21 September 2009

Playlist of the Day



1. Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind featuring Alicia Keys
2. Mike Posner - Still Not Over You featuring Eric Holljes
3. LMFAO - Yes
4. Inoj - My Boo (At Night I Think of You)
5. Jadakiss - By Your Side
6. Ocean's 7 - Vegas Baby
7. Sunshine Anderson - Heard It All Before
8. Lil' Wayne - Ms. Officer featuring Bobby Valentino
9. G-Unit - Wanna Get to Know Ya
10. Kid CuDi - Soundtrack 2 My Life
11. Murs - Silly Girl featuring Joe Scudda
12. Ryan Leslie - I-R-I-N-A
13. N.W.A. - Boyz-N-The Hood
14. The Norotious B.I.G. - Dead Wrong
15. Wale - Pretty Girls
16. Koffee Brown - After Party
17. Teddy Pendergrass - Close the Door
18. Pac Div - For You

17 September 2009

Loudness



So, between all the classes, moving, shaking, hustling, and bustling, I have been hard at work trying to book talent for a large concert sometime during the fall semester. The last two semesters at Colby College have been awful in terms of bringing popular musical acts to campus. Let's see-- last fall semester we had a washed up, wayy overpriced band called Cake perform one of the worst concerts in history. I mean it was badd. Oh Lord that was not a good look. Then, this past spring semester we had Guster do a show... Guster. Don't get me wrong, I'm not throwing any shade on Guster. But, while I respect their musical talent, I do not believe they are the best option for college entertainment.

But I digress. Back to my original point. I have been contacting agents for booking and scheduling and all that jazz, which is actually pretty cool. These people are relatively accessible and are a great resource to have if you are ever interested in booking talent for an event you might be organizing. So anyways, I am lining up a couple of artists, who I believe would put on a great fall 2009 concert: Mike Posner, Milkman, and Kid Cudi. Hopefully I can get at least one of the aforementioned artists to do a show. With any luck two or even all three can make it. But I guess for now I will play the waiting game.

14 September 2009

Have You No Sense of Respect or Decency?



Last night at the MTV VMAs two things kinda irked me: 1. Kanye West interrupting Tayor Swift's award acceptance speech and 2. Lil' Mama completely ruining a potentially classic duet between Hova and Alicia Keys.

I would like to go in on Kanye West first. REALLY, homie? Kanye has had some infamous moments (e.g. "George Bush does not care about black people). What he did-- running onto the stage, taking the microphone out of Taylor Swift's hand, and turning a special moment in this artist's young career into a living nightmare-- was one of the most classes and disrespectful acts I have ever seen. It's like if the camera isn't on him or he isn't getting the shine or attention he "deserves," he does or says something that raises more than a few eyebrows. What ever happened to being humble and gracious? I mean, shit, it wasn't even a category for which he was nominated. So little of a man shouldn't be causing such a large ruckus. Definitely not a good look. Go to Super Cuts and have them fix your hideous haircut.

Ok now that I got that out f the way, I would like to go in heavy on Lil' Mama. REALLY? What were you thinking? Seriously explain yourself. Which one doesn't fit? Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Lil' Mama. Exactly. How on God's green earth does something like this happen? Where are the security guards? It's one thing when Kanye West walks onto the stage, but it's another thing when a "teenage rapper" (she looks like she's 40 years old), who has contributed noting to the recording industry but sell all of 13 ringtones, somehow walks onto the stage and stands next to arguably on of the greatest rappers of all-time and one of the greatest R&B/ Soul singers of our time. Definitely not a good look. Get the hell off the stage you no talent assclown.

11 September 2009

Back For the First Time





It's been a while since I've posted... For the past month or so I have been involved in all sorts of new things on Colby College campus-- things I wouldn't normally try to do on my own ambition. The feeling is bittersweet, however. While I am glad to have met some pretty kickass people, I don't think I could ever go through it again. I don't regret my experience, however. I actually learned a considerable amount and picked up some valuable skills that I'll keep with me for the rest of my life.

In the past month I have earned CPR and Wilderness First Aid certificates, hiked the one of the highest mountains on the east coast, been photographed completely naked at the top of one of the highest mountains on the east coast, survived in the wilderness for a few days, connected with people I wouldn't normally connect with, led 11 first year students on an outdoor adventure, and seen the most incredible sunrise I've ever seen in my life.

Does the end justify the means? I'm not sure. Maybe? I don't know. The fact that I don't automatically say YES tells me that the last month of my life was probably the most fun I'll never want to have again. The days were long. The nights were short. The lectures were brutal. The summer camp games were corny. And, being the only person of color out of 120+ Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip leaders, it was a huge culture shock for me. I went to a New England prep school, I go to a private college in the whitest state in the United States, but this outdoors experience was a pretty huge culture shock for me. I mean here I am, a person who's into music, fashion, art, and diverse culture, sitting at a campfire listening to my peers sing a country song about a wagon wheel... GET ME OUTTA HERE!!! It was definitely moments like that that highlight cultural difference between me and 99% of the students at Colby College. I know-- I chose to go to Colby and I chose to be a outdoor trip leader, so I must bare the cross. I understand what I was bargaining for when I agreed to come up to school early to do this. It might seem like I'm complaining, but I'm not. In fact, it was something I feel like I had to do for myself-- to prove that I can do things people might not expect me to be capable of doing.

So, I guess I have a lot to be thankful for and I guess the juice was worth the squeeze in most instances, especially when I had the chance to lead the 11 first years in a wilderness trip in Acadia. That was probably the silver lining/ highlight of it all. Seeing their progression from being 11 individuals who seemingly had nothing in common with each other to becoming really close friends was a beautiful thing. For that, I think it was all worth it.

I think I have come full circle. Sitting in front of my MacBook typing all this has made me realize that it was worth it. I might even go as far as to say that it was the perfect icing on the best summer of my life. Out.