March 30, 2009
March 29, 2009
March 28, 2009
The title [Black Star] is a reference to a shipping line founded by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey ...The centrepiece of the album, "Thieves in the Night," was inspired by author Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye. In the album's liner notes, Kweli explains that the paragraph "struck me as one of the truest critiques of our society, and I read that in high school when I was 15 years old. I think it is especially true in the world of hip hop, because we get blinded by these illusions." The excerpt interpolated in the song is as follows:And fantasy it was, for we were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good but well-behaved. We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life.And the version on the track:"Not strong, only aggressive/Not free, we only licensed/Not compassionate, only polite (now who the nicest?)/Not good but well behaved/Chasin' after death so we can call ourselves brave, still livin' like mental slaves/Hiding like thieves in the night from life/Illusions of oasis making you look twice.
March 27, 2009
March 26, 2009
"Even when we suffer losses, I count the victory." Amen, Kweli. I think that's something all of us Toronto sports fans can relate to.
Trust me, go out and pick up a copy of "Reflection Eternal." Don't download it. Buy it. It's worth every penny.
March 25, 2009
March 24, 2009
March 23, 2009
I don't know about you, but I find the Monday after the Maple Leafs kick the shit out of the Montreal Canadiens, on Hockey Night in Canada, on a Saturday night, for all the country to see, to always be the greatest Monday of all.
Those 40 points; they're as many as Andrei Kostitsyn has, and more than Saku Koivu, Tomas Plekanec, Sergei "AHL" Kostitsyn, and Chris Higgins have.
How about the Habs' goaltending? Yikes.
A veteran keeper like Martin Gerber sure would look good in the Montreal crease right about now, don't you think? It's a good thing he wasn't on waivers, you know, and available to any team, twice before the trade deadline.
Well done, Bob Gainey. Well done.
Saturday night was another coach killing performance by the Leafs. Gainey's just out of coaches to fire.
Happy 100th anniversary, Montreal. See you on the golf course next month.
March 21, 2009
March 20, 2009
Loved the celebration. Absolutely loved it. Want to marry it.
If you didn't, you're probably a terrorist. You probably hate freedom, too.
The xenophobic wonder Don Cherry likely popped a blood vessel watching that epic celebration. And, I'll be honest, that makes me like it even more. Coach's Corner on Saturday night should be a doozy.
Ovie time. All day, everyday.