development' feature-length film is currently in production. The approximately 100 minute long movie is rumored to have been written by the television shows creator Mitchell Hurwitz and will be directed by the shows narrator, Ron Howard.
I can't tell you how excited I am to hear about this. No lie, I just finished watching all three seasons for the 6th time just a few weeks ago. Hearing about the movie filled the hole in my heart that I got after recently watching the series. I really hope this project makes it to the big screen.
Soaring gas prices have been hard on individuals and businesses alike. In an effort to offset the losses, companies have been offering incentives to rake in revenue. The Shady Lady Ranch in Nevada has begun to offer gas cards ranging from $50-$150 in value in order to entice customers. The amount of hours you spend in the brothel determines how large of a gift card you receive. Hell, that's win win right there!
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known better as CERN, plans to begin testing their Large Hadron Collider beginning in August. The particle accelerator, which was built approximately 300 feet below ground and straddles the French/Swiss boarder, has been receiving a lot of attention lately as many researchers speculate that a particle accelerator of this size could produce a black hole that could engulf the earth.
For those who don't follow nuclear physics for fun like I do, a particle accelerator is a device that uses electrical fields to propel electrical-charged particles. Your grandparents old console television is essentially a particle accelerator, or better yet take your computer CRT monitor (not the flat panel kind but the big bulky one). If you've ever moved your computer monitor you've undoubtedly noticed that the back of the monitor is significantly heaver than the front. This is because the back of the monitor houses the "electron guns" which fire the charged particles to the front screen thus creating an image. I won't go into much detail but you pretty much get the point... I hope.
Anyway, people at CERN have built a gynormous particle accelerator that they hope will answer some of physics biggest questions including such hot topics as dark matter, electromagnetism, and other grand unified theories.
The reason why many physicists in the community are up in arms about the super collider is that many fear that the intense acceleration of particles will essentially tear time a new asshole, basically creating a black hole that could swallow everything around it. Researchers at CERN have assured speculators that no such event could happen. But still, the speculation is frightening if not the least bit concerning.
I'm a bit of a pyromaniac, so needless to say I love the 4th of July. Growing up in Massachusetts made being a pyro a bit difficult though, since sales and use of fireworks was illegal. But now that I'm in North Carolina that obstacle changes slightly. I can buy fireworks from a tent right outside my favorite local diner which, for someone like me, is fucking awesome! But here in NC the sale of the good kind of fireworks is still illegal, meaning bottle rockets (rockets in general) and firecrackers (lady fingers, bricks of firecrackers, and M-80's, etc...). Unfortunately what I'm left to buy is basically glorified sparklers. I could go across the boarder into South Carolina or Tennessee and buy the good stuff but according to my neighbor it's legal to posses the fun stuff but illegal to set them off in NC. To me that's like owning a gun and not being able to fire it or hiring a prostitute and not being able to have sex with them. But considering the situation I'm coming from, I'll take what I can get. I'll still enjoy drinking a cold beer while I set off sparklers in my backyard.
Here's Animal Collective's "Fireworks" to help get you psyched for the 4th!
My boy CB over at Mangina Monologues introduced Iron Giant and I to some pretty modern gay genres and terms. Of them was the term "Twink". From what I understand, a "Twink" or homosapien twinkus, is a type of gay man who is commonly found paying extra close attention to their body image, wardrobe, and party lifestyle. According to CB, there are sub-genres within the "twink" category such as "Circuit Twink" and "Ex-Twink".
Here is one of CB's "Homosexual Information Series" videos explaining the "Twink" species and it's various categories.
Now that you've been educated in the subject, I'd like to present to you an image of our local Abercrombie and Fitch store, captured by Iron Giant. Considering that there is, presumably, a large population of "Abertwinks" in the world, I have a hard time understanding why, say, a typical straight 18-24 year old college male would first shop at Abercrombie and Fitch and second be so oblivious to this and other extremely homo-erotic images that the store presents.
It's perplexing how many different lifestyles can converge at one fashion point and subsequently be comfortable doing so. I also wonder if any male, straight or not, that shops at Abercrombie and Fitch is technically a "Twink".
So you're not into sleeping with men... you're still obsessed with your body, your clothes, and partying. What does that make you?
I'm not sure how much UK music drama people hear about in the States. I'm gonna guess not that much, unless it's maybe mentioned on MTV or something. For those of you who don't know, summers in the UK (and Europe) are chock full with music festivals, some of which have been around for ages. One of these well established festivals is the Glastonbury Festival. Starting from 1970, Glastonbury has hosted a huge amount of now uber famous bands. It is also known to be one of the muddiest festivals ever.
Though it's known for being a predominantly rock-centric concert, this year organizers invited Jay-Z (or Jay-Zed as Jonathon Ross jokingly called him here) to perform as the headlining act. The decision to have a rap superstar perform at Glastonbury came as a surprise to many and received numerous negative (and possibly racist?) comments. One of the fore runners against having Jay-Z perform was none other than Oasis band member Noel Gallagher who was quoted as saying:
"If it ain't broke don't fix it. If you start to break it then people aren't going to go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?' I don't know about it. But I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."
Jay-Z fired back, likening the backlash to his performance to "musical racism" and said he planned to give a good show. Which, from what I have seen on YouTube, he did. In fact, he more or less told Gallagher to eff off by coming out on stage strumming a guitar and performing a cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall" the clip of which you can see below.
I also think its great that he performed with a live band, which also disproves the point that Hip Hop can't be guitar based. Kudos to Shawn...he's making us all proud.
A few weeks back my boy Tim was telling me about this here YouTube clip, in which a weightlifter practically gets off on groping his own muscles. I have a feeling that lots of people have already seen it but in case you don't scour the internet for fucking weird videos, here it is!
Note how he say's "...watch myself fucking come all over me."
Apparently this guy has multiple on-screen orgasms clips to share.
When it comes to pseudo electro-Hip Hop/Neo-RandBSoul, the "Scene" in London is small. And by small I mean it's five people.
Ok, maybe not that small, but I know I see at least five of the same people at every event I go to.
One of these people is Lingo Scott, a stylish youngin' who can put together an amazing outfit as well as belt out a well sung jam. While he still may be really young, he definitely is going places, and with the amount of people he knows (yours truly included), he has a lot of people supporting him.
His first single, "Livin' Rich" is a catchy tune about not having money, but knowing that one day, we're all gonna get paid. Regardless of being soaked in idealism, the song is still an enjoyable piece of poptasticness.
(Ok, so his video may look a little budget. And yes, because he's my friend, I'm going to be biased. However, to add to his cool factor, his video does in fact feature Barbie dolls.)
If you want to hear more from Lingo Scott, check out his MySpace page.
The fine folks over at Threadless recently had a "Blockbuster" Summer sale which inspired me and m. Cody to order a bunch of dope new tees. Here you can see me in Egyptronic! by Elise Nishiyama and m. Cody in Robot Dance Contest by Cameron McEwan
Growing up, I knew George Carlin as the Stationmaster on the children's television show "Shining Time Station". It wasn't until I got older that I realized the nice, gravelly voiced Stationmaster was actually one of the most prolific and articulate stand up comedians the comedy world had ever seen.
He also had a foul mouth, which he never used on "Shining Time Station".
Carlin's comedy was based in the observational as well as the overtly political. From his starting days as a young comic in the 1960's, Carlin always had something to say about the state of current events, whether they were political or cultural. His repertoire over the past forty or so years is immense with everything from big film credits to album releases to HBO specials.
Canadian duo Thunderheist is having a video contest for their single "Jerk It." There are three finalists whose videos are on Thunderheist's website. You can watch all three and then vote for your favorite one.
The song is a hot jam...dirty beats, sexy lyrics and an energy to which you could dance...both vertically and horizontally.
It's not as genius as their last clip for "Get Better," but Mates of State's new video for "My Only Offer" is still unexpectedly whimsical. It's also a really good song, from one of the best albums of the year.
"My Only Offer" is the second video taken from Mates of State's newest album 'Re-Arrange Us' which is out now on Barsuk Records.
I've been talking shit about UK Indie-Dance monsters The Black Ghosts not having an album out for like a year now. But I can finally stop, because their new single "Repetition Kills You" featuring guest vocals from Damon Albarn, is also the first single from their forthcoming album!
The video is something like a cute, lo-budget take on the clothing-oriented animation-assisted clip for Justice's smash "D.A.N.C.E." last year. The album, a self-titled full-length collecting most of their already released tracks and some new stuff, is out in July.
I wrote this entire post this morning and then for some reason it wouldn't post. Then I lost the whole damn thing. But it was a good post, so I'm gonna try and write it again.
The past few weeks have been really hard. I wish I could say that they were hard because "being in between jobs" is no fun and looking for a new job sucks. But no.
The real cause for my misery the past few weeks is actually the bane of every young woman's existence: Men.
Yes, you guys. You are the banes. Don't try and deny it.
Anyway, I haven't watched enough of Sex and the City to write a gritty detailed essay about why heartache sucks or why men just don't seem to understand women, etc. I used to take photographs when I was in pain, hence the result above (and yes that is the fearsome Lady Glock and yes it is a rather old photograph...I'm really opening up here, huh?).
More recently, however, I've started using music as comfort (No idea what I was talking about here) I've ALWAYS used music for comfort. And I've decided to share some of that music with you. So after the jump, you can listen and watch some of the songs that help cure heartaches by being so eloquently on point about love that it makes you feel like there's someone else out there who understands.
These aren't in any particular order, and I'm not explaining any of them, because I feel the songs really speak for themselves.
Now, after I've cried everything out and the feeling of numbness sort of eases through me, I'm going to sit back, listen to these songs, eat some comfort food (yay mac & cheese) and I'm going to heal.
Rappers Blu and Ta'Raach (aka C.R.A.C) are two fun loving guys. They recently came to London to perform a concert and ended up playing a DJ set that everybody sort of vibed out to. The thing is, Londoners don't really know who they are, so when they finally did perform some tunes, no one knew the lyrics.
One of the first songs they did was the track "Buy Me Lunch." I think the first time I heard this track, I was still in D.C. Still, it is one of my favorite tracks of all time. So when I saw the there was a video, I got super excited.
And needless to say I wasn't disappointed. The video may be low budget, but it definitely fits the happy-go-lucky silliness of the song.
"Buy Me Lunch" is off of C.R.A.C's album The Piece Talks out now.
Going for a swim is always refreshing. And so are the bouncy, air-conditioned Synthpop melodies of, and stop-motion video for, Italo-Pop maestro Swim's single "lo e Rodo al Bar."
It looks like he's only got the one single out on the Do It Yourself Records label. But fans of Hot Chip, Muslces, Chromeo, San Serac, Sébastien Tellier and the like will be clamoring for an album soon enough.
I've decided to make this edition of "Add-Mmm's Naughty Pic" all high class and shit. Peep Pablo Picasso's 1907 work "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon". This painting, which was supposedly inspired by African artifacts, marked the beginning of what would later become Picasso's famous Cubist movement, a style of painting which he is credited to have pioneered.
"Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" is all about the prostitutes. And who doesn't love a hot abstract boobie? This right here is totally the beginning of squiggle porn.
Saint Louis-based emcee, crooner and producer Black Spade's debut is one of the best Hip-Hop albums of the year. The Prince-referencing tune "Evil Love" was my favorite track on the disc. The video is pretty ill too.
Black Spade's 'To Serve With Love' is out now on the OM Records label. If you don't own it or don't plan on owning it you aren't a real Hip-Hop head so you should just give up the charade now.
No, the Brighton Port Authority isn't responsible for making the trains run on time. But they (and by "they" I mean Norman "Fatboy Slim" Cook and his collaborators) are responsible for making at least one eye-catching video.
It's for a track, featuring David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal, called "Toe Jam," which is the first official release under the moniker and should theoretically be coming out on Southern Fried Records at some point.
Remember how I posted the XXXChange remix of the new Daedelus single a couple weeks back? Well, I like the original mix so much more. It's the version they used in the new scrapbook/decoupage animated video clip for the song.
"Make It So," featuring Michael Johnson, is the first single from Daedelus' forthcoming album 'Love To Make Music To', which is due out on Ninja Tune in the US on July 15th.
After a nearly year-long hiatus Imageyenation's Undertones Podcast Series makes it's triumphant comeback thanks to Add-Mmm and his sassy spouse Iron Giant.
We're hoping that this will be the start of a new bi-weekly Summer schedule where Add-Mmm and Iron Giant alternate with El Keter and newcomer m. Cody every other week.
So stop beating yourself up looking for something new to put on your iPod and just download this new webisode now!
1. Tone Tank "Fight Song"
2. Gorillaz "All Alone" feat. Roots Manuva and Martina Topley-Bird
3. Self "Kill the Barflies"
4. Björk "Innocence"
5. CSS "Alala"
6. Radiohead "myxomatosis"
7. The Faint "Glass Danse"
Background Sounds --
1. Black Moth Super rainbow + Octopus Project "Psychic Swelling"
2. Yoko Solo "Violent"
Now that that's out of the way, I can show y'all the new video for his single "Buff Nuff" which is from his forthcoming album 'Slime and Reason'. If the single is any indication as to how the album will sound, expect a ragga heavy record.
Also, props for having a big girl sucking down an ice cream cone. I always knew Roots loved his big girls!
'Slime & Reason' will be out in August on Big Dada Records.
Maybe I'm really late on this one. To be fair, I haven't been in the NYC scene for AGES, so I have no idea what's considered hip and cool Stateside any more. But I'm guessing there are hundreds of Hipsteriffic singers/rappers/performers just littering the sidewalks down in LES and Brooklyn.
One of these said Hipsteriffics has to be Lady GaGa. I'd seen something about her a little bit ago, but never really paid that much attention. Then a couple days ago, I got an email in my inbox about the new video for her single "Just Dance." And I'll admit it...The song is definitely something I would want on my pink Blackberry. Lady GaGa is also yet another person whose stylist I want to steal. She's sort of like what would happen if you put Christina Aguilera in Williamsburg for a couple of years before talking her to LA.
Featured on the track is a guy named Colby O'Donis, who I'm less impressed with. He reminds me of one of the guys on "Growing Up Gotti". However, he is apparently signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label, hence why Akon is in the video, looking kind of like a fish out of water.
Side note: Be happy I didn't start this post out with a "Lady Glock -Lady GaGa" joke of some kind.
"Just Dance" is from Lady GaGa's debut album 'The Fame' which is out this Summer off of Interscope Records.
In the words of Imageyenation crewmember m. Cody "crazy white women" have gone "Popeye," as in "that's all they can stands and they can't stands no more!" They want their white privilege and they want it now!
I'm starting to think that if we don't repeal these bitches right to vote now they're gonna fuck up the whole game for all of us.
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