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Rap Doc.

So…this looks awesome.

The audio is off, and it’s directed by actor Michael Rappaport, which is unexpected. But other than that, this whole documentary looks super interesting. Tribe is almost certainly my favorite hip hop “group” versus single rap artist, and getting to hear thoughts and interviews by the group members themselves along with other prominent members of the hip hop community is bound to be very interesting. Sign me up for anything where ?uestlove talks about music. I’ll keep my radar up for this thing on DVD.

-Jon

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"Hey, wha’ happened?"

These two clips are from the Christopher Guestdirected A Mighty Wind. The film is a fake documentary about the organization of a tribute concert featuring three old folk acts from the last 40 years and it stars much of the same cast as other movies directed by Christopher Guest: Best In Show, For Your Consideration, Waiting For Guffman, and the classic This Is Spinal Tap. I’m not a giant fan of any one of them; they’re all pretty funny but not laugh out loud. Except for these two clips. Each scene features Fred Willard as a ridiculous manager of one of the folk groups in this tribute concert. Colleen and I were crying after this first clip, we rewound it like four times. Not much else by way of introduction so here you go:

I can’t get over how funny his character is to me. The love of catchphrases, the fart machine, the whispering, his hair. His phrasing is just too funny. The “19seventymmmm” is such a funny idea, when I get that old and I ever have to reference anything from my 20s I’m going to do that everytime. Again, the movie as a whole is alright, but man this guy is thoroughly entertaining.
-Jon

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before the music dies.

hulu.com is one of the greatest sites i’ve been introduced to in awhile. while they don’t have all the tv shows one might want, they have a heck of a lot of good ones. they have all of nbc’s late night talk shows (which are clearly the best), lots of great sitcoms (all three seasons of arrested development, always the most current office and 30 rock episodes, etc.), and even full movies. there aren’t loads but they are free.

i just finished watching a documentary called before the music dies. it discusses the current state of american music and the american music industry. included are interviews with lots of musicians, including ?uestlove, erykah badu, doyle bramhall ii, bonnie raitt, branford marsalis, eric clapton, dave matthews, and others, and also some industry insiders, including music critics, a&r personnel, label execs, etc. if there is something i love, it is listening to real musicians talk about music. these people are people who know what they are talking about it because they live it. this is their niche, whether they are musicians or critics or labelmen. some really interesting thoughts about where our music is currently and where it’s come from and hopefully where it is going.

it’s about an hour and a half, so if you’ve got the time, please watch it. just go here. it’s a fascinating documentary about the unraveling of the music industry and its intense commercialization in the last ten to twenty years. i can tell that something is communicating its ideas well when i actually want to turn it off so i can listen to good music. about halfway through i paused the movie and listened to a few tracks off bob dylan’s the times they are a changin’. this got me excited to work harder, or at least be more intentional in my music listening, and making sure my time is put towards real pieces of art.

and come on. the opening segment of the movie is just one of the most incredible performances by anybody i’ve ever seen. look at how that man dances!

-jon

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