Running Can be Terrible and Wonderful

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal

When I saw this book, it called to me almost immediately. I love running and the title and art were quite compelling.

Now, first off, I have to admit that I am not a long distance runner. I run for less than 40 minutes at a time. Generally, I cover anywhere from 5 to 10 kilometers during one run. This is often referred to as “middle distance” running.

The author of this book runs much further than that. He opens the book with a story of running an ultra-marathon that took him 11 hours. I have always thought that long distance runners were slightly crazy. What would make someone push themselves to that extreme? Why not stop at a respectable distance or time-frame?

The Oatmeal, who is a person (I always thought that it was simply a satirical website), explains exactly why he runs. He does so with humour that made me laugh out loud a few times. The art and words are married together in a seamless way. Once you start reading it, you will have a hard time putting it down. I read it in two sittings but could have done it in one.

My wife saw how much I was enjoying the book and asked to read it too. That’s unusual because she has tried reading some of my graphic novels and really doesn’t like the medium. But she liked this book. I think you will too.

The author shares one of my philosophies when it comes to running – run outside and find a loop.

I regularly look for new places to run outside. I explore trails and have documented quite a few of the, here.

And I continue to write a book review for every title I read.

My List of 2017 Reads

WIB Rap Radio – Napoleon Da Legend

We have a special guest on our phone lines this week, Napoleon Da Legend. You have heard his music on this show several times, and now you get to hear him talk about his music and hard hitting issues.

We talk about white privilege and the other types of  advantages that people have and might not even be aware of. We also talk about innovation and experimentation in music. It’s not always the best idea to stick to tried and true rules of hip-hop. As he says, “I know what automatically works right now” but he doesn’t just do that. He says, “I want to still be an artist that advances the music and tries.” The message here is that life is too short to conform.

Napoleon the Legend breaks it down even further, “Every great major artist that people put in their Top 10, has something totally brand new about what they did in one shape, form, or the other.

We had a great conversation that will inspire you and if you weren’t a fan before, I am sure you will be won over now. And of course, I spin tons of great new music, and sprinkle in a few underground jams from years past.

Press play and enjoy the show!

Blu & Exile – On The Radio
Son of Same ft Masta Ace & Large Pro – Come a Long Way
Prolific ft Es & Chase March – The Beginning
Awful P & Conflikt – No Time
PMD ft Ace Brav and Leek – Belly of the Beast
Hex One ft Skyzoo – Peep the Steeze
Moka Only – Right There
Koss ft Keith Murray – This is Now
RSXGLD – I Believe
Napoleon Da Legend – Black Privilege 2
Nieve and SoulChef ft Napoleon Da Legend – Which Side
DJ Dister ft Napoleon Da Legend – The Future
Dan-e-o – 20 Years Later
E.O.C. – Poetical Playground
Wu-Tang Clan – Frozen
Grezzer – Lonely Path
Tempomental ft Oh Kg – Dying Days
Bru Lei – True Love
Notion ft Ghettosocks, Maestro, and DJ Grouch – Welcome to Toronto
Prem Rock & Fresh Kils – Ether (Raistlin’s Rendezvous)
Starvin B – Iron workers
Camp Lo ft De La Soul – B-side to Hollywood
Slaine vs Termanology – Blink of an Eye
Cipha – Rock Rock On
Murs – Yesterday & Today
2Pac – Ain’t Hard 2 Find

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Paperless Classroom Solutions

I am teaching a Grade 11 Communications Technology class this term. It is my first time teaching anything like this. The students are creating websites, making photo edits, producing, recording, and editing audio and video files, and other digital projects. As such, I thought it would be a great idea to have a paperless classroom this term. This is what I tried.

Edmodo

This is a platform made specifically for teachers and students. It looks like Facebook and is pretty easy to use. Only your students have access to the page and they have to sign up using a code that the website provides for you.

I have used it for almost two months now but I think I am going to stop using it for the simple fact that posts get buried in the timeline easily. This happens in Facebook too. Edmodo has modeled itself on the Facebook platform and I don’t think it is the best fit for education.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a great solution for sharing files with students. It is easy to organize your files into folders and you can choose how to share them. You can invite people via email or share a link for anyone to access the files.

Right now, I only have one folder set up for all of the classroom assignments. I also attached the class syllabus here.

Clicking on the Assignment folder will give you access to the subfolders for each assignment. I number and title every assignment so it easy to keep track of everything.

When you click on an assignment, you get all the materials needed to complete it. The word document is there for students to download and edit. They can then submit their work in a .doc file and I can add comments and send it back to them. It’s a great way to target feedback and keep digital records of student work.

Email

Even though I use Gmail for pretty much all of my email communication, I make sure I only use my school email account to interact with students. This is just good practice and gives you protection as a teacher

Rubrics

I have been saving the rubrics and comments I make to each student in a PDF file that I store in a folder on my computer entitled “TGJ3M Portfolios.” Every student has his or her own folder and it serves as a portfolio of their work and marks.

Student Websites

Each student in my class created a blog for the first assignment of the term. Much of the work I want them to do can be completed there so they don’t have to hand in any papers or email me assignments. It saves us all a lot of time.

What Do You Do in Your Paperless Classroom?

I’d love to hear what tools and strategies you are using, please leave a comment below.

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Invincible or Infamous Iron Man?

Invincible Iron Man – Vol 1: Reboot

Tony Stark has new armor and it is truly remarkable. There is a stealth mode, it can change colour, and it is incredible easy to get in and out of. Unfortunately Pepper Potts is not at Stark Industries anymore and Tony doesn’t have anyone to rely on to run the business.

Invincible Iron Man – Vol 2: The War Machines

Mary Jane tried to get away from super-heroes. She moved to a city where she thought she’d just could open up a night club and live a normal live. But fate had different plans for her.  A demon invaded her venue and it took Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Victor Von Doom to stop it. That’s right, Doctor Doom. He seems to want to help, but Tony doesn’t trust him at all.

With Mary Jane’s club destroyed, she reluctantly starts to work for Tony, and he is very lucky to have her on the team.

Invincible Iron Man – Vol 3: Civil War II

The second super-hero Civil War is a major crossover event that spans almost all of the Marvel monthly titles. The main story was quite well done, but there are pieces of the story missing if you only read that and then jump into this series.

I wish the book editor had put a few notes in this story to fill in some of the knowledge gaps I had. This volume pretty much assumes you know what is happening in the MCU (Marvel Comics Universe) and I didn’t.

That being said, having read the Civil War trade paperback and the Miles Morales Spider-man arc, I pretty much knew what was happening (for the most part).

I was really surprised to see this series come to an end as well. It will be continued in the next volume of the title and start again with Issue #1. I don’t see why either. This could have continued in an on-going series instead of a limited run volume.

Infamous Iron Man – Vol 1: Infamous

When Tony Stark went undercover and let the world believe he was dead, Victor Von Doom decided to step up and become the new Iron Man. In the three graphic novels above, we can see that he had been trying to turn over a new leaf. But it is hard to trust that he is not up to his old Dr. Doom ways.

Ben Grim aka The Thing of the now defunct Fantastic Four certainly doesn’t trust him and will do whatever it takes to bring him to justice.

I was hoping this title might have been as good as Superior Spider-man when Peter Parker’s arch enemy, Doc Ock took the mantle and was determined to be the best Spider-man yet. It’s not quite as good, but it does have some potential. I am curious to see where this title goes next.

It’s nice to see Bendis and Maleev working together again. Their iconic run on Daredevil is still one of my favourites.

My List of 2017 Reads – my annual reading log (continually updated)

The Dow Wetlands (Sarnia, ON)

The Dow Wetlands is located at the corner of LaSalle Road and Highway 40 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Today, I decided to go for a run around the trail there.

There are plenty of places to take in the natural beauty of the wetland and enjoy a picnic.

The trail runs alongside five ponds

and includes a few foot bridges.

The trail isn’t very long and it is almost completely flat. I had to run around the different loops a few times to get in my five kilometers today.

There are even a few placards like this one to describe the importance of wetland areas.

There are several wheelchair accessible observation docks as well. This pond is full of fish, bullfrogs, and wild birds.

Check out the Dow Wetlands brochure for more information about this wildlife preserve.

Want to find other places to run or hike? 

Photographic Tour Archive (dozens and dozens of great trails to explore)

Website Design Assignment

This is the third assignment I gave my students for TGJ3M – Communications Technology. It builds off the skills we have been learning so far this term. First, we looked closely at the five different types of logos and collected examples of each. Then, we created a fictional media company and designed a logo for it. Now, we are going to use that logo to build a functional website.

Here are details for the first two projects . . .

Assignment 1 – Collecting and Analyzing Logos

Assignment 2 – Designing a Logo

and the details for the third project . . .

Assignment 3 – Website Design Part 1 – PDF, MS Word

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WIB Rap Radio – Dead Homiez

We’ve lost way too many emcees over the years. I had the idea to pay tribute to them in a special edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

My idea was start off the show with Ice Cube’s “Dead Homiez” and then play tracks exclusively from rappers who have passed away.

This is a show I have wanted to do for quite some time now. I just haven’t had the time. So when Xplizitsouljah asked to do a guest mix on the show and if I had any ideas for the show, I gave him this idea and he ran with it.

Let’s celebrate the music that these amazing artists have left us with. Thanks for the memories. Rest in Peace!

Ice Cube – Dead Homiez
UGK – Hi Life
Makavelli – Hail Mary
Gangstarr – In Memory Of
Prodigy (Mobb Deep) – H.N.I.C.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Warning
Gangstarr – Eulogy
Kris Kross – Live and Die for Hip-Hop
Eazy E – Boyz in The Hood
Gravediggaz – Dangerous Mindz
Big L – Put It On
D12 – Fight Music
The Notorious B.I.G. – Kick in the Door
Big Pun – You Ain’t a Killer
Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth
O.D.B. – Brooklyn Zoo
2Pac ft Daz, Kurupt, Method Man, and Redman – Got My Mind Made Up
Slum Village ft Dwele – Tainted Love
Jay Dee (J Dilla) – Won’t Do
O.D.B. – Pop Shots
Guru – Hustli’ Daze
Heavy D and The Boyz – Black Coffee
Run-DMC – Run’s House
2Pac – I Wonder If Heave Got a Ghetto
Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
Lost Boyz – Music Makes Me High
King Reign – I Rap
DJ Scott La Rock and D-Nice – Scott Made Me Funky
A Tribe Called Quest – Bugging Out
Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five – Sign of the Times
Krs-One – Hip-Hop Speaks From Heaven

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Much To Be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite times of the year. I love having the opportunity to reflect on all of the good things in my life, to sit down and have a great dinner with my loved ones, and to share a little cheer.

My Wife

Diana is an amazing woman. She’s understanding, kind, supportive, and shows her love for me every day. I don’t know what I did to deserve her.

Clean Water

Not everyone has access to clean water. I am thankful that I can drink the water that comes out the tap and that I can drive to a nearby beach to have a swim.

Music

I love being able to share music with a receptive audience. Deejaying on the radio, at rap concerts, karaoke, and special events is a lot of fun.

A Healthy Attitude 

Some people have a hard time at holidays and it affects them so much that they can’t stop to enjoy the moment. I’m not sure why I tend to have a healthy attitude, but I am very thankful for it.

Trail Running

I love running through a trail and having the sounds of the city fade away around me. It gives me time to think and reflect, much like this time of year. I have never meditated, but I think this is my own form of meditation.

Skateboarding 

I still skateboard and can’t imagine ever giving it up. I love being able to glide across the concrete, to soar over ramps, and to spend some time with my son doing so.

My Home

It’s nice to have a place to come home to every night, a driveway to park in, food in the cupboards, and all the other pleasures that come from having a house.

However you are celebrating (or not) . . . 

I hope you can take a moment to reflect on your blessings and the great things in your life. We all have something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Panels in Space

I borrowed both of these graphic novels from the public library. It’s nice to be able to explore space for free (from the safety of my living room).

Captain Marvel: Volume 1 – Rise of Alpha Flight

I’m not too  familiar with the character of Captain Marvel. I know of her from Civil War II and from her brief appearance in the new series of Ms. Marvel. I also didn’t have any experience reading Alpha Flight comics so this was a new experience for me, as it probably will be for many readers.

It starts out with Captain Marvel taking command of the Alpha Flight Space Station. And it seems like she has moved from active hero to a desk job. But of course, all sorts of problems happen when an alien vessel approaches. Not only does she lose her powers but it seems like everything is connected to how she got them in the first place.

It was nice that we didn’t get a straight-up origin story, but one that helps to establish some of the backstory of the character, throw her into a new role and situation, and anchor a brand new series.

And when the universe has been saved by the end of the story, Captain Marvel’s powers have been restored, and everything looks like it will be business as usual, she sits down at her desk on the space station to relax. Just then, an alarm goes  and she springs back into action. No desk is going to keep her down.

Star Trek – Starfleet Academy

I don’t like the timeline of the cinematic reboot of Star Trek. It doesn’t feel natural for the crew to be all chummy at Starfleet Academy as presented in this graphic novel. As such, it was difficult getting into this story. It felt like the characters were in the wrong place and time. It was hard to get my head around.

The story is centered around a female Vulcan and her days at the academy. These scenes take place right after the destruction of her homeworld (as seen in the first movie).

Interspersed with that story, Uhuru uncovers a message that leads her to believe something is wrong in a quarantined area of space. Of course, these two stories are related and though the two characters don’t actually meet, they help uncover the mystery together. Kirk and Spock are also in there for good measure.

It took me a minute to get into this one because of the time difference, but overall, it was a good read.

My List of 2017 Reads – 27 titles and counting

Kung-Fu Vampire, Locksmith, and Friends (FRIDAY in London, ON)

DWG Entertaiment along with Axel Rosa present  . . .

Kung-Fu Vampire and Locksmith

with special guests

Noise and Fortunato

DJ Chase March on the 1’s and 2’s

Local Support by

Tempomental
Labeled Minority
Lola
Stopwatch
Solyd Roy

Kung Fu Vampire is an American rapper from San Jose, California and the vocalist of the musical group of the same name. He has nationally toured with Twiztid, Tech N9ne, Locksmith, ICP, Brotha Lynch Hung, Wrekonize and more. In addition, KFV has collaborated with musicians such as Blue Note Records Jazz legend, Trumpeter Eddie Gale, Hopsin, Brother J of X Clan, Cougnut, Whitney Peyton and Spice 1.

Lock Smith released a series of mixtapes from 2010 to 2013. His first official album A Thousand Cuts was released April 15, 2014. Previously, Locksmith has collaborated with Funk Volume’s Hopsin and Jarren Benton, as well as, Futuristic and Apathy. His second album Lofty Goals, was released on June 30, 2015. The album features Jarren Benton, Futuristic,Chris Webby and others. Locksmith released his 3rd album “Olive Branch” on March 31, 2017.

WHEN: Friday October 6, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
HOSTS: Danny G and Axel Rosa
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929928007276775/
TICKETS: $20
SHOW: 9:00 p.m.

WIB Rap Radio – Falling (RIP Tom Petty)

Tom Petty passed away Monday night and I wanted to pay tribute to him by kicking off the show with the Teenage Fan Club / De La Soul song that sampled his iconic hit “Free Falling.” After that I get into two hours of great hip-hop music mixed live on the radio. And close off the show with two of his greatest hits.

Rest in Peace, Tom Petty.

Your music will live on and continue to inspire us.

Teenage Fan Club and De La Soul – Falling
Dillon and Diamond D – Feast
IT – The Way the Horns Blow
Late for Dinner – Other Side
Open Mike Eagle ft Has-Lo – 95 Radios
Adam Bomb – Furthermore
PMD ft Erick Sermon (EPMD) – The Real is Gone
Sleeper Dox – Westmount Gang Sh*t
Da Dysfunkshunal Familee – She’s My
Teenburger – Mass Hypnosis
Jezi – Catch a Vibe
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Raw Fusion – Funkintoyoear
Locksmith – Agenda
Baba Brinkman – Dylan
Kyprios – Carousel
Large Professor – Ijuswannachill
2Pac – Me Against the World
Fortunato – Plain to See
Tempomental – I Know
Brady Watt – Roots Around My Ribcage
John Robinson and PVD – Choose Your Words Wisely
Superior ft Verbal Kent – Mastermind
The Alchemist and Red Bull Academy – Members De Gang
Prince Paul, Chubb Rock, Wordsworth, and MF Doom – People, Places, Things
Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down
Tom Petty – Free Falling

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Logo Design Assignment (Teaching Tip)

This is the second assignment I gave my students for TGJ3M – Communications Technology. In it, the students create a personal media company and design a logo for their brand.

This will be used in the website they will be designing in the next unit. My goal is to have as close to a paperless class as possible. Every student will have a website for their fictional media company. This will serve as a digital portfolio of all the work they complete this term. This way, I can simply check their blog every step of the way and nothing has to be physically handed in.

I showed them how to use various design programs. Inkscape is a free program that is similar to Illustrator and has several useful tutorial videos on how to use it such as this one.

Last lesson, the students collected examples of the five types of logos. For this assignment, they will create a logo of each type for their brand. The first step is coming up with a name for a company. Keep in mind that we will be doing photography, animation, audio and video recording and editing, and website design. Possible names could be _______ Media   or ________ Productions or something completely novel.

Resources

Logo Design Assignment – MS Word or PDF

I will be sharing the unit plan and complete lesson plans for this entire semester in future editions of Teaching Tip Tuesdays. So stay tuned!

Iroqouis Skatepark – Whitby

Iroqouis Skatepark is a colourful cement-based park in Whitby, Ontario.

It is located at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

I had the pleasure of skateboarding there a few weekends back. Here is a brief tour of the park.

The art in this park is very well done.

Here is one of the launch ramps.

There are several different obstacles, ramps, and quarter-pipes to skate.

This skate platform is a unique obstacle.

There are a few grinds to ledges and rails as well,

and a mini-spine ramp.

This is a very colourful skatepark that is centrally located and a lot of fun to skate.

This memorial tree is like nothing I have ever seen before.

It has several skateboards on the trunk and all the way up then branches of the tree. There are several broken decks littered around the base as well.

It is a fitting memorial for Doug E. Fresh.

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October Past

It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back at what was happening here last year at this time.

Click through to read all of the posts from last October

. . . or take in these highlights.

Please don’t let great posts get buried in the archive.

The MIX(ed)TAPE

I am so proud of this project that DJ Hullewud and I tag-teamed to release. We even released it on cassette to harken back to the age we grew up in. It is available as a free download and I have CDs every time I play live. So, pick it up and get ready for the second installment coming early next year.

The Ultimate Guide to Book Publishers

This is a great book that is updated frequently and offers all sorts of resources for authors. The new edition will probably be out soon.

This Used to be My Playground

Blogging has changed a lot since I published my first post over then years ago. Back then, there seemed to a community of bloggers to connect with, share content, comment on each other’s blogs, and read new material daily. Many of my favourite blogs have since gone silent.

My blog has changed significantly since day one but I will continue to blog. I love it and I hope you do too.

I’m Thankful

Thanksgiving happens in October and it is one of my favourite times of the year. I love enjoying a nice meal with family and taking the time to reflect on how lucky and blessed I am. I will be making another post like this one for the occasion next week.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

See you at the start of November for the next installment of Chasing Content.

My Top 5 Hip-Hop Podcasts

In honour of National Podcast Day, I thought I would share with you my favourite hip-hop podcasts.

1. Break North Radio

DJ Hullewud starts off every show with a classic record that has been sampled by several notable hip-hop acts. He spins great underground hip-hop for the first hour of the show, and then gets into about thirty minutes of tracks that sampled the first song. It’s my favourite show and required listening.

You can catch him live on the radio Saturday nights on 94.9 CHRW or catch the podcast the next day on his Mixcloud page.

2. The Real Hip Hop Show

DJ Modesty brings you  the best in underground and independent hip-hop. He plays classic boom bap flavoured joints, tracks from the golden years, and even has artist interviews. This show never disappoints.

3. No Ideas Original Radio Show

DJ Enyoutee delivers great music, has artists interviews, and represents that real hip-hop.

4. Gee-O Podcast

Gee-O spins great hip-hop tunes and updates his Mixcloud often.

Live from Echo Base Podcast

I don’t have a lot of info to share about this one. But I know that I enjoy listening to it and I think you will too.

What are your favourite podcasts?

Please leave a comment below with great hip-hop mixshow podcasts. I’d love to discover new ones.

Hip-Hop Anonymous is For Everyone (Friday)

Friday night, DWG Ent presents the All-Ages Edition of Hip-Hop Anonymous.

It’s a rap concert featuring live performances by some of the best artists in the city and surrounding area. Traffimatics is headlining the event and y’allready know, he puts on a great live show.

Also on the bill is Stewie, who was just recently on an episode of Word is Bond Rap Radio, 

Oh KG, who has been on the show multiple times,

Jennings, Solyd Roy, Ronning, Kleneslate, KIV, Sears, and Brewza will be rocking the stage.

Plus, ADD will bless us with a beat showcase and a possible chance for anyone in attendance to get on the stage for a cypher.

And of course, DJ Chase March will be on the 1s and 2s all night long.

It’s going to be a great night. I hope to see you there.

WHEN: Thursday August 17, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/117916468937159/
TICKETS: $10
SHOW: 8:00 p.m.

The 5 Types of Logos (Lesson Plan)

It’s been a long time since I posted a Teaching Tip Tuesday article. I have been meaning to get back into the swing of things again. I’m sorry for the absence.

I am teaching a new course this term and am very exicted about it. The class is TGJ3M – Communications Technology. It covers web design, animation, photography, sound and film production and editing, and more.

I started off the year with a unit on logo design. This is the first lesson of the unit.

I will post the unit plan and individual lessons over the next several weeks. So stay tuned!

Here is a brief summary of the lesson.

Powerpoint Presentation – Go through the 5 different types of logos (Phonetic, Abstract, Phonetic Abstract, Symbolic, and Pictogram) illustrated on the PowerPoint slides.

Importance of Colour – Discuss choosing colours for businesses, colour branding, and the psychology of colours. Work through the remaining slides.

Analyzing Logos Assignment – Show the students how to download the MS Word file to complete the first assignment. Show them how to copy and paste logos into the correct column and how to write two jot notes for each one.

Free Teaching Resources 

Analyzing Logos Assignment – Word doc or PDF file

5 Logo Types and the Psychology of Colour for Branding – PowerPoint Presentation

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Word is Bond Exclusive – Tone Chop and Frost Gamble

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble call into Word is Bond Rap Radio to talk about their new album “Respect is Earned Not Given” and premiere some of the tracks. The project drops on Friday, so if you like what you hear, go cop it.

We also are giving away tickets to Hip-Hop Anonymous in London, ON. Canada on Friday. To win, simply like our Facebook page and share the event page and a podcast post for your chance to win. The winner will be announced Wednesday. Good luck!

Koss ft Blaq Poet – The Realness
Mother Tareka – The First Elephant (John P Remix)
Cee & Myer Clairty – What We Want
Teenburger – Keep Running
Blu & Exile – Constellations
Bruse Wane – Empire State
Glasshouse Prods by Muse the Rockwell – Free Written
Rapsody – Chrome (Like Ooh)
Midaz the Beast – 411
Alchemist ft Cool Connexion – Monnaie

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Interview

featuring these tracks . . .
– Walk the Walk (ft Kool G Rap)
– Bing Stories
– Passion
– It’s Hip-Hop
– Krs-One & Marley Marl – Hip-Hop Lives (I Come Back)
– Guillotine Chop (ft White Rhino & Planet Asia)
– Leave It Alone (ft Ruste Juxx & Nobi)

AdELA ft Kool G Rap – Main Attraction
Juiceboxxx – Freaking Out
Common ft Kanye West – Go
Nas – You’re Da Man
Lil Neeks – Universal
The People – Bed Bugs
Funky Pandas (Jeru & Psycho Les) – Dope Dealer
Anoyd – Name Brand Water
Traffimatics ft Mad Hattr and DJ Chase March – Yallready Know

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The Beatles – All Our Yesterdays (Graphic Novel)

The Beatles – All Our Yesterdays by Jason Quinn and Lalit Kumar Sharma

I love The Beatles. What they did for music cannot be understated. They changed the game with their style, sound, and look. Their music still permeates today fifty years after their groundbreaking album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. To help celebrate that milestone, Campfire Comics has released a graphic novel that tells the story of the early days of the band.

The creators of this book recreated images from videos and photos to tell the origin story of the band we all know and love. For people who are not Beatles scholars, this book is illuminating. I did not know that they had a few names before their iconic music pun. I also didn’t know that there were five of them. Both John and Paul played guitar. There was a bass player in their ranks for quite some time before Paul McCartney decided to fill that part of the band himself.  These boys also got up to some shenanigans and trouble in their early days.

The story starts very early on with each of the main members of the band falling in love with rock music as children. It then goes on to show how the band went through different configurations, styles, and outfits before they figured out who they really were as a band.

The art is very well done and captures the youth, imagination, and recklessness that teenage musicians go through. Not much is different today. The graphic novels ends with the release of their first single that was released on Friday October 5, 1962. As as the narration box indicates

“And the hits soon kept coming. The Beatles had arrived., Beatlemania was about to sweep the world and music would never be the same again.”

It would be interesting to read their continuing adventure. I know there are more stories that could be told. Comics are a great medium for this kind of storytelling. It’s the first music origin story I have read in this format, but something tells me it won’t be the last.

This book also comes with a great bookmark in the shape of a guitar. It makes me wish I hadn’t borrowed this one from the library so I could keep it.

My List of 2017 Reads – my continually updated reading log.

Stewie visits Word is Bond Rap Radio

Local emcee, Stewie joined me at Radio Western Monday night to talk about the cool shows he’ll be playing at over the next few weeks, to world premiere his song “Why They So Serious” on the radio, and to kick a few freestyle rhymes.

We talk about horror movies, the melding of rock and rap, take some questions via text message, and give away tickets to a lucky caller. And of course, I come correct on the 1s and 2s with some dope new hip-hop and underground classics.

So press play and enjoy the show, and we hope to see you out at the concerts we mention.

Abhi the Nomad – Mama Bling
Grieves ft Slug – Astronauts
Marco Polo ft Masta Ace, Posdnous, and Dion – Glory (Finish Hard)
Koss ft Keith Murray – This is Now
Big Sporxx ft Theo 3 – Light Work
Moka Only – Featuring Drake
Group Home – Living Proof
O.D.B. – Brooklyn Zoo
Heiroglyphics – Make Your Move
Prophets of Rage – Hail to the Chief
Teenburger – The Weirding Way
Awol & Factor – Stand Up
MInk ft Abstract Rude and Jobe – Momsabop
The Beatnuts ft Big Pun – Off Tha Books
Lute – Juggin’
Stewie – Why They So Serious
D Stroy – The Art of Getting Mine
D.O. Gibson – We Did It
Dan-e-o ft Thrust, Big Kishm Eternia, Moka Only, and Maestro – League of Legends
Stewie – Freestyle
deM AtlaS – World Laughs @ U
Tempomental ft Mad Hattr – I’ve Been Feeling

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