Category Archives: music

Kashmere Stage Band

Kashmere Stage Band

A frequent conversation with the Mrs. is centered around the lack of R&B/Soul bands that are around these days. Besides Mint Condition or The Roots, who is there? Anybody? Anybody?

This article about the Kashmere Stage Band rocked me. A high school band that produced some of the best music of its day. HIGH SCHOOL! What I would not give to get my kid involved in a soul band. Where can I send him or her to a funk bass master to learn a groove. Or to work with a master R&B song arranger. Not in high school for sure.

I think most cities (Atlanta and Charlotte probably more than others) have a few house bands that make the local circuit. But where are the national bands? Not even national, but one that has at least the same level of recognition as a Eric Roberson or Dwele. Where are thee?

It truly is a shame that the knowledge of funk and soul that had it’s heyday in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s did not carryover into the 90’s and the aughts. Confunkshun, EWF, The Gap Band, Parliament, Cameo, The Commodores. Where are your children? Did they not follow in your footsteps?

Was it rap and hip hop? The drum machine? Cheap keyboards (although quite a few have worked wonders with them)? Where did the love go?

We need a revival! Everything that is old will be new again. I just wonder in what part of the country will it start. Probably in some out of the way place like Oklahoma or Seattle. I can’t wait for the day.

SQL Swagger

twiter_01On Friday, the #songsincode tag was making its way around the Twitterverse. I came up with one that I thought was pretty cool. Can you guess which song this is:

select count(1) from corner_folk 
where swagger > (select swagger from corner_folk 
where name = "us"); 
0 rows returned;

Musical Renaissance Man

If I were a musician that had a lot of talent and about 10 years younger and didn’t have all the responsibilities of being a father & husband and had decided to not go into computer science and moved to Detroit and grew some dreads, then I would be Dwele! Do yo thang bruh!

Buzz Aldrin, Snoop, and Talib

Check out my GeekDad post on the latest hip hop artist to hit the scene:

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/06/who-knew-buzz-aldrin-hip-hop-legend/

Last Emperor – Secret Wars, Part 1

The hotness…

Anybody know where I can get an MP3 for this?

See What Those Kids In NY Started

I love hip hop!

Worldwide y’all!

Big ups to my homey Dave Clarke for lighting the way on this one…

Enough! An Open Letter To Rollertime Skating

"Lawd knows I'm tired" - Sofia, The Color Purple

"Lawd knows I'm tired" - Sofia, The Color Purple

Not really a nerd topic, but it’s my blog!

Yesterday, we took the family skating. Now, we have been to Rollertime before, but yesterday I was a little disturbed. The music selection was absolutely horrendous! More than 80% of the kids there were under the age of 11, but you would have thought this was adult skate.

Sure, they played the clean version, but we all know you can get the gist of a song. From Lil’ Wayne’s piranaha-biting-self on Keri Hilson’s “Turnin’ Me On” to Soulja Boy’s “Donk”, it was little kid freakfest up in there! Your girl Gina has WhatAboutOurDaughters, we need to expand this to WhatAboutOurKidsMinds…

Here is the text of a letter I dropped in the mail today. Makes me want to open my own place. There a lot of hands making money off of this ignorance!


Rollertime Management:

Yesterday, my family attended a skate session at Rollertime. Our family enjoys skating and we try to make it out to the skating rink at least once a month. While we did enjoy ourselves yesterday, my wife and I do have one complaint: the choice of some of the songs.

I am an African American in my 30’s. I enjoy the music of today as much as the music of yesterday (well I enjoy yesterday’s much more). However, with the number of kids that were present yesterday, there were quite a few songs played that were just not appropriate for that age group.

For example, Soulja Boy’s “Donk”. That song is just plain horrible. With lyrics like: I See Dat Apple Bottom Hangin Out Dat G-Strang.

You cannot go much lower to get into the gutter. There were very young children present yesterday; skating their hearts out, repeating Soulja Boy’s trashy lyrics over and over and over.

Yes, the song has catchy beat. Yes, the kids probably listen to that type of music at home already. But, my kids don’t. And when we come out to the skating rink to have a nice time, it is sad that we have to listen to songs that degrade women, have an overt focus on sex, or glorify thug life, all in the name of having a good time. The state of “popular” music today is one to be lamented, but it would be nice if Rollertime did not promote such destructive music to young kids.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not asking that the music selection go to a Disney format or that anyone should play songs from those atrocious KidsBop CDs. I love hip-hop; my kids love hip-hop. But there is more to hip-hop than what is in the Top 10 list on Billboard or iTunes. There are plenty of songs that are popular today that do not focus on such negative themes.

I would implore you and by extension through you, your DJs, to take a more active role in reviewing and understanding exactly what is played through your speakers during the afternoon hours of your Saturday sessions (12pm – 6pm). Read the lyrics. Think about what they are really saying. Please do not contribute to the desensitization of our young kids to mature material. I don’t believe that it does society any good to have a five year old belting out, “She gotta donk, watch it hit the floor.” Again, with today’s most popular artists and music, finding those songs will be difficult. But doing the right thing is not always easy.

Wat-chu-talkin-about-Willis?!?

Hilarity! There are some really creative people in the world…

Found while browsing Boing Boing

Where rocket-propelled grenades are fired

I have had a hard time finding new and fresh music. I love me some iTunes as I truly hated having to buy a whole album full of crap to get one or two new songs. So it was with a big smile of appreciation I stumbled upon this article on NPR about K’Naan the Somalian rapper.

I’ve longed believed that hip hop needed a good dose of freshness. From the samples on the NPR page, this is exactly what I’m talking about. I’ll have to keep an eye out for when K’Naan’s latest tracks drop for purchase.

And from the article, here’s K’Naan’s take on American gangsta rappers:

“For us, it’s more a source of entertainment. It’s more like a comedy or something we watch. Say, ‘Oh wow, that’s kind of cute of American gangsters.’ But it isn’t hardcore, it isn’t that bad. Let’s get things in perspective, you know?”

Hilarious!