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Tuesday Forecast: July 22nd, 2014

Hip Hop first: Common. Yep, another one. All I’ve been hearing about Nobody’s Smiling is that it’s got harder lyrics and harder beats and is a response to the violence happening in his hometown Chicago (though many argue the intense violence has been going on and only now is it getting more media attention [because we love violence and there's not enough going on in the world apparently]). I’m afraid it’s his approach to feeling like a respected elder whose voice may or may not hold any weight with the ones caught up in the violence. I just hope it’s not an album sounding like his father’s rants. I’m more hopeful for the Cormega and Large Pro release, Mega Philosopy. Illa Ghee is another one I’m on the fence about, He’s got a gorilla voice (like a gruff Heavy D) with a point blank take on the duality of “urban life”. I feel it’s going to be pretty hit and miss though, he sounds best when he breaks out of the box but still confines himself to trying for the mundane “raise ‘em high and party” choruses.

And the non Hip Hop: Dan the mofo Automator hitting us off with another themed album, this time teaming up with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (who he met on the set of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World). Other intriguing releases high on the list are Kidkanevil’s My Little Ghost, Slow Waves by Submerse, and DVA Damas’ Nightshade.

Anyway, get on with it. Boom.


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Common Folk Skull/Bike

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thos aka thosalumpagus aka totally thomas aka “fill in the blank.” Help me reach my goal of finding a new place to call home by my birthday (+/- a couple weeks), May 24. I am intrigued by Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Berlin, anywhere in Asia, exotic Baltimore, or any other places you might suggest. Who wants me to be their new neighbor?!?
I also happen to be into graffiti, photography, illustration, all things hip hop, and creativity in general. And I’m part of the Common Folk Collective. My Flickr page. Boooom.

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How to Annoy Me with Your Email

I’ve had an email account for almost twenty years and I’m a software developer by day, as such I get a lot of email. Over the years I’ve developed a system of sorting and have a bunch of folders that handle a lot of annoyances that might fill up my inbox.

Inbox 22198 messages

I don't do Inbox Zero

I also switch jobs every couple of years which means I don’t have the same level of rules and organization for work email. In fact my current 9 to 5 limits me to 500mb of email (yes I realize that 1994 called and they want their harddrive back). This means that I have to manually scan each email that arrives in my inbox. Here are a few things that will make me flip off my monitor and mock you behind your back.
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Tumblr Find of the Day

Pure awesomeness. I want this. I want to make love under the stars in this. Pizza and a sleeping bag combined in one beacon of shining light of genius. USA! http://www.tumblr.com/blog/commonfolkcollective

More from this artist at their Etsy page, B Fiber and Craft Emporium.


I strongly encourage reader submissions of themselves in the watermelon bikini.


NinjaSonik- New EP

Common Folk brethren NinjaSonik just recently dropped a new EP, No Swords or Masks, on Decon records-

“Reverend McFly and Telli Gramz turn a keen ear to this record, incorporating production from David Sisko, Soundwaave, and Plain Pat among others. Lyrically, the duo has never been sharper- though subject matter primarily touches on women, partying, and partying with women- proficient wordplay and cadence align them with the best hip-hop spitters. Verses from Mr. Starcity, Ifsonive, Daniel Merriweather, Shyvonne & Johnny on The Rocks (of Rocky Business) seal the deal.”

It’s always good to see friends progress and have good things happen. Oh, and if you don’t know, GO SEE THESE CAVE MAN SAVS LIVE.