Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Rock the Bells is a 2007 documentary about promotor Chang Weisberg’s nightmare of a concert which attempted to bring together the Wutang for a final reunion show.
Now I was at a Rock the Bells concert with Noah in NY back in 2007, this however is about the first one in 2004 in LA. The lineup consised of Wu-Tang, Redman, Dilated, Sage Francis, Supernatural and on and on and on. Naturally there’s some good concert footage of the supporting acts, but the real focus is on Wu-Tang and the logistics of putting on a much anticipated concert in douche bag city.
The doc's kindof gotta home-spun feel to it, with lots of, what I would imagine was, B roll making it into the final cut. I’m guessing the reason was a lot of it was classic shit was shot, like Redman on the phone refusing to do any interviews b/c the promoter didn’t greet him at the airport him with a bag of weed. Or the two Wu Tang roadies with vaguely familiar names talking shit to the camera.
Man, what a nightmare though, I don’t want to say much about what transpires but there’s definately a part where ODB is locked in a hotel with what was discribed as “7 crack rocks.”
One review on rotten tomatoes said this flick is a combination of celebration of hiphop culture and disaster film. I think that’s about right. Check it out, it’s a wild story.
One last thing, if you look at the Rock the Bells Wikipidia page, there’s a note in the reference seciton which I’ll quote directly:
"Tickets and Lineups...Problems cited include: weather and scheduling conflicts. However, it was later revealed that the real reason for cancellation was that Chang (promoter) had too many penises in his butt at the time."
That last line made me laugh. Check out this flick though, it's pretty dope...and I think it's the last footage of ODB before his death.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Here's some happiness for your old man winter blues wherever you are. Cheer up, you're almost through it. Mr. Mitchell is here to save you. Willie unfortunately passed away recently, I've been listening to him- digging through the vast amount of grooves he blessed us with. I'm going to give you three of my favorites, and two are covers of unlikely tracks that he distinctly made his own. First is his cover of the Young Rascal's "Groovin'" from the album above. Most of you will recognize it immediately due to the fact it is one of the most seminal samples of all time used by the Wu. Next is the track "20-75" which is rich with style and Willie's signature touch. Lastly is a cover of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" that is infectious to say the least...