i don't recall ever being much a new-years-resolution type of person. i maybe had the odd idea of something i wanted to do, but i doubt i ever wrote it down. for some reason, with this year closing in on its end, i've been making a little mental list for the last week or two. what do i want to achieve? who do i want to be? what have i been doing wrong? so, i decided to write it out. a few things i'd like to take care of in 2009. on my way, from misery to happiness. uh huh, uh huh...
1. become a vegetarian. maybe. not sure about this one. i'm considering it. we'll see. 2. yoga. every day. seriously. namaste. 3. write more. make more art. fuck, this is my resolution on a weekly basis. seriously ryan, pick up that fucking pen you fuck. (and act. this things scares me the most. therefore, i gotta do it.) 4. drink less. or just switch from beer to red wine. and avoid whisky. at all costs. unless it's in front of you. but seriously, can i maybe go a month and see how i feel? 5. give something to the world. volunteer. help an old lady carry her groceries. care about something more than my own little whims and yens. be like wu-tang, for the children. 6. chip away at my debt. there's an unpaid student loan out there somewhere with my name on it. ready. aim. fire. fuck. 7. learn. read books. maybe take some classes. french? archery? history? literature? just get that brain working out. magazine articles don't count. 8. quit smoking. for real this time. i cry myself to sleep at least once a week over this addiction. allen carr, if you're up there, help me out man! (third time's the charm, right?) 9. quit coffee. again. green tea, here we come! anti-oxidants! yay! 10. travel more. in the last year and a half i've gone to germany, czech republic, france, and switzerland. this year, i've got my sights set on the uk, dubai, and vietnam and cambodia.
okay, that's what i got so far. we'll see how i do. what have you got going on?
so a while back i'm talking to tim (recordface) and i'm all wasted and saying stupid shit like "dude, i think people slept on "beautiful," it's like the forgotten song on our album and shit, we should do a remix, blah blah blah..." and then a few weeks later he sends me this. the band man!
my man dj hullewud sent me this link for a little collection of hip-hop holiday songs he threw together. throw this on after christmas dinner while you sip your bailey's by the fire. enjoy.
Audio Two - A Christmas Rhyme Cold Chillin' Juice Crew - Cold Chillin' Christmas Surf M.C.'s - A Surf M.C. New Year Derek B - Chillin' With Santa Run-DMC - Christmas In Hollis King Sun-D Moet - Christmas In The City Run-DMC - Christmas Is Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin' Dana Dane - Dana Dane Is Coming To Town Spyder-D - Ghetto Santa Disco 4 - He's Santa Claus Sweet Tee - Let The Jingle Bells Rock Eazy-E - Merry Muthafuckin' Xmas Run-DMC,Mase,Puff Daddy, Snoop, Salt'N Pepa, Onyx, Keith Murray - Santa Baby Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Daz - Santa Claus Goest Straight To The Ghetto Treacherous Three - Santa's Rap Showboys - That's What I Want For Christmas
this is the first in what may or may not become a daily thing for me. but, i listen to a ton of music, and i always want to share. so, a "song of the day," why not? it makes sense. anyway, here's the first one...
my man sean from rakehellrow put me on to this song. pure energy. when we were shooting sheepsh*t, it became the theme song for the cast and crew. whenever our energy started to lag, we'd throw on this song and get right back into the vibe. it's undeniable. listen to it three times in a row and you'll know exactly what i'm mean...
congrats to my friends jason and paul - their restaurant, the only on king, was listed in enroute magazine's top ten new restaurants of 2008. if you haven't already, check them out. if you don't live in london, it is well worth the drive.
Considering all of the foie gras and caviar, lobster and oysters that are consumed on this trip, you may be surprised to know that the single best dish of the year may well be the simple vegetable salad at this former dairy in London, Ontario. If the kitchen can do this much with a salad, imagine what it can do with vitello tonnato (the classic Italian preparation of braised veal in a tuna sauce) or braised beef cheek (which shows up alongside fingerling potatoes and Cheshire blue cheese in its superb rendition of poutine). Chefs Paul Harding and Jason Schubert, local lads and childhood friends, source out the best products – ranging from Far Ben Farms lamb to Mario Pingue’s antipasti and Field Gate Organics ham – to bring a sophisticated sensibility to their hometown.