Archive for February, 2008

From the Jackson Vault

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

So once upon a time in 1971, The Jackson 5 were the biggest black group in America. Within Motown they essentially replaced the Supremes as the labels flagship group. Motown moved out to California as did the Jacksons and began to market the hell out of the boys. They were on lunchboxes, coloring books, dolls and stickers. At the height of this, ABC ran a Saturday morning cartoon series called the Jackson 5ive from 1971-1973. Other than appearing in the introduction, the Jacksons did not contribute to the show in any way except their songs. In fact, I think a lot of their voices were provided by older white men. Which is weird.

Here’s a pretty interesting episode:

It’s called Rasho Jackson and its based on the 1950 Akira Kurosawa mystery Rashomon. It tells the story of the breakup of the Jacksons from the different perspective of each member.

Youtube won’t let me embed so here are the links

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Just give them the Oscar now

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The Coen brothers are teaming up again with No Country for Old Men (one of the best movies of 2007) producer Scott Rudin to adapt Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union (one of the best books of 2007) for the big screen. The over/under on Oscar nominations for when this movie gets made is 4.5.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see George Clooney end up in this also.

Menomena doesn’t win Grammy

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Menomena was without question the best band nominated for a Grammy – even if it was only for best recording package. Of course, they lost. To Bright Eyes Cassadaga. Compare for yourself:

And the Menomena cover is much cooler when you’re actually holding it in your hands…I guess Conor Oberst must have some awesome liner notes.

Album Review: Mike Ladd, "Nostalgialator"

Monday, February 11th, 2008

A rare dud from NY-based underground hip-hop label Def Jux. Bronx-born Mike Ladd does more spoken-word, more beat oriented stuff than you usually see. The problem with this album is not that it’s bad – it’s listenable – just that it isn’t especially interesting or compelling. You could listen, but why would you want to?

Play (if you want): 1, 2, 4, 5

Steve Earle, Grammy Winner

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Steve Earle won the Grammy tonight for best folk/Americana album with Washington Square Serenade. I love Steve Earle, but a not-pissed-off Steve Earle singing over Dust Brothers loops? I’ll pass.