Songs I Owned on Cassignle: Father MC – I’ll Do 4 U

fmcIn this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassette Single) format. Just like 45′s of the 1950′s-1980′s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980′s and 1990′s. 

Back in early ’92, there was a lot of hip hop going on. Father MC was a flash in the pan. I had been to Florida early that year and my older cousin, whom I was visiting, couldn’t stop playing this track. Being the easily influenced 12 year old that I was, I adopted this track as my own and bought the cassingle at some music store in Sarasota. For context, I remember the poster for the recently released Nirvana Nevermind album in the window of the music store.

Looking back at the video, this really was the epitome of early 90’s hip hop and R&B. Sampling a disco song. Baggy clothes. Bobby Brown headset microphone. MC Hammer dance style. This is it.

Songs I Owned on Cassignle: Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

In this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassete Single) format. Just like 45′s of the 1950′s-1980′s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980′s and 1990′s.

In 1993, a relatively obscure band called Crash Test Dummies release this unforgettable track called Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. Sometimes starkly contrasting with the usual gets you bonus points. These guys had the right formula and a video that matched the songs oddity.

This song hit the top of the charts worldwide, including #4 on the billboard charts. But had I not included the name of the band, how may folks would have remembered their name?

 

If you hold onto the treadmill, you’re clearly a zombie in training.

Running on a treadmill is unnatural in and of itself. It does nothing to prepare you for the reality of running outdoors. If your plan is to be in shape in case you need to run away from a zombie attack, you’ll be trained to run on a flat, impact absorbing rubber belt with no encumbrances – like gravel, curbs, etc. You won’t be trained to run in the real world.

Nothing frustrates me more than seeing people bastardize the process even further by holding on to the treadmill whilst running or walking. Not only are your cheating your feet, you’re cheating your entire upper body and balance mechanisms.

There is no value to training your body to run or walk with your arms in a stationary position, perpendicular to your torso.  Unless that is your goal. So the question arises, who needs to train in a manner so that they can run or walk with their arms out in front of them? Zombies.

Don’t train to be a zombie. Train to run away from them.

Songs I Owned on Cassignle: Deeper Shade of Soul

urbandanceIn this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassette Single) format. Just like 45’s of the 1950’s-1980’s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980’s and 1990’s.

Urban Dance Squad: Deeper Shade of Soul

In 1989, Dutch “Rap Rock” band Urban Dance Squad released this gem. Where are they now?

Late Night Brilliance: Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

There are very few things on TV that make me laugh out loud. Apparently, I need to stay up later, or waste lots of time watching DVRed episodes of late night TV, because everyday I wake up to see clips like this posted by the various late night programs.

Social media has created a new genre of entertainment, news and scandal. Everything celebrities or public officials tweet or post are combed through by various media outlets and tested for level of offensiveness, acceptability, etc. The names escape me, but I’m sure there are entire television shows devoted to review and analysis of what people in the public eye tweet or post.

Jimmy has turned it around and made a segment devoted to turning tweets by people not in the public eye that contain hyperbolic, vitriolic comments of people in the public eye: Celebrities Read Mean Tweets.

This is one of those rare television productions (although Kimmel has several) that makes me laugh out loud.

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Game: Medical Condition or NPR Correspondent?

npr_logo1I listen to NPR everyday. They have many fine journalists, correspondents, hosts and other professionals and produce very intelligent and intriguing news and information pieces. I began to catalog some of the names of these people in my head and realized that many are very unique.  Some so unique that if you weren’t paying attention, they might blend right in as part of a medical or science segment. Here’s a small quiz to test your knowledge. Answers are below. No cheating.

Medical Condition or NPR Correspondent?

1) Spina Bifida
2) Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
3) Creutzfeldt Jakob
4) Audie Cornish
5) Mandalit del Barco
6) Yuki Noguchi
7) Gonadal Dysgenesis
8) Filatow Dukes
9) Ofeibea Quist Arcton
10) Fitz Hugh Curtis
Bonus: Doualy Xaykaothao

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Big Brands Turn to Regional Accents to Pitch Products

If you live in New England, chances are you’ve already been smothered with McDonald’s latest TV & radio ad campaign that features people butchering the traditional Boston/New England accent.

Well if that wasn’t enough, here comes Direct TV with a whole series of ads, web videos and website (TalkBoston.com):

What’s my point? People like familiar things. People like to be able to relate to situations. Perhaps this pertains more to some segments of the population that with others. For instance, Land Rover is not tripping over themselves to get folks from South Boston to explain the features of the new “Range Rovah”. But the ability to connect with your audience in a sort of, “I know someone like that,” or “That sounds like me,” does things no slogan or computer generated animation can do.

Plus, people with accents – or impersonating them – are wicked funny, guy.

Top 13 Photos From My San Francisco Trip

For those who don’t know, or didn’t see my over-sharing on Facebook last weekend, I took an impromptu holiday to San Francisco, CA July 11-14. I traveled alone and although I had intentions of meeting up with friends in the Bay Area, I didn’t get a chance to in the 3 short days I was there.

San Francisco is a pretty amazing place. A city of over 800,000 built on some of the strangest terrain (for a city) I have seen. It was founded in 1776 and has an old-meets-new feel about it, which from what I understand, for California, is somewhat rare. There is no shortage of things to do and things to see and eat.

Since I was flying solo (literally and figuratively), I decided to pack as much as possible into 3 days. I figure I walked at least 7-8mi per day around the city, both on purpose and as the result of a broken sightseeing bus and overcrowded cable car stops. This allowed for some off-the-beaten-path photo opportunities.

Rather than rehash by day by day, hour by hour itinerary of the trip, I’ll leave it to a handful of photos to summarize the things I saw and the depth of things the City By The Bay has to offer.

If you’re interested in more detail, let me know.

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13. Marina is Sausilito

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12. Mega Yacht approaching. Bay Bridge in the background.

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Someday, I will attend a music festival

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Each winter, I tell my self to figure out how to get to one of the leading US music festivals. Each summer I realize that I’ve missed two of the most notable. Bonaroo and Cochella happen in the spring and unfortunately for me, my work situation almost precludes travel from January through June.

I guess Austin City Limits is always an option. Or perhaps a UK festival, like Glastonbury? But that would be a heavy lift…

Those viral language maps prove “The Goonies” movie was linguistically accurate

By now, you’ve seen dozens of your facebook and twitter friends post this compilation of maps that visualize how/where people pronouce different things or refer to different things (i.e. pop vs. soda, or caramel vs. “carmel”):

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other

Well, there’s one map that stood out for me. While the geographical breakdown was predictable, it nonetheless proves the linguistic accuracy of one of the best movies ever produced, 1985’s The Goonies.

Most will remember the character Sloth, who had many memorable lines/quips/sayings, most notably was his entrance into the pirate ship scene:

What’s my point? Well, The Goonies was set in Astoria, Oregon. According to map #7, this is deep in the heart of “you guys” county:

Yes. It is quite possible that if The Goonies had been set in Lexington, KY he may well have said, “Hey, You All,” or in Jacksonville, FL we may have heard, “Hey Y’all.”