Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from May, 2011

80 - Another Week, Another Hero: Rest In Peace, Gil Scott-Heron

On Friday, Brother Gil left this world for the next one.  And I call him brother not because we were related, not because I knew him and not because he was black, but because he was a kindred soul.  I related to what he was talking about, even though I come from completely different circumstances and grew up in a far different decade.  Such was his power to convey his observations of the human condition.  The man was an incredibly talented poet, and one kick-ass musician.  Here's a look back at some of the knowledge Brother Gil dropped on us:


First up is the song that started it all; the one almost everybody points to as the first rap song. Whether that's acurate or not is up for debate, but you can't deny the power of this one. The Revolution won't be no rerun; the revolution will be live.






Here's one you might recognize from Kanye West's "Late Registration" album. I wanted to cover this song, but I've heard more than a few different versions, …

79- Rest In Peace, Randy Poffo...

It is with heavy heart that I say that the man we knew and loved as "Macho Man" Randy Savage passed away this morning.  I've been watching wrestling for 20 years, so this one hits me hard.  Here's a few videos of the man of the hour, the tower of power, too sweet to be sour, funky like a monkey, OOH YEAH!










Here's what some call the greatest Wrestlemania match of all time:






Here he is putting it down on wax:






Here he is a few months ago promoting the WWE AllStar game:



78 - Planning For Your Rapture Party

Well, if the world ends on Saturday like they say it might, I'm gonna go out dressed as a mascot at a charity event. Could be worse. I wonder if when I apparate into the line for Heaven if I'll be able to take the costume off or not...

Anyhow, congratulations to the four or less of you that have played Whack-Blog-Mole with me this week and checked back to see which day had the music reviews. Here is your prize:

Adele "21" *** and 2/3
Well, I decided to hear for myself what the big deal is. And make no mistake, Adele is a big deal. Currently the best-selling album of the year (here and in the UK), with the number 1 single in the country and a Rolling Stone cover to her credit. And AMERICAN IDOL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

Something that's been lost in the last decade on both sides of the musician/listener equation is the sensation of "genuine". Whether it be the assembly line pop of American Idol, the nu-metal schlock that sounds the same as it did nine …

77 - Malaria Shots For Everybody

Here's a little something I wrote about how bigotry went on a diet over the last two centuries, but isn't so skinny that it's completely disappeared.  (By the way, I got a 95 on this, and I banged it out in two hours.)  THE HEART OF HEART OF DARKNESS

In Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad paints a picture of Africa as a place filled with savages and treacherous terrain. It is a place untouched by the alabaster hand of progress that is the wisdom of man from the western world. It is a place overrun by cannibals. It is, to the nineteenth century explorer, light years away from civilization. It is a verdant, untouched continent ready for the taking...I...I mean civilizing.

During the halcyon days of New Imperialism, Europeans adjusted their modus operandi to fit with the changing times. Outright slavery had fallen out of fashion; it was no longer politically correct to displace millions of natives from their homeland and conscript them to build the new world for you. No siree.…

76 - Bullshit Ideas (That May Amuse You)

Theories:


-Music is like a spectrum. Everything is connected by degrees of separation. It may not seem like it, but every song you hear is the same exact one, just done differently. Until the unified theory (or “Universal Concerto” if you will) can be found (or written...), this will remain a mere theory.


-It takes a LOT more energy to create than to destroy. For instance, a TV. The first TVs were not walks in the park to build; no one had ever invented them before. So it took not only the mathematical principles to make such a thing possible, but the discovery of said principles, to say nothing of their application. Okay, so you take the idea, the practicality of making it, and then actually making the damned thing out of spare parts in the first half of the century, and there you have step one. Then you take into account the advancement of technology. HD, picture in picture, surround sound, cable, three prong plugs in some cases, flat screen....decades and decades of effort spent t…

75 - Objective Moral Value

Keeping with the spirit of Hell Week (lots of final exams and projects), I'm going to make you guys feel a little of my "pain". So this week, I'm going to post some philosophy, some random stuff from my hard drive, and one music review (but I'm not going to tell you which day what will be on; you'll have to check back).

So here's some musings on Objective Moral Values. Puzzle it in your brain...hole:

To say there are no objective moral values is to say there is no objective right or wrong. For what is the moral value of something but a plot point on a spectrum with right at one end and wrong on the other? How can you tell how right or how wrong something is without attributing it a moral value?

So to say there are no objective moral values is to say right and wrong are subjective. For every thing that might be deemed "right" by seemingly everyone, there is a possibility that someone somewhere could view it differently. (Like Robin Hood stealing …

74 - The Five Most Dissapointing Books Of All Time, Part 5: Shadow Of The Hegemon

This concludes our little series on books that seemed like a really good idea, but went to pot faster than Meth & Red. So last, but certainly not least, I would like to talk today about:


SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON
(Book 2 of the "Shadow" quartet, the sixth book published in the "Ender" series)
By: Orson Scott Card
365 pages
Published: 2000
Read: 2001, 2009

Ender's Game has long been one of my favorite books. It was in Fall of 2009, however, when it became my absolute favorite.

This was the third time I'd read it (the first being in 1995, then in 1999, junior year of High School. Yes, I'm old; fuck off.) Anyway, when I went to read it the third time...I don't know if it was because this was the author's definitive edition, or whether my age, life situation and the critical thinking skills I'd just learned in college had more to do with me relating to the story, but everything just went "Ding!". This is the quintessential example of ho…

73 - NUTTERBLOG AND NUTTERBLOG ARCHIVE ARE MERGING

This really effects people that were reading http://www.nicholasnutterblog.blogspot.com/  more than this, but since the reason for this post is that no one reads the other blog, it's kinda moot.

Basically, since I've archived everything on nicholasnutterblog.blogspot.com here, I'm going to just delete that one and have this site be the one and only NutterBlog.  So I'm changing the name of this one to NutterBlog instead of NutterBlog Archive on Monday.

Also on Monday, I will post the first post of the new unified NutterBlog, and it will be the 5th and final installment in my "Most Dissapointing Books" series.  From then on, I'm going to post once a week.  At least that's the plan.  I have a hair-brained sceme about possibly making my next music blog a multi-part extravanganza, spreading it over the course of one week but with multiple entries.  I dunno.  We'll see what happens.

I think for your sakes and mine I'm going to make my posts shorter.…

72 - The Five Most Dissapointing Books I've Ever Read, Parts 3 & 4: Terry Brooks (4/27/11)

Today, we have a two-fer. Since these two entries are by the same author, I figured I'd do them together. Here we go:


ARMAGEDDON'S CHILDREN
(Book 1 of the "Genesis Of Shannara" trilogy, book 4 of the "Shannara" series)
By: Terry Brooks
404 pages
Published: 2006
Read: 2011

Terry Brooks's The Sword Of Shannara is one of the reasons I got into reading. Sure, looking back on it now it's a poorly written, poorly realized rip-off of The Lord Of The Rings, but when I was 13, this way my shit! Sword and sorcery adventures taking place thousands of years after the apocalypse and elves are the dominant life form instead of humans? Sign me up.


The origins of Shannara had always been a mystery. There was a prequel in 1996, but that just told the origin of the Sword and its namesake Jerle Shannara. No one knew how these eight books (as of '96) related to the world we live in. Then Brooks dropped the Word & Void trilogy, and speculation flew. It wasn'…

71 - The Five Most Dissapointing Books Of All Time, Part 2: Gunsmith Cats Burst, Vol. 5 (4/26/10)

Hello.  This is part two of five discussing the books that I thought would be awesome, but ended up really going out of their way to let me down.

(Also, you don't have to necessarily know anything about a given book or series to appreciate how frustrating trying to read this crap was.  Take it as a bad review for the given book.)

WARNING: Contains spoilers.


Gunsmith Cats Burst Vol. 5
(Final Volume of Gunsmith Cats to date; Final book of second series)
By: Kenichi Sonoda
214 pages
Published: 2008, 2010 in America
Read: 2010

Gunsmith Cats is a series of graphic novels detailing the adventures of Rally Vincent and Minnie May Hopkins as they track down bail jumpers in Chicago. Of course, Rally has bad-ass guns and the car to match (this is the reason my dream car is a Shelby Cobra) and May has grenades that don't just blow you up: they'll stun you, distract you, make you stink and then maybe they'll blow you up too. They also have on their side a dorky friend named Becky …

70 - The Five Most Dissapointing Books I Ever Read, Part 1: The Dark Tower (4/10/11)

Did you ever pick up a book you were really stoked to read only to put it down after a few days of extreme dissatisfaction? Do you still feel the nausea from biting into the metaphorical worm sandwich any time this book (or series) ever comes up? This is for those of us who have had a book we literally couldn't wait to read turn on us and suck more than the black hole at the center of the galaxy.

You'll note that all five of these entries are part of a larger series. When you think about it, what's a better set up for disappointment than a follow-up or sequel? This list is also in no particular order. Anyway, here's my Top Five Biggest Disappointments in print.

WARNING: Contains PLENTY of Spoilers

THE DARK TOWER SERIES
By: Stephen King
(Like 3,000 pages)
Published: 1982-2004
Read: 1997-98, 2008


My first mistake was trying to read The Stand first. After getting more than 600 pages in, I gave up because nothing had happened for at least 100 pages, despite there being 24 …

69 - It Doesn't Have To Be Realistic... (4/7/11)

My buddy Adam & I just brainstormed the best idea ever for a wrestling match. Because once you have bats with barbed wire and boards with barbed wire tacked to them, where do you go from there?

Anyway, the idea is this: Wrap everything on the ring in barbed wire, then set the whole thing on fire. Then make the mat area itself out of glass. Then you make the four participants wrap their hands up mui thai style, dip em in glue, dip em in glass, wrap em in barbed wire and set them on fire.

Now, round about this time in the explanation, all four participants are going "Fuck...THAT shit." But wait! There's more. You then throw light bulbs filled with tacks and smeared with burning sterno at them (while they're plugged in of course; gotta throw electricity in there). Oh yeah, and susspended from the ceiling are spikes wrapped in barbed wire made out of glass filled with tacks that are on fire. Can't forget that.

All right, Bischoff! Get on it! (Sad thing is, even …