Saturday, September 29, 2007


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First, Vitamin Water... Now...

Shady Records and Eminem present the new healthy breakfast cereal, EmPower. Part of a complete breakfast with your bottle of Formula 50. (Watch somebody think this is real).

Saturday, September 22, 2007

West Coast Snack Chips

I'm in Los Angeles and I'm hungry. Today is Yom Kippur, a/k/a the fasting holiday. I can't eat until 6:51 PM (I looked it up- trust me). So last night I grabbed my last set of snacks at a local 7-11 and I was reminded of what I have noticed for several years- LA has a better snack chip selection than where I'm from.
There are flavors available in LA and I think in California in general that we just don't have in the mid-west and the east coast. A lot of these varieties are influenced by Mexican culture and taste- Chili Lime Flamin' Hot Cheetos, Salsa Verde Doritos, Limon Frito Lay potato chips, Jalapeno chips, etc. These chips are wonderful if you like spice and tangy flavors which I do. Especially when I can't eat all day. This isn't fun.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

2-0 Swagger

I am a Detroit Lions fan. It's not an easy thing to be. See, ever since I can remember following football and really understanding it (which is around 1979 and I was 8 years old), the Lions have broken my heart.
In the '79 season, they went 2-14. Then in 1980, when the Detroit defense started calling themselves "The Silver Rush" after their 4-0 season start, the Lions made a theme song. It was a interpolation of Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust", sang/rapped by the Lions' defensive back Jimmy "Spiderman" Allen. Here is a link to a blog that posted this ditty. Unfortunately, the pre-Bears' "Superbowl Shuffle" local hit wasn't enough to "restore the roar", and the Lions went on to not even make the playoffs at 9-7 under coach Monte Clark with Billy Simms.
So, I'll spare you the rest of the sad history, it can all be found here. But, the bottom line is that te Lions have never made a Superbowl appearance. In fact, the only time they were close was when they made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game in 1991, where they were smoked by the Redskins 41-10. Our last playoff appearance was in 1999. Since then, the Lions have the pleasure of having the worst overall record in the NFL.
BUT, I'm going to remain positive. We have what appears to be a solid coach in Rod Marinelli, a dedicated and brave if not too religiously outspoken QB in Jon Kitna, and phenom rookie overall #2 draft pick, WR Calvin Johnson... So with TWO wins under our belt to start the season off, I'm going to act cocky about the Detroit Lions NOW. Who knows how long the feeling will last?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Travis Barker- Soulja Boy "Crank That" RMX

Here is a video of our client Travis Barker playing drums to his rocked-out remix of Soulja Boy's smash, "Crank That". Check the techniques... this guy is incredible, if we do say so ourselves.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Yes, you already know but I'm proud to announce that 50 Cent's new album Curtis is in-stores! We went to the Virgin Mega-Store in Times Square tonight and I bought a bunch of copies. It's a good-luck ritual that I always perform when a project that I'm involved with drops. Go out and support Shady Records and 50 Cent and purchase your own! Its the least you can do, I write this blog and entertain you for free, dammit!

My Late VMA Post

So we went to the 2007 Mtv Video Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday at the Palms Casino & Resort. I must say that the amount of anticipation and excitement in Sin City was pretty high...
The awards we very well organized but it was weird seeing the red carpet rolled right through the casino floor that I have spent many (too many) late nights losing money in. The casino remained "open" to the public while the glamorous and privileged folks strutted in. It was pretty odd to see so many gawkers so close with so many phone-pda-digital cameras roped off next to the slots and tables. Also, it always happens that when I hop out of whatever hired vehicle I roll up to awards shows in that people are inevitably disappointed that someone glamorous doesn't hop out. Just a big music industry Jewish bald man... (and his gorgeous wife of course- you too Brandon and Tony).
The show was very entertaining, especially the Lee/Rock mini-brawl (yes I did lean over the balcony and yell "Detroit WHAT!?!!). It was a tad confusing on the inside when the coverage switched from the main Pearl venue to the auxiliary performances, but Mark Ronson and his band were killingggg it between the main performances. That Chris Brown kid is super talented (and he really sang too) man he is just getting started it feels like. I was of course pleased as apiked punch with 50's set in the JT/Timbaland suite, as well as the long overdue Dr. Dre ovation.
On the inside it was awesome that each small section of rows was assigned a waitress and the drinks (drunks) were flowing, as well as trays and trays of endless hours d'ouvres (mini-burgers are always welcome by me). We didn't stay for the official VMA after-party though, which I heard was nice.
My only regret on the weekend was staying out too late on Saturday night and not having enough gas left after going to see the late performance at the House of Blues of my clients The Knux (put it in the airrrrr!) opening up for Common on Sunday night to go to more events. I'm getting old... I can't make it 2 full nights of hardcore Vegas'ing in a row anymore... Sad.
I hear the ratings for the show were up over 25% from last year, so I bet that Mtv will return to Vegas for 2008. I'm not mad at that. To remedy the situation, maybe I'll only stay for one night next time!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Hurricane Henriette

Sorry for the delay in new posts here. See, I was supposed to be on vacation with the wife for our 1st wedding anniversary. I say supposed because our trip got entirely derailed by Hurricane Henriette.
We were in Cabo San Lucas at a great resort for a couple of days, and then all of a sudden we started hearing about a tropical storm. The tropical storm, of course (Al Gore might be on to something folks) turned into a hurricane, I took the above photo from our balcony after we were released from 9 hours in a shelter on our third day of the trip. Apparently, we were in the eye of the hurricane, but it only reached Level 1 so it wasn't a complete catastrophe. Then, after things settled down enough, we had to spend that night locked in our rooms so that we didn't get hit with flying debris and people wearing those stupid hats that people wear when they go on vacation (you know what I mean, they are usually some sort of straw concoction and could be a cowboy hat or some floppy lady sombrero)- without room service, and not much in the way of television (when the satellite did get reception, at least half of the channels are in Spanish which I only sort of speak. South Park in Spanish is pretty funny). The next day we were told that all of the restaurants were closed, and that it would be at least 4 days until the pools and beach were reopened. So we bounced.
Anyway don't worry about me I am safe with the wife in the United States at an undisclosed location until we have to be in Vegas for the Mtv VMA's this weekend. That's a whole different kind of hurricane...