Yes, after so many talks with a few folks, I’ve finally decided to add something extra to the blog! For some strange reason, at this point, I’m still trying to figure out how to add a ‘like’ profile on the front page, but that will be fixed soon. So, yes… go ahead and ‘like’ it!
….for hopefully two weeks. Word Is Bond has became a sponsor for the festival, and is sending me to Atlanta to cover it for three days. So I’ll be covering various things like panel discussions, meet-and-greets/in-store related events, performances, and backstage stuff. The rest of my time out of California will hopefully be spent in New York (but we’ll see if I get to cross that bridge). For now, it’s ATL on my schedule…
It’ll be my third trip outside of California, second time documented on here since my DC one.
Dang, three days later after Donna‘s passing, Robin received his wings. From the reports I’ve been reading online all morning, he’s suffered something close to mirroring his twin brother’s demise (well, at least the symptoms anyways). Te tragic news has just sent shockwaves all over the world, especially in Europe and here in the states. I remember hearing the Bee Gees when my mother used to play them on the oldies radio (1110AM KRLA), but got more familiar with the group growing up, especially on Saturday Night Fever (w/John Travolta).
Dang, this is a devastating loss for devotees of music in our heyday. Shoutout to the Bee Gees for giving us that refreshing feel of outstanding music…
Richard Wagstaff ‘Dick’ Clark
[11/30/1929 - 04/18/12]
‘For now, Dick Clark… so long.”
I haven’t made a tribute post like this in a long time. There were so many folks that passed away last year that unfortunately I got lazy to write about. But this particular one holds a huge significance, since I’ve grown up watching American Bandstand. To me, he was the Don Cornelius of that particular show that never ‘aged’ (hence his ‘nickname‘). In all honesty, Dick’s death really surprised me because I thought he would lived to see at least 100; I knew about his previous health issues, but he seems like he would be the ideal person who will free himself from those illnesses (I guess that happened now).
Rest In Power, Mr. Clark. Check out my memories of the legend below.
Yes, I know…. you don’t have to remind me. I’ve been quite lazy, but for sure.. I’ll have these posts up sometime next week for sure. So, expect the reviews for these events to be up this coming week.
Two days ago, ABC News‘ Sr. White House Correspondent Jake Tapper confronted WH Press Secretary Jay Carney on the issue of ‘praising’ journalists after they passed away on the line of duty (in this case, the deaths of Marie Colvin & Rémi Ochlik in covering the unrest of Syria). There has been many times in this situation where we only appreciate one’s courage in covering a story in unpredictable situations like these, but in fairness.. there’s been times we’ve shown support and praise once the story/coverage has been made complete, especially during those challenging times as well.
But with the situation shown here, there’s been way too many praises for those after they passed away in the line of duty. Why is that? Here’s where I appreciate Mr. Tapper…
Check the partial transcript down below.
This is definitely an opportunity for those of you who are interested in taking your talents to a whole ‘nother level in the industry. For those of you who trying to make it happen, fill out an application! Artists, music, instrumentalists, singers, songwriters, rappers, beatmakers, engineers, sound experimentalists (and the like) should definitely apply! Mind you, this is definitely for anyone representing ANY musical genre!
Read down below for the details on how to apply:
Now the news behind this year’s lineup is to be unexpected. Even when I found out who the featured artists are, I was in total shock. To be honest, I didnt know what to think. But, considering this year is going to be totally different than the previous ones is what makes this year’s event so unique!
Murs and Guerilla Union announced additional performers confirmed to appear at the seventh installment of the PAID DUES INDEPENDENT HIP HOP FESTIVAL today. Line-up additions included Living Legends, Hieroglyphics, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik, Psycho Realm and Dilated Peoples. Also set to join previously announced headliners Wu-Tang Clan and Odd Future is Dipset (Cam’ron + Jim Jones + Juelz Santana + Freeky Zekey), who will be performing together at Paid Dues for their first ever West Coast performance. Look for additional performers to be announced soon.
Presented by independent hip hop pioneer MURS (Living Legends) in association with Guerilla Union (Rock The Bells, Cypress Hill SmokeOut), the PAID DUES INDEPENDENT HIP HOP FESTIVAL will take place on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. The festival is an all-day, all-ages event with multiple stages highlighting the most eminent and flourishing independent artists in hip hop.
Tickets for the Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival are available now via www.ticketfly.com. Guerilla Union advises fans to sign up for the official mailing list on www.paidduesfestival.com to receive the most up-to-date festival information and new announcements.