4 Minutes of Fire

Some epicly good Baltimore dancing in the basketball courts.

Probably One of the Weirdest Videos I’ve Seen In A While

bowhunting flying carp

My Nollywood Choice for Perfect Hallowe’en Movie

I’m going as this song for Halloween

Known as Mr Diamond Eye

For the upcoming inaugural issue of Eighteen Bridges I wrote about the Alabama regionally popular rapper King South. Last Mr Bigg, another regionally-huge rapper from Mobile, Alabama, has a DIAMOND IN HIS EYE. His eye has a diamond. That is crazy OG vision. My favorite of the United States for rap music is very next level on every front, even the pupils bling. I’m fascinated by the rap music coming out of Alabama, especially from these producers who call themselves the Block Beataz. I don’t know if Mr Bigg is affiliated or just independently amazing. But his single ‘Satisfied’ is nice and happy, crack-for-crack funny¬† lyrically, and definitely purple on the groove. Very Alabama. Below is a screwed & chopped slowed-down version with good strange visuals of MR DIAMOND in his EYEBALL. Come rap in Vancouver, definitely.

Stay Fly

I remember how fascinated I was by this Three-Six Mafia video when it came out. I thought the world was revolving upside down. Pretty entertaining.

Jae Slym – East Van MC

Vancouver has a few scarce rappers, more now than back in the day. But wowza, we got one MC named Jae Slym. I don’t know anything about Slym, just happened on him after being linked to a MHS vid, Jae Slym might live next door to me, for all I know, he might be living in Bad Manors, but sounds like Slim’s from the down in the Dirty, like an East Van repping Young Bleed. His YouTube tracks are banana nuts. He’s the best rapper I think I’ve ever heard from East Van. Has he bro’d down with the — slightly-less qualified– Money Hungry Syndicate? Is Slym working with Babe Rainbow yet?

( props to Mount Pleasant kickin it: Lil’ Joe Hizzle!)

Nardwuar vs. Drake

When I hosted a radio show on CiTR 101.9 FM, UBC’s college radio station, it was Nardwuar who taught me how to use the reel-to-reel machine. I was starstruck by him then, 1994. He recorded some gobbledeygook on to the reel —¬† in a kind of Nardwuar version of speaking-in-tongues. Actually he was doing a classic music trope — backmasking. He showed us how to reverse the playback on the reel-to-reel so that his voice was revealed to be saying quite clearly, “My cat Cleo is the best cat ever.”

It’s Friday afternoon and right now Nardwuar is on the radio. But here’s his beautiful interview with Lil’ Wayne’s favorite Canadian, Drake.

Laurie Spiegel on Concerto Generator

A master of space and place improvising…

Horrors of Malformed Men

Trailer for a Japanese film featuring legendary founder of Butoh dance, Tatsumi Hijikata

William Gaddis interview

My friend the Montreal author John Goldbach tipped me off to this clip from a rare William Gaddis interview on YouTube. In it, he talks about the idea of writing from a sense of indignation. The clip is from a half-hour Q&A you can buy and download from the Roland Collection for a measly couple dollars. Roland Collection has many many more videos like this one with not a few other hugely famous authors. But William Gaddis, he was almost as reclusive as Thomas Pynchon and had ten times the brainpower, so far as I can tell from reading them both, so this seems extremely unique that we have access to such a long video interview with him. And considering it’s not a reading but an interview and there’s so little else available with him speaking on the nature of writing, I am really eager to watch this. Unfortunately, I can’t because the full video is not Mac compatible!

Logo Hoax – Paul Watson – webmaster

Thanks goes out to my dear e-friend Paul Watson aka Logo Hoax for helping me set up this easy-to-use new version of my website. A link to my old site with its awkward Flash phrasing will go on the side panel, in case you are interested in what an early Y2K site looks like compared to now.

Check his Logo Hoax video (music and visuals) from 2003. I saw this on MuchMusic and sent Paul and email and we’ve stayed in contact ever since. Such a talented guy!!

Omar Souleyman Live

It was amazing to see Syrian electropop legend Omar Souleyman live last night at Performance Works — he had a Beirut poet on stage with him writing lyrics for him to sing! The crowd of Vancouver infidels was on fire, dancing the entire night. So good, great acid house inflections on the Korg!

B’more-Philly Dance Compendium

Here’s three different Baltimore/Philadelphia dance moves. One, we got Rockin’ Off; two is the Spongebob, and the third is the Wu-Tang.

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Lunice and Lazer Sword

One of the best bedroom dancers coming out of the West Coast, Lunice can dance like a cylon — EXACTLY to the jittery beat — Lazer Sword’s post-Dilla dance music production is some of the best in the US. Lazer Sword has plenty of mixes and tracks available if you Google hard enough, and my god, all vids by Lunice are worth watching for sure. His body can do the impossible, he is a genius with the joints. Don’t know what the dance style is called. I think I heard Sascha Frere Jones call the music style Lazer Bass.

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Philadelphia’s Wu-Tang Revival

One of the most popular dance crazes coming out of the Philadelphia club scene is called the Wu-Tang. Funnily, the Shaolin footwork isn’t matched with a Staten Island MC, but instead ATL’s Lil Jon’s werewolf howl: “Wut wut wut wut wut wut wut!!!” Here’s some KILLIN’ IT examples of how the move is done (watch for the props in the Wu-wing arm-styles):

Here’s some totally PUMPED little girls doing a Wu-Tang battle contest–AMAZING!!

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Rockin Off in Baltimore

I love Baltimore Club. B’more Bounce. So far as I can tell, this is the most positive house music scene in America, the best production, the wildest most playful DJ style of any city anywhere, best samples, finest dance steps (best names for moves, eg: Wu-Tang): seriously rockin’ off.

the serious HUSTLE MAN

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B-Boy Junior

Possibly the greatest (new school) breakdancer in the world ever of all time? B-Boy Junior defies anatomy & gravity. Check this out:

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Tha Pope – Rest in Peace

Amazing wobbly cellphone vid of Tha Pope rocking some juke moves between classes. Tha Pope was a true original, and from all the footage I’ve watched, he was the footwork master.

as 14FREEMATTHALE88 comments on YouTube:
This nigga was a known nigga from Morse To Lawrence too bad that shit happened to him GDN till the end and beyond…RIP a Real B.B. I.C.G. nigga…from ya folkks on farwell

Here’s volume 1 of Tha Pope’s classic captures

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X-Menn Jitting

Out of Detroit, another style of footwork called Jit. Same breakneck BPM as juke dancing out of Chicago, Detroit is always a little more electronic, but both cities are total hybrid genius zones with DJs dropping techno-house-electro-gangsta-fuckery of inimitable groove. Here’s how Jit’s done:

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