Movie Review Monday: Somewhere

The above trailer is set to the music of my 2nd favorite band of all time (The Strokes) and their song I’ll Try Anything Once. Lyrics below.

I can see me in your eyes….

The song, and the movie remind me of the quiet, actually brief but seemingly epic moments in life when you truly appreciate what you have had, what you do have, and what you will get.

If you’ve ever tried and failed at being a Stephen Dorf fan, try again with Sophia Coppola’s Somewhere; a tale about a man trying to find himself while his daughter floats adrift in a broken home and dysfunctional family between parental units. A reminder that we don’t choose our parents or our kids, but that we can choose love and life over death and dismay.

Peace to the Godz and Earths.

Ten decisions shape your life,
you’ll be aware of 5 about,
7 ways to go through school,
either you’re noticed or left out,
7 ways to get ahead,
7 reasons to drop out,
when i said ‘ I can see me in your eyes’,
you said ‘I can see you in my bed’,
that’s not just friendship that’s romance too,
you like music we can dance to,

Sit me down,
Shut me up,
i’ll calm down,
and i’ll get along with you,

There is a time when we all fail,
some people take it pretty well,
some take it all out on themselves,
some they just take it out on friends,
oh everybody plays the game,
and if you don’t you’re called insane,

Don’t don’t don’t don’t it’s not safe no more,
i’ve got to see you one more time,
soon you were born,
in 1984,

Sit me down,
shut me up,
i’ll calm down,
and i’ll get along with you,

Everybody was well dressed,
and everybody was a mess,
6 things without fail you must do,
so that your woman loves just you,
oh all the girls played mental games,
and all the guys were dressed the same,

Why not try it all,
if you only remember it once,
oooh ooooooh,

Sit me down,
shut me up,
i’ll calm down,
and i’ll get along with you,

(okay one more time)

TIES ON TIES ON TIES ON TIES ON TIES

“…in the past if you picture events, like a black tie,
what’s last thing you expect to see? black guys…”

Kanye on Murder to Excellence – Watch the Throne

Stay Sassy Internutz,

Black Ty

PHARRELL PRODUCING THE FOURTH ALBUM: FOR IT OR AGAINST IT?

This is from a comment I posted on The Strokes forum. View the whole discussion here.

FOR IT!

I don’t think a real music fan would want their favorite artists to keep putting out the same album over and over with the same sound stemming from the same inspirations.

Change is the only constant. Let the artists grow and continue to shine across broadened horizons.

I think “My Drive Thru” is a dope song, Pharrell made it suit himself, Santogold, and Julian. They were all at home on that track. That alone should prove that he is capable of producing this album.

However, being a Hip Hop fan first and foremost, I am not usually a fan of one producer producing a whole album. (unless its the RZA) I like a bunch of different collabo’s on one album; gives it that mixtape feel.  And then again, Pharrell did well producing Common’s latest album…so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

I think it’s ignorant of some of you to ask “what does Pharrell know about The Strokes or Rock music?” He’s in the business of making music, I think it would be pretty obvious that his music collection crosses all genres and is more expansive than any of ours.

Hip Hop itself, which started off with looping records and using those samples to form beats, is probably the one genre that is open to so many other kinds of music because they started out simply borrowing from other artists, adding a beat, and rapping over the mix. I know that I myself have been introduced to many other artists just by listening to rap and reading the linear notes to see who they sampled.

Pharrell may be pigeon-holed into the hip hop genre by some, but he’s no DJ Premier; not gonna be scratching all over the album. If the Strokes let him produce the whole album, fear not, I’m sure the final product will be dope, Pharrell isn’t DJ Khaled;  not gonna work in a guest appearance from the likes of Rick Ross or I dunno…Gucci Mane.

That’s my piece.

Peas.

For those of you who are not familiar with The Strokes, I strongly recommend you go out and buy all three of their albums. Tres dope!

Tuck in one side of that shirt and Stay classy Internet,

Black Ty