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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Today I got an unexpected package from my homeboy Sandman (the Rappin Cowboy). I used to do some shows with Sandman when I still lived in Tennessee, I was playing in a band called God Damn Midget. Sandman came up and freestyled at a couple of our shows at Victor/Victoria’s in Nashville.

So I saw that Sandman had an album coming up on Scream Club’s new label “Crunks Not Dead” and I contacted him right away to congratulate him and stuff. Ever since then I’ve been waiting for it’s release, but was surprised to actually receive a copy from Sand this morning with a note attached asking if I’d like to hook up a remix for a track or two. Hell ya. The album is great, it continues on his Slippery Goodstuff rock-opera from last year, with way tighter production. It’s 19 tracks and features some nice cameos (including Scream Club’s Cindy Wonderful and K Record‘s Calvin Johnson). I’ve been listening to this album all day, it’s sexy at times and funny/funky at others. I should mention he does a neat little cover of “Pony”.
Also received Jel’s solo debut on anticon and a few why? cd’s (a new single with a killer video and an old e.p.). Jel is one of my favorite producers, grimey white boy hip hop, sort of the basis for the anticon sound, but it’s weird to hear him rap, I was expecting an all instrumental piece. The rapping is good and unique, and makes the whole album flow better. To say this album has been long anticipated is an understatement. He’s put out some cheap cd-r stuff, but I’ve been waiting for YEARS to hear him put together a solid solo album.
While I’ve got my reviewers cufflinks on, seen some Asian films worth mentioning. Oldboy is a killer flick from Korea, the production qaulity is top notch and the story telling and direction are really unique, like watching a new style of movie or something. Shouldn’t be too hard to find. I had been raving about this movie to friends and kept hearing people say “you should see Audition“. So I did, last night. What a boring movie. I guess if you like the gory Japanese movies like Battle Royale, this movie will get ya. But for me it was slow and pointless, actually it was very much like a David Lynch film. Just strongly depending on “shocking” images instead of substance and originality.
Speaking of Audition, I’m dying to hear P.O.S.‘s new album (and hear new beats from Emily Bloodmobile).
Speaking of Asian cinema, you know I love Stephen Chow, right? Well, now you do. I knew he had done many movies that haven’t been translated to english, so I went looking on ebay and found a seller from Hong Kong with a bunch of Stephen Chow movies on dvd. I figured they would be bootlegged copies, but still would be worth seeing, so I paid $9 plus $40 for shipping. I got the dvd’s in about a week, and I couldn’t believe it was actually a nice box set with little bio books and 48 movies! 48!!!! And the dvds are high Qaulity, probably bootlegged, but the whole product could pass for a real honest to god box set. Can’t wait to watch these, hope at least five of the films have subtitles. I know Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer will.
Oh, still no word on progress of the short film, the editor is wrapping it up in Seattle this week hopefully. I’ve received my PXL 2000 too, so it’s time to work on some more movies. I’m writing a script for another short comedy, and hoping to do a doc on mariachi bands in the mission. Also wanna do some smut films with my new PXL 2000, then try to colorize them. Blah blah blah.