One more list to put 2012 in the books. My last two posts were about the music that moved my mind, body and soul, it’s only right to look elsewhere at the memorable people, places and things that made every day worthwhile. Early Christmas morning meant putting together a toy kitchen set with my lady for my son to see when he woke up. The late nights were spent watching post-game highlights and commentary from the MSG Networks team about the Knicks stellar play. I’ll look back at 2012 with a grimace though. Many of the 12 things listed here are all good. There was plenty of heart wrenching losses that words cannot describe. The turbulent times of violence in America and the hurricane in NY are a reason to forget 2012, but remember the lives that were lost. For me, I’ll hold on to these 12 moments forever. Let the good times roll.
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That cliché adjustment where Americans turn into weirdo adaptations of Europeans after one trip overseas is true. I wouldn’t lie to you. I can’t make it up because I’m an example of it, so is my inner circle of friends. Every now and then though, you have those anomalies of humanity that embody the seminal metamorphosis of Victor from The Rules of Attraction. It was a pretty epic scene recapping his experience in fast motion, so much that it spawned a similar (and equally good) version of it in Marley & Me. Eight years later, Kip Pardue, the guy who played the pond skipping Victor in the 2002 flick, has shown life hasn’t changed since he first showed what life was like in the fast lane.
When I leave for the UK next week, the road becomes my second home. Planes, trains, and automobiles (car and bus) will carry me and Theophilus London through the city with the same name as my co-travller. Making rounds through the UK is routine for Theo, whose overseas presence multiplies with a stop in a new city every night. The shows are that damn good. Ask Jack Penate, who we opened for during our last run. Here we go again scheduled to make appearances at Gilles Peterson‘s World Wide Awards, and at that club that’s pretty much a DJ’s wet dream—Fabric London. See the flyers below.
Hold the line.
What do I have to show from two weeks connected to London’s Orange wireless network? A bill that is as much as the cost of a new phone, capable of snapping a bunch of cheap-looking photos. The sad thing is: my collection of pictures taken during my travels through London are best viewed on a mobile device, not a computer.
I’m on a boat!
In my last recap of this summer’s Five-City tour, I touched on an adventurous boat trip with Theophilus London and friends. As the story continues to build, watch a quick clip of the captains, Theophilus and Treats setting sail through the Amstel canal in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
“We’re going to burn ourselves out before we even get to that bridge.” – DJ Treats
Mickey’s video recap of a superb trip to Japan. Watch the video below.
Photo by: Punchdouble
The fall is upon me. The season is changing. Summer’s great ball of fire will naturally dim with the onset of autumn, in exchange for fair weather at it’s best; fair enough. The eleven-day hot streak of traveling around the world, between July and August has cooled down. I sadly bid farewell to the past.
A warning to club-goers at Ageha in Tokyo, Japan is in clear view. The gathering, now around 5:30am is by the pool. Many people have faded through the night of performances by Mickey Factz, the Cool Kids, and Lupe Fiasco, yet others who have endured what seemed like an endless night, still stand; and so do the rules.
Print won’t die. Pen, and paper still have to mean something in this era of digital publishing, right? Even writing this blog post may contradict my advocacy for print. But touché my friends, for every minuscule message sent over my Twitter account, I’ve amassed as many scraps of paper with ideas, thoughts, comments, lists, and drafts for stories as far reaching as the grass grows.
Oh, and speaking of grass, during my trip with Theophilus London to Amsterdam, I added to my collection of writing samples. Click below for a clip of my extracurricular activity, seated on the damp ground in Vondelpark.