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I thought this video would be very interesting for people here.
This site is one of the more intimate ones I have ever been involved in - the feedback from this website has been way more intense and personal than anything that I ever did at San Francisco Examiner, Heritage or Elephant Journal. Way more intense. I feel like I have gotten to know especially Michael Maiello, artappraiser and PeraclesPlease really well (though the last one had to bear the brunt of some of my anger on the guns issue).
I'm not sure that this level of intimacy could have happened in real life - I think most people tune in or even get a little frightened if political arguments get as heated in the real world as they do here. [Read more]
I work as an editor/agent/whatever-is-needed for a friend of mine, Luis Congdon. His first article with my assistance was published just yesterday and I'm really proud to congratulate him - his article "Savor The Wanting" for Elephant Journal is pushing towards 1800 views in only one day.
Note by Michael: During the George Zimmerman trial, most of the followers of this blog were talking about the trial, Trayvon Martin, etc. I wanted to say something about all of it but whenever I started to, I found myself deleting what I had written or starting over.  [Read more]
Hello all, so I have tried pretty hard to write some stuff about all the racial strife that America is going through thanks to the George Zimmerman ruling. Unfortunately, I have felt the need to just scrap almost all of it. I'm not really sure what can be said at this point.
I do know alot about black culture, however, and hopefully some of my Blood Is One material will help some readers, who may still feel alienated, to learn a few things. I think what I wrote about Pete Rock is connected to all this in at least an abstract sense. Take care. [Read more]
Jazz is improvisational music over a set rhythm - just like hip-hop! When jazz was at its height, it was much more formulaic and designed for a more mainstream audience - swing - when jazz started to become less popular, the music that was produced in the genre was much more esoteric and experimental. Stuff like this work by John Coltrane or Stan Getz, which sound so complex that only a professor or academic could really appreciate it:
A while back, I made a post about Miles Davis where I played "Doo Bop Sound" - I heard that song for the first time when I was in high school, I think. I had no idea that that piano loop was actually a Gang Starr / DJ Premier beat. Gang Starr is comprised of Guru and DJ Premier - Guru has since passed away but Premier is still a producer. He is well known for producing beats for everyone from Nas to Royce da 5'9. This is the Gang Starr version:
Here is the Miles Davis version: [Read more]
A little note - Dagblog has a code, Terms Of Service, that we all are obligated to follow as long as we are here. I realize I've passed those bounds myself and so have others. This is a very heated issue and it is wise for all of us to try to watch ourselves.
If you guys have the time, read this entire essay. It was sent to me by a friend from Florida and is written by a gentleman who obviously did not enjoy his experience working at a predominantly black school. If you can make it through, reading stuff like this is very important as it taps in to the mindset of many in our society: [Read more]
I held off on posting this because I felt like I had posted too much to this site - here is an interview with Neema Khorrami, a Seattle based rapper who may be right behind Macklemore as far as fame goes. I think this is what Michael Maiello had in mind when he encouraged me to post Blood Is One material here.
Dyllyn Greenwood, the fellow who did the camera work here really likes what we did - a full on documentary may come out of this. We'll see how it goes.
Once upon a time, I was a hardcore libertarian. I think you can still find my stuff - at websites like United Liberty and The Liberty Papers. During that really critical stage in development when you start to form ideas about the world, around eighteen and nineteen, I had worked for a Seattle rap magazine where the editor was (and he still is) a hardcore libertarian. Hip-hop is something I love and so I connected the two, even if that connection no longer makes any sense. [Read more]