including a new song "camel convention" i can't hear at work:
including a new song "camel convention" i can't hear at work:
my friend ryder's recently become obsessed with fish tanks. i dont think he's going to get one anymore though he's spent the last 4 months or so acquainting himself with everything about fish tanks via the wealth of message boards there apparently are that are devoted to... fish tanks. ("aquariums" if you want to be fancy about... fish tanks.) i wont include the funny race joke ryder made to accompany sending me this link which is a huge race joke anyway. i can tell you the joke was funny though.
my favorite part of this is the whole thing. ryders is the fact that they "say the names of all the cats in the pics." for a brief moment i thought cats were involved and got excited. here are some choice photos from the photo essay "building a glass aquarium tank" which we at gordon gartrelle call "venket built a 6 foot glass tank for his frontosas." link to the photo essay and some message boards so you can aquaint yourself with the wacky world of aquariums at the bottom:
here's nagaraj laying the bottom glass on the floor. as ravi chandran ponders: "is venket taking a big chance with his new tank? we'll soon see..." i just like the textile.
ravi warns how dangerous this business is:
okay. Paul Sicilian and Gabriel Wurzel (Muggabears) are two of my homie Dylan Rau's (Bear Hands) old buds from CT. They're very talented. Paul's always played the most amazing songs on acoustic with this beautiful (no homezies!) voice in the most genuine, oh this little talent?, type of way and i love them. i've waited 2 years now? for dude to put a band together. Along with Willie Miesmer (Boogie Boarders) the three recently formed (The) Tony Castles. It's beautiful rock music. It's spastic. It's lo-fi. It's heart melting. something about hope and despair. Paul's voice is beautiful. Paul is beautiful. Gaby is beautiful. I don't know Willie but that dood's prolly beautiful too.
Go here and listen to all three of these songs:
My unabashed hate for white-rapper who took a sociology class and thinks it qualifies him to make insane statements on race and black materialism, which he can't ever understand, Asher Roth is no secret. I received confirmation that Asher Roth knows he's a racist in a new song that surfaced recently - Larked on my Go Kart - in which he continues to rap about being a college stoner with nothing interesting to say. Roth dropped this gem:
Mario Kart skills are outrageous/
Play me any day and I'll be the best racist/
no erase it/ meant to say racer/
traded in my cell phone for a new pager/
I'd love to see stupid rapper Charles Hamilton beat stupid rapper Asher Roth in Sonic the Hedgehog, and then stupid rapper Asher Roth beat stupid rapper Charles Hamilton in Mario Kart, and then for them to write the stupidest song about it. My take on the two:
Charles Hamilton, spending hella guap on sweater vests/
From Old Navy, or games for Sega Genesis, that old baby/
Asher roth's minds blown cuz "blacks" wear plaid?/
Took a soc(sosh) class at emory and now he conscious rap?/
eh, its okay.
the best musician in the world is the dream. im glad i have 3 friends to co-sign this insane statement. like neyo, dude made his name writing great r&B songs for less talented people than him. did you know that in addition to music, Dream is also an accomplished artist who has created many paintings and sculptures, some of which have been shown at various art galleries throughout Atlanta. He is now engaged to singer/songwriter Christina Milian." 2 more reasons to respect the man's grustle (a combination of grind and hustle, of course - (c) bran) . more reasons i like the dream...
Courtesy of first mp3 blog ever, Fluxblog, here's a song called Mr. Yeah by The Dream. I'd write more but Fluxblog dude sums up why this is awesome better than I can. I would have gone without the "He's barely even thinking about that.": Mr. Yeah
"For the first couple minutes of "Mr. Yeah," The-Dream sounds smooth and confident. Or, perhaps more accurately, smug and cocky. He’s singing to an ex who is still getting with him on the side, and from his perspective this means exactly one thing: Her subsequent boyfriends are fools, and he’s the only one who can do her right. Maybe that is true, but there has got to be a reason why he’s the ex, right? He’s barely even thinking about that. As the song progresses, his cockiness fades a bit, but only to be replaced by neediness — his resentment of her current man becomes more obvious, and he openly states his desire to return to full-time boyfriend status in a shaky but certain phone-voice. After that point, the song shifts from bouncy flirtation to sentimental slow jam, sort of the audio equivalent of seamlessly transitioning from a playful club strut to getting down on bended knee in a room decorated with candles and rose petals. Thankfully, The-Dream defuses the sudden seriousness of the song’s conclusion with a boyish punchline: "Can we fuck now?" "
Here's Rocking That Thang which I've now watched the video for about 36 times. If I was 13 I would request this on the radio. If I was 13 I'd also still be upset my homegirl Amy called me to tell me Biggie died.
I also have an exclusive "go ahead" to leak a couple of tunes from a Swiss artist I'm told is off the chains by a reliable source but I haven't peeped the tunes yet. Not actually looking at or reading or listening to something a trusted friend recommends I put up on my blog is what this blog is built off of so we'll see how bored I get around 5 PM and whether or not I post them.
been a while since i brought back the arranged marriage post. rashida jones is the best. and she's quincy jones' daughter. this one's what we call a no brainer. i cant pick what to quote from her awesome wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashida_Jones. wiki wiki..
Here's Rashida with sister Kidada Jones. Who's a stylist. And apparently was engaged to Tupac when he got murked/mercked. Cool suspenders.
\\\lets see, couple tings:
we (DR) were going to be mentioned in the next issue of blender but that's not happening because the magazine folded this morning. +30 to unemployment line. according to gawkzy, "paid subscriptions fell 8% [from 2007-08] to 768,000, while newsstand sales declined 18% to 44,233." somewhat related, in a recent interview with blender kelly clarkson admitted to peeing in the shower and checking her tissues to see what color her boogies is. (the insider)
finished junot diaz. the brief wondrous life of oscar WOW THATS A GREAT FUCKING BOOK. (WOW THATS A DUMB FUCKING JOKE). still digesting it. up until now i've almost only read Diaspora lit by south asians but this is a book that's made me rethink that. perhaps it speaks to my dominican half. (im half dominican). in any event, for dude to win a pulitzer for writing a book that uses the word "dude" in the same way I just did... to me, das crazy. das the most awesome thing ever.
junot diaz is speaking at wesleyan on april 1. (thx tito). i am vaguely considering driving up to wesleyan to see this dude speak for 45 minutes and then driving back here.
the next award-winning book im going to read and wish i wrote the entire time is:
From The Guardian: "Even before reaching the big city, Balram Halwai, the "white tiger" of the title, learns the law of the jungle and resolves to be on the eating (as opposed to the edible) side. We first meet our hero as he divulges his journey to success in an email to the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao. As Balram relates his determined ascent from a remote village to Delhi and the glorious job of chauffeur, the narrative pops and fizzes, but little more. Then, midway through, Balram warns that things are about to grow darker, and it is at this point that the 2008 Booker winner shows its true stripes. Unexceptional, if colourful, satire evolves speedily into a brooding, paranoid tale as Balram catches the scent of rich men's blood. Fantastic."
from interview with brookbrowse.com:
Who are some of your literary influences? Do you identify yourself particularly as an Indian writer?
It might make more sense to speak of influences on this book, rather than on me. The influences on The White Tiger are three black American writers of the post-World War II era (in order), Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Richard Wright. The odd thing is that I haven't read any of them for years and years -- I read Ellison's Invisible Man in 1995 or 1996, and have never returned to it -- but now that the book is done, I can see how deeply it's indebted to them. As a writer, I don't feel tied to any one identity; I'm happy to draw influences from wherever they come.
sounds awesome enough for me... because i guess that's what im into.... black people things and indian people things processed through my brain in a white people way... i think. (IM TRYING TO FIND MYSELF.)
here are some joints, via bezt muzik blog on ze internet gvsb, that i've been jamming to frequently:
i think everything phaseone has touched is pretty banana-gers. here's TREE more TINGS by phaseone:
if this is the song i think it is from some time ago, it's pretty rad too, albeit entirely different from anything above there:
new grizzly bear thats been leaked errywhere. im thinking about pre-ordering it on vinyl but its 2 months away. might cop that company flow re-issue instead:
disclaimer: if im told to take these down for fucking with dudes bandwidth or some techie or copyright shit i dont know about, i'ma do that thing.
heres a video of grizz-b (as i'll call them from now on) performing "two weeks" with victoria from beach house:
I had a screen shot of matthew perry from the opening credits of an early season of friends here but its not loading. heres lame later-season matthew perry around vicodin-addiction era.
here are two pictures of old school indian actress madhubala aka MUMTAZ BEGUM JEHAN DEHLAVI?!?!!?!? awesome:
and heres a screen shot from chaudvin ka chand which was on the indian tv channel i fucks with last night. it was also worked into that movie 'east is east' in a kewl way. i think someone has my dvd of this shit. hit me back off if its YOO.
here'z a song from that movie. possibly one of my all-time fave song joints. ze visual accompaniment is pretty dope too. after two previous films flopped, both later praised as classics of the time, guru dutt acted and produced this film but didn't direct it -- word on the block is that he did though, and gave his DP the Director credit cuz he felt bad and didnt want another movie he directed to flop.
very similar to chaudvin ka chand was a 2:00 film called SKATE WITCHES that victor sent over yesterday. SKATE WITCHES, a film by Danny Plotnick, is about a gang of female skate boarders and their pet rats. They terrorize allll the boy skate boarders in town cuz they don't give a shiet:
a.p.c. summer 09 clothez i can't fit into: http://usonline.apc.fr/#
ralph lauren rugby duffel coat... duffels are the popoff...
that's all folks.
i've been looking at apartments lately. it's a lot of fun. it starts with having to write those e-mails telling people a little bit about yourself. i usually start with something like "since i was a wee lad i've wanted to live in an AWESOME BR in A 3 BR DUPLEX OFF MONTROSE." then i babble about myself a little bit and talk about how i'm clean and my vibes are 80/20 pos/neg. when i get there, i like to walk into the bathroom and gesture like i'm brushing my teeth and washing my face to vibe the room out. then i take mental snaps of the room and guesstimate how furniture would fit. then i demand being allowed to sit down on the couch for 4 minutes so i can see what kind of couch we're dealing with here. after that i make a joke like "ahh, this is where i would put the meth-lab. you guys are down with ice right? you holdin?" that ones a bit hit or miss. most people like the meth jokes but some of em, not so much. they get a little weirded out.
Really swate : No One Does It Like You - Department of Eagles - Directed by Patrick Daughters :
Did every elementary school library have a Where the Wild Things Are poster hung up or was it just mine? I think about that poster a lot. This isn't the exact one but:
"The trailer for Where the Wild Things Are which premiered on the Ellen Show. An adaptation of Maurice Dendaks classic childrens story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world - a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler."
In hitherto unheard of news, a white guy participating in a wack emcee gathering in Spokane dropped the n-word at a rap battle. This is unchartered territory.
According to GVB, this video of Take Pills by Panda Bear is complete with "with visuals and weird reversed/pitch-shifted sounds" ...
"Since I have some downtime this month and Ifinally got the studio together (after a year)i decided to do a mix. This one is called AfricanConnection and it is mostly African disco lps and 45's mixed with some Caribbean and Jamaican tunes in there for good measure. no real mixinghere, just kicking back and fading in and out for maximum early Spring vibes, so dont expecta dj spectacular here- its all about the selection. As a matter of fact, this mix wasdone while playing with the big man on the floor-- true multitasking. Anyone who can guess these tracks will get any three Italians releases of their choice. This one's gonna be a little tougher than the Albuterol mix!"
This one's for Chris Edley's birthday. WEB LOG SHOUTOUT.
This is me writing an article about an article in a Telegu newspaper with a photo of Gordon Gartrelle contributor DAP and his brother Hari Kondabolu (who's recently been added to the blog roll [Hari's Online Humour Journal]). The article talks about an article featuring Hari in the India Currents.
On Positive Energy and Dealing With The Anxiety of Late Capitalism and Becoming a Happy Person
Separating Yourself From Negative Vibe Emanators
Y'all know I'm feeling thiz adventurouz band. They zound like what it feelz like to love a mermaid lady. (Maybe juzt the one zong about wanting to meet zomeone underwater but ztill.) Luke temple and company stopped by woxy.com to play zome zongs for y'all.
"In 2007 Rapha collaborated with Paul Smith to produce two limited edition tweed-style cycling caps. The popularity of this idiosyncratic style demanded Rapha deliver a new line in tweed caps. 2009 brings three new and distinctive interpretations of the classic cycling biretta, rendered in fabrics more usually associated with fine bespoke tailoring. A perfect accessory for the sartorial cyclist." - Rapha.cc
+ I came across this mechanic's jacket from Operations on Selectism. Large front angled pockets, a mustard color that only looks well on jackets, and high waist.
(via Hypebeast) Streetwear line Pegleg's new collection exclusively for Opening Ceremony. These are kind of fresh.
(Via Hypebeast) They also dropped looks from their Spring 09 collection. Muted color tones. I dig it.
NEXT WEEK I WILL TYPE MORE THINGS INTO THIS BOX AND PUT PICTURES WITH THEM TO LOOK AT. MAYBE THIS WEEKEND TOO. LINKS TO MP3 FILES OF MUSIC MAY BE INVOLVED AS WELL. PERHAPS THE WORD "REIFICATION" MAY BE USED IN A SERIOUS TURN OF EVENTS.IN THE MEAN TIME HERE ARE SOME RECENT IMAGES I CAME ACROSS WHILE PLAYING ON GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH.