Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse 21 Dec 2010

Happy Winter



By CBS News
Published: December 21, 2010

A total eclipse of the moon was visible to many parts of the country Tuesday morning. It started about 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time with the Earth passing between the sun and the moon. by 3:15 rays from the sun were blocked. The eclipse ended shortly after 5 a.m. EST.

Viewing was not great in some parts of the country due to cloud cover and heavy fog.

It's interesting to note this eclipse is taking place on the same day of the winter solstice. This is the first time this has happened since 1638.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Kicking Ass with Kickstarter

Congrats to Cheers or should I say cheers to Cheers? Either way, it's good to see Indies take full control of their destiny, and that's exactly what Cheers Elephant and their manager Andrew Leib did over the past few months.

Cheers Elephant reached out to their fans via Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com) in an attempt to raise funds for their upcoming album pressing, release and promotion. In doing so, they were able to raise a little under $5500!! Again, congratulations! This once again proves that good music cannot be denied, and if you get out there and bust your ass there's no limit to what can be accomplished. Oh, and be nice to your fans.

Cheers is currently on tour in the midwest, and it's a total precursor to what's to come for the band in 2011. To start off, the band plans to hold an official release party for their long awaited, highly anticipated second album. The event will be held at World Cafe Live on January 8th, 2011.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Channel Indie

Channel Indie is in full affect. Tons of new and old videos up with more on the way. Stop by and check 'em out. Here's one below.



CHANNEL INDIE

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Ink MMG Website Launch 11/28/2010



Black Ink Management and Music Group LLC (BIMMG) is a brand-new independent record label based out of Newport News, Virginia, and distributed by Bungalo Records/Universal UMGD. The company was founded by Ron (Ronnie Wayne) Hatchett in 2009 with the goal of exposing great talent in all music genres. Although small, BIMMG shares the same amenities as its larger counterparts, but operates in a more modern nontraditional manner. Black Ink’s staff understands what it’s like to be an artist, and we reinforce that not only in the way we do business, but also in the way we take care of our artists. “The hunger will always be there, along with the same ‘ground up’ approach. We’re not interested in following the same methodologies that are used, not only by the Big Four, but by other so-called ‘indies’ claiming to be different. We will keep our relationships with the consumer strong at all times, and we will remain relevant without losing integrity,” States Ronnie Wayne CEO

Over the next year, BIMMG will fully utilize its digital distribution partnership with Bungalo/Universal by releasing as many “Top” projects as possible, covering multiple genres of music. Over the next several years, the company plans to position itself as a major imprint on the east coast, with a reach that will span worldwide.

Please, take time to visit them on the web at www.BlackInkMMG.com.

CEO/Founder Ron (Ronnie Wayne) Hatchett

President of A&R DJNEWYORKCITYKEN (Urban)

Vice President of A&R Isaac J Gordon “Indie-Monster” (Rock/Alt)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

'I think we've found him'

It was a beautiful fall afternoon in northeast Ohio. There was no snow on the ground as expected, and it was about 40 degrees, as Cleveland Browns fans looked upon what is certain to be a bright future for a franchise that has struggled since the late 80s. What a great way to bring in the Holiday Season. Browns nation was definitely dealt a couple of early gifts this year. The gifts; Colt McCoy, Peyton Hillis, Defense. Oh, and Lebron who?

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After nearly 20 years I'm starting to believe that the search is finally over. I think we've found him, our quarterback, our leader, our future. "Colt McCoy" He shows poise, maturity and heart. He is cool, calm and in control. He is a winner.

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CLEVELAND- Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy scrambled for a touchdown, and running back Peyton Hillis hammered for a career-high 184 yards and two scores as the Cleveland Browns pounded the New England Patriots 34-14 on Sunday. Two weeks after stunning the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, the Browns (3-5) pulled off another shocker. Well rested after their bye week, they ended New England's five-game winning streak and did it decisively, outplaying one of the NFL's top teams for all 60 minutes.

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This wasn't a fluke. The Patriots (6-2) were battered, baffled and beaten badly. It had to be particularly satisfying for Browns coach Eric Mangini, who defeated Bill Belichick, his former friend and mentor. The pair's relationship was damaged years ago, and they ignored each other during pregame warmups. After the game, Mangini shared a brief handshake with Belichick. (NFL.com)

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Hometown Sentiment

Saturday, October 30, 2010

He was the meanest Pumpkin Man and a true Winner



Don't eff with the pumpkin man. Happy Halloween to everyone and all! Fall is my favorite time of the year, and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Actually, anytime there's a possibility of getting free Reese's it's my favorite holiday.

It's been a good holiday so far. Last weekend, a couple of peeps and I went to the Eastern State Penitentiary to be scared, and it was a fun time. That place is very creepy/historic and was probably one of the better haunted houses I've been to. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. This weekend will consist of homework and passing out candy... and eating some of it before it reaches the hands of little ghosts and goblins.

Shout out to Laura Lynn, one of my favorite people on this earth. Fall is also Laura's favorite season. It must be an Aquarius thing : )

For those of you who don't know Laura, she is a gifted medium and visionary who has given thousands of readings during her years in spiritual service. Laura Lyn’s mission is to help people realize love is always the answer. She actively works as an author, spiritual teacher, psychic investigator and psychic–medium. Laura Lyn teaches and shares her message worldwide through media and personal messages. Her guided meditations are not rehearsed or planned, they are channeled live where you may hear angels, guides and wise messengers coming through to help you on your guided meditation journey. Often after the meditation, Laura will explain what she witnessed around the participant during the exploration.

I had a reading done by her a little while ago, and it was nothing short of amazing. She's really good at what she does, and comes highly recommended. I seriously couldn't imagine living the type of life that she has since a little girl. If you are into readings and spirituality, here is the link to her website. (www.yourspiritreader.com) You will NOT be disappointed!

Happy Halloween from Monster Entertainment LLC. This is definitely a Monster's favorite time of the year! Be sure to stop by and check us out (www.wearemonsterent.com)! There's some really cool scare tactics on our homepage. We hoped to not scare you away forever, so they're not too scary and only there for Halloween. However, be aware when you click! Also, we've added two new, awesome bands to our roster, Phantasm and Case Closed! Please stop by our roster page and check them out. We're very excited and looking forward to working with these guys. They will be officially announced shortly!!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

'Wake Up!'



When a top music executive found out that John Legend was working with the Roots on an album dedicated to social change and activism, he didn't give Legend words of encouragement.

"What the hell are you doing?" is what Legend recalls that executive saying.

Full Article HERE

I find this funny because it's like "Oh yeah? You want to make a song with 50 cent about making it rain and smackin' hoes? GREEN LIGHT!" Then it's like "Wait you want to make an album with The Roots on social change and activism? Seriously? Are you out of your effing mind?"

I would love to know who the exec was. Possibly an Illuminati member? lol I'm seriously curious to know what usual cyclical breeding of negativity he/she's responsible for.

As for the album, I personally can't wait to hear it and plan on bumping the ish out of it.

More on the article... I found it funny that Legend gave his demo to Quest back in the day at a U of Penn event and Quest circular filed it. Another example of A BUSINESS OPP MISSED! A&Rs, Execs, Decision makers take a note to the album title and Wake UP! GET THE BLING OUT OF YOUR EYES AND TURN DOWN THE RADIO IN YOUR SLS AMG there's TALENT a brewin'!

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Making the BEST of a situation. Atomic Tom

Still Can't Get Enough of this performance. Watch as "Atomic Tom" performs on a NYC subway.

"In October of 2010, New York's Atomic Tom had their instruments stolen ... fortunately ...they know how to improvise."



The resulting video shot aboard the B train on the Manhattan Bridge got a million views on YouTube in three days.

The single hit No. 83 on the iTunes chart, ahead of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." And the band's first album hit iTunes' top 10.

"It's pretty crazy," said Benjamin Espiritu, the 24-year-old with the big idea. "I mean, honestly ..."
NY Daily

Full Article Yahoo

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Love Revival Anyone?

If someone ever comes up to you and asks you if you want to have a love revival, say yes.

Last weekend I was able to experience one of my own and I wasn't disappointed.



Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra made me feel like I was 12 years old and at my first concert. The energy was absolutely amazing and the show, THE SHOW was one that I will never forget.

The Story:

It all started when I was sitting down and eating meatballs. I suddenly heard a horn reminiscent of the kind you would hear during a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans... I thought to myself. "Got-Damn these meatballs are good!" Then I realized even though the meatballs were good, it wasn't about the meatballs! There really was an actual Mardi Gras marching band coming towards my face, but this was no ordinary Mardi Gras band, this was Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra, a 12-piece explosion of righteousness that blends New Orleans party music, Soul in the style of Ray Charles and Al Green, a good helping of jam-bandy Roots Rock and a righteous splash of good, upbeat Gospel without the religious overtones (They like to call it "secular gospel").



I was hooked. My feet were moving, I was dancing and I knew right then and there that I had to make time to see them live that evening. WHAT GREAT PROMOTION!

As stated before... I wasn't disappointed. They put on a great show at the Rusty Rudder, and I will be on the lookout for them to come to Philly to do the same thing. Video below! EN-JOY!


A Child Shall Lead

Brother Joscephus & the LRRO | Myspace Music Videos


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Dewey Beach Review

Both DBMC and Chicken Soup are good for the Soul...

All I heard for three days straight, not only coming out of my mouth but out of others as well was, "I'm so happy." There was genuinely a great vibe in the air that I think everyone felt. The mentoring sessions and speed networking sessions were priceless. I believe that I really helped the artists that I spoke with, and it gave me a prime opportunity to network myself. It's places like this where you really get to see the passion behind the music. And, as for the music itself, V. Walls should be proud of her ears. That didn't sound like an indie music conference, it sounded as if it was an indie music awards show. Great artists all around! I don't think I could have ended my summer any better.

That was the quote I gave after returning from what I now think to be one of the best if not THE BEST indie music conference on the East Coast. Once again mad props to Jim Thorpe and Vickie Walls for throwing one amazing shindig. Also, mad props to the bar tender at The Cove... dude knows how to make a drink.


Frank Donato, Me, Steve Szymanski


Yeah, that's me after a couple Jameson and Gingers... see bartender comment above. DBMC truly was a great conference and there truly was a great vibe in the air. And, I'm positive it wasn't from the Irish Whiskey, it was definitely from the great music and networking that went on for three straight days.

Big Ups to the bands/acts/artists that I got a chance to see perform:

Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
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Da Rezarekt
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Cliff Hillis
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The Quelle Source
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Fools For Rowan
Website

Find Vienna
Website

Blair Bodine
Website

Bruce Torres
Website

Also, Big Ups to the others that I didn't get a chance to see, but heard they tore it up.

Rod Kim
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Hippocampus
Website

Davin McCoy
Website

Avi Wisnia
Website

Glen Landing
Website

Jennings
Website

Tiva Tiva
Website

The Mechanicals
Website

Also, I would like to send a shout out to Cedar Street Studios Website Great hanging out with you Ted Richardson, you're a good guy! I know I've probably forgot or left someone out... just know that it wasn't on purpose! Much respect and love to all whom attended and performed! See you there next year!

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dewey Beach Music Conference 2010








Headed down to Dewey Beach tomorrow morning. The Quelle Source is performing Saturday Live @ The Bay Center... across from the Rusty Rudder! 9pm

Monster Entertainment will be represented at the Mentoring Sessions both Friday (12p-4p) and Saturday (12p-3p) Stop by and check us out.

If you have a free weekend, get down there and get a badge. It's going to be a good time, and I have a feeling that these Free Absolut Snow Cones are going to sneak up on me.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Red Bull Flugtag - Philadelphia 2010

Check out this awesome video of my boy Justyn Myers and his team The Giant Flying Lama's. They took FIRST PLACE at this year's Red Bull Flugtag - Philadelphia 2010. Congrats Justyn!

So much to say and so... much time to say it

Well, I think it's pretty much obvious that I've been on a bit of a hiatus lately. This has probably been the busiest summer on record for the indie-monster. It literally consisted of me moving, starting a new job, working on a website, moving, promoting bands, hitting up shows, attending conferences, moving, not having internet or cable for a week, learning how to become a photographer, getting ready for school (which I'm still not ready for) and moving.

The biggest thing for me was the move. I hate moving. It requires lifting shit which I don't particularly like to do. Not to mention that it was also hot as balls out every damn day this Summer! I mean seriously, if there's someone out there that still doesn't believe that we're experiencing global warming, then they need to be smacked and smacked hard. This summer was so ridiculously hot that there were a couple of occasions where I didn't even feel like drinking. Now that's a heat that, as I mentioned earlier, can only be described as balls.

In addition to my busyness and the balls like heat, I've had a new schedule to deal with. (yeah I'm whining... click away or deal with it) My new schedule consists of me waking up at 5:20am daily. Other than the many nights that I've stayed up that late playing video games or out drinking I had no idea the world existed that early... at least not sober. It has definitely taken sometime getting used to, but I think I'm there. Anyway, it's good to be back at the controls, especially this time of year. I love this time of the year. I love Fall. All the new TV shows, football, Halloween, football, the NFL, the weather (especially after the ballsy summer), apple cider :), lower electric bill, football... etc. This is definitely my favorite time of the year. I mean, I like wearing shorts and all but you can really dress for the Fall ya know? I remember the days of laying out my brand new school clothes getting ready to head back to school. Man, those were the days. I think at one point back then the Browns were actually good too. Hmm, actually, that was way before I had back to school clothes. That was back when I had a back to school fro and I still really, really, really wanted that red Michael Jackson Jacket. Eh, I guess those were the days too. Didn't have to wake up at 5am.


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I was a rocker back then too, don't get it twisted! Well, I will end it here, and leave this as just an update reminding you all that I'm here... and back and I didn't really leave, was just busy, but now am not as busy but still kinda busy, and I'm here, and back. And, I still have a way with words.

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Sugarhouse Casino

Casino Fever...

I've never really thought about what it would be like to have a casino this close to my house. However, I will say that now that Sugarhouse is open Fishtown and the surrounding areas seem to be really hopping. I was able to get in as a VIP last Monday the 20th due to the fact that I knew someone that helped petition its opening. I was impressed. They weren't handing out free candy like I was hoping, but it was still fun. It looked small from the outside, but once inside seemed decent, and the machines were pretty nice compared to Atlantic City's. Each slot had a mini TV in it. So, while I was betting the pennies that I brought with me, I could also keep an eye on Monday Night Football. I could definitely see how some people would never want to leave. For the VIP test run, we got the hook up on free food which consisted of mini burgers, crab cakes, sesame chicken tenders, french fries and desserts. I gave the food a thumbs up, but I was also starving when I went. For those that haven't been yet, I would wait for a weekday. The place is now ridiculously flooded with folks. I'm sure you won't even be able to move around in it if you go on a weekend. Plus, you may have to wait a while for a machine.

To those that are a bit upset about its opening, I do completely understand your view point. I just look at it this way. If a person has a gambling issue they are probably going to lose money betting on something whether it's a casino or a card game at their buddy's house. Yes, it doesn't help having a casino so close, point taken, but what the hell ever happened to self control?! Should we begin setting up our society totally based on the fact that some people just can't say no? It's kinda like the people that sued McDonald's for making them fat isn't it? Anyways, those are just my thoughts. As for me, I'm more worried about money leaving my wallet because of the Chick-Fil-A that's a couple of streets over. And, who knows maybe in about 3 years I can file a suit on Chick-Fil-A for making me chubby. Why blame yourself when you can blame someone else right? Ok, now that I've pissed a bunch of people off, here are some links and video of the Sugar!

Philadelphia took the title Thursday of largest U.S. city with a casino when Pennsylvania's 10th gambling hall opened despite years of community protests and delays. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Philly-Becomes-Largest-US-City-With-Casino-103658804.html

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video.



http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/local_news/philly%3A-largest-us-city-with-casino

Finally... Ah The Memories

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

NYC This Weekend MEANY FEST

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Clear the Runway...

How many times have you been stuck at the airport? Eh, unfortunately it happens, and there's little you can do but be patient and wait. The brand spankin' new Monster Entertainment webbysite is on its way! We're still working out a couple of kinks and clearing the runway. Please, be patient?

I will say this though, when it does finally hit the web it's going to look and feel a little something like this...



www.WeAreMonsterEnt.com

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Calm Before The Storm

We've been on a bit of a hiatus, but I promise that time hasn't been wasted...



Many, many wonderful things to come, including a brand new artist roster, and a shiny, brand new website. Stay tuned, We Are Monster Entertainment.
SUMMER 2010 RELAUNCH

www.wearemonsterent.com

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!



It's not just another 3 day weekend folks. This is a day to honor, respect and remember all who have fought, will fight and those who are still fighting for our freedom. America is a great country. I know we all have our issues with certain things that happen here, but I've said it and I will say it again. There isn't another country I would have rather been raised in. Well, maybe Amsterdam... Anyways, everyone be safe, and have a great holiday!

Philly Phanatic Crashes Wedding...

I'm sorry, I just can't get enough of this...



CHANNEL INDIE

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Brothers

I'm proud to be from Akron, Ohio. Yeah I said it! Akron, 330, Rubber City, Copley!, all those words have always been special to me. Even before Lebron James made them famous. Even before the guys that I'm about to mention in this blog post re-established Akron on the musical map. I've always LOVED my city. You kinda have to love where you're from right? I think it's important. I think it's an important part of who you are as a person to love where you are from.

Anyways, I know you guys are still reading this blog cross-eyed because I just wrote the word re-established in the first paragraph. Let me explain. Akron used to be a musical hub from what I was told. I, of course, wasn't around for any of it. I was up in heaven waiting to be born out of my mommy's tummy :) Seriously, the city boasts a history that a lot of people actually don't know about. Akron used to be a booming town, for its time, with a lot of nightlife, jobs O'plenty, big names, movers and shakers (gangsters), and a pretty large and growing population. The north side of Akron was where most of the blues/jazz musicians played (Howard Street), and I believe there were a lot of big names that would bless the scene. I even remember my parents telling me there was a large amusement park that used to outline Summit Lake.

Let me learn ya somethin...

In 1920, Akron was the fastest-growing city in the United States. The two big cities in the Mid-West were Akron and Chicago. By 1930, about two-thirds of the nation’s automobile tires were produced in Akron, by such companies as Goodyear, Firestone and Goodrich.

Many major American cultural movements first emerged in the city. As the rubber industry was booming, so was the city's population, attracting immigrants from all parts of the globe. Akron became a melting pot in the early 20's, descendants from different racial groups significantly help define the worldwide cuisine. Aside from the North Hill neighborhood of Akron's history in jazz during the early 1900s, for decades Akron has produced musicians in many of genres.

After four decades of prosperity, the ’70s brought mergers and plant closings that began a long, slow slide into economic depression. Goodyear, the only tire company still stationed in Akron, now employs about 3,000 people. By comparison, the rubber factories employed 10 times that many workers a generation ago.



Akron’s music scene has a long history of outsourcing its talent. Chrissie Hynde, who declared Ohio dead in the 1984 song “My City Was Gone,” lit out to England at her first opportunity. Devo slugged it out for a while but skipped town for Los Angeles in the late ‘70s. Robert Quine left to study law at Washington University in St. Louis and later moved to New York City, where he formed the Voidoids with Richard Hell.

Major artist from Akron include Howard Hewett, Chrissie Hynde (who owns The VegiTerranean restaurant in the Northside Lofts), Devo, James Ingram, Buckner & Garcia, Rubber City Rebels, and the artists to whom this blog post belongs to The Black Keys.

So, when I say The Black Keys have re-established Akron's music scene, I say it because most of the hipsters and indie kids that read blogs like mine have no idea who most of the artists from Akron are/were that released before The Black Keys.



Now on to The Black Keys, who just released what I believe to be their sixth album entitled "Brothers." This album was released on May 18 and it features 15 tracks of bluesy, guitar rifting, rhythm enriched awesomeness! I personally feel cool as hell when I bump this. The Black Keys definitely add to the list of reasons why I love to rep where I'm from. Track 2 "Next Girl" is hot! If you haven't heard it, go and do that now. Link below... enjoy.

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Now, only if we can get Lebron to stay? :(

The Black Keys speak on the "Lebron" situation in the video below (taken from The Wall Street Journal http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/05/18/fate-of-lebron-james-weighs-heavy-even-on-rock-stars/).



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Monday, May 17, 2010

Be Happy

Get in a good mood... be happy. This song makes me happy. :)

Freelance Whales












"so as you pull me from the bed tell me i look stunning and cadaverous..." ;)

Treats

Once again, Brooklyn Stand UP! Although this is Brooklyn-by-way-of-Florida... still stand up!

That debut Sleighbells album is out now and it's fire. They were in studio last week on Sirius's XMU with Jenny LSQ... good stuff, had much fun listening to that. If you people haven't listened to XMU on Sirius it's pretty much worth the Sirius subscription payment in itself. It's a great station.



I guess I'm jumping on the Sleighbells bandwagon as of today. This electro-rock band is rising fast! Members Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller have pretty much taken the Indie world by storm over the past few days with this release. These songs will give you energy. Go grab them and give them a listen. The album is entitled "Treats" and it's LOUD by the way. First leaked on NPR, I believe, the buzz around it has been ridiculous to say the least. It was also co-released by M.I.A.’s new N.E.E.T. Recordings imprint.



I LOVE Alexis's voice, it's SOFT and CALMING, but will WHOOP your ass, and the BEATS by Derek are SICK! As much as this is probably going to be said, I can't resist saying it here... the album definitely lives up to its name. LINKS! iTunes MySpace

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Titanic 2010

Between watching the Cavs lose last night, and a bug saving my life this morning... explanation another time, the last 24 hours have been "WTF" to say the least. I guess to me, what's most disturbing, is the morning aftermath of last night's playoff loss.

I haven't seen this many people jump ship since James Cameron released Titanic in 1997. It's going to be interesting to see how many people climb back aboard if he stays. Regardless I'm Cavs for life baby... wouldn't have it any other way. I've lived through "The Shot," "The Drive" and "The Fumble," I think I can make it through "The Lebron"

Titanic 2010, disaster off the shores of Lake Erie... SOS!! Cavs fans in trouble!



What's going on in the mind of Lebron? Only he, God, Three of the other Four Horseman and Jay Z knows.



Sorry, found that on accident... had to post it.

What annoys me about the whole situation is that a lot of these "Cavs" fans don't even know who the hell Mark Price is, and it's not like I'm talking about teenagers here people. It just ticks me off to see so many "die-hards" jumping ship. Oh well, to each his own. As for me, I will still be reppin Cavs in 2011. I may not be as excited, depending on what Lebron does, but like I said before... I wouldn't have it any other way! Cavs 2011 BABY!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Loved It

I loved every moment of Betty White last night on SNL. From the opening monologue to the end when she thanked everyone under the sun except Jay Z, standing right beside her. Was it me, or did Jay Z seem to be expecting a mention? Ha, I thought that was funny. Who knows, maybe he wasn't expecting anything... I'm a blogger, we like to start shit. I am, however, serious about liking the entire show. Although, I could be a bit biased, because I am in LOVE with Betty White. Who isn't?



So many return appearances last night by SNL cast. Loved the "Really" segment, and the opening skit with "Betty's daughters" honoring her for Mother's Day. Got a bit tired of the Macgruber skits, but I know that's been getting extra push to promote the movie. Which I will not be paying to see by the way...

And, as Hanh Nguyen posted in his article, "NBC is thanking Betty White for being a friend ... and for high "Saturday Night Live" ratings. The 88-year-old host, musical guest Jay-Z and returning "SNL" alum drew the highest ratings since the 2008 November pre-election show featuring Ben Affleck and presidential nominee John McCain, according to early estimates reports Variety."http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/05/saturday-night-live-betty-white-gig-posts-big-ratings.html

Well in the spirit of skits, I guess I will post this to the page. I usually try to keep the blog PG, but what the heck. If there are kids in the room take them out or cover their ears.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Brooklyn Stand Up



There's something happening that hasn't happened since the early to mid 90's. My eyes are dead focused on Brooklyn. I can't even say that I'm falling in love with Brooklyn again because I've never technically fell out. It's been an ongoing occurrence. However, lately the infatuation has been growing exponentially. The culture, the scene, the love, the music The music The MUSIC. New album out now by Kaki King. It dropped April 13th and it's been in my head for the last few weeks now. If you haven't heard "Falling Day" it's okay... there's still time.



One of the most talented chicks to ever blow up my eardrums.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Jónsi – Go

So, it's my job to point out incredible music. Well, here's me doing my job. Jónsi – Go is out now... go and get it. (Taken from Billboard - Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós may be on an indefinite hiatus, but the group's enigmatic singer Jon Thor Birgisson, better-known as Jónsi, is filling the void with his first solo album, "Go.")



These Scandinavian countries put out some of the most refreshing, beautiful, interesting, complex, and original music that I've ever heard. And, so begins my fascination with wanting to know why. Maybe I should visit? It's cold, but there has to be something in the water up there that maybe I should sample.



So, off of the album once again entitled "Go," "Go Do" and "Tornado" are the two songs that seriously send chills of enthusiasm up my spine while listening. I'm not even sure I want to call them songs. It's more art than anything. Very Lovely! It's 2010 and I'm inspired.



Debuting on the billboard 200 chart at number 23 and I believe it now is number 4 on Rock and number 1 for alternative it's something you should definitely consider at least sampling... sample below.












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Record Breaking Lady Gaga Performs on AI 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Blog Blog Blog

Swamped is an understatement. It truly is an injustice when trying to describe what's been happening to me lately. I need to find another adjective. I need to find the guy that makes adjectives and have him make up a special adjective just for me. I wonder how much that would cost? I probably couldn't afford it. I'm probably best buying a Thesaurus or an adjective book.

Life is strange right now. There's a sports bra at the end of The Delmarva Broadcasting Company driveway. I wonder who it belongs too. I wonder if there's a topless woman running around the Brandywine area confused and sweaty. I wonder what sport she was playing right before she lost her sports bra. Probably tennis. I wonder if she lost her tennis match, and in a fit of rage she throw her sports bra on the ground. Maybe she is smarter than we all think? She perfectly placed the bra in the driveway of a radio station, possibly in hopes that someone would cover the incident. I'm sure she didn't want her anger to go unknown or unappreciated, or her expression of protestant nudity to go in vain.

Have you ever made an Indie CD and then right when it was done burning you found another song that needed to go on that CD, and so you promptly burnt another CD? What do you do with the trash CD? The music on it is still very new and you don't want it to go to waste. Yesterday, I gave my trash CD to Joe Alan one of the DJs here at my station. I hope he enjoys it. I didn't want to throw it away. I've done that before and it hurt me knowing that there was music on there that someone could have heard and LOVED. That music could have helped someone or changed a child's life. Possibly a child that has never heard Indie music. Those children need those CDs. I can see myself from here on throwing those CDs out of my car window at lonely children. Hurling them like frisbees of joy. They will catch them, or they will learn too.

I apologize for having a blog and not blogging in it. It's very selfish of me to take up Internet space and not use it to its full potential. I'm unfortunately too busy to blog. It's sad isn't it? A blogger too busy to blog? It's like a fish to busy to swim. So, I just sit there on my coral reef starring out into the big blue yonder, to busy to move or to swim. Then, I see Nemo swim by frantically looking for his father... who I just saw by the way. I scream out "NEMO!," but he is too far away now, and he can't hear me, and I'm too busy to swim after him.



Have you ever drove to the suburbs blasting Dr. Dog's "Shadow People" singing along loudly except replacing the word Shadow with Ghetto? It's quite hilarious actually. You should try it... or at least think about it. While you are thinking about that, listen to these tunes that make me happy... It's "Wide Eyes" by Local Natives. OUTTASIGHTBLOG.BLOGSPOT.COM
www.myspace.com/localnatives

Man up... take what you can get

Money talks...

Peter King:

Scott Sicko, the University of New Hampshire tight end who gained Internet fame and infamy for turning down five free-agent NFL contract offers to pursue post-graduate education, has had a change of heart. He signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

"What can I say?" Sicko told me today from the UNH campus. "I changed my mind. I got very comfortable with the Cowboys over the last couple of days. And I made a compromise with myself."

Read More: HERE
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Sicko got well!

Monday, April 26, 2010

You Go Sicko!



Sounds like someone got their feelings hurt by not being drafted if you ask me. I'm not sure if I've ever heard of this? Especially after seeing a decent amount of undrafted players go on to have good, if not outstanding careers. "Kurt Warner"

This is a very interesting story about a guy who now refuses to play in the NFL simply because he didn't get drafted. Sicko states the reason for his decision is that he feels more comfortable pursuing his education then taking a chance on a sport that didn't see him valuable enough as a draft pick.

I'm sorry but you only get one chance to make NFL money man, and this guy has multiple teams now after him! Doesn't this dude realize that there are more available players than there are draft spots. If there had been 8 rounds he probably would have been drafted, and his feelings would have been spared the anguish... now we will never know :(

Like I said before, I think this is more along the lines of a decision based on hurt feelings. I mean come on, what if Tom Brady got pissed off cause he wasn't picked until the sixth round, and decided to become a dentist?! How much money would he have missed out on?! Eh, I mean dentists make decent money but come on!

This guy wants to do what he thinks is best for him financially right? If that's the case, then I think this is a bad decision. Scott Sicko, I know you are going to hear it a million times, but your name is very befitting to someone that seems a bit sick in the head.

Sicko's Statement:

"Some people will think I'm absolutely out of my mind, and I understand it," Sicko told Mark McGuire of the Albany Times Union on Saturday night. "I completely see where they're coming from. ... If I were to be drafted I would have had more confidence of a much longer career in the NFL. I have to look at my life and decide what will make me the happiest. And the thing that will make me the happiest now and in the long run is to pursue my education."


Click HERE for more of the article, written by Doug Farrar on Yahoo.com.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Early Ape

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Rock and Roll died. It was sad. The family dressed in colorful, worshipful outfits that celebrated Rock and Roll’s life. Adorned with the names and faces of the past, they found meaning and safety in their confusion. They played the instruments that had sustained Rock and Roll’s life and sang the songs that had identified it. For years, they stood on raised altars and played to remind everyone of its glory. They taught its beauty in their schools, to their children, who idled through the residue of sound, waiting for a new savior to rise and reveal them to themselves; for, how could it be found with the journey’s reason so far away and undefined? They wondered what it was that they sought, if not the very essence of self, from the fragments of the past. Yet, as time lurched forward, and the window to the truth became clouded, almost opaque, a bright light emanated from the past and shot through the milky view, calling forth a new beginning for Rock and Roll’s disciples : Early Ape was born.


The previous paragraph is an excerpt from Early Ape's biography and also one of the most awesomest things that I've read. If you haven't heard them yet, click play on the I-M music player at the top of the page where their song "These Aren't the People" is featured.

"Early Ape," Philadelphia's newest Pop sensation has been taking The Delaware Valley by storm since recently being featured on YRock. People are starting to take notice of their sound which is inspired by mid-60's pop and new wave, yet delivered with surprising post-punk energy.

Nate Rylan, the band's lead singer has been playing music all his life, drawing inspiration from the most prolific songwriters in Rock and Pop. His music is both sincere and irreverent, blending attentive lyrics with striking melodies to create an impressive and unmistakable sound. Nate credits his formal musical beginnings with the Philadelphia Boys Choir for his disciplined commitment to songwriting and performing. Here are what people in the Delaware Valley are saying!

1) "I FRIGGIN LOVE IT!!!!...I love the sound...these guys are good :)", Frank Pereira, Editor/Vice President - Philly Music Zone

2) "A VERY FUN Power Pop Thing going on!", John Vetesse - YRock on Xpn

3) " ...'THE' band to watch...", David Wannop - Montgomery News

4) "Listening to Early Ape's 'These Aren't The People' - sounds good" - Bits and Watts (twitter)

5) "Early Ape...last night at the Blinkin' Lincoln. Woo, them fellers is good!", Jim Boggia, national recording artist (bluhammock records)


The self titled, debut EP from EARLY APE is currently available on both iTunes and CDBaby.com. Go grab it now! The band consists of Nate Rylan (vocals), Adam Winokur (bass), and Joe Baldacci (drums). If you wanna see them live, make sure you're at The Wilmington Flower Market Festival this Thursday, May 6th, at Rockford Park. They'll be on the Arby's concert stage around 3pm opening for national act "Jenny and Tyler." All courtesy of WSTW. If you wanna listen to more of their music, links are below. Let me know what you think!

www.myspace.com/naterylan

www.reverbnation.com/earlyape

I-M

Post on The Wilmington Flower Market coming soon!

Rick Slater’s Deconstructing the Project

Once upon a time, before the blogging, before the move to the Delaware Valley, I was an audio engineer in north east Ohio mixing tracks for various Hip Hop and R&B artists. Mastering the arts of Cool Edit Pro, Adobe Audition, Pro Tools and then graduating to the use of "the audio board console. (ECHO)" Ha, where am I going with all of this? Well, it's all something that is still very much a part of my life, even though things have changed a great deal since 1998.

For those just starting out, there are a lot of places on the interwebs to reference and to learn from. One of my good internet buddies in NYC just happens to be one of those interweb writers and a good person to reference from.

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Check out Rick Slater's article entitled "Deconstructing the Project." It's broken out into parts for readers and found on Sonic Scoop. Here's a sample plus link...

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If you keep an open mind, the music will tell you what to do. That’s been my philosophy in the studio, one of the many hard-learned lessons I’ve learned over many years of engineering records. I’ve seen and tried many interesting methods of manipulating sound, and I’ve also seen that sometimes the best thing you can do as an engineer/producer is stay out of the way and be a documentarian. LINK

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I call BS

I personally think someone is trying to get famous. Guru was in a coma, and unless he woke up with the only intentions of dissing DJ Premier I'm calling Bullshit on this one!

mychemicaltoilet.com

National Exposure!

Monster Entertainment Band, The Quelle Source has been taking the city of Philadelphia by storm since the release of their latest album entitled "Enjoy The Ridge."

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You seriously need to "Enjoy The Ridge" if you haven't already. It's a fantastic ode to the street the band lives on (Ridge ave). Independently recorded in their home studio the project boasts lively, rhythm enriched sounds ranging from mesmerizing keyboard play to spot on guitar performance. As Origivation's Randy LoBasso states "If you're into fast, keyboard-heavy melodies and guitar riffs ranging from 90s alt-grunge to indie to punk, chances are you'll dig the Quelle Source." Who the hell isn't into that?! Make sure to check out the track titled "OT5."

In my own words, these guys are very good at what they do. Their stage performance is electric. You can't help but to dance. The song writing and melody that they put forth in every song will capture you. Take a listen and decide for yourselves... but first check out these WRITE UPS!!

ORIGIVATION

THE DELI MAGAZINE

I-M

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Revolution, I Love You Coverage



Rocking and hustling at the Delaware Music Festival
Dewey Beach musicians vie for crowd favor at annual event

When rocker Rob Lindgren wasn’t splicing together beats on the Rusty Rudder’s main stage, he was canvassing the crowd with a clipboard, giving away his band’s debut album in exchange for email addresses. The Delaware Music Festival was a chance for Revolution, I Love You to debut some new songs, but it was also a chance to expand their mailing list.
“It’s a huge part of what we do,” said Lindgren. “The music industry is a new world out there now, and there’s nothing more important than a direct connection, and direct contact with your fans.”


For the rest of the article click HERE.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Japan's got TALENT!

Whitney has done so many drugs she's turned into a little Japanese child!

No, that was wrong of me... seriously this kid is amazing! Please, if you haven't heard this, stop whatever it is you are doing and listen! What an amazing voice!



Turning Japanese I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so!

Konichiwa !!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dumb

Well, it's the end of an era and I have to be honest. I DON'T CARE how Andy or anyone else tries to spin this, I have now officially witnessed the dumbest professional football move ever. Not in all of my 31 years on this earth have I ever disagreed with something so adamantly! The Redskins?! SERIOUSLY? I can understand wanting to trade McNabb, well not really, but hey, wanting to trade him is one thing... TRADING HIM WITHIN THE DIVISION, WITHIN THE CONFERENCE?!! DUMB

Gas in the tank? That's a stupid question McNabb was JUST in the playoffs!!! So many ways this could play out, and oh the irony! I can just see it now, Redskins vs Eagles in the playoffs (assuming Philly makes it that far now) McNabb vs. Kolb, who is your money on?! For the record my money would be on McNabb. Absolutely Unbelievable! You keep going to the well till the water runs dry!!



"I'll take it from here dogg..."
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Now for my bold, over opinionated prediction. My Cleveland Browns and my Philadelphia Eagles will share the same record in 2010. :(

I-M

Friday, April 2, 2010

New York or Cleveland?




Will 'New York LeBron' win out?
He's an Ohio player and a big-city businessman. So which side of LBJ matters most?

LeBron James' roots are in Cleveland … But New York may be calling his "business" side.


Check out this lead article on ESPN.com By Brian Windhorst Special to ESPN.com HERE

Happy Easter


TGIGF 80 degrees in the city as we celebrate this Good Friday. I can't remember the last time it was this many holidays back to back? Happy Palm Sunday, Passover, Holy Week, April Fools, Good Friday and Easter... :)

Not to mention I get to be a complete movie nerd along with hundreds of others tonight for the release of Clash of the Titans! Clash of the Titans was one of my favorite movies as a kid growing up in the 80s. Tonight is the release of the 2010 remake.

RELEASE THE KRAKEN!



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2010





Well, the reviews have been horrible and everyone is upset that it was shot in 2D and then converted for 3D unlike James Cameron's epic motion picture, Avatar which is still wowing watchers. I say who cares! I wasn't really expecting to receive a riveting performance out of this remake anyways. Honestly, as a fellow monster... I just want to see the Kraken possibly eat someone.

I-M

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Warning... rappers now, you better get it up

Lil Wayne sent out some warning shots before he headed off to prison. Check out this video of behind the scene footage... Weezy recording songs for his No Ceilings mixtape.

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Quotes of note:
"I swear to God," Wayne insisted. "It's all right. I'm telling you, rappers now, you better get it up while I'm not feeling it like that. Once I start feeling it like that, y'all in trouble. Right now, I'm rappin' right now because y'all ain't heard me in a minute. I don't really feel it like that. But my artists though ... psssh. They'll eat you n---as' lunch. We superstars. We don't battle. We don't want to be compared to nobody. I teach, I preach and I [lead by example]. Superstars. We breed superstars. I teach them how to be superstars first. You don't wanna be a rapper, you don't wanna be a singer, you wanna be a superstar. Therefore you don't have to rap nor sing. You can do whatever, because you a superstar. It's easier."
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1635215/20100331/lil_wayne.jhtml
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1628277/20091215/lil_wayne.jhtml