Check Out Inertia by Montrose

I just got an email about a friend-of-a-friend’s new CD. It’s by a musician out of Dallas, TX., called Montrose. I just listened to samples from the CD on his site and I was impressed with what I heard. Go check him out. Here’s a pretty good description of the CD from CD Baby:

The sophomore release from this Dallas, Texas based artist has it all, from its reflective lyrics, smooth vocals and funk/rock/acoustic guitar, covering various moods and textures. Inertia is a combination of rock, soul and funk that doesn’t disappoint.

Inertia is the type of CD that in a fair and just world would be getting plenty of airplay on R&B radio as much as Pop radio and marked 3 times platinum by the RIAA. This CD showcases Dallas, Texas based Montrose’s mature and developed songwriting, his cool vocals as well as his blissed out guitar playing. Think of the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, Funkadelic’s Gary Shider and Lenny Kravitz’s underrated rhythm chops combined. Montrose has done what few artists, especially those in the Soul genre, have done in recent years and that is created an album that has a variety of textures, and moods. From mellow psychedelic, P-Funk spaciness, and old school soul, it is all there. The intro track “Eureka” is a stellar introduction to his strong songwriting talent, early 80’s Prince like production style (yes, on several tracks he is a one man band), and muscular guitar work. “Deep Within” exhibits a knack for a catchy hook, strong melody, and Sly and the Family Stone like female vocals. “Never Be Mine” is a classic rock ballad. You will find that after several listens to Inertia, you have discovered a Soul treasure in Montrose.

Anil Makes it Plain to the Search Optimization Crew

Anil Dash just wrote a little something about the SEO contest he won. The best part is this quote:

There’s a part of me that’s always felt that, if you’re a professional at a certain trade, and I can come in as an amateur and do better than you, then you probably suck. Generally, it’s an ethic that I’m reminded of when I see amateur hour at a comedy show or when I find myself in a low-end art gallery. “I could do better than this.” If this is your trade and you can’t beat someone who came in at the last minute to enter a contest that’s gotten the attention of nearly everyone in your field, it’s time to rethink your strategy.

‘Nuff said!

Barack Obama: A Star is Born

I missed Obama’s speech live but was moved to find a link to it after reading all the raves about it on the convention bloggers’ sites. (Here’s the link to video of Obama’s keynote address[Real] and links to Windows Media: Lo | Hi | Audio) The consensus seems to be that he stole the show and is on the fast track to becoming President. Being the skeptic that I am I had to see what all the hype was about. (Picture me sitting here with my arms folded thinking ‘aight, impress me…’) After watching the video I can understand why people were so blown away by him, especially when compared to the dry-ass speeches that are the norm. Not to mention Bush’s sub-par oratory skills. Mr. Obama is definitely one to watch.

Check out what Chris Rabb, the sole Black convention blogger, had to say about the speech and the flood of comments on Obama’s blog.

As per usual, I’ve liberated and archived the full text of his speech below:

(Update: The New Yorker published a very good article on Obama. )
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Check Out ‘Trading Spouses’

I caught the encore presentation of the first episode of Fox’s new show ‘Trading Spouses‘ last night and I’m hooked. Here’s a little bit about the first ‘trade’ (via Culture Critic Seeks Home)

As a budding anthropologist, I could not help but read this as an unabashed look at race and class in America. A synopsis: working class African-American mommy (Mela) is switched with upper-class white American mommy (Tammy). Mela gets new, rich Japanese American cosmetic surgeon as her partner (and it’s a two-fer because his mother, Nana, does *all* the housework and cooking – we later learn that Nana sets the coffee pot at night so that Tammy does not have to do it herself AND so that she can have a sleep-in…) [read the rest]

I couldn’t agree more that this show is fascinating as a study on race and class. There were so many instances of culture clash/shock in the first show. One of the worst was when Mela started questioning Yuki about Asians. I was flabbergasted that she didn’t know that Korea, Vietnam and Japan were separate countries with their own languages. WTF!?! But there were so many other classic moments, like the look on Tammy’s face as she realized she’d be living in the hood, etc. Things stayed mostly pleasant & polite during the first episode but they’re gonna get a bit more real tonight as they wrap up the first swap. If the other swaps are anything like this one Fox has a big hit on their hands.

Halle, Halle, Halle…

I’ve been a fool. For years I’ve been saying that Halle Berry was pretty, beautiful, fine, cold-blooded, fire as hell (as my old college roommate would say), etc., but that despite all of that she had little sex appeal. My trip to my mailbox to get the latest issue of GQ just now has made me eat my words. I take it all back. My bad.

But I’m still not paying to see ‘Catwoman’ in the theatre. That’s still relegated to my NetFlix queue. (She ain’t that fine.)

Speaking of Documentaries…

A friend of mine just recommended ‘The Corporation‘.to me. After seeing the trailer its definitely on my list. Here’s what it’s about:

One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing preeminence. Based on Bakan’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the 4corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.

Update: William at Abstract Dynamics has some thoughts on the movie. It doesn’t open in Atlanta until Friday so I’ll give my opinion on the flick sometime after that.

‘Fahrenheit’ Sets Record for Documentaries

Fahrenheit 9/11‘ just broke the $100 million mark, setting a new record for a documentary. I just heard a report on CNN’s ‘The Biz’ which said that Michael Moore pointed out that ‘Fahrenheit’ has now made more than any Disney release this year. I wonder how Michael Eisner is feeling about refusing to distribute ‘Fahrenheit’ now (a couple of weeks ago he had no regrets). That can’t be a good feeling, especially for such an embattled CEO.

Technorati’s Convention Bloggers Coverage

Technorati, which is sporting a new design, has a new feature which is tracking the Democratic convention bloggers, as well as other bloggers from the Right and the Left. It’s formatted in a 3 column layout a la WatchBlog. It looks like a good way to keep up with what’s being said, although some of those bloggers are posting way too much, IMHO. Here’s what’s up:

We’re offering a new way to monitor politics in weblogs during and after the Democratic National Convention.

Type in a search term above-such as “National Security,” or a journalist’s byline, or the URL of a recent news article-to find out what bloggers are saying about any related article or blog post that appears on the Web.

Below the search box, you’ll see continuously updated links and excerpts of posts from the most authoritative political blogs, organized into four categories: liberal bloggers, conservative bloggers, DNC-credentialled bloggers, and all three combined.

And for more in-depth information about weblogs and how to get the most out of them during the conventions, check out our Blogging Basics and our Guide to Following Weblogs During the Conventions.

This is a new service for us, and we are working constantly to improve it. Tell us what you think.

Congrats to Prometheus 6 who is on the list of Liberal bloggers.

Also, there’s a really interesting graph on that Guide to Following Weblogs During the Conventions. Here’s what it shows:

Top Weblogs are like major media sites. Blogs in this category have surprising influence: they’re becoming must-reads for politicians, journalists, and a public eager for diverse opinions and perspective. Graphic proof: in the “Bloggers and Big Media” chart below, of the top 40 blogs and traditional media sites ranked by inbound links, about half are weblogs. (But the top four sites are still traditional media sites!) Because these blogs have many readers (Glenn Reynolds’s Instapundit has a million page views per month, which ranks with major metropolitan daily newspapers), these bloggers predominantly engage in one-way communication and have little time to communicate with much of their audience.

Of course inbound links don’t necessarily relate to readership, but I was real surprised to see several blogs ranked above major media sites like the LA Times, USA Today, MSNBC and SF Gate. Power to the people! 🙂

Update: As P6 points out Technorati is all screwy right now, as it has been for weeks. Perhaps they need to put the ‘beta’ back on their URL. What a horrible time to have such operational failures… just when the spotlight is on them.

Second Update: There’s now a Kinja Digest of the convention bloggers that seems to be working much better than Technorati.

Diggin’ in the Crates: Some Brazilian Music

I’m finally getting around to doing the Radio.Blog post I got inspired to do back when I wrote about the Brazilian music guides. There’s a variety of styles here from: Samba Reggae, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), Axé, Samba, Hip Hop, and a little Bossa Nova. Grab a caipirinha and enjoy!.

Track listing and a few comments:
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