Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

I want to wish everybody a safe and happy New Year.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in our discussion of "The Decade": Nick DePaula (SoleCollector), Kaezel Sangil (Fatlace/LadyLike), Illecism (Fly High), Neek (Where's Neek?), Ryan Lindow (CityState), and Matt Carney (BKWLD).

I also want to thank all of our family and friends, celebrating this new year with us in Sacramento and around the globe.

2010 will be as good as we make it.


- BW

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Decade: Sports

The third question discussed in the survey was "what was your most memorable sports moment?" There were a lot of incredible sports moments during the last 10 years...championship runs, #756, comebacks, malices in palaces...but nothing was more significant for those of us in Sacramento than the Kings' run during the early part of the decade. Not just one moment, but several characterized as the Greatest Show on Court.

Welcome to the life of a Kings fan:

"I have no favorite sports moment, because the Kings always fucking lost at the start of the decade. Thanks to the NBA and Game 6 for ruining all of my sports hopes, dreams and wishes. Perhaps the most exciting team of all time..." - NDP

It pains me to even post this...

"Favorite sports moment? NOT when Robert Horry hit the three against the Kings. I traveled down to the Staples Center to watch game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals. Mike Bibby was in the middle of his amazing playoff run and the Kings were about to go up 3-1 in the series. That was a long flight back to Sacramento." - Ryan

While the heartbreak and cynicism have been strong ever since that series, it's important to remember the good times, and the people who brought them to us.

While they didn't bring home any hardware, the mass hysteria and ensuing local pride was unforgettable. A bunch of goofy dudes came to the "least desirable destination in the NBA" and transformed Arco Arena into a cowbell-powered riot. You can move the team, but you can never take this era away from us.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Decade: Albums

The Blueprint - Jay-Z (2001)

Great content from start to finish, backed by classic production from Just Blaze, Kanye West, Timbaland, and Bink. This album was initially overlooked by some due to its debut on 9/11, but will be forever remembered as the greatest work from the "compadre/the Sinatra of my day."

Kid A - Radiohead (2000)

This is the album where Radiohead truly declared their creative and business independence. They made a totally off-the-wall album with no officially released singles and a visionary marketing plan. - Ryan

Fever to Tell - Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003)

I started listening to them my freshman year in high school (when I was like 14/15 ha!) and I immediately fell in love. They're still my favorite band to this day, and even though they have musically evolved throughout the years, I still dig their original, raw, New York vibe. - Kaezel

Cold Blue - The Hope Conspiracy (2000)

This album came out shortly after the world was suppose to collapse due to computers not being able to turn the clock over to 2000. Hope Con's first full length album (Cold Blue) has been a huge influence to me musically both, as a spectator and musician. Going into 2010, they're still around surprisingly (most bands that fall into the hardcore genre, don't last more than a year or so) and I'm looking forward to seeing them next month at 924 Gilman. - Matt

Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem (2000)

No explanation necessary. - Illecism

Diplomatic Immunity - Dipset (2003)

If I had to pick, obviously anything Dipset put out was an instant classic. EX: "We're like the March of Dimes/ the way we march with dimes." So there's that. - NDP

The College Dropout - Kanye West (2004)

A debut remembered by many as an instant classic. Love him or hate him, Kanye put everything on the line with a bold album that gave an emphatic one finger salute to most sub-genre purists of the time. More than anything, this album largely defined my high school experience and attitude towards higher education (I did graduate..still waiting on that good ass job). - BW

Editors picks: Sensous, Cornelius (2007), Dear Science - TV on the Radio (2008), Thug Motivation 101 - Young Jeezy (2005), Come Home With Me - Camron (2002), Merriweather Post Pavillion - Animal Collective (2009), Lord Willin - Clipse (2002), The Black Album - Jay-Z (2003), Stankonia - Outkast (2000), I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning - Bright Eyes (2005), Discovery - Daft Punk (2001), Fishscale - Ghostface (2006), Donuts - J Dilla (2006), Cross - Justice (2007)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Decade: Movies

1. City of God or Cidade de Deus (Illecism, Editor)

"Rocket! This guy is good!"

2. There Will Be Blood (Ryan Lindow)

"The pacing of this movie is perfect. Paul Thomas Anderson has you intensely engaged for nearly 3 hours and the story stays with you for long after. Daniel Day-Lewis did an amazing performance as Daniel Plainview and is the perfect model for retro Americana fashion."

Runners up: Mean Girls (Kaezel), Japanese AV (Neek), 40 Year Old Virgin (Nick)

Editors picks: The Departed, Twilight Samurai, Almost Famous, Dark Knight, Spirited Away, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, American Psycho, American Splendor, Parprika, Ichi the Killer, Battle Royale, Beautiful Losers, Fully Flared, Macaframa, MASH, Lost in Translation, Fog of War, Fahrenheit 9/11, Old School

The Decade

As the year comes to a close, it seems like the appropriate time for us to discuss our favorite things of the 00's.

For this occasion, we held a round table discussion of sorts with several panelists, including Nick DePaula (SoleCollector), Kaezel Sangil (Fatlace/LadyLike), Illecism (Fly High), Neek (Where's Neek?), Ryan Lindow (CityState), and Matt Carney (BKWLD).

Feel free to add in your input in the comments section of these entries.