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The part needed for my TV is, apparently, on backorder. This equals more time for me to play catch-up on the last three months or so of stuff I missed, which is not such a bad thing I suppose.

It took me a long time to get on board with hip hop. When I was in high school, it was the height of gangsta rap and the beginning of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry. Being a kid in the ‘burbs, it wasn’t my cup of tea. I was the angry, angsty kind of youth, not the angry, let’s get some guns kind of youth. It wasn’t until after I graduated and after all the gangsta feuding business had settled down that I was exposed to hip hop I could actually enjoy. The Roots, Black Star, the Pharcyde, amongst others slowly got me to open up to hip hop and embrace it.

Much like my relationship with hip hop, Eminem was a guy that I wasn’t into when he was all self-aggrandizing and violence. Like him or not, I still recognized he had some talent. I feel like he’s grown a bit over the years though, and I rather like this one from him and a pre-prison Lil’ Wayne. The video is pretty canned, but it’s alright. Bullies are assholes, kids. Don’t be an asshole.

The video for Wolf Parade‘s “Yulia” is a tragic cosmonaut love story. Beautiful and sad, and even in its 4 minutes and 16 seconds, has more heart than Armageddon.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the feel-good NYC dance party that is Duck Sauce. Cameos galore!

I just read a Rolling Stone article on the Tea Party and it made me really frustrated and angry. I’m still an American citizen, and I voted for, and still support, Obama, even from Canada. I think the Bush administration left him a shitstorm to clean up and he has managed to do some really amazing things so far. It’s hard to even put into words how insane the whole Tea Party seems to me. Anyway, it made me think of “American Hearts” from Piebald and I’ve had it in my head all day.

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