Thursday, August 17, 2006

Snakes On A Plane.

Finally the wait is over! Tomorrow Snakes On A Plane hits theatres, and I am anticipating that it will be filled with B-Movie cheese. Frankly, I am hoping that it falls into the "so bad that it's good" film canon. If you haven't received a personal phone call (or email) from Samuel L. Jackson yet regarding the movie, I'm sure he will get to you soon. In the meantime you can listen to the message I received here. Gees...Beer Fest last weekend, Snakes On A Plane this weekend, who says these are the dog days of summer? As you have probably figured out by now, this weeks post is serpent inspired (albeit very loosely).

Random Song 1: Cobra Starship - Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)

Charley Pride

You are probably asking yourself two things: One who the heck is Charley Pride? Two what does he have to do with snakes? Surprisingly enough, he is probably most logical choice to have in this post. Charley's big break came when he released the song Snakes Crawl at Night in 1965. At his peak, Charley Pride was easily one of the biggest names in country music. He not only helped to pave the way for black artist in country music, but in the industry on a whole. As my mother is a big fan, I have listen to a lot of Pride's music over the years. Although country music has never appealed to me, I do admire what Pride has done for music in general. Plus there is no denying the man's talent.

Charley Pride performing "Kaw-Liga" on television (Hee-Haw I believe). The song can be found on The Essential Charley Pride album:

Random Song 2: Paula Abdul - Cold Hearted Snake

The Deadly Snakes

It's not a good time to be a snake right now. They are getting their tails whipped on planes, they have been a punch line for jokes online for over a year, and Cobra still can't defeat G.I.Joe. So it makes since that after 10 years, Toronto's The Deadly Snakes are calling it quits. They will be playing their last show next week (August 25, 2006) at the Horseshoe Tavern. At least they went out on somewhat of a high note; their last album Procella (released last fall) received good praise from the critics. Here is Closed Casket from their Ode To Joy LP.

Random Song 3: Joss Stone - Snakes and Ladders

R. Kelly

I know what you are thinking. You figure that R. Kelly made this eclectic mix because of his legal issue. You're waiting for me to do a Chappelle style lampoon regarding the trouser-snake. Shame on you...okay, the thought did cross my mind. Nope, R. Kelly is makes the list for his song Snake. Love him or hate him, R. Kelly is one of the few artist that has still been able to produce number one albums despite the allegations against him. Not even Michael Jackson has been able to do that.

Here is "Ignition (remix)" from the Chocolate Factory album.

Ipod Workout Plan: Ok Go - Here It Goes Again from Oh No. So, last week I declared Gnarls Barkley’s latest video as my current favourite video of the year. I know, I know, a rather lofty title to bestow so early in the year. Well that was last week; there is a new champ in town. Sorry Gnarls, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Ok Go's video is just too good to ignore, which is saying a lot considering that I normally cannot stand this band. I thought their singles "invincible" and "A Million Ways" were pretty bland. Which, I guess, was to be expected from this band. Ok Go has built a name for themselves mainly due to their gimmicky dance numbers, rather than their actual music. Yet with this video, they actually put their "unique" moves to good use. Too bad the rest of the album is not as good as this song.

If this video doesn't make you want to hit the gym, I don't know what will:

Thursday, August 10, 2006

New Package, Same Pop Taste?

As both the Taste of the Danforth and The Festival of Beer begin tomorrow, I may be in no condition (a.k.a. a tad tipsy) to post anything. So I figured I would get this one in early. I received my second Summer Burn CD in the mail last week (another great mix), but I will go into more detail another time. This week I am in a pop kind of mood.

Random Song 1: The Roots vs. New Order - Crystal Seed 3.0

Justin Timberlake/Timberland

If we are to believe the first line of the new single "Sexy Back", then Justin Timberlake is on a one-man mission to bring sexy back. When did it ever leave? A more appropriate title for the song would be "Timbos Back". It seems famed producer Timberland has become the pop defibrillator this year. He single handedly saved Nelly Furtado's career by producing her chart-topping album Loose. Now Timberland is poised to have is second number one album out in only two months. Timberland has re-teamed with Timberlake to provide a "more futuristic" edge to Justin's Future Sex/Love Sound album (in stores September 4, 2006). If we were to judge the album based on it's first single, the "future" sounds a lot like late 90's Euro electronica. I think "My Love", which features rapper T.I., is a much better indicator of what to expect from the album. Personally I think this should have been the first single, and not annoying Back. The synth-heavy track provides a more mature sound than Timberlake's last club hit "Rock Your Body". The last time the "Timbers" joined force was for the Britney-did-me-wrong ditty "Cry Me A River". That song was a massive hit and help to shed Justin's boy band image. With Timberland producing a bulk of the tracks on Future Sex/Love Sounds, I fear I will be saying "I can't believe I like that track..." for sometime.

Who ended up winning the Justin vs. Britney battle? I think we all know who is laughing all the way to the bank...K-Fed. Anyways, here is "Cry Me A River" from Justified:

Random Song 2: Hot Chip - The Warning


A wise man once said "you gotta know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away..." unfortunately Fegie misinterpreted the advice. Instead of converting her Black Eyed Peas fame into, say, an acting career; Fergie will be releasing her solo album on September 19, 2006. In an attempt to show off her witty side, Fergie has entitled the album The Duchess. That's right, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson is playfully comparing herself to Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson. Although I'm sure the humor will be lost on her fan-base who are to young to know about The Duchess Of York. Sure Fergie has come a long way from her Wild Orchid Talk To Me" days. Yet listening to the album's first single "London Bridge", you cannot help but think she folded her ace card too soon. Fergie had a good thing going as the hook-girl for B.E.P. Many will say that the Black Eyed Peas were better before Fergie. This is true, but they were also broke as hell too. The last B.E.P. album with Fergie, Monkey Business, sold more in one week than their three non-Fergie albums combined. The point is both sides need each other. Without the rest of the Black Eyed Peas to shield her, Fergie's vocal limitations become blatantly obvious. Also, if a weak song like Bridge is your first single, what does that say about the rest of the album?

We have the Black Eyed Peas uber-hit "My Humps" , from Monkey Business, to blame for Fergie's solo venture. Curse those lovely lady lumps:

Random Song 3: Swan Lake - All Fires

Ipod Workout Plan: Gnarls Barkley's " Smiling Faces" from their debut LP St. Elsewhere. Current front-runner for video of the year in my opinion:

Friday, August 04, 2006

Irie Blue

Three Dave Chappelle shows added and all sold out in less than 2 minutes. How is that possibly? I'm still trying to figure that out. Heck, even the Rolling Stones do not sellout that quickly. I smell a fix going on... Anyways, as we are in the midst of Caribana festivities this long weekend, I decided to revisit some songs which I have not heard in a while.

Random Song 1: The Mighty Sparrow - How You Jammin'

Irie Classic 1: Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote

Kevin Lyttle (featuring Spragga Benz) - "Turn Me On" from his self-titled album

Random Song 2: Richie Spice - Earth Ah Run Red

Irie Classic 2: Buju Banton - Champion

Beenie Man - "Dude" from Back To Basics

Random Song 3: Barrington Levy - On The Telephone

Irie Classic 3: Shaggy - Mr. Boombastic

Sean Paul - I'm Still In Love With You Boy from the Dutty Rock album

Ipod Workout Plan: Two video's today: The first one is Shabba Ranks early 90's hit "Mr. Loverman" from Caan Dun (Best of Shabba Ranks). That song is followed by In Living Color's classic spoof of the video entitled "Mr. Ugly Man".