Monthly Archives: July 2013

Way. Too. Much. Hop. Volume One.

GRILLZ

So about a month ago I needed to take a break from this dubstep mix I’ve been working on for way too long…and for whatever reason, I decided to break it up with going into some hip-hop, which I’d been randomly listening to non-stop for a week or so.  I proceeded to go through my entire library (all 2.5TB’s) and pick out a selection of tunes based around hip-hop in the sub-genres of gangster rap, R&B, underground hip-hop, trip-hop, glitch-hop, and head-hop (like Prefuse 73, etc.).  By the time I was done going through all this music, I had something like 150+ tracks picked out – obviously way too many for a mix.  Whatever, I decided to go for it anyways.

Through a complete process of randomly choosing tracks, I tossed a bunch together, finding as many seques from these albums as I could to add some comedy, and ended up with an almost 2.5hr mix.  At that point, I decided that was enough.  Anyways, if you enjoy rap/hip-hop, and the sub-genres that follow, you might get a kick out of this nonsense.

Sirius Sanuk’s ‘Thug In My Nug Vol. One” is able to be streamed here:
http://www.mixcloud.com/skoisirius/sirius-sanuks-thug-in-my-nug-volume-one/

and downloaded here (by right clicking and hitting Save As):
http://datachurch.com/subs/skoisirrius/Sirius%20Sanuk’s%20Hip-Hop%20Marathan%20Volume%20One.mp3

Thanks again to Datachurch.com for hosting the mix, as Soundcloud’s annoying copyright protection algorithm banned this one from the get go!

Ah yes, specifically for the blog post, I decided to type out the whole tracklisting, in case anyone actually cares to know:

1.  Handsome Boy Modeling School – Look At This Face (Oh My God They’re Gorgeous)
2.  The Clonious – Fogged Spacesuit (Album Version)
3.  Andre 3000 Segue
4.  The Notorious B.I.G. – The World Is Filled (feat. Too Short & Puff Daddy)
5.  Sir-Mix-A-Lot – Posse On Broadway (206 Represent!!)
6.  Mariah Carey – Breakdown (feat. Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony)

7.  Andre 3000 Segue
8.  Roots Manuva – Witness (1 Hope)
9.  Warren G – ’94 Ho Draft
10.  504 Boyz – I Can Tell
11.  Devin The Dude – Reefer & Beer
12.  Warren G – Gangsta Sermon
13.  Geto  Boys – Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangster
14.  Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber
15.  Portishead – It Could Be Sweet
16.  Prefuse 73 – Silence (Interlude)
17.  Dj Krush – What’s Behind Darkness
18.  Andre 3000 Segue
19.  Pras – Ghetto Superstar (feat. Mya & Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
20.  Whatha Want To Do Segue
21.  Too Short – Cocktales
22.  Snoop Doggy Dogg – Lodi Dodi
23.  Niggaz & White Girls Interlude
24.  Tyrese – Sweet Lady
25.  Outkast – 13th Floor (Growing Old)
26.  Snoop Dogg’s Moment Of Silence
27.  Machinedrum – Uptown
28.  The Wizard – I Got
29.  Mo Thugs Family – Ghetto Cowboy
30.  Ja Rule – Put It On Me
31.  Notorious B.I.G. Fuckin’
32.  Brotha Lynch Hung – Rest In Piss
33.  Busta Rhymes – What’s It Gonna Be?! (feat. Janet Jackson)
34.  N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S.B.I.G.
35.  Madlib – Montara
36.  Digable Planets – Graffiti
37.  Radio W Ballz
38.  Andre 3000 – A Day In The Life Of Andre Benjamin

There ya have it folks.  Expect at least one (or two) more of these escapades before the summer’s out.  Oh yah, FYI: I wouldn’t put this on with your kids around.

Injoy!

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‘Cloud Atlas’ Is Not To Be Missed, In Either Format.

 

Living in the sticks of California usually during the summers in the States, I am quite often fairly out of touch of the world of what’s coming out soon as far as films, as it’s not something I keep up on as much as music, and we usually don’t get all the great options bigger cities get when films do make it out to the small theaters around the small town I live in.

Some time in the early fall a friend of mine (can’t remember whom at the moment) mentioned this film coming out soon that they were excited about.  From the trailer they had seen it seemed like a flick that would be right up my interests alley, with bits of action, sci-fi, and a thick story, from what they could tell.  What was even more intriguing was the fact that each main actor in the film played a number of roles, something that is not often done in cinema.  The name of the film was ‘Cloud Atlas‘.  I immediately looked it up when I returned back to my shed, and was instantaneously excited, as far as I can remember, last year was pretty dull as far as films in my opinion (though I need to go back over some lists and see what else came out to see if I missed anything).

Upon doing some research on the film, I found out that not only did it have a stunning cast including Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, and more, they all in fact do play multiple roles throughout the entire film – a few of them up to seven different characters!  Beyond the great cast, the film has three directors (rare!) with Tom Tykwer (well known for Run Lola Run) originally spearheading the project, and the brilliant Wachowski Brothers stepping in to co-write the screenplay, and eventually co-directing the film, thankfully, as they definitely helped shape the final transition from book to screen exceptionally well (especially in the story of Sonmi-451).

Fast forward to the end of October, and thankfully ‘Cloud Atlas’ was given a wide enough release that it made it out to Grass Valley.  As soon as I had the chance I went to check it out.  With a running time of nearly 3 hours at 172 minutes (in the States – in China 39 minutes were cut out due to nudity, and specific conversations, which I would be curious which ones), I knew I was in for somewhat of a ride.  These days when I’m about to shell out $10 – $12 for a film, I’m usually down for it to be at least 2 hours long, if not longer.

From beginning to end, I was captivated by the extremely thick dialogue spanning across six different eras throughout time, and with this dialogue, each era being vividly represented by stunning set design, locations, and cinematography overall.  Along with this blast of thick visions of the past, present, and future, comes the continual complete change of character by each actor and actress, adding an odd array of conceptuality to the film.  The makeup and costuming is done so well, that until the end of the film, you don’t fully realize just how often the actors and actresses are changing form through the six eras of time, though a few of the characters it’s extremely obvious, as it’s not easy to change a South Korean into an Irish redhead.

Being a huge geek and sci-fi fan, the story surrounding Sonmi-451 for me was potentially my favorite piece of six inside the movie.  Set in Neo Seoul, 2144, the Wachowski Brothers shine throughout this segment, with stunning visuals, spot on acting from Hugo Weaving (a favorite of theirs) and Doona Bae, and an overall post-apocalyptic concept that any fan of Philip K. Dick or Stanley Kubrick will absolutely love.  I could personally see this portion of the film being taken as a side project and expanded upon, but I doubt this will end up happening.

Even though I was fully captivated the entire length of the film, the moment it closed I was already longing for…something…more…yet, I hadn’t a clue what, or why I felt this way.  I felt fulfilled by the film and was taken aback by how the directors had chosen to take six periods of time, and completely shuffle them up to a random point of confusion, yet somehow bring it all back around in the end.  Even then, something was still missing.  Having not known the film was adapted to the screen from a novel, the longing started to make sense.  Had I know this, I more than likely would have attempted to finish the novel before seeing the film.  That said, I went out in search of the book and found it a month or so later, after continually thinking about how blown away I was by this film over and over.

FILM GRADE: A-

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I’m now sitting here in a brilliant little Belgian owned cafe in lower Mcleod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh named Illiterati, where I will trade off my copy of Cloud Atlas, the novel, that I just finished (finally) yesterday.  The sun is setting on the Dhauladhar Range, topping the snowed in peaks of the mountains with a psychedelic orange pinkish hue, letting me once realize just how incredibly thick and expansive, lovely and frightful, and all the time dream-like this life really is.  (Author’s Note: I started this post while I was in India a few months back.  It’s now a few months later, and it’s finally getting posted, but technically, I’m not in India anymore…though I did want to leave this part in.)

This is relevant to this blog post on Cloud Atlas in every which way.

Now that I’ve finished the novel, the longing I felt after seeing the film has worn off as all the holes that they weren’t able to fit into almost 3 hours have been filled.  Reading the book brings you a new, deeper perspective into these six different time periods, and the depth of which each of the main characters within hold while spanning over the 500 or so years that take place as you read.  Without providing too many details here (as the whole goal of this post is to get YOU to read the book and watch the film!), you start to notice subtle differences between the comet-marked souls gliding through time, and how they hold similar stances on life, but continue to evolve as time moves on, with each different life presenting new obstacles and situations to grow from, eventually, gathering enough experience to be completely content with oneself as it rises and falls to the challenge presented.

The stories are written from all sorts of angles including a diary, letters written to a lover, a novel of an account that actually happened written from a different perspective, a last testament before succumbing to capitol punishment, a novel written in the first person, and a tale of life passed down to some children from an elder.  I’ve never read anything like it.

NOVEL GRADE: A

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The comparison between the two lies in that strange void between so many novels made into movies, yet with the film in this case sticking as true to the novel as those behind it possibly could.  The fact of the matter is that transforming a novel into a film is not an easy task, and most novels when turned into films, if done perfectly, would spit out a four to six hour flick.  We all know most audiences won’t sit through something so long, so the filmmakers have to do what they can to shrink the story while still hitting you with as much important relevant information as possible.

I saw the film before reading the novel, and constantly through I knew there was more to the story than what I was seeing in front of my face.  Towards the end of the film I was craving more depth, and at the end I just sat in my seat, reflecting on how incredible the body of work was, but how this was definitely one of those films where I would have to read the novel to fill my craving for more.

What I am about to say is something that I rarely say, but in the case of Cloud Atlas – WATCH THE FILM FIRST.  Get your mind blown with it’s stunning cinematography (in the scenes from the past) and visual effects (in the scenes from the future), set and costume design, and overall homage to the novel.  If you truly enjoyed it, I urge you to read the novel, to fill in some of the gaps with pure information, written at you in a very different creative manner.

Both the film and the novel come at you in movements, just like a classical piece of music, one could say, just like the Cloud Atlas Sextet itself.

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A Random Sunday Night Tequila Tasting…

3TFound myself over at a fine tequila loving hippie’s house the other night, as we randomly decided to go for a little vertical tasting of the bottles he happened to have lying around.  Below you will find the tasting notes for each of these wonderful products:

: Manana Anejo :
http://tequilamanana.com/

 Appearance:  Very light straw golden pour.

Nose: Very rounded nose, hints of subtle pines, butter, tender agave, and vanillad oak.  Overall, it’s extremely smooth.  In the very back end of the nose there is a tiny element of booze, letting you know it’s there, but making sure you also know how refined this product is.

Palate: Again, extremely smooth overall.  Light hints of butter blended with tip of the tongue.  It’s not anagave and hints of cacti in general.  There is a spice prevalent, but is well built in to the entire flavor, which is refined so well, that it’s fairly amazing for the price of this bottle, which sits around $50 in California.

Finish: You receive a light caramel based blast and finally the peppery spice you’re used to with a tequila becomes present and sits around the tip of the tongue.  It’s not an overwhelming finish, but it’s polite, and compliments the rest of the drink.  Good stuff here.

Overall: 17/20 : This particular Anejo provides a clear look into how smooth an excellent tequila can really be.  If you’re looking for something not too daring, as in spicey, in the fine tequila depart, that won’t blow a hole in your pocket, this is a fine option.  Great enough to definitely not make with a mixed drink, the Manana is something to be served straight and enjoyed slowly to soak in the flavors of refinement.

: Oro Azul Anejo :

Appearance: Light straw with a hint of maple.

Nose: On first pour out of bottle you receive a huge blast of pepper spice, almost daunting in the nose.  Pepper pepper pepper.  After we let the sample sit for 20 minutes, it mellows out into smelling more like a light sugar cane with some hint of a steely presence.  And it’s not a bad thing, rather enjoyable at that.

Palate: The pepper you get from the nose moves to the back end, we’ll discuss that more in the palate section.  The body of the Oro has somewhat of a refined maple syrup aspect buried beneath the layers of pepper that continually hits you over and over.  It’s almost difficult to gain much of anything else from this on the palate except pepper.  What’s interesting is that if you let the sip sit on your tongue, it’s nothing but smooth, but once it’s pepper for days.

Finish: White pepper.  Lots of white pepper.  Hints of spicey nuts that last all the way down the throat.  There’s elements of the soft agave in there, but it’s fairly buried underneath the spice.  A pour right from the bottle sampled is almost the exact opposite, flaunting the buttery fruit elements over the pepper.

Overall: 16/20 : There is more of a complexity than refinement to this than the Manana.  If you let this product sit our and oxygenate for 20+ minutes, it will actually develop other properties, where the Manana sits as it does.  This particular product has elements of different classifications of tequila all smashed in to one bottle.  Bang for your buck – this is a great choice.

: Clase Azul Reposado :
http://www.claseazul.com/

Appearance: Comparatively to the other products, there is the golden straw color, but also present is a deeper amber hue.

Nose: Rich.  Rich.  On the nose you’re going to smell plums, soft agave, refined sugar, and maplely soft cola nut aspect.  There is no burn.  It’s just happiness.

Palate: Soft sugary agave up front.  The body is smooth.  You don’t even want to swallow.  Let it sit on your palate.  There is no burn here either.  It’s like pouring maple syrup right out there tree, that’s been refined to the finest extent, so that no bi-product is able to pass into the flavors, making it as simple and perfect as possible.  Hints of vanilla, cognac, and sherry are all present, but undeniably built so well into the body that you can’t really pick apart all the different flavors.  It’s a blend, it’s amazing.

Finish: Ultra smooth, hints of nuts on the almond tip with maple buried underneath.  Butterscotch.  There’s elements of vanilla from the oak, but no oak.  Elements of cognac, but no burn.  It’s hard to wrap your brain around how perfect this product is, but, it just is.  Candied sugar.  Almost a hat’s off to the perfection the Belgian’s reach with their candied sugared beers.  Fantastic.

Overall: 19/20 : This is in a class of it’s own.  It sits in cognac, sherry, and bourbon barrels for a while before being blended into it’s refined smooth presentation you get when you pour it from the bottle.  At an asking price of around $90 in California, this is definitely one of the more intriguingly perfect bottles of tequila you can buy for this price.  Excellence at it’s best.  I highly suggest doing some further reading on this particular product.  It’s one of the world’s best, and for specific barrel-aging reasons.  They let this sit in sherry, cognac, and bourbon barrels before blending them all and bottling it for the shelf.  Not many other tequila’s go that far in geekery to achieve this excellent of a flavor.  Each bottle is hand-painted and number, complete with a ringing bell as the cork!  Get this when you can afford it!!

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The above photo provides a clearer look at the appearance of each pour.  Not too much variation, but the extra barrel aging on the Clase Azul definitely shows up in the color.

This concludes my first tequila write up…I hope this inspires some fine drinking, and if any of you have another fine tequila recommendation, please send it over!  Can e.Mail me directly at: skoinfinite @ gmail dot com .  Thanks!

3Tdrunky

Ciao!

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RūdElgin Drops A New Heavy Hitter: RūdE Moods Vol 2

Well well well…it’s been way too long since any info has been pushed through this blogspace…once again.  On that note, here’s a quick lick of information regarding so BASS.  And some heavy BASS at that.

The old homie Elgin Hakala just dropped a new heavy hitting dubstep mix of the most excellent kind.  Deep, dark, agressive, and airy, completely with not a lick of cheesey Americanized falsestep whatsoever.  Having not heard a mix from Elgin in a while, I was extremely excited to see him toss out a mix of the exact same type of true grimey dubstep that I’ve been into for the past couple years.

With an incredible tracklist mixed to keep your body in the groove, this one will be loved by anyone into the deeper side of the step…fans of Kryptic Minds, Biome, DJ Madd, Truth, Versa & Rowl, Osiris Music, Deep Heads, etc will absolutely love this business.  GET IT.

Lights down, heads up, this one’s a percy and it’s for download at Elgin’s Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/rudelgin/rudemoodsvol2

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