Seba Jun, aka Nujabes
, was a quiet and rather reclusive Japanese hip-hop DJ/producer/label head, as far as hip-hop personalities go. He didn't do many interviews, and his two albums
and 15 or so vinyl singles
which were released on his own Hydeout Productions
label, all of which were only released in Japan. Regardless of the limited push, he gained renown world-wide for his relaxed, jazzy hip-hop, due in part to his music being featured on the anime series Samurai Champloo
. The musician's life was cut short in late February
, following a car accident. He was 36 years old. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 3, 2010 -
RIP Barry Hannah
Author Barry Hannah, whose fiction was laced with dark humor and populated by hard-drinking Southerners, died Monday at his home in Oxford, Miss. He was 67. [more inside]
posted by Francis7
on Mar 2, 2010 -
He was... "...the meanest, toughest, most ambitious S.O.B. I ever knew but he'll be a hell of a secretary of state." -- Richard Nixon
Meigs Haig, Jr.,
, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, who served US Presidents Nixon (as a military adviser, deputy assistant for national-security affairs, and chief of staff), Ford (chief of staff), and Reagan (secretary of state), has died at the age of 85
. Haig commanded a batallion
during the Vietnam War (where he was seriously wounded), managed the White House during the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon, and was himself a former Presidential candidate. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 20, 2010 -
At 104, fit & spry Joe Rollino
was the last classic strongman
-- the sport of strength athletics
, which evolved into modern bodybuilding. Standing 5'10" and weighing a mere 145 pounds
, he was a fixture on Coney Island
, known for feats of strength like 450 pound teeth lifts, or bending quarters with his fingers. Rollino also boxed in the 1920's as "Kid Dundee"
, and returned from World War II decorated with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Joe Rollino never drank, never smoked, was a lifetime vegetarian and a confirmed bachelor. He died today
after being struck by a minivan.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot
on Jan 11, 2010 -
“I am not a hero...I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did and more — much more — during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the heart of those of us who bear witness.”
, protector of Anne Frank and her family, passes away at age 100.
posted by dnash
on Jan 11, 2010 -
John Storm Roberts, 1936-2009.
A magnificent scholar and record producer, and the author of great classics including The Latin Tinge
and Black Music of Two Worlds,
, and the founder of Original Music, John Storm Roberts passed away at the age of 73 back on Nov. 29. Few figures have had such a profoundly intertwined influence on both musical scholarship and popular musical culture. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac
on Jan 8, 2010 -
The man behind the classic sound of Al Green, Memphis producer and soulmeister supreme Willie Mitchell
has passed on
. Many of the Al Green sides are legendary, of course, and very well known (as is the fantastic "I Can't Stand the Rain, by Ann Peebles), but be sure and head over to the excellent Funky 16 Corners
where you can hear three of his lesser-known but deeply
grooving productions. Fat stuff. So long, Willie Mitchell, and thanks for the wonderful music.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jan 6, 2010 -
Girl, Interrupted: The Life and Death of Brittany Murphy
"Part of the shock surrounding Murphy's death is clearly related to her age, though it may also be attributed to the fact that Murphy has been in the public eye for over 15 years, starting out in Hollywood when she was 14... It's something we've watched progress this entire decade: young women who are held up as the next big thing (Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears) and then brushed aside or openly mocked after they no longer fit an expected mold. It is both a story of self-destruction and mass-destruction, the business of creating and destroying a star; sometimes it's caused by internal forces, and sometimes it's fed by the rest of the world."
posted by ocherdraco
on Dec 20, 2009 -
Black Friday is almost upon us and in less then a month it'll be Christmastime, and you're still wondering if you'll get your jetpack, hoverboard, or time machine? Well you're in luck, because you can get started with a new old DeLorean!
It's the return of the DeLorean
The DeLorean DMC-12
was the creation of John DeLorean
John DeLorean never cared to fit the mold of a typical Detroit auto executive. He was a young, free-spirited maverick that revolutionized the auto industry as the major force behind America’s first muscle car– the Pontiac GTO.... As the young DeLorean’s star rose, he supposedly walked away from his $650,000 salary at GM and decided to go it on his own.
Although nowadays his car may be considered a modern marvel
unfortunately his motor company was a huge failure
. Delorean died
in March of 2005 (prev
) but not before he started plans for a new car.
Also, you may need to ask some questions
and keep up on all the news
after you buy your 24k Gold DeLorean
. [more inside]
posted by P.o.B.
on Nov 25, 2009 -