Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
See that bad boy/girl? Brazilian wandering spider. These cute little guys are responsible for more human deaths than any other spider on the planet. One of them was discovered and captured in the produce section of a Whole Foods in Tulsa, OK.
That's right, some kid making $7 an hour fumbled through a bunch of Honduran bananas and rounded up a creature whose bite could have killed him in less than half an hour.
I mean, the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park was closed by the health department over rats. Why does Tulsa get all the cool critters?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Although I'm a relatively recent convert (maybe within the last five or six years), I love hip-hop. I can, and do, enjoy old school to crunk, backpacker to gangster, indie to multiplat, and most everything in between. Unless it sucks. I do have a low tolerance for suck. And a high tolerance for this.
Anyway, this book does a fantastic job at chronicling hip-hop's true beginnings in Jamaica (really?) and Brooklyn, its troubled rise to mainstream acceptance, and subsequent exploitation. The music is obviously a big part of it, but I really consider this to be An Urban People's History of the United States. Chang goes relatively in-depth on governmental abandonment of the inner city, racism, gangs, drugs, and the three primary ingredients to the culture: music, art, and dance.
I've already been needlessly verbose. If any of the above interests you in the least, check out the book. Anyone who likes things that are unassailably badass should check out this video.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I don't think this is an attempt on Stewart's part to garner more exposure for himself, but to actually affect change in the most visible of areas. I don't doubt his sincerity. Given some time, I'm interested to see if this gets any real traction.
If Bob Dylan was the voice of his generation, and we somehow got assigned Kanye West, where can I vote for Jon Stewart?
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Since I'm basically a native Oklahoman, I'm required to like, nay, LOVE the Flaming Lips. They could make uniformly unlistenable albums and trippy, holiday-themed, Martian rock-operas for the next ten years and I'd still stand in a teeming crowd of tweens for two hours, squeeling with glee at every giant, glitter stuffed ball Wayne Coyne pops with his ridiculous guitar. They are that awesome.
This is an Oklahoma band who absolutely love playing in Oklahoma, adored by huge hometown, Oklahoma crowds. I can think of no better musical representative for the state.
I'm also hugely impressed/surprised by the fact that over half the Oklahomans who voted on the 10 finalists went with the Lips' "Do You Realize?" when All-American Rejects' "Move Along" had somehow made the cut. Victory!!