Tuesday, February 28, 2006



omg celebz

Let's get this over with. I've got cuts on my hands and stuff to do.

Thanks to some other blog for this entry idea.

Top 5 hip celebrities I would care to meet/spend time with:

1. Jack Black -- How can he not be at the top of this list? I met him very, very briefly at Strokes show in NYC and he was extremely mellow, but witty. The man's an amazing actor and was in one of my favorite movies of all time. His comedic timing and speech is truly his own. Plus, Jables is Jewish, too. So there's that. Yeah.

2. Thomas Pynchon -- I want to hang with him just to finally see his face (I don't he actually looks like those early pictures) and to be the first reporter in forever to interview him. Hell, just to be cerebrally condecescended by him would be an honor. I don't really want to hang out with this guy, because he's probably an asshole, but he's one of my favorite writers. "The Crying Lot of 49" definitely did something to me. If I never met him, I would be forever curious as to what he would be like. Plus, the guy's over 60 years old and he's gonna drop soon. He needs to show his face.

Note: I would put Norman Mailer here instead (another one of my favorite writers whose about to drop), but the dude's got a blog at the Huffington Post, apparently. I would find that incredibly lame if it weren't for the fact that: A) I'm writing on a blog right now and think slightly better of myself and B) Mailer isn't trying to be a blogger extrordinaire. He's being his short, sweet self on the site. Over 10 months, he's only written seven graphs b/w two posts on the site.

3. Steve Albini -- If you've ever met me, or just know my musical tastes, its not hard to figure out why I like Albini so much: Big Black/Rapeman/Shellac, Zeni Geva, Neurosis, Helmet, The Breeders, Tortoise, Melt Banana, Jesus Lizard, Low, Mono, High on Fire, Don Cab, The Frames, Mogwai, The Ex, Milemarker, Rye Coalition, Portastatic, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Dysrhythmia and (most famously) The Pixies and Nirvana. Of course, he's talked major shit about those two in the press since then, which makes him even fucking cooler.

4. Tom Waits -- No real reason other than I love his music and because he's the fucking COOLEST MOTHERFUCKER ON THE PLANET.

5. Dr. Cornelius West -- The next black POTUS. Truly a genius, genius black thinker.

UPDATE: Part two coming soon!

Monday, February 27, 2006

First post (pop)

Alright. First post.

Ghostface's Fishscale (here's the clean version if your momma's over your shoulder) has been pushed back for a minute now. Finally (Def Jam "finally") its coming out on March 28. Advance copies have been sent out (sort of, it seems), listening parties have taken place and it looks like Ghostface's crazy ass is past the point of no return.

Of course, there's still room to wiggle. The promo posters I've seen for "Fishscale" are still ghetto-ass, black-and-white big text with ABSOLUTELY NO FUCKING RELEASE DATE ON IT. THE MOTHERFUCKER JUST SAYS "SPRING."

The streetz, and by "streetz" I mean the nerds on the information superhighway (is this 1998?), are saying March 28. This could change at anytime. All Music Guide still has a 3/14 drop. So only the Shadow knows, I guess. (Is this 1938?)

A recent skim of Status Ain't Hood, Tom Breihan's Village Voice blog, turned up this preview of "Fishscale." There's some... um... "interesting" observations.

"In one truly stunning moment, [Killah] talked about the album's final song, which is about being underwater, seeing mermaids and Spongebob and the necklace from Titanic, everyone eventually going to a mosque and praying. Just hearing this song is a total mindfuck; seeing Ghostface explain it is even more so. So maybe all this stuff made me like the album more than I would've otherwise, but I don't know. It's pretty fucking great."

Mr. Breihan, ladies and gentlemen. From his random descriptions of choice lines from the album, I can't tell if the critic is question was extremely high/drunk at the time of listening, or if Ghostface is actually this crazy on the album. I loved his Wu-Tang verses. Ghost usually slid in and out of my top three favorite Wu members depending on how emotional/nasal his voice got and how lyrically dextrous his shit was. GZA, Deck and RZA were my usual top three, though.

I've only heard random cuts from Killah's solo stuff from DJs, though, and I never got the chance to sit down and really listen to Pretty Toney, Ironman or anything else he did solo.

Anyone who reads Pitchfucker Media knows that "diverse" indie types love Wu-Tang. Ghostface moreso. I can feel Ghostface and get with most of what Wu-Tang is about, and I'll finally give one of his albums a solid chance.

I will not, however, be buying into the hype this album will be getting on both sides of the musical fence.

Check out "Angels" (RealAudio) with MF Doom. Decide for yourself. Oh, and ignore the promo copy overdubs. Fucking hip-hop labels.