Friday, July 30, 2010

Os Tincoãs

Beautiful music from Brazil, from the absolutely mind-blowing album "1973":

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Smart-ass Master...

Australian satirist, writer and graphic designer David Thorne got famous off an "email exchange" where he attempted to pay an overdue bill using a picture of a 7-legged spider. He is relentless yet somehow polite in his idiot-bashing; in other words he will keep going with inane gibberish and subtle insults, but ultimately wait for the other side to get heated and act like the moron he expects them to be. There is some questionable material on his site, and it seems that he really despises cats, but he has a way of humorously expressing what so many of us feel when faced with stupid questions, requests or situations - and he is genuinely funny and creative, not just a smart-ass.

Here is an example of his sense of humor...but you really have to go to his site and get sucked in for yourself. Take a look:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Happy Birthday George...

One of the first concerts I remember seeing was way back in the day, pops took an under-aged me to see George Clinton & P-Funk at the original Center Stage. They had these wooden bleacher seats that rattled every time the bass hit, and I just remember how powerful it felt on my little middle school was almost overbearing. I was mesmerized by the colors and the energy on the stage, from big George himself to the boisterous backup singers, the rock solid band to the the guy running around on stage in a diaper...quite a spectacle, indeed. Definitely stands out in my mind as one of the most memorable shows I've seen. I also remember pops bumping into a student who told him that one of his former students passed away (he was also in a band and had given him a cassette that we had listened to a few times)...anyway, keep living it up, George, slow down on the crack, and may you enjoy many more funky, colorful years on this Earth.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Freezing World review...

Our new record is officially BloggerHouse approved!

"Hip-Hop as it stands today, is completely overloaded with wannabe thugs, internet beef and simplistic production. Remaining true to the earlier beginnings of the music, the Atlanta-based crew, Collective Efforts offers up anything but the expected with their recent offering “Freezing World”. Throughout the last half-decade, Collective Efforts has left an imprint on the underground by providing the listener with back to the basics production and lyricism. While Collective Efforts has yet to attain true commercial success, their consistent approach to making music is very admirable as opposed to the simplistic measures that are often the path to the garbage we that we are subjected to on the radio.

With their most recent outing, “Freezing World”, Collective Efforts’ attempts to uncover happiness amidst the everyday struggles that we often tackle as individuals. The album possesses a feeling of hope, filled with lyrical and sonic gems that find the trio of trio of MC J Mil, Bambu De Asiatic and Ben Hameen painting visual portraits of fading dreams, unfulfilled commitments and and critical oversight from the overseers of the music industry who slept on the trio. The production on the album, handled by the Collective Efforts trio is solid if not spectacular, yet it’s the lone beat contribution from the legendary Diamond D that is “Freezing World’s” crowning moment. Recognized for his musical contributions as a member of the world-renown “Diggin’ In The Crates” collective, Diamond’s production found on “I Get Down,” fits the overall feel of the album perfectly.

With hits of live instrumentation and melodic backdrops seamlessly intertwined with drunk-rattling drum spikes, “Freezing World” is a musical expedition, and a true class on “originality”. Each of the trio brings their own unique input and personalities to the developing storyline that is the culmination of all their past and present workings. “Freezing World” also features notable lyrical appearances from the likes of fellow ATL-iens, Senor Kaos (“The Dream”) and Dillon (“Freezing World”) making the album somewhat of a family affair.

With “Freezing World”, it may very well be “when hell freezes over” that the trio achieves the critical acclaim that they so do deserve, yet Collective Efforts has delivered an album that Hip-Hop needs. While the album’s title reads: “Freezing World”, Collective Efforts is sure to heat things up this summer with this stellar outing that even I slept on for months!!"

Thanks to Eric for the great write-up! Peace.

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Zipitty Do Dah...

Ruthie and I just reserved spots to do the North Georgia Zip-line Canopy Tour this fall! This is a big deal for her as she hoping this excursion will be a step towards overcoming her acrophobia. We got a great deal at half-price, my only concern is whether the zip-line can hold my big ass!! Check the video, doesn't look that high up, but it looks pretty frickin' awesome.

"Enjoy a birds-eye view of the North Oconee River, ravines, ponds, pastures, and wildlife. Soar through the air attached to a steel cable—which will soon disappear from your consciousness. Two certified eco-trained guides lead up to eight participants on each Tour, which include ziplines, sky bridges, moderate hikes through a natural beautiful area, and a dual zip over the Hilltop Pond in front of our Tour Observation Deck."
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