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Video | Photo: The Roots Live @ The Playboy Jazz Festival.

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(Before you do anything… Hit a like button up there for me. Then go leave a comment. Don’t let me have installed Disqus for nothing. lol.)
So remember when I told you about The Roots headlining the Playboy Jazz Festival? Yeah, I made it out. And here is all the awesome proof.

By the way… check out Slidedeck. Its the truth and the future. I know the photos dont fit into the format yet (still working on it), but if you want to see the picture in full, all you have to do is click on it and it will take you to the full photo.
[SlideDeck id=’6885′ width=’100%’ height=’300px’]

Also, an interesting interview with Questlove regarding The Roots leading such a prominent jazz festival. I mean, since The Legendary are basically a Jazz Band that do hip hop, I don’t understand what the problem is. Yeah, some of the 60+ got up and left… but they were like, 60. No offense. (And thanks euroweb for featuring my video.)

But really, the YouTubes should give you an ideal of what a fun time it was. Everything I have is up on my YouTube page for you to see.
The best part? The Gil Scott-Heron Cover of “The Bottle” with Terrance Blanchard on the horns. Wow.
Second to that… the lead in from Bob James and Fourplay doing “Westchester Lady,” which led right to The Roots set. Dopeness.

The Roots and Terrance Blanchard: Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Bottle”

….The start of the show… Bob James and Fourplay do “Westchester Lady” before The Roots tear the roof off.

…and here we go.

..and there you go. I didn’t even go to this thing with the intent of recording. I was on my 3rd glass of chardonnay. So its not the greatest stability in the camera. But I hope you semi-enjoy.
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So apparently at some point, Music Nerdery was nominated for Best Canadian Indie Music Site. Well Alright.

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Do you see me complaining?
*sings “Oh Canada”*
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So Here It Is. The New Music Nerdery.

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*waves*

So this is what it feels like in new skin.

I have my own Logo and EVERYTHING.

This is it. Everything me and @Chris_Edwards have been collectively working on for the last 3  or 4 months. All the planning and coding and font picking out and color scheming… all in front of you for you to behold and enjoy. Its my new Music Nerdery. And this is what its going to look like for a while.

The general ideal is my own, but my boy Chris came through the technical concept and execution. The “Lazy Load” feature of the photos, the font choices, API and stat feature for me… email for you… He did alladat. Praise him for it, because I cant code for crap. So lets break down some of these new features we’ve come up with for you.

I wanted to have a site that is Computer and Phone Screen friendly; something where you can see everything on one screen, then be taken to another page when you want more.  The search engine on this thing is POWERFUL, my Archive section is the sexiest thing anyone has ever done with their lives, and I have to again thank Chris and his team of nerds for laying it out for me. In full text form, theres no more long wait for all the photos to upload or multiple pages to scroll through. Go ahead and hit Ctrl + F (if you’re on a PC), type in your favorite band, and see all the babble I’ve written about them in the last year and a half.

The funnest feature of them all tho? My front page and the “refresh and rotate posts” concept that I came up with, and Chris executed. So how does it work? Click here, go to the front page and try it out right fast. One you’re there, refresh the page. You’ll notice that every time you refresh, a different set of posts present themselves in the lower five columns (and sometimes in the 6th one on the right hand side). The concept behind this is to give everyone a chance to see every post I’ve done within the last 30 days. Right now, I’m still working out kinks and photo resizing tricks. But once I start posting more (it only goes into effect from my posts from this point forward) You’ll see it go into full effect even more.

Then I have all the fun stuff that you come to expect from music websites nowadays… I’ve got an official “Like” Button for Facebook, along with a full Facebook fanpage for the nerdery as well. On the bottom of the homepage, you should have access to my blogroll (which also changes when you hit refresh), a calender that also serves as an archive, links that take you to contact information, last.fm pages, youtube pages (because before there was “blogging” there was “video logging”), bloggers.com pages, stumbled upon links, the Music Nerdery twitter page… all of that. You should also be able to leave comments easily now if you have a facebook or twitter… you can just log in through whatever social media outlet you want.

Basically, I’ve made this site as internets/social media interaction friendly as I possibly can. Now you have no excuse to not come by more often, read a post, find a link, leave a comment. ;)

I’ve stepped off the wordpress.com free format and stepped onto the wordpress.org format.  Thought it would be complicated than it is, but with Chris’ help… its been a wonderful transition. I own my whole entire website. And it feels good.

So thats where I’ve been, and what I’ve been up to. In terms of my nerdery anyways. But it was time well spent. As the next few days go on, I’ll start posting more, but with new Kaki dates coming in and LaToiya’s stuff to be caught up on… work comes first. But I am here. And gatDAMMIT it feels good. :D

Please guys… feel free to look around, and leave comments and thoughts. Understand that this is still very much in a beta type mode, and were looking for any constructive critique you can offer. Give me ANYTHING you’ve got, I’ll be here to reply. And you have no excuses to not to.

Thanks for sticking around.

-E

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March 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Music Nerdery + Potholes In My Blog = Review: Lupe Fiasco – Lasers.

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While were still working on archiving, I had to stop and post this up for you guys. This one I’m kinda proud of. It just came out right. First time in a long time where it kinda wrote itself.

As always… Glory to Potholes for thinking what I have to say is valid. You can head over there and leave a comment for me and validate my eWritings, you know I’d appreciate it. :)

Um, Yeah.

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Atlantic: 2011

Despite what you might have heard, Lasers doesn’t suck in its entirety. It really doesn’t.

But it’s not really that great either.

There are multiple issues that have been consistently plaguing this project from the get-go and unfortunately they are reflected within the music and the album itself.  When the oft-delayed Lasers found its way to the internet about a week before its official release, the initial feedback I was reading wasn’t positive. Perplexing, since the only reason the album was released was due to overwhelming demand from his fan base (via the Internets) after his label delayed the project for a year. Even more confusing is that the album moved 200,000 copies in its first week, regardless of the negative rabble-rousing.

After having a chance to dig into the back history of Lasers and some time to sit with the project and dig into each individual song, I really started to understand the complaints. And most of them are valid. You can start with the obvious influence that his label had in changing this project from an album that Lupe was comfortable with to something that is marketable to the average hip-hop newbie. They seem hell-bent on having Lupe play up the “Hipster Hop™” angle, apparent from the guest appearances on the album (why is MDMA on every other song? No offense) down to the important songs the label purposely left off (when you left off “I’m Beaming”, you lost at music). It looks like the label got their way.

Then there’s Lupe himself and his lyrical content. I’ll be frank: if you are a longtime fan of Lupe, then you’ve already been spoiled, and there might be little on here as far as that classic delivery or content that we’re used to.  This isn’t the same verbose and lyrically complex Lupe Fiasco of 2005 mixtape fame. It’s not even Food And Liquor Lupe. And as a result… people are a bit disappointed; myself included.  In the past, Lupe has spent an entire song describing how “they” want him to “Dumb It Down” then proceeds to deliver verses and records that aren’t up to par with previous works, which seem worded to make it a bit easier for the masses to understand. Throw that against beats that normally would not qualify as “hip-hop” music and what you have is a bunch of mad fanboys out there.

Despite these failures, the album still has some moments of glory. “The Show Goes On” is a flawless example of this indie | hipster meets hip-hop meld that’s becoming more prevalent, and is the preferred (forced?) single from the reformatted, label-cleared album. I’m actually quite fond of this song and the Modest Mouse original it came from, “Float On”. “All Black Everything” is the only track where Lupe seems to be in old form; with those historically vivid, politically fundamental punch lines that we all know and love (“Everybody’s rappin like crack never happened”). From there, most of the songs were a bit too entrenched in hipster-sounding music, or the lyrical content was such that I just… couldn’t care. (“State Run Radio”…WTF. I just don’t know. And I really tried.)

In a perfect world, Lupe would have had more control over Lasers. Important singles and their videos would have been pressed and marketed correctly, and it actually would have sounded like hip-hop music. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world. Or album. For the outsider who has never listened to Lupe before, or for those who are new to hip-hop… this might be a great starter album for you. But for those who already know the history of Lupe Fiasco and his high lyrical standards, or those who are keen on hip-hop, you might just want to pass. For now, I’ll be over here, patiently waiting for Lupe’s return to complex, thought-provoking rhymes. I’m sure it won’t take long.

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So. How’d that sound? I think  I got my point across, save some thoughts. Hipster Hop. Trademarked. Patent Pending. (lolz.)

Leave a comment SOMEWHERE, pray for this archival to wrap itself up, and Enjoy Kids.

 

Music Nerdery + Potholes In My Blog = Review: Lupe Fiasco – Lasers.

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While were still working on archiving, I had to stop and post this up for you guys. This one I’m kinda proud of. It just came out right. First time in a long time where it kinda wrote itself.

As always… Glory to Potholes for thinking what I have to say is valid. You can head over there and leave a comment for me and validate my eWritings, you know I’d appreciate it. :)

Um, Yeah.

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Atlantic: 2011

Despite what you might have heard, Lasers doesn’t suck in its entirety. It really doesn’t.

But it’s not really that great either.

There are multiple issues that have been consistently plaguing this project from the get-go and unfortunately they are reflected within the music and the album itself. When the oft-delayed Lasers found its way to the internet about a week before its official release, the initial feedback I was reading wasn’t positive. Perplexing, since the only reason the album was released was due to overwhelming demand from his fan base (via the Internets) after his label delayed the project for a year. Even more confusing is that the album moved 200,000 copies in its first week, regardless of the negative rabble-rousing.

After having a chance to dig into the back history of Lasers and some time to sit with the project and dig into each individual song, I really started to understand the complaints. And most of them are valid. You can start with the obvious influence that his label had in changing this project from an album that Lupe was comfortable with to something that is marketable to the average hip-hop newbie. They seem hell-bent on having Lupe play up the “Hipster Hop™” angle, apparent from the guest appearances on the album (why is MDMA on every other song? No offense) down to the important songs the label purposely left off (when you left off “I’m Beaming”, you lost at music). It looks like the label got their way.

Then there’s Lupe himself and his lyrical content. I’ll be frank: if you are a longtime fan of Lupe, then you’ve already been spoiled, and there might be little on here as far as that classic delivery or content that we’re used to. This isn’t the same verbose and lyrically complex Lupe Fiasco of 2005 mixtape fame. It’s not even Food And Liquor Lupe. And as a result… people are a bit disappointed; myself included. In the past, Lupe has spent an entire song describing how “they” want him to “Dumb It Down” then proceeds to deliver verses and records that aren’t up to par with previous works, which seem worded to make it a bit easier for the masses to understand. Throw that against beats that normally would not qualify as “hip-hop” music and what you have is a bunch of mad fanboys out there.

Despite these failures, the album still has some moments of glory. “The Show Goes On” is a flawless example of this indie | hipster meets hip-hop meld that’s becoming more prevalent, and is the preferred (forced?) single from the reformatted, label-cleared album. I’m actually quite fond of this song and the Modest Mouse original it came from, “Float On”. “All Black Everything” is the only track where Lupe seems to be in old form; with those historically vivid, politically fundamental punch lines that we all know and love (“Everybody’s rappin like crack never happened”). From there, most of the songs were a bit too entrenched in hipster-sounding music, or the lyrical content was such that I just… couldn’t care. (“State Run Radio”…WTF. I just don’t know. And I really tried.)

In a perfect world, Lupe would have had more control over Lasers. Important singles and their videos would have been pressed and marketed correctly, and it actually would have sounded like hip-hop music. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world. Or album. For the outsider who has never listened to Lupe before, or for those who are new to hip-hop… this might be a great starter album for you. But for those who already know the history of Lupe Fiasco and his high lyrical standards, or those who are keen on hip-hop, you might just want to pass. For now, I’ll be over here, patiently waiting for Lupe’s return to complex, thought-provoking rhymes. I’m sure it won’t take long.

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So. How’d that sound? I think I got my point across, save some thoughts. Hipster Hop. Trademarked. Patent Pending. (lolz.)

Leave a comment SOMEWHERE, pray for this archival to wrap itself up, and Enjoy Kids.

Written by E

March 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

Chaka Khan and I have an awesome moment in time. Anita Baker follows me on Twitter. Life is Suddenly Complete.

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(If the picture is too small for you… and I’m sure it is… just click here.)

Because things like this matter to me.

So not only do I have a beautiful moment in time with Chaka Khan earlier this week (that will be a potholes blog shortly), I achieve the Social Media Nerd’s dream by actually having the Legendary Anita Baker follow me. WTF? Chaka Khan? Anita Baker follow? How in the entire hell did you get her to do this, you ask?  Well, other than using twitter CORRECTLY, I ended up having to explain why some people are twitter stupid and get mad when celebrities don’t follow back (and several other things). I just didn’t want her to be thrown off by internet idiots, you know. In a hilarious twist of fate that completely surprised the holy music Jebus out of me, Ms. Baker then promptly followed my account.

I then did the total anti-thesis of what you’re supposta do as a Twitter Pro and Social Media Director and secretly had a music nerd spazzout. I somewhat recovered, then hit screen shot; thus preserving proof of this epic moment in Music Nerd, Anita Baker loving history. If she ever unfollows me, its TOTALLY okay. I understand. I tweet heavy. Its okay. But for now, I am in an ELITE LIST of motherfu*kers (I’m sitting right next to Esperanza Spalding for the LOVE OF MUSIC JEBUS; that MIGHT require a screenshot within itself), and I will bask in EVERY SECOND of the glory for the meantime. No, I am not ashamed to occasionally release my inner fanboy.

I am a full-out twitter nerd, kids. If you haven’t noticed. I keep a thorough list of followers. Really. Part of it is having an old 2007/2008 account, part of it is just people I know. So I try to keep some kinda  But I gotta admit… pressures on with Anita following me now. @KakiKing complains about me overtweeting and swearing my ass off at times and I totally ignore her. Ms. Baker starts to following me, and I find myself editing my swears and making sure what I have to say is relevant. Thats power. LOL. This, by default, will make me a better tweeter. Should be awesome.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go celebrate this Epic Nerd Victory by immediately putting my entire physical catalog of Anita Baker into rotation. Even the Vinyls. And A bottle of my Bert Simon Riesling. And finish this Roots Grammy Jam Review | Awesome Chaka Khan Moments in Time for you to review pretty soon.

Later people.

Written by E

February 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

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