Archive of posts tagged with "babylonia"

July 2nd, 2008

Sticky! Sha3kira Ma3shup & “Arab Face”

Really enjoying the discussion on that sha3bi post — please help keep it going if ur so inclined. This post is mainly a way of bringing that discussion “to the top” but I might as well share a related find…

It’s not embeddable, but this video mashup of a sha3bi song and a Shakira/Beyonce vid is pretty awesome in its way. Serves the girls right for putting on “Arab Face” (pdfs are [still] the new mp3s) and busting some “bellydance” moves (see, e.g., 2:50 — are those hieroglyphics?).

I wonder, tho, whether this is an ironic appropriation? I guess I’ll ask fantomme.

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June 28th, 2008

linkthink #439: Edward James Almost

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June 26th, 2008

Unknown Shippers

For really tho, how impossible can it be to send a guitar to Botswana?

Post Office says it’s too big for them to ship; UPS wants to charge me more than the thing is worth; and my most recent attempts to send it as cargo via airline (as recommended by my fren there) have been greeted by frustrating replies such as —

Hello Wayne:

Unfortunately, we are unable to ship directly with Unknown Shippers.
After September 11th, strict guidelines were put into place and
unknown shippers, such as yourself, may only ship on aircraft’s that carry freight only.
As you know Virgin Atlantic is a passenger airline.

Cargo aircraft only operators include Federal Express, UPS and DHL.
These carriers are exempt from the “known shipper” rule and are more lenient
on the size and weight.

You can contact our Virgin reservations (1-800-862-8621) and ask for a quote on excess baggages.

If the pieces are too heavy or too large for Virgin Atlantic to carry, I’m sure one of the cargo aircraft only airlines would be helpful. The only other option is to contact with a freight forwarder. …

Please let me know if I can be of any more assistance.

Thank you so much for your inquiry

Best Regards Always,

Any recommendations? I mean, how do Botswanans living in the states send care packages back home? Surely they do.

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May 16th, 2008

Remembrance of Things Past, Of the Future!

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April 29th, 2008

50 Cent Action Hero

It’s after the end of the world, don’t you know that yet?

                                                                                          -Sun Ra

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April 23rd, 2008

linkthink #7402: Like, Totally Obliterated

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April 6th, 2008

Slang Tang

I have to admit, when I first heard MIA sing “slang tang” during the opening salvo on Arular, I found it an awfully clever gesture. And I liked it. A lot.

I appreciated the allusion to a classic riddim and the winking rearticulation to describe how the gyal’s (s)language — London calling / speak the slang now / boys say wha / gwaan / girls say wha — had a certain tang to it, a distinctive flavor. Salt&pepper on a mango and whatnot.

And so I thought it quite apropos for Stu FatPlanet to name his recently launched podcast after the ‘nu‘ spelling of the phrase Wayne Smith injected into the global lexicon.

But now, having seen several times the new MIA-propelled commercial for Bud Light Lime (during last night’s Kansas-UNC game), the phrase suggests yet another meaning to me: rather than her slang having tang, MIA is in fact just slanging tangy beverages. [update! i’ve been corrected in a comment below; turns out it’s not MIA but santogold; even so, i think we can still argue that the spot is “MIA-propelled”; i mean, come on]

I should have suspected as much, previously hocking Hondas and all.

One question, tho: will MIA’s core audience really put down the PBR for BLL?

Ok, two: Who are the ad wizards who came up with this campaign?

A-B’s memo said it was aiming Bud Light Lime at light-beer drinkers aged 25 to 54 who prefer a “sweeter” beer, as well as “trendsetters and aspirers.”


Bud Light Lime (or “BL Lime,” as the beer may be titled on the clear bottles’ packaging) is expected to draw much of its sales from “Aspirers” — primarly blue-collar urban males who like mainstream imported beers like Heineken and Corona — and “Trendsetters,” who are very interested in fitness and may not like beer as much.

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March 23rd, 2008

linkthink #0735: Happy Easter Edition

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March 18th, 2008

linkthink #5939: Nestle’s Crunk

videyoga :: (potentially game changing)

videyoga II :: (kara[j]oke clapton!)


March 15th, 2008

War-on-Drugs Architectonics

In Kevin’s post about the fall of Audiomaxxx, he links to the video for Mr.Vegas’s “Tek Weh Yuself.” What most struck me while watching it was not the awesome dancing (tho it is awesome) but the setting: an unfinished brick-and-mortar mansion seemingly in the middle of nowhere —

For those familiar with the Jamaican landscape, this kind of site is no anomaly. The hills of Kingston are dotted with such relics and driving through (the) country, one sees similar dreams deferred. Whose dreams, you might ask? Drug barons’ mostly. At least that’s what was told to me: enterprising badmen commission the big houses of their dreams only to end up in the Big House (or worse), leaving their palatial designs to gather ghetto palms in the sun, exposed iron rods reaching for the sky, concrete columns left un-corinthianed. Gravelly ghosts of the illicit drug economy.

Now, I could be wrong about the particular place used in the Vegas vid, but that’s what it said to me. Here’s an even better example —

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March 14th, 2008

linkthink #1924: Sonidero Hero

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I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

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