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#Summertime

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Dave Matthews Band, ESPN, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, James Patterson, MLB, MMA, Movies, Music, New York City, New York Yankees, NYC, Rappers, Sneakers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

INCEPTION

The Boss and Joe Torre

ahh Summer Time , its been a very busy summer so far and its been a minute since I have posted,  so rather than post about a single subject I am simply gonna write and see what comes out….From Capri to Inception to the loss of Steinbrenner , it really has been a crazy summer to date…In just a few short weeks , Lebron went from sports icon to total DOUCHER , I became completely obsessed with Twitter, Hip Hop came back hard with great albums from The Roots, Drake, Big Boi, Eminem and Ricky Ross , The Yankee Organization was hit hard 3 times with the losses of THE BOSS, Legendary PA announcer Bob Shepard, and former player and manager Ralph Houk , Dave Matthews crushed Citifield , Nick Swisher was on the All Star team and in the Home Run Derby , great books by James Patterson and David Bladacci were read , Brock Lesnar battled Shane Carwin and pulled off a great victory keeping his UFC heavyweight belt , .The Yankees are sitting in first place atop the AL EAST……… AND…………..I bought six pairs of dope ass kicks (shout out to the crew at WEST on 72nd Street (WESTSIIIIIIDE!!!)

Baseball Hall of Fame

This weekend I take my annual trip to Cooperstown with my dad. It is a weekend consumed with the sport of baseball and the very deep history of the game, needless to say it is a great time and also very much symbolizes the mid-point of the summer and will certainly get a full post of its own.

So that’s my very brief summer to date recap…MUCH MUCH MORE TO FOLLOW

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“Father Knows Best” – Fathers Day 2010

Posted in Family, Music, NYC, Restaurant, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I had a very nice fathers day this past weekend , and of course not being a father myself, the day was all about my pops. First I caught a few minutes of the rubber match between the Yanks and the Muts on TV, in just enough time to see TEX hit a granny at my dads house before departing for a sunday matinée of JERSEY BOYS (very great musical , well at least the parts I was awake for.)

Fathers Day 2010

For those that don’t know “Jersey Boys” is the story of legendary singer Frankie Valli and his group the Four Seasons. I consider myself  a huge music fan and pretty knowledgeable about the history of the business, but clearly I did not do my homework on Mr. Valli and his Four Seasons. The numbers are actually staggering, Mr. Sean Carter aka Jay Z would be impressed. 29 top 40 hits as a member and lead singer of The Four Seasons and 9 top 40 hits a solo artist…Incredible.

Now of course I did know a lot of the songs, I just never knew Franki Valli was the man behind them. These songs are so legendary that at this point they are American Standards covered by everyone from Lauryn Hill to The Spinners. I mean when I hear “Ill Be Working My Way Back to You Babe” I think the Spinners from 1980, and when I hear “Cant Take My Eyes Off of You” I think Ms. Hill…ahh the generation gap.

The Spinners

(Click for a listen)

Grease

Cant Take My Eyes Off Of You

And the Video for “WALK LIKE A MAN” is priceless!!

But in retrospect that’s why the show has the staying power it clearly has, because the music is timeless.

Look at the list of Number 1 Hits…

Sherry,”

Big Girls Don’t Cry,”

Walk Like a Man,”

Rag Doll

December 1963 (Oh, What A Night).”

My Eyes Adored You

Grease Is The Word

Grease.” (Shout to my sister Cortney on Grease, its a family favorite)

So Jersey Boys is not only great classic music from the 1960’s but also a nice little musical history lesson!

So what do you do after a Sunday Afternoon matinée on Fathers Day..well you have a huge steak dinner at Capital Grill, where the calorie listing on the Potatoes Au Grautin is actually a mathematical equation it’s so heavy.

I have little to say about Capital Grille other than it was delicious but made me want to sleep for three days it was so filling, proceed with caution.

Happy Fathers Day Dad, We Love You!!

I KNOW WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE HERE RIGHT NOW THAT I DIDNT KNOW LAST YEAR…..LOVE A GOOD HIP-HOP RIOT….

Posted in CELEB GOSSIP, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, Music, New York City, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , on June 16, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

DRAKE…..G-D Bless you my man!!!

Hip-Hop is Alive and Well..SOUTH STREET SEAPORT…..oh DRIZZY!!!!

Posted in Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, Music, New York City, NYC, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , on June 16, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Dave Matthews Live at Spac!

Posted in Dave Matthews Band, Music with tags , , , on June 7, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Going to see the Dave Matthews Band live every summer is certainly one of my favorite things to do. Each and every show is a treat and this past weekend I saw Dave and the crew for the 19th and 20th time. It never gets old.

I have traveled to Fenway Park in Boston, Hartford CT, The Izod Center in Jersey and of course MSG right here at home. It is safe to say that SPAC is the bottom of the barrel as far as venues go, but truth be told Dave could play on a street corner and I would still love it.

Night one was a more high energy show and the band really killed it.

I can’t wait for Citifield in July. My only question is..when is Dave playing Yankee Stadium??…

Set lists below…

Friday  Jun 4 2010
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Big Eyed Fish
Bartender *
Why I Am *
Seven *
Dancing Nancies *
Funny The Way It Is *
Kit Kat Jam *
Dream Girl *
Crush *
So Damn Lucky *
(Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)) *
Grace Is Gone *
Corn Bread *
(Recently) *
You and Me *
Jimi Thing *
Shake Me Like a Monkey *
__________________

So Right *
Ants Marching *

Saturday  Jun 5 2010
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Squirm *
Stay Or Leave *
Hello Again *
Lying In the Hands of God *
The Idea Of You *
(Still Water) 
Don’t Drink the Water *
Cry Freedom
Tripping Billies *
Cant Stop  *
Granny *
(Last Stop)
#41 *
Spaceman *
Corn Bread *
Needle And The Damage Done +
Time Bomb *
Two Step *

__________________

Some Devil ~
All Along The Watchtower *

“The Men Who Would Be King” by Nicole Laporte

Posted in James Patterson, Music, The Oscars with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Before I get into my latest read, my apologies for the delay in delivering a new update. When my world gets busy I should be writing more , but do not always have the focus and concentration to deliver the goods!!

Lets move on!

I have always been pretty fascinated with all things media, the movie business in particular is very interesting. I always want to know how new films do each week at the box office etc. So while strolling into Borders on my way to buy the latest James Patterson offering, the cover of “The Men Who would Be King” caught my eye.  The cover featured Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg , standing side by side as the Dreamworks Studio team. No brainer.

As I suspected it was a great read and certainly a subject that I want to dive into deeper. These three men are literally the top of the food chain in Hollywood but the story of the creation , growth and eventual sale of Dreamworks, has all the drama of a great Spielberg movie only he and his two partners are the stars of this show.

The epic battles of revenge between Jeffrey Katzenberg and then Disney chief Michael Eisner, David Geffen and Michael Ovitz and David Geffen and Sumner Redstone , well basically it was David Geffen versus everyone.

The run of films when the studio finally achieved some of its promise with best picture Oscars for American Beauty and Gladiator.

And the role of Steven Spielberg as the golden boy who everyone , including his partners simply wanted to keep happy.

This is a great book and certainly a good summer time read. I highly recommend!!!

Jay Z & Eminem on the YES NETWORK!

Posted in Baseball, ESPN, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, MLB, Music, New York City, New York Yankees, Rappers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Jay Z & Eminem on The Yes Network

Jay & Em

It is a true rare occurence for the Hip-Hop Gods and the Baseball Gods to get together and create magic, but that is exactly what happened tonight. Now Judaism being my primary religion, baseball and hip-hop follow a close second equally. This is big news..at least in Matthews World…

So this evening while I was on the phone , I had the Yankees vs Detroit game which had just started on mute. My boy Oliver tells me that Jay Z and Eminem were spotted at the game together.

Now its no big deal to see Jay at a sporting, he is always front row at the Stadium or court side at the Garden. I mean I saw Jay Z at the US Open last year. The man is clearly a sports fan. Now Eminem on the other hand does not strike me as a huge sports guy, but its possible he might take in a Yankees/Tigers game…you know anywhere the Yankees go, it’s the place to be.

But Jay Z and Eminem together at a New York vs. Detroit game, cmon son…. something is up.

Jay & Em Walk The Stadium

And what is up is probably the concert event of the year.

Jay Z & Eminem live together for two shows. The First show Sept 2 at Comerica Park in Detroit and then what will def be a serious historic event.. the first ever concert in the New Yankee Stadium September 13th. Now I can’t speak for Detroit but it New York that will be a massive affair.

Jay Z spoke on it in the booth

“These shows are like a dream come true,”

“I’ve always hoped that hip-hop could play any stadium like other genres of music. How perfect is it that Eminem and I get to play our hometowns and show how far the live rap experience has come? Fun and historic — a great combination all around the board.”

So of course these two being marketing geniuses announce the shows 4 months in advance, at a Yankee/Detroit game featured on both ESPN and the Yes Network. And it s genius that they made the announcement in Detroit rather than in NY. Jay Z with Em is his hometown just has the feel of a larger story than Em taking in a game with Jay in the Bronx. Makes perfect sense to me.

But the highlight of this night is not the prospect of an incredible concert  4 months from now that I will most def be at.

It’s that Jay Z and Eminem were in the YES NETWORK booth with Michael Kay and Ken Singleton. Its like two of my very favorite worlds colliding to make greatness. Michael Kay talking billboard charts with Eminem…..classic material.

enjoy and click the link.

Jay Z & Eminem On The Yes Network with Michael Kay and Ken Singleton….CLAASSIC!!!