Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Things I will Miss from 2008 - The Wire



Skillz the rapper is pretty well known for writing songs the review and critque an entire years worth of events. This year though it seem's he added a dedication to a show that will be sorely missed. So for the few people who never saw the show check the clip out above and gain enough knowledge to fake your way through any discussion of The Wire.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Gears of war X-mas



This would've been a great Viral ad any other year but this one.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

An Advertising Parable For The Holidays



I saw this on Prostituted Thoughts and I feel this might be the winner of the Advertising Holiday parody video 2008.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Digital Madmen Episode 2 & 3

Episode 2



Episode 3



Once again it helps to have worked at a digital agency to see the inherent humor of this. Anyhow the solution they need is to build a campaign that lets the fictional noodlehead twitter. Thats the blog of 2009!

Of course that would be ironic considering the issue's the television series had with twitter earlier this year.

Magazine Ads of the Future



Here is a video of an German Ad that when placed in front of your webcam creates a 3d image you can then see in front of your computer from germany. All you need is a copy of the ad, a webcam, and a web browser.

via - Tecnabob

Burger King Cologne




Last Weekend Burger King Released a new body spray called flame . My first reaction is that this thing is a PR stunt but if its real I will be very surprised. The Website is actually really good marketing using a combination of music and traditionally romantic imagery ....

Except for the picture's of the King using his own "product" seductively.

The cost is 4 dollars and while I doubt its as good as other colognes such as Issey Miyake or Gucci II (my current personal favorites) this thing might sell more units based on traffic to generated by shoppers at burger king alone.

via - Bossip

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Social Media in Plain English



found this on Common Craft video

Lego Hip Hop Covers







I dont know if this is an act of genius or simply something done to occupy time. Either way you have to check out the whole collection over at formatmag

Charles Hamilton - Brooklyn Girls



This Kid Charles Hamilton is quickly becoming my favorite new rapper this year. He reminds me of Devin the Dude but with a quicker flow. On top of that this whole video is shot around my old stomping grounds of downtown Brooklyn. My only complaint is that this video isn't fair to all the beautiful women from the other four bouroughs, and the surrounding tri-state area. But then again there is always the remix to fix that.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ad Man For Christmas



I love that the client is an eye popping monster

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Peanuts Advertising Special



You Sold Your Soul To Advertising Charlie Brown!

Fatherhood PSA



Great AD just Great! I saw this in a waiting room and it made everyone in the room react bysmiling and laughing. A few people in the room even said how much they loved this ad.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New DS Commercial - Created A monster



Thought I would post this since its using a rap song from one of the new rappers on the block Named B.O.B. He just signed a licensing deal with Nintendo who then promptly used his song "Created a Monster".

Betty Wright - Clean Up Woman Medly - Live



I fell in love with this song after hearing Cassi Davis sing this song in Medea Goes to Jail.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Emily 2.0



This is so realistic that its scary.

Heavy D - Long Distance Girlfriend



Heavy D is back and still making love songs. Its a bit different from his other hits, but the heavyweight lover definitly still has it.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Floating Water



This is really cool how a few well placed strobe lights can completely alter your perceptions of reality.

PABLO THE COKE DOG



This TV ad, created by Mother, to be used by British government-funded agency Frank as an anti-drug public service announcement is interesting to say the least. I don't think this would work in America simply because well its a dead dog talking about Cocaine.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Great Magic Trick



Saw This on Internet Goon.

XXX Spoiler XXX

I think The trick is the fact that the womans upper body becomes thinner as the routine goes on

Creepy Jean Ad



Appaently this is an old Ad but I swear i just saw it today (or maybe today was just the first time I ever paid attention). Either way it doesn't work because the ending is not so much a surprise as its just well dirty. Also while American Apparel has been gaining market shares with its use of psuedo porn billboard ads. You may have noticed American Apparel instead made Ads like the one below.



Basically Levi stop copying American Apparel. Find your own identity.

Jay-z - Brooklyn Go Hard

Jay-Z on iLike - Get updates inside iTunes



**Updated**


I saw this on Prostituted Thoughts and it is a lot better than the original video I had posted

Subway Parody





via - Whereandy

This is sort of old but still funny. I wonder if any creative way to get people to read your message.

Digital Mad Men



Saw this on Brand New . It only works as comedy if you work for a digital agency. I would argue against going digital for this campaign though. I would use a combination of coupon placement in the supermarket & Experential Marketing to sell the soup.....

However that is my opinion and this video was made as a satire so nevermind.....

Top 10 Samples in Hip Hop History III & IV

Part 3



Part 4

Simpsons Mock Apple



This is all Microsoft needed to do in the first place. Call apple out on its BS "we're too cool" commercials and explain to the consumer that they make computers in order to make money just like us.

Instead Microsoft wanted to battle Apple in the pop culture realm and came off looking weird and out of touch. Now that America is in a recession this would be the perfect time to emphasize that Microsoft makes decent computers for a lot less money than the cheapest Apple computer.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mr. Carter Spoof



The guys who made this are friends of a friend who made me promise to post this up. So enjoy its pretty funny.

How To Create a Dysfunctional Christmas Dinner


Dysfunctional Christmas Dinner - Watch more Free Videos

Christmas is getting closer. So I thought I would start the month off right. Hehe

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Top 10 Samples in Hip-Hop History - Part I - II

Part 1



Part 2

Lupin III Theme Music

1978 Theme song



1980 Theme Song

Kanye West - When It all Falls Down



This song was possibly the best song on a CD full of classic songs. However this video is so beyond anything I expected from Kanye that the first time I saw it my jaw dropped.

It’s Not Happening Here But It Is Happening Now








Via - Osocio

I heard about this reading Frank151 blog. Its from the Swiss department of Amnesty International. You have to respect their smart way of bringing the image home by placing the violent realities of foreign countries into people's natural surroundings. Total message intergration.

I Am Tired Of Autotune Songs



so I thought I would post a video of the most annoying (and funny) autotune song out there called Lose The War. Enjoy lol !

Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come



Ended up catching this movie on TCM tonight, just felt right to post this.

Bruce Lee Ping Pong



This is a great Viral Ad just because of how effective it is. It uses Bruce Lee in a way that plays of his role of an icon. Then it places him in his natural environment of Athletic competition. Combine these two things and you are going to create a situations where people are not going to be able to tell if this ad is based on reality or not.

Cat Scratch



Title: “Scratch me”
Client: Republic Technologies
Product: OCB
Advertising agency: Road (Barcelona)

via - Great Advertising, Clever Ads


This Ad comes from the BlackThinking.com Viral Campaign. After watching it a few times I have to admit it's genius but PETA would probably have it banned in America for its portrayal of Animals being used to make music...... Either way advertising magic!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Lebron James - Chalk



Saw this on Kiss My Black Ads and felt I had to add it since it works so well with my last post

Lebron James - King Of Sneaker Commercials?

Here is a run down of some of Lebron's funniest Nike commercials

Hey Baby - Ft Nicole Scherzinger



Swimming Pool



Glory Days



The Chosen One - Ft Bernie Mac



I am assuming these are from Wieden+Kennedy which I praised before for their great ads.

Accrorap



I found this Online and thought it was interesting. French Hip Hop Break Dancing group Accrorap.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tom & Jerry - Is You Or Is You Ain't My Baby



Classic Tom & Jerry with a Jazz tune! Is their a better combination of Violence and Sound?

*UPDATE: This is sort of offensive if you put into its historical context.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Sam Cooke - Change Is Gonna Come



I recently saw Seal's cover of this song on VH1 Soul and I just had to post the original.

Hint Or Else



Not sure what agency made this. It might be the Richards Group that has done commecials for Gamestop before. Regardless of who made it though I feel its going to be effective. The way I see it, It will definitely connect to the target demographic of teenage players based on its use of sexually tinged dark humor. On the flip it might also get some parent groups angry which will lead to free publicity if they decide to make a public ruckus about it. Kudos to gamestop for pointing out that avoiding embarassment is in the power found in the hands of the Players..... amongst other things lol.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bike Hero



This feel's like a viral campaign but even if it isn't this is just great

Monday, November 10, 2008

Water



Saw this video and I have to admit something like this should be played on Cartoon Network and Nicktoons. Children should be taught the fundamentals of the evironment and the problems we will all face in the future. Basically Informative and interesting.

Via - Kamikaze Planning

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Simpsons Mad Men Parody



It seems like Mad Men are making major inroads into Pop Culture. Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror is in some ways the modern version of the Peanuts holiday special.

Film Noir 2008

Here is a collection of pictures I found online from artist named Timothy Lim that remixes a lot of the current movie blockbusters through the lens of 1930's Film Noir movie Flyers. In some ways the artistic aspects of these poster have fallen to the wayside over the years. More movie advertising is based on cardboard displays.

However the pictures below make me want to see these movies a lot more than the cardboard displays that normally litter movie theate entrances.

via DeviantArt









Friday, November 7, 2008

Super Obama World



Super Obama World

I saw this game and thought it was hilarious

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It took eight years but America just entered the new millennium.



So lets celebrate with a song that I learned as a child but from tonight on will always be dear to my heart.

"This isnt just a historic moment. This is the cover of the history book"



I am so glad my grandmother is alive to see this day!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Kool and The Gang - Summer Madness



Its starting to get cold outside So i thought "why not post the best song around for laying in the grass AND/OR staring at clouds".

Urban Daddy - The Social Network Counter Revolution



Quantcast Ranking

I was just talking to a friend who gets this newsletter in his email and the concept of highly selective online niche marketing intrigues me. This is in my opinion the re-action to the current trend of large social networks that judge themselves on getting everyone instead of getting as the owner says in the video "the right profile". While his words are dripping with elitism it doesn't disqualify the fact that pin-pointing a specific segment of the market to advertise to is the real difference between creating just traffic and actually positively affecting sales.

Friday, October 31, 2008

History of Communications


History of communication from DesignTV on Vimeo

This is a really great ad created by DesignTV that gives the viewer a perspective on all the strides that have been made in communication. I especially appreciate the pacing of commercial. By speeding the introduction of each subsequent piece of technology it subliminally reinforces the final idea that you need the client company Carphone Warehouse to help you with your communication needs.

via - In My Atmosphere

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Black Sheep - The Choice is Yours '08 (Obama Mix)



No matter how people feel you have to admit that Obama has inspired the country (if not the world) in an amazing way. Here is yet another example of this election affecting popular culture.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Barack Obama Infomercial



Really great way of reminding people of the best theme of most great political campaigns.

make the campaign about the people not about the candidate.

My Thoughts on The Negro Don Draper

I've been a fan of Mad Men since i first heard about the idea of the show and until mid way through the first season thought Don Draper was a black man passing for a white man in the advertising industry similar to "Diary of an Ex-Colored Man". It was later revealed to my disappointment that his dark (no pun intended) secret was he was the son of a prostitute. An article in the Atlantic made me feel better since it appears like I was not the only one who felt that way.

So Mad Men is over, and short of the NFL, there really is no other reason for me to have a TV. I got rid of mine last spring, and I actually considered buying a new one just to see the new season. But then I discovered Mad Men was on Itunes. You should know that there are only two shows that have ever made me cry--Justice League and Mad Men. Sound insane? You obviously have never watched Justice League.

read the rest after the Link - The Negro Donald Draper


I have to also agree on the fact that Justice League was possibly the best cartoon drama ever written!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Superman Goes To Gotham

Obama Budweiser Part 2

So here is an update on the WASSSUP 08 commercial which has been making the rounds on the internet



Who's behind the "Wassup 2008" Obama ad? Not Budweiser.
by: Burt Helm

This morning when I blogged about the “Wassup 2008” Obama video, two questions sprung to my mind. First, who paid for this thing? The production values are very high – one person from Budweiser’s ad agency, DDB, estimated it could have cost as much as $750,000 (she also said DDB had nothing to do with the video). Second, how could Budweiser possibly be cool with such a clearly partisan advertisement?

After some digging, I found out. First, it cost way less than $750k. Second, Budweiser had no clue it was happening until after the video hit YouTube on Friday.

The man with the answers? Charles Stone III, the director of the original “Wassup” commercial and the movie Drumline (and the guy who answers the phone in the first frame of the video). He decided to make it about two weeks ago, he told me, with a crew of about 50 volunteers (all professionals working pro bono). They put it together in 9 days.

It was all possible, Stone says, because Budweiser never owned the rights to the idea. He’d originally made it as a short film independent of the brand, and Budweiser had only leased the rights, paying a mere $37,000 for five years of use. Back then, people gave him a hard time about the low price. Now Stone, a diehard Obama supporter, says it’s more than paid off. “That I’m able to use an idea distributed by a huge company, who made a lot of money off it, so that now when I put out what I want to say, it’s recognizable, and it sparks -- that’s worth $1 million to me.”

It came together after emailing with friends about ways they could make a video supporting Obama. Once they’d settled on the concept, he got on the phone with the original cast (all friends of his, who are now actors living in New York, Philadelphia, and LA), and called up his Director of Photography from Drumline, Shane Hurlbut, who brought in his crew. He also signed up Gerard Cantor and Maurice Marible, from commercial production house Believe Media, who co-produced. They shot over two days. The war-torn Iraq setting is actually a preexisting set in Santa Clarita, CA.

After they finished, they uploaded it to YouTube with distribution company 60Frames, set up a website, wassup08.com, and sent links to everyone they knew. As of writing this, it’s been viewed almost 1.8 million times, and picked up across the blogosphere, including on BoingBoing, Daily Kos, and Huffington Post. The final price tag? About $6500 out of his own pocket, Stone says.

via - Business Week


to sum the story up basically a freelance creative person who had an original idea, sold it to a huge corporation for at best a questionable price, is now reaping the rewards of his creativity in two important ways?

He can support his favorite candidate for president in a widely and instantly recognizable way using his original idea AND most likely reap a huge financial reward for his original idea in the near future. Since this remix has given his original idea a higher level of cultural importance than any beer commercial ever could.

What we have here people, is a bona fide media miracle.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Secret To World Peace



This explanation is pretty valid in a lot of ways. Bear with me as I try to explain why at 3 am.

To over complicate what Penn says here is a redux using the often qouted "Game Theory". You do not have to like someone but Game Theory states that working with someone to a mutually beneficial goal is the only logical (and proper) course when placed in a situation where risk/reward is based on the success over an obstacle.

This is why the concept of segregation was such a poison to America. Since America is a capitalist country we are suppose to always try to accomplish a goal in the most cost efficient method possible. Segregation separated and denigrated the African American workforce based on arbitrary reasons.

Ironically Booker T. Washington often preached a early for of this mind state by using the example of the hand and the fingers and while mostly being separate would have to come together in order to accomplish any substantial goals.

Now America finds itself once again separated. However, unlike segregation America finds itself separated from most of the world due to our current policies. We as a country must rejoin the world and face our collective problems together.

Marketing New York City



Here is a real interesting video of New York City's collaborative efforts of marketing itself through coordinating projects with local businesses and artist.

Basic Vocab - Come Get With It



Heard this song on Entourage and thought I would share it with whoever reads this blog.

Obama Budweiser



This is a great example of Advertising breaking into popular culture and reverberating years later. Kudos to the creators for updating a great campaign and making it relevent to whats going on today.

50 Best Muhammed Ali quotes

1- Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

2- Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.

3- I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.

4- A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

5- I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.

6- If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.

7- Its not bragging if you can back it up.

8- Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.

9- Superman don't need no seat belt.

10- When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.


11- A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing.

12- Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.

13- At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.

14- Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.

15- Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.

16- Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.

17- Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.

18- He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

19- I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.

20- I figure I'll be champ for about ten years and then I'll let my brother take over - like the Kennedys down in Washington.

21- I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.

22- I hated every minute of training, but I said, ''Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.''

23- I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.

24- I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.

25- I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.

26- I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.

27- I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.

28- I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.

29- I'm the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren't no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn't know about them.

30- If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.

31- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.

32- It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.

33- Its just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

34- It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.

35 -It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.

36- Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.

37- My toughest fight was with my first wife.

38- My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.

39- No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.

40- Old age is just a record of one's whole life.

41- Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.

42- Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

43- The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

44- The man who has no imagination has no wings.

45- The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

46- There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.

47- There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.

48- To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.

49- Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

50- When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kanye West - Good Morning



I remember listening to this song the day I graduated from college. I then went on that stage, waved at the crowd and received my empty degree case (my actual degree came in the mail 6 weeks later). Sweet, Sweet memories.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mona Lisa ala Paintball



The Guys on Mythbusters do it again!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Spoken Word




By Saatchi & Saatchi/London and production firm Shilo/Hanharan. Music by Human.

via - AdGabber


Have to say this is a great commercial which tap's into the same sphere of influence that Nike continues to grab with their Ads. Great Imagery, Great use of sound and words, Great inspirational story. Add that up you get a Great Ad.

Homer Votes For Obama

Monday, September 29, 2008

201 Greatest Jazz Albums

1. Kind Of Blue - Miles Davis
2. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
3. Mingus Ah Um - Charles Mingus
4. Brilliant Corners - Thelonious Monk
5. Time Out - Dave Brubeck
6. The Blues & The Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson
7. The Incredible Jazz Guitar - Wes Montgomery
8. Song For My Father - Horace Silver
9. Out To Lunch - Eric Dolphy
10. The Shape Of Jazz To Come - Ornette Coleman
11. Virtuoso - Joe Pass
12. Giant Steps - John Coltrane
13. In A Silent Way - Miles Davis
14. Somethin' Else - Cannonball Adderley
15. Idle Moments - Grant Green
16. Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
17. Sax Colossus - Sonny Rollins
18. Speak No Evil - Wayne Shorter
19. Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra
20. Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
21. Birth Of The Cool - Miles Davis
22. Black Codes (From The Underground) - Wynton Marsalis
23. Conference Of The Birds - Dave Holland
24. Monk's Dream - Thelonius Monk
25. Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny
26. Maiden Voyage - Herbie Hancock
27. My Favorite Things - John Coltrane
28. Milestones - Miles Davis
29. Percussion Bitter Sweet - Max Roach
30. Return To Forever - Chick Corea
31. Midnight Blue - Kenny Burrell
32. Birds Of Fire - Mahavishnu Orchestra
33. Go - Dexter Gordon
34. Getz/Gilberto - Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
35. And His Mother Called Him Bill - Duke Ellington
36. The Real McCoy - McCoy Tyner
37. Romantic Warrior - Return To Forever
38. Elegant Gypsy - Al DiMeola
39. Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius
40. Moanin - Art Blakey
41. Night Hawk - Coleman Hawkins
42. Django - Modern Jazz Quartet
43. Now He Sings, Now He Sobs - Chick Corea
44. Spectrum - Billy Cobham
45. Supersonic Jazz - Sun Ra
46. Bird & Diz - Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie
47. Blue Train - John Coltrane
48. The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady - Charles Mingus
49. Mister Magic - Grover Washington Jr.
50. One Of A Kind - Bill Bruford
51. Bumpin' - Wes Montgomery
52. Miles Ahead - Miles Davis
53. Heavy Weather - Weather Report
54. Headhunters - Herbie Hancock
55. Where Have I Known You Before - Return To Forever
56. Empyrean Isles - Herbie Hancock
57. Cool Struttin' - Sonny Clark
58. The Great Summit - Duke Ellington/Louis Armstrong
59. Blues & Roots - Charles Mingus
60. Invitation To Openness - Les McCann
61. Rip, Rig & Panic - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
62. Soul Station - Hank Mobley
63. For Django - Joe Pass
64. Open Sesame - Freddie Hubbard
65. Hand Jive - John Scofield
66. Ezz-thetics - George Russell
67. Point Of Departure - Andrew Hill
68. Living Legend - Art Pepper
69. Byrd In Flight - Donald Byrd
70. Life Time - Tony Williams
71. Solo Flight - Charlie Christian
72. Takin' Off - Herbie Hancock
73. Karma - Pharoah Sanders
74. Back At The Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith
75. Study In Brown - Clifford Brown & Max Roach
76. Black Unity - Pharoah Sanders
77. Breezin' - George Benson
78. Solo Guitar - Ted Greene
79. Gateway - Dave Holland
80. Electric Guitarist - John McLaughlin
81. Infinity - McCoy Tyner
82. Play - Mike Stern
83. The Far East Suite - Duke Ellington
84. We Free Kings - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
85. Timeless - John Abercrombie
86. Secret Story - Pat Metheny
87. Out Of The Cool - Gil Evans
88. Pure Desmond - Paul Desmond
89. Upfront - David Sanborn
90. Arbour Zena - Keith Jarrett
91. Blues Dream - Bill Frisell
92. Return - Bill Connors
93. Mosaic - Art Blakey
94. Unit Structure - Cecil Taylor
95. Crossing - Oregon
96. Snide Remarks - Bill Stewart
97. Thembi - Pharoah Sanders
98. Plays W. C. Handy - Louis Armstrong
99. Spaces - Larry Coryell
100. Unity - Larry Young

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101. Blowin' Session - Johnny Griffin
102. The Elektric Band - Chick Corea
103. 1+1 - Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock
104. Hub Tones - Freddie Hubbard
105. Swing, Swang, Swingin' - Jackie McClean
106. This One's For Blanton - Duke Ellington & Ray Brown
107. Our Man In Paris - Dexter Gordon
108. I Can See Your House From Here - Pat Metheny & John Scofield
109. Straight No Chaser - Thelonious Monk
110. Chet - Chet Baker
111. Moonlighting - The Rippingtons
112. Sketches Of Spain - Miles Davis
113. Extrapolation - John McLaughlin
114. Caliente - Gato Barbieri
115. Aurora - Jean-Luc Ponty
116. The Next Step - Kurt Rosenwinkel
117. Ascension - John Coltrane
118. The Akoustic Band - Chick Corea
119. Bass On Top - Paul Chambers
120. Zawinul - Joe Zawinul
121. Jazz In Silhouette - Sun Ra
122. Undercurrents - Bill Evans & Jim Hall
123. Thrust - Herbie Hancock
124. Soapsuds - Ornette Coleman & Charlie Haden
125. School Days - Stanley Clarke
126. Workout - Hank Mobley
127. The Clown - Charles Mingus
128. Matador - Grant Green
129. El Hombre - Pat Martino
130. No Mystery - Return To Forever
131. Quiet - John Scofield
132. As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls - Pat Metheny
133. Out There - Eric Dolphy
134. Cabin Fever - Lenny Breau
135. Room For Squares - Hank Mobley
136. Characters - John Abercrombie
137. Timeagain - David Sanborn
138. You Must Believe In Spring - Bill Evans
139. Quartet - Gerry Mulligan
140. If Summer Had It's Ghosts - Bill Bruford
141. Letter From Home - Pat Metheny
142. Joes Blues - Joe Pass & Herb Ellis
143. Gateway - John Abercrombie & Dave Holland
144. Tenor Madness - Sonny Rollins
145. Trio 99-00 - Pat Metheny
146. Starfish & The Moon - Bill Evans
147. Tales From The Hudson - Michael Brecker
148. Journey To Love - Stanley Clarke
149. Crossings - Tom Saviano
150. The Sixteen Men Of Tain - Allan Holdsworth
151. Oh! - John Scofield
152. Prime Directive - Dave Holland
153. Avenue Blue - Jeff Golub
154. Time Is Of The Essence - Michael Brecker
155. Two Of A Mind - Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond
156. Magic Touch - Stanley Jordon
157. Seven & Seven - George Van Eps & Howard Alden
158. One Step Beyond- Jackie McLean
159. Their Time Was The Greatest - Louis Bellson
160. Whims Of Chambers - Paul Chambers
161. Sketchbook - John Patitucci
162. Stolen Moments - Lee Ritenour
163. Night Dreamer - Wayne Shorter
164. Barefoot Boy - Larry Coryell
165. Offramp -Pat Metheny
166. Hearsay - David Sanborn
167. Tom Cat - Tom Scott
168. Gateway 2 - John Abercrombie & Dave Holland
169. A Go Go - John Scofield
170. Enigmatic Ocean - Jean-Luc Ponty
171. Sonny Side Up - Sonny Rollins
172. Is What It Is - Mike Stern
173. Blowin' The Blues Away - Horace Silver
174. Step It - Bill Connors
175. Eastern Sounds - Yusef Lateef
176. Configuration - Sam Rivers
177. Round Midnight - Kenny Burrell
178. Hawk Flies High - Coleman Hawkins
179. Party Time - Arnett Cobb
180. Soliloquy - George Van Eps
181. Third Floor Richard - Ed Bickert
182. Inner Urge - Joe Henderson & McCoy Tyner
183. Left of Cool - Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
184. Feels Good To Me - Bill Bruford
185. Alone Together - Joseph Patrick Moore
186. King Of The Tenors - Ben Webster
187. Captain Fingers - Lee Ritenour
188. Haunted Heart - Charlie Haden
189. Multikulti - Don Cherry
190. Freedom Book - Booker Ervin
191. Between The Lines - Mike Stern
192. Nocturnal - Charlie Haden
193. A Show Of Hands - Victor Wooten
194. Page One - Joe Henderson
195. Ju Ju - Wayne Shorter
196. Combustication - Medeski, Martin & Wood
197. Blue & Sentimental - Ike Quebec
198. Thonk - Michael Manring
199. Show Me What You Can Do - Frank Gambale
200. Plectrist - Billy Bauer
201. West End Blues - Louis Armstrong




I just saw these picture's and I had to share it. Here is a brief description of what another blog had to say on it.

Critics say that hot fashion designer Giles Deacon's latest collection for Spring/Summer 2009 is fairly conservative for him and not as wacky or irreverent as his past fashion excursions. With more traditional silhouettes (there were exceptions), fabulous graphic colored camouflage patterns and trim, as well as streamlined solid colored double knit jersey dresses, he may actually be turning somewhat... dare I say it... wearable.

However, the styling and production of his Spring Summer 2009 runway show, the floor of which was painted with the familiar graphic imagery of the 80's video game pac man, was anything but conservative. In an homage to Midway's Pac Man video game, every few models to strut down the runway wore large metal headgear which emulated the pac man characters (with a little creative liberty, of course).

via - If its Hip Its Here




I just saw these picture's and I had to share it.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Musical Road in CA


I wonder if you were to drive on these roads in reverse would you here subliminal satanic messages written by Ozzy Osbourne? LoL

Shake Things Up



It usually takes a lot to impress me when it comes to programs on the internet. Wii has done that by creating a Ad so compelling it jumps at you grabs you by the collar and shakes you until you get the message that buying their product will probably be the best entertainment purchase you can make at a time when most games are tepid.

via -Youtube

Naughty At Night (Axe Commercial)



This is from the Agency: VEGA OLMO SPONCE (VOP) BRAND

via - GACA

I love the way the commercial works as a Dirty joke (the only thing you can expect from Axe commercials) but unlike most of their immature humor this one works because the punchline is actually unexpected.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The End of the Last Remnants of My Youth



I use to watch this show all the time in my late preteen - early teen years and it will be sorely missed.

Bobby Caldwell

"WHAT U WONT DO FOR LOVE"



"OPEN YOUR EYES"

Monday, September 22, 2008

Top 100 Hip Hop

I love Hip Hop and this list is like a checklist of CD's I either have to buy or already own. I will probably post up a jazz list in a few days

100 Best Rap Albums From The Source Magazine From Issue 100

A Tribe Called Quest- Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest- People's Instictive Travels and the Paths of Rythm
A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders
Above the Law- Livin' Like Hustlers
Beastie Boys- License to Ill
Beastie Boys- Paul's Boutique
Big Daddy Kane- Long Live the Cane
Big Daddy Kane- It's a Big Daddy Thing
Biz Markie- Goin' Off
Black Moon- Enta Da Stage
Black Sheep- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Bone Thugs and Harmony- Creepin' On Ah Come Up (EP)
Boogie Down Productions- Criminal Minded
Boogie Down Productions- By All Means Nessesary
Brand Nubian- All For One
Chill Rob G- Ride the Rythm
Common Sense- Resurrection
Cypress Hill- Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill- Black Sunday
Das EFX- Dead Serious
De La Soul- Three Feet High and Rising
De La Soul- De La Soul Is Dead
Diamond D- Stunts,Blunts and Hip-Hop
Digable Planets- Reachin'...
Digital Underground- Sex Packets
DJ Quick- Quick Is the Name
D.O.C.- No One Can Do It Better
Doug E. Fresh- World's Greatest Entertainer
Dr.Dre- The Chronic
Eazy E- Eazy Does It
Eric B. and Rakim- Paid in Full
Eric B. and Rakim- Follow the Leader
Eric B. and Rakim- Let the Rythm Hit'Em
EPMD- Strictly Business
EPMD- Unfinished Business
EPMD- Business as Usual
Fugees- The Score
Gang Starr- Step In The Arena
Gang Starr- Daily Operation
Genius/GZA- Liquid Swords
Geto Boys- Grip It! On That Other Level
Heavy D & The Boyz- Livin' Large
Ice Cube- Amerikkka's Most Wanted
Ice Cube- Death Certificate
Ice T- Original Gangster
Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince- He's the DJ, I'm The Rapper
Jay-Z- Reasonable Doubt
Jungle Brothers- Straight Out The Jungle
Jungle Brothers- Forces Of Nature
Just Ice- Kool and Deadly
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo- Road To Riches
KRS One- Return Of the Boom Bap
LL Cool J- Radio
LL Cool J- Bigger and Deffer
LL Cool J- Mama Said Knock You Out
Lord Finesse- Funky Technician
Main Source- Breakin' Atoms
MC Lyte- Lyte as a Rock
MC Shan- Down By Law
Mobb Deep- The Infamous
Naughty By Nature- Naughty By Nature
Nas- Illimatic
Nice and Smooth- Nice and Smooth
Notorious B.I.G.- Ready to Die
Notorious B.I.G.- Life After Death
NWA- Straight Outta Compton
Ol'Dirty Bastard- Return to the 36 Chambers
Onyx- Bacdafucup
Organized Confusion- Stress:the Extinction Agenda
Outcast- ATLiens
Pete Rock and CL Smooth- Mecca and the Soul Brother
Pharcyde- Bizzare Ride...II Pharcyde
Poor Righteous Teachers- Holly Intellect
Public Enemy- Yo! Bum Rush the Show
Public Enemy- It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Public Enemy- Fear Of a Black Planet
Queen Latifah- All Hail the Queen
Raekwon- Only Built For Cuban Linx
Redman- Whut Thee Album
Roots- Do You Want More?
Roots- Illadephalflife v.3
Run DMC- Run DMC
Run DMC- Raising Hell
Salt N Pepa- Hot, Cool and Viscious
Scarface- Mr. Scarface is Back
Schooly D- Saturday Night: the Album
Slick Rick- The Great Advantures Of Slick Rick
Smif N Wessun- Da Shinin'
Snoop Doggy Dogg- Doggystyle
Souls Of Mischief- 93 Till' Infinity
Special Ed- Youngest In Charge
Spice 1- Spice 1
Stestasonic- On Fire
3rd Bass- Cactus Album
Too Short- Born To Mack
Tupac- Me Against The World
Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
Whodini- Escape
Wu-Tang Clan- Enter the Wu-Tang
X-Clan- To the East Backwards

100 Best Singles

A Tribe Called Quest "Bonita Applebum"
A Tribe Called Quest "Check The Rhime"
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force "Planet Rock"
Audio Two "Top Billin"’
Beastle Boys "It’s The New Style/Paul Revere"
Big Daddy Kane "Raw"
Big Daddy Kane "Ain’t No Half Steppin"
Biz Markle "Nobody Beats The Biz"
Diz Markle "Vapors"
Black Sheep "The Choice is Yours"
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Thuggish Ruggish Bone"
Boogic Boys "Fly Girl"
boogle Down Productions "The Bridge Is Over"
Boogle Down Productions "My Philosophy"
Boogle Down Productions "I’m Still #1"
Brand Nublan "Slow Down"
Chubb Rock "Treat ‘Em Right"
Common "I Used To Love H.E.R."
Cralg Mack "Flava In Ya Ear"
Cypress Hill "How 1 Could Just Kill A Man"
Dane Dane "Nightmares"
Das ElrX "They Want EFX"
De La Soul "Plug Tunin’"
De La Soul "Buddy"
Dlgltal Underground "Humpty Dance"
Disco 3 "Fat Boys/Human Beat Box"
D.O.C. "it’s Funky Enough"
Doug E Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew "The Show/La-Di-Da-Di"
Dr. Dre "Deep Cover"
Dr. Dre "Nuthin’ But A G Thang"
EPMD "it’s My thing/A Customer"
EPMD "You Gots To Chill"
EPMD "So What Cha Sayin...
Eric B. and Rakim "Eric B. Is President/My Melody"
Eric 9. and Rakim "You Know 1 Got Soul"
.Fearless Four "Rockin’it"
Funky Four Plus One "It’s The Joint"
45 King "The 900 Number"
Gang Starr "Dwyck"
Geto Boys "My Mind’s Playing Tricks On Me"
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five "The Message"
Heavy D "Mr. Big Stuff"
Ice T "Six In The Morning"
Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince "Girls Ain’t Nothing But Tfouble"
Jeru the Damaja "Come Clean"
Jimmy Spicer "The Adventures Of Super Rhymes"
Jungle Brothers "Jimbrowski"
Just Ace "Latoya"
Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo "Road To The Riches"
Kurtis Blow "The Breaks"
LL Cool J "Rock The Bells"
LL Cool J "Jingling Baby (RMX)"
Main Source "Live At The Barbeque"
Margey Mari and The Juice Crew All Stars "The Symphony"
MC Breed "Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin"’
MC Eiht "Streiht Up Menace"
MC Lyte "I Cram To Understand U"
MC Shan "Beat Bitter/The Bridge"
Method Man "Bring The Pain"
Mobb Deep "Shook Ones Pt. 2"
Nas "The World Is Yours"
Naughty By Nature "0.P.P."
Nice & Smooth "Funky For You"
Notorious B.1.G. "Juicy/Unbelievable"
Notorious B.1.G. "One More Chance (RMX)"
N.W.A. "Straight Outta Compton"
H.W.A. "Fuck The Police"
011 Dirty Bastard "Brooklyn Zoo"
Pete Rock and CL Smooth "They Reminisce Over You"
Pharcyde "Passing Me By"
Public Enemy "You’re Gonna Get Yours/Rebel Without A Pause"
Public Enemy "Bring The Noise"
Public Enemy "Don’t Believe The Hype"
Rob Case and DJ EZ-Rock "It Takes Two"
Run-DMC "It’s like That/Sucker MCs"
Run-DMC "Rock Box"
Run-DMC "My Adidas/Peter Piper"
Salt N Pepa "Tramp/Push It"
Scarface "Never Seen A Man Cry"
Schoolly D "PSK What Does It Mean/Gucci Time"
Sir Mix-A-Lot "My Posse’s On Broadway"
Slick Rick "Children’s Story"
Slick Rick "Mona lisa/Hey Young World"
Snoop Dogqy Dogg "Gin & Juice"
Special Ed "I Got It Made"
Spoonle Gee and The Treacherous Three "The New Rap language"
Stetsasonic "Go Stetsa"
Sugar Hill Gang "Rapper’s Delight"
Super Lover Ccend Casanova Rud "Do The James"
T La Rock "it’s Yours"
Too Short "Life Is Too Short"
Treacherous Three "At The Party"
Tupac Shakur "I Get Around"
Ultramagnetic MCs "Ego Trippin"’
UTFO "Roxanne, Roxanne"
Whistle "We’re Only Buggin"
Whodini "Five Minutes of Funk"
Whodini "Friends"
Wu-Tang Clan "Protect Ya Neck/Method Man"
Wu-Tang Clan "C.R.E.A.M."

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fashion Week

I have been paying attention to Fashion Week this year more than ever before as a way to avoid paying attention to all the bad news coming out of Wall Street (its the Economy Stupid!!!). So here is a favorite of mine Carlos Miele.




I love fashion shows that take advantage of music to further their displaying of clothes. A friend of mines use to put on fashion show "events" in college. The theme the clothes was shown in would make the runway into live action display that would make the appreciation for the product palpable. The music becomes just as much a show piece of the collection as any other item made specifically to be used solely on the runway.

Here is another example of the atmosphere making the clothes better (this is of course done with million dollar budgets) Yves Saint Laurent.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Music Industry is Killing itself (or is it beating a Dead Horse)

Having spent half a year interning for a music marketing company I have learned a few things about the music industry.

*** WARNING *** These observations are based on a strict qualitative research techniques conducted between doing mail runs and updating email list.

1) People in the industry trade/download music just like everyone else.

2) People in the music industry are working hard as hell trying to squeeze water out of a rock.

3) Even people in the music industry think music was better than it is now ......Except lil Wayne and M.I.A they all love them.

***Probably because these two artist are the most effective rock squeezers out their right now.***

4) People In The Music Industry Are Scared Of Getting Fired!!!

5) People In The Music Industry Are Getting Fired Daily !!!

On top of that I read an article in Adage that in many ways sum's up perfectly what I observed but dare not say.


How the Music Business Spent the Summer Killing Itself

By Simon Dumenco

Published: September 08, 2008

A few weeks back, as I was having dinner with a media-industry colleague at a trendy restaurant in a trendy New York neighborhood, I realized that the music coming over the sound system was transporting me to another time -- specifically, 1986. As song after song by various "it" bands of the moment, such as Black Kids and the Virgins, played, it was as if we were listening to a time-warped or parallel-universe version of the "Pretty in Pink" soundtrack. Because really, the "it" sound of the moment would work seamlessly in just about any John Hughes movie circa the mid-'80s.

In fact, I suggested to my dinner companion that there might be a niche market in this: Somebody should create a soundtrack titled "Pretty in Pink 2: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the Movie That Never Got Made." (Same deal with "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles.") Of course, in the iTunes Age, the conventional wisdom is that nobody buys albums anymore -- but they do buy compilations. (Witness the continuing global success of the "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise; the latest U.S. "Now" compilation, the 28th in the series, was released in June and went platinum last month.)

As it happens, my colleague ended up buying "Partie Traumatic," Black Kids' debut CD, on iTunes. He doesn't really read music criticism, so he didn't know -- and wouldn't have cared -- that Rolling Stone and The Guardian loved the record or that Pitchfork hated it. He just really liked the Black Kids song we heard over dinner ("I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You"), got hooked and became a customer.

All of that got me thinking about the economics of music discovery, whether by hearing new music in a restaurant, in a movie theater or on the internet. Speaking of which, the deeply troubled music industry, rather astonishingly, has been spending its summer making it harder for music fans to encounter new music online. Last month, for instance, Muxtape, which I raved about in this column when it launched earlier this year, went dark. Created by former college-radio DJ Justin Ouellette, the hipster favorite made it simple for music fans to create virtual mix tapes -- short lists of songs your friends (and other Muxtape users) could listen to but not download, because Muxtape used streaming technology. (Muxtape, in fact, offered links to Amazon's MP3 store to make it easy for users to buy songs they had just heard.) But now, a simple, sad message appears on the Muxtape home page: "Muxtape will be unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA" -- the Recording Industry Association of America. A brief period? We'll see.

Likewise, the hugely popular internet radio station Pandora is "approaching a pull-the-plug kind of decision," as founder Tim Westergren told The Washington Post, because the federal government, prompted by the music industry, doubled the "performance-royalty" rate that internet radio stations must pay (to record companies) to stream music -- twice as much as satellite radio. Traditional terrestrial radio stations, mind you, don't have to pay performance royalties: They pay only publishing royalties to songwriters. The new internet-radio royalty rates kicked in as of July, and they threaten to kill not just Pandora but the rest of the fledgling internet-radio market.

Meanwhile, we're seeing artists and labels pulling music from iTunes in hopes of juicing album sales. Warner, for instance, just pulled Estelle's entire album "Shine" from iTunes because it didn't want fans to be able to buy just its ubiquitous hit single, "American Boy" (featuring Kanye West). It's kind of sweetly principled that Estelle -- and/or the suits at Warner -- think that "Shine" is a complete work of art that must be purchased in its entirety and then presumably listened to from start to finish. Principled but idiotic -- and the proof is that "Shine" and "American Boy" are both now in freefall on the Billboard charts. (Your neighborhood drug dealer wouldn't do so well either if he forced all his customers to buy in bulk.)

All in all, it's been a depressing summer for the delusional record industry. We're seeing a total disconnect between labels' unrealistic, old-school revenue expectations and what the market can bear. On the streaming-music front in particular, the sad reality is that advertising revenue isn't, and may never be, there to fully support the music industry's wishful-thinking profit margins.

As Advertising Age Editor Jonah Bloom said to me last week, labels "can't help looking at what they used to earn from a big band's latest release and wondering why they can't score that. ... The trick is to get your costs in line with your anticipated sales based on current revenue rather than former revenue."

But the music industry, stuck obsessing about exactly that -- former revenue -- would prefer that you only listen to music when and where they want you to. And that's no way to figure out the path to future revenue.


This article sums up the biggest thing I have noticed while working in the music industry

6) The Music industry is inflated with too many workers trying to make it big like Russel Simmons or Tommy Mottola.

Their is not enough money for that many music Fat cats especially when the original Fat Cats are still around. The Best model I have seen so far is the label system used by Daptone Records. Produce great music and market it directly to music lovers because real lovers of music (not other labels) will pay for your music if they repect the content.

Crappy Cat - The Game



This game is great. This game to me feels like what Hello Kitty would look like if it was created by Genndy Tartakovsky and Mike "Hellboy" Mignola.

via - Crappy Cat

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Quantum of Solace meet Coke Zero / Renaissance

I can't wait for the new James Bond film so here is a commercial for Coke Zero which uses the instrumental track the New Film.



This instrumental track from the film score is a preview of White's anticipated duet with Keys, "Another Way To Die," which we're eager to hear after the White Stripes frontman broke down the collaboration this way through a statement:


--------------------------Renaissance------------------------





Also because I think this movie is genius in its design here is a small clip of the film Renaissance. A lot of people don't know about this film but I feel its a classic waiting for mainstream recognition.



LINK

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Political Pokemon



This is the most creative thing i have seen come out in forever!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Q-Tip - Gettin Up



Reminds of something j Dilla would Produce. I do Like it a lot though.

Panos 2013: Fake Street Signs



I saw this today and was very impressed by it. I wonder would NYC be willing to sponser something like this similar to the way the city has sponsered other outdoor art events like the waterfalls and the gates in Central Park.

Another benefit of a project like Panos would be the decentralization of the artwork. I know many people who are New Yorker's who never saw the Gates in Central Park and have no plans to go see the waterfalls up close. A project like this would spread the creativity around the city and might inspire the truly die hard art fans to travel around the city searching for the many seperate art projects in order to witness them for themselves.

a collaborative project that takes the work of artists from around the world, in the form of fake road signs, and turns the streets of Lyon, France into an enormous gallery without walls.

The round red and white signs look enough like real European traffic signs that you might take them for granted, but weird enough if you notice them to make you stop and think.

This project has a delightful sense of humor, lots playful absurdity and a wonderful scale.

Panos 2013 is the second edition of this project. You can have a look at the first edition in the Panos 2004 section.

via - Panos



The only difference I would make on the whole project is the coloring of the Ad's by coloring it something like light green or purple the chance of it being mistaken as anything other than Art would be significantly lower. The idea of a commuter trying to decipher the art as a road sign would have to be a concern to the who would have to plan it.

More Examples of the Art From This Years Exhibition






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