Thursday, November 03, 2005

raekwon - "kids that's rich"
(raekwon presents: the vatican, counterflow, 2005)

raekwon rededicating himself to the "...cuban links" era while pete rock turns in a serviceable beat*. mixtape appropriate at 2:30, with rae weaving a pointedly unfocused ode to stop snitchin' ethics and pete doing his best rza impression. lately, the clan is best served in small portions and this is no exception (see also: the rza/mf doom collaboration). though the alt-rap media shine on ghostface is blinding, raekwon once again proves himself to the the second most consistent wu emcee after masta killa. this is not a value-graded comparison, as the latter two perform yeoman's work, whereas starks routinely flirts with blended non-sequitorial/meaningful brilliance and achieves mixed results. in short, this track invokes the hate-it-or-love-it corollary; it will not change your opinion of raekwon or pete rock, but it will induce headnods if you let it. the vatican mixtape drops on december 13th and the long-awaited, oft-rumored ...cuban links part 2 could see a january 2006 release.

*(did i miss the press release about the pete rock mainstream production revival? first jimmy and a.z., then 50, now the chef...why isn't this being discussed?)

- seriously, did you see delonte west's block (read: emasculation) on eddy curry in the 2nd quarter of last night's game? note to the atlantic division: redz does not care about you, your potentially faulty heart, or the traditional point guard-center height differential. by virtue of being the only team to win a game, gang green now have first place in the division. this means absolutely nothing.

- nerd love for november the 2nd: desolation jones #4, detective comics #813, firestorm #19, jonah hex #1, bulleteer #1, house of m #8, ultimate spider-man #85, plus the jonah hex showcase trade if it arrives on the shelf at work. in a publishing climate where dc/wildstorm/vertigo gives up on so many of its best titles through utter indifference and lack of commitment by some key creators and editors (cough...intimates...ahem), it's good to see that seven soldiers hasn't been cancelled, shortened, or otherwise altered. grant morrison = the black card era of comic book writing.

brendan funwrecker.

nothing but big gooses in here, kid

11/2/05 - game 1:
celtics 114
knicks 100 (ot)

05'-'06 campaign: 1-0

larry who? larry what?
(really real though, even auerbach gave dude his props in the post-game. while giving the backhand to the zen master ("...he picks his spots. larry brown, great coach, doesn't pick his spots."). i still hate l.a. too, red.)

your 2005-2006 boston celtics won the season opener the only way they know how: ugly. contrary to preseason returns, pierce was the focal point of the offense, turning in a mad decent 30-12-3. can't be mad at the redheaded kingpin for a jaw-dropping debut in the starting role at the point (looking past the line, 41 minutes, 1 turnover = presidential shit). pretty ricky rebounded from a somewhat horrawful first half to end up with 27 point, albeit on an iversonian 10-for-22. mark blount (drop that "u" when you say the name, he's serious, swear to god) looked real good for a corpse despite making almost all of his points from 12 feet or more away from the hoop. those are the positives.

but that's about where it ends. i'm not thrilled about them blowing a late 4th lead...too reminscient of last year's problems. ricky and paul seem destined yet again to bang heads over who takes the ball in winning time. also, pierce won't be getting 1304 attempts from the line every game. it's almost impossible to tell how the rotation will work because doc hasn't seen fit to consider things like substitution patterns and minute distribution. interior defense was fairly fucki-...we'll just gloss over that.

saying though, delonte.

next up: pistons on friday.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

comeback comeback comeback baby

"a slow grind is no grind and no grind is slow time..."

saying though - i never lost my ability to hustle.

(ok. maybe i did.)

leaves are falling. the celtics are balling. funwrecker is blogging.