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  1. Hmm, so Obama is for gay marriage personally, but still believes the states should decide whether it's legal or not. That's great. That puts him at the level of Dick Cheney about a decade ago. SF Gate - Cheney Supports Gay Marriage (2004) let's keep pushing forward yall
  2. my favorites so far Miguel - "Adorn" like a sexy Peter Gabriel R. Kelly - "Share My Love" populate Grimes - "Oblivion" Big K.R.I.T. - "4eva n a Day" this guy is blowing up, and deservedly so
  3. just dropping in to say the 49ers are gonna win the super bowl. for some reason, this is the play that makes me confident about it:
  4. the funny thing about Kanye is that on his earlier songs like "All Falls Down" and "We Don't Care," he actually did protest America's economic system - or if not the specifics of the actual policies in place, at least the culture of money in general in the US. He's really gone the opposite direction now though. Compare these lyrics: "We shine because they hate us, floss cause they degrade us We trying to buy back our 40 acres And for that paper, look how low we'd stoop Even if you in a Benz, you still a n**** in a coop" "They don't see me cuz I pulled up in my other Benz Last week I was in my other other Benz"
  5. "Party" by Beyonce is the best made-for-radio pop song I've heard in a while. It sounds like it came straight from the days of the glossy 80s diva.
  6. If the new season isn't good, I think I'm going to buy a gun and shoot my TV, Elvis Presley style. I'm cautiously excited / extremely excited. "Like" the New Yorker Facebook page to watch a 90-minute panel discussion with the whole cast + Mitch Hurwitz. It's very interesting.
  7. Drive: 9.5/10 Immediately after seeing this film, I thought to myself, damn, this movie was all style and no substance, but the style was so good that it doesn't even matter, and it's actually a better movie for having no substance. But then I thought about it for a while and realized that there is actually a lot of substance to the movie, it's just not shoved in your face like you would expect an arthouse action flick to be. Much like another favorite of mine, No Country for Old Men, it is intentionally minimal in terms of character development and plot, which not only allows the audience to draw their own conclusions but also make commentary on emptiness and Hollywood. I dunno, sometimes I think I'm a little too quick to assume a movie is about movies in general, but I think I'm on the mark with this one. Anyway, I thought it was fantastic. Probably the "Taxi Driver" of our generation. Or at least the "No Country for Old Men" of Los Angeles. Or a less silly "Inglorious Basterds." Or maybe just a big cool aesthetic visual and aural feast, which I'd be ok with too. Also, I'm gonna be pretentious and create a new genre name for it: Post-superhero. Took off a half point because the gore really did get to me. I think out of the action scenes, the most effective ones had the least gore. I'm fine with violence, but let's be real, blood is gross.
  8. Batman

    Sly Stone

    I don't like that this has been in the news. He clearly wants to be left alone.
  9. I am not really an expert in the genre, but in my opinion Thundercat just put out the best jazz album of the past 30 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlerH6Tobug
  10. picking Rangers over Phillies in 6 for the World Series. Although what I would like to happen is the Cards beat the Phillies this series, and then the Brewers/D-Backs (but actually just the Brewers, let's be realistic) beat the Cardinals. Not a huge fan of the Phillies...
  11. Someone could have told me Breakbot's "Fantasy" was an outtake from MJ's "Off the Wall" and I wouldn't have blinked an eye. So funky!
  12. I think nostalgia seems like it's really "in" right now because a lot of publications are produced by baby-boomers who actually are nostalgic. Rolling Stone does some kind of "100 best Bob Dylan tracks" or "100 greatest songs of the 60s" every few months because Jann Wenner is a senior citizen now. I think there are a ton of forward thinking artists around today (along with a bunch of retro-thinking people of course). Could this song have existed before the 90s?
  13. The Starf*cker album is great, "Reptilians." Every song is a glorious pop anthem. I'm really shocked these guys haven't blown up with this album. It is like MGMT if all their songs were the radio-ready hits. The song structure is way more poppy, but in terms of instrumentation and stuff like that it's just as psychedelic. Really great stuff. My favorite album of 2011 so far is definitely "House of Balloons" by The Weeknd. It's a really dark R&B album filled with creepy slow jams about coming down from drugs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0mnZnJ_S54 The album I'm looking forward to most this summer is definitely The-Dream's new album. Can't wait to see what he does. His new song is as Prince as anyone not named Prince can get in the 00s.
  14. uh, wow. did anyone else watch the Mavs Blazers game yesterday? Brandon Roy put up one of the best playoff performances ever.
  15. NBA Playoffs yall! Anyone want to make predictions? I already have: Bulls over Pacers in 4 Heat over 76ers in 6 Celtics over Knicks in 6 Magic over Hawks in 7 - Spurs over Grizzlies in 6 Lakers over Hornets in 5 Blazers over Mavs in 7 Thunder over Nuggets in 7 Bulls over Magic in 6 Celtics over Heat in 6 - Spurs over Thunder in 7 Lakers over Blazers in 6 Bulls over Celtics in 7 - Lakers over Spurs in 6 FINALS: Lakers over Bulls in 7. But I really don't want this to happen. I honestly think Blazers have the biggest upset potential out of all the upsetters, and that's not just cuz I'm a fan. They've got all kinds of big lanky forwards to mess with Dirk. I can't wait to watch. Other than the Blazers the team I'd like to see go furthest would have to be OKC. Westbrook was my best fantasy guy this year plus I think he's a badass. And seeing Durant win a championship would kind of be like seeing the alternate universe Blazers winning a championship. Another world where meniscus flows like waterfalls.
  16. George Duke - "Dawn" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKkSwEwfeys
  17. I'd like to buy more concert shirts, but I don't spend a lot of money on clothes. The only one I've ever bought was at The Thermals (Portland indie band, relative success in the indie world because of good Pitchfork reviews) show in 2006. It was $10 and I still wear it today. But the pit stains are so ridiculous on it now that I pretty much just wear it to shows.
  18. I'll check it out. Akira Kurosawa's "Dreams" A+, it was beautiful. It was like watching a moving painting for two hours. The plot is nothing more than a series of unrelated dreams the famous director had througout his life, so I'd only reccomend it if you are willing to sacrifice the traditional narrative elements for beautiful cinematography. If you thought the settings in Avatar looked good, man, wait til you see this!
  19. Man that was a frustrating game to watch
  20. I love bizarre ideas in film and I too prefer a good look/sound over good acting/dialogue. So it seems like Blue Velvet is my kind of movie
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