"Super fabulous the patterns have been uplifted" - Blackalicious, The Fabulous Ones
Hi, this is negro please and a blog used to live here.
The author isn't here right now. He'd much rather be in "meat space" visiting with people in the real world than hanging out here with the computer during his free time.
If you see him out and about, don't be scared. Say hello.
Even though he hasn't had a chance to write his The Wire Recap for last week's episode, he still plans to continue through the rest of the season, time willing. Last Sunday he made the very smart decision of going to see The Departed during what is normally recap writing time and he just hasn't gotten back those lost hours. The Departed was so worth it, though. Maybe, one day, he'll write about that as well.
Out of 176 songs (that aren't NPR podcasts) that I've listened to at home over the last 7 days, we've got ourselves a
Sunday Random Ten
Skit 1 - Dangerdoom
Right On - The Brand New Heavies
Do A Couple Of Things - James Pants
Boutique in Heaven - Justin Timberlake
Do Your Thing - Kashmere Stage Band
Bullys**t - Quasimoto
The Funky Side of Life (Featuring Malcolm Catto) - Sound Directions
Song For Lonely Giants - The Mountain Goats
Real N***a Roll Call (feat. Ice Cube) - Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz
Circus - Kelis
Other things: I've given up on Dexter. I'm liking Heroes more and more. The Nine was less interesting with it's second episode. Good, but not great TV. 30 Rock, on the other hand, was 22 minutes of hilarious heaven. "I'm from the federal government and I've come to inspect the chicken nuggets" will always be funny. Between Urge, eMusic and iTunes, I'm listening to way more new music on a weekly basis than I should be. Somehow, though, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke keep bubbling up to to the top of the pack.
"Seems that I was busy doing something close 2 nothing but different than the day before" Prince, Rasberry Beret
Nothing random about this group of 18 songs. I think it's the best monthly mix I've done all year. I only question one song's inclusion (You Are What You Love by Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins) and I think that the overall mood of this mix best describes how I felt all September and am feeling now.
I'm filled to the brim with love and possibility and just a smidge of loneliness and regret. And for the month of September 2006, I've got myself the
O9/06 Mixtape: Love Sounds Edition
Forever - Bing Ji Ling
I Got The - Labi Siffre
LoveStoned/I Think She Knows Interlude - Justin Timberlake
Wanna Love You Girl - Robin Thicke
Are You That Somebody - The Gossip
Love (featuring Pharoahe Monch) - J Dilla
Happy Soul - The Moon People
Find A Way - Smoosh
You Are What You Love - Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins
"White boys say my style is bitchin'" - Jay-Z, Poppin' Tags (featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista)
On Being Heathens... My story is true. We arrived for Meditation at 8:01 am. Service begins at 8 am. We were told to hold up along with several other hopefuls. Agape accepts all except the tardy. I'll get more into the Divine Godhead sometime this weekend.
On Fall Television...
The only new new show I've picked up and really enjoyed is The Nine. I was thoroughly engaged the entire pilot episode. Studio 60 is off the tivo. Heroes is next on the chopping block. Dexter didn't impress. I tried Smith but quickly got bored (is it any different than the much more intriguing than FX's Thief or NBC's Heist from last season except with bigger name actors?). The only other new show I'm trying this fall is 30 Rock and I have high hopes for no good reason for that show. Tuesdays at 9 has 4 shows on that I want to watch now that House will be in that time slot when it returns at the end of the month. I've got to figure out some solutions about that problem. I miss Veronica Mars but I can't justify putting it ahead of The Unit, which is a new love, or Criminal Intent which is an old obsession. Although, if NBC is re-airing Intent on USA again this season, maybe I can. That still leaves House out in the cold, though. Grey's Anatomy in 4 short months has moved to #3 on my favorite shows list with only The Wire and Lost ahead of it.
On Being Hard At Work...
Yeah, not so much today. I woke up feeling yucky. I put in a half-day. I'm now here at home sitting in my PJs hoping that the 'Berry doesn't buzz and send me back to work to deal with fires. No fires on a funk-filled Friday, thanks. I've had 4 and a 1/2 long days this week already.
On these internets...
What site is your current obsession? From a pure "wow" design and "knows it's audience" perspective, I can't get enough of Turbo Nick.
"Letters from prison saying we need a better religion" - Hi-Tek, The Sun God (featuring Common)
Question of the day:
What does "Putting God First" mean?
Explanation: My father was baptized on Sunday and he said to me that he is "putting God first in all parts of his life." As I drove home, I kept trying to define what that means. It's not a phrase I would ever imagine myself using but it was also the same Sunday in which I and some friends tried to find some spirituality by visiting The Agape Center but we're such heathens we got denied at the door and ended up worshiping at the altar of syrup and deliciousness known as the Handlebar Cafe at Shutters on the Beach instead.
Rules: Only answer the question in the comments. This likely will lead to other posts about my own heretic's journey into Killing the Buddha but I'd rather not start here with a debate. Definitions only, please.
The Science of Sleep - Michel Gondry really needs Charlie Kaufman to help form his stories as this is no Eternal Sunshine but it's fun and amusing and led directly into the weirdest night of my September.
"You need to smile a lil bit and frown a little less" - Oh No, Smile A Lil Bit feat. Posdnuos
Reason for New Colors: Pink for October Places I left comments today: here and here # of promotions I've had in the last 6 weeks: 2 # of hours I now spend at work on most days: 11.3 # of sites (and people) I'm now ultimately responsibe for: too many to count # of hours I spend on a weekly basis on the internet for fun now: less and less # of hours I want to spend in front of a computer on the weekends now: 0 Things I would've linked to if I had done a hot links & gumbo post this week: this and this
It's Fall y'all so out of 41 songs in my iTunes with "Fall" in the title, we've got ourselves a
Monday Random Ten
Fall Back - Jean Grae
Fall Behind Me - The Donnas
When It Falls - Zero 7
A Ballad For the Fallen Soldier - Jay-Z
My Downfall (featuring DMC) - The Notorious B.I.G.
"Sometimes I'm goodie-goodie/Right now I'm naughty-naughty" - The Gossip, Are U That Somebody? (Aaliyah Cover)
Episode 41: Refugees Written by Dennis Lehane Directed by Jim McKay
"A good church man is always up in everybody's shit" - Deacon Melvin
"No one fucks with me now." - Marlo
"Are you in any way suggesting that the system has lost control?" - Board of Education rep.
Official: "No one wins. One side just loses more slowly." - Prez
Previously on: Marlo wants Bodie's corner. Bunny wants a meaningful job. Royce wants a case to go away. Omar wants some excitement in his life. Marimow wants Major Crimes to suck. Herc wants a promotion. Kima & Lester want the hell out of Major Crimes. Prez wants to forget his first week of school.
The cold open is all about Marlo and his power trip but we'll get to that later. I hadn't seen it last week but during the previously on and throughout this episode it became obvious, Rawls is trying to screw Burrell and the Mayor. While Burrell is too busy trying to dodge the shit storm coming down from Royce's office, Rawls has been moving his chess pieces so that his state's witness murder case doesn't get buried. He's moved Lester & Kima to Homicide and put Colonel Foerster into a position where he's forced to give Kima the case in a order that comes down straight from Burrell. Kima is green but she's great Po-Lice -- another McNulty -- and Rawls knows she's going to do something with a case that she has no business being on.
Hell, that's just what those Major Crimes detectives do, innit? In other Homicide news, Bunk & Lester are partnering on the Fruit murder and figure out that Lex is dead. Bunk gets busy drinking while Cool Lester Smooth wraps his head around the problem of known dead people but no dead bodies.
Meanwhile, it continues to be readily apparent that the kids are doing it for themselves. Sherrod continues to ditch school because he can't read and we learn that Shaquan needed over 200 stitches in her face while Laetitia will move from her group home to juvie which is only a minor downgrade in her life for the crime. Namond's still an ass, Donut's still stealing cars and Dukie continues to be the odd man out while Randy gets caught doing his candy hustle and has to dime out another kid. He also seems most affected by the classroom violence of the previous week.
Michael, however, is on everyone's radar. While his home life leaves much to be desired, he spends his time taking care of his little brother and avoiding the fatherly influence of Cutty, although he is softening. He spars with Cutty and joins him and Justin on a trip to the Fights but won't let Cutty get too close even refusing a ride all the way home. All this happens while Cutty sees a significant problem in the system as he takes Deacon's advice and gets a makeshift custodial job at Tilghman that is mostly about rounding up kids and getting them to go to school...for at least one day. Cutty can't seem to wrap his head around how screwed up things have gotten.
And Michael is still in the sights of Marlo who sees the kid as a possible corner boy. It's a power play. He sees Michael as a comer and could care less about the kid's future. Marlo only cares about his own juice. He spends all episode exerting his influence and power if only to prove to himself that it's still there. After a poker game, he taunts a Security Guard at a quick-mart and has him clipped for disrespect. He forces his package on Bodie. He refuses Prop Joe's reasonable offer to join the Co-Op because "No one's fucking with [him] now." Well, Prop Joe puts Marlo in Omar's path so now, he's officially been fucked with and Marlo, once again, overestimates his power while underestimating Omar's. That's not a good situation for him.
Carcetti continues to impress the people of Baltimore which probably will end up with a Tony Gray win of the election (This is a baseless prediction. You folks that have seen the entire season already, please don't say shit in the comments about future episodes confirming or denying this. Thanks)
Grace's last name is Sampson.
Herc joins Major Crimes for no apparent reason.
Bunny finds signs of hope in other parts of Tilghman that Prez obviously isn't privy.
Ms. Daniels loses her place on Royce's ticket while Royce hustles his own card game to raise 75 grand of "off the books" dollars.
Sydnor & Massey have to shut down the wire.
Parallels: The poker games. Bunk telling Kima she needs soft eyes for a crime scene a la Prez getting told he needs soft eyes to be a good teacher.
This is a complete set-up episode for things to come but I thought it was the weakest of the season even with knowing that. Nothing quite caught my attention as strongly as the previous weeks have.
Next week: Who knows? Herc gets surveillance up on Marlo; Marlo tries to set-up Omar and Kima's case makes waves.
"Start from scratch so the bass line's credible" - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Straighten It Out
Courtesy of Rapster Records and in honor of Kon & Amir's new release of Pete Rock joints called Underground Classics, I'm giving away 2 prize packs featuring one of two Pete Rock Tees (XL in either chocolate or olive) and a copy of the CD, which came out on the 19th.
All you need to enter is your name and your email address.
It's Pete Rock.
Get up on it.
Disclaimer: Must be a US resident to enter because I ain't sending shit internationally. Please believe it.This contest will officially close when I feel like it but probably in a week or so.