Thursday, September 27, 2007

Quote of the Day (thanks Reggie...)

These words are from Junot Diaz, interviewed by Edwidge Danticat in the new issue of BOMB magazine.

"There's a lot of language in this book (The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao) that many could find offensive. The N-word is without question one of them. But as I'm always saying: there's a difference between representing a thing and endorsing it. The Yunior narrator feels comfortable using "the N-bomb" but Oscar never would, not for anything, and I think it's important to remember that. What's funny is that this is a conversation that interests the middle classes and the upper classes in our communities -- but talk to kids where I grew up or where I'm living now and that's not really what's at the top of their priorities. They're wondering why they've been abandoned educationally, politically, culturally -- why living in these urban zones is so very bad for your goddamn health.

"As an artist and as a person of color who've never had a moment in his life where someone hasn't been actively trying to control my tongue, I'm seriously conflicted about these debates. To keep it short: language has never been a good dog and its free exercise will never provide comfort to cultures of respectability. And I guess I've never really been one for comforting my readers either."

Video & Quote of the Day

From the September 26th issue of New York magazine. Interview done by Tim Murphy:

Q: Is there anybody else's music you're really enjoying right now?
Joni Mitchell: No. [Laughs.] I couldn't listen to music for ten years, I hated it all. It all pissed me off.

One artist in particular?

No. Music just became grotesquely egocentric and made for money. It wasn't music — there was no muse. Music requires a muse. The producer is not a muse. He's a manufacturer. Contemporary music made me want to punch people. I couldn't stand any of it. The whoring, the drive-by shooting of it all. I don't care how well crafted it is. America is in a runaway-train position and dragging all the world with it. It's grotesquely mentally ill.

Rest of interview here.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Girl, my label f*cked me raw-dog style...

Fifty cops pleas as to why his CD is being beat-down on the charts by Kanye, following reports that Ye was outselling him 2-1. Just remember, Curtis, you promised to retire if Mr. West outsold you.

You promised.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Video of the Day

I have absolutely no desire at all to see this film but this video of the scoring session is very nice...

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Track of the Day

One of my all time favorites...

LA's Coolest DominiRican

Danny Gonzales' short film Blind Leading the Blind is playing LA Shorts Fest 2007. Check it out Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 3 PM. More info here...