Semi-Charmed Life



A friend of mine recently put me on to Popeska on Soundcloud. I guess you could label him a dubstep artist but that would be a little misleading to both dubstep fans and non-fans alike. If you're a fan of electronic music at all, then do yourself a favor and check this kid out. I love the diversity of sounds across his tracks and I think this kid has a really bright future. Too bad there's not a lot of information out there on this guy except that he's a 19 year old from Atlanta named Ralf.

He can pull off Skrillex-esque bangers:

And then he can surprise you with some really beautiful melodic tracks:

And he can go somewhere in between:

As a fan, my hope is always for artists I like to succeed and blow up. It makes me really happy when talented artists go from obscurity to widespread recognition. I remember when a friend first put me on to Apologize by Republic (before they changed their name to OneRepublic), I instantly fell in love with the song and tried to tell as many friends as possible about them. A year or two later when I heard their song being played on the radio I was really happy for them, although the Timbaland version that's played on the radio is GARBAGE.

Same deal with The XX. I had heard some of their tracks on HypeM and was really impressed by their sound. I honestly didn't think they would break into the mainstream, but I went crazy when I recognized one of their songs being played in a Volkswagen commercial one day.

Fitz and the Tantrums was also another awesome group that I found on HypeM. I jumped at the chance to see them live when I heard they were coming to town. I also didn't think this group had any chance of commercial success, but was freaking stoked to find out recently that they had a music video that was being played on cable.

Anyway, if you're into electronic music check out Popeska's soundcloud!

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Blue Pill Please!


For the most part my weekend was a freaking blast. Went out on Friday and had a grand old time at the Opera, although dancing like a lunatic all night takes it toll on the body. I need some reassurance from other people that it is absolutely normal to have your legs and lower back feel sore the next day after a night out.

Saturday was productive. I managed to get a great night of sleep prior to my Saturday afternoon competition training session, led by recent 2012 Houston Open double gold champion Gianni Grippo. The Saturday training sessions are one of the things I look forward to the most and it's such an honor to be able to train with so many killers on the mat on a weekly basis. The Saturday training sessions always leave my body in tatters but every second of it is a joy. I signed up for another tournament for this coming Saturday, both in the gi and no-gi division. I hate competing, but I want to accustom myself to that heightened level of intensity and destroy those butterflies that always seem to fuck everything up.

After training, I went home, did some laundry, and later a few friends came over to hot pot and watch the NBA all-star festivities. Relatively mundane sounding Saturday, but it was GREAT! Debauchery is fun and all, but low key activities with close friends is one of those super under-appreciated things in life. And of course I got some JIU JITSU in! :)

Sunday was a mega bummy day though. A bunch of friends came over and we ended up lounging around my apartment for the entire day, until night fell and I was forced to remove them from the premises so that I could focus on some productive useful grown-up things like buying groceries and preparing my dinner and lunch for the week.

Let's start the week off with The Jane Doze. They are a female mashup duo from New York. I'll be the first to say that I am not a fan of mashups usually, but these ladies totally take familiar sounding tunes and totally make it their own. Their sound is a little bit more laid back. Perfect for if you're not ready for that IN YOUR FACE energy music on a dreadful Monday.

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Tried and True versus Shiny and New

I have no idea how this happened but a few days ago, in the middle of the night my roommates comes over and knocks on my door. I open the door and he's holding my toothbrush, which is vibrating like it's fucking possessed with the spirits of every single person that has ever died in that bathroom.

He told me he woke up in the middle of the night when he heard a buzzing sound coming from the bathroom, which is right outside his room. He saw that my toothbrush was vibrating so he turned it off and went back to bed, only to find it buzzing again and this time he thought I was fucking with him.

He came over to my room and told me my toothbrush was going on the fritz and there was no way to shut it off. I took a look and couldn't find anywhere on the toothbrush where I could any type of battery out. My only options were to either let it vibrate randomly like a spaz or throw it out.

The frugal side in me just couldn't bear to toss away a freaking Sonicare toothbrush that I just got less than a year ago, so I wrapped it up in a towel and put it away in a corner. So now it's back to the good old fashioned original toothbrush.

A few days later though, my electric toothbrush is still buzzing!

This is the mosquito that never dies.

The goal here is to call up Sonicare and see if they can freaking get me a new one. If not I'm going to start an angry consumer campaign by writing to The Consumerist and hope my story publicly shames them into offering me a new one. There has to be some kind of warranty on it, right?

I should check . . . or better yet, SLEEP.

Good night!


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Anything You Can Do, EDM Does Better

EDM is taking over the world because it's a category of music where experimentation is encouraged in a time when other genres like hip hop and r&b are growing stagnant. Look at how creative these artists are in turning putting their own spin on a certain song or genre. Some of these guys are really pushing the envelope in the EDM genre.

[EDM X HIP HOP] Cypress Hill x Rusko - Roll It, Light It

[EDM X COUNTRY] John Denver - Country Roads (Pretty Lights Remix}

[EDM X SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA] John Williams - Duel Of The Fates (The Noisy Freaks Ft. Dead C∆T Bounce Remix)

[EDM X ARCHER] gLAdiator - Danger Zone (Original Mix)

That's right . . . he sampled ARCHER. Ridiculous!

[EDM X Rock] Aerosmith - Dream On (GRiZ REmix)

[EDM X R&B] Usher feat. Diplo - Climax

Usher can STILL DELIVER. Amazing electro-rnb ballad.

The Grammy's were forced to recognize EDM as a genre. It's taking over the world.

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Riding the Bandwagon

What's more annoying than bandwagon fans?

People that cry about bandwagon fans.

I get it. You are a real fan. You've been through the ups and downs of your team, and don't like it when someone else who has not is suddenly a fan. I have not paid my dues and sacrificed myself in the name of team loyalty, so I am not a part of your club.

But years of struggle does not buy you exclusive rights to share in the joy of watching your home team succeed. Do you walk around calling every family bandwagoners for celebrating Christmas even though they might not be the most dedicated church goers out there, or not even Christian at all, for that matter? Do you test every person on the specifics of Jesus' birth before determining if they have a right to set up a Christmas tree in their house?

Look, maybe some people ARE celebrating for the wrong reasons. Maybe they don't know too much about whatever it is they're celebrating, but are just caught up with the goodwill and positivity of it all. What's wrong with that?

I will agree with jigg, though, in that being a poser is lame. If you don't know anything about the team and don't understand anything about the sport, don't pretend like you do. Like this woman.

I thought the bandwagon haters were rough during the Giants superbowl run, but it's even worse right now in the middle of the rise of Jeremy Lin.

"Where were these Knicks fans before?"

You know where we were? We were NOT watching basketball. Personally, I've never had any interest in the sport. I found it boring and unexciting, but now because of a single player, I have a whole new appreciation for the sport. I want to cheer for Jeremy Lin. I want to cheer for the New York Knicks. I want to go to their games. I want to learn more about basketball and soak up everything I can.

Does that make me a bandwagon fan? Maybe. I'm sure that millions of people became fans of basketball because they saw Michael Jordan on TV when they were younger. But if you get interested in a sport because of one player when you're an adult, you are a bandwagoner.

It's too bad there is such disdain by diehard fans in the mainstream sports for casual fans or newbie fans. This animosity does not exist in more niche sports such as mixed martial arts. Most diehard MMA fans are enthusiastic when their friends show interest in the sport, and are almost always more than happy to explain the intricacies of the sport and answer whatever questions a new fan might have. MMA fans understand that there are diehards and there are casual fans, and that it's the appreciation by the casual fan that fills seats at the arena and packs bars on the weekends. And it's how a casual fan turns into a diehard fan. Because the sport is smaller on a national level, we understand how valuable it is for people to learn to appreciate the sport.

Mainstream sports fans are spoiled with a huge market with a strong diehard fan base already in place. Their club is already set, and they are not looking for new members.


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