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Apropos of nada relating at all to the Lakers, but nonetheless pretty awesome: a video clip of the Miami Hank Mobley roll call Heat roster from the team's official website. 

It's a seriously slick presentation
, combining Blue Note-style visuals, James Brown and the NBA. That's a solid "you had me at hello" formula for the elder Kamenetzky, and if I had to go out on a limb, the younger as well.  Even Chris Quinn comes out of this looking kinda cool.

Thanks to our ESPN compadre J.A. Adande for the heads up. Apparently, the Heat techie eggheads are strong year in/year out when it comes to such creativity.  

AK

 
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KB Blitz,

Thanks!

To everyone else: Did y'all ever think KB Blitz & I would be working together?

*cackle*

Great, great stuff. The Lakers' marketing department needs to take a cue.

Freddie Hubbard?

Wynton Kelly?

Paul Chambers?

Good stuff.

I LOVE cool jazz and bee-bop. Simply sublime stuff. As good as ANYTHING in the Great Western Classical Traditions.

I'll put John Coltraine's "A Love Supreme" and Miles Davis' "A Kind of Blue" and "In A Silent Way" up there with Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Stravinski's "Rites of Spring" anytime, anyday.

Among the (if not THE) best music ever produced in America's extraordinarily rich muscial history/tradition.

I am STILL in shock that the cultures that produced blues, jazz, rock and roll, gospel, R&B/Motown, soul, funk, disco, house and techno have decided to embrace rap music as the dominant music to represent African-American culture.

The dumbest, most brutal, talentless, soulless, shallow, nihilistic, materialistic music EVER produced by America--Rap Music--and the world loves it. It makes my heart ache with sorrow. Just terrible.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

That was actually pretty cool.

Not very basketbally or Championshipy, but still awfully cool. Well shot, nice fashion, great music.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon K.

There are many Hip Hop artists who take their cues from jazz, soul, the blues and a host of other great musical styles.

Rakim
Mos Def
Talib Kweli
Pete Rock
The Roots
Jurassic 5 (My fave)
Swamburger
Dilated Peoples
Camp Lo

Just to name a few.

Yeah. That was kinda sexy.

I am STILL in shock that the cultures that produced blues, jazz, rock and roll, gospel, R&B/Motown, soul, funk, disco, house and techno have decided to embrace rap music as the dominant music to represent African-American culture.

The dumbest, most brutal, talentless, soulless, shallow, nihilistic, materialistic music EVER produced by America--Rap Music--and the world loves it. It makes my heart ache with sorrow. Just terrible.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | December 01, 2009 at 03:07 P

Jon K.,

I'm African American and I'm in shock right with you. All of the adjectives you used to describe rap is exactly how I feel about it. It's not music, it's wholly negative and unproductive. It doesn't represent me or my musical taste. It's the worst thing that has ever happened to the black (I'm old and could careless about being politically correct, so I still refer to myself as black) community.

All right you guys have to get a lot of love for using a Blue Note cover. I used to have "Roll Call" on a cassette. Great album. My fav Blue Note artist, Grant Green.

Mark,

I've actually never heard "Roll Call" ( I used that particular pic because it felt like an appropriate title, given the "roster" theme), but I have plenty of albums with Hank Mobely, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Paul Chambers and Wynton Kelly represented, so it's plenty believable that the album is good. Them's some quality musicians.

AK

For all the rap haters out there - be glad that it's on the way out. It's now mostly about electronica / dance music.

I always thought some rap was good, but the gangsta rap, bay area style, crunk style, and young jeezy etc never really did it for me.

@AK, those guys definitely did not suck.
If you like Jazz Guitar, check out G. Green, Idle moments is good, it has Joe Henderson tenor, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes.
Blue Note covers were art in themselves. I think there was/is a coffee-table book just about Blue Note photos.
To anyone that cares, I'm pretty sure all those great albums from the 50s/60s were done with 2 room mikes. Freaking genius. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, baby.

The Hoops Freak (a.k.a. Pig Miller),

I will not deny that there is quality Rap music out there and some excellent stuff, but, overall, as a genre (particularly the stuff the most popularizes the genre), it's just crap.

I've had this argument for years with people who say (over and over), "There's good Rap out there!"

Sure, but if 90+% of it a genre is garbage, then I feel any person can justifiably define that genre as "garbage."

Very few rap "artists" are justifiable "artists." They can't play an instrument. They can't write a song. They can't even write coherent lyrics. They can just rhyme. Rhyming isn't songwriting or creating poetry alone. It's just linking similar sounds together.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Justin N,

"For all the rap haters out there - be glad that it's on the way out. It's now mostly about electronica / dance music."

I am glad. It's just about a decade too late. At the club I work at we mostly play Rap and New R&B. I see how it affects people in a VERY negative fashion. It is clearly music that does not bring out the best in people (generally speaking, of course).

The music promotes narcissism, materialism, and misogyny... and not much else.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Fan of the Mamba,

"I'm African American and I'm in shock right with you. All of the adjectives you used to describe rap is exactly how I feel about it. It's not music, it's wholly negative and unproductive."

Dude, I know!

One of my degrees of study at UCLA was Ethnomusicology. I have studied the musics of just about every culture on the planet, both in modernity and historically.

I firmly believe that the most vibrant, gifted, and inspired musical culture IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD has been African-American musical culture. The amount on innovation and genius in the creation of SO MANY incredible genres of music is truly unique. Try to find so much innovation in 150 years ANYWHERE else on the planet. You won't be able to find it. African-American creativity is unmatched...

And then you get Rap music.

Basically for about 150 years African-Americans created a new genre (or variant) of music roughly every 6-10 years... and then Rap came around and there hasn't been a truly NEW genre since. It makes me so sad.

This music represents the absolute worst in African-American and (in general) American culture and the fact that it has been pushed as it has by the music industry and the media is an absolute sin.

Kids who have grown up listening to this music and its HIGHLY negative, often violent, narcissistic, misogynistic and materialistic subject matter have been very negatively effected. It's a big part of why the intellectual culture of America has suffered so in the last 20 years.

I hope to God that this music is on it's way out. Electronica (popularized in Europe but CREATED by African-Americans in Detroit and Chicago) is a much more positive, inspired and intelligent form of music.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

@ Jon K and Pig

There are lot of Hip-hop artist that do not get any shine. Even the ones that Pig mentioned had Distribution, Marketing backing, P-O-S sales tracking and strong mechanical royalties through licensing.

I get get what you are saying because what's playing on the radio is all crap. Electronic booty music. Even in the mid 90's it was about mash up and mix shows that ran that Urban musical culture.

A while back I posted about PPM Portable People Meter here on the blog. Look it up. If you listen to radio, the Back and Front announcing isn't as detailed anymore because everything is recorded electronically and the digital signal transposes into ratings and chartings.

I've been in programming for an Urban AC station sounds like " Sour One of Fix." 105.? on the FM dial here in Los Angeles for 9 months now.

I get what your saying because there is nothing but horrible urban music. But the numbers for the ratings don't lie that the Account Executives are making money selling ad spots to "jiggy" stations.

I'd like to post a podcast of downtempo, indie soul for you to open your eyes to that side. I wish I was still djiing for Sirius/XM.

Off I am to my Broadcasting class with Scott Mason here in the Valley. (Kroq 106.7 programming and on air talent for 18 years)

Regards guys,

...there is good hip hop out there...Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, The Roots all promote positive thinking...don't be ignorant and group ALL hip hop as negative...there are some terrible hip hop artists who only talk about what they have and " I got this money..." etc., but not ALL...that thinking is just ignorant...

I'm very impressed with the video. Very cool piece. I'll have to send this along to people I know who love basketball and good music.

I need a direction to the game tonight. I have used hdtv.net/index before and it doesn't come up is there a mistake or does any one have another.

Thanks

Jaack

forelif3,

"don't be ignorant and group ALL hip hop as negative..."

As I stated earlier, there is quality and intelligent hip-hop/rap out there, but it is so in the minority of what is produced, what is promoted, and what is HEARD by the general public, as compared to the overwhelming garbage that is exposed to our society as a whole.

As a result, I will without hesitation stick by my guns in stating that Rap is a very negative cultural phenomenon.

Sure, there are artists (like Jurassic Five, Mos Def, Dialated Peoples, even the Beastie Boys) who produce excellence and are committed to reform, but for the most part these guys don't matter in the big picture.

The BIG PICTURE has been dedicated to the promotion of musical garbage and spiritual crap because that, somehow, makes corporations more money and supports a negative image of African-Americans which, I suspect, certain racist elements in our society like.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon K.,

I hear what you're saying but I think throughout history there are just musical geniuses, some for their vocal talents, some were excellent composers/writers, others possessed unearthly instrumental acumen and some had it all. I love Bach, Beethoven, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Boney James, The Isley Brothers, Eric Clapton, Heart, Al Green, Etta James, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra, Fred Hammond, Three Dog Night, Charlie Rich, Robin Thicke, Barry White, BB King, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Nat King Cole, Luther Vandross, Average White Band, Earth, Wind and Fire, Queen, Marvin Gaye and on and on!

I'll miss Chris Paul. Always reminded me of Tiny Archibald. Enjoyed watching him and Sam Lacey back in KC.

I agree with you Jon. Rap music really has been unfairly scrutinzed as an African American thing and almost all of it is just plain negative. I mean there are negative songs no doubt but the whole genre of it like you said just makes you go like "is there anything good about it".

Make no mistake it does have its good taste at times and while Tupac was so negative there were some good songs from him and a personal favorite of mine is Puff Daddy's I'm missing you. I just didn't like how it goes amongst our youths and make them more inclined to do crappy things in life.

Not saying people should listen to Bach or whatnot still I just think like what Jon K. says and there are better music out in the world.

One of my degrees of study at UCLA was Ethnomusicology. I have studied the musics of just about every culture on the planet, both in modernity and historically.


--Jon K


Jon K,


What do you tink about that flute they found mixed with Neanderthal remains. This fascinates me because I'm not nearly smart enough to create an instrument that can play 4 notes from the diatonic scale and I'm a modern human. What doesn this say about Neanderthals? Fascinating stuff.


http://www.greenwych.ca/fl-compl.htm


Wes

I like it.

Other stuff;

Personally, I always just wanted a few ‘indiscreet’ photos of Anika Sorenstam for my wall at home. And I am pretty sure that the ‘tree’ and the ‘fire hydrant’ need to get themselves a lawyer and an agent, as there is probably a reality show in it for them if they play it right. Why couldn’t Tiger have just run into a small boy in a weather balloon and kept it simple? No really, I don’t care. I have owned the same razor for about eight years, I was never going to buy a buick, and I usually root for Phil Mickelson.

I have a little note on my desk from about two weeks ago that says, seriously ‘pay attention to the Blazers.’ I haven’t gotten around to it yet. And I really doubt if I’m going to get very far past the Ducks (the college mascot, LAcentriphiles) coverage at the Oregonian website for the next week or so anyway. What is the Blazers record again? And can I blame it on them considering/paying Aldridge and Roy as if they were Stockton and Malone.

Jon K- I am living somewhere between Pigsnot and Hog-gonad, SD, namely Rapid City.

Re Rap- sure, 90% of rap is crap. Of course, in my opinion, when you really factor in everything, 90% of most other musical genres is crap, too. Country, pop, rock and roll, blues and jazz, even classical. The difference is that nobody plays the crappy music from the 18th century anymore, while everybody is still putting out pop, rap and hip hop. As time passes, the cream rises to the top and all the crap settles into the discount 8 track bin at ‘Bob’s Tacky Polyester and Unwashed-Souvenir Mug Emporium.’

Also I would like to point out that objectionable subject matter and the quality of music are hardly correlated. Music is about people’s lives, both the good and the bad. Great opera can be about jealousy, murder and incest, and songs about good church-going people eating their vegetables and going to bed early can suck. I’m sure other people can cite some examples of this, as I am getting bored of reading my own thoughts about

Been following this blog for a couple of years and would like to say it has been a most enjoyable way to follow the team. Bunch of interesting folks here who love the Lakers, as do I. I have been watching the Suns/Knicks game and heard the Suns commentators say - "The Knicks are beating the best team in the NBA ...". I had to laugh and thought you would too!

I love Bach on harpsichord on Sunday mornings. A magical experience. This one can be found on the soundtrack to the Russian sci-fi masterpiece Solaris. As the water moss sways about behind the credits, this baby plays:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLrNhMGPQtk


Wes

Great topic..but on to basketball..anyone hear about the drama thats going on in portland? Sad, sad stuff. To much young talent/egos. The NBA has thrown around the term "BIG 3" so much that now Roy has incorporated it in his diatribe towards his own teammates by saying "the big 3 needs to produce"..followed by Greg Oden saying "its noT about 3 players but the 5 thatson the court. Clearly a division amoungst young guns. Greg prefers to play with Andre Miller! Roy wants more touches! Aldridge wants more touches! Fernandez wants to start!..its a shame all the talent will soon self destruct while BSPN contiinues to claim Portland as the team to beat.

Ahhhh the God Father of Soul.

Great stuff, brings back some good memories.

Here's one of my all time favs with Pavarotti and the Godfather.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Febr_t_qa9U

RIP James Brown

OMG Suns got toasted by the Knicks. Were they saving it for the Cavs tomorrow?

Tom Cruise and Renee Zellwigger are creepy man.

my best discovery of the year in the rap hip/hop field is BY FAR K'naan. Just awesome. Take notice ;)

Wes,

The thing I like about music and aesthetics is that to a certain level it is hardwired in human genetics (and reality).

That's why I feel I can say that there is such a thing as "bad music." Because there are certain objective parameters in identifying emotion, consonnance and dissonance in music.

Cross culturally when kids taunt each other they sing, "Na nana na na!" in decending thirds BECAUSE IT INSTINCTIVELY SOUNDS taunting/demeaning whether they grew up in Paupa New Guinea or Idaho.

Cross culturally a fifth interval will sound consonant while a major seventh interval will sound dissonant. It's just the way it is.

If someone produces "music" where the three-note melody is stolen from "Three Blind Mice" nursery rhyme (as I've heard on multiple Rap songs including works by Three-Six Mafia) and there is little to no coherency between six lines of lyrics. Well... that's just not music for adults... but the subject matter is X-Rated... so there's an incongruency there... which just makes it bad music.

Regarding the flute... yeah, musical scales are hard wired into nervous systems because of the nature of wave harmonics and how they produce natural patterns of sustained consonance and dissonance. I find Indian (sub-continent) and Middle Eastern scales to be very interesting because they include quarter and third tones respectively.

Their scales make sense mathematically (Middle Eastern scales are based upon the mathematical principles established by Pythagorus) but I'm not sure their hard wired like a Pentatonic scale. I suspect they were created intellectually and thus the reason why Middle Eastern and Indian music sounds so transcendent/otherworldly because its really not rooted in physical biology, but moreso in the Platonic realm of ideals/forms.

Yeah, anyhow, Rap is bad music.

Here is the list of the WORST genres of music cross-culturally and historically:

1. Chinese opera
2. Lower caste Indian wedding music
3. Rap music
4. Northern Mexican Polka (Norteno/Banda)
5. Modern Christian Pop music

Bad, bad music.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Phred,

Rapid City isn't too bad. At least you're close to the Black Hills.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

KB Blitz,

The greatest evil about Rap music is that it (and its videos and the marketing machine behind it) teaches young people that it's cool to be an uneducated thug.

There's nothing cool about being an uneducated thug.

It's cool to treat people with respect, to have meaning in one's life and to recognize one's personal worth.

Rap teaches that it's cool to demean people, to embrace nihilism ("I don't give a FRICK!), gangsterism, machismo, empty hedonism, and misogyny. And that's just plain wrong.

I've seen far too many eight year old kids following the lyrics of Gangster Rap in my life. It's just such evil source of corruption in our society.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!


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