Video :: T-Pain without “Autotune” WIll Mess Your Whole Summer Up – In a good way

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Music

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Watch the video that a lot of people will be talking about over the next couple of days… in his NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert from a couple of days ago, Teddy Penderass drops an acoustic set, or as much as an acoustic set that he can and shows the people that he doesnt need a damb autotune to make good music. *

….somewhere along the way, somebody got it twisted. “People felt like I was using it to sound good,” says T-Pain, in an interview that will air on All Things Considered. “But I was just using it to sound different.”

* So, this is making its rounds on the internets and no doubt is it interesting…. but I may be in the minority when I ask, “didn’t we know this about Pain?” Or at least, didn’t we figure this? I guess a lot of people don’t really think about the music that they are listening to, but T Pain is a ridiculously talented dude.

Lest we forget, he’s not some flash in the pan guy, because he had major MAJOR radio hits for a good decade. You don’t represent like that, for that long, without talent.

Crazy that he can sang like that. Crazy how songs about skrippers sound pretty dern good when sang straight up. I love them already, but this is a cool change of pace. The last record that he sings, is his new single, Drankin Patna. I like it. Here is how the commercial release sounds.

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The rapper turnt sanga is one of my favorite dudes out there and I think we might start to see whole different side of this dude musically. Thats a good thing.

By the way, I think people get the autotune usage misconstrued. Mostly, its used to change the way a voice sounds, but the real usage of it, is to program a voice to be perfectly pitched on a particular note. If you can’t sing it just sounds like a robotic voice, but, there are a lot of artists (you’d be surprised) that use autotune to just touch up their voice a lil bit in songs and during live performances. Cher uses autotune. Faith Hill. Jamie Foxx. Many more….

This dude can sing, and he is a ridiculously talented song writer. The autotune thing was just something he did to get known – and now its “his thing” that he’s known for, but lets appreciate the talent that is T-Pain, the man who brought us, “I’m In Love With a Stripper” … I love tha remix, one of my favorite jawns ever. RIP Pimp C

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Video :: Newcastle United Stuns Manchester City AT the Etihad in Capital One Cup

Filed under: Highlights, Manchester City, Newcastle

Manchester City 0 – 2 : Scoring Summary

Newcastle United: Rolando Aarons (6′)
Newcastle United: Moussa Sissoko: (75′)

Newcastle United booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, with a 2 – 0 win, at the Etihad, to bounce Manchester City out of the competition. I know a lady in Ohio that’s probably pretty excited about this.

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Trailer :: Adam Richman Takes Over Spurs TV for Tottenham

Filed under: Celebs, Culture & Lifestyle, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Family, Tottenham, TOW Social Soccer

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Adam Richman takes over Spurs TV for Tottenham’s home game against Asteras Tripolis and enjoys Lamela’s wonder goal.

Friend of BP_TOW and avid Tottenham supporter Adam Richman takes us with him as he experiences his first Spurs game at White Hart Lane. The always entertaining actor and television personality is given full access and a camera follows him throughout the day and its a great watch.

This is the trailer to the big video, that is not available on youtube (yet) but you can check it out at tottenhamhotspur.com. Its worth the five minutes of your day.

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Throwback Wednesday :: Selena Gomez at a Kansas City Wizards v. RSL game.

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We flew into Kansas City for an autograph signing at the Wizards Soccer game. – Selena Gomez

* This is what happens when you google, “Selena Gomez” and “Soccer” … you find out that back in 2008, Selena Gomez did a meet and greet at a Kansas City Wizards game. She did the first kick ahead of the KCW v. RSL game. (Not bad by the way)

Here is the interesting thing though, Selena Gomez is from Grand Prarie, Texas and Grand Prarie Texas is about 15 minutes outside of the city of Dallas. In a few hours, Dallas takes on Vancouver to kick off the MLS Playoffs…. do you think Selena will be watching? Will Selena be rooting for Dallas? She has to be, right?

I’m going to tweet at her and see.. I’ll let you know if I gets a RT. (not likely)

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New Book Alert :: “Of All the Gin Joints” words by Mark Bailey and illustrations by Edward Hemingway

Filed under: Books, Culture & Lifestyle

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In OF ALL THE GIN JOINTS, Mark Bailey has pillaged the Hollywood vaults of history from the frontier days of silent film up to the psychedelic 1970’s to dig up the true – and often surprising – stories of America’s most iconic silver-screen legends in this spirited look at the decadent, alcohol-soaked world of Hollywood fame and fortune.

This book is special and its was done by Mark Bailey, the author, Edward Hemingway the illustrator with consultation from Paul Keo and Drew Jacobson from Luminosity Entertainment.

This book, has just about everything that I love. You’d be surprised at the amount of books that we put down between the crew – from soccer books to autobiographies to fiction to stuff like this. A good friend of mine told me about this book. She just shot me a text and said, “There’s a book party at a local spot in DTLA that I think you should come to. You will like the spot and you will love the book.”

Well, we happened to be out of town the night of the party (In Utah watching an RSL game) but I got myself a copy of the book and I felt the need to share it. You all know my love of an adult bevy. You all know my love of Hollywood and LA. You now know about my love for books.

This book, combines them all.

I took a couple of shots of the book so you could see whats it all about. I’ll leave out some of the wonderful anecdotes because they are something you should read for yourself but this book is a page-turner. I’m almost done.

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The beginning and the breakdown of what you are about to read. Inside the book, you don’t just get the stories… you also get EXCELLENT drink recipes and you get some historical breakdowns of various watering holes, restaurants, and hotels that helped make this city famous. Some of these joints are still active…. VERY active.

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Get Of All the Gin Joints at amazon, B+N, or any other book source. You won’t be sorry.

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As you can tell, these are actual shots, from me actually reading it in front of my computer. These aren’t glamour shots. This is just a wildly entertaining book.

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Look, I’m enjoying this book itself – but I will be honest, the price of this book (a ridiculously reasonable $13 bucks on amazon) is worth it for just the bibliography and sources that are at the end of the book. There’s pages of them. I should have figured, but I never knew that this many books about drunkass Hollywood stories existed.

This book here, Of All the Gin Joints, is a great starter to get into that life. I can’t wait to knock out a whole host of these.

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This is the quote on the back cover. Its perfect. *

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* The other thing about this book – half of the folks mentioned, I’ve never heard of by name until this book. Obviously in telling their story or some anecdote about them, you get a sense of who they were and you have an “Ohhhh, that guy” moment. But the coolest part is that you get your google machine on and find out more and more about them. I like shit like that.

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The Best Of Bill Murray

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Bill Murray

~~ So, so, so good…. Sit back and enjoy the next three minutes.

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Steve Zakuani Announces His Retirement

Filed under: MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News

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~~  I was about thirty or so feet away from that tackle in Denver…. I was covering the game on Fox Soccer Channel that day and the sound was something I’ll never forget. Our director actually had to walk outside the truck to throw up after cutting the replays of the injury.

I was lucky enough to sit down with Steve on multiple occasions since that moment and saw the desire in his eyes to get back to what he considered full fitness.  Today is a sad day.  MLS losses a player who had an incredible amount of potential and more importantly, a great person.

‘It is with great sadness that I have to announce my retirement from football. To call this the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make in my life would be a massive understatement. I’ve wrestled with this decision for months, but after weighing up all of my options, and listening to my heart, even though it is painful to reach this conclusion, I know that it is the right one.

It’s no secret that I have been fighting some severe injuries since 2011 – a broken leg, compartment syndrome, two groin/hernia tears, and a couple of hamstring strains – each time I fought back from one injury, another one came along. There’s no way to begin to describe the toll this has taken on me physically, and also mentally. Since April 2011, I have had seven surgeries and have spent twenty-six months rehabbing and working back from my many injuries. To spend two full years out of the last three, on the treatment table rather than the pitch, has been the hardest thing I’ve had to face in my career. I’ve had to dig really deep mentally to stop myself from going into despair.’

Read the rest over at SteveZakuani.com

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Nike Air Max 1 Mid Sneakerboot Winter

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Kicks

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~~ Fully lined and waterproof….

A good look at the Deep Burgundy / Hyper Crimson color way drop in the Nike Air Max 1 Mid Sneakerboot Winter, spotted and available over at CaliRoots.

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