Kanye West “Homecoming”

Graduation 

This post started out as a test post for me. I wanted to see if I could use WordPress embedable music feature and it apparently worked. But rather than take the song down, I figured I’d keep it up.  

After all it is from the CD with the biggest 1st week sales of 2007 so why not?

Enjoy Kanye West “Homecoming” featuring Chris Martin of Coldplay.  

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“Old School” Joint of the Day: Immature “Please Don’t Go”

 Marques Houston

This video was a serious exercise in boyband cliches.

Matching outfits… Check!

Singing in the rain over heartache… Check!

White Suits and Flashing Lights… Check! and Check!

I remember when this video came out. I believe I was in high school (God I miss Randolph High sometimes) my good buddy Ardmead was a HUGE Immature fan, like cut a chick for Marques Houston type of fan. And I remember making fun of this song and video to her.

I would sing the break at the end of the song all off key… “You!You!You!Yoooooooou!”

Haha, truth is made fun of the song so much that I began to like it. And I still listen to it. Sure it’s pure R&B/Pop cheese. But it’s good. The video though? Wow. Where do I begin?

Marques Houston turns in an NAACP Image Award worthy performance as a man in agony over the loss of his best friend. There is also a lot of chasing girlfriends around trees and cars. (Where most notably we see the moment when Marques realized his BFF/Girlfriend was “Sick”). It’s funny how she got a cramp and falls to the ground in pain yet Marques tries to make out with her. As if making out will make her Cancer pains vanish. You aint that smooth romeo.

Wait that was the name of the other dude right? Oh whatever. Anyhow the sad thing was that I knew a couple of girls that were all “Good for that bitch” when she dies in the end.

So wrong but you gotta fucking love High School.

Here is the video to Immature’s sad (for a 15 year old girl) song “Please Don’t Go”.

Download: Immature “Please Don’t Go”

Bonus Jam: Marques Houston “Clubbin”

Introducing “Amountboyz”….

AMBZ

If you have ever gone to my Myspace Profile at all last year, you would know these people already. I had their song “Walks Away” on my page for a really long time. They are a group of entertainers from NYC who pretty much grind, grind, and grind some more. They have made a name for themselves on their own by dancing and singing virtually everywhere.

They got a 1st place win on BET’s Spring Bling. And they are finally planning to release their debut album internationally. While I don’t know how much of their other material sounds, if it sounds anything like “Walks Away” they will have a hit CD on their hands.

Anyhow, here is their hit (well at least it’s a hit on my Ipod) “Walks Away”.

Enjoy!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “WALKS AWAY”

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PS: Be sure to hit up their Official Myspace they have a link to their YouTube page that has videos of them dancing and singing.

Fun at the ER!

Hospital 

I went visited hell on earth yesterday (The Hospital Emergency Room), and I am doing much better now. I just have to say, the healthcare system is a real joke. And I don’t know why I get shocked by the lack of intelligence of the people you encounter there.

There were so many idiots in the waiting room. Bad parents with their equally bad children. Mean old ladies. And people with ridiculous self importance issues demanding top notch healthcare and screaming at staff members (when they don’t even have insurance!)  And while many staff members were really nice to me, the majority of them were no better than the bad patients. It’s like they are so accustomed to dealing with idiots, that they speak to everyone in the same manner. Many of them changed their tune once I responded to them. It’s like they said “Oh wait, he’s a smart one”. It’s annoying. More annoying? Being asked the same “Do you speak English sir?” question over and over.

Oh yeah, and the fact that the only channel that worked in the waiting room was ABC Family and all they showed was “The 700 Club” stealing raising money, and “Gilmore Girls” repeats. So yeah, basically hell on earth for me.

But hey, I am better now, so that’s all that matters right? (Thank God for Codene).

Well folks I’m still recouperating, trying to get better for the weekend. So I won’t be blogging as much unless I’m feeling better.

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Bonus Slow Jam of the Day: Boys II Men – Please Don’t Go 

“Reaper” Wrap Up: 9/25/07

ReaperCW 

Brace yourself people, because the news I am about to bring you may come as a huge shocker!

Could the best new show of the season be on The CW network?

Wait a second and let’s register this. The CW? The same network that gave “Veronica Mars” the boot, ditched “Everwood” in favor of “7th Heaven”, and drove “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman Palladino away from her own show?

I am just as shocked as you are. But is it enough to give me “AN EXPLOSIVE CASE OF AMNESIA!” about any of the bad things that the CW has done to it’s viewers? Nope.

Why? Because as a network, The CW sucks really hard. They have 2 of the better shows to debut this season (“Gossip Girl” and “Reaper”) yet they don’t know how to promote them properly. And that is a real shame. 

I wanted to hold off on my praise for “Reaper”, so that I could watch it again on the TV screen. And you know what? I think that this show has the potential to really be the next “Buffy”.

The show is about slacker Sam Oliver. Sam wakes up on his 21st birthday to discover things are a bit stranger than usual. He works at a Home Depot like store with his Best Friend “Sock” and his friend “Andi” (Who he secretly has feelings for).  Andi is almost killed in an accident (where a falling AC is about to hit her head) and Sam comes to her rescue. But he moves the AC from hitting her with his mind.

Ray Wise as SatanNot knowing what  exactly is going on, Sam soon finds out from Satan himself that his parents sold his soul to him before he was born. So now he must be a bounty hunter for Satan. Recovering escaped souls from hell, and bringing them back.

This may all sound admittedly corny, but picture a tone along the lines of “Shaun of the Dead” with hints of “Army of Darkness” and you will get “Reaper”.

The characters in “Reaper” are instantly likeable. Even Satan (Played by Ray Wise) is good here. I also like how “Spanish” from the Will Ferrel Comedy “Old School” is here. Brett Harrison plays Sam very well. He is relatable. Everyone knows the feeling of being 21 and not know where your life is going. The way Sam rises to Satan’s challenge (and by the end of the pilot accepts his fate as the chosen one) is all good stuff.

Tyler Labine is the scene stealer as “Sock”, Sam’s bestDirt Devil friend. He also plays his role in a way that his schtick doesn’t get annoying. Missy Peregrym (who many may remember from her stint as the shape shifting Candice on “Heroes”) plays the love interest/girl next door well. I wonder how long before she finds out about Sam’s new job?

Basically, I really enjoyed the pilot episode. It had enough action and humor to satisfy. The action was well directed (by director Kevin Smith) and it wasn’t over the top. The pliot is filled with story ideas that only ensure the show’s longevity. I also got a kick out of the idea that Sam has to deposit the escaped souls at any place that seems like “Hell on Earth”. So it was fitting that he went to the DMV.

I don’t know how Reaper did in the ratings last night. But I do know that The CW needs to promote it better. This is probably the best freshman show of the season. I hope it finds an audience. Because after that great pilot, it sure as hell deserves one.

I’m there next week, will you be? 

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PS, if you missed the show last night, I believe that The CW is re-airing it right after Smallville tomorrow.) 

“Old School” Joint of the Day: P.M. Dawn “I’d Die Without You”

PM Dawn

This is one of those super dramatic ballads that oddly worked. When you look back on it, it’s a really good song. It’s rare that you get vulnerability from a male R&B artist anymore.

And passing fads like Sean Kingston take note, singing out of your throat (like a frog with a cold) AND being overweight is not a good look. Being overweight AND being able to really sing? That’s a different story. That’s why P.M. Dawn were successful. The lead singer was Big As A House, but he sang very well.

P.M. Dawn came out with a couple of hits and then of course faded away into obscurity. But this song is still probably their best hit. 

They still play this joint late at night. And people still boldly try to sing it at Karaoke Night (when they really shouldn’t). Patron will bring out the singer in anyone.

Here is their video for “Die Without You”.

Enjoy!

Bonus Jam:

P.M. Dawn Featuring Al B. Sure “Sometimes I Miss You So Much”

“Alien vs Predator: Requiem” Poster

Requiem

So I won’t front, it’s an interesting looking poster. The tagline is pure cheese, but I assume that is what they were going for. After viewing the trailer, at least the movie looks like mindless fun that looks better than part 1.

So I’m sure I’ll go see it. I’m a sucker for exploding heads.

And by the way, the poster is totally ripping off that “Itchy and Scratchy” show episode where they kept pulling out bigger and bigger guns until Itchy blows Scratchy into the sun.

 I&S

You really can’t expect any serious sort of quality for a film with a “Vs” in it’s title huh?

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