Gift of Gab – Flashback (2004)

Smooth groove, and an even smoother flow. And from the Bay Area, no less. (On a related note, happy 75th anniversary to the Golden Gate Bridge! It’s a bunch of steel, but it’s symbolic and people died on it and other aspects. Death approaches.)

Anyways, according to a YouTube comment there’s a Madgab project floating around out there w/ Madlib producing, which I reckon is outstanding. He did a really funny and bizarre set at 1015 Folsom which was like a hip-hop Tim & Eric Awesome Show, to which all I can really say is, Great Job!.

Bonus: Original plan for the Golden Gate Bridge by Joseph Strauss.

Time lapse of Europe – 1000AD to 2003AD

This is awesome. A time lapse of Europe’s shifting national boundaries over the last millenia. It’s fascinating to think of all the people whose lives forged those boundaries. I’m reminded of the old Carl Sagan quote about the famous photograph of Earth taken by Voyager 1 from 6 billion kilometers away as it left the solar system:

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Bonus fact: Voyager 1 was launched in 1977, the year of punk, making it the punk spacecraft.

JD Samson & Men @ May Day

Man, this slays. Sans vocals, it’s just a duo. I can’t tell from the clip if there is anything prerecorded, but I’m guessing no (though I thought I just heard a synth). Actually on second thought I think there is a backing drum track. Regardless, the guitarery is like Gang of Four meets MegaMan II. The vocals are also great, great melodies. Even a Conservative Christian Republican like myself can enjoy this.