Buon Giorno indeed

(image: Milano Fixed)

6am insomnia with Bobby Brown

Most mornings I’m up around 6a or so, usually to use the restroom, and it’s about that time that I go and shut off the television from being on (or keep it on to see the news). Today I happened to turn halfway in to ‘Behind the Music: Bobby Brown‘, right as they were discussing the break-up between him and New Edition. Being fans of NE and Bobby as a solo artists, I stayed tuned, mostly because I didn’t know much about why the group broke up (it was because he didn’t want to conform to selling out as a bubble gum pop act and wanted more control of the creative process). Many drugs and a failed marriage with Whitney Houston later, we all know the guy has been through his troubles, served his time, so on and so forth; don’t care, wasn’t anything new. I was interested more in what he’s up to now, especially since I saw him earlier this year at the Greek Theater, headlining alongside Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, who apparently had formed a new trio called Heads of State. They’re really great live, basically the other half of NE if you can see Bell Biv Devoe perform near or around the same time, which I did. Bobby has since released ‘Gold‘, a greatest hits compilation from his various solo, NE and collaborative efforts; starred on CMT’s ‘Gone Country‘, a reality tv show (a point in time where he finally dropped the drug habit); and is now touring with Heads of State on his road to redemption. A relatively good ending to an otherwise troubled lifestyle. Now they just need a complete New Edition reunion tour (not sure if the recent NE reunions actually featured Bobby Brown as part of the act, according to VH1’s report).

And I thought it was the seven herbs and spices that drove them nuts…

Lesley McCave, a blogger on LA Weekly‘s Squid Ink collective, recently commented on the KFC phenomenon that takes over Japan during Christmas time. Since the Japanese don’t have much access to turkey and probably don’t celebrate this holiday like most Americans do (by roasting a turkey and devouring it around a huge dinner table), those who feel the need to improvise, do so by stumbling over to their local KFC, or as the locals refer to as ‘Kentucky‘. I don’t find this particularly weird or anything, nor should anyone for that matter. What is interesting, however, is that they dress the Colonel up in full Santa gear, as with other holidays throughout the year, or for no real reason at all. Perhaps this was simply an interesting nugget of info that you’ll relay to a friend but I’m guessing you’ll be thinking, “Shit, I wish I didn’t read this” instead. Happy holidays y’all.

Those wacky superheroes!

Mugen turbo manifold (no, seriously)

Bet you’ve never heard of a Mugen turbo manifold until today. I didn’t believe it either until I saw this on nwp4life.com, where someone said, “Spot the Mugen in this engine bay”. Clearly there isn’t anything really cosmetic that would make you believe there’s anything Mugen at all and since it’s turbocharged, you become even more clueless. Turns out the owner of the car used a beat up header and had it custom fabricated to bolt up to a turbo. Pretty cool.

Olivia Munn

The gf says that Olivia Munn has only one look. This is true.

And yet, I’d still hit it. In a fantastical sort of way, obviously.

(images: MyMag)

You stood in line…for these?!?

Apparently the Air Jordan XI Space Jam shoes were the big final release for the year and a lot of people missed out due to Eastbay’s clusterfuck-up of a website. I feel their pain but you should always go in person (preferably to a Niketown) and wait in line to get your shoes. On second thought, maybe you shouldn’t. I don’t see the appeal at all; they’re damn fugly to me. Whatever happened to the AJ3s coming in Military Blue re-release? Oh yeah, that’s right; Asia only. Oh well…

(Source: via Hypebeast.com by way of Cadmus Family)

"Hands In the Air"-type shit

Oakenfold Anthems is one of those collections I found recently that instantly reminded me of my raving days. Figure no matter how many people think Oakey is a tool these days must always remember that the music on these discs are probably the reason why they started enjoying electronic dance music in the first place.

download: Oakenfold Anthems – mixed by Paul Oakenfold


01. BT – Flaming June
02. Grace – Not Over Yet
03. Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar
04. Ascension – Someone
05. Marmion – Shoneberg
06. Paul Oakenfold – Southern Sun
07. Art Of Trance – Madagascar
08. U2 – Beautiful Day
09. Schiller – Das Glockenspiel
10. Mansun – Wide Open Space
11. Taste Experience & Natasha Pearl – Summersault
12. Leftfield – Not Forgotten
13. ATB – 9pm (Till I Come)
14. Humate – Love Stimulation
15. Delerium – Silence
16. Lost Tribe – Gamemaster
17. Mauro Picotto – Lizard


01. Kosheen – Hide U
02. Jam & Spoon – Stella
03. iiO – Rapture
04. Three Drives – Greece 2000
05. Chicane – Offshore
06. Push – Universal Nation
07. Planet Perfecto – Bullet In The Gun
08. Verracocha – Carte Blanche
09. Airwave – Venus Of My Dreams
10. Robert Miles – Children
11. Freefall & Jan Johnston – Skydive (I Feel Wonderful)
12. Blank & Jones – Cream
13. BBE – Seven Days And One Week
14. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft
15. William Orbit – Adagio For Strings
16. Underworld – Born Slippy


01. Traxx Y – Mystery Land
02. Tilt – Butterfly
03. Timo Maas – Ubik (The Dance)
04. Josh Wink – Higher State Of Consciousness
05. Faithless – Salva Mea
06. Brainbug – Nightmare
07. Lustral – Everytime
08. Nalin & Kane – Beachball
09. Groovezone – Eisbaer
10. Moonman – Galaxia
11. Gouryella – Gouryella
12. Binary Finary – 1998
13. System F – Out Of The Blue
14. Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia
15. PPK – ResuRection
16. Hybrid – Finished Symphony
17. Olive – You’re Not Alone

*link is for preview purposes only – you can buy a copy here*


and you can new jack swing on my nuts!

(photo: Terence Patrick)