Archive for July, 2008

OOPS // BUSTED // BEATJACKING BY TIMBALAND

July 30, 2008

Timbaland, aka Timothy Z. Mosley, who is responsible for more young girls “shakin’ what their momma gave them”, than any other current producer, has been coming under fire for the orgins of his charts topping tracks. He is writing it off as sampling, while others are calling foul by the heavy audible likeness to other pre-existing songs by other artits. Now we all know that P-Diddy aka Puff Daddy aka Sean “we don’t care about your fuckin’ name anymore” Combs, used to take old funk and disco songs and throw a Biggie verse over it and collect the cash, but he paid for the rights, right? Okay, So Timbaland is being accused of not just sampling, but beatjacking whole songs and throwing a couple snaps/effects over it and calling it a day. If you are into The Hip-Hop Music, you understand the idea of sampling, if you don’t, get a DJ Shadow album and you will be well versed in an hour. Sampling usually consists of small pieces from pre-existing records to create a new sound landscape that can be and most of the time is mixed with original beats made by the producer. So, does taking whole phrases still fall under the definition of sampling? Probably not Mr. Timbaland, especially when the original artists are not compensated for their artistic property. Small sound bits/samples are understandable, it’s Hip-Hop, comes with the territory.  But, for the money he makes, we feel jacking whole songs is lazy and makes you look tired…get some rest Timbo. So, our Flat Brimmed Salute is to you Timbaland, for the Fuck Up of the Week. More videos of this topic when you clink that link right HERE: (more…)

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WTF?! // WE CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. BUT THEIR PARENTS DID…

July 24, 2008

We are usually not the “copy and paste” type of blog. We actually like writing our own stuff for other people to copy/paste. But, every now and then you come across something that you just can’t help but hit Apple-C, Apple-V. This is one of those moments:

(CNN) — A New Zealand judge has made a 9-year-old girl a ward of the court so that her name can be changed from Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii, the country’s national news agency reported Thursday.

Family Court Judge Rob Murfitt listed a series of unusual names that New Zealand parents had given their children, and said he was concerned that such strange monikers would create hurdles for them as they grew up.

“It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap,” the New Zealand Press Association quoted the judge as saying.

Among the names Murfitt cited: twins named Benson and Hedges — after a brand of cigarettes; Violence; and Number 16 Bus Shelter.

Some parents had named children after six-cylinder Ford cars, the news agency reported.

The Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages said in a statement that it had rejected names including Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Stallion, Twisty Poi — a staple food in Polynesian cuisine — and Sex Fruit.

A lawyer for Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii said the girl is so embarrassed by her name that friends know her as “K.”

Last month, a judge in the U.S. state of Illinois allowed a school bus driver to legally change his first name to “In God” and his last name to “We Trust.”

But an appeals court in the state of New Mexico ruled against a man — named Variable — who wanted to change his name to a two-word phrase that contains a four-letter expletive and expresses opposition to censorship.”

Article Via CNN (look we even linked the source!)

ART// USUGROW @ VADAR PROJECT

July 24, 2008

Okay, if you know anyone associated with this little bloggins here, you already know our obsession with Usugrow. We’ve written about him before in this post and he, to say in the most grammatically and politically correct way is, “Sick with it.” Usugrow recently lent his inking style to an actual Vadar helmet at VADAR PROJECT 2008 celebrating the 30th anniversary of Stars Wars in Japan. Check out more pictures when you click that link right HERE: (more…)

MUSIC // NAS ALBUM PREMIER, LIVE @ ALIFE

July 23, 2008

Those in the back patio of famed sneaker hotspot ALIFE on Monday night knew exactly what they were in for.  This invite only was blessed by the man himself NAS in celebration of his new untitled album, formerly named “Nigger”. NAS performed a full on set wearing non other than his collab parters name across his back, ALIFE. Sincere thanks to MEL D. COLE from Village Slum for the amazing pictures of a rare night in New York City.  More pictures and video when you click that link right HERE: (more…)

DON’T SLEEP // DJ SHADOW x CUT CHEMIST // PART 2

July 23, 2008

So, I posted about this show before I even went, because I was so excited. So now I feel like I must do a little diddy of a short re-cap. The Show: Amazing. The Crowd: Surprisingly Cool. Ms. Girl Friday buying mini’s of booze to sneak in: Brilliant. The Cheeseburger for dinner: Blew. Brooklyn Brewery being there to make me forget the cheeseburger that blew: Priceless. The opener for the show was The Mighty Underdogs which contained no other than Captain Blackalicious himself, The Gift of Gab, who surprised everyone when he brought out Mr. Lif for a little collabo. Gab even did Alphabet Acrobatics, if you don’t know that song, you’re tired, go home and get some rest. The show started really late and Girl Friday had to leave early because of work. So I was solo from there on. You know what? I still had a fucking amazing time. That’s a rare experience folks, that and seeing the drunkest couple ever roll around on the ground and dance like cavemen when they first discovered fire (seriously that’s the best analogy I can think of, it was beyond description). Okay, solo at a show, with no money for more beer or snacks (because Girl Friday left) due to my accounts being frozen due to a robbery a while back (fuck those guys) and it still was awesome. Not so awesome: A polish lady getting really mad at you because you realize don’t have enough money to pay for a kielbasa after you order it. The dude who asked me to bum a smoke 3 times. The chick on stilts walking through the crowd and her little friends that kept throwing glowing hula hoops in front of my face. Regardless, still one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. So I will say this one last time, if you can catch this show….serious. Check out some pics that I found on the ol’ internets when you click that link right HERE: (more…)

DON’T SLEEP // DJ SHADOW x CUT CHEMIST, LIVE SHOW!

July 17, 2008

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT sleep on this. This is a limited engagement that is a turntablist wet dream of epic proportions. DJ SHADOW has teamed up with CUT CHEMIST and are currently touring their live show “The Hard Sell” with only a few dates left on the roster. This incredibly inventive show presents live mixes only using original vintage 45’s (bonkers, i know), 8 turntables, 4 mixers, guitar peddles, effects box and visual projections that mix in live video of the masters at work. These guys are living legends of the genre. If you live within 300 miles of any of these cities go to this show. Go. Now. Buy Tickets. Shush…I don’t want hear any excuses. You will thank me. Still Pondering? What did I say? No excuses! I’m going to be at this show tonight in the epicenter of tight jean hipsterdom where most will act like they are too cool for it, even though they bought tickets. Where the words, “why isn’t he, like, using cd’s. They totally sound better” will be heard at least twice. Where many, who just stole their parents records out of the basement and now call it their “collection”, will be posturing about “b-sides” while muttering, “I have that track” after a positive crowd reaction. Where boisterous stories of turntablism that begin with, “I was DJ’ing this party” leave out the other half of the sentence “at my friends house” will fill the night air. All this, rolled into one, with some chick screaming the whole time on her cell phone trying to find her friends, and I’M STILL FUCKING EXCITED TO GO! So no excuses. Go to the website. Tickets. Thank me later. Check out some of the videos from the tour by clicking that link right HERE: (more…)