Perhaps instead of some house (even though we need it,) let’s take a step back into the days of disco. Of course, without house we wouldn’t have disco, so lets celebrate the weekend (and my birthday) to the groovy sounds of Tiger & Woods “A Golden Bear” mix.
Jam packed with unreleased disco tracks, the mix is a smooth, groovy, infectious serving of disco. Let the infectious rhythms of disco spread throughout your mind…body…soul, don’t fight it, embrace it!
If it wasn’t for Deep House, I’m not sure how I would have survived my Greyhound trip from Denver to North Hollywood. But thanks to the sounds of bangin’ deep (and some soulful) house, I had hours of mixes (many I’ve posted on this blog) to zone out to.
Now, I might not have had an MP3 version of Deep Future’s EP on my iPod, but that didn’t stop me from playing the original track + remixes in my head. Oh, and if you’re wondering why I didn’t download the EP,Fixations, well that is because it won’t be officially released until December 3rd; jam to the previews on soundcloud until then.
The original tracks “Let Me” and “You Need It” are quite stellar, but the Dirty Channels Gruuvy Rework and Detroit Swindles “Never Enough” Interpretation are deeper “interpretations” worth jamming to. And the deepest of them all is truly the Detroit Swindle touch on an original deep track…they made a deep track go even deeper.
Check out the originals + remixes below. And while you’re in the mood for a deep delight from Detroit Swindle, give “The Wrap Around” a listen. Trust me, I think you’re going to love it! Older release, but freshly deep.
I heard the track in a mix I was listening to across the country, and let me tell you, I totally couldn’t get enough of it! It made driving 11 hours a day seem like a total breeze. I love driving long-distance anyways, but the “Travel Anthem” really soothed those sour moments of road-trip agony. Ya know, those moments when you just want to teleport to your destination and take a nap. Yup, I had a few of those visions, but I stayed strong in my drive from Maryland to Colorado.
I don’t plan on taking another road-trip until I move to California in January, but you can sure believe that I will be getting my hands on Sohight & Cheevy’s “Travel Anthem.” Not only is the original track good, but the remixes are pretty sweet; grab the remixes on the Travel Anthem EP being released next week on the 5th.
I’ve always had this dream. A day dream mostly of me confidently walking into a well established, well respected, well feared dojo. I would walk in with the coolest kung fu outfit you have ever seen and happen upon a massive room filled with grown students training in the arts of kill. They would chop viciously and kiya with the fury of a thousand Hyenas. Their resolve would be unflinching and their determination would be intimidating. They would be the best of the best. The creme dela creme. The cat’s meow if you wish! I would nonchalantly walk among these men with an unimpressed disposition and stand in the middle of them all. They would stare rudely and I would simply smirk. With a point I would tell them that their style was no good and mine was the best, which would of course offend them. The first man would attack not knowing how brilliant my tiger claw was and he would find himself with a face full of hand skills. He’d cry like a girl and fall to the ground. Then the men would all take offense and attack me at once. They would be baffled at how effortless I’d avoid every last one of them delivering kicks and punches at my convenience. Before they knew it they would all be on the floor significantly injured. Their sensei would lay beside them just as baffled. I’d point and laugh, kick their sign, pee on it, and leave, and I would do it all for no reason at all.
That’s how the dream works anyway. Not the most compelling plot I admit, but that’s one of those instant gratification kind of dreams. I’ve always wanted to be the Ip Man type. If you haven’t watched Ip Man please do! You won’t regret it. Believe me! Even though he did fight for reasons that were admirable, and my reasons seem to be that I’m just a jerk that feels like humiliating people with my unmatched talents. That’s the mystique of Kung Fu. It’s always been showcased as damn near magical. Those movies forget to tell you that you need a little bit of that dedication and hard work. I mean you can wear the outfit, and you might fool some people into thinking you know what you’re doing, but eventually someones going to hit you in the face really hard and you’re going to get blood on your nifty outfit. You don’t want to get blood on your nifty outfit.
The idea of of a Kung Fu hero has always been compelling to me. Since the days of Bruce Lee: Enter the Dragon. I didn’t realize you could be that cool without a shirt. That movie had a lot of male toplessness and a ridiculous amount of neck stomping! Bruce Lee really hated necks. Not that I’m a huge fan of necks, especially when they kind of crank wrong and now it always hurts when you turn left. I hate that! I don’t, however, hate it so much that I want to stomp on them all the time. So admittedly I don’t know the degree that Bruce Lee hated necks. I’m just saying I have an idea. That has nothing to do with my original point, but yes he was awesome in that movie and I wanted to do that. I just need guys in suits to come and goad me into fighting on a island for no good discernible reason. It doesn’t have to be a good reason. I just need to have nunchuks and legions of dudes to fight.
So in conclusion, Kung Fu can be your friend. Learn some. Perhaps perfect the lunging technique, or the Cosmic palm style, or maybe even the Buddha sits on a stool contemplating style! They’re all good styles and they’re good for you.
I’ve been living in Maryland for well over a year now, and as Fall slowly begins to creep it’s way onto the horizon, I find myself daydreaming about winter sports. Topics of skiing, snowboarding, and frolicking dangerously in the snow are conversations I used to have on the regular while living in Denver, Colorado, but here I find those conversation far and few.
Nine years of my life were spent in Colorado: 5 years in Colorado Springs and 4 years in Denver. The misconception people tend to have about Colorado is that it always snows, but in Denver it’s not that often. It’s actually quite sunny and breezy most of the time, with random weather changes that you can predict. One day it might snow, the next day it melts. But if you’re looking for snow and want to unleash your inner skier, then you need to head to the mountains.
Sadly, I have yet to ski or snowboard, but if I ever go back to Denver I will make it my mission to truly take advantage of the mountains. And watching the short film Unicorn Sashimi really gives me the motivation I need to get lost in a winterland of awesomeness.
Unicorn Sashimi is a short film by Felt Soul Media & Yuki Miyazaki of Sweetgrass Productions. According to the video description, the initial goal was to “hunt the mythical Hokkaido Unicorn. The creature proved difficult to capture on film, so we just decided to do a little skiing.”
Well, they may not have found the Unicorn, but they sure did capture some amazing footage that gives me snow envy. Geeze, I just really want to look badass in some outerwear and take a shot at skiing (more likely snowboarding.) Hmmm, sounds like I need to take some snowboarding lessons this winter. But for now, I’ll just keep watching awesome videos on Infinity List.
Unicorn Sashimi was shot in Japan in January 2012 using a RED Epic Camera & Canon EF Lense, so I highly recommend you leave the HD switch on; watching this video in anything less than HD would be a crime.
If you know me, which you most likely don’t I’m not that popular, then you know that I am an absolute martial arts fanatic. Every since I was a young tyke, or whatever little humans are called, I’ve been obsessed with it, emulating asian men, watching them save their lady friend with the unmatched ability to snap kick someone in the face. I’m a fan always have been, always will be. I’ve watched some of the best films martial arts cinema has had to offer and then I’ve seen the other ones. You know the ones that weren’t so great.
One of those films is called High Kick Girl. Firstly, yes I know the name is great. A movie with a simple uncreative name like High Kick Girl is either going to be really good or really not good. Unfortunately, High kick girl is really not good.I had this thing I did for awhile that if I had some income to throw away I would blindly buy a martial arts flick hoping that I would love it . I kung fu movie gambled with the risk of being sad for a night. It’s not the worst gamble to have actually. Usually the gamble pays off and I’ll find a movie like Kuro Obi, which is one of my favorite movies ever! Kuro Obi(Black Belt) is a movie drenched with the goo of absolute fantasticness! So I got High kick Girl hoping I’d hit the same plateau of grandness. Funnily enough most of the characters from Kuro Obi are on High Kick Girl; directed by one of the actors from Kuro Obi too, but you couldn’t get a more different quality from the two. It’s a little disorienting. It’s like finding out Bruce Lee loved crack and soccer kicked puppies. Try getting that image out of your head…Exactly!
High kick Girl herself is actually pretty awesome, at least to me. She’s a real life bad ass karate girl with okay acting chops and a hint of charisma, which is all you really need for a martial arts flick as long as the director keeps it interesting. You can honestly have the most ridiculous plot with the most ridiculous characters and make it work. I don’t care I just want to be entertained! In the end that’s what it’s really all about. The plot of this movie is about a girl who is a brown belt karate bad ass phenom who is trained by the best karate instructor around period. Let’s not delve deeper into that! This bad ass brown belt karate phenom travels around Japan(Not the whole country. I just don’t know japan that well) with her goofy male companion challenging Karate black belts from other schools and taking their belts.
So confident is she in her ability that she decides to join some elite martial arts gang whom just so happens to have a very large grudge against High Kick girl’s master. So they kidnap her with some of the worst choreographed fighting ever and hold her hostage at what looks like a high school gymnasium. So her Karate master(Super bad ass in real life) goes to the gym and engages in combat in some of the worst fight scenes I’ve ever seen. I don’t know exactly what makes a good fight scene, I just know that you shouldn’t be confused after it! A running theme of this movie was to constantly repeat a fight scene right after a fight scene, but in slow motion! No matter how simplistic and uninteresting the actual fight scene was, they were going to show that fight scene again. They were going to show the hell out of that fight scene! I think this probably made the move two hours longer than it should’ve been. In the end they win, they’re in a dojo, and the master tells her to cut her nonsense out, she walks away smiling, the end.
I probably didn’t explain that movie well, but the jist of it is that it’s not good, and that sucks because I wanted to love it. There are scenes I like. Some fight scenes aren’t that bad, and some of the characters could’ve actually been really cool. Any movie that has a Gi is already a step ahead in the game of life if you ask me, but you didn’t, and I could be absolutely wrong, and there’s a good chance I’m in the minority. I don’t know how the High Kick Girl fandom works. So watch it and judge for yourself.
Also I still watch the movie on occasion to make sure I don’t like it. I still don’t like it after the fourth viewing, but I dislike it less than the other three times! If anything she’ll make you want to kick stuff. That’s a good enough reason to watch anything.
Not too long ago, my best friend had told me about this gym in Alexandria that teaches parkour and freerunning. Now I must admit, that upon hearing his excitement and the dire urgency in his voice for us to check it out, I was skeptical and nervous. Me, doing parkour? Okay, I gave in and did rock climbing (which I loved,) but the idea of me doing parkour & freerunning is something completely foreign to my agility.
Yet, in the midst of my apprehension, a coincidental series of mingling and meeting people by going to Sunglass Sundays , I heard about Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution. And get this, it was the same gym my best friend was telling me about. Apparently, Urban Evolution is the only parkour and freerunning gym in Virginia, and the DJ I met at Sunglass Sundays (Eugene aka DJ Skinner,) actually works there. So I had the chance to come out on Saturday night and check out the gym’s Ninja Warrior Night.
If you don’t know what Ninja Warrior is, then shame on you! Seriously, how on earth could you not knowabout one of the greatest competitions that tests the strength and agility of human beings. If you think gladiator challenges back in the day and the Olympics are tough (which I can’t wait to watch,) then you surely haven’t had a chance to see how difficult Sasuke aka Ninja Warrior is.
Basically, the Urban Evo gym contains a smaller version of the course(s) typically seen on the popular G4TV show, Ninja Warrior. The gym’s setup allows participants + students to enhance their parkour and freerunning skills; one must possess agility and strength to truly be a ninja warrior.
So what exactly should you expect to see at one of Urban Evolution’s Ninja Warrior nights? Well, you’ll see a variety of young kids and adults being cheered on by the crowd as they attempt to complete the course in a set amount of time. You don’t have to be a student of the gym to compete, you can pay a fee, register, and give it a shot to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a Ninja Warrior. And it’s not one of those cocky environments where you’ll feel horrible if you fall or mess up; the people at Urban Evo are so nice and supportive, they do their best to make sure everyone feels accomplished.
Even though I was the farthest thing from a contestant (yeah, doubt I’ll be trying to do parkour anytime soon,) I did have a lot of fun as a spectator. It was amazing to see the young kids passionate about competing, and it was nice to see so many adults that were thrilled to come out and test their might to see if they had what it takes to be a “Ninja Warrior.”
I’m not quite sure when the next Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution will take place, but I do know that Urban Evolution is a super cool place worth checking out. If you want to learn parkour, freerunning, breakdancing, aerial acrobatics, gymnastics, or Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, then I highly recommend you check out Urban Evo, a critically-acclaimed gym in Alexandria, Virginia.
Who knows, maybe you can train and become the next American Ninja Warrior.
More info: http://urbanevo.com/
Check out the pictures from the Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution. Pictures taken by my best friend, photographer and graphic designer Samuel Famoyegun.