[acoustic cover] headlines – drake

Yay, another musical cover. I recently bought a pop filter so I decided to try out recording audio on the microphone. Many hours later (the song recording took about 8 minutes after a couple of takes), I’ve finally got iMovie to create a video file that I uploaded to YouTube. I still find it ridiculous that the turnaround time on Windows Movie Maker would have been < 30 minutes. iMovie may be the most poorly designed interface I’ve interacted with, when it comes to Apple software, and that includes the ridiculousness that is iTunes as well as the tweenage iOS paradigm.

Anyways, enough griping. This is a cover of Drake’s song Headlines. Also could probably have been titled They Know, since he says that about 1.374 million times in the song. Still haven’t learned all the words to it so I had to read them off the screen, but at some point I’ll do it right. Just not this time.

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force feed

I haven’t put anything on here for a while so I figured I’d write something instead of taking the easy option and just going to sleep.

I was originally going to put some raw, unadulterated, brainstorm rap verses on here but they sounded a lot better in my head than when I put them in this little textbox. Actually, that’s a lie, I never got the chance to put it down because, much like the hip hop songs you hear on the radio, I couldn’t understand any of the words. Maybe this means I have a shot at becoming America’s next YouTube star.

So yesterday I went and watched a Snoop Dogg concert. It was a very… interesting concert. Apart from the expected… herbal fragrances in the air, Snoop was present with a minimized crew on stage, pigtails and all. And a massive microphone that said “Snoop Dogg” on it. And, for some period of time, shades that said “Snoop Dogg” on it. And pretty much all his songs called out the fact that he was, in fact, Snoop Dogg. We get it, Snoop. You’re Big Snoop Dogg. Snoop Doggy Dogg. You’re kind of a unique dude.

The show was fun, though. He played a lot of songs I knew–something I was afraid of because I do not know that much Snoop Dogg. The Next Episode, P.I.M.P., Drop It Like It’s Hot, Gin and Juice, Doggy Style. He even did a bit of 2 of Americaz Most Wanted (collaborate with Tupac) and also, totally randomly, pulled out some Akon as well as Jump Around. He was having fun. I was having fun. It was all good.

While standing in line for the show, I noticed that Steve Aoki is coming to Stubb’s. Umm, yes please. Tickets have already been purchased. This is gonna be freaking awesome.

Also, I watched The Three Musketeers today. It was okay. I spent most of the movie trying to figure out if Luke Evans was Orlando Bloom. They looked pretty much the same, but then all the characters did with their long hair, unkempt beards and silly hats. I didn’t remember anything from the book, of which I have only read the abridged version, I’m pretty sure, so there was nothing to fall back on. The movie did make me want to buy the book and read it (again?) so I may have to do that. It’ll have to go to the end of my queue of 8-books that are pending on my reading list.

Fine, so this ended up being really boring. Whatever. I’ll try to work on the Drake cover this weekend.

throwback tracks

Two tracks I heard in copious amounts in college thanks to my roommate, PT.

The first one I remembered because I’m going to SF this weekend. The second one I remembered because I asked PT who did the first song and he initially said Vinylshakerz, who produced this other awesome track.

Global Deejays – The Sound of San Francisco
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Vinylshakerz – One Night in Bangkok
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apparently it is really easy to stop receiving unsolicited calls

For the longest time, I thought that getting myself on the “Do Not Call” list would involve jumping through hoops such as calling a number, being put on hold for a long time and, of course, the whole process failing until it was done a few times. Well, I can’t vouch for the last part, but apparently getting yourself on this list is as easy as going to the U.S. Government’s website, aptly titled donotcall.gov:

http://www.donotcall.gov

All you have to do is click the Register Now button, enter your number and an email address and then click the confirmation link they send you on your email. If you are super paranoid, you can probably set up one of those temporary mailboxes and that way the government won’t be able to associate your phone number with your email address (although Facebook already does it).

I know a few million people in India who would be pleased as punch if such a system was available there!

[acoustic remix] i’m on one

Here’s the first acoustic remix that I’m officially posting to this blog. An acoustic remix is my way of describing a really poorly prepared song where I recorded the rhythm guitar, the vocals, the beat and a lead guitar section on separate channels and pretended that they sounded good together. I’ve got a few up on SoundCloud already, but they are mostly crappy because I was trying to figure out how to use this microphone I bought. They’ll get incrementally better, but don’t expect them to get all that good.

So here goes. This is I’m On One by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross (the boss) and Lil’ Wayne. There are a lot of expletives/profanity in this song so if you don’t like that, don’t listen. I didn’t come up with the lyrics, I just regurgitated them much like a person with a stomach virus regurgitates any food that doesn’t settle nicely. It sounds pretty similar, at the very least.

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back from the dead!

I realized I haven’t posted anything on this blog for almost 5 months and I can just imagine the pain and suffering that my plethora of readers have been going through over that period of time. Thankfully, I’ve decided to start posting on this shiznit again, if only to make sure that I can stay in touch with my mastery of the English language instead of slipping into a lifestyle where the only languages I can write in are interpreted by programming language compilers.

So let’s see, what has happened over the last few months? My last post had to do with the NBA playoffs. Sadly (or fortunately, for the aforementioned plethora of readers) it appears that there will not be an NBA season this year–or at least a severely shortened one if the players and the league can finally figure things out. I haven’t really followed the conflict at all because I have no interest in the business aspects of basketball. As a slightly-more-than-casual fan, I’m just hoping that the two remaining relevant jerseys of the three I purchased last year don’t suddenly become throwaways.

RAIN RAIN, COME BACK, GO AWAY ANOTHER SUMMER

Rain. Oh right, that’s been the story of the last few months. Or lack thereof, more accurately. It is possible that the cessation of rainfall in Texas directly coincided with when I stopped posting on this website. If there is indeed a carnal connection between my writing and the cloud patterns, then I apologize profusely to all the affected plantlife, who have no doubt buried a lot of their close ones over this drought. There was a pun intended there, even though it was a particularly poor pun. The alliteration in that previous sentence was also intended.

WORKING LIKE A DAWG

The last few months have also seen me become an absolute YouTube sensation. I posted my first ever YT video of myself in a vulnerable situation–playing guitar and attempting to sing–a day after my last blog entry. Since I’m an absolute attention whore at this point in my life, here’s a link to that video:

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In the ensuing 5 months, I have put up no less than 34 more acoustic covers, covering genres as widespread as pop, hip hop and alternative rock with artists spanning from Britney Spears to Coldplay to Childish Gambino. My channel now has amassed a massive number of views–4,111 at last count. However, I’m not letting the success get to my head and will continue posting amazing musical renditions on the interwebs. My 4 subscribers should not be worried.

Oh, in unrelated news, I also celebrated 2 years at my job. Yeah, time is flying.

WHAT’S COMING UP??

I cannot believe it is almost 2012. Isn’t the world supposed to end or something?

Anyways, I’m hoping to make this blog slightly more active. I’m hoping to add lots of photos of food, since I have enjoyed cooking again. And hopefully some recipes for those of you who have no regard for your digestive system. I also want to use this as a place to freewrite. So watch out for some totally disconnected and confused posts that don’t make any sense whatsoever. I’m hoping I’ll stumble upon my bestseller in this way. Or, one day, when I’m famous, someone will come up with the idea of collating these posts into a book and selling it with my smiling mug on the cover.

Oh, I’m also planning to design my own WP theme because this has too much going on.

Cheerios.