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iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO

by Eric Hsu

For those of you who know those hipster, college grad, fixed gear bike riding, low carb beer drinking, ipad owning (or wanting), iphone loving, Apple can do absolutely no wrong type people and know how these types vehemently defend Apple and the iphone versus the PC and Android phones, you will absolutely love this.

 


 

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Family Guy Season 8 DVD Released Today!

by Eric Hsu

Go to your local store and buy season 8 of the best damn animation series in existence!


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I decided that I'm going to try to post about something not car related at least once a week. I gotta change up a little here and there once in a while, right? With that being said, Rich in Florida sent me a link to some of Kutiman's mixes on YouTube. His videos/songs are mixes of notes, tracks, and vocals from YouTube only. He doesn't introduce any sounds from external sources at all. Kutiman's tracks are pretty damn incredible so make sure you crank up the sound and check out the funky drumming in I'm New or the beats in Wait For Me. See all of his genius tracks on YouTube or on Kutiman's site: http://thru-you.com/.

Kutiman Mixes YouTube


I decided that I'm going to try to post about something not car related at least once a week. I gotta change up a little here and there once in a while, right? With that being said, Rich in Florida sent me a link to some of Kutiman's mixes on YouTube. His videos/songs are mixes of notes, tracks, and vocals from YouTube only. He doesn't introduce any sounds from external sources at all. Kutiman's tracks are pretty damn incredible so make sure you crank up the sound and check out the funky drumming in I'm New or the beats in Wait For Me. See all of his genius tracks on YouTube or on Kutiman's site: http://thru-you.com/.

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Track Day @ Fuji Speedway Jan 11, 2009


On Sunday Roland and I hopped on to the DSPORT tour bus again to go check out the Carmate and Nitto Tire drift ride along. More on the drift day later (probs with sd card). The DSPORT Tokyo Auto Salon tour is actually pretty good, but my schedule did not allow me to go on the entire tour. Today they went to the Nissan R35 GT-R VR38DETT engine factory in Yokohama which was undoubtedly pretty cool too. I do recommend the DSPORT tour for next year if you are thinking about going to the Tokyo Auto Salon. I met some cool people on the tour too.

After Fuji was rebuilt a couple...

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R35 GT-R Soundtrack


I hopped on to the DSPORT tour bus on Saturday and went to Super Autobacs in Tokyo. This store is crazy big and smokes the two Super Autobacs in California. Anyhow, I saw some R35 CDs. These were disco, house, euro trance, and love ballad CDs. Not quite my taste, but interesting how the R35 is affecting the car culture. You don't see CZ9A EVO X CDs...
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Concerts

 

Despite the last 3 months being ridiculously busy, I managed to sneak in a couple of concerts. There's nothing like loud music and a little bit (or a lot) of alcohol. If you enjoy the music or concerts in general, it's a great way to just forget about the outside world for a couple hours. I think I have discovered my new activity for occasional stress relief.

 

Maxwell @ The Shrine Auditorium, November 1, 2008

While I'm not a huge R&B fan, Saya is pretty hardcore so I told her I would be down to check it out. I was super busy at the time, but you have to pay your dues sometime...

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Bass From an Unlikely Place


It all started in 1986 when I was about 12 or 13 years old and my buddy Stanley's dad bought him a pair of Cerwin Vega home speakers with 15" woofers (yes the ones with the ribbed, darker orange surrounds). Having older friends who were mobile DJs exposed me to loud music, early hip hop/electro, and DJ speakers like Electro Voice, JBL, and Cerwin Vegas at a fairly early age. I would imagine that most 9-12 year olds weren't exposed to big speakers that young (I could be wrong). ...

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Groove Armada


Saturday was a long day. It started with the alarm clock blasting at 5:20am. I had to go to the Performance Nissan meet to work the Cosworth booth at the Orange Show in San Bernardino, CA and meet at Ken's house at 6am. San Bernardino sucks ass. We rolled in at 7am and the bullshit rent-a-cop, wannabe security people decided to do a full on vehicle search on our van. Good thing they didn't find the 10 kilos of coke I brought to a car show. They made us throw away our water, sodas, and food because you had to buy everything from a wannabe King Taco stand called Taco Rico or some bullshit. How fucking dumb is that? Anyhow, so we set up our little display booth and waited for people to come...

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I have been crazy busy recently and haven't had a chance to post. Actually I am still crazy busy and still don't have time to post, but fuck it. You have to take a break from the rat race once in a while. So a couple weeks ago, somebody sent me a link to this video. It's really funny if you live in Southern California because you can relate. I'm sure its the same all over the world though. If you've ever been to Glendale and you go to a car wash, you'll know what I'm saying. Pay attention to the words because the shit is hilarious. Kevin & Bean are the masterminds behind this. They host a morning show at the local rock station in the mornings in LA. Just in case you didn't know, the original song is "Bow Down" from the Westside Connection and Ice Cube.

Brow Down


I have been crazy busy recently and haven't had a chance to post. Actually I am still crazy busy and still don't have time to post, but fuck it. You have to take a break from the rat race once in a while. So a couple weeks ago, somebody sent me a link to this video. It's really funny if you live in Southern California because you can relate. I'm sure its the same all over the world though. If you've ever been to Glendale and you go to a car wash, you'll know what I'm saying. Pay attention to the words because the shit is hilarious. Kevin & Bean are the masterminds behind this. They host a morning show at the local rock station in the mornings in LA. Just in case you didn't know, the or...

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Cloverfield


If you like X-files, Lost, and that kind of mysterious suspenseful stuff then you need to go and watch Cloverfield. Just drop whatever it is you are doing now and go watch it. It's the best damn movie I've watched in a couple years. Two thumbs up, five stars, 10 out of 10, supercalifragilisticexpialioditous, whatever. Just go freakin watch it.

Imagine all of the mystery and suspense...

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Tiesto


A couple months ago I went to a Tiesto concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Electronic music is alive and well with glow sticks and bottled water. The show was 100% sold out so there were a LOT of people there. Was it good? Yeah when Tiesto played his more popular songs it was cool, but in general I think he's WAY over rated. People go crazy over his music. Some of his songs aren't bad, but Jesus Christ, it's trance - IT ALL SOUNDS THE SAME! The crowd was definitely a little older (no candy ravers) and there was a bit more of the Hollywood crowd than other DJs' concerts. After he ran out of popular songs, he played what any DJ could play. You could call it Junk Trance beca...

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Tuner Maxx


The word "tuner" has really gotten to me. It's so over used and played out and it's not even a mainstream word. The word "tuner" is like Timbaland producing pop music - wack. Of course Timbaland is making millions so I don't blame him for selling out. Anyway, so this past weekend I was up in San Francisco visiting the city and my friends Phil and Robby from 360 Video. More on this trip later, but I went to Amoeba Records on Haight Street and I was browsing through the Electronic music section and I ran into this compilation series called "Tuner Maxx". There were slammed spo-com style BNR34 GT-Rs on the covers. The Skyline is far from a "tuner" car - it's a world class sports ...

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LP to MP3 plus TORQ


I decided to transfer some vinyl records I had to mp3 so I could put some of the tracks on my Ipod. This is actually quite a task because there's a ton of records to go through. I've had a pair of Technics 1200's for a long time, but I've been lazy in transferring the records to mp3 because you can download most songs. Now that new music more or less sucks ass and I've run out of music to download, I'm starting to dig through the crates. Literally. Anyhow, I started the search for the perfect software to carry out this daunting task of LP to mp3 transfer. The coolest, easiest to use, and fully featured software I found was Cool Edit 2000 v1.1. It's an old version of Adobe's Aud...

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Karaoke


I was looking through some pics and I found some pics of the time we were partying at the Tajima house. I rented a Karaoke machine for the night and it has like 20,000 songs in English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, etc. For those of you who don't know, Mike Ferrara the publisher of D-Sport Magazine and my good friend, is a hardcore karaoke enthusiast. I am too, but only when I'm drunk. You guys should try it some time: get hammered and then sing! It's funner than you think. Trust me, I was a non-believer at one time too. Karaoke is like the national past time in Japan. You can't walk a block in the city without passing a karaoke place. If a whole nation digs it, you g...

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Mashups


I've been severely lagging on blog entries. I've been busy with other stuff so I just haven't had much time. Anyhow, so I've been listening to random downloaded mp3s that fall into a category called mashups. I'm sure it's nothing new to the djs and party people out there, but I figured I would introduce some sites anyway. Mashups are basically mixed songs that djs get creative on take a beat from one song, maybe a rhythm or bass line from another, then vocals from another and mix it all up. Some are cool, some are wack, but mostly they are kind of creative. Check'em out:


Party Ben mashups


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LA is fun at night


Man was this last weekend dope. Friday night I went to a bar in Torrance with my friend Daniel. If I remember correctly, there was quite a bit of tequila, jack daniels, moet, and dom perignon involved (Daniel is a baller). I got home at 7:30am after some breakfast at Denny's. Now that was a dope night.... I was able to somehow wake up on Saturday and get some paper work done. Then I took a nap and then Saturday night began. It started with a trip to club Circus in Hollywood where my high school buddy, Paris (so named before Ms. Hilton was big shit), did a DJ set from 11-1...

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Morrissey


I got my tix to the Morrissey concert at the Hollywood Bowl on June 8. I'm excited about this concert because The Smiths are one of my favorite bands of all time. Of course the Smiths are broken up, but the genius of Morrissey and Marr's songwriting must now be experienced only through Morrissey these days and Morrissey is still pretty damn good. I wish I was old enough to have experienced The Smiths in concert, but oh well. The Smiths existed only between 1982-87, but in that short time they released 4 of the best records in the world. Yes, you younger people, I said records. The first Smiths CD to be released was "Strangeways, Here I Come" in 1987.


I saw Morrissey ba...

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