31 January 2010

A Trip to Moxie Falls

I know this a little bit late but a couple weeks ago I visited Moxie Falls in Somerset, Maine, which is about 50 miles from the Canadian border. Getting there was almost as interesting as frozen over falls itself. About a quarter of a mile from hidden entrance to the trail that brings you to the falls, one of the Chevy Suburbans got stuck on the side of the road in about two and a half feet of snow. Feet damp and hands frozen, my classmates and I struggled to dig the car out. After about 15 minutes, we had only managed to sink the car deeper into the ditch on the side of the salt covered road. In our final effort to get the car out, however, we miraculously pushed the bulky SUV out and we continued onward.
So, we finally got to the place and here are some photos of our daytime adventure.
Before hitting the trail, we stopped by a lake to each lunch. It was a pretty desolate area with the exception of a couple ice fishing shacks and this dam and outpost lodge. The simplicity of life out here is amazing. Sometimes it's a good thing to just slow everything down and breathe in the crisp Maine winter air.
The sun was out, which made for a pleasant day for a short snow shoe hike to see the falls.
The river leading up to the falls was frozen over for the most part. A few patches of exposed flowing water were visible still. The falls were a wonderful site to see. I wish the waterfall wasn't altered by the caked up snow, ice, and rime. Nonetheless, it was great to see nature in its most glorious state.
The sun still managed to peek through the coniferous and deciduous trees as we made our way out of the forest.

Paul Smith Fall 2010 Collection

27 January 2010

HipHopAtLunch Interviews Donny Goines

Donny Goines is partnering up with Rocksmith Tokyo to release an EP called 20X. I saw him perform last year and he is one of the more understated and slept on emcees out right now. He's definitely hungry for that top spot in 2010. Only time will tell if he has what it takes to come out ahead of this year's freshman class of talent. It seems like he's doing the right things and linking up with the right people to get his music out there *KQuick, ahem.* That's right, my good friend KQuick got the only feature on the EP and the hook he wrote is crazy. Good music is a beautiful thing, especially when two of the industries best kept secrets collaborate.

25 January 2010

Beer Pong Slam Dunks

One of my roommates was dying laughing when he was watching this. So, I obviously had to check it out to see what was so funny. Well, let me tell you, this is some funny shit. Maybe one night if I get twisted enough and I'm hot on the table, I'll try a 360 windmill for the win.

Drake Covers Complex Magazine's February/March Issue

Drizzy Drake is on fire right now. I don't think I'd take many style tips from him, but I wouldn't mind taking a couple phone numbers from his contact list on his Blackberry.

Mr. Hudson Featuring Kanye West - Anyone But Him

Here's a track off of G.O.O.D Music recording artist Mr. Hudson's latest album, Straight No Chaser. Interesting message in this song-- fellas, we've all been there before. Peep the first lines:

"Anyone but him// I'd rather hear you've had the whole football team// Than have to watch his filthy lips on your skin// Anyone but him."

hobo x Clarks Desert Boots

Not too excited about the stud detail on the heel, but the colorways are dope though.

19 January 2010

An Excursion to the Wilderness

Last week my classmates and I embarked on a trip to the Claybrook Mountain and Flagstaff Lake area located halfway between Waterville, Maine and the Canadian border. We set out to survey the land and research the ecological aspects of the area. It was a unique experience that I can say I did once upon a time. I don't think I would do it again, however. Strenuous outdoor activities, especially in Maine in the middle of January, do not excite me very much. But anyway, check out my adventures below.
I had to get fitted for snow shoes before heading out to the mountain. I prefer the older looking snow shoes rather than the newer ones fabricated from titanium, aluminum, and plastic. There's just something about the wood and the leather weave that gives me that rustic, roughing-it-in-the-mountains feeling.
This is an antique stove from the kitchen of the lodge. It is fully functional believe it or not. One of the many things that contributed to the quaint charm of Drummond's Claybrook Mountain Lodge.
My winter ecology professor, Herb Wilson-- dude has stripes.
Greetings from my igloo. I only lasted a few hours in there before I got claustrophobic and had a mini panic attack. Laugh all you want but it was like sleeping in a coffin... all I could think about was how uncomfortable I was and which ravenous creatures were waiting outside to eat me.
We often had visitors at dusk and dawn.
My igloo! Took a few hours to build but turned out to be a rewarding process. I'll keep this experience with me for the rest of my life.
The buck board-- Greg Drummond, our trail guide and host, has his name up there quite a few times. He's offed a buck or two in his lifetime that's for sure.
Vintage snow shoes. I feel like these should be on the wall at an Abercrombie & Fitch store somewhere. Nonetheless, I still think they are pretty dope.
About halfway through our seemingly never ending snow shoe hike through the mountain trail, we stopped for lunch. Greg cooked up beef and veggie hot dogs with onions for the group. Needless to say I went in-- 3 beef dogs, 1 veggie dog, 2 brownies, 2 Capri Suns, and a chocolate bar... I'm not bashful when I'm hungry.
My snow shoes. I couldn't have walked almost 10 miles in the fresh powder without you!
On the last day we came across this river on our way to one of our research areas. A thin layer of fog was rising from the surface of the water when we got there. A beautiful sight to see.
Flagstaff Lake was frozen over! Yup, it was cold. Maine, baby. Soak it in!

18 January 2010

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This man did a lot for this country-- more than I could ever know or feel. Dr. King's unwavering commitment and dedication to gaining racial equality was (and still is) deeply inspiring and admirable. However, we cannot forget the other people who stood next to Dr. King and fought for racial equality as well. Yes, I completely understand that MLK Jr. was the leader and the face of the Ciliv Rights movement, but I don't want the millions of others who were part of the movement to be forgotten and erased from the history books. So, I finish this blog post with this:

Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all the others involved in the Civil Right movement. Had it not been for you, my parents would not have made it as far as they have in this country, my sister wouldn't be the strong and influential young woman she is, I probably would not be preparing to graduate from Colby College. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am eternally grateful.

15 January 2010

LTD Magazine Interviews Just Blaze

Baseline Recording Studio is closing... Sad to hear when you think about the great music that was made there. Some of the biggest songs of our generation were recorded in that studio. Some of the greatest albums were written, produced, and recorded there. All of the big wigs, movers, shakers, hustlers, and real emcees walked through those doors, sat on the couches, and made history. If only the walls could talk...

14 January 2010

Rapper Big Pooh, "The Purple Tape" Mixtape

Good music feels good, right? Finally, someone from Little Brother released some new material. I've been starving for something from the North Carolina duo for quite some time, and now my hunger is satisfied. Rapper Big Pooh and Black Milk have created a monster with this collaboration. How crazy is it that Black Milk created all the beats using Prince samples? Hip hop production at its finest is a beautiful thing isn't it? I really hope we hear more from them (and Phonte) sooner rather than later.

Here is a song called Bounce. Check the link below to download the entire album.

11 January 2010

Jim Jones Talks the Ghost of New Porter

Jim Jones AKA Mr. Splishy Splash AKA the Capo Status is back on his grizzy. Beware of a hungry rapper. Mixtape drops January 19th.

05 January 2010

Mike Posner & Big Sean Perform "Speed of Sound" at the Roxy

If you didn't already know, Mike and Sean have what it takes to rock the mic right (yeahh). Book them for a show at your school while you still can-- dates are filling up fast!

04 January 2010

Bow Wow, "Greenlight 2" Mixtape

Prince Bow shows why Cash Money put him on the roster with his latest mixtape, Greenlight 2. There are a couple new and original tracks on there, and he also spits over a couple jacked beats. He's been releasing mixtapes more recently, and hasn't come out with an official studio album for a little while. My guess is that 1. this is a marketing scheme to build up a buzz for his first official album release under Cash Money, 2. he has better material and is waiting to put it on his first Cash Money release, and 3. Cash Money is probably telling Bow to wait a while because Jay Sean, Birdman, Young Money, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Wayne all have albums out or about to drop first quarter. Check the link below to cop G2.