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

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Early Ape


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 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!


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.


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...


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!

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."


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!!




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


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..."

Now for my bold, over opinionated prediction. My Cleveland Browns and my Philadelphia Eagles will share the same record in 2010. :(


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 By Brian Windhorst Special to 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.




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.


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.


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."

I.E. - Lights, Camera, Action

Yo! Raps Exclusive

Last week I.E. was featured on Yo! Raps in the "Next To Blow" section. This week I.E. is featured in their music section. Big Ups to da man in VA. 2 up 2 down LISTEN