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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

True Skool

This is why radio in the US sucks - they are too tied into corporate influence to ever allow a non-hit generating artist to make the airways. Why would a station ever take a chance on artists like Gnarls Barkley, 7L & Esoteric or thousands of other massively successful performers when they could churn out the same shit from artists record labels are willing to pay big money to promote.

Ya ya....some of my musical tastes aren't built for mainstream radio - true, but here is a track that would be a huge hit in the States and no one will ever hear it.

True Skool from Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva is one of the best singles Ninjatune has ever produced in my opinion. Here is the promo piece from their site:
  • 'Here, the dynamic duo hook up a crypto-Egypto pop-dancehall beat and let the one and only Roots Manuva announce his appreciation of the Coldcutters all over the top of it, a thrilling, heavyweight combination that puts an instant smile on your face and gets your tush twitching from the moment it starts. '



Check this out and see why US radio sucks a big fat wad of corporate shit.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Bosnian Pyramid

Here is something else I've been following for a long time and is starting to get some mainstream press. First annouced in October 2005, there appears to be a pyramid in the town of Visoko, Bosnia. Excavation has just begun after months of debate on what could this structure be - well it appears as this actually is a pyramid structure which if true is truly amazing.

Core samples have led to the discovery of a paved entrance plateau, tunnel entrances and large stone blocks. Also interesting to note is that satellite imagery has also discovered two similar, yet smaller pyramid sites close by.

Here is a great entry from Dino Avdibegovic regarding this story as well. Tons of great responses as well. Who knows what this thing will be, but will be fun to track.

Excavation will continue for the next 6-months, so I'll be touching on this subject now and then.

Kryptos

It's at CIA headquarters in Langley and has driven cryptographers crazy for over a decade - it's Kryptos. Seems as if the designer made a mistake which led to a mis-interpretation of part of the code. Although not part of trying to figure this out, it has been fun to track the progress over the last few years.

This was his last message: x Thirty-eight degrees fifty-seven minutes six point five seconds North, seventy-seven degrees eight minutes forty-four seconds West. Layer two.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Hellz to the Ya!


Congrats to the Birdman who can fly in any weather - including apparently snow squalls in Lansing.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Like a Fox

Just randomly found this blog and it made my morning - Like A Fox. The posts on Films with Unestablished Rules is wicked funny.

Plus it features slang never used in the States - Pants. Would love an explanation on this, but I get the gist of it. Besides, how can you not like this sentence:

'There are plenty of shit, crap and bad films, but this is truly PANTS!'

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

sCAmBlEd?HaCkZ!

I read Wired too much I think.....anyway check this article out - The Man Behind Scrambled Hackz from Eliot Van Buskirk. There is a direct link to the video on YouTube which you should watch as well.

Although some of the visuals remind me of Max Headroom, it is pretty interesting what this program is able to do. Thoughts of Thomas Dolby come to mind as someone pushing the music industry in a new direction.

Hey it isn't the PSPKick, but close......hah!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Limited Blogging

Dear Readers (yes all three of you),

Due to some recent criminal investigations regarding an ex-employee at my company, the Great Wall of Filter has been built - thus removing my ability to post during the day. My access will probably be restored shortly, but until then my postings may become less frequent. Early morning with coffee in hand is the best time to blog if you ask me.....

Right or wrong, it is what it is.

The good news is that it has allowed me a new subject to discuss and has given me the time to pull together my new blog that should be ready soon.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Live from JamRock

I've touched on my love for early reggae, rocksteady and ska in others posts - but I came across this on YouTube and had to post about it.

Here is a live video from the 70's showcasing the roots of Dancehall in Jamaica. In the clubs, live dub mixes and numerous MCs rocking the mic. - hard to beat that. By far the highlight is the multiple appearances by Yellowman....the original King of dancehall....also includes:
  • Papa Toyan
  • Josey Wales
  • Lee Van Cliff
"In the dancehall, DJs rap to the sound of reggae music played over amplified sound systems and couples dance together in slow sensual dance called the Rub-a-Dub"

Take 30 minutes to watch this.....