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just a little preface: i don’t know who’s really reading this, if at all. i know i try to plug this humble little page as much as possible, but i don’t get any comments in the “comments” section. i think one has to register to respond so that may i turn-off. but plese try to respond if you feel the need to make a comment. i beg of you, whoever you are. that being said, i think i made this list out of pure vanity. by the assumption that i don’t think anyone reads this, i’m solely typing a list of my favorite songs of the year for me to read. so, so sad. anyhowz, lets get this going and i hope all you had a happy holiday.

lilly allen – LDN i prefer Lilly Allen to other brititsh acts who make hip hop or rap-related music because her style is more grounded to American R&B, but with more wit than her contemporaries. there is also a remix of this song by some guy named Radioclit (he/she should change that name immediately) that takes a more bubble gum approach with a hint of Dirty South production. it’s charming.

Beyonce – Irreplaceable She can take a simple acoustic riff with some 808 drum and snare and still come out with hit. This song has the same urgency as the songs from her most recent album, but it’s subdued. Her best song since “crazy in love”.

clipse – mr. me too They really came with monster with this one. although they had their mixtapes that helped ease the anticipation for their long-delayed follow up to lord willin, “mr. me too” was the first real glimpse of the direction of the new album. it’s hard to call the production of this song as minimalist, seeing as how Pharrell Williams did so much with so little. the hardest, smoothest song of the year. Plus the image of a cocaine-skinny woman dancing in front of a stove which presumably just cooked some crack-cocaine will never leave my head.

the long blondes – you could have both I cant wait for this album to come out in the US. dont know much about them, so let’s kep it moving.

nelly furtado – maneater/maneater (remix w/ lil wayne) everyone loved “prominscous”, but it bothered me that nelly furtado’s voice was concealed; her trademark wails were substituted for a raspy whisper. “maneater”, though, sees timbaland catering to nelly, making a dance song fit for her. The remix is a totally different animal; timbaland endulges himself in the beat, adding lil’ wayne in the intro, along with chopped, screwed, and slowed down voice saying “baby please don’t eat me up.” awesome.

jenny lewis with the watson twins – handle with care I didnt even know this was a cover song until i read more about Jenny Lewis’ album Rabbit Fur Coat. One of my favorite albums of the year, it was hard to pick one song tat represents the spirit of the project. But this song is very upbeat and i find myself listening to it a lot these days.
T.I. – What You Know The best rapper in recent years raps over a beat truly fit for a man who proclaims himself King. That song is so regal, and it has the best synth keys from any genre. If you dont like this song then slap yourself please.
CSS – Alala This song suceeds in its restraint. All the other songs from the CSS album are urgent with a punk rock spirit, but this one lets you embrace the beat rather than let the song provoke a response. My favorite Brazillians of the year. Really sexy song.
Julieta Venegas – Limon y Sal The song is pure pop: the oohhhs and ahhs in the intro, the sing-songy rockabilly lullaby, the horns in the breakdown. and the the song just ends….

The Pipettes – Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me Amy Winehouse does retro-motown music better, but the pipettes understand not only the songs have to be good, but the package is also important. Three girls, call-and-response dancing, matching polka dot dresses. they researched their approach to music before the songs came themselves, to me highly appropriate in post-modern music. oh yeahg, its a really cute song.

other songs i really liked:

“Tear you Apart” by She Wants Revenge
“Flow Natural” by Tito el Bambino and Beenie Man
“Solta O Frango ” by Bonde Do Role
“Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura
“Wolf Like Me” by TV on the Radio
“Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley
“Atrevete-te-te” by Calle 13
“Song With a Mission” by The Sounds
“My Love” by Justin Timberlake
“The Crush (And The Left Handed version)” by Annie

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on: why espn sucks

i recall a certain “controversy” during the past offseason about how vince young posted low on some bullshit nfl exam that had nothing to do with pure skill on the field and every pundit decided to take shots at black superman AKA Vince Young. The Houston Texans are retarded for passing on Reggie Bush. I know it’s early in their careers, but it looks like both of the biggest names of the 2006 NFL Draft are adjusting very well to professional ball.

That being said I’m so happy R. Bush demoralized the Cowgirls and V. Young is doing the damn thing (unfortunately the Giants were the first team to feel his wrath). Hopefully the Jints find ways of containing the Saints a couple of weeks from now.

Sorry for my incoherence but Sundays have been exciting all around this year, and two rookies are right in the middle of things. But yeah ESPN sucks, I cant wait to see what Merrill Hodge says this week to bash Vince Young. He’s been doing it for the past few weeks.

edit: because of the transfer from blogger to wordpress, the video was lost and i dont feel like putting up the video again.

I had the most fortunate privilage to work for CMJ for their annual Music Marathon in Manhattan. For the uninitiated: CMJ Music Marathon is basically a lot journalists, record execs (mostly independent), artists (mostly independent, again) college radio staff, and the like coverging in NYC to discuss many issues concerning the usic biz and its generalities. It’s a way for all these people to network, and party all night while listening to all the up-and-coming or already established acts. It used to be that CMJ was a vehicle for many across the country to “discover” new music, but since th internet has become so important to new acts, by now the festival (for lack of a better term) is a way to check out all these bands that are talked about on the interner ad nausem. That is why bands like the Thermals or CSS are so heavily anticipated in such an event. nobody cares about these bands outside the internet, but here they matter.

well enough of that, the first day i did not check out any shows. i was gonna try to see the screening of Borat CMJ was hosting with an appearance by Sascha Baron Cohen himself, but the night was too damn long. The next day however, proved to be eventful. I saw a band called The Hero Factor that a friend of mine keeps plugging, they were good, the band that came on before them had great energy, a New York trio byt he name of the Upwelling. Great Stuff, i should check them out soon.

(Before I forget, the pictures were takes from www.pitchforkmedia.com because the pictures i took sucked. Go to their website, it’s great.)


After leaving that show, me and my sister headed to Webster Hall to check out probably the most anticipated show of the week, The Knife. (Pictured above) There was really a sense this show was gonna approach historic proportions, seeing as how their very first U.S. show was just a couple of hour prior in the same venue. It did not disappoint. As described in other websites, this was not so much a concert as it was performance art. They put on the creepiest costumes (appropriate for the day after Halloween) and projected images on the wall behind them and in front of another screen, both showing totally different projections. It’s hard to say that they fulfilled all my expectations because I had none. It’s probably the first time in a long time that I was totally shellshocked by what i saw on stage. It was lovely. Check out their music. “Heartbeats” is probably the best song to come out EVER.


Girl Talk is a totally different animal. While The Knife almost leave you vulnearable, a Girl Talk DJ set is empowering. Everyone jumped on stage to party with him, eventually leading to many taking off their clothes and Girl Talk (I don’t know his real name) striping to his boxers. His popularity is proof that top 40 pop music is likable for many reasons, not just as a “guilty pleasure.”


Thunderbirds are Now! rawked! nuff said.


The Clipse were the final show I caught and they were brutal on the mic. Noboby brags better than Pusha T and Malice, and they bought it with most of tehir well known hits and mixtape favorites. I was hoping they would perform “Zen” since I was wearing a t shirt i made with that word on it. It also would have been nice to hear a couple of new songs from their upcoming album, but no such luck. It’s probably for the best though. Rap shows should never be any longer than it has to unless you are a veteran with about forur albums worth of hits and favorites. It was great to see Clipse in a venue that small.

There were a couple more bands I saw that i did not get into here because they either weren’t that good, or i just couldnt remember. I want to thank CMJ (especially Lisa Giordano), and all the other people i worked a long with. It was shared experience I will never forget, ang hopefully I can get to do it agin in years to come. Ciao. Posted by Picasa

Ballin!!!!!!!!!!

the jints are unfukwitable in the nfc east!! Ballin!!!!!!!

– Rutgers is an undefeated college football team! 7 wins, ZERO losses! They’ ranked #16 in the AP poll! Even ESPN is jumping on the bandwagon, as proven by the picture above! RRRRRRRR UUUUUUUUU!!!!!!

– Good luck to the NY Giants tomorrow in their Monday Night game at Dallas.

– I noticed that I wink a lot these days. to girls and guys. i hope i’m not sending the wrong impression to anyone.

– I suck at fantasy football.

– I’ve been listening to that She Wants Revenge song a lot lately. Kinda poseurish, but the song is addicting even though it sounds contrived. Other things i’ve been listening to a lot lately: Springsteen’s “Born to Run” LP, Julieta Venegas songs, Calle 13, Nas “Nas is Like”, any song by Mana, The Long Blondes “You Could Have Both”, and the Lupe Fiasco album.

– Old women perfume smells like Ban roll-on deoderant. Do they know they smell this bad?

– Strawberry shakes are the best flavor of shakes. And they give me a huge sugar rush.

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Poor Dennis Green

what a heartbreakiing loss last night against da bears. i changed the channel when the cards were up 23-3 with most of the 3rd quarter gone by. I flip it back to the game only to find out the bears are up by ONE point and Arizona about to kick a game-winning field goal, which they would inevitably miss. This Dennis Green outburst is one for the ages.

There was some bad coaching aside. but i do feel sorry for Green. He can’t be blamed for 2 defensive TDs abd one TD return by the bears. Meh, such is life.

 

Julieta Venegas pt. 2

“lento” is the song that introduced me to j. venegas. i had only heard her name before this, not the music. instantly i was attracted to her sweet pop tunes. it had a quasi-indie feel to it too, which made me like it even more.

but obviouly the reason i kept listening to the song is because of the video. a cute girl walking aroung the streets of tokyo in a skirt and white heels gets instant replay status from me. and she has a twin sister? and holy shit, she’s 35 years of age? wow!

i have a celebrity crush. Her name is Julieta Venegas and i totally dig her. She’s been around for a while now, but i just got hip to her maybe a year ago. It’s partly her pop sensibilities that attracted me to her, but mostly it’s her look. Totally beautiful, not in the modern supermodel/actress/people magazine/playboy magazine kind of way. I couldn’t really give a definitive reason and/or point of reference why i think she’s so hot until i saw her video for “limon y sal”; her eyes remind me of silent film actresses like Clara Bow. She can express any sort of demeanor without having to overact, her eyes kind of do all the talking. She’s so pretty, i think i want to be her male-groupie.


– i’ve come across a pretty interesting blog entitled www.junkfoodblog.com in which they just talk about new junk food. pretty simple, yet highly informative. i learned that there is a new breakfast snack food that involves the goodness of pancakes sprinkled with chocolate chips covering a piece of sausage. it makes me think, ” would i have eaten this if i wasnt a vegetarian?” thank Allah i don’t eat meat.

– i’m involved in a fantasy football league. in four weeks, i’ve lost four games. i have to step my game up.

-me and my brother oswaldito recently visited a bar/lounge that plays eighties music called the loop lounge. not only eighties music but other like-minded artists like bloc party, the knife, rachel stevens, lily allen, etc. great place to hang out on a saturday night.

– i will be volunteering at the CMJ music fest. hopefully i will get a chance to get into a few shows. here’s a link to the uninitiated: http://prod1.cmj.com/marathon/ i will keep you informed if anything important regarding this week long event develops. Posted by Picasa


just something random that came to my mind while watching this show. i really dig the hell out of this cartoon. Maya and Miguel is a cartoon on PBS that revolves around the titular twin brother and sister and all thje hijinx/adventures around their neighborhood. nothing out of the ordinary. aimed for children under 11 years of age, i would believe. they keep the dialogue going with some Spanglish thrown i for good measure.

it makes me think that it must be specially cool for a Latin kid to be growing up in the U.S. right now. not that lack of positive Latino representations in the media would hinder any sort of self identification in the maturation process of a kid, but it is cool to see more characters that are not picked from the ever-abundant list of stereotypical choices. the show is well written and highly entertaining. the other day i caught an episode where the siblings emulate Don Quijote in order to save Miguel’s favorite ice cream flavor from extinction. sounds cool, huh?!

all this brought me to thinking about stuff i watched as a kid. There was this show called Ghostwriter, and the Spanish kid was named Alex. Everyone in my class said I looked just like him, but i didn’t see the resemblance.

PBS shows are kool, and they’re made for viewers like us! Posted by Picasa