One of the best tracks from one of my favorite albums released this year…
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Dear Loyal Subjects of Flap,
It is I, the friar of flap, the lord of the lascivious, your flapness, the Duke of Brooklyn, the mayor of madness, The Hood’s Marty Markowitz, Sir Flappy McFlapstar, el bachatero of the flap dance floor, Froto of the Flapshire, Marty McFlap, it is me Sir Lord Duke Flappington of House Flappister, first of his name. The purveyor of all things popping. The Steebie J of Flap. The Orange is the New Black Crazy Eyes of Flapping.
It has been exactly 75 days since my last flap concession. A mofo been busy though: a couple of weddings here and there; this little thing called the Bar Exam; and just generally laying low. However, I am free. I am imprisoned no longer! The bar has robbed me of this summer; it took the most legendary Grits & Biscuits from me. It took away the most flappiest of Crawfish Boils from me. It will not rob me of August. SEE MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BAR
Believe it or not, there are people who still don’t listen to me. They don’t trust me when it comes to this flapping sh*t. This is what I do. But if your weekend ends up trash, all I have to say isà
(You’ll notice that there are some noticeable events missing (Mad Decent Block Party & the accompanying after party) No use in putting an event on here that’s sold out. Just pointless).
South N The City – 5:30pm – Studio XXI – 59 W. 21st Street – This event is pretty much a monthly occurrence. It will most likely be turnt. Imagine Grits if you didn’t have time to go home and change after work. Yes, people will turn up and lose their minds exactly 30 minutes after putting on their “white people” voice at work. Code switching is important. However, I’m worried about this “event” that is half party, half after work, and half happy hour. Yes that equals 1.5 – Oh I’m so good at a math! It doesn’t matter how good at math I am because somewhere in America –
You Only Live Once – 11pm – Lexicon – 226 E. 54th St. – JI Group and Blacklight Entertainment – I was waiting for the sign, some indication, the bat signal, to finally bury the word or phrase “YOLO.” There are instances in our lives where you do not have to discern through the high grass and the weeds. THIS IS IT!!! When a group of perpetually the oldest people in the club use the phrase for a party literally over a year after the use of the phrase became prominent, trust assure its dead. These mofos old, but if you looking for a more “mature” guy or a woman who knows what she wants this is where you need to go. Yes, they’re old but I guess they aren’t that bad.
Everyday People Brunch – 12pm – The DL – 95 Delancey St. – I’ll be here late on Saturday (sometime before I possibly hit the next event). This is where I go to dodge the pretentious Ivy League/Top 25 Schools/Spelman/Howard jawns. (No offense but yall be pretentious like shit sometime. Sometime a girl who’s impressed by a double henny with one ice cube >>>> a girl who wants to know about what Ivy League school I went to). And if someone’s upset with my description of this party….
Ruff Buff BBQ – 1pm – Riverside Park – 145th St. & Riverside Drive – I heard so much about this event last year. Mofos hid the ball from me last year. Not this year mofo. This event was described to me as “10 to Life waiting to happen.” I’d beg to differ. I think this will 100% be the most popping strictly BBQ of the summer. (Grits was technically a club. Crawfish was technically a day party. Whatever else I missed doesn’t count. Whatever else I went to, I was too drunk to remember the event.) FREE FOOD AND FREE LIQUOR – do I really need to say more? If this doesn’t make you want to turn up, delete this email. Lose my number. I hate you. If I see you, this will happen
Swimming with Sharks – 3pm – Le Bain, The Standard – 444 W. 13th St – Last time I really didn’t know what to say about this event. I still really don’t know but I do know that this jawn gonna be live as all hell. This is their last party of the year. The RSVP list is closed but I have received info that if you’re there early, you’ll get in. Please, please, please go and turn up. If you happen to see me there, I will be doing this.
Warm Up 2013 – 3pm-9pm – MoMa PS 1 – 22-25 Jackson Ave – This is a pretty cool outdoor concert series that has some (what I’m told) pretty good artist: Julio Bashmore, Octave One, Hyetal and DJ Dodger Stadium (I don’t know who any of these people are). It’s $15 in advance and $18 at the door so it wont beat you in the head either. If you’re looking to curve the Saturday during the day movement in exchange for a nice little date opportunity, I’d consider it. Won’t be me. It’s only cuffing pre-season. Cuffing regular season starts Tuesday, September 3rd (the weekend after Labor Day). I have a two-week bye and I won’t be cuffing until at least September 15th. (Gotta let Yom Kippur pass, you never know, I might can swing me a Jewish girl before she atones and what not).
Better Baller Athletics Presents: Hoops for Hope Summer Soiree – 8-11pm – Griffin – 50 Gansevoort St. – I know nothing about this event except that its $25 with an hour long open bar and is allegedly for a good cause. I’d consider it if I had some time to kill. Buy tickets ahead of time at – hostcommittee.com/event/
The Do Over – 2pm – Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club – 89 South St. @ Pier 17 – I told you on Memorial Day Weekend that this was gonna be the flappiest event of the weekend. Did I lie? Did I mislead you? Was I wrong? I think I was 100% correct. #Fcukwithmeyouknowigotit Do I need to say more? RSVP list is closed but get there early and/or hop the fence like we did last time.
Sky Blue – White Shirt + Blue Jeans Experience – 3pm – Copacabana – 268 W. 47th St. – This is thrown by the Block Association. I didn’t want to put this on the list. But I know this has to be someone’s speed or else they wouldn’t throw these parties. They’re claiming that no one gets in without a white shirt and plain blue jeans. I swear that is the outfit that the youth choir wears on the third Sunday when they perform, right before the offering goes around again for the church building fund. The middle of the summer and they’re not letting women wear denim shorts (has to be directed toward women because what men still wear denim shorts). Women can wear whatever they want as long as they look good. How dare these misogynists define female sexuality through their hetero-normative societal constructs of femininity? (If you follow the right people on twitter, you to could be or sound like a feminist too!)
That’s neither here not there and all I know is when I get their emails I say
I hope this has provided a road map of flap. Feel free to forward me any events you’d like me to consider adding to the Flap Street Journal. If i some how offended you…
This is such a great skit from Jason Sudeikis who has been popping up every. Here, Sudeikis is TTed Lasso, an American football coach hired to manage Tottenham Hotspur in England. Watch the video below
Tune In To The Premier League on NBC Sports on August 17.
Coach Lasso is a Football coach born and raised in Texas. He’s just arrived in England to coach in the Premier League and he’s realizing…..It’s Football Just Not as we know it.
MGMT has unveiled “Your Life is a Lie”, which will be featured on their upcoming self-titled third album, due out September 17th via Columbia Records. The track is the lead single and follows the release of the quite interesting Congratulation.
Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden enlist director Tom Kuntz, who also directed the “Congratulations” video, for this latest clip.
Robert Glasper Experiment will release the follow up to 2010’s Black Radio on October 29th with releasing Black Radio 2, through Blue Note Records. Below is a preview of one of the tracks from the album titled “Calls” featuring Jill Scott.
The album will feature Derrick Hodge on bass and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone and new drummer Mark Colenburg. The album will also feature guests Common, Lupe Fiasco, and Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Brandy, and Lalah Hathaway. Also featured are Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump, Norah Jones, and Emeli Sandé.
Fans can download the official Robert Glasper Experiment App, which has all of the band’s videos and tour dates. Stream the beautiful “Calls” as well as check out the trackist below.
Black Radio 2 Tracklist:
1. Baby Tonight (Black Radio Intro)
2. I Stand Alone featuring Common and Patrick Stump
3. What Are We Doing featuring Brandy
4. Calls featuring Jill Scott
5. No Worries featuring Dwele
6. Trust featuring Marsha Ambrosius
7. Yet To Find featuring Anthony Hamilton
8. You Own Me featuring Faith Evans
9. Let It Ride featuring Norah Jones
10. Persevere featuring Snoop Dogg and Lupe Fiasco
11. Somebody Else featuring Emeli Sandé
12. Jesus Children of America featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner
I haven’t purchased a pair of Air Jordans in a while but this upcoming pair of Air Jordan 5’s may make me reconsider. The sneaker takes on a “Fear” colorway and features an olive upper, gradient midsole and fiery red accents.
The sneaker also comes with the usual Air Jordan 5 translucent outsole and mesh panel. Stay tuned for a release date.
Source: Flight Club
The Surprise Party Tour hits DC, NYC, and LA!
Surprise Party is happy to announce the Surprise Party Tour, a set of three parties in some of the countries hottest cities! As always, no VIP just great music and good times!
(DJ’s Jerome Baker III & DJ Spicoli)
8/24 – NYC
(DJ’s Chuck Barrett & Jerome Baker III)
9/6 – LA
(DJ’s Chuck Barrett & DJ Spicoli)
Limited Edition MOBBING Snapback Hats!
Excuse me ladies and gentlemen! A prank is about to take place!
Regular transit riders are used to the regular appearances of panhandlers. Here, Collegehumor creates their own take where the panhandler actually shares an inspiring positive story on the Philadelphia Broadstreet subway line. This “panhandler” told his fellow passengers about, about how well everything in his life is going — a spacious new house in the suburbs, his daughter’s full scholarship to an Ivy League college, the trip to the Grand Canyon — the prankster reveals that he’s not asking for money, he’s just asking for some congratulations and a high five or two.
Another reason to watch, thats my frat brother Carl Foreman. He’s a great actor. Now, wouldn’t it be great if all panhandlers on NYC Subways had similar inspiring stories.
So we are just going to call music videos ‘performance art films’ now huh?
Last night, HBO broadcast the highly anticipated Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film by Jay Z. The film Directed by Mark Romanek (Note: Romanek directed Jay Z’s “99 Problems” video as well), is a 10-minute film was cut down from 30 hours of footage, including six hours of Hov’s back-to-back live performance of the track “Picasso Baby” in New York’s Pace Gallery. The track, which is one of the standouts from Jay Z’s recently released Magna Carta Holy Grail featured the rapper performing the lyrics of the track over the Timbaland-produced instrumental in front of art enthusiasts and spectators.
The film features appearances from the likes of Jemima Kirke, Judd Apatow, Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter Diana Widmaier Picasso, Michael K. Williams, Taraji P. Henson, George Condo, Hip Hop Legend Fab 5 Freddy, Wale, Sandra Gering, Alan Cumming and the “grandmother of performance art,” Marina Abramovic.
You can watch the video below.
Below is an excerpt from Mark Romanek’s interview with Huffington Post as he discusses the video:
“About three months ago, Jay invited me to his office to hear the album. I was really impressed. I thought it was his most mature album and I thought it was a real leap for him, and we both expressed a dissatisfaction with the way things are done and a desire to do something different. He name-checks a lot of artists, so it immediately put me to mind of the whole fine-art world, and since he’s a performer I started thinking about a performance-art piece involving Jay’s music. And every time we tried to think of something that was radically different from Marina [Abramovic]‘s piece, it never seemed as good. So we said, what if we do something very much like that? But it was important to me that we weren’t just ripping her off, that we had her blessing, so we reached out to her and she loved the idea and said she’d be happy to bless the event with her presence. The phrase “music video” got tossed around a little bit at the beginning, and both of us were like, “We don’t want to do a music video. That’s from another era. We need to do something that’s more genuine, more spontaneous and more alive.”
The idea of performance art came to mind. I was aware of Marina Abramovic’s Artist is Present, even though I was in London shooting ‘Never Let Me Go’ and didn’t get to go. And the idea that Jay-Z regularly performs to 60,000 people at a time, I thought, ‘What about performing at one person at a time?’ He absolutely loved it. He interrupted me and said, ‘Hold on! I’ve got chills. That idea is perfect.’ He thinks, like me, that the music video has had its era. I also wanted to make sure we had Marina’s blessing. So she attended the event and took part in the event. She couldn’t have been more happy or enthusiastic about us using her concept and pushing it forward.”
ABSOLUT® Lunch Break is back! Get your weekend started a little early with help from party starter Cosmo Baker. The acclaimed DJ and producer is set to funk out your new favorite daytime dance party with hip-hop, electro, and more for just one hour. After the boogie, we’ll send you back to work with a free lunch (as usual). If you can, donate some of your unused lunch money to our friends at Philabundance. Reps will be on-site to accept your generous donation. Every bit helps! See you on the dance floor, Philly.
Check out all the photos from last week’s Lunch Party here…
The 2nd Annual Blackstar Film Festival begins this Thursday, August 1st at various locations in Philadelphia. The festival, curated by Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Maori Karmael, showcases a variety of Black films and individuals for 2013. Last year’s festival was a major success with back-to-back soldout screenings, industry workshops, conversations with directors, receptions, after parties, and even featured an exclusive pop-up shop market.
On Thursday, the kickoff event begins with Little Black Boy Wonder – a dedication to Trayvon Martin – and Question Bridge: Black Males. The festival hailed by Ebony Magazine as the “Black Sundance” will host its first-ever screenplay competition, including a live reading of scripts juried by celebrity judges; Black Thought will be seated on the panel which also includes Dorian Missick and Lisa Cortes. The Howard University Film Program will be honored for excellence in training industry professionals. The festival spearheaded by Maori Karmael Holmes will feature films from emerging and established directors, addressing a host of topics concerning communities of color over the course of four days.
Tickets to all festival events are available online at blackstarfest.org.
BlackStar Film Festival Details:
When: August 1-4
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut streets; The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $10, general admission; $7, students and seniors; $125 all-festival pass
More info: www.blackstarfest.org
The Weeknd‘s releases a brand new single, “Love In The Sky.” The track is a smooth single that will be featured on Abel’s upcoming album Kiss Land which will be released on September 10. The track takes on a Maxwell type mid nineties type feel which is a different form other tracks that we have heard from The Weeknd for this album. Watch the video below:
Big Sean releases the CDQ of his new single “Fire” single last week courtesy of Samsung. The track is pretty dope and comes featuring a live choir layered with synths and percussions. The track will be featured on Big Sean’s album Hall of Fame which is due out September 27. Listen Below;
Last week’s Surface to Air “Friday I’m In Love” takes on a very 90’s sound with tracks from Janet Jackson, Ginuwine, Aaliyah and more. It’s a great mix to listen to. The playlist was curated by Sound Pellegrino, based in Paris. Check it out over here at Surface to Air.
Based in Paris, Sound Pellegrino is the label started by Teki Latex and Orgasmic in 2009. For this new love playlist, the duo decided to make an odd to one of the biggest singer of the 90′s: Janet Jackson. They compiled ten tracks with Janet, Aaliyah and Jodeci to name a few. Play it loud… along the swimming pool.
1. Janet Jackson – That’s the Way Love Goes (Acc with Bass)
2. Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up
3. Ginuwine – Pony
4. Aaliyah – One In A Million
5. Keith Sweat – Nobody
6. Total – I Tried
7. SWV – Weak (Bam Jams Jeep Mix)
8. Case / Foxy Brown – Touch Me, Tease Me
9. Jodeci – Freek’n’you
10. Janet Jackson – Would You Mind
Tonight, Khari Mateen will be playing at Chris’ Jazz Cafe. This is definitely a show to check out.
1421 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA, US
Khari Mateen is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His first credits of note came with The Roots’ 2006 album Game Theory (Grammy nominated), for which he co-produced the title track, “Livin’ in a New World,” and “Clock with No Hands.” In addition to continuing his collaborations with The Roots — he contributed to Rising Down and Undun — he collaborated with Joy Denalane, Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, James Poyser, J*Davey, and Roots offshoot Money Making Jam Boys, among others. In 2011, Khari produced “Make My,” the title track to The Roots’ Grammy nominated Undun. While producing, Khari began composing for independent films and TV shows. He scored the Sundance series Brick City, which went on to receive multiple Emmy nominations, as well as the HBO Documentary film “Prayer For The Perfect Season.” In 2011, he began releasing solo recordings — Khari (EP) — and in 2012 he released his debut album “Wait for Sunrise”, a brief set of moody and slightly off-center R&B, through his label, The Lunchroom. Soul Train named it one of 2012′s best releases. Khari was also one of seven men featured in the 2012 Fall Men’s Issue, Philadelphia Style Magazine, “Philly Men on the Fast Track to Success.” Mateen is also a member of the rock band Elevator Fight.
The question of the day is: Is the Nike Air Foamposite Pro Asteroid Ugly or not? Would you wear this particular colorway? The sneaker comes featuring a multi-colored fragmented fade through the upper. The goal is to mimic an asteroid entering Earth’s atmosphere. No word yet on when these sneakers will hit retailers so stay tuned for more info.
The release of this sneaker follows the release of the camo , the all white boys, electric green, Electric blue, Eggplant, and Galaxy colorways. It will be interesting to see how many people consider the asteroids the most daring yet.
You can go ahead and purchase these in limited sizes for a cool $1,199.99 right now over at Sole-Up.
My friends over at KITH NYC are today releasing their highligy anticipated Ronnie Fieg x ASICS “Flamingo” Gel Lyte III sneaker. The shoe first made its mark on the cover of Sneaker Freaker Germany in early July, and now the official release details have been revealed. The shoe will release on August 2nd at 11am EST at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com in limited quantities for $150 USD.
Check out RonnieFieg.com/blog for the official release details, and also see attached a full press release.