Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ahmir "Questlove"Thompson of The Roots

I can not summarize this person in one small paragraph or blurb. It's impossible but I will do my best. He has signature drumsticks that he uses yet has made his afro and pick silhouette is his signature. The man is an american drummer playing most notably for his work with The Roots. He is a music historian and record collector, band leader, record producer and DJ and quite the sneaker fashionista. The picture below is of my friend, Fred Padua, rocking a pair of his Air Force 1s (notice the afro silhouette on the tongue tag). He has done more work with more people than I would care to mention but here is a set of 6 videos, no related to each other, that show Questo at his best. From drum style and record collecting, to the 3rd stage of his career as leader of the house band of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. These videos take a glimpse into the more personal side of his life. They portray ?uestlove for who he really is more so than just what he does behind the kit. I have too much respect for this guy, that's really all that can be said.

P.S. the last video shows one of my favorite comedians, Zach Galifianakis, in a video for a song called "Not About Love" from Fiona Apple.... Little known fact, that's Quest on the drums.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

CD TRADER

For the past few months I have been scowering all the records stores in San Antonio. Everything from the more well known Youth Alternatives, Imagine, Aardwolf and Hogwild to of course stumbling upon the flea markets, Goodwills and garage sales. Then comes CD TRADER. Hidden away in a small shopping center on the North East side of town, CDT is about 2000 sq ft of rock, metal and punk history. Extremely rare LPs line the walls along with all kinds of metal and punk memorabilia you never thought you would see with your own eyes. CDs and vinyl fill the majority of the store from virtually any well known or not so well known rock out fit. If its rock related and you want it, he probably has it or can get it for you. Both used and new pressing from defunct and currently touring local bands, foreign release, fan club release, boot leg, you name it, owner Rick Ireland has it and most likely has a story for you about it. This is definitely a must see for musical treasure hunters and is not necessarily a diggers dream but more a collectors paradise.

CD TRADER
10724 Perrin Beitel, San Antonio, TX 78217
(210) 590-0045
Rick Ireland - OWNER

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Safari B

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Ari Marcopoulos

Ari Marcopoulos was born in 1957 in Amsterdam. He is a photographer and filmmaker, living and working in New York and California. Ari began his career in New York City assisting Andy Warhol. He transplants himself into the intimate lives of people living on the edge very well. He focuses on subcultures of American youth such as artists, snowboarders, musicians and skateboarders. His wildly chosen landscapes and playful portraiture offer a dramatic take on every day urban life, and a glimpse into all things underground. Take a look.
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Monday, December 19, 2011

World's Best Boss

It has been 8 months now and it lingers over my head as if I worked at Dunder Mifflin. I still can't believe it is true. I dont want to accept it. Where can things go from here that will make things right?

"Michael Scott," hands down, has been the most influential sitcom character of the past decade. He defines what we've come to see as an American stereotypical babbling boss. He is totally unqualified to hold any type of position, yet he holds the authority figure managerial spot. The whole joke is that he's on top with no explanation and no climbing-the-ladder backstory of how he got there, with the exception of a few 1980's pics of him as a long haired paper salesman. Not that one was influenced by the other, but Will Ferrell has played a similar successful part in a few movies if you think about it. In Talladega Nights, he played Ricky Bobby, in Semi Pro he played Jackie Moon, in Blades of Glory, he played Chazz Michael Michaels and in the Anchorman, he played Ron Burgandy. All complete goofs whose power is how in love they are with their delusions, driving them right to the top. Michael Scott left us with plenty of memories that make us shake our heads in disbelief yet wish he was still our boss, or at the very least our friend. Most viewers wouldn't ever known it was his charm and not whitlessness that kept us watching, and then came his departure.

Dwight said it best, "I've given up expecting Michael to do the right thing, or the decent thing, or even the comprehensible thing." But seeing the scene where all the cast members sing to Michael was utterly gut wrenching and touching to the core. The last 3 episodes before his departure contained some of the writers best scenes in the history of the show. It was one thing when he pulls of the best proposal in history, complete with a candle light shower from the fire sprinklers, but another when a song about his minutes spent at Dunder Mifflin ultimately humanizes him. He gave all his clients to Andy, a heartfelt recommendation letter to Dwight, a tearful moment with Jim in his office, a silent scene in the airport with Pam. He truly was the best boss in the world. (Cue the tears!)

In the old days, when a star left a still-thriving hit show, they'd celebrate by killing the character off. But The Office writers and cast decided to let Michael Scott go in a more permanently shocking and surprising way: they made him normal. Since we're talking about Michael Scott, "normal" might be stretching it, obviously. The development of Michael as a full-fledged human being was all too late. You even halfway believe he's taking a brave step into maturity by moving out to Colorado. His fiance couldn't be more perfect for him.

Where will The Office take the story from here? Carell's exit was symbolic and a typically awesome highlight from yet another perfectly great season of this incredible show.

Thank you for everything, Steve. Your performances through the years have been nothing short of extraordinary. It's been a ride of a life time! And yes, that's what she said.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Nice Kicks X New Balance 1500 Release Party

Last night, I attended the midnight launch in Austin, for the Nice Kicks x New Balance 1500. The Nice Kicks Team had a great turn out with plenty of people there for the shoe plus campers waiting for their Christmas Lebrons and NERF KDs to be released the next day. Drinks were flowing and they had a nice vegan food truck serving prepaid tacos and burgers with a free ticket from the shop. Anyway, these kicks have grey honey buck, red branding, and 3M accents that set off their first collaboration with New Balance. The model shoe they chose was inspired by owner, Matt Halfhill's interest in the Porsche x Mercedes Benz 500E collaboration and the coloring tie directly back to the Nice Kicks branding. All in all, these 1500s look great in a mix of high quality suede and leathers. Instant classic!!!

Nice Kicks x New Balance 1500
$150 BUY NOW

Nice Kicks
2815 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78705


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