Been so busy, I forgot that posting here is even a thing! Sorry. Check out the trailer for this new feature-length documentary Miss Sharon Jones! directed by Barbara Kopple. The incredible singer unfortunately passed away in 2016.
Several good friends have told me I need to check out the new pizza-themed show from VICE Munchies, which is called The Pizza Show. This episode is all about pizza in NYC. Now I’m starving hungry, and ready to go hunting for some pizza myself.
I’m so late to the RTJ3 party, I wouldn’t be surprised if RTJ4 drops before I finish this post. The latest from El-P and Killer Mike – serious contenders for hip-hop’s woke-est rap duo, carrying the torch for the Public Enemy brand of social & political commentary in 2017, in my mind at any rate. As always, their latest release is available as a free download.
Here’s a great article from FastCompany, about 10 science-backed ways to be more positive in 2017, which I enjoyed reading. No major surprises, I don’t think, but it’s a good reminder to try and start the new year the best way possible.
This recent no star review of Watts-based-healthy-fastfood-spot-turned-chain Locol, by NY Times critic Pete Wells has ruffled a lot of feathers! Here’s co-owner Roy Choi’s response on Instagram – he seems to be taking it in stride. Personally, I think Pete was a bit too harsh and arguably insensitive, but he makes a constructive point: the idea behind Locol is amazing; but the food is not mind-blowing. I’m more inclined to just support this kind of good initiative, versus critiquing it, but each unto their own.
Happy New Year! Took a break from posting here for a few days, which was nice. Here’s an interesting article by Gustavo Arellano for OC Weekly, on 10 Mexican Dishes Hipster Chefs Need to Get Over Already. Because poorly appropriating Mexican cuisine is so hot right now!
Season’s greetings. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, so on, and so forth. Here is a new Christmas song from Daptone, starring the sadly recently departed Sharon Jones (RIP) alongside the incredibly talented Dap-Kings. The song comes from the recent It’s A Holiday Soul Party LP. “What a Christmas to have the blues…”
The rocksteady masterpiece Nothing More To Say from Brooklyn-based outfit The Frightnrs was, hands down, the best album of 2016 in my opinion. Easily. From the classic arrangements to the haunting singing to the top notch production by Victor Axelrod a/k/a Ticklah, I really can’t find much not to love about it. Out on Daptone Records. Tragically, the front man Dan Klein passed away from A.L.S. after the album was completed.
Sorry, no time for blogging! Capitalism demands that we work really hard all year so we can afford to buy nice presents for the people we love (instead of say, just hanging out together, you know). And it was good. If you’re in the mood for some obscure reggae t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and things of that nature, I GOT YOU FAM! Ok, back to shopping…