This blog has been pretty dormant for a while, but I am still alive! And as a reminder of my incredible taste in music, I would like to point everyone in the direction of Raphael Saadiq‘s latest album, The Way I See It.
Right from the get-go this album throws back to the great 50’s and 60’s style of Motown recordings with the opening track, Sure Hope You Mean It. I don’t think I’ve met anyone in my life who considers themselves a music fan who doesn’t have a good time listening to Motown, and this track nails that feeling and makes you feel like you’re catching The Tempations practicing on a Detroit street corner circa 1960. It really is that good.
But don’t think this album is strictly Motown. Saadiq slows it down on Oh Girl, singing straight from his soul (and then picks it right back up for the final track, a reprise of Oh Girl featuring Jay-Z). He really puts something on here for everyone, fast, slow, hip hop, soul; pretty much everything. Trust me, if you like music, you’ll like this album. And if you don’t like this album, take a long hard look in the mirror and assess whether you truly appreciate music, or if you are in fact an alien from Pluto (it’s not even a planet, sucker!).
Check out Saadiq’s video for 100 Yard Dash:
This isn’t anything new, but it is still awesome:
Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Cake came out with their fabulous album Prolonging The Magic? Neither can I. Sheep Go To Heaven – which hit #16 on the modern rock chart in 2001 – came up on shuffle today while I was driving home, and I sang every word of it. I love this band, and I love this song.
And good news for fans: according to Wikipedia, new albums are in the works:
The band has announced that two new albums are in the works: Live at the Crystal Palace, the band’s first live album; and a new studio album, originally due in fall 2008, but later announced to be early 2009 at the band’s Earthfest 2008 performance. John McCrea describes the studio album’s sound as “very different” from previous Cake records, also indicating that he will be playing piano much more than usual. Both will be released on Upbeat Records.
Awesome! Just a little music post to brighten your Thursday. Now, check out the video, and be amazed:
The Blazers played the Rockets last night and tried really hard to lose the game, but Brandon Roy wouldn’t let them. Although, it should be noted that the Rockets were up one at this point because Roy fouled Yao Ming on a made basket. If it weren’t for that, this amazing shot wouldn’t be necessary:
For those of you unaware, there’s a new Dockers commercial out, featuring beautiful views of San Francisco and (mostly white) people enjoying themselves. The commercial also features a great song I had never heard before, which is actually a few decades old but still kicks your ass like yesterday’s news. That song is California Soul, sung to perfection by Marlena Shaw. Not surprisingly, Shaw was part of the incredible roster held by Chess Records in the late 60’s.
I highly highly recommend you go check it out, and if you don’t believe me then just check out the commercial and see for yourself:
While watching the Pistons @ 76ers playoff game, I remembered what Maurice Cheeks brings to the table as a coach: class. He’s a stand-up guy, and even if he never wins a championship, I’ll still think he’s a great coach for an NBA team. He did the best he could in Portland with some extremely volatile groups of players, and I wish him the best in Philadelphia. Here’s an example of his grace:
As any of my friends will tell you, I’m pretty opinionated. And I have a strong opinion regarding this upcoming election, but I wasn’t going to say anything about it until the parties had chosen their candidates.
That is, until I saw this.
By way of Wil Harris’ first blog post in months, I found that video and sat through the entire thing. For someone with as short of an attention span as me, that says a lot.
I may have just given away who I’m rooting for in the election, but I don’t care. It’s not often that a campaign propaganda video gives you chills, so I think it’s worth it.
And you know what? If you don’t agree with my views, that’s fine. But don’t tell me, go tell your ballot. My generation has been notorious for their apathy, so the most important thing you can do is get out there and vote.
MacBreak has been proliferating my iTunes with podcast after podcast from MacWorld, but so far the one I have found most interesting delved into the topic of solar power on the go. Dr. Kiki Sanford hosts this episode (clocking in at just over five minutes), and talks to the Solio guys about powering all of your portable electronics simply by way of the sun.