Tuesday, January 31, 2012

R&B Jesus has risen

There have been all kinds of great videos posted from Europe in the last week proving that D'angelo is back and bad as he ever was. While it's not much to look at, the sound quality on this one from Paris is great.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sofia quote of the day: Santa

Me: I'm proud of you and I'm going to go tell Santa you've been a good girl.

Sofia: He already knows.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rapping in a British accent: Mikill Pane

It always sounds so cool and intellectual, even when the lyrics consist of tales of farting in a movie theater. I guess that should be "theatre."

Thanks to the Umbro web site's music player for the tip-off.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Almighty Tanya Morgan: You & What Army

Tanya Morgan hold a special place in my heart as the group that reignited my love of hip-hop music after years of apathy.

I think it was 2006 when their album Moonlighting was heralded by that evil Bachmann basher, Questlove, as one of his year-end favorites. That co-sign was enough for me to take a listen and what I heard instantly connected with me. Von Pea, Donwill and Ilyas were smart, funny and funky... just like me. What!

Five years, a slew of Tanya Morgan and solo albums and EPs later, they're still trying to carve out a spot for themselves in the music industry, but their art hasn't suffered in the struggle. They continue to grow artistically, even if they're shrinking in number. Ilyas has left group -- a fact that is played out in a really clever (and pretty damn heatbreaking) skit in the intro to "You & What Army?"

It won't be the same without him, but it doesn't have to be. Von Pea and Donwill are two creative cats and they're moving forward with more high quality hip-hop. No, no. Don't believe me. Listen to it yourself. It's free, Emmer Effer:

Like it? Go to their bandcamp page and buy a T-shirt. I'm putting one on my Christmas list.

"That's a bunch of bull, like Jordan in a steakhouse."
-- Donwill

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sofia quote of the day

This came tonight while Sofia was chomping on a cherry Starburst candy cane:

Sofia: Mami's the boss, right?

Me: Yep.

Sofia: Mami's the boss because she says she's the boss, but God is the real boss, right?

Me: Who told you that?

Sofia: Nobody. I just believe it inside my head.

Where does she get this stuff? Not from home.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sofia quote of the day

Watching the Thanksgiving parade: "That's cool that the Kool-Aid man showed up."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Good News/Bad News

Good News: We actually had chocolate sauce in the fridge to spruce up that remaining vanilla ice cream.

Bad News: It was really just "chocolate flavored syrup."

Good News: It's a "fat free food."

Bad News: The "best by" date on the bottle said November 10.

Good News: Still smells OK.

Bad News: That's actually November 10, 2007.

Good News: Tasted just fine.

Bad News: Tasted just fine.

Good News: Purchased for less than $2 sometime during George W. Bush's second term, Publix brand chocolate flavored sauce survived the worst economic downfall in decades and is still yielding great returns.

Bad News: None. It's all upside.