Monday, March 16, 2009

Be Kind Rewind

I missed this movie when it came out but it's pretty good....

Eastbound and Down

This is some funny shit...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A few cool links....

Bug eating lampshade...

Flies and moths are naturally attracted to light. This lamp shade has holes based on the form of the pitcher plant enabling access for the insects but no escape. Eventually they expire and fall into the microbial fuel cell underneath. This generates the electricity to power a series of LEDs located at the bottom of the shade. These are activated when the house lights are turned off.

And some sick architecture from none other than Kanye West:

Well not exactly from KW but he's the one blogging about it, I guess...

Finally a decent PDF online publishing tool..

"Issuu is the place for online publications: Magazines, documents, and stuff you’d normally find on print. It’s the place where you become the publisher. Upload a document, it’s fast, easy, and totally free. Within seconds you’ll have a super cool online magazine you can post anywhere on the web and share instantly with your friends."

All cheezy-ness aside it is pretty cool...

Into the Pixel

The Into the Pixel is an exhibit that features sixteen works of video game art, selected by a panel of jurors from a field of submissions gleaned from artists around the world. The exhibition offers an opportunity for published video and computer game artists to be reviewed and recognized by the public and by their peers in both the fine art and video game worlds.

My smart car can kick your gas guzzlers ass


If you got some time and want to see what's really hood in the bio-tech arena you need to peep this new mag h+. Is pretty good and it's first issue is available for free DL. So Peep!! -B

About h+ Magazine

h+ covers technological, scientific, and cultural trends that are changing — and will change — human beings in fundamental ways. We will be following developments in areas like NBIC (nano-bio-info-cog), longevity, performance enhancement and self-modification, Virtual Reality, "The Singularity," and other areas that both promise and threaten to radically alter our lives and our view of the world and ourselves.

More than that, h+ aims to reflect this newest edge culture by featuring creative expressions of humanity on a razor's edge where daily life and science fiction seem to be merging.

Just hangin' with my buds....

Suck it up leaches....

"Never thought I'ld be on a boat.."

This is my shit .... Funny as hell... Their album dropped this week, should be pretty dope. It was also released on double vinyl...

See "I'm on a boat!!" and "Jizz in my pants" vids at the bottom of this page...

Check this out....

I set up a page on this site, Indaba Music, to check it out and it's pretty dope. Indaba gives you the tools to collaberate with other musicians all over the world, it even has a built in mixing board. Peep the pics and the site. Would love it if Jup and Dash could get up on there we use it to trade files, mix, remix tracks and best of all give each other input on songs as they being laid down!..


Back in tha Stood-E-O w/ Mattic

T have been back in the recording studio with Mattic, He is recording some heat for his solo album as well as a few joints with some other dope artists... Stay Up!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Jazz Legend Freddie Hubbard R.I.P.

Hubbard was born in Indianapolis, the youngest of six children. His mother and sister played the piano, and several siblings played other instruments or sang. Young Freddie played the tonette and mellophone, then the trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, French horn, sousaphone and tuba - notably studying with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's first trumpeter Max Woodbury at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music.

The Indianapolis jazz scene was a vigorous one in the early 1950s, and he was soon playing with one of its most famous jazz families - the Montgomery brothers, including in Wes Montgomery one of jazz's greatest guitarists.

Following his move to New York in 1958, Hubbard's melodic invention and cool exuberance brought him work with Miles Davis drummer Philly Joe Jones, with the saxophonist Sonny Rollins and composer Quincy Jones, and he was soon winning awards from the prestigious jazz magazine Down Beat.

Barely into his 20s, the young trumpeter sprang to the front of the line of first-choice sidemen. He seemed comfortable with everything from big-band music to the emerging free jazz. Although he always sounded like a bebopper at heart, his technique and unerring ear allowed him to veer in and out of orthodox tonality, and he featured on many of the early 1960s landmark recordings. These included Dolphy's Out to Lunch, Coleman's Free Jazz, John Coltrane's Ascension, Oliver Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth, and the powerful early Blue Note recordings of emerging geniuses Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.

Hubbard was invariably compared with Brown, and since Brown had died young in a car accident, he was inevitably treated as Brown's natural heir. He was also bound to be perceived as a Davis rival, but though Hubbard outstripped Davis for technique, he lacked the older man's creative breadth, collaborative instincts and sense of jazz's place in a wider world of modern art. However, he played the Davis role authoritatively in the 1977 VSOP band (with former Davis sidemen Hancock, Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams), recapturing the acoustic sound and one-touch ensemble conversations of the great mid-1960s Davis quintet at a time when the original creator had moved to electric jazz-funk.

The ease with which Hubbard played this role confirmed his continuing stylistic flexibility, since he had otherwise spent much of the 1970s playing a less ambiguous and mysterious version of Davis's own chart-chasing, pop-influenced electric jazz, recording extensively for the commercially-oriented CTI label. Albums including First Light, Straight Life (both of which won Grammys) and Red Clay, made between 1970 and 1971, were generally well-received by the cognoscenti, but their successors were increasingly pop and disco-oriented, with Hubbard's former improvisational vivacity being replaced by such repetitive mannerisms as whirring trills and ostentatious high-note eruptions that made many of his solos in that style indistinguishable from each other. By the time he returned to more lyrical acoustic jazz, the world had moved on and younger players - Marsalis in particular - were making something fresh of it. But Hubbard made some elegant and musical recordings in returning to his roots in the 1980s and spent his last years trying to rebuild his musical resources and his reputation.

Hubbard received a jazz masters award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006. He shifted to the less demanding flugelhorn, and worked sporadically on bar and nightclub gigs, often organised by his arranger, producer, fellow-trumpeter and manager David Weiss, who led the New Jazz Composers' Octet, with which Hubbard was to make his last recording, released last year.

He is survived by his wife, Briggie, and his son, Duane.

• Frederick Dewayne Hubbard, trumpeter, born 7 April 1938; died 29 December 2008