Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Saturday, February 25, 2006

DJ Shakes_2006-02-25


It's a 90's dance party! Podcast #4

1. Intro - Shekhar talks, people listen
2. Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On
3. Sound Factory - Understand This Groove
4. Baby D - Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Artful Dodger Remix)
5. SWV - Right Here
6. Planet Soul - I Feel The Music
7. James Brown - I Got That Feeling
8. LA Style - James Brown Is Dead
9. The Real McCoy - Runaway
10. Shaggy - O Carolina
11. Dee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
12. Freestylers - Party's Just Begun
13. Mighty Dub Kats - Magic Carpet Ride
14. Ruffnecks - Everybody Be Somebody
15. The Outhere Brothers - Boom Boom Boom
16. Company B - Fascinated
17. Angelina - Release Me
18. Ace of Base - It's A Beautiful Life
19. Snow - Informer
20. Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
21. Bowie & Queen - Under Pressue
22. Haddaway - What Is Love
23. Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
24. Snap - Rhythm Is A Dancer
25. Robin S - Show Me Love
26. Ann Lee - 2 Times
27. The Prodigy - Fire
28. Smart E's - Sesame's Treat

Okay I'm going to mix some good hip-hop next week but I wanted something a bit more playful this week. So hence the 90's pop/freestyle/house/dance party! All the cheese YOU need. So hopefully this should be of a bit of a trip down memory lane. And don't worry I even talk more too! You'll see I pack 27 songs in a little over an hour so I tried to keep everything short and sweet for the most part, so if you hit a song you really can't stand you won't have to put up with it for too long. The only real exceptions to the theme is James Brown's "I Got That Feeling" which I wanted to use as a intro into LA Style's classic "James Brown Is Dead." If the James Brown song sounds famliar, you'll remember it was also used on the Cosby Show for one of the song routines the kids sang for their grandparents. (they also sang a Ray Charles number the year before). Also when I put in Vanilla Ice for "Ice Ice Baby" I couldn't resist putting in Queen where the original riff for the song basically comes (there is a very slight nuanced difference, but c'mon, we all know Vanilla Ice stole it) because the song is just brilliant.

I hope you enjoy it. It made me real happy to make it, hopefully it makes you smile too.

Curious George on a Saturday

Okay I shall do a mix tonight, although it's a toss-up between 90's dance and some hip hop....although I promised my friend Katy I would do the former. In any case today instead of skiing in Vermont I did the next best thing and saw Curious George...which was one of the most adorable things I have ever seen since I saw these tiny Kobe beef sliders at some fusion restaurant. In any case I took some snaps around town...

Well it's not like I was making a bootleg movie or anything, but I figured it was a good thing to document that I did in fact see the movie ...except for that stupid bastard who had to put his head in there at the bottom. That's just not cool. I mean really. I'm just trying to enjoy a serious work on monkey culture and people act like this. As my dad would say "that's just nonsense." Although in reality he would say "son, that's just nonsense" because it was usually directed towards me.

I think Union Square may be my favorite place in NY...if for no other reason the fact that there's a statue of Gandhi in the southwest corner. I know this sounds dumb but it's funny that whenever I see it during winter I just think "oh man, he must be cold."

Here's a neat facto, random as it may appear at first, Gandhi is actually quite fitting for the area because it was actually named because many unions used to be located around the area and would hold their rallies in the square...hence Union Square. Peaceful protesters of the world unite. Now whenever I go there I always just see the same dude who is pushing to "Free Palestine" and the kids who try their lame-ass skateboarding.

Washington Square Park can really look georgeous in the evening and as hokey as it sounds it's kinda cool to see little groups of people singing folks songs all about. People also buy crack here.

But what's worse than random hobos is all the kids from NYU. They're like leeches. They're everywhere. Worse yet all of them move in packs except for the counter culture kids who strive to be different by all dressing alike.

Irony? I think so.

...and I dunno why, but this west village restaurant always stands out to me as something which may be present in any city yet seems very New York. Am I being overly dramatic? Perhaps. Am I probably onto something? No diggity.

Herald Square, NYC

Monday, February 20, 2006

Back home in NY...from my living room window


You know I bought the movie Proof today because I liked the play a lot and it was done by kids from the U. of Chicago and the movie was also shot on campus..... so seeing something from the old stomping grounds would be real nice.

While it's a touching story and all, what I really found to be the most peculiar thing was the concept of Gwenyth Paltrow being a fellow Maroonie. I was thinking it would be so bizarro to have her in one of my classes or even sitting at the dinner table at Pierce Tower.

While these thoughts are good mind-escapes by themselves something even more bizarro started to happen. The more I thought about the concept of Gwenyth going to the U. of C. the less I thought of her as being a movie star. In fact she sorta looks like the people who go there. Now I ain't saying she's a gold digger but she ain't messin' with no broke ...wait a second wrong song... I'm just saying that when all my friends went to college the first complaint we all had was the lack of attractive people. The reality is that we would've been miserable no matter where we were (actually to be fair my friends at UCLA and USC seemed pretty pleased by everything). Thus even if Gwenyth were to be sitting in Hyde Park in real life I'd still think nothing of it.

What does this all mean? Nothing really. But think about it this way, if you had the urge to kill people and instead read this last paragraph or two, haven't I really just saved a life. Think about it. Think about it.

Got Chutney?

Okay I'm back home and while I do fully realize that most people don't really care where I am on a regular basis, let alone this weekend, I still figured it's worthy enough of an event to put a pic or two up from my last day at home yesterday before I pass out and sleep

This was seen on Pioneer Blvd in Cerritos. If this doesn't show that brown people know how to represent, I'm not sure what does.

Catholics have the Vatican, Muslims have Mecca, and for the free world on the west coast, we have In-N-Out Burgers

I can make it rain wherever I go. Even in SoCal...

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Mom & Dad

These are the people who made me, on their 34th Anniversary (today). I mean literally, they made me. Their DNA is in me...

...and for those of you scoring at home, or even if you're alone, this is what they made: (hint it's my brother Raj & me)

...and just for the sake of completeness, this is my doggy Kobe. Mom and dad did not make him because that would be quite sick. He understands a combination of English, Hindi, and Marathi which my brother claims makes him smarter than me.

Signs you're in an Indian home #253....

...they have a nice big TV with a satellite dish that gets over 200 channels and they still only watch one channel...Zee TV.

Well done mom and dad, well done.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Goin' goin', back to back, to Cali Cali

I'm back home for the first time since Thanksgiving and anyone who thinks that Orange County isn't the greatest place on earth, I beg to differ. The picture on the right was taken while landing last night. Although I brought with me cold weather and some rain it still beats any day in NY. The best part is coming home to watch the local news and their on going coverage of StormWatch 2006...because the temperature had actually dropped below 40 and there was the threat of frost developing. I kid you not.

On a sidenote my flight from Newark (or as it's called in certain quarters, The Pearl City) to Orange County took a massive 7hrs and 20min because of heavy winds. Let me just say that sitting in a plane is right up there with taking a shower as far as giving your brain almost too much time to think about everything in your life. By the time my lobster dinner came out (yes I said lobster... the only seat available was in First Class, as Ferris Buellar would say if you have the means I hiiighly recommend it) I had thought that I was heading everywhere from a personal meltdown-to everything is okay in like- back again. That being said I also took full advantage of the fact that I was in first class by having the servant people (aka flight attendants) make me a caramel-vanilla ice cream sundae. With a cherry. I do not like cherries, although I like cherry flavored things (preferably artificial flavoring). I enjoy Cherry Coke quite a bit as a matter of fact. If you want to know the way through this man's heart, it isn't through food but rather through a straw. I asked for the cherry purely for aesthetics.

Today's agenda: Obtain the holy grail of all fast foods, In-N-Out burgers.

World's Fastest Indian

It's Shivin.
See the movie, meet the man.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

happy post valentines day...

TECHNICAL SIDENOTE: OK so on my mix last nite there's a small glitch for like 10second (like at the 15min mark or something) between New Order's "Age of Consesnt" and Radiohead's "Let Down". For those of you who haven't downloaded it yet or your iTunes (or whatever you use) hasn't updated the podcasts since last night you won't know the difference since I fixed the glitch this morning in a new file....

While I spent my V-day at home mixing the weird noteworthy recent event was trying to board a plane in Richmond on Monday on the day after the massive snowstorm cancelled my Sunday flight. Oddly enough my flight was filled with tourists from Hong Kong who somehow had gotten stuck in Richmond. (no joke) I spent the first 15minutes of my flight convincing a man that his seat 9A was the window-seat and not my aisle seat, seat 9C. We had a nice discussion about the ordering of letters in the English language and how seat labeling starts from right to left as you enter the plane, even though we read from left to right.

So on that note, for those of you who haven't discovered a plane traveling godsend (is that capitalized) check out a website called www.SeatGuru.com
It is quite good. Quiiiiite. It basically rates each seat in different planes and airlines. Typical comments include "good aisle seat but people tend to gather nearby waiting for the lavoratory...sit one or two rows back to avoid". This is fantastic! Moreover it begs the question, do people use the term "lavoratory"anywhere except 30,000 feet above the earth's surface? On a sidenote I now get officially weirded out when guys refer to going to the bathroom as hitting the head.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Loot Loot Loot for the Home Team

Aside from my TV observations, which you certainly haven't heard the last of, Danny's fight again the Yankees continued in the papers again today. After being in the NY Times on Sunday he is in the Metro today (page 2!) based on remarks that that expected benefits of building a stadium parking garage are far below that expected costs....on a present value basis. For anyone who has no idea what I do (e.g. most of my friends, mom, Kobe my Dog, etc) anything that uses the phrase "present value" brings glee to my ears. It's who I am as a person.

You can see Dan's comments in the NY Edition of the Metro today (2/9/06) by clicking HERE

You can also see his group's (www.GoodJobsNY.org) full Yankee stadium report by clicking HERE

For those of you still reading (ne hao & namaste) and are excited to learn more about present valuing, you can do it in Excel in the comfort of your own home! It's fun, it's sorta simple, and everyoooone's doing it.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Scrubs, Doogie, Me, & Hate

It struck me while watching Scrubs last night that in many way the show is a lot like the show Doogie Howser M.D. Drama, intrigue, bits of comedy, and of course Vinny. Moreover the biggest similarity is the fact that both use an internal narration as a key component.

This flashback to Doogie made me think about how much I really hated that show. Not only could I never understand why he had such a crush on Wanda but the opening credits and theme music contained elements that would make any Indian kid vomit. Numerous times. Uncontrollably. If this sounds dramatic think about sitting in your living room, minding your own business, watching TV with your parents.... At this point in time many of you are probably thinking "but Shekhar, I'm not Indian, how could I imagine having Indian parents?" Others are probably thinking "why am I still reading this nonsense?". Well to both of you I ask for your patience and courage to read on. Lucille Balle would've wanted it that way.

Anyhoo, you sitting in the living room and all of a sudden you see a 30 second show snibbit about some kid who fnished high school in 4 weeks and somehow became a doctor a month later. Immediately all conversation in the room ceases because your parents start looking at you thinking "If that kid can finish school in 4 weeks, why can't you? Plus you're Indian. Indian! We've wasted all of our money on that boy and what does he give us in return? To think that he has the nerve of asking to stay out past 10pm and to have $20 to have dinner and see a movie with his friends every weekend."

The converation, as with all Indian parental discussions, usually starts
off playfully and ends with unthinkable things being said about Wanda.

Parental Unit: So Shakes, how long are you gonna take to finish high school?
Me/Hero: 4 years like everyone else

Parental Unit: Why not quicker...like oh I dunno, 4 weeks like Doggy Howser?
Me/Hero: His name is not "Doggy," it's Doogie.

Parental Unit: Idiot Boy (muttered under breath, but loud enough for neighbors to hear)
Me/Hero: Plus I'm not even sure how someone get identified to be so smart to even get some exam to get out of high school after 4 weeks. Teachers don't even know your name until 2nd Semester
Me/ Hero: ...plus Doogie has a girlfriend, would you want me to have one of those?
Parental Unit: You shut up. you don't have to emulate everything
he does. He could've probably graduated high school in 3 weeks if it wasn't for that tramp Wanda.

TV was a very large component of my life and as such I would constantly be compared to TV characters for qualities that I should possess or not possess. For example:

Mike Seaver: Lazy and sorta sketch (remember when he cheated by writing test answers on his shoes)
Alex P. Keaton: Perfect
Theo Huxtable: Good personality, but ultimately not what we're aiming for
Cockroach: Acceptable as a friend
Jack Tripper: Bad because he lives with too many girls
Michael Knight: Unclear
Kevin Arnold: In my mind great, parents were unmoved. (sidenote: I once told my dad that he is a combination of Mr. Arnold and Cliff Huxtable. He seemed mildly amused and then left the room without saying anything...just like Mr. Arnold would!)

It's really quiiite a fun exercise, you should try it too!

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Danny in the NY Times today!!

On a very cool note my friend Danny appears in the NY times today, writing a comment in the City Section in response to the new Yankee stadium proposal/city benefits. Danny works for Good Jobs New York and commentated that the proposed benefits do not outweight the costs from a fiscal perspective (music to an economist's ears!):

To the Editor:

Andrew Zimbalist does not substantiate his claim that the new Yankee Stadium qualifies as a public investment that would yield a net economic return for New York. Moreover, he lowballs the public contributions to the project by excluding valuable tax breaks and is vague about what benefits the city and state would accrue.

Favoring the new stadium simply because it is not as heavily subsidized as other sports facilities around the country is a poor justification for this public expenditure. In fact, a city-sponsored analysis suggests that the fiscal benefits of the stadium wouldn't cover its cost to taxpayers. Of the $210 million Mr. Zimbalist says will be spent on neighborhood "improvements," $100 million would go toward uses that are hardly community amenities, such as parking garages and the demolition of the current stadium.

Calling this project a public investment is misleading. Subsidizing the wealthiest franchise in baseball at the height of its popularity is a loss for residents of the South Bronx and taxpayers across New York.

Dan Steinberg
Lower Manhattan
The writer is a research analyst with Good Jobs New York

The irony of all this is the fact that Dan is perhaps the biggest Yankee fan that ever grew up in Greenwich Village. Yankee baseball has always vied with Judaism as his most devotely followed religions. This is the same former freshman roomate who told me that his Yankee hat was in fact his yarmulke.

In fact you can see the proof in this picture (circa 2000, in my dorm room senior year...please disregard the numerous stuffed animals featured) where Danny is on the lower right. You can see that I am the dashing brown person on the left hand side. (from left to right: Me, Scotty, Adam, Mike,& Dan)

For the record you will notice that featured in the middle is Curious "The Funky Monkey" George, who I loved far before the current Curious George hoopla hit. George is flanked by Mister Smiley (in yellow, named for obvious reason) and my Osh Kosh bear Shit-Ox (named for unobvious reasons)

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

DJ Shakes_2006-02-01

Round 2! This is another eclectic set that starts off with some old skool hip-hop and ends up with asian underground, with oldies, rock, and electronica in the middle. You'll notice a small gaff right before the Jackson 5, that's because the gyro delivery man rang my doorbell just at that moment. My mixing may be average, but I play good music...

1. Black Sheep - The Choice Is Yours
2. DAS FX - The Real Hip Hop
3. Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
4. Nitin Sawnhey - Falling
5. George Michael - Freedom '90
6. The Januaries - The Girl's Insane [Thievery Remix]
7. Karsh Kale - Distance
8. Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabete - Debe
9. P.M. Dawn - I'd Die Without You
10. Aqualung - Strange & Beautiful
11. Nas -NY State of Mind II
12. Jay Z vs. DJ Dangermouse -PSA
13. Elton John - Tiny Dancer
14. Gorillaz - Dare
15. Dished Out Bums - Unplugged
16. Dusted - Always Remember to Love & Respect Your Mother
17. Midival Punditz - Rebirth (feat. Anoushka Shankar)