Friday, June 26, 2009

RIP Michael Jackson - Goodbye, Sweet Prince.

No matter how freaky he got, MJ was always the fucking MAN. It goes without saying that no one can ever hold a candle to the raw talent that oozed from every pore in this guy's body.

But it's hard not to see MJ's life as a tragic one. Growing up in the public eye in front of a camera since the age of seven, he was deprived of any kind of real childhood, and so he spent his entire adult life obsessed with recapturing his lost childhood as a result. However bizarre he got, it could always be attributed to the fact that he was a victim of his own celebrity.

But putting that aside, he was simply the best at what he did. Dude felt the funk straight to the core, and could sing and dance better than ANY man, period. He was fuckin' MJ, for god's sake...

In tribute, here's his performance from the 1988 Grammy awards, back when he was still at the top of his game. The first song is lip-synced, but it honestly doesn't matter a bit, because "The Way You Make Me Feel" is just an excuse for MJ to bust out the hardcore-nasty show-stopping moves: he's all like, "Check this sick shit out, America!" Then MJ gets all gospel on our ass like only he can with "Man in the Mirror." It seem like the first half of this is lip-synced as well, but they turn his mic on right when the gospel choir comes out, and he proceeds to preach it like Sunday morning and bring the funkin' house down. Be sure to watch this one 'till the end.

Come on, how can you not love this guy? You have no soul if you don't.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ozric Tentacles Review -

Next we have a review I wrote of the recent Ozric Tentacles show in San Francisco. Most have never heard of these guys, who are criminally underrated kings of space/prog/trance rock. Their music will melt your face clean off your skull, and it is also beautiful. Ed Wynne (pictured left) is a guitar god in every sense of the word.

Ozric Tentacles :: 05.27.09 :: The Independent :: San Francisco, CA

For those who have never heard said glorious music, here are links to the band's monster 1990 album Erpland for your listening pleasure. It is a great place to start if you are new to the band:

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