Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Movie Poster Remakes in Black and Red

Illustrator/Designer Olly Moss did a series of movie poster recreations called "8 Films in Black and Red". The 3 above are my favorites.

Monday, January 26, 2009

High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music

High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music from Plexifilm on Vimeo.

Words from Vimeo post:

HIGH TECH SOUL is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground party scene of the late 1980s, Detroit's economic downturn didn't stop the invention of a new kind of music that brought international attention to its producers and their hometown.

Featuring in-depth interviews with many of the world's best exponents of the artform, High Tech Soul focuses on the creators of the genre -- Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson -- and looks at the relationships and personal struggles behind the music. Artists like Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes and a host of others explain why techno, with its abrasive tones and resonating basslines, could not have come from anywhere but Detroit.

With classic anthems such as Rhythim Is Rhythim's "Strings of Life" and Inner City's "Good Life," High Tech Soul celebrates the pioneers, the promoters and the city that spawned a global phenomenon.

The film features: Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie (Flashin) Fowlkes, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, John Acquaviva, Carl Cox, Carl Craig, Blake Baxter, Stacey Pullen, Thomas Barnett, Matthew Dear, Anthony "Shake" Shakir, Keith Tucker, Delano Smith, Mike Archer, Derrick Thompson, Mike Clark, Alan Oldham, Laura Gavoor, Himawari, Scan 7, Kenny Larkin, Stacey "Hotwax" Hale, Claus Bachor, Electrifying Mojo, Niko Marks, Barbara Deyo, Dan Sordyl, Sam Valenti, Ron Murphy, George Baker, and Kwame Kilpatrick.

The film's soundtrack includes: Aux 88, Cybotron, Inner City, Juan Atkins, Mayday, Model 500, Plastikman, Rhythim Is Rhythim, and more.

"Bredow's cast of alumni -- the holy trinity of Atkins, May & Saunderson at the front -- fill out this tale with passion, pride and, oddly for music of the future, nostalgia too."
- Dazed and Confused

"An enjoyable education into the music, the city and the main players past, present and future."
-DJ Magazine

"Defines the myths and the magic of Detroit techno from its beginnings right up to how it has evolved to become High Tech Soul."
-Derrick May

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Good Revenend Lowery

This has to be one of the best benedictions I've ever heard.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tues Jan 20: Adventure People - Obama In The House (Presidential Inauguration Edition)

Tuesday January 20
at Rehab 25 Ave. B (between 2st and 3st),
NYC , NY 10003
9pm / Free

It's A Special Presidential Inauguration Edition featuring Futurecurrent’s own Mark.F aka Mr Wigglz plus Gunseller and Rontronik (Toshoklabs) spinning a mixed bag of RnB, Soul, next and nu-wave, Britpop, hip-hop and whatnot with special guest DJ Prolific

come down and celebrate history

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Juan Atkins/Model 500 (Live Footage + Interview with M500 member, Mark Taylor)

Juan Atkins and his group Model 500 recently performed in Ireland at DEAF 2008. After their sell-out performance, Donal Gorman of YourNight.ie dropped in to chat with M500 member Mark Taylor (aka Vintage Future). It's a nice little candid piece that gives some insight on the make-up of the group and what's in store for them in the future as well as some live footage. See it here.

Note: Mark masters and engineers most of my tracks and is a mentor to me in the recording/producing area of my creative game.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Black National Anthem

Lift ev'ry voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring.
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise,
High as the list'ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast'ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet,
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee,
Shadowed beneath thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.

Written by James Weldon Johnson
Question: Will we hear this during the presidential inauguration ceremony? Probably not... FYI: I STAND CORRECTED, THANKFULLY! It was used in the Benediction - yes!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Album Cover of The Month: Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion"

No, the image is NOT an animated .gif. But it looks like it's moving, does it not? It's a cool piece of Op-art... Just focus your eye on one point and the movement stops... Oooooooooh, trippy!

FYI: Presidential Inaugural Schedule

From the Presidential Inaugural Committee:

The Presidential Inaugural Committee, at the direction of President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, will organize an inclusive and accessible inauguration that reflects the new Administration's commitment to leadership that sets aside partisanship and unites the nation around our shared values and ideals.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has outlined a preliminary schedule of official inaugural events that underscores our commitment to holding an inaugural that is open, accessible, and brings us all together in a spirit of unity.

The inaugural celebration will begin in the city where our democracy was born and the promise of our country was realized. On Saturday, January 17th, President-elect Barack Obama will be holding an event in Philadelphia, before boarding a train bound for our nation’s capital. He will be picking up Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his family in Wilmington, DE, and then making a stop for an event in Baltimore, MD, before pulling into Washington, D.C. that afternoon.

The following events will take place in the nation’s capital between Sunday, January 18th and Wednesday, January 21st:

Sunday, January 18th
President-elect Barack Obama will kick off the schedule of official inaugural activities in Washington, D.C., with a welcome event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The event will be free and open to the public.

Monday, January 19th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
In 1994, to further commemorate a man who lived his life in service to others, Congress transformed the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday into a national day of community service. To honor Dr. King’s legacy, the President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families, joined by Americans in communities all across the country, will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C. area.

That night, on the eve of the Inauguration, there will be a youth concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The concert will be free, but tickets are required.

Tuesday, January 20th - Inauguration Day
The President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:

• Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
• Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
• Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
• Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
• Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
• Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
• President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
• Inaugural Address
• Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
• Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
• The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate.

Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host ten official Inaugural Balls. More details about the Inaugural Balls will be released at a later date.

Wednesday, January 21st
The newly-inaugurated President and Vice President of the United States will participate in a prayer service.

The PIC will release further details about official inaugural events at a later date. You can find the latest information at www.pic2009.org.

23/6: George W. Bush Video Retrospective

Get the latest news satire and funny videos at 236.com.

"After 8 years of George W. Bush, we're a little nostalgic and and decided to send him off March Madness-style: with an inspirational montage. This one's for our home team, America!" — 23/6

Friday, January 09, 2009

Living Presidential History

...and it's just the beginning.

NEW WEEKLY PARTY: Beats 'N Pieces feat. DJ Prolific (Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop and more...)

This Tuesday, my homie DJ Prolific is debuting his latest event (see flyer above for details). Expect to hear old, new and next sh*t! It should be a doozy. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Video Vixen Summit

Wow! What a way to start off the year. Vide-Hoes got together 2 years ago to talk about big asses, sexual relations, money and problems behind the scenes of music video productions... Why is this not annual and televised on Cspan at least? This is almost as good as Egypt / Israel Peace Treaty talks in the 70s.

Courtesy of Crunk + Disorderly
Big-up to Saidah B. for pointing me to this!