On Music

Michael Jackson


It was a shock hear­ing about his health ear­li­er today. I thought it was just hear-say and was wait­ing for a more cred­i­ble source oth­er than TMZ (tabloid). That though, came with a bit of hope that their bit was false. But alas, at 3:15pm Pacif­ic, the LA Times con­firmed it.

What’s weird is that we were just talk­ing about him at lunch today. The con­ver­sa­tion spurred from a ques­tion of what peo­ple were up to in terms of trips/vacation this Sum­mer. A cowork­er men­tioned that he was think­ing of going to Lon­don and catch one of his con­certs. Weird.

What sucks is that it has been crazy these past cou­ple of days in Hol­ly­wood. First, it was Ed McMa­hon (on Tues­day). Then, Far­rah Faw­cett ear­ly this morn­ing. Now, it’s the King of Pop, Michael Jackson—one of the best Enter­tain­ers the World has ever known.

Damn. Tru­ly an idol to me grow­ing up; try­ing to hit his awe­some counts from Thriller to Bad, Moon­walk­er and so on. Sad day def­i­nite­ly. I’m pret­ty sure most peo­ple will be play­ing his jams tonight on repeat.

RIP Michael Jack­son.

PS. LA Times’ “Michael Jack­son: Life in Pic­tures” & video.

K’naan at the Apple Store San Francisco

K'naan Set List

K’naan Set List, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by stechico.

I had the awe­some oppor­tu­ni­ty to lis­ten to K’naan last night. He had a live, acoustic per­for­mance at the Apple Store in San Fran­cis­co. I luck­i­ly got through 4th/Market ear­ly enough as there was a line form­ing from the entrance.

It was my first time see­ing a music per­for­mance in an Apple Store as I usu­al­ly just go in-and-out to check on stuff. I’m glad that I attend­ed as it was also the first time see­ing K’naan live. It was awe­some. The audi­to­ri­um was­n’t too big, so it was an inti­mate set­ting. The acoustics in the room was great and crisp. Not to men­tion, the expe­ri­ence and sto­ries shared by K’naan felt like it was a VH1 Sto­ry­tellers ses­sion. It was a very hum­bling and enlight­en­ing expe­ri­ence indeed.

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Dope Music Video by ApSci — “Under Control”

I first heard about ApSci1 through my broth­er Glen recent­ly. Then dug in to take a look on their site for some tunes, http://apsci.net.

Lo and behold, they’ve been fea­tured on Wired.com’s Under­wire sec­tion just recent­ly. The arti­cle was about their music video for “Under Con­trol”.

The dope part is that it was pro­duced using an “iPhone, a portable print­er and a web­cam.”

They per­formed the track in front of the web­cam and print­ed it up into the hand­held snap­shots that fly by in the globe-hop­ping video, which hop­scotch­es from Brook­lyn to the Grand Canyon, Vegas, Hawaii and Aus­tralia at the speed of sound. They took addi­tion­al shots using the iPhone, then mashed the pro­duc­tion night­mare into an eye-trip­ping visu­al for their body-rock­ing song.

In oth­er words, ApSci’s video has no video in it. No post-pro­duc­tion either.

Very, very schneaky and cre­ative I must say. Well done. Here’s the video.

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  1. The group is made up of Bronx native Raphael LaM­ot­ta and Fil­ipino-Aus­tralian Dana Diaz-Tutaan. []

Ocean’s 7


Just in case you haven’t heard of JD’s group Ocean’s 71, they have a cou­ple of music videos up.

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  1. Jer­maine Dupri wran­gled his guys Tyrone Davis (JD’s per­son­al assis­tant), Ush­er, John­ta Austin, Bryan-Michael Cox, Nel­ly and Trey Songz to com­prise a clique of dis­tin­guished gen­tle­men called Ocean’s 7. []