#NP - Prince - “Screwdriver” - I’m actually feeling this one. He put together an all-female band with guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford, and bassist Ida Nielsen.
"It’s just totally incredible. Just hearing him play and rehearsing and jamming and performing, it’s so inspiring," Donna Grantis explained. "When he’s playing—you know that face you get when you’re listening to music that’s really good? I call it "the stink face. I seriously have that the entire time we’re playing because it’s just so good. I told a friend of mine, ‘You know how people get laugh lines? I think I’m just going to get stink face lines.’ [laughing] It’s so inspiring, it’s just amazing."
I’m not much of a PC gamer. I prefer to sit on my couch, controller in hand in front of a big-screen TV instead of sitting at a desk, behind a computer that I’ve probably been working on all day. However, there are always a few PC games that pique my interest like anything having to do with “Star Wars,” a cutting-edge shooter or something like SimCity. I was recently invited to check out new action RPG, Path of Exile, a PC game inspired by the likes of Diablo and Titan Quest, and from the looks of it so far, this may be something I could get into.
Is it me or does this trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist just get you hyped up? Video games looking better than Hollywood lately….
Juice Soundtrack - Another all time classic movie soundtrack. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
Above the Rim…. one of the best soundtracks of all time? Why, yes. Yes, it is.
R.I.P. Aaliyah. Dope live mix from DJ Envy this morning.
My latest for Game On…
Dead Space 3 hooks up with Kinect for latest installment
Dead Space 3 is one of our highly-anticipated games of 2013, not only because the series is one of the best horror franchises in recent memory, but also because it gets better with every iteration. One of the biggest additions to the game is the use of Xbox Kinect.
Yes, a lot of gamers still find the in-game voice controls kind of gimmicky but it appears that some of the options in Dead Space 3 might be pretty cool.
Here’s my latest feature for L.A. Weekly, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs. Enjoy!
DJ Muggs Does Dubstep. Prepare For Your Head to Explode
The problem seems to be that hip-hop comes a little too easy for Muggs, whose career spans more than 20 years; seven Cypress Hill albums; three compilation albums for his production company, Soul Assassins; and a string of hits for folks like House of Pain, Beastie Boys and Ice Cube. So it makes a bit of sense that he’d want to do something different on his new work, Bass for Your Face, out Jan. 15. What’s not so clear is why he decided on dubstep.
#NW “Saca la Chamaca (Remix)” - Departamento del Ritmo ft. De La Ghetto - Just another favorite joint from the Spanish/Latin hip-hop world. Funny thing is, the straight up hip-hop stuff hasn’t really caught on in Panama yet.
#NW “Bailando” - Jaymar - Ever since visiting Panama as an adult a couple of years ago, I’ve been trying to keep up with the music scene. My cousins down there love the hardcore, Spanish reggae coming out the hood. I like some of it, but I also dig the straight dance/club joints, like the one above. Yeah, they just discovered auto-tune, I’m giving them a pass.
#NW “Riot” - Bullet for My Valentine - I also like 80s metal. Bullet for My Valentine kinda has that essence. I dig these dudes.
#NW “What About Us” - The Saturdays - U.K. girl pop group. Sometimes I just like that simple, pop music. Nothing too serious, aggressive or hard. Kind of like a candy bar for a snack as opposed to a full meal like a Kendrick or Nas album. Nah mean?
ABC to look at ‘Star Wars’ live-action TV series
Sources say the live-action series centers on the story of rival families struggling over the control of the seedy underside of the Star Wars universe and the people who live within the subterranean level and air shafts of the metropolis planet Coruscant (the Empire’s urban-sprawl-covered home planet). A bounty hunter may be the main character. Set between the original Star Wars film trilogy and the prequels, the time period allows for all sorts of potential appearances from classic figures from the Star Wars universe.
Pretty much the plot for the video game, Star Wars: 1313.
Here’s another video game blurb i did for Denver Post’s gaming blog:
Thanks to smartphones and tablets, the Android gaming world has exploded in the past few years — so much so that development company PlayJam hatched the idea for a portable console that allows you to play Android games on your television.
Return of the Zapatistas: Are Mexico’s Rebels Still Relevant?
At 11:11 a.m. on Dec. 21, the crowds that had flocked from around the world to southern Mexico to mark the end of the Maya calendar’s creation cycle breathed a sigh of relief when the apocalypse never came. But many doomsday tourists witnessed a different sort of news event when tens of thousands of masked Zapatista rebels, all of them descendants of the ancient Maya, marched in silence through towns in Chiapas state in their most high-profile mobilization in five years. The Zapatistas and their pipe-smoking poet leader, a non-Maya Mexican known as Subcomandante Marcos, have always been skilled at generating political theater — and the Dec. 21 Maya mania was a golden media opportunity. “Did you hear it?” a Marcos communiqué asked. “It’s the sound of their world ending. It’s that of ours resurging.”