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Movies & Mayhem

March 02, 2006


Aww yeah yeah he was fresh
Like summer peaches
sweet on my mind like block parties
and penny candy oh oh


I'm only going to say this again and again, please go see "Block Party". LOVED IT. It is somewhat hard to describe and you know how I like to draw things out and round and spiral before getting to any point. Basically, this feature falls under the 'concert film' category but it has that extra kick of stories hidden beneath the surface. Director Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", Bjork - "Human Behavior", Chemical Brothers - "Star Guitar") is a genius for putting shit together in the way that he does. I loved seeing Chappelle's dealings with his Ohio townfolk, with the crowd, and with the performers. There were stories, I tell you, stories of relationships between a neighborhood and a concert, between concert-goers and performers, and amongst the performers themselves. The comedy was brilliant because it was unrehearsed and also because Dave Chappelle is pretty much the funniest man alive.

The performances were wicked and how could they not be with ?uestlove doing all the drumming and the production. I had the goosebumps going for a majority of the time and was just about ready to faint when Lauren Hill started singing "Killing Me Softly". Electricity. I know this flick is a must-see for all the Chappelle buffs out there but to those who aren't you really should give it a shot because there's a mighty fine chance you'll love it.

From now on I want to watch all my movies with "tasters" tickets, which is a post-press screening pre-public premiere screening type of screening. We saw some Cancon personalities in the audience. Seera was sitting right behind Kardinal Offishal who I love like you wouldn't believe, ESPECIALLY since he rocked cricket whites in his last video. And he (also his wardrobe) is the only reason I end up watching that whack Much VJ Search...Kardi bwoy you gotta speak up more I'm watching that shit for you! Ceepee said he saw Nelly Furtado and that she was teeny tiny but I couldn't spot her, pretty tiny that one. It was a good crowd because everyone was excited and loving every moment, hands raised, heads nodding, bellies aching.

When the Dead Prez started on "Bigger than Hip Hop" and the crowd started ROARING I was taken back to a time...last friday when the exact same thing happened at Get Juiced. That tune drops and people's arms go rabid with a desire to be raised, see:

folks gone wild

As you can see that place is really small and it was completely packed and the cops showed up and I almost asked one to pay but saw his taser or whatever that was just in time. Why would you need NINE cops to check on one tiny party in a small pub where nothing terrible has ever happened? Damn guns got nothing better to do than harass the skater kids...who, I admit, were a) creating a massive lineup outside, b) looking really really young, c) congregating in shady areas:

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So I'm glad Seera came out and helped me man the fort with her ruff n tuff pistons of steel. 'Twas a fun party but it tired me out becuase it felt like I was working after working all day, which really blows. Also, I missed Iahdon's show at the Press Pause gallery and I wanted to buy some shit because it is my mission in life to own at least one piece of art from each member of the PP crew before their following grows to NRA size. There was an impomptu afterparty at the gallery, which is also their house, and I caught a drunken glimpse of the work, very cool:

seven eats cookies and beer

That's Seven settling into his beer and cookies, mmm. The afterparty was the best part of the night. First class relaxing:

basement

And fun people, in reading order, Ceepee, Jessica, Lola, Iah:

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And then I went to bed, which is what I'm going to do now...after seeing who gets kicked off American Idol...hoo yea, the crooner just got the boot. Good riddance.

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posted by Neha
9:47 PM

8 Comments:

Anonymous CeePee said...

Reason for 6 Cop cars out front:

Armed robbery across the street.
Apparently they were pepperspraying people too and Adrian almost got arrested.

We know how to throw jams.

3/03/2006 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

was it at the place we went to get 5s? hope noone was hurt. who's adrian? wait, i should know this, does he have a 'street name'? ha. i'm bringing a shotgun to the next party, if we're all armed then nobody gets hurt, right? People kill people? Yes.

WTF we doing tonight, Ceepers?

3/03/2006 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous CeePee said...

HAHA
Agreed, we need to arm ourselves to be protected a la Texas, ill stab a nicca if he looks at me cross-eyed.

Street name for Adrian is Aidge, wow, so hoody no? Hes Sakros roommate, youd know him to see him.

Umm, I DO NOT KNOW!!
Regan and I should come to yours and maybe we should call Lola n Jess? Lets get our drink on and we will work from there, ech. Fuck i wish i had bought tickets for the Def Jux show.

We do need to call about Spank Rock just in case...

Obviously that Juelz Santana was a pipedream. But what a dream it was!

3/03/2006 02:57:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

sure thing, comes to mine, mebbe we can persuade seven too? i'll talk to seera and costa and try to drag the pretties over! ya, def jux was expensive for me so no go.

wanna go see raekwon and arabesque tomorrow? i got a msg from besque last week but i fucked up and thought the show was last fri so i said i couldn't go but it is indeed tomorrow so if there's interest then i'd like to check it. $20 at the fairmont.

dipset dipset dipset.

3/03/2006 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous CeePee said...

Seven is doing the def jux and Raekwon is apparently a conference, from what ive been told, but then again someones always got sweet whisperings for ol CeePee. We can give Homecounties a call, give Seerah and Costa a call, but chances are they wont be coming. Seerah mebbe, but defo not Costa, that lazy bugger.

3/03/2006 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

i left bird a msg. give that homecounties a call, he is supair col, and he adds a certain european validity to any gathering. the raekwon thing should be a concert, i saw the flier, it's a cmw 'showcase'? they can't just get together and TALK! boooo.

3/03/2006 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous CeePee said...

I will give him a call once ive had my haircut and shower.
After that its all gravy.
Hollar atcha inna bit

3/03/2006 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger terence said...

1) your taste in music is awesome.
2) can't believe you went to a screening like that
3) the art in that picture with the guy drinking the beer is GREAT
4) i need to be reading your blog more often than i am

3/14/2006 05:40:00 PM  

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