is jay-z a biter and a writer?

2 09 2009

jay-z has a famous line from his song “what more can i say” that goes “i’m not a biter / i’m a writer / for myself and others…”  interestingly enough, i just saw the album cover for the jigga man’s long-awaited and must hyped new release “the blueprint 3” and couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps he is a both a writer and a biter.

exhibit a: jay-z “blueprint 3” cover (2009)

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exhibit b: delirious?’ “kingdom of comfort” cover (2008)

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i’m not exactly saying he bit it… but i’m saying it’s awfully similar.  it’s not a dead ringer, but i’m just sayin…

what do you think?





you came like a winter snow

6 04 2009

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this post is completely unrelated to the fact that that it is snowing once again here in nashville, on april 6… one day after we had a beautiful 74 degree spring day… but i want to introduce you to audrey assad,  a writer and artist who i recently discovered.  her song “winter snow” has quickly become one of my favorite songs and i want to share it with you.

what a strikingly beautiful and intimate depiction of Christ coming to earth, our Emmanuel… God with us…

winter snow by audrey assad

could’ve come like a mighty storm / with all the strength of a hurricane

you could’ve come like a forrest fire / with the power of heaven in your flame

but you came like a winter snow / quiet and soft and slow

falling from the sky in the night / to the earth below

could’ve swept in like a tidal wave / or an ocean to ravish our hearts

you could have come through like a roaring flood / to wipe away the things we’ve scarred

but you came like a winter snow / quiet and soft and slow

falling from the sky in the night / to the earth below

no, your voice wasn’t in a bush burning

no, your voice wasn’t in a rushing wind

it was still, it was small, it was hidden

wow.

audrey is a client of my good friend kat at the brown book agency, and you can hear more of her beautiful music on her myspace.





u2’s boots just got sexier

4 04 2009

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u2 has become widely synonymous with ‘justice’ (as in: just behavior or treatment), largely through the extensive work of frontman bono for the world’s impoverished, downtrodden and forgotten through vehicles such as the red campaign.

however, never have u2 and justice (as in: the uber-cool french electronic music duo) collided in this manner… and it’s deliciously ridiculous… or perhaps it’s ridiculously delicious.

this should be played at high volumes, preferably in an area where you are free to flail and cavort about or otherwise get your groove on extemporaneously.  i don’t know where you can buy this yes, but hopefully it will be commercially available somewhere very very soon.

u2 – get on your boots (justice remix)

mad, mad props to stereogum!





friday throwback: connected

13 03 2009

this was the jam back in the day!  it’s actually on a couple of my ipod mixes now.  this is definitely one of my go-to jams from the early 90’s.

gonna get myself / gonna get myself / gonna get myself connected

and for those of you who want some sort of devotional thought to go along with today’s friday throwback…

ahhhhhh…welllll….

in john 15:5… (right!)…

Jesus said… (c’mon talk about it!)…

“i am the vine…” (yeah he did!)

“you are the branches…” (alright now!)…

“if a man remains in me and i in him…” (make it plain, make it plain!)…

“he will bear much fruit” (you’re talkin’ right preacher!)…

“apart from me…” (well!)…

“you can do nothing!” (nothing!)

somebody touch your neighbor and say, “neighbor!” (neighbor!)

get yourself connected! (get yourself connected!)

🙂

happy friday everybody!

(ps – sorry for the weird ‘new world order’ tag at the front and annoying ‘subscribe’ button on the screen. this was the only version i could find that i would embed in the blog.)





you should know about… rick seibold

7 03 2009

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my homey rick seilbold is an indie artist originally from north carolina, but is now in nashville, by way of new york.  follow that?  🙂  rick writes great pop music that will make you smile and want to hit ‘repeat’ and if you’re looking for cool new music, you should know about rick seibold.

his dope new ep “new york” releases april 28, but the first 100 people to pre-order can download the whole record now.  check out the ‘new york’ ep sampler here, then befriend him on myspace, facebook and twitter.  word.





friday throwback: it’s gonna be a brighter day

6 03 2009

it’s supposed to be 70 degrees in nashville today and stay in the 70s all weekend, which has been a long time coming.  spring is on it’s way and i could not be happier.

today’s friday throwback isn’t too old, but it’s not necessary recent either.  but it makes me feel like spring is just around the corner.  as the green grass starts to push its way to the surface and new buds pop up on trees, so a new season is dawning in the lives of so many people right now.

funny thing about watching anything grow that started in seed form and has been planted… it has to push through a lot of opposition and obstacles before you even see it.  then, when you finally do see it start to emerge from the ground, you still really don’t see it, you just see what it looks like right now… but it’s only a matter of time…  just as every mighty oak started as a seed, so your life has yet to reveal who you truly are.  if you judge something based on what you see right now, you’ll get distracted and discouraged and miss it.

it’s gonna be a brigher day, ya’ll!  this is my jam!





friday throwback

27 02 2009

i used to be a pretty big janet jackson fan.  i’ve been on board since 1986’s monster control album and still count her 1993 janet. record as one of my favorite albums ever, with “that’s the way love goes” easily being in my personal all time top 10 favorite songs.

i still dig pretty much everything pre-2003 or so, though I don’t think she’s made a solid record since 2001’s all for you.  it is my firm belief that once jermaine dupri’s influence entered into the picture, it all started to go down hill and has continued to get progressively worse over her past 3 album releases.  there was a chemistry between janet and long-time friends and musical collaborators jimmy jam and terry lewis that dupri was never able to come close to… ever.

so, i was quite happy at recent news that after 2 consecutive big time album flops and as many subsequent much-publicized major-label departures accompanied by much finger-pointing, janet is reuniting with jam & lewis for a new album, though who knows when and where it will be released.  it was so interesting to me that after both 20 y.o. and discipline flopped, janet and dupri were quick to blame the labels (virgin and island def jam, respectively) for “disappointing performance” and “lack of promotion”.  really?  i mean, seriously?  lack of promotion for a janet record?  from 2 different labels?  what are the odds?  how about a lack of creativity and good songs?  by historical janet jackson standards, both of those albums were wack and aside from her rabid, core fans, folks weren’t having it.  discipline would have been an ok ciara record, but janet?  trust me, having worked in the industry and at a label, i don’t care how much money you throw at promotion, if it’s wack, it won’t move.  or, as i’ve often heard, ‘you can’t polish a turd’… hahaha.  my hope remains.  🙂

but i digress…  today’s friday throwback is from happier times when the jackson/jam/lewis hit machine was in full effect and janet was riding high on the success of 1989’s “janet jackson’s rhythm nation 1814”, which i will admit to being quite obsessed over at the time. that album became the only album in history to contain seven top five hit singles (6 of which were certified gold, one platinum) and the only album to ever achieve number one hit singles in three separate calendar years (1989-1991), two records that still stand to this day.  in a time when artists are putting out 2 and sometimes 3 singles before their album even releases, that stat is extremely impressive.

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anyhoo… “i hope we can find the time this weekend to relax and unwind… come on baby, let’s get away/let’s save our troubles for another day”…  this video is from 1990… almost 20 years ago… w o w!  i love this song.  happy friday. 🙂