Friday, February 20, 2009

Rihana: Thank You Sir May I Have Another?

LOS ANGELES – A photo that appears to be Rihanna's face with bruises, scratches and swelling from an attack allegedly at the hands of boyfriend Chris Brown was posted Thursday night by the celebrity Web site TMZ.

The close-up image shows a welt above each of the woman's eyebrows, marks on her cheek and around her lips, and general swelling. TMZ did not say how it obtained the photo, when it was taken or by whom.

Hours after the photo was posted, the Los Angeles Police Department launched an internal investigation and asked for the public's help in finding the person who leaked it. A police news release said the image "has the appearance" of one taken during a domestic violence investigation, and classified its release as a case of serious misconduct that could result in termination.

Asked earlier Thursday whether he could confirm the photo's origin, LAPD Officer Jason Lee said only that the department had not released images of the woman who accused Brown, and would not release evidence photos. A spokeswoman for the district attorney said all evidence related to the case was still with police.

Brown was arrested Feb. 8 and booked on suspicion of making felony criminal threats to a woman that authorities have not publicly identified. A person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, confirmed that the woman was Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty.

The person said some of the injuries shown in the photo — specifically the marks on the woman's forehead — were consistent with the injuries Rihanna sustained.

Prosecutors have asked police to provide more information before deciding what charges, if any, to pursue against Brown. Police have said the 19-year-old singer could face domestic violence charges if prosecutors think they are appropriate.

An Associated Press photo of Rihanna, taken before the party on the night of the incident, shows her with a tattoo of Roman numerals on her left shoulder; the TMZ photo shows the same numerals on the same shoulder. TMZ had previously used its site to debunk a manipulated image that depicted Rihanna with a black eye.

No public statement has been issued on behalf of Rihanna, who turns 21 on Friday. Email and telephone messages left late Thursday with representatives for both Brown and Rihanna were not immediately returned.

Brown released a statement on Sunday, which read in part, "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired." The statement, which did not mention Rihanna, said Brown was consulting with loved ones, his mother and pastor.

Brown's arrest came roughly 18 hours after he and Rihanna left a pre-Grammy party honoring music mogul Clive Davis. According to police, Brown and a woman were involved in an altercation in a car traveling through the upscale Hancock Park neighborhood shortly after midnight. Police have said the woman had visible injuries, and that Brown was gone from the scene when they arrived.

Kanye West: The Ego Has NOT Landed

Stop the press!!!

Kanye West has announced he is done lip syncing (I mean, trying to sing) in the music business and and is ready to pour all his "superhero" energy into conquering fashion. Now with the exception of Batman who has no powers, dont you have to have "powers" in order to be a superhero????

Looking at this recent pic above, Kanye surely is a great guide as what is fashionable. Just think, with his guidance you too can wear a bowtie and your girlfriend look like a streetwalker. Very classy!!

On being a rapper turned fashion designer and how it's seen as cliche:
"People base their opinions on cliche. There's a reason why they're cliches: 'I was gonna wear a coat today, but it would be so cliche.' How about some pants -- if it's not too cliche?"

It is also "cliche" to actually sing instead of using backtracks that accidentally skip to cover your voice.

On his infamous "I am the voice of this generation" quote:
"If not me, then who?" he says. "Someone could be a better rapper, dance better. But culturally impacting? When you look back at these four and a half years, who's the icon at the end of the day? Who broke down color barriers? What other black guy would a white person use as a fashion reference?"

What "color barriers" did you break down? If you crossed over into country music charts or branched out into any other medium other than rap THEN maybe you could make such a claim. One entertainer come to mind that actually did that, yeah I think his name was Elvis Presley.

50 Cent told MTV News, "I don't think the fans will forgive him for this. I don't think it's cool," 50 added, unabashed as ever. "I like Kanye as an artist. I don't like the record, to be honest — the entire record, I heard seven of them [songs] already. But I love him as an artist and I'd like to work with him in the future. It's a tough time for him. He's realizing the pressure of being in competition with the best artist he can be in competition with — that's Kanye West. When [the fans] put you up against your best material, you really realize what it's like."

"It was just what was in my heart," West told MTV Europe two weeks ago. "The type of ideas that it was coming up with, the melodies that were in me — what was in me I couldn't stop. I think it's a path; it's a road that's been paved and given by God. There's so many signs, and I just have to follow the signs and the arrows of where he wants me to go and just be fearless about it. It's so crazy — hip-hop used to be about being fearless, and now it's, like, all about being afraid. It used to be about standing out, now it's all about fitting in. Like, you know, I wear my tight jeans and stuff, and stand out, and people want to talk about me. ... Because when I had my baggy clothes and I was hip-hop, people talked about me too. Now hip-hop is like a big high school or something. So that's why I respect people who just do whatever they want to do."

Kanye, Thank God for Auto-Tune.

And on the flip side thank God for singers who dont need it.

If Auto-Tune was around from day one the world would have never been graced with melody carrying and falsetto climbing voices of Queen, Radiohead, Beatles, Beach Boys, Bowie, Genesis, Coldplay, Snowpatrol, U2, Ours, Starsailor, The Doves, Elbow, etc. Im sure I am leaving out so many more but I hope you get the point :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Taken By Trees: Sweet Blog O Mine

So I go to see the new Friday The 13th and one of the previews really caught my eye and ear. The preview starts with a few kids hanging out and then being attacked by these crazy prison rejects. By the middle of the preview I noticed a subtly yet recognizable melody that rang a bell that only Pavlov's dog would hear: Sweet Child O Mine. It was a slow and haunting piano ballad version that really did justice to the famous Guns N Roses single.

Indie pop artist Victoria Bergsman, under the name Taken by Trees, covered the song and her version was used in the trailer for the remake of the Wes Craven film The Last House on the Left. Victoria Bergsman is a Swedish songwriter, musician and vocalist best known as singer of the indie pop band The Concretes from 1995 up until her 2006 departure.

While listening to it and engaging interest in the preview, I wondered , "Would this song have been better had the original not been written and instead the cover be the only testament to its existence?"

That being said, the cover is surprisingly true to Bergsman's roots -- and after checking out her catalog, it sounds like a Taken By Trees song. Because of a movie preview I have become a fan of Taken By Trees.

Taken By Trees is definitly the kind of artist that Solarcade would love to play with. Solarcade and Taken By Trees played at The Roxy about a month apart and my only regret is that I didnt know about them back then. Growing up and playing guitar, Slash was a definitive reason for me to play guitar so i am alway VERY critical when I hear artists cover delicate songs of this nature.

It is almost the equivalent of a Nazi crime to do covers of sacred bands Beatles, Queen, and U2 but my hat goes off to Victoria Bergsman. If you haven't already, you really should check out the new Taken By Trees single, a beautiful cover of "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N Roses. Victoria Bergsman gives the classic track a charming makeover that lovingly reinvents it.

Friday, February 13, 2009

13 Facts About Friday the 13th

By LiveScience Staff

If you fear Friday the 13th, then batten down the hatches. This week's unlucky day is the first of three this year.

The next Friday the 13th comes in March, followed by Nov. 13. Such a triple whammy comes around only every 11 years, said Thomas Fernsler, a math specialist at the University of Delaware who has studied the number 13 for more than 20 years.

By the numbers

Here are 13 more facts about the infamous day, courtesy of Fernsler and some of our own research:

1. The British Navy built a ship named Friday the 13th. On its maiden voyage, the vessel left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again.

2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday). The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.

3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor.

4. Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

5. Quarterback Dan Marino wore No. 13 throughout his career with the Miami Dolphins. Despite being a superb quarterback (some call him one of the best ever), he got to the Super Bowl just once, in 1985, and was trounced 38-16 by the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana (who wore No. 16 and won all four Super Bowls he played in).

6. Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born on Friday, April 13, 1866.

7. Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1926.

8. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

9. Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

10. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12."

11. Woodrow Wilson considered 13 his lucky number, though his experience didn't support such faith. He arrived in Normandy, France on Friday, Dec. 13, 1918, for peace talks, only to return with a treaty he couldn't get Congress to sign. (The ship's crew wanted to dock the next day due to superstitions, Fernsler said.) He toured the United States to rally support for the treaty, and while traveling, suffered a near-fatal stroke.

12. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number — 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.

13. The seals on the back of a dollar bill include 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle's head, 13 war arrows in the eagle's claw and 13 leaves on the olive branch. So far there's been no evidence tying these long-ago design decisions to the present economic situation.

Friday the 13th!! Happy Paraskavedekatriaphobia!

Happy Paraskavedekatriaphobia and it couldnt be more appropiate than today Friday Feb 13th which is the release of the remake Friday The 13th.

There have been 10 Friday the 13th films since the original 1980 release. The new 2009 version is billed as a "remake" of the original which in my opinion it isnt. I like to think of it like Rob Zombie's "reimagining" of his Halloween reboot.

Pop quiz: How many kids did Jason kill in the first movie? A-ha, you are wrong! He didnt kill anyone becasue his mother Mrs Vorhees killed all the camp counselors who she believed let her poor son Jason drown in Crystal Lake.

Dont mess with Jason the Killer. He is one bad mo fo: He once had to pop a cop that didnt give him props in Oak town. No? wrong franchise, sorry Dr. Evil....

Jason Vorhees cannot be killed. I grew up on the movies, Ive done my homework. He has been drowned, attacked by machetes, cracked in the face with an axe, buried alive, cremated, chained to a boulder by Tommy and drowned again, resurrected by a lightning bolt, melted by toxic waste in a sewer, resurrected by telekinesis of the new blood, dragged into hell, frozen in space, thawed, and drowned again by Freddy Krueger.

Along with Michael Meyers, Jason Vorhees's dialogue is simple: action speak louder than words and his measurement of loudness is always interesting with new execution styles.

I am super pumped to go see Friday The 13th and when I get ready and sit in my seat in the theatre I will be transcended back to rubiks cubes, He-Man, Family Ties, Cosby Show, and Alf. I love nostalgia and its like the beginning of my life in being able to say "I remember when the original came out..."

Thursday, February 12, 2009

DC Comics revamps Batwoman as Lesbian

Fans at Comic Con in New York this week were treated to a sneak preview of DC Comics's highest profile gay superhero, Batwoman, described by her creator as "the kind of sexy that makes you think of a succubus with a very bad attitude".

With fiery red hair, a skin-tight leather cat suit and knee-high red stiletto boots - complete with a blood red bat symbol on her ample chest - Batwoman, the alter ego of Kathy Kane, is set to make her debut on bookshelves this June in Detective Comics 854. Her appearance follows the shock – apparent – demise of Bruce Wayne, the multi-millionaire philanthropist who has protected the streets of Gotham City as Batman since 1939.

Writer Greg Rucka said that Batwoman - who first appeared in 1957 but was killed off in 1979 - was "exceptionally cool".

"Yes, she's a lesbian. She's also a redhead. It is an element of her character. It is not her character. If people are going to have problems with it, that's their issue," he told Comic Book Resources. "Frankly, she should be judged on her merits."

Kane was first outed in 2006 when it was revealed that she was the former lover of Gotham detective Renee Montoya. She has made passing appearances in the comics since, with June's outing to be her most high-profile.

"Nobody has really seen her. They don't really know who this person is," said Rucka. "You are going to figure out what she does, why she does it and who she has to help her. I obviously get into what makes her different than Batman. They share a lot, more than including a bat. But they have different techniques and different approaches."

He expects readers to be shocked when they read the first issue. "I think people are going to fall out of their seats," he said, providing the first few pages of the comic at his blog.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rihanna Gets Beat Up by Chris Brown

Brown Sugar How Come You Taste So Good?? This is one Rollingstones song you wont hear in Rihanna's set list when she comes back to sing.
All jokes aside, I feel really bad for the young singer songstress. I am not a huge fan of R&B and Rap but her single "Umbrella" has intoxicating honey drenched hook enough to tranquilize a horse. Rihanna had to be treated by a doctor after Chris Brown beat her up according to reports.
Wow what a bad way to tarnish a young musician's career especially when his audience is predominantly young girls. Like always, the case could be affected by how much Rihanna is willing to forgive her boyfriend. Brown will no longer participate in their All-Star Game events in Phoenix this weekend, while Rihanna backed out of a Friday night concert in Malaysia. The abuse allegations will have a long-lasting impact on Brown's career.
Who wants to bet they release a statement that they love each other and are going to work it out? I hope Rihanna gets help and is ok.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Solarcade is excited about the new Starsailor album. I fell in love with these guys with "Love is Here" way back when. You can hear some of Starsailor's haunting melodic influence in Solarcade's "Silent Photographer".

“All The Plans” takes a break from the rock-infused “On The Outside” and gets back to the basics that drew fans to them in the first place. The band’s fourth studio album is both its first with Virgin Records and with Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Woods. The result is a cohesive blend of solid beats and fantastic harmonies. Starsailor is one of the MOST underrated bands around. The intense songwriting and thoughtful arrangements certainly summon up grandeur images of grammy awards on their fireplace mantles.

Starsailor doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s clear from interviews and blog posts that the band didn’t intend to. I love it!! Nothing was ever broke so they intended on not addressing the unbroken. Quiet your inner music critic for a moment and feel the emotion beneath the tracks, you’ll find an album that makes you remember why you love music in the first place. Bands like Starsailor make it worthwhile for Solarcade!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Michael Phelps: Can't We all Just Get A Bong?!?

Hypocrisy: The Measure of Michael Phelps Success Reflected in the Picture of a Bong Hit?The Michael Phelps bong incident, sometimes jokingly referred to as Bong-gate, seems to have taken hold and ripped out the common sense of some people. The guy was out having a bit of fun, some opport

Michael Phelps Bong Hit: Support Your National Pot Smoker
unistic (and now probably rich) "friend" snapped a picture of him, and the backlash of the publication of the photo has led to a major sponsor dropping him and a 3-month suspension from competition by USA Swimming. If that wasn't bad enough, Richland County Sheriff's office, in whose jurisdiction the pot-smoking allegedly took place, is contemplating criminal charges against the 23-year-old Olympic gold medallist.But Subway, the sandwich-making company, has decided to stand behind its sponsorship of Michael Phelps, according to the Mercury News. In a statement, the company said, "Like most Americans, and like Michael Phelps himself, we were disappointed in his behavior. Also like most Americans, we accept his apology. Moving forward, he remains in our plans."

Christian Bale, star of "The Dark Knight" and a now infamous audiotape where he unleashes a torrent of abuse on a co-worker, said, "Please, Michael Phelps, swim in the next Olympics. This guy has a God-given talent. So he smoked a bit of weed; plenty of our presidents have."And Christian Bale has a point. Michael Phelps has fallen victim to the kind of hypocritical double-standard that Americans seem to be particularly good at: castigating someone for doing something that many often surreptitiously engage in. Like smoking pot.

NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) cites Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post and Stanton Peele of the Wall Street Journal who have called for change in the excessively punitive marijuana laws extant in the United States in the wake of the Michael Phelps fiasco. As NORML points out, nearly half of Americans 18 years of age and older admitted to smoking marijuana at least once (CNN/Time and 72% of Americans believe that if marijuana is to remain illegal, that possession of it should be met with fines and not jail time.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Radiohead wins Grammy for BEST ALT ALBUM

In Rainbows won a grammy for Best Alternative Music Album!!

I am very excited for them. Our band Solarcade has looked at Radiohead for years as the trailblazers and trendsetters (not followers). to me its like if they never won anything and Solarcade got big then the Grammies mean nothing.

I love Thom Yorke's voice ad Johnny Greenwood's soundtrack on "There will Be Blood" was haunting. Good for them. The Allison Kraus and Robert Plant was good but damn I didnt expect the to win so many.

Look like Lil Wayne didnt rack up those 8 wins. If he would have it would have been confirmation that the gramis are about sales reporting and not talent.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Solarcade in Valley Scene Magazine

Solarcade at Cinespace
By Jonathan Weichsel

Solarcade is unabashedly a pop band, but they don't play modern pop. Their music harks back to the seventies and eighties, when pop music had all the power and force of rock and roll. The band is able to channel Goth, psychedelic, and hard rock into their power ballads, pop songs, and prog-rock excursions, creating a sublime aural experience. Just as important as the music is the fact that they put on one of the best shows in L.A.

Solarcade has in Paul Van one of the most talented and eclectic vocalists to hit the pop music scene in many years. Van's voice is able to exhibit vulnerability, as well as strength. Sometimes Van is quirky, and sometimes he lets his voice quaver, but most of the time he belts out his songs, hitting high notes and low with equal clarity, and with a force rivaling some of the greatest singers of the eighties.

Paul Van has the kind of voice that can fill a room of any size. Watching him play the small room at Cinespace, I kept on thinking, "This guy belongs in a stadium." It is difficult to describe what he did to the mostly upscale crowd that turned out Saturday night to hear the band. During the opening acts everybody was standing around, mingling, and chatting at the bar in that way Hollywood types like to chat. But the second Solarcade came out rocking with their new single "Rise," everyone in the room rushed towards the stage and just went wild.

Paul Van had the greatest effect on the females in the audience. Perhaps the women were reacting to Van's lip gloss, or maybe it was the hint of eye liner, but it is most likely that the gals were sent into a state of frenzy by his attitude. Paul Van commanded the stage that evening with all the arrogance and cockiness requisite of good rock and roll. His is a classic rock act, full of romantic gestures and dramatic poses. You have all seen old films of women melting in front of some rock God. It is quite another thing to be in a roomful of melting women.

This is not to say that the women were the only people enjoying the show. Pomilla's guitar work was stunning. Pomilla is just as versatile an artist as Van is, and channels the same musical genres. When he hits a power cord, it lifts the entire room. His solos are not as intricate as one might expect from this type of band, but in place of intricacy is a kind of psychedelic beauty, full of unexpected notes and colors. The drummer Adam Holt added a pounding, danceable beat to the mix.
Solarcade's lyrics are psychedelic, but they don't have the sense of anxiety often associated with psychedelic lyrics. Take for example the opening Solarcade's single, "Rise."

Some kind of reign for us
A thousand hands to slow
The chains that pull me up
I don't want to be the one to fall
I don't want to run. I don't want to hide at all

Paul Van starts out singing with faux-nervous energy, but by the end of this he is bursting with a full-voiced confidence. Rise is a powerful song, about breaking through the chains that keep us down. It is a song about reaching up from the murky depths, and grabbing hold of the light. Perhaps Paul Van is able to express these sentiments with such sincerity because he is himself a rising star, about to break through the chains.

If you would like to learn more about Solarcade, including upcoming shows, visit them at Make sure you check out one of their shows soon, because in a few months they are going to be huge. Solarcarde's new EP, Songs for the Gathering, is being released digitally February 24th.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dogs Vs. Cats

Paul and i are alike in many ways and we are also different in many ways that may reflect our personalities.

As you know, some people are "dog people" and some people are "cat people". Then there are those "other" people who don't like pets at all. They just don't seem to see the need for a pet, and find them messy, a chore, and unpleasant creatures. Paul has 3 rescued Shih Tzus and his newly rescued one is a boy named Dimitri and I reall like him. He sleeps on a big pillow still clenching his chew toy that is his "security blanket". Dimitri is very comforting. I have 3 Sphynx hairless cats and they bring joy to my life. I first got my first kitten Ripley Biggles in 2003 and a year later I got a female named Cosmopolitan. I had some babies and kept one kitten and named him KooKooKaCho after my favorite Beatles song "I am the Walrus" because he kinda looked like one.
What I've been told by friends is that the difference between dog people and cat people can be summed up in one word: loyalty. A dog can romp outside and will usually (ideally) find their way back to your side, and back home. A cat on the other hand can wander out and may never been seen nor heard from again. Dogs seem by nature to be more loyal companions, whereas with a cat, you have to really work for that loyalty. There has to be patience, love, food, and the proper amount of attention given to a cat for a human to gain loyalty. Dogs seem to express loyalty more freely - often when you feed them and pet them the first time.

What saddens me though are those "others" who hate dogs, cats, guinea pigs, birds... everything and anything. Ultimately, they may hate people as well - I have yet to meet someone who dislikes animals who has a kind heart. Just because someone does not own a pet doesn't mean they hate pets - you know the "others" I'm referring to - those people who pass you on the sidewalk when you're out walking the dog who look down at you like you're walking a scorpion. A wise person once told me never to date someone that didn't love pets because they won't be loving partners. I think that may be very true.

Are you a cat person? A dog person? Both? Is it possible to be one and not the other? Let me know your thoughts.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hello Solarcadets!!

Hello Everyone,

Solarcade is close to the release of the new album and we have been so busy with preparing, rehearsing, and doing interviews. We have had a huge support form indie and college radio and slowly but surely they have been discovering the new single RISE.

I am looking forward to a great 2009 and maing some new blogger friends. See you on the other side :)