How many of you remember “The Spinners?” They’ve made a ton of hits, but one of my favorites that I used to love to listen too, was a song called “I’ll Be Around (1973).” The song peaked at number 3, on November 18th, 1973. “I’ll Be Around” stayed on the charts for about 15 weeks. Another favorite is “One Of A Kind Love Affair,” which was also released in 1973. This particular album has most, if not all of their memorable hits. Click the link here to listen on Spotify for FREE. Simply sign in with your Facebook account 🙂 .
We all know that content creation is key to any web existence. Without really good, meaningful content, there isn’t really a reason for someone to frequently visit your site. When I think about all the major changes that are happening on social platforms, such as YouTube and (yes), even iTunes and Spotify, it leaves me kind of concerned for the kinds of information we’ll be seeing in the future. Well, let me explain, ’cause we all should be concerned about this. A lot of newspapers have lost a LOT of revenue due to the emergence of both personal blogs, and sites like Yahoo news. Suddenly people realize that they don’t have to pay for news anymore. When you think about it, indirectly it’s a good thing I guess, because it has somewhat forced a significant portion of our society to sort of “Go Green,” without any conscious effort. But, there are a few issues I’m seeing that we all need to have deeper discussions on. As digital technology continue to take over our lives, and although I don’t think paper will ever be obsolete, it will be almost non-existent in comparison to the last 3-4 decades or so (with the exception of mail order). Being able to physically pickup a newspaper somewhat gave me the comfort that whatever I’m reading comes from a legitimate establishment. Now, of course we all know that reading a newspaper doesn’t mean that articles are free from misinformation and or biases, but it can often give you the closest representation of what’s going on in the world, followed by pictorial images.
So, I say this to make people aware that there is a huge competition between the “big boy news,” and the little guys like us, the bloggers, the YouTubers, and the podcasters. Now, I’ve never been a conspiracy theorist, but I’m starting to notice a very serious pattern here. For instance, let’s start with podcasting. iTunes was the go to place to setup a podcasting stream. All of a sudden Apple took away the “Update Feed” feature when we uploaded a video. Then when you wanted to upload channel art, you now have to wait about 3+ weeks before iTunes would even read your XML file. Now, it’s almost impossible for your channel to get indexed inside the iTunes store, I couldn’t find any of the podcasters I used to listen too. Why? iTunes is pushing NPR, CNN, CBS, NBC, and other producer’s of major content. So in other words, Apple has deliberately abandoned small podcasters like you and me who have a right to our voices and opinions. iTunes has forsaken us. Let’s talk about YouTube. Ads were pulled from many videos because the “subject matter was inappropriate.” So, if a new mom wanted to talk about the issues of breast feeding her child in public, that would get flagged. Or if someone wanted to talk about ISIS, that would get flagged, or even taken down, regardless of the context of the video. All of this is happening via YouTube’s automated system. Many YouTubers are moving to other alternative platforms such as Patreon. I’m not sure how I feel about that, because you’ve got to have loyal, long-time followers to convince thousands of people to follow you a new platform just to see you. That’s a big risk. Well, only a big risk if you’re trying to get financial gains. I don’t think YouTube will be the way for YouTubers to make money anymore. Maybe they need to come up with a business model, in the same way the music industry did. Finally we have Spotify. In terms of podcasts, Spotify has chosen to manually hand pick who and what will pass through their system, which to me, is another iTunes. Sometimes I think this is all a systemic attempt to keep public opinion out, so that the “big boys” stay in control. Sounds like they are infringing on free speech if you ask me.
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Hi guys! I got a new playlist for you. I decided that it would be an awesome idea to create a play list from TV shows! That’s a great source for music right? I watched the first episode from season 1 of “Beat Shazam” a while ago, and I absolutely hated it!! I was so disgusted by it I vowed never to give it a second chance. Well, after I got this idea from creating playlists inspired by TV shows, “Beat Shazam” would be the best show to start from (technically since they play a lot of classic music). So, I was trying to stomach another episode starting from episode 8, I have to tell you I barely made it. If it were not for me watching it to create this play list, I would have cut it of 20 minutes in. Although I think Jamie Foxx is doing an ok job as host; I think the problem is the contestants they find for the show. Well, let me just come out and say it, and not care what the hell people think, cause this is MY blog, and I can say what the hell I want on it. The show is exactly what I feared. So far, the little that I have watched, it put Black people to shame. When I watched the first episode, I was furious that two young Black college girls did not know Gladys Knight’s music. Now, I am not the kind of person that gives in to stereotypes, but f**k!! How could you be Black and not know who Gladys Knight is!!!!????
You know it’s funny, I remember growing up, my elders always used to complain about these TV shows, saying “They always have White people questions.” Now, we have a show that Both White and Black people can play together, and none of the Black people on the show knew any of the Black music! What’s your excuse now? Are you gonna drag out your “Black Lives Matter Card” now? I don’t think that’s going to work honey. Not this time. I don’t understand how Black parents aren’t embarrassed? Oh that’s right, it’s because the parents are still teenagers themselves!! What about the grandparents? They’re probably still in the clubs twerkin’. Oh well “let us pray,” cause you know that always works (by the way, I was being sarcastic).
It happened several more times in other episodes!! Even Jamie subtlety reacted to that a couple of times. I mean, the Black contestants are jumping up and down acting crazy, as if to say they are going to crush the game, and win some big money, and come to find out they’re dumb as hell. They don’t even get to the second stage half the time. BLACK FOLK I’M TELLING YOU, YOU MAY NOT LIKE WHAT I SAY, BUT WHAT I SAY IS THE TRUTH, WE HAVE LOST OUR BLACK MUSIC CULTURE! THAT SHIT IS GONE!! Most of your young kids don’t know anything, about any of our prolific musical artist of the past! Yet you preach knowing your history? Are you kidding me? Anyway, this is the last time I’m watching the show for real, I gave it enough chances, I just can’t. So, I managed to get some great music from episode 8, which included music from Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and Crystal Waters. Listen to the playlist here.
Hi guys, I’d like to draw your attention to an issue that no one appears to be talking about; the growing problem of what I call “Playlist Monopoly,” especially in regards to social media. What is “Playlist Monopoly” you ask? Well, as far as I see it, there are two entirely different issues that creates one problem. Let’s talk about the social media aspect of it, such as sites similar to Facebook (primarily I think). Groups that are dedicated to music streaming on social media, appear to be made up of mostly desperate artists looking to get followers. Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand the “hustle” to make money for your work, however, I think this is the wrong way to go about it. First issue, lets talk about the content many of these artists are pushing. A lot of the content I see are predominantly badly written hip hop music, while also promoting porn on their album covers. Ninety nine percent of new hip hop circulating on social media would never be in my playlist. So, because we now have an open platform, meaning you no longer need a record label to produce and distribute your content, the quality of music has really gone down hill. Many of these people have had no training, or strong background in making music. In turn, it makes it harder for music lovers like us to find music we like, because new music now are so poorly produced. Quite honestly, I’ve heard hip hop from the Creative Commons platform that sounds better. Now, having said this, there is no emoji for “it sounds ok.” You either give it a thumbs up, or none at all. If I’m nice enough to give you a thumbs up, that’s not a queue for you to bombard me with “follow me and then I’ll follow you” messages. No one is going to make me feel obligated to follow your music, especially if I’m not feeling it. I’m the type of person that ALWAYS skim through profiles before I follow it. You must have something of value before I follow you.
Second issue is, the number of followers on a playlist. If a playlist has thousands and thousands of followers, some artists will even try to contact the playlist creator, and attempt to pay that person to have their music place in said playlists. Yes…. They do that. In fact, I’ve heard people offering to purchase the actual playlist. This is why I am always skeptical of playlist with 20,000+ followers, and over 2,000+ songs. That is a huge red flag people need to watch out for. This is not a playlist created out of love for music, it’s often times a playlist filled with garbage for the expressed purpose to promote. I really don’t understand this approach; what would make you logically think that an indivdual would listen to a singular playlist with several thousand songs? Who has time for that? Are you f**king nuts? It’s entirely possible that maybe some of you feel you just want to “help struggling artists out/give them support.” The problem with that is, the way many algorithms work on streaming services. If you thumbs up, like, save as an album/playlist/follow, or play enough of garbage, it’s going to effect the kinds of music your streaming service will try and help you find in the future (ie, playing radio, featured music, & suggestions, etc). Music discovery is one of the most important features of a true music service; it’s not just about how large their library is (one of the many things YouTube is not good at/designed for). Something that I strongly suggest that you consider. Don’t follow anybody’s playlist you don’t want to follow. It is better to cherry pic the songs you do like, and throw away the rest. Also, don’t listen to a significant amount of music from one particular genre if you don’t like it! If you do, it’s going to take a long time before your service’s algorithms recalculate/realign/readjust (whatever you want to call it) to the kinds of music you really do like. Remember (if you do save/follow) the smaller the playlist, the better. Not only that, you’re not spending hours sifting through a bunch of dead/expired songs, because the playlist is nothing but a dumping place, without any kind of maintenance.
In my opinion, rather than finding music on social media (playlists), I think it would be best to go someplace like Topsify or something like that. Or even personal blogs such as mine. Shit, even former president Obama has a playlist! LOL. There are actually plenty of playlists sites you can go to. Playlists sites consist of music fans (apposed to music promoters) who spend a lot of time and love putting together playlist they feel people would love. Therefor; you’re listening to the best of their taste in music, as well as adding culture to your musical heart. You’ll quickly notice a huge difference between the playlists on social media, and the playlists on private blogs and playlist sites made by fans, for fans. Doesn’t mean it’s not impossible to occasionally find garbage on playlist sites, but, your chances are far greater of finding quality music there.
If you see a playlist name that says “Best songs on the planet,” or “1,000 of the Internet’s biggest hits,” or something to that effect, don’t even bother. Trying to find even 80s playlists can be difficult, because if you’re cultural like I am, you’ll realize most if not all songs I already have. Don’t forget Shazam is a great resource to discovering music too.
I was browsing some google searches, and by accident I happened to discover that the famous amateur radio site, “Live3655” is back in business!! I wonder how this came about? If you recall, I’ve written an article awhile back concerning live365 closing its doors, because licensing fees have become far too expensive to stay in business. In their letter to the public, they talked about how they wanted to focus more on other business that they have, and moving away from streaming. Needless to say, like many millions of live365 fans out there, I was morning the loss of a great service along with them. Now, their back up with a new face and application design! I’m guessing they some how was able to negotiate a “better licensing deal.” For whom tho? I don’t know, because the new price structure for broadcasting has more than doubled since before they’ve made their closing public, and more than triple if you pick a plan without supported ads. However, one huge difference that we didn’t have before was unlimited listeners. Although their offering more, and the music offered by users (broadcasters) are still just as awesome, the new price structure has made the site somewhat elite, in my opinion. The average person will not be able to afford even the lowest price range. This could only mean one thing, they did not underestimate their loyal fans, fans who have a deep connection to music, and fans who want to support artists legally. Despite the site appearing to be somewhat for the “elite,” It seems that everyone has unlimited listening pleasure. Not sure if they still have the Live365 mobile app, if they do it’s probably a small fee to remove the commercials. Visit Live365 to check them out. Looks real nice.
So, I downloaded the mobile app. I didn’t like it to be honest. It wasn’t immediately intuitive, and the player seemed to be separate from the application itself. It is free, but there doesn’t appear to be away for you to log in/sign up. So the site has indeed become elite for broadcaster’s, with the option for listeners to enjoy music for free (without limits, or dealing with “full stations”). You’ll probably find it easier to listen to music directly from their site. Be aware that there isn’t anywhere near as many broadcasters as there were before. As I’ve said because of the significant price increase, I’m sure it will take a while longer for more broadcasters to come on board.
As I’ve expected guys, this show is worth seeing. Although the first season is only 8 episodes long, it was worth watching every single episode. I was so concerned that they would continue to “drag out,” their boring character flaws in our heroes. However, after completely watching The Defenders, I realized that I found a much greater appreciation for those flaws now. What changed my mind? Well, seeing all of them together I realized there was a strong message. The show showed something deep that is rarely seen in “big budget superhero movies (if any at all),” which is a human side. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think the last couple X-Men movies have done this well, but, with The Defenders, they weren’t just bigger than life “superheroes,” they were the average person who you can just pass by walking in the street and say hello. You know what I mean? For instance, Power Man is definitely the “big brother (pardon the pun)” of the four. Danny is that impatience 21 year old who thinks that he can solve all his problems by destroying things with his fist. Jessica the typical tomboy (and a drunk) who will dare any man to say she can’t do something. Then you got the Dare Devil, aka Mathew, although he’s a skilled fighter as a blind man, he was still forced to trust 3 total strangers convincing him to help to them take down the criminal organization trying to destroy New York City. When you think about it, their characters sort of represents the mixture of people we have here in NYC. Although the show is AWESOME like I said, I really do recommend that (if you haven’t already) go back and watch the 4 heroes shows separate, before you watch The Defenders. I think it would make more of an impact, if you understand their backstory. So you’ll need to watch Jessica Jones, Dare Devil, Power Man, and Iron Fist.
There is much too much stories to tell, so I’ll try to only discuss the most major points of the show. So, the evil organization is called “The Hand.” Long story short, as I suspected, they’re some kind of ancient monks (which includes Sigourney Weaver) who have managed to live thousands of years. However, they were able to do so through some kind of substance, that was unfortunately buried deep in the earth. The only person that can help them get access to that was “The Iron Fist,” aka Danny Rand. Without this substance, they will die. This is the core story of this season; however, in between that, there is a web of deception, lies, shocking surprises, and “what the fuck” moments, that are all good! Actually there’s one more major thing I should mention. They had the power to bring people back from the dead. They brought back an old crime fighter named Electra. Although she was playing the villain (she was programed), she kicked ass in this show!! Problem? That was Dare Devil’s old girlfriend! So of course, he has feelings for her, and felt he can get through to her, and damn near got everybody killed.
I’m not sure why, when it comes to these superhero movies/TV shows, that it almost seems mandatory that there has to be a “girlfriend,” not even a wife, a “girlfriend.” Why is this a problem? Because they almost always windup being a downfall, or a weakness in having one. You know what I mean? For instance, if Electra was his wife, he probably would have got her help or something, or locked her away until “she got well.” But girlfriends are different, they windup getting killed, or someone else killed. That’s just how I see it. Finally before I close; I’d like to say that although Jessica’s show aggravated the hell out of me, she didn’t disappoint me in The Defenders. She wasn’t a skilled fighter, but she kicked enough butt that I was totally satisfied she finally kicked some ass; ’cause on her series she didn’t do shit to be honest. I was soooooo happy to see some action from her finally.
Hi guys, I finally finished watching season one of the Netflix original “Iron Fist (2017).” Let me first say that I have mixed feeling about this show. Although IMDB users rated it at 7.0, and RT gave it a 77% rating; I think had it not been for the special effects, I probably would not have bothered to watch it. Now, it’s not that their acting was bad or anything, however, I do think that their were too man story lines in this series that where dragged out for too long. Not only that, the Danny Rand character, played by Finn Jones, was far too impressionable, hot tempered and appears to always be indecisive, having been raised by monks. Then again, maybe this is because he was still a child when the monks found him, so technically, he had no contact with the outside world until he was an adult and left his sanctuary.
Now, there is just too many things going on in the show to explain in one post, so I’ll just give you the quickest run down possible. Danny Rand and his very rich mother and father were on a private jet. The jet malfunctioned and eventually crashed. Danny was the only one that survived the crash. Monks found him, took care of him, and taught him the ways of the monks. Now, I guess through “spiritual guidance” or whatever, Danny became “the chosen one,” and was bestowed the gift of “The Iron Fist,” which I guess makes his glowing right fist indestructible. I find it rather odd, to have an “Iron Fist,” yet the rest of his body is vulnerable. Hmmmm. Fast forward, upon the monks displeasure, Danny decides to go to NYC to find answers. He discovers in essence, his father’s friend, Harold Meachum, played by David Wenham, stole his father’s company right from under his nose, and the father’s friend was actually responsible for his death. There’s also another twist. There is an organization that appears to be mafia like in nature, called “The Hand,” (a woman by the name of Madame Gao, played by Wai Ching Ho (above) seemed to be the head honcho, now I’m not sure) played a huge part in it. They wanted to use “Rand Industries,” to transport drugs. “The Hand” has given Harold some special kind of drug that gave him vampire like status. In other words, he couldn’t die. Well, so he thought. However, the side effect of the drug was, each time he came back to life, he became more violent and insane each time.
Danny spent so much of his time trying to prove who he was, and that he’s the sole rightful heir to the company. He eventually find friends to help him fight the corrupt “Hand” and prove his identity. Now, although I really love the action, and some real cool special effects, this reminds me a lot of watching Jessica Jones in a way, were this guy can’t control his emotions. He was raised by monks, no way should he be that out of control! And what make it worse, of course you know they had to make him fall in love with a woman that eventually betrayed him; and happened to be involved in the whole Hand business. The other thing is that, he does get a lot of visions, too much for him to handle; and sometimes I really wonder if his “Iron Fist” and the Hand are connected some how. I’ve already started watching the first episode of the “Defenders.” So far, so good. I do feel that the “Defenders,” may actually be a continuation to “Iron Fist.” I feel this because Alexandra, played by Sigourney Weaver, is sick with some form of cancer, and will use her money to gain access to a powerful drug to save her life. It may be the same drug that Harold was given. And if my hunch is right, the city will see an evil like none they’ve seen before. By the way, the first episode ended with earthquakes. Yikes!!!!
A hand picked curated collection (by yours truly) of some of Al Green’s most forgotten music, as well as some of his biggest hits I remembered growing up. Al Green’s unique style of organ sounds and funk beats has given him a distinct sound back in the day, making him one of the most memorable old school artists in Black music. Sit back and enjoy 27 of my most favorite Al Green songs such as “Full Of Fire (1976),” ” I Can’t Get Next To You (1971),” “Oh Petty Woman (1972),” and “I’m Glad You’re Mine (1972).” Listen On Spotify.
There are actually several Wayans brothers, but today I’m just talking about Marlon and Shawn Wayans. Girls, I thought they were fine as hell back in the day. Well, actually didn’t think Marlon was attractive until he got older. Some people are like that I guess. Some people are handsome when their young, and others become handsome when they’re much older. Aside from their good looks, they’re very talented actors and comedians. If you’re a Wayans brothers fan, you’ll remember that they started off on a show called “In Living Color,” if I’m not mistaken (at least that’s when I first saw them). From there, they’ve done a string of hit movies, including “White Chicks (2004),” “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996),” and “Little Man (2006).” Marlon was also know for his “Scary Movie” series, which I think he wrote and directed. I’ll double check that later. I really think they deserved to be honored, because they came a long way, especially at a time when good African American television was still scarce back in the day. Although Marlon’s last movie series called “Haunted House,’ was pretty “R” rated in my opinion. He really went over the top with a lot of the scenes, but it didn’t take away from all the other great work he’s done throughout his career.
So, “The Defenders” are almost here. A Netflix rep has confirmed for me that it will be out in the next couple of months. In my opinion this is huge, really huge. Let me tell you why I think so. As much as Amazon raves about their “Prime’s original content,” and perhaps both, Hulu and even Crackle to some extent, who also boasts about their “original content,” none of them pull in box office stars they way Netflix does. I was shocked to discover that Sigourney Weaver will appear on the first season of “The Defenders.” Guys, the trailers look REALLY good. It’s action packed! It also feels like they’re doing the “Flash” thing, were you have all these spin-offs like DC Legends, Arrow, etc. I really do hate that, because sometimes there are scenes that you may not fully understand, unless you’ve been watching the other shows. However, the Netflix rep said it shouldn’t be like that for “The Defenders.” But in reality, I’m sure he doesn’t know either; he’s going to be finding out things in the same way all of us are.
So, I interpret “The Defenders,” as a getto street version of “The Justice League.” Don’t get offended by that, cause if you’ve watched Luke Cage and Jessica Jones series, you’d understand exactly what I’m talking about. It’s within context, trust me. Now, they’re bringing in the gorgeous Mike Colter who plays Luke Cage, aka Power Man, Finn Jones who plays Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, Charlie Cox as Mathew Murdock, aka Daredevil, and Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, aka Jewel, also been known as “Power Woman,” probably because of her relationship with Luke Cage (obviously). I have to be honest, I was not happy to see Jessica back, because I feel they made her character to lame and emotionally vulnerable. I’m hoping that since she is surrounded with action superheros, that she’ll finally get herself together and kick some evil butt!!
Before I close this article, I’ve made note of something I find interesting. I’ve noticed that they never address the characters as their aliases. However, Danny Rand in a round about way called himself the Iron First. Maybe this is because it appears this is the beginning stage of their superhero lives? But I remember in Luke Cage’s series, they gave us a glimpse of his past, showing his Power Man costume (well, the metal headband at least). I’m really confused! I’m also confused because at the end of Luke’s first season, they’ve showed a boxing establishment in such away, I’ve made a logical assumption that this is how Luke Cage and Iron First are going meet. But what would a master fighter like Iron Fist be involved in boxing? I don’t know, but that looked like a huge clue to something, and I have no idea what it is! I’m eagerly awaiting on the first new season of Netflix’s “The Defenders.” If you want to take a peak, here is are a couple of trailers. Trailer one, and Trailer 2.