Sunday, December 28, 2008

Something completely random

X mas is over if you want it.  Here's something to bring you into the new year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Video from Mad Decent ( Duey Fm)

One of my favorite music video creators done done it real good once again!
Happy Holidays internet land and to the Famousish too!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Introducing Queen Majesty

Introducing Queen Majesty
Photo by at Sister Nancy

I had the pleasure to interview Queen Majesty before her set with Sister Nancy recently.
I've been a fan since I found about her Trilla mix cd and been a solid fan since then. Always looking forward to hearing what she'll drop next.

How did you get started with music and what do you do?
Well I DJ and I also do graphic design and I’ve been collecting records since I was 17. Mostly Jamaican music and started throwing parties with a friend of mine in 2000. I’ve been playing reggae ever since then but my first gig was with some friends of mine in Williamsburg. I would go and listen to them every week and they didn’t have a DJ to play in between their sets. I asked the owner if I could play some reggae in between their sets.

How long ago was that?
That was around 2001, about 7 to 8 years ago.

Where you from?
I’m from Buffalo New York but I’ve been living in New York City since 94.

What brought you to the city?

How many records do you have in your collection? I saw that Trojan Record 45 sitting there.
With me I around 300 to 350 45s bout 30 LPs and a couple of 10 inches.

Are there any artists that you like right now?
I would say that I always have in my box Tenor Sau, Branton Aliva, Dennis Brown, and Shinehead.

What was your first show like? Nervous?
I started out playing dub since I had mostly that and Rocksteady stuff. I made a whole play list to use to play out with, kind of like cheat notes.

Where was it?
It was at the Stinger in Williamsburg. They used to give away free bottles of booze if you had sex on the bar. I did hear stories bout people getting free bottles.

How long have you had your radio show on East Village and how did you get involved with it?
A friend of mine, Bryant K, was one of the first DJs to start out and he was doing kind of like a new blue first hour. He asked to throw in for the first hour for the show. That went on for about a year and then he moved to Germany and I took over the show. I was doing the hour with reggae and had guests play the second hour play hip-hop to keep his hour up. It eventually turned into Deadly Dragon Sounds. Two hours officially for a year. Deadly Dragon Sounds started a really long time in Chicago with Rickshaw and Scratch Famous. Scratch Famous move to New York and met up with Jason. They own the store together. I met up with Jeremy from DJing at parties then joined them.

What’s one of the best parties that you have played at?
There’s a lot. This really cool Jamaican Speakeasy in Brooklyn by the Brooklyn Museum. That we played at a few times and went to six in the morning. They cooked food and fish, it was outdoors and even had a heated tent in the wintertime. Just some really cool people handed tobacco leaves and everyone was drinking this Chinese wine and bringing nephews.. Chillin out! They don’t even like the new dancehall. Mostly everyone there was into the older dancehall is what we love (Deadly Dragons) It’s awesome to get an audience to most appreciate what you are playing.

How many cds do you have out? I remember Trilla I received from you during SXSW last year, I was playing it in the car then my friend ended up borrowing it and never giving it back. Great cd!
I just have soo many covers and found many after I made that one but I want to come out with another. Doing a compilation with the clothing company Leroy Jenkins and a dark digital one.

Have you played anywhere outside of the states?
Jamaica in May for a friends wedding and played there for two nights and all the Jamaican people working there, super appreciated the music. They thought it was crazy cause no one plays that stuff anymore. That was cool.

Any other future plans coming up?
Play more in Europe this coming year. More mix cds

What’s your favorite Film monster?

You can find more about Queen Majesty or simply just go to her weekly radio show on East Village Radio.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Eric's Pick- Best films of 2008

For some reason I find it really hard to put together a list this year. I'm typically not the type of person who likes to pick favorites, since I enjoy each film for entirely different reasons. I feel the main problem putting a list together is simply that I couldn't find the time to view too many films released this year. My Netflix queue is getting a bit thin these days (probably due to work). I would have loved to check out Synedoche, New York, Burn After Reading, and Gran Turino (among others) before making my decision (I'll have to give an update later).
2008 seemed to be more focused on super hero films (they stole the show, right?) and some major disappointment (I'm looking at you Indiana). So here is a brief list of films that made an impact on me this year:


This was classic storytelling in its finest! I love a film that doesn't have to say much to get its message across, and Wall-E is a prime example. The animation, as always, was superb. It's amazing how much life was put into the characters simply through subtle nuances in body language and tone.


A film that needs no introduction to readers of D.A.M. Scroll down a bit to read my review of this epic masterpiece.


A fine example of modern day filmmaking technique. This film did RIGHT what Diary of the Dead did WRONG, that is, make you believe the person behind the camera would film during such a crisis. Hands down one of the most exciting experiences this year. Plus you gotta love seeing a good old fashioned monster thrashing!


Beautifully crafted animation that told a story we all could relate to, despite cultural differences. I can't stress how much I love seeing traditional animation make a strong impact in 3d obsessed animation world.

Dark Knight

No doubt this one makes the list. Stunning performances, excellent plot, and GOD DAMN was the Joker an evil bastard.

Quantam of Solace

Bond the way he should be portrayed (my opinion of course). This film really tied up Casino Royale well. I love how Bond grows as an agent on his first mission. Daniel Craig brought a human side to Bond that had dwindled in the past films. You really feel for the guy.

These are a few of my top picks of 2008. Once again I must stress that I haven't seen nearly enough of the films that I meant to. If you have a recommendation for me please leave it in the comments section. CHEERS!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Best film of 2008

The Dark Knight

I've seen many movies in 2008. I would have to say more than the average movie goer. Easily over 200 films as I checked with my video account the other day. I look for in films good screen writing, acting, cinematography, storyline, irony, vengeance, film score, and a great ending. I've sat on this for a while and decided to go with the Dark Knight as my pick for the best film of 2008. This film covers everything with flying colors. Such an amazing film with it's deep meanings that could be easily looked over. As the Joker attempts to foil the city by corrupting it's cities white knight in shining armor with blood on his armor to show that everyone is corruptible Batman takes the blame for everything that Harvey Dent in his Two face persona destroyed in pure vengeance brought on by the Joker. Batman find himself to become the Dark Knight. Self sacrifice for the greater good by taking the fault of others. Some things are better left unknown. The last monologue from the film is very powerful in many ways.
The battle between the Joker and Batman can be summed as the ideal of when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. A common yet un looked theme between people. It just never ends. Next time watching the film take a deeper look at what's below. I give this hands down as my pick for film of 2008.

Looking forward for the next in the Batman series, rumor has it the Penguin will be in it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Film Review - Punisher War Zone

I was very excited about seeing this film, despite the fact that I never followed the comic book series. I gotta say I really loved it! There is something about wanton violence in a revenge setting that gets my blood pumping. This film is for those of you who like your gore over the top (Rambo 4 anyone?). The special effects were extremely well done, save for the explosion scenes which weren't as high on the priority list.
The dialogue in this movie, however sparse, was priceless. There were quite a few highly quotable moments in the film along the lines of movies such as Predator (if it bleeds, we can kill it) that had me, and the other theatre goers, laughing in the aisles. Gotta love it. I read a review somewhere saying how it felt like an 80's adrenaline movie. I have to agree, but is that such a crime? Sometimes you just wanna sit back and watch someone KICK ASS!

This is an official Destroy all Monsters recommendation!

Film Review - Mongol

As you can tell from the Academy Award Nomination, this film has some credit to its name. I've been meaning to give this one a go for some time, but just now decided to sit down and watch it.
What a fantastic film! The story follows the rise of Genghis Kahn from a childhood wrought with hardship to one of the most astonishing rulers of the world. The cinematography rules the show on this one, with amazing landscapes and epic scenes. The swordplay in this film is brutal and realistic. The stylization mainly taking form in the sprays of blood that seem to be used as a way to carry on the adrenaline of the scene.
I was also very impressed with the brisk speed the film flows in. Sometimes it seemed the passage of time may have been a bit too quick, leaving out details I would have like to know about, but for such an ambitious film it is easy to overlook such gripes. I'm sure there is a director's cut somewhere down the line with these scenes.
I heard the story is meant to take place as a trilogy of films, since we are left with an obvious hint of a sequel. Unfortunately I haven't seen any evidence of production yet. Hopefully we'll get them soon. I imagine so though, since it garnered such critical acclaim.
Cross your fingers and watch this film NOW!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Movie Review - Trail of Blood

So here's a review on a movie some of you may not have heard of. It's the TRAIL OF BLOOD! For fans of films such as Lady Snowblood and Lone Wolf and Cub (AKA Shogun Assassin ~only better and in multiple parts).

This film has a similar feel to it, and a perfect plot of vengeance to inspire the main protagonist. Without giving much away, the story follows a drifter samurai who leaves his life of swordplay to settle down and start a family. Unfortunately he's pissed some serious people off and finds himself a drifter once again after his family is brutally slain. Needless to say he is driven to destroy the people who schemed the heinous plot.
I really dig the characters in this film. There's a lot of depth to some of the bad guys, the main character is a badass, and a few mysterious characters come in and out of the story that make you want to know them more.
It's not as violent as Lone Wolf, but it has its moments. There were a few times when the choreography seemed off (people in the background 'waiting their turn' to fight him while they have a clean shot at a kill), but not too often to be distracting.
Now I've only seen the first installment of the trilogy, but Netflix is sending me the rest. I enjoyed this film a lot and hope the rest of the films live up to the expectations I have.

I will let you all know once I've watched them.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sikitikis - Piove Deserto music video

Here's a rather interesting music video I came across today. Love the Creature from the Black Lagoon thing they have going. This video has style to spare. Great job from the Cinematographer. Now click the play button and love you some MONSTERS!
Director: Postodellefragole

Austin: 12.11.08 chop shop @ the Draft House


Ramin Bahrani's award winning film.
Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar.

I used to work out there but lived in Washington Heights many years back. Crazy.

Austin local legend DJ Mel will be dropping some amazing tunes before the film with free giveaways with some free adult beverages. So come out and grab a seat with me.

free limited entry rsvp at

Alamo Draft House
1120 South Lamar
Austin TX 78704

2009 Grammy's

The 2009 Grammys

Just been very excited about this and watching this closely. The Grammys are coming up soon.
Nominations are all ready in place.

M.I.A. song "Paper Airplanes" from the album Kala is up for record of the year but the competition is pretty thick I must say. If it wins that would be insanely awesome! Also Lil Wayne is up for 8 different categories. Danger Mouse is up for producer of the year. Some interesting performances and maybe a few sensitive times and a few laughs. One of the few days I'll sit in front of a TV and watch TV for that extended amount of time. I'm excited and may honestly fly out there for this.
The Grammys air on CBS on February 8, 2009

Monday, December 1, 2008

BoyCatBird in CitySuckers

BoyCatBird in CitySuckers

Saw Michna play at the Hexagon in Baltimore a little while ago. Rather enjoyable show to say the least with all the visuals with system D12 running them and the many instruments on stage . Here is a really neat animated video take that ghostly international did on the first song and this other song from Mux Mool. It caught my eye for sure via Mr. Boggs.

Music is
Michna - Triple Chrome Dipped
Mux Mool - Night Court