Wednesday, April 25, 2007

No Hit Wonder: KC Flightt

Once a month or so the staff at The Medium raid the bargain bins at our local record stores. Our goal is to find music from the past that never broke through to the main stream, or even the underground, or anything at all. Some of these albums will be newly discovered gems, and some will be exactly what you would expect from the bargain bin... Like our first Review: KC Flightt's In Flightt. The artwork of the album says it all, "Check out those Nikes!" with a high top fade to match. The albums first track reveals to us that Diddy was not the first rap "artist" to take a famous song and chorus from the past and pretty much use it in it's entirety with out much change. Luckily for most, it didn't work as well for KC, so you never heard his "remix" of the Talking Head's Once in a Lifetime. And you aren't going to hear it now either, if you really feel the need, you will have to go drop .95 cents at your own record shop. You can however, listen to the party anthem of the album, Bassline. My favorite thing about this song is the way he trys to get you pumped up politely and then drops the weakest xylophone beat you could possibly imagine. Other tracks on the album are hard not to laugh at, while other show glimpses of maturity that make we wonder if KC Flightt went on to become a Jazz musician. Stay tuned for more No Hit Wonders in the future, and if you have an album you think is a no hit wonder, send an email to

Monday, April 9, 2007

Ducky Waddle's

The best little art house in California. A great stop on the Pacific Coast highway in Encinitas, Ducky Waddle's has a little bit of everything. You will have to get past the owner's obsession with Shepard Fairey first, but once you have done that, you can enjoy sifting through shelves of art books, action figures, posters, prints, coasters, lunch boxes. You can find Crumb collectibles next to the Enid doll from Ghost World, next to the Cunt Coloring book. If you are ever in the area, stop in. And make sure to stop at Lou's Records while you are there.

David Lynch is selling

David Lynch is selling his own brand of Coffee beans.
David Lynch is selling mouse pads.
David Lynch is selling hats.
David Lynch is selling t-shirts.
David Lynch is selling buttons.
David Lynch is selling Distorted Nude books.
David Lynch is selling posters.
David Lynch is selling CD's.
David Lynch is selling fine art.
David Lynch is selling DVD's.
David Lynch is selling Coffee Cups.

A Long Way Down

Only a select few of Nick Hornby's novels have not been made into movies. It seems that A Long Way Down is will not be one of those select few. According to Hornby's website, Johnny Depp has signed on to produce the Movie adaptation. If you have not read this book, now is the time. While most Nick Hornby adapted films have proven very strong, none of them aside from High Fidelity really captured the characters from his books. And there are 4 distinct ones in A Long Way Down, these 4 strangers happen upon each other as each was planning to commit suicide. Hornby does a perfect job revealing thier motives throughout the book, and the friction between the characters carry through until the end. Check this book out from the library and then have fun guessing who the cast should be in the upcoming film. And while you are at it, check out 31 Songs, Hornby's paperback mixtape.