Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Panama's native son, "Nigga"

I was just browsing the news wire and saw this article by Leila Cobo:
MIAMI (Billboard) - In Mexico and Central and South America, he's known as Nigga. In the United States and Europe, he's known as Flex.

Regardless, the Panamanian singer, real name Felix Danilo Gomez, has just tallied 20 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart with "Te Quiero," [I Want You - ed.] from his U.S. debut album of the same name, which peaked at No. 70 on the Billboard 200.

The simple love song is now tied with Juanes' "Me Enamora" [I'm Enamored] and Son by Four's "A Puro Dolor" [To Pure Pain] with 20 weeks at the chart's top position. Only Shakira has more weeks at No. 1; her hit "La Tortura," [The Torture] featuring Alejandro Sanz, notched 25 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.
He sounds like a disaster.

I look forward to song that puts Nigga on the top of the U.S. Charts, Quiero Cogerte en la Boca ("I Want to Fuck You in the Mouth").

EDIT: My linguistics were off.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bristol nude sex scandal

"You see, a Bristol girl is a one of a kind
And if you know her good enough she won't make you stand on line
She'll let you inside, make you pay for the ride
Take off her pants and then it smells like somebody died
You say "What the heck", because you already paid
Not knowin' that the guy that went before you had AIDS
Bang bang boogie, she was so amusin'
Next week you're at the clinic gettin' blood transfusions."

- L.L. Kuljai, Indian born British playwright

With this blog post, my traffic is going to seventeen (17) unique visitors!

(Shout out to my 2/3rd of a visitor, Gary from Long Island)

I examine three vaginas

The New York Daily News published a story about Sarah Palin's kid, Bristol [sic], and the kid's fiance and fetus. It took three writers to undertake this monumental article, Ms. Nancy Dillon, Ms. Veronika Belankaya, and Ms. Tina Moore. Veronika's last name is apparently Belenkaya with two E's, but the News published it with one E, so who the fuck knows? It looks like Moore gets lead writing credits, or at least has her email published at the end of the article.

Anyway, as I was reading this piece, I couldn't help but wonder how moist these three women's vaginas were getting while writing this. Were their panties entirely soaked? Maybe just a little wet spot? Maybe a finger or two darted down to their nether regions to stir a little bit of relief? I'm not being sexist, read for yourself:
Doe-eyed Bristol Palin, 17, and ruggedly handsome Levi Johnston, an 18-year-old self-described "f---in' redneck," have been dating a year, locals in Wasilla, Alaska, told the Daily News
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Johnston, broad-chested and wearing a No. 15 jersey, can be seen in photographs hitting the boards as a Warrior in action.

A closeup shot shows the handsome teen with a light dusting of whiskers on his chin - his dark brown hair curly and wet.
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Besides his hard play on the ice, Levi Johnston was also a bit of a hell-raiser off it - another reason Bristol may have been smitten.
What are we, auditioning for a Harlequin romance novel? I expect this kind of shit from a supermarket gossip mag, or the NY Post. If this is journalism, it's no wonder the Bush Administration got away with so much for so long. Who's doing any real work in the press?

Cover illustration by Will Davies.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Stained Class (1978)

Judas Priest - Stained Class (1978)

1) Exciter

2) White Heat, Red Hot

3) Better By You, Better Than Me

4) Stained Class

5) Invader

6) Saints in Hell

7) Savage

8) Beyond the Realms of Death

9) Heroes End

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Thirty years ago

Thirty years ago, modern music was treated to a rare treat. In February 1978 and November 1978, Judas Priest released two albums in the U.K. and abroad (the latter album hit U.S. shores in March 1979). It is not often that a band releases two genre shaping, genre defining albums in the same year. Many critics write that this was Priest's best, most creative period, and some even go so far as to list one of their '78 albums as the greatest metal album ever recorded.

In 1978, Judas Priest released Stained Class and Killing Machine (known as Hell Bent for Leather in the U.S.). The impact these albums had on fans and future metal bands is measured not in pounds, but tons (or some other dramatic contrast of measuring units). Thousands of bands have been inspired by the Priest style of the twin guitar attack, thudding rhythm section and screaming vocals. Fans have hailed the band as one of the best of the genre. Two kids blasted themselves in the face with a shotgun after allegedly hearing subliminal messages on Stained Class, although that's not really here or there.

For my money, Stained Class is the better album, perhaps Priest's most flawless release. All tracks are solid and on the money. I list Priest as my favorite band, but I acknowledge that there is always a weak song (or one I can do without) one very album. I don't think that's true with Stained Class. It's a very inventive, creative record, and a high mark for the genre. I plan to post all of the tracks thanks to the power of YouTube in the coming days.

That's not to say Killing Machine isn't a good record. It has many highlights, including Hell Bent For Leather, Delivering the Goods, Running Wild, The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (a vintage Fleetwood Mac cover), and the title track. I also think Before the Dawn is one of the band's top three ballads, although I'm not a giant fan of Priest's ballads.

Here are live performances from 1978 of Beyond the Realms of Death from SC and the title track from KM.