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The Middle East – Recordings of the Middle East

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Recordings of the Middle East

Recordings of the Middle East

I’ve been listening to countless Kid Cudi songs and watching Kanye West’s videos at 2 AM last night. 

And here’s where the schizophrenia kicks in.

I featured The Middle East on the Song of the Month for March and as much as I love my good old top 40 and the mainstream, popular music, I also love discovering overlooked bands. This has caused quite a stir in numerous indie music blogs across the blogosphere. I say, I’m spreading the word.

Think of how much Ashlee Simpson and Vanessa Hudgens we’ve been fed. Think of these talentless hacks dominating the airplays. Then think of a humble band, self funded without a major record label playing in small venues. Picture them after the show, they’d get back home, chill with friends and maybe squeeze a practice in someone’s basement or garage. No money is wasted on PR’s, stylists and entourages. 

The result: AWE-fucking-SOME

The Middle East are a very unique band out of Townsville in Queensland, Australia. They use various influences from indie to post-rock to folk to ambient etc. and create a magical, hypnotic sound featuring varying instrumentation and gentle, addictive guitar hooks.

Their live shows have been describe as “surreal” and often create a very calm, space-like atmosphere.

So you know, you be all cool by listening to Sigur Ros, Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. Well, add them up and you’d get this (no kidding! at least in my opinion!), very very atmospheric sound. I’m actually babbling because I have no fucking idea how to describe what they sound like. I just know this is the music to contemplate to. It’s fucking insane! In-fucking-sane! The female vocal that comes in the middle of songs is just epic! 

My favorite tracks are: The Darkest Side, The Fall of Man and Fool’s Gold

Listen to them, if you like them, spread the word.

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March 30, 2009 at 8:42 am

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Song of the Month : March

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You Say Party! We Say Die! – Nightswimming
Worry not about their pretentious band name, this Bird and the Bee sound alike is pretty easy to listen to, especially when they cover one of REM’s greatest song.

Kid Cudi – Superboo
Kanye’s latest trail of posse sings about me. What? I’m crazy sexy cool. Ha!

Pavement – Shady Lane
Who here still listen to Pavement? Pavement is the indiest of indie. Sounds like Weezer but Rivers Cuomo aint got nothing on Stephen Malkmus.

The Middle East – The Darkest Side
For a band called The Middle East its very very peaceful and atmospheric, almost dream like. So I guess people should stop stereotyping. Please. 

 Zooey Deschanel And Leon Redbone – Baby It’s Cold Outside 
Our favorite quirky girl sings an oldie about obligations of going home, but its just so cold outside. I relate! I relate!

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March 29, 2009 at 5:34 am

Slumdog Millionaire

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or..a Hindi Movie with No Big Dance Number (OK maybe one. At the very end)

or..No Hindi Movie can Resist a Big Dance Number at The End

 

I just had to see for myself what 8 Academy Awards and 4 Golden Globes really look like. Well, it is everything I imagined, everything I hoped for and then some. Slumdog Millionaire tells a modern rags-to-rajah story which appeals to almost everyone. Kids, lovers, cultural enthusiasts, award show buffs, people living in slums, gangsters with guns…

If you follow closely, this movie does have that British feel but the theme and most of the execution sticks true to Bollywood cinema. Brothers? Check. Love? Check. Slums? Check. Rags to Riches? Check. Brother turning into an asshole and stealing your girlfriend? Check. Check. Check. 

With awesome soundtracks like Paper Planes by M.I.A (which in my opinion is the ultimate kid-on-top-of-trains hustler’s anthem),with the fast and breathtaking editing similar to the City of God, with the fantasy montage sequences, Slumdog Millionaire hits it out of the ballpark.

I thank this movie for breaking my heart in the first half of the movie and then gluing that shit back together on the second half, for the kid actors who I heard was really living in slums but are getting the help they need, for Danny Boyle, for Dev Patel, for Freida Pinto. I heart you guys. I identify with this because I’m living in a third world country, and its sadly similar. And I do hope this movie does so much more than glamorize poverty and slums. I hope it raises awareness of things, of everythings. If portrayals of deliberately blinded child beggars and child prostitutes could win 8 Oscars, imagine the drama that is their real life. Their stories could win all the awards, but these slum kids would just sell them by the pound.

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup.

Set and filmed in India, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and exceeds people’s expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials.

Out of the ballpark dope. 5.0 out of 5.0

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March 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Push

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This is the most perplexing movie I have seen in theatre this year. It is bad. And when I say bad, it’s really an euphemism for What the Hell??

Push is a 2009 American science fiction thriller film directed by Paul McGuigan. The film stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou, and Camilla Belle. The plot centers around a group of psychic people, as well as others with varying powers, who band together to attempt to take down a government agency that is using a dangerous drug to enhance the powers of Movers, Pushers, Watchers, Wipers etc.

or Good Thing Chris Evans is Hot

or Good Thing Chris Evans is Hot

Let me save you the agony and put why Push is not even a good idea: 

1. This movie makes Heroes look bad ass.

2. Push calls their heroes Movers, Pushers, Watchers, Wipers. Whatever hapenned to Stoner, Skater, Jock, Wigger?

3. The plot. Oh GOD, the plot. They’re trying to make Push a movie with a complicated storyline so at the end people would go, “OOOOH, that is smart, I never seen that coming!!”  But instead, I went. “STOP TRYING TO BULLSHIT ME”

4. Dakota Fanning, who I am a fan of, is being ruined.

5. Asian women are always slutty, chewing on some sort of lollipop and always, always  speak deliberately bad english. They think its sexy. 

6. Asian men are dumbfucks. 

7. I thought this movie was a mean parody of a say, mediocre-ish superhero movie. It is not.

THIS AINT DOPE AT ALL. Booo!

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March 28, 2009 at 5:40 am

Kid Cudi – Superboo

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It’s almost like, I’m a musical schizophrenic. So I guess today is fresh kid in hip hop week. You surely must have heard of Kid Cudi, he’s been getting a lot of airplay and mentions recently. He’s been featured in Kanye West’s 808 and Heartbreak Album.

Kid Cudi, whose birth name is Scott Mescudi, is a Hip-hop/Electronica artist from Cleveland, Ohio. His musical career and style is centered around one dream, to “Be on the moon”. His first album, a single called “Day N’ Night” was released on iTunes on February 5th, 2008. Currently “Day N’ Night” holds the #2 spot in the UK. Through his premier on iTunes and through word of mouth, his success continues. His debut album will be released shortly, while a mixtape has been released to satisfy the curiosity and thirst of his listeners for more Kid Cudi.

This is the allegedly fan made video for Kid Cudi – Superboo.

Warning for guys: It’ll make you drool.

Warning for ladies: You’d be begging your man to take nude black and white videos of you and start calling you superboo.

This is probably NSFW, unless you work for Hugh Hefner.

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March 28, 2009 at 1:49 am

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Mike Posner and The Brain Trust – A Matter of Time

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A Matter of Time EP  

A Matter of Time EP

He’s only the illest dopest kid in the block.

Michael “Mike” Posner (born February 12, 1988) is an American musician, singer/song-writer and producer. He is the founder and leading member of the group Mike Posner & The Brain Trust. He released his debut mixtape, A Matter of Time, on March 1, 2009.

If youre into hip hop and freshness of a 21 year old, this no doubt my latest love and find. I highly reccommend this. This is some DOPE shit ya’ll. (Err..haha).

Hot tracks : Halo, Smoke and Drive

You can get the mixtape for free at itunes store here (you will need Itunes), or you can get it from good old rapidshare here.

Listen to the Mike doing his thing, on this smoking hot track, Halo:

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March 26, 2009 at 7:25 am