"Singer/Dancer/Choreographer/Actor/Video Director/Song Writer/Music and Film Producer/Philanthropist/Rapper/Fashion Designer and Model/Businessman/Creative Director/Visual Artist/Live Entertainer/Grammy Award Winner and Billboards Artist of the Year at age 17 and again at age 19" Chris Brown is a mediocre pop artist ? Really ? I think the millions of people who love his creative talents would think differently, as would the Greatest Artist of All Time Micheal Jackson (who Chris was in the limo on the way to visit the morning Mike was killed.) I think Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna would disagree with you considering he wrote and produced music for each of them. I think that old school artists as varied as Busta Rhymes, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Twista, Talib Kweli, Fat Joe, Timbaland, Game, Elephant Man, Brandy, David Banner, J Lo, Ludacris, Nelly, Diddy, and SWV and newer artists such as Asher Moore, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Sevyn Streeter, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, T.I., T Pain, Kid Ink, B.o.B. Nicki Minaj, and Keri Hilson (just to name a few) wouldn't have collaborated with him if he was a "mediocre pop artist." I don't know what world you're living in to believe that "we all" have stopped listening to Chris Brown's music considering he has had song after song chart in Billboard before, during, and after the assault on Rihanna. In fact, if you stopped listening to music by artists who beat up on their partner, you would have to throw out your Beatles and solo John Lennon collection (Lennon beat his first wife), your James Brown collection, your Kurt Cobain/Courtney Love collection, Motley Crue, Rolling Stones, and anything by Liza Minnelli. Oh by the way, since domestic violence occurs in over 30% of relationships in America, you have just managed to piss off real people all around you who suffer in silence and won't get helped (both perpetrators and victims) for fear of public ridicule (which doesn't really work that well to solve the D.V. problem.) You've also managed to continue to recycle a incident which even the victim (Rihanna) has asked the media to move on from. I'm sure it makes her feel real good to be constantly reminded of being beat up a half decade ago! Great job genius! How about you do some actual research into your topics instead of continuing to parrot the ridiculous notion that Chris Brown has no talent because he beat up a woman nearly FIVE YEARS AGO! If you actually did some research, you would read about a variety of prominent producers and artists who speak highly of Chris Brown's musical talent and creativity and several producers who have called Chris "the Michael Jackson of his generation." You would also realize that Chris is constantly in the studio creating new music and is one of the most highly prolific and dedicated professionals to his craft in music. All the hyphenates I put at the beginning of my comments would be a good place to start your research. Unfortunately, however, its easier (though intellectually lazy) to continue to parrot the media backlash against Chris. However, here's a newsflash: if a person's artistry was invalidated because they engaged in violent or wreckless behavior in their youth, we wouldn't have many artists to celebrate! Its called real life......just like you and me who stumble and fall at times in life..........but such stumbles don't invalidate our talents and skills. What they do in today's society, however, is cause journalists and bloggers to lack critical thinking and originality of ideas and perspective on a counter-narrative to what everyone else is writing. These are things you are most definitely guilty of. Try to be different from the crowd......do some research........stop being lazy and intellectually and artistically incurious. The fact of the matter is that Chris Brown has never faded from the charts because he works hard at his craft, and (just like Mike) gives back to people in need. He's got issues to resolve (just like we all do) but he's also a creative genius and there are lots of people out there that believe the same thing.
"Everybody wants to be Ernest Hemingway"
did you know he was an alcoholic who beat his wife?
still wanna be him?
people can be very simple-minded.
"...would you still like Annie Hall? Obviously you shouldn't. ... Even Allen's most ardent fans acknowledge that if he really were a sex criminal, we should stop liking him immediately."
you are conflating 2 separate things.
if i knew for sure he abused dylan, i would stop liking HIM, yes definitely (not too fond of him as a person already, after soon yi)
but i would still like his films.
just as i still like roman polanski's films, even after he was convicted of what he was.
because the films can stand on their own, separate from the person who made them.
Thanks Erika, I love it.
you will like the truth.
king of illusion says how
andy kaufman did it.
some call it faking a death
but andy calls it switching
bodies with nathan mccoy.
thank jesus, god, buddah, allah, and anyone i've left out.
I played the sickest tech-house DJ set of my life there in 2000. The early years. We had over 150 people. Floor was packed. Bolton was there, of course. I remember thinking after that set, that I had finally done everything I wanted to do on a turntable in terms of that genre. I was done. Killed it. P0wned it. And that has held true. I've not since played a set of that genre.
sjb - missoula 99-01
Really well written article. RIP Elliott Smith.
Let's just keep over generalizing people and say that only middle aged men say "rave" anymore. Seriously, this article is a very poor representation of the magic that is BassBoat.
What a Bazaar article about Bassboat. Pretty positive, but with kind of condescending undertones.
Just one example:
'the decorations are absurdly sparse for a rave.'
Was the amazing scenery of Flathead Lake not enough?
People come far and wide for this amazing experience, from as far as Canada and California.
It isn't just some 'rave'.
This is a community experience like none other!
I'd like to add a shameless plug for Dudley Chicoine at Tech1 Electronics. He's my big brother, and I've watched him tinkering with stereo equipment for as long as I can remember. He taught me how to care for my 45s and my very first albums. He definitely DOES know his stuff! I don't think there's anyone else out there who does what he does.
And to think we knew you when......we love and admire you, Sara and Ron
Wish I could be there for your lecture, Doc! All best from Washington, DC. - Lilly
Doug Peacock is just another radical leftist global warming alarmist who doesn't understand science.
There's been no warming for at least 16 years, and no correlation between carbon dioxide levels and global temperature. Corrupt "scientists" changed the data and destroyed the original raw data. Global hurricane frequency at a 30-year low, strong tornado trends down, and snow and cold have been increasing in the winter in contrast to IPCC and NOAA climate report forecasts. Our current climate is in no way unusual, unnatural, or unprecedented - it's just another warm period.
Periods of warming and cooling have been occurring for eons without the help of humans. Science shows that there's no correlation between CO2 levels and global temperature (aside from the fact that CO2 levels rise many years AFTER warming begins, according to analysis Antarctic ice cores.
There's been no statistically significant warming since 1995, even as carbon dioxide continues to pour into the atmosphere. Global cooling 1945 - 1977 led to alarmists forecasting an impending ice age - how'd that work out?
Michael Mann's faked "hockey stick" graph, which purported to show a stable climate until CO2 levels began rising, is scientific fraud. As one scientist declared, "Michael Mann is at Penn State, but he should be in the state pen."
Thus, climate change clearly isn't caused or significantly contributed to by CO2, and it would be foolish to stop using oil and coal. Wind and solar power are pretty much useless.
Global temperatures have been cooling since 2002 link Earths temperatures are not constant. There were 23 periods of cooling and warming in the past 500 years with the average cycle being 27 years long. There were two cooling and warming periods in the past 100 years alone. 1880-1915 was a period of cooling 1915-1945 was a period of warming 1945-1977 was a period of cooling 1977-1998 was a period of warming 1998-the present, it has been cooling, all related to changes in solar activity and the Pacific El Nino and La Nina cycles link
Global temperatures today are among the coolest in the last 500 million years link
*The yearly average number of sunspots per year from 1991 through 2007 were 1,361, (according to the S.I.D.C.). Through September of 2008, we are one pace for only 56 sunspots for the entire year. Where is the global warming?
*After the Medieval Period the world cooled 4 degrees centigrade, causing the "Little Ice Age". This was a period of glacial advance from the mid 1400's to mid 1800's. Then the world began to warm once again. Many of the glaciers that are now retreating were ones that grew during this "Little Ice Age".
And of course, as solar technology evolves, it's most likely that panels will be smaller, less obtrusive, and better at what they do. But dead wolves and bears are still dead wolves and bears, bajada.
That's in part the reason why I donated $10,000 to the North Woods Conservancy last year. BTW I live on a fixed income for the past 5 years but believe we need to save these precious wildlife areas rather than build houses on them.
Climate change is the focus of all main stream enviros and they are whole-sale supporting the obliteration of hundreds of square miles of southwest habitat for solar panels. I hope Mr. Heyduke knows that another big environmental problem is replacing habitat with solar panels and killing raptors with wind turbines
I would like to add that you can plug a turntable into an auxiliary input (aux) on the back of your receiver, but you will need a phono pre-amp to boost the signal if you do.
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