Friday, May 28, 2010

HIP-HOP!

Just you watch.

New flava in ya ear!

Reflection Eternal.

So Good.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

XOXO?

New flava in ya ear!

Pretty Reckless.

Make Me Wanna Die.




  • VULTURE: Taylor Momsen and the Pretty Reckless Have a Music Video, and It’s Pretty Good
  • Blinded by the Light.



    Words. For Your Consideration...

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: Sister Margaret’s Choice
  • This Mess We're In.

    An Ongoing Discussion.



    Words.

    "So who is in charge of stopping the oil spill, BP or the federal government?

    The fact that the answer to this question seems as murky as the water around the exploded oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico suggests that this is an excellent moment to recognize that our arguments pitting capitalism against socialism and the government against the private sector muddle far more than they clarify...

    ...Everyone is a capitalist until a private company blunders. Then everyone starts talking like a socialist, presuming that the government can put things right because they see it as being just as big and powerful as its Tea Party critics claim it is.

    But the truth is that we have disempowered government and handed vast responsibilities over to a private sector that will never see protecting the public interest as its primary task. The sludge in the gulf is, finally, the product of our own contradictions."

  • THE WASHINGTON POST: Gulf oil spill offers a lesson in capitalism vs. socialism
  • That Girl.



  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: M.I.A.’s Agitprop Pop
  • SHUT IT DOWN!

    SHUTTERBUG.

    A video from Big Boi.



  • PITCHFORK: Watch: Big Boi's Awesome Video for "Shutterbugg"
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    For Your Consideration...

    A "New flava in ya ear!" Production.



  • STEREOGUM: Klaxons – “Flashover”
  • Lil Romeo.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Trey Songz (And Guest Starring Keri Hilson).

    Yo Side of The Bed.

    "HER NAME IS NICOLE!"

    And this is for her. Congratulations on winning Dancing with the Stars!

    Eden's Crush.

    Get Over Yourself.

    An "Old School Funk for the True Funk Soldiers" Production.

    TELEVISION TELEVISION!

    Another morning. Another workout. Another viewing of a music video from a band trying to grab our attention/stand out in the crowd. Worthy of a repeat listen? I'll let you decide.

    The Like.


    He's Not A Boy.


    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Party and Bullshit!

    How to get rich [without really trying] in Hip-Hop:

    Exhibit "A":

    Cali Swag District.


    Teach Me How To Dougie.


    The Cool Kids.



  • STEREOGUM: Christina Aguilera & Le Tigre – “I Hate Boys” “My Girls”
  • Pork & Beans.


    Let's talk.

    Words.

    "...If we can make it to November without any more distractions from the pious and the fabulists, it could be a fascinating election. I may be dreaming, but the vote of 2010 might be a mashup for the ages, one of those rare referendums on real stuff.

    ...Too often, campaigns are about surface abstractions: liberty versus government control, real Americans versus Hollywood. But this year, large events of tragic and ongoing impact have occurred, prompting what should be a much bigger discussion of Real Stuff.

    Those who argue for continuing the deregulatory trend of the last decade need to look at how well that worked for the families who lost their loved ones in the Massey coal mine, run by a company with a history of bucking government oversight while promoting politicians who do their bidding.

    Those who think drill, baby, drill should be the national energy policy must consider the mortal blow to a marine ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico, because a global oil company didn’t want to spend the equivalent of a day’s profit on adequate controls.

    And those who think the incomprehensible form of toxic capitalism that evolved in the snake pits of Wall Street should be left unfettered — in keeping with the emerging Rand Paul wing of the Republican Party and lobbyist-rolled representatives of both parties — should consider an astonishing figure from the Treasury Department.

    The financial meltdown cost Americans $17 trillion in lost household net worth between 2007 and 2009, according to Alan Krueger, the chief economist for the department.

    “How’s that hands-offey, non-regulatory thing workin’ for ya?” was the stinging tag of a recent cartoon by Stuart Carlson. It was meant as a punchline, but if this election does turn out to be about Real Stuff, it could also serve as a question every candidate will have to answer."

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: OPINIONATOR: Real Stuff Referendum
  • "WHAT IT IS?!"



    BONUS:



  • PITCHFOK.TV: SELECTOR Big Boi Braids and Fades
  • Urban Hang Suite.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Ludacris feat. Trey Songz.

    Sex Room.


    TELEVISION TELEVISION!

    Another morning. Another workout. Another viewing of a music video from an artist and/or band trying to grab our attention/stand out in the crowd. This morning it was Fat Joe and Young Jeezy with a song that, I can't deny, KNOCKS. Man, Young Jeezy STAY grabbing my attention on other people's tracks. I swear...

    New flava in MY ear!

    Fat Joe feat. Young Jeezy.

    Slow Down (Ha Ha).

    "I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW!"

    New flava in ya ear!

    Rihanna.

    Rockstar 101.

    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Passion Pit.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Chris Brown.

    No Bullshit.

    TELEVISION TELEVISION!

    Another morning. Another workout. Another viewing of a music video from a band getting its feet wet/trying to grab our attention/stand out in the crowd. Worthy of a repeat listen? I'll let you decide.

    New flava in MY ear!

    The Ready Set.

    Love Like Woe.

    For Your Consideration...

    Male Bonding.

    Year's Not Long.

    For Your Consideration...



  • PITCHFORK: Video: Male Bonding: "Year's Not Long"
  • Dueces.

    A video.

    From some fans, of some fans...

    Tyga, Chris Brown, & Kevin McCall.

    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    "Do you really wanna touch it?"

    "Do you really wanna mess with me tonight?..." (c) Monifah

    New flava in MY ear!

    Ginuwine.

    Touch Me.

    Friday, May 21, 2010

    Happy Feet!

    New flava in ya ear!

    Robyn.

    Dancing on My Own.




  • PITCHFORK: Video: Robyn: "Dancing on My Own"
  • TELEVISION TELEVISION!

    Here's an example of a band I don't listen to grabbing my attention with a song, cause the music video is clever and/or entertaining. Kudos All Time Low. Kudos...

    New flava in MY ear!

    All Time Low.


    Weightless.


    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    VHS or BETA.

    New flava in ya ear!

    LCD Soundsystem.


    Bye Bye Bayou.

    "WE BUILT THIS CITY!(?)"



    Words. For Your Consideration...

    "...Republican success in 2010 can be boiled down to two words: Rush Limbaugh.

    Mr. Limbaugh has played an important role in elections going back to 1994, when he commanded the air war in the Republican Congressional victory. This time, however, he is more than simply the mouthpiece of the party. He is the brains and the spirit behind its resurgence.

    ...His strategy was simple. With Democrats controlling Congress, Mr. Limbaugh saw that there was no way to stop the president’s agenda. He dismissed the moderates’ notion that compromising with the president would make Republicans look good to independents. Instead he decreed that the Republicans must become the party of no, and force Democratic candidates — especially centrists — to go into 2010 with sole responsibility for the Obama program and the state of the economy. And that is what has happened.

    ...He [Limbaugh]wants a unified, right-wing G.O.P. in 2010, and by all appearances he is going to get it...if the [Republican] party sweeps this November under the banner of Real Conservatism, Mr. Obama will find himself facing two years of “no” in Washington and, very likely, a Limbaugh-approved opponent in 2012."

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Limbaugh Victory
  • Kick, Push.


    A Moment of Clarity. For LeBron James.

    Words.

    "...LeBron James has to declare free agency and leave the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not simply for the pursuit of a championship ring, but for his own emotional and professional growth.

    ...LeBron James’s relationship to his community is profound: he built a palatial house in the Akron area and just finished his seventh season with the Cavaliers. But I believe those roots have become golden shackles. He is too loved, and therefore too coddled and too easily forgiven.

    ...James is of course a great player. But he is not the greatest player in the history of the game by any stretch if you define greatness, as you should, by winning it all. He has never shown anything close to the killer mentality and step-it-up of the players he is most compared to, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. He is not in the same category as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Or Kobe Bryant.

    ...Yes, he is a god in Akron and Cleveland. But sometimes worship, as genuine as it is, can create a false sense of invincibility. The result: all he and his teammates can do now is watch the Celtics advance in the playoffs.

    LeBron, take the chance. Just go and never look back. In the greatest city in the world, you will never regret it. It is time to leave home."

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: LeBron’s Next Leap
  • American Woman.


    Fembot.

    Words. For Your Consideration...

    "After struggling with its definition and connotations, Sarah Palin has apparently made peace with the "F-word." She freely used it in a May 14 speech for the Susan B. Anthony List, a PAC for antiabortion female congressional candidates. And given Palin's extraordinary influence in certain circles, you can bet untold numbers of women who might once have never considered it will now be dropping the F-bomb with alacrity.

    The word in question, of course, is "feminist." It may be the most polarizing label on the sociopolitical stage (it makes "environmentalist" or even "gay-rights advocate" seem downright banal), but Palin seems to have stopped dancing around it and finally claimed it as her partner. Granted, this is a conditional relationship; there's a qualifier here as big as Alaska. She's talking not about your mom's or Gloria Steinem's feminism but, as she put it, an "emerging, conservative, feminist identity."

    Using grizzly bears as a metaphor, Palin seemed to imply that the tenets of feminism — or at least the word itself — need not apply solely to liberal, abortion-rights supporting (and, by implication, gun-eschewing, gay-marriage-advocating, reusable-eco-bag-toting, dangling-earring-wearing) women. Red-state PTA moms with a love of God and country can get in on the empowerment act too.

    "The mama grizzlies, they rise up," Palin said, adding that such women "can give their child life, in addition to pursuing career and education and avocations. Society wants to tell these young women otherwise. These feminist groups want to tell these women that, 'No, you're not capable of doing both.'"

    Now, there are a lot of ways in which this logic is contorted, not least of all the suggestion that supporting the right to choose represents a no-confidence vote for the idea of mothers leading fulfilling professional and personal lives. But putting that aside, I feel a duty (a feminist duty, in fact) to say this about Palin's declaration: If she has the guts to call herself a feminist, then she's entitled to be accepted as one..."

  • LOS ANGELES TIMES: Sarah Palin, feminist
  • Freestlye Fellowship.

    Starring Chiddy Bang and their Translation Freestyle.



    EARLIER:

  • Chiddy Bang - Opposite of Adults
  • I Think I'm in Love.

    This song? This song right here? It's like It's like Miami Sound Machine meets Studio 54 meets Gang of Four meets Prince meets Miami Booty Bass meets Talking Heads. The boom boom POW(!) of the hook/The way it's sung/that production/The humor/The knowingness/And the way in which it hits my Cer-e-b-ellum...Pow Pow, I think I luv u.



    LCD Soundsystem. This is Happening. In stores now.

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    Family Ties.


    Words.

    "When was it, exactly, that the Republican revolution merged with the sexual revolution?

    With each passing year, the class notes for the famous House Republicans Class of '94 get more lurid.

    ...the House Republicans of '94 stand out: No fewer than 15 of the 73 elected in the landslide that year have entertained the nation with flaps that include messy divorces and a suspicious car accident.

    ...In his hasty farewell, Souder took the well-worn path of blaming his departure on Washington. "In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain," he complained. "I am resigning rather than put my family through that painful, drawn-out process."

    Yet millions of people live in the Washington area, and relatively few of us have adulterous relationships with married subordinates we have hired to assist us in broadcasts for Christian media outlets. That, and not this town's "poisonous environment," is why Souder is resigning.

    Perhaps the problem is that lawmakers are spending too little time in Washington. In the old days, they moved their families here; now they jet back and forth and focus on raising campaign money, straining marriages. That reality, combined with the sense of invincibility many lawmakers acquire, has ensnared more than a few of Souder's classmates -- most of whom came to town with a "family values" message..."

  • THE WASHINGTON POST: Scandals in the House Republican Class of 1994
  • Tighten Up.

    A video.

    By The Black Keys.

    For Your Consideration.



  • PITCHFORK: New Menomena: "FIVE LITTLE ROOMS"
  • Not Myself Tonight.

    Miley Cyrus: Not a girl, Not yet a woman. Can't Be Tamed.

    GUCCI!

    As covered by Beach House.

    Big ups to the homie @realdealed over at Twitter for putting this on my radar! That's what's up!

    I Think I'm in Love.

    Y'all don't even KNOW!

    "Kick off your shoes and relax your feet" to this...

    Jamie Lidell.

    She Needs Me.

    Taken from his new LP Compass. In stores now!

    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    This is how we do it.

    Yes it is Toni. You don't even know...

    Now if you visit this blog often, you know that old school jams are more often than not posted under the "Old School Funk for the True Funk Soldiers" headline. But sometimes old school joints are so good, so well put together, so classic to a brotha, [see Montell Jordan's This is how we do it] that all I can do is marvel at their goodness as they boldly play on and show us how's it done. This jam, presented below, is one such example.


    This is still one of my favorite videos of all time. OF ALL TIME!

    Toni Braxton.

    You're Makin' Me High.

    LET'S GO!

    American Grafitti.



    Words. For Your Consideration...

    "For 141 years, baseball has mirrored and propelled America's evolution. It has bridged class divisions, lifted the country's spirits in dark times and, ultimately, helped break down racial barriers. Today, with American values again under attack in Arizona, baseball needs to act.

    Born at a time when the country was most divided, the game helped Civil War soldiers stave off fear and boredom. Young men of North and South picked up fence posts and tree branches and swung at balls of cork or knots of rags wrapped around walnuts. At that moment of ultimate American disunity, baseball united: Officers played with enlisted men; prisoners of war played against one another and even their guards. After the war, the game became the physical expression of our founding ideals and the vernacular of our lives, even for those who never rooted for a team or hit a ball with a bat. "Three strikes" describes our limited tolerance for failure; we "pinch hit" for others when necessary and cope with life's "curveballs."

    ...baseball is entwined with American life, not above it, and sometimes it suffers along with the nation. Decades of exclusion of black athletes from the major leagues gave the lie to the notion that the American dream could be attained by anyone. When Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson broke the "color line" and Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, it became a metric for American progress. Robinson's rookie year is as sure a precursor of Brown vs. Board of Education as was any decision of the Supreme Court. It was also one of those moments when the right business decision served the cause of social justice.

    This is another such moment.

    ...We'd like to see Major League Baseball pull the 2011 All-Star game from Phoenix. There is ample and effective precedent. Pro football moved the 1993 Super Bowl from Arizona to Pasadena after Arizona refused to adopt Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday. In 1947, the Dodgers moved spring training to Cuba, abandoning Florida, to preserve the dignity of its one black player. Can the same game that stood for such principles half a century ago now allow its Latino all-stars to travel to Phoenix, where they could be treated as suspect because of the color of their skin?..."

  • LOS ANGELES TIMES: Step up to the plate
  • Thursday, May 13, 2010

    QUESTION!



  • GAWKER: Why Are These Little Girls 'Going Hard' on 'Single Ladies'?
  • MONEY!

    Dirty Money.

    Old School Funk for the True Funk Soldiers!

    Ghostface Killah feat. Ne-Yo.

    Back Like That.

    QUESTION!

    Am I sleeping on Freeway? Just curious. Cause this song has me thinking I am. But then again, I am a sucker for a Rap song with a groove such as this (SEE ALSO: Ghostface Killah and Ne-Yo's Back Like That). Digging that Rick James sample in the hook as well...

    New flava in MY ear!

    Freeway & Jake One.

    She Makes Me Feel Alright.

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    Ready for Love.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Alicia Keys.

    Unthinkable (I'm Ready).

    Again.

    Again...

    New flava in ya ear!

    Iyaz.

    Solo.



    Poetic Justice?

    "IZ YA MAN ON THE FLOOR?"

    New flava in ya ear!

    Aaron Fresh.

    Spending All My Time.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    New flava in MY ear!

    Uffie feat. Pharrell.

    ADD SUV.

    Lil Romeo.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Drake.

    Find Your Love.

    "We Got Hood Love!"

    As in "you young, I'm older, I wish somebody WOULD try to say something!" Not to be confused with Thug Love.

    Starring Mary J. Blige and Trey Songz.

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    BrownSugar.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Lil Jon feat. R.Kelly and Mario.

    Ms. Chocolate.

    Saturday, May 08, 2010

    Workin' 9 to 5!

    New flava in ya ear!

    Reflection Eternal feat. Estelle.

    Midnight Hour.


    Thursday, May 06, 2010

    The Youth.


    "U GOT THE LOOK!"

    Words.

    "WHEN a boy of a certain age asks Cozy Friedman, the owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids in Manhattan, for a haircut with long, side-combed bangs, she is careful not to ask, “like Justin Bieber’s?”

    ’Tween girls have been shrieking their appreciation for the 16-year-old pop star’s hair for the last year or so, and now boys are (subtly) requesting the style in droves. Just as every girl wants hair like Blake Lively of “Gossip Girl,” her brother wants to look like the artist who helped bring “Eenie Meenie” to the world.

    ...Call it the Flip and Switch, the Flow, or the Twitch: the Bieber hairstyle — with sideswept bangs that end about an inch past where the Beatles snipped theirs off — is everywhere. Tim Urban wore it on “American Idol” before he was voted off in late April, and Miles Heizer wears it on the NBC show “Parenthood” to play a brooding teenager. The idea is that the front-combed bangs are so long that they must be flicked aside constantly with a whole lot of attitude..."

    I can't.

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: Noticed Bangs Like Justin’s (but Don’t Say So)
  • Rock Steady.

    New flava in ya ear!

    The Dream feat. Ludacris.

    Love King.

    THE REMIX!

    Foolin' Around. [NSFW]

    New flava in ya ear!

    Devendra Banhart.

    Foolin.

    Wednesday, May 05, 2010

    Tuesday, May 04, 2010

    Say you love me? Say you love me?

    THEN PUT IT IN A LOVE SONG!...

    New flava in ya ear!

    Beyonce.

    Why Don't You Love Me.

    Words.



    For Your Consideration...

  • LOS ANGELES TIMES: To replace John Paul Stevens, an atheist
  • Thug Motivation 101.

    Starring the Man, the Myth, the "LEGEND" that is,

    DIDDY.



  • MISSINFO.TV: Diddy the Life Coach: a video pep rally
  • [I] G [norant] Shit!

    New flava in ya ear!

    Tyga feat. Chris Brown.

    G Shit.

    Sunday, May 02, 2010

    Coming Attractions.

    Beyonce.

    Why Don't You Love Me.