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Remembering “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

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[via http://www.ign.com] Wrestling hall of famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passed away today at the age of 61. Born Roderick George Toombs, Piper was one of wrestling’s all-time great personalities and talkers. Known worldwide for his signature bagpipe music and kilt, The Rowdy One was beloved for his antics as both a dastardly villain and as a fan favorite icon.

Piper began his wrestling career at the age of 15 after running away from home a few years prior. Throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Piper made a name for himself wrestling for the various wrestling territories of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Following his classic dog collar match with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine at the first Starrcade event in 1983, Piper joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

In 1984, Piper’s ever popular interview segment Piper’s Pit debuted. On one infamous incident, Piper interview Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. After insulting Snuka’s Polynesian heritage, Piper smashed a coconut over Snuka’s head leading to long feud between the two.

Another infamous feud would involve 80’s pop star Cyndi Lauper, WWF manager “Captain” Lou Albano, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Hulk Hogan, and Mr. T. Dubbed the “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection”, this period would mark a turning point in WWF’s mainstream popularity and lead to the company’s unprecedented success for years to come. On December 28, 1984 Lauper presented Albano with an award that angered Piper. In turn, Piper attacked Albano which led to Hogan coming in defense of Albano and Lauper. This would lead to a WWF World Title championship match between Hogan and Piper on February 18, 1985 at an event called “The War to Settle The Score”. This match up would be broadcasted on MTV and would show Hogan defeating Piper via disqualification after Orndorff interfered. With the odds uneven, Mr. T would enter the ring in defense of Hogan. This all culminated in a tag team match up at the very first Wrestlemania between Piper and Orndorff vs. Hogan and Mr. T. A year later, Piper would have another high profile match with Mr. T at the 2nd Wrestlemania, but this time in a boxing fight.

Following, Wrestlemania 2, Piper would go on to become a fan favorite, won the WWF Intercontinental Championship, and even served as interim WWF President. In 1996, after a memorable “Hollywood Backlot Brawl” at Wrestlemania XII, Piper would leave the WWF and make a surprise debut at WCW’s Halloween Havoc to challenge Hogan. In a non-title main event match at Starrcade 1996, Piper would go on to defeat Hogan. Piper would go on to make several more appearances in WCW until 2000.

Throughout the early 2000’s Piper would make sporadic appearance in both the now WWE and Total Nonstop Action (TNA). Then finally, in 2005, Piper was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. Since his induction, Piper made several on and off appearances on WWE TV, including numerous Piper’s Pit segments. And each time Piper would demonstrate time and time again that he still had it on the mic. Roddy Piper is survived by his wife and four children.

On a personal note, Roddy Piper was to me a true icon in the wrestling business. He was one of the first wrestlers I saw to really grab my attention at a young age. Every time I heard this man speak, I would stop whatever it was what I was doing and paid attention. The man truly had a gift to entertain as a villain and as a fan favorite. Watching him on old WWF Coliseum Home videos or on WCW Monday Nitro during the Monday Night Wars are some of my favorite wrestling memories. One of biggest regrets is not taking advantage of the two opportunities I had to meet the man. Fortunately, last year I was able to watch him do a live recording of his podcast. Roddy, we will miss. Thank you for all of the classic moments and memories. I’m going to close this with my favorite Roddy Piper match.

 

 

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Dom’s Still Callin.

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Dom Kennedy serves up some visuals to accompany the release of “Get Home Safely”. “Still Callin″ to me was the stand out track from this particular tape, so it’s only proper that it gets the full video treatment. I’ve said it many times before in my writing and I will continue to make sure that it is said. Dom Kennedy has next where the West Coast is concerned. Kennedy has one of the most layed back, graceful voices to lace a rap track in years and whether or not he stuns you with his lyrics you will no doubt leave a listening session with at least four phrases to raise your ego in the face of any situation. Dom is the kind of rapper who effortlessly laces beats in a manner that makes listening to his tape an absolute pleasure. If these record label folks don’t see it, then they continue to prove again and again that they’re blind and out of touch with the industry. Never mind a rushed and oblivious XXL review, Kennedy spits raps that seem to come as natural as Cali kids wearing flip-flop’s and socks. Not to mention the fact that Kennedy seems determined to make sure the only thing that leaves his camp are quality, completed projects. You don’t see random leaks and throw away tracks on off days. If there’s a method to this industry madness, they have the recipe.

The video is a continuation of Kennedy’s laid back approach. Simple but dramatic, the video is an entrance to a larger national stage, a statement of purpose. Hard work be payin’ off but only if you can manage to just be cool along the way.

This band is dope.

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This band is dope.

This band is dope.

You might be wondering why I’m doing an entry for a band.  Lemme break it down for you guys.

This band is dope.  Her Crimson Love is an all-female pop-rock(I LOVE THAT CANDY) band haling from our fair city, and they have an enjoyable sound.  You might remember, I did an entry about them last year when I caught their gig at the griffin.

Here’s a short bio from their official facebook page:

It happened in chemistry class. Hailing from San Diego, CA, the female rockers of Her Crimson Love (aka HCL) started out their days as a high school rock band that jammed in a garage to cover songs and made their own songs — and still do. The pop-punk, all-female band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Jennifer “Jay Jay” Juliano, lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Jamie Manalili, bassist and lyricst, Melanie “Mel” Buhay and drummer, Phonesavanth “Pon” Elena Navasak. Pulling influences from bands like Jinxed, Rufio, and New Found Glory guides them in creating the sound that they have today.

They performed at bar venues in San Diego such as the Griffin and the Office Bar and recently, AMP Music Festival 2013; their first was the AMP Music Festival 2012. Her Crimson Love enjoys sharing the stage with the talented, local musicians and getting to know and share similiar musical interests. Currently, the ladies are writing new songs, are working on releasing their first EP, and have some shows lined up.

Sooo…I was talkin’ with their drummer earlier tonight and we talked about geeky shit.  The usual.  And so, we decided to combine our powers for good and defend the geek realm from all that is pretentious, creepy, troll-looking, and #notaboutthatgeeklife.  What can you expect from this movement?  Um….interviews, maybe a video or two, Pon kicking Jared, the sky’s the limit.

So fans, be on the lookout.  HCL & SSB are gonna be rocking out, punching kittens, drawing manga, and partying really hard!

Although one of the things probably won’t happen too soon. :/

Their ReverbNation profile is here

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“Nice Guys”

This may not seem like a big deal to all of you in the blogosphere but, I personally can’t stand when I see “Nice Guy” status updates or tweets. I’m sure you’ve seen them…you haven’t!? allow me to show you some examples.

“In the movies, the good guy gets the girl. In real life, it’s usually the prick”

“I’m a great catch, why can’t I find a girlfriend?” 

“All the girls I talk to keep asking “where have all the good guys gone?”. I’m in the FRIEND ZONE, where you left me.”

So guys pull this b!tcha$$ sh!t for a couple of reasons. Hopes that a particular crush ‘likes or responds’ to the status update, alerting any and all females that he’s single and is a “genuine” good guy, Thinks the girls who respond “want the D”. Guys most likely have some kind of ulterior motive OR they truly believe in the stuff they’re saying. Which in my book, is the worst.

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The problem with the nice guy mentality is that they think every guy who isn’t them is a “jerk”. They seem to blame there inability to get into a relationship on everybody BUT themselves, What “nice guys” fail to realize is that maybe they’re not getting any love because they’re insecure, passive aggressive, whiny, clingy, submissive, and boring. Nice guys constantly blame their failures on women having bad taste in men, and fail to even think for a moment that maybe they’re issue is that they have HORRIBLE taste in women and are bad at gauging whether or not a women is interested. Now I’m not telling you to go out in the world and act like a dickhead to women. Just grow a pair, stop being thirsty, and have the confidence to be yourself. and if your saying “it’s not that easy” well NO DUH! what in life is? 

now listen to this Player Hater Anthem from the ultimate “nice guy” Drake…

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that’s my sh!t.

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So sometimes you get this one song, right? Suggestion from a friend, random download from a playlist, picking up an unknown album from a record store, whatever the means of possession might happen to be, this certain songs comes into your life. In today’s current age you drag the little file over to iTunes waiting to see what this mysterious little MP3 file holds for you. The file loads and through the speakers out blasts some glorious cacophony the likes of which you have never heard.

It’s hard to describe but sometimes certain songs hit you on particular days and they literally just change your life for that day. Music really has an incredible power to change the way a person thinks, feels and acts. It can call an entire group of people to action or unite complete strangers. More importantly for you and I, it can take us to a completely different place as we sit in front of a 15 inch computer screen.

If you could see the way the track below makes me get up and walk around my room nodding my head, than you might have a little better understanding of the feeling I am trying to convey. The track is so amazingly soft but at the same time it pounds so hard on a profoundly deeper level. It’s like being smacked with with the finest pillow by the grade school girl on whom you always had a severe crush. Sure you feel it, and sure you are getting hit, but you wouldn’t mind feeling it again and again.

It may not work for you with the below song, the weather may not be right from where ever you are reading, you may not be a fan of the lyrics, hell you may not even like the song. But when you find that perfect song for yourself you will know exactly what I am talking about as you get up out of your chair and begin to nod your head around your room despite the confused stares of those around. That’s what happens to me at least.

Nostalgic Nibble: Something Like You/Say It

One characteristic from my teenage years is the plethora of R&B and Pop music from a variety of boy bands and girl bands. No matter how much people hate on it, there will never be a time period like it ever again. N’Sync. 98 Degrees. Backstreet Boys. Spice Girls. Kai. Devotion. Innerlude. Hanson. SWV. All Saints. O-Town. LFO. New Kids On The Block. Boys II Men. Immature. Five. And so on and so on.

More specifically, the slow jams from the 90’s to the 00’s will forever be near and dear to those of us who grew up during those times. For me, it was a time of incessant hopeful thinking and naïve searching for a brainwashed concept of reality that seems so trivial now. I smile when I think back to who I was before because even if I no longer hold onto those same concepts, the thought of having once believed is comforting. =)tdk-cdr

Below is a video for a sweet song by N’Sync called “Something Like You.” When you hear this song, what place in time does it bring you back to? I am brought back to a time where CDs were filled with love songs downloaded from Napster or Kazaa, and pleasant thoughts of one day falling in love. I stumbled on a YouTube video of the song in sign language. Check it out!

Don’t you all miss this type of slow jam music? I was discussing this with a friend awhile ago, and the funny thing is that there are bands out right now that are producing music similar to how it was back in our day. One of them is Legaci. I would love to see slow jams make a come back. Our 90s styles are coming back into fashion. I’m curious to see if legit harmonized boy/girl bands will also make a return. Here is a cover to Voices of Theory’s “Say It” by Legaci. (check out their YouTube Channel here)

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SSB vs. Valvrave:The Liberator

 

It’s been about 11 years or so since Gundam Seed first hit us with its “space drama giant robots destroying colonies” schtick, and Sunrise decided that we were lacking in that department, so they sent us Valvrave.  They realized early on that teenagers go with giant robots, just like Evangelion (we all know how well that turned out, right).

No, not that.

No, not that.

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My first impressions after watching the first 4 episodes?

They threw Gundam Seed (NOT DESTINY), Code Geass, Vampires, Metal Gear Solid 4’s nanomachines, and TM Revolution into a blender, and this is the result.  A visual feast of stuff blowing up, teenagers making peace signs, and EL ERUFU.  I’m impressed by it.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m older now, but I’m finding it harder and harder to get an anime to gel with me if it’s not Initial D.  I blame TM Revolution.

SSB’s “TM Revolution Rule of Cool” - If TM Revolution is involved with an Anime/Manga/Game franchise of any sort, it’s automatically cool, or at least tolerable.

So yes, I will be following Valvrave: The Liberator.

An Upscale Casual Kinda Night

‘Twas another wonderful Wednesday night at The Office Bar in North Park, San Diego. Upscale Casual, my favorite San Diego ukulele band, brought with them the “sweet sounds of the islands to the mainland” once again. On this particular night, only three members of the band graced us with their island presence, but the band actually consists of four members: Jason Torres (not pictured), Vanessa Nguyen (middle), Frederick Callo (right), and Sean Davis (left).

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As an avid fan of this sweet group, I’ve been loyally following them all around San Diego. I always make it a point to attend one of their shows any chance I get, in order to satiate my desires to hear the addictively serenading sounds of the ukulele. Their music not only comforts their audiences, but their stage presence also engages their audiences to feel the music with them. As they play a broad range of cover songs from Anuhea’s “Simple Love Song” to J-Boog‘s “Sunshine Girl” to Nicki Minaj‘s “Starships,” they imprint a unique island twist to each song that coincides with Upscale Casual’s unique style.

Their rendition of the childhood classic Ducktales theme song manages to provide a sense of nostalgia that warms the hearts of their audiences. Upscale Casual’s style is not only relaxing but playful, attracting all music lovers back for more with each show.

In addition to cover songs, they also showcase a few original songs such as “Good Times” or mashups of “As Long As You Love Me” (Bieber/Backstreet Boys). I love the 34 second mark of “Good Times” because I absolutely love carne asada fries and Korean BBQ, and I’m sure a bunch of you men will be amused at the 1:38 second mark. =)

Upscale Casual has been swaying their way around the mainland with their serenading ukuleles since July 2011, and with each performance I look forward to what comes next for this band. For more information on Upscale Casual, visit them on their Facebook page, their main site, their Twitter page, or their YouTube Channel.

Listen to them, like them, love them. And come join me at their next show!! Mahalo!! =P