Category Archives: Music
Hello, readers. In celebration of a sleepless night, day one of possibly being snowed in, without any foreseeable work options in the foreseeable future, on the first day of 2013, let’s take a look at that goddamn awful year 2012, and pick out some music that was better than Skillrex or that teenybopper shit. In 2008, I was the world’s foremost expert on new albums – or at the least, I was crazy enough to hear over 700 of them – but this time, time and interest was not on my side, so I went the more subdued route. No hipster indie crap, no poking through hype-maker blogs, just my favorite bands and some extras. Here’s a hint of what the tracklist will look like:
Nearly 20 years ago, when a group of rappers put together a love letter to kung fu movies and one of the definitive hip hop albums of the 90s, who’d have thought that the mastermind, the RZA, would be able to release an album using kung fu samples from his own movie? Talk about a dream come true! The RZA (a.k.a RZA, Rza, Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah, Bobby Digital, or simply by his given name, Robert Fitzgerald Diggs) was a modern day entrepreneur when he formed the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 90s. He put together a ten-year plan to help launch the careers of the nine member crew, along with an extended crew casually referred to as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees. Some of the more creative fruits of their collective labor include a revolutionary clothing line and acting in movies as diverse as Coffee and Cigarettes, Ghost Dog, and American Gangster, so the RZA’s transition to directing is therefore reasonable. We already have a spot-on review of the movie, so let’s focus on the music. Is it any good? More specifically, how does the music on this soundtrack fit into the movie?
In celebration of life and all of its infinite beauty, I’d like to invite the Internet on a roadtrip I took today to various nerd locations in the greater Seattle, Washington, area with a great friend of mine, Brenden.
As a music nerd, one topic of conversation that comes up frequently in addition to discussions of favorite band, favorite album, favorite song, and favorite [music variable such as band/album/song] by [another interval such as time/genre/country] is: vinyl vs digital.
I’ve always been in the CD/digital camp because I’ve never been able to sit down to hear vinyl at length. Yesterday, I decided to change that by listening to one of my favorite songs from my favorite album on vinyl. But first, let’s talk a little bit about the differences in these format, and even more so, what these formats mean to the people that listen to them.
The first annual Arcade Armageddon was a video game tournament and concert party extravaganza that happened this past weekend. For $15, you could enjoy an all day party, starting at noon, with eight hours of preliminary tournament rounds of three games: Soul Calibur V for the X-Box 360, Mario Kart 64, and Smash Brothers Brawl for the Wii. Tournament entry was $15 per game. Prizes included money from the pool of entry fees, some anime gift bags, and something you’ll read about later. To entice a larger crowd, the event organizers wisely chose to bring in some related music acts. That said, I really only wanted to see the Minibosses live, but I decided to go with an open mind to check out the rest of the games and the bands. Since I went with my brother, at the very least we could hang out and laugh at some of the stupidity. Fortunately, there was much more in store.
I’m a huge fan of this band and their video for Walk off their latest album Wasting Light is amazing. Especially since its an homage to one of my favorite movies, ‘Falling Down’ (with an incredible performance by Micheal Douglas to make it an even better film). Check out the video below, instant classic (like most of their videos).
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