Anybody who knows me well knows that Gil’s music is a constant source of inspiration for me. Having put together some of the most thought provoking and soulful music of his era, Gil is a true legend, whose influence is felt in more ways than most listeners even understand. With that said, it’s good to see he’s back to making new music. “Me & The Devil” is the first single from his upcoming release, I’m New Here, due out February 8th. Dark as hell, with some dope visuals to boot.
Matt came with some Sunday gold. Aside from an icy highlight he also relates an important reality about most things in life. We truly believe that anything can be tight if viewed through the right lens. Hockey’s a great example. Remember, we can always choose to express something in a deliberate way. We can either show you a hockey fight or a hockey goal. Each serving as valid examples of the sport. I think they call that rhetoric. Kyra put me on it. But we’ve digressed, this clip is wet. Call it And1 hockey.
Honestly, my geography game is hurt. Real hurt. Like on the IL. Riding the exercise bike while everyone else is scrimmaging. But it’s good. The beautiful thing about life is that there’s always room for improvement, so the learning will never stop, unless you want it to. To the right is a children’s tin globe by Replogle Globes. Made in 1952 the company still makes globes today. Their website shares some basic knowledge about how to interpret maps. For those who were ever confused like me, latitude is described as imaginary lines running around the globe parallel to the equator. While longitude is described as imaginary lines running from pole to pole. A globe for the crib? An immediate cop? No. But if they got it for the joog it’s good.
I don’t even know where to start with this one. The tippy toe intro? The Breaking Board? I just find it fascinating. Did anyone actually order this? Did anyone know Alfonso Ribiero was doin it before the Fresh Prince, let alone had gigs? So many questions so little time. But we’ve got time for a few more. Has anyone observed the King Tut performed in person? Did anyone even know this existed? We could keep going, but it’s about time to make moves. Don’t forget to celebrate the moments. Have a safe and settled Friday night.
Malcolm Gladwell, the brilliant sociologist behind The Tipping Point and Outliers, would tell you that with 10,000 hours of practice, you can master just about any craft. The only catch is that 10,000 hours is somewhere in the ballpark of 3 hours a day, for 10 years. It also can’t hurt to be as talented as Jonah though. For the record, he’s all of four years old. Guess he has a headstart on all of us. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get on the grind. Call it a New Year’s resolution.
We first introduced you to Theophilus way back when. At the time the Charming Mixtape had just dropped, and Grey x Sage had become my anthem. And Twill’s too. Back on the blogspot I wrote him a letter and he happened to respond, providing a jolt of unexpected inspiration that has helped guide our pursuit. I think it’s safe to call Theophilus a true artist. A person with a creative vision that’s guided not by what’s popular but by what’s real. I’m quite sure that’s the 2010, and things are heading in that direction. Not to mention Humdrum Town’s looking real 1984 even though I think Theoph’s ahead of his time. Let’s check back in January 14, 2011 and see how Theoph’s doing then. I think we’ll all be pleasantly surprised.
As I’m sure most are already aware, an absolutely devastating 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti and its capital city of Port-au-Prince yesterday. The quake was the largest to hit the region in the last 200 years, and the destruction it has caused has been substantial, with a potential death toll in the tens of thousands, as reported by Haitian president Rene Preval. Needless to say, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy. At times like these, its important to be thankful for what we have, and to do what we can to help those in need. Granted these are tough times for almost everybody, but if you’re able to contribute, please do. Look below for a variety of organizations currently working to provide relief in Haiti. Your help is appreciated.
Sitting near the top of my list of the most anticipated releases of 2010 is the debut album of Broken Bells, the superduo of Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer. For obvious reasons, “The High Road” has plenty to do with it; the song is case in point of why DM is one of the most brilliant producers of our era, seamlessly weaving together tweaked-out synths, wailing vocals, acoustic guitars and thumping drums into something that defies time and genre. “Vaporize” is in the same vein, slightly stripping down the epic sound of the first single, and putting Mercer’s songwriting center stage. The self-titled album is due out in March. For now, there’s a lot to be juiced about.
Download: Broken Bells – “Vaporize”
C+ on comfort, A on innovation. Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto has recently created this wooden bungalow, in efforts to create a primitive living space while simultaneously creating contemporary architecture. With no separation of floor, wall, and ceiling the space is fluid yet functional. Well kind of. Depends on what you’re using it for. Don’t plan on spending the night here. More like a spot for an afternoon nap. Or better yet, a spot to cruise to and read a book. Maybe eve hit the trees. Who knew? Jenga’s never been so settled.