Shanghai Restoration Project – Alpha Go

Just listen. It’s luscious, spirited, sui generis and fantastical.

The Shanghai Restoration Project (SRP) is the Brooklyn based electronic duo of Dave Liang and Sun Yunfan.

Initially a solo project of Dave Liang, SRP was inspired by the 1930s Shanghai jazz scene. Having cut his teeth as a producer within the Bad Boy Records . . . → Read More: Shanghai Restoration Project – Alpha Go

Wordstock: Portland’s Cornucopia For Literary Fans, by Chuck Strom

Nehisi Coates

​For those who love seeing their literary heroes in the flesh and obtaining their signatures on the title pages of newly purchased books, Wordstock is a paradise rivaling any other such event in these United States. This year’s festival took place the Saturday before last over a three-block area of downtown Portland, . . . → Read More: Wordstock: Portland’s Cornucopia For Literary Fans, by Chuck Strom

There Will be a Dust Bowl in Paradise, by Davin Michael Stedman

The greatest scam of this generation is that the mega-rich are clearly hoarding resources because they know the scientists are right about Climate Change.

But the hustle is that these same people have bought off the Republican Party to create a rule of law that signals this is not the case, while duplicitously deregulating . . . → Read More: There Will be a Dust Bowl in Paradise, by Davin Michael Stedman

Squirrel! Dennis Rodman saves the World as The Left Falls for Every Pump Fake, by Dylan Van Keef

The Left is smarter than The Right in this country, but that advantage is nullified by our inability to the recognize the most basic tools of misdirection.

It makes those that recognize these tricks feel hopeless, which is very much the point.

The granddaddy of them all is watching the Right play the ‘Enemy . . . → Read More: Squirrel! Dennis Rodman saves the World as The Left Falls for Every Pump Fake, by Dylan Van Keef

Mere replicant of the sci-fi masterpiece? by Claude Iosso

Like the next generation of replicants, “Blade Runner 2049” has some new gadgets, but it doesn’t measure up to the previous model. It’s dialed up the dystopia and alienation to epic levels, but the heart that pounded in the original “Blade Runner” is hard to find.

Brace yourself for the third movie in the . . . → Read More: Mere replicant of the sci-fi masterpiece? by Claude Iosso

RIP Malcolm Young, by Steve Stav

Image #: 22976 Guitarist Malcolm Young of the band AC/DC, phtographed with Gretch guitar in London, on August 24, 1995. Michael Halsband /Landov

This says it all, applicable to so many realms. Iconic, and always my favorite AC/DC song. It’s been in my head all day. I’m still amazed by the quality of this . . . → Read More: RIP Malcolm Young, by Steve Stav

There are Better Angels Here: 45th St. Got Soul, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am so happy to be one of those bands you just might catch at Sea Monster Lounge. Catch me this Saturday with The Staxx Brothers and my 12th Street Horns. Andrew Nunez has built an Empire of funk, based on a Constitution of Jazz; founded upon on a deeply authentic Declaration of Soul, . . . → Read More: There are Better Angels Here: 45th St. Got Soul, by Davin Michael Stedman

How Should We Value Baseball’s Most Valuable Players? by Robert BC Carlson

Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams, 1941

My perennial problem with any sport’s Most Valuable Player award is trying to guess how sportswriters will measure how “valuable” someone is. In baseball, I always wonder how they determine that a guy who hit 40 home runs but missed a lot of fly balls in the outfield . . . → Read More: How Should We Value Baseball’s Most Valuable Players? by Robert BC Carlson

I Do Declare, by Dylan Van Keef

Wouldn’t it be a fairy tale, if Mr. Jeff sessions could get to live for FREE in some of the beautiful public housing he spent his career building?

Retirement is so expensive, he deserves to take a load off and relax amongst his peers playing all kinds of games and activities.

He will meet . . . → Read More: I Do Declare, by Dylan Van Keef

Baseball Thoughts: Cy Young Awards, by Robert BC Carlson

Baseball thoughts:

— No surprise that Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger were unanimously chosen as the Rookies of the Year. No one else came close to their performances.

— I predict the Indians’ Corey Kluber will win the AL Cy Young Award, to be announced tomorrow night. While the Red Sox ace Chris Sale . . . → Read More: Baseball Thoughts: Cy Young Awards, by Robert BC Carlson

Momma These Trees Were Meant to Die, by Davin Michael Stedman

I had a moment tonight remembering what real journalism feels like. A United States can’t elect a Donald Trump unless they have been inoculated by a critical mass of Opioids and click bait.

Yes, The New York Times has a slant. All papers have an audience and a point of view. I am not . . . → Read More: Momma These Trees Were Meant to Die, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Blazers Are Back, But With Or Without Nurkic? by Chuck Strom

For those of you who didn’t follow the Portland Trail Blazers last season, their biggest story was their February trade for Jusuf Nurkic, the Bosnian Beast and the West Coast’s answer to New York Knick sensation Kristaps Porzingis. With his shooting and rebounding, Nurkic turned around the Blazers’ season, helping them to an 18-8 . . . → Read More: The Blazers Are Back, But With Or Without Nurkic? by Chuck Strom

Time Marches On, Compares Gun Regs by State, by Mark Erickson

After a gambler saw his losing streak continue, he then used multiple, modified assault weapons to kill 58 people and wound 546 in Las Vegas on October 1st. The Orange President of the United States of America (OPOTUS) president reacted by saying the issue should not be framed in political terms. I do not . . . → Read More: Time Marches On, Compares Gun Regs by State, by Mark Erickson

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe: If the Killer is White, Trump Lets it Go, by Dylan Van Keef

When it comes to White Terrorism and machine guns, Trump is a real turn the other cheek guy.

If ISIS claims just one of these upcoming White Terrorist attacks just for the sake of trolling our troll President, Trump might go permanently cross eyed.

Guns don’t kill people, people that do nothing about people . . . → Read More: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe: If the Killer is White, Trump Lets it Go, by Dylan Van Keef

We Will Follow: Meet Lagos MC and innovator Mtrill, by Davin Michael Stedman

My friend in Lagos, Nigeria Mtrill Teria is going to be doing a TED talk November 11th.

On the bright side of social media I have been able to have a consistent glimpse into the lives of many Nigerian innovators in music, business, and technology.

I have also got a 3rd row seat into . . . → Read More: We Will Follow: Meet Lagos MC and innovator Mtrill, by Davin Michael Stedman

We Will Follow: TADIMAN – Kdor drugemu jamo koplje: New Video From Slovenia’s Finest Reggae Artist, by Davin Michael Stedman

Tadej Tadiman Tratnik is one of the more intriguing reggae artists I met in Kingston, JA. He definitely stood out Inna di Yard at Chinna’s place.

Though this world had signs of diversity, from a Japanese Rasta that smoked but never spoke to an esteemed professor from Berkeley, Tadej found a way to blend . . . → Read More: We Will Follow: TADIMAN – Kdor drugemu jamo koplje: New Video From Slovenia’s Finest Reggae Artist, by Davin Michael Stedman

New Orleans Ska Septet Joystick Headline Their First Seattle Show on Halloween Night at the Funhouse, by Holly Homan

On Halloween night I ventured to the Funhouse to see a new ska band I’d recently discovered called Joystick. This seven-piece hails from New Orleans and not only was this my first time seeing them, it was their first time in Seattle. Though they self-identify as a ska band, they seemed half ska and . . . → Read More: New Orleans Ska Septet Joystick Headline Their First Seattle Show on Halloween Night at the Funhouse, by Holly Homan

Humans minus Sal = Future (X), by Davin Michael Stedman

HELP, IS THIS ALREADY A SCI-FI STORY?

In the year 20xx, a super computer at Cambridge finally becomes self aware. Our worst fears that such a computer will destroy our civilization comes to pass, but in a twist humanity itself is spared.

The computer gains consciousness and becomes immediately aware of the evil, manipulation, . . . → Read More: Humans minus Sal = Future (X), by Davin Michael Stedman

The Hunt for Goldeneye, by Davin Michael Stedman

When I go back to Jamaica, one of my goals I am sending the mysterious German manager Lennart Tacke, is filming myself playing my Bond song at Goldeneye.

Of course I haven’t written my Bond song yet. But I told Scott Rowe I would pen such a tune for our Brighton band Sherlock . . . → Read More: The Hunt for Goldeneye, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Real Threats to American Democracy, by Davin Michael Stedman

Let me tell you something that Putin understands, that his Soviet predecessors were blind to in their circle jerking Marxist cult:

America was never going to be over thrown by Leftist labor leaders, or beatniks, or hippies, or Black Panthers that took night classes and found out they had the right to bear arms.

. . . → Read More: The Real Threats to American Democracy, by Davin Michael Stedman