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Happy Resolute Resolutions and FREE MUSIC from Domino Grey

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Happy New Years from the Dynamic Universe blog

 

Happy New Year from the Dynamic Universe

Happy New Year from the Dynamic Universe

The Happy New Year’s Song from Domino Grey

This song can be downloaded for free by clicking on the far-right download button on the SoundCloud player. Thank you for all your support.

So it’s the end of another year and my guilty thought has been to pray for things to stay the same. Yeah, that’s right. I’m hoping 2013 will be just like 2012. I’m hoping for the health of my friends and family. I’m hoping that my situation doesn’t take any knocks and how successful I am will solely depend on my own actions.

I don’t know if I ever shared this on my blog, but I keep this giant calendar from Staples that I use to track what goes down for the year. At the end, I review the year’s events and check the sheet in the back that has all my yearly goals and resolutions.

I noticed that THE SAME RESOLUTIONS kept appearing year after year. I kept setting these huge goals and never meeting them. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a plan; it was that I had a horrible plan. I was going to accomplish each goal with one big move. Yep. At some point I’d do something spectacular and BAM! New Level Baby.

I actually started knocking out my list when I decided to ‘work’ in a direction instead of planning on arriving at some vague point in the future. I’m sure I will never be satisfied with How I’m doing, What I’m doing or where I’m doing it. But, there is great satisfaction in simply doing all that you can do. Have a safe and productive 2013.

-from all of us in The Dynamic Universe

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Domino Grey plays @ Rhymes and Riffs Trash Bar in Brooklyn

December 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Rhymes and Riffs at the Trash Bar in Brooklyn

 8 turned presents: Rhymes & Riffs; a DJ hosted mix of hip hop & rock n roll. We’ve got a crazy lineup this go around.

Trash bar Banner

Trash Bar, baby

I was invited to play a set at The Trash Bar [http://www.facebook.com/thetrashbar] in Brooklyn last night. The event was called Rhymes and Riffs and was put together by Jason Lev Collins. DJ G$D played a wide array of music and did some impressive genre mixing. Soundman Owen kept the sonics in check as the solid line up did what they do. Ace Da God opened up and was taking topic requests from the crowd to freestyle about. I was able to get him to rhyme about the Knicks and the Nets and he killed it. He did some of his own songs and set a great tone to start.

Adam Warlock [http://www.uncommonmusic.net/nasa/] from Uncommon Records rocked his piece and injected some thoughts about the world and our place in it. Daydra Love [http://www.reverbnation.com/DaydraLoveMusic] rocked a few songs and sang the hook on a few of them. Gem Uria Star [https://soundcloud.com/gustheartist] did a Nirvana cover and a few other high energy rock songs. Baxter Wordsworth had an amazing show and really an awesome set [http://thatninjawordz.bandcamp.com/]. Leon Marin [http://www.leonmarinmusic.com/] appeared after doing another show earlier and shared a lot of about himself and his personal tragedies, including his father’s death and his own adoption. Centri and DJ Jedi closed the night out with a mix of hip hop and dub. Thanks to everyone who came out, performed and showed support.

 
Gear-wise, it was my first time trying out a dual iPad set up with IK multimedia iRig MIX running their DJ Rig app. I started off with a string of Domino Grey [http://www.dominogrey.com/]cuts, dropped into a few upcoming releases and closed out with joints from the Fallout Shelter Elevator Music series. [https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/fallout-shelter/id312307879]. Spacely Rockit [http://beatcrusade.com/] rolled shotgun and took [the better quality] shots. I look forward to playing at the Trash Bar again. Thank you Jason Lev Collins for adding some Grey to the mix.

Rhymes and Riffs

Movie Review Skyfall

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

 Movie Review Skyfall

The James Bond franchise mirrors The Dark Knight Rises and rises well.

James Bond Skyfall poster

Her past may destroy his future.

The ultimate spy had a reboot in 2006 when Daniel Craig took on the role of 007. He followed the successful run of Pierce Brosnan, who felt he was simply getting too old to play Bond. Casino Royale gave us a look at the early Bond- and just as Craig was being promoted into the shoes of the Ian Fleming character, James was promoted to the level of 00 Agent with a license to kill. It was a risky move to make the usually disarming and charming Bond so physically brutal and violent. He was described as a ‘blunt instrument’ by M (wonderfully played by Judi Dench) and we could all see the rough edges that would be smoothed over with confidence and sharpened with experience. In his first outing, he didn’t get the right bad guy, didn’t get the wrong girl and took one hell of a beating by movie’s end.

Quantum of Solace played out more as a part II and literally took place mere minutes after Casino Royale. An emotionally compromised Bond appears to be more interested in vengeance than saving the Crown. By the end of the film, we’ve been given many classic James moments and Bond had found his stride. I’ve seen this movie several times and I still have no idea what the title means.

Having dark and questionable deeds from the past resurfacing to wreak havoc is a common theme in stories. The fallen angel is always presented as a perfect match for any hero to go up against. We’ve seen this in other Bond Films and most recently in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Both of our heroes are inactive, aging and losing the spark that energizes their spirit and fires up their desire to save the world from evil. Both films feature a formidable foe with the same training as our heroes, but seem to relish their roles as wronged agents seeking to set things right. We are shown antagonists- so focused and sharp, they make all the gadgets and gizmos seem like useless gimmicks and expose the tragic weaknesses of our heroes.

Moving on to the main movie

Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty and Road to Perdition [Daniel Craig was in this too]) takes the idea of reflections and weaves his visuals around this theme. Just as the evil Silva (well done by the talented Javier Bardem [No Country For Old Men]) is a reflection of what Bond could become, we see Bond being reflected in mirrors and glass as false images, smoke and mirrors and double-takes are repeated (ahem) throughout the movie. It’s a wonderful mix of the old and new coming together with a healthy mix of twists, turns and interesting background information thrown in.

This is a Bond movie doing what a Bond movie does: thrill us with action sequences, make us wish we were James Bond and then make us glad we’re not James Bond…and finally make us wish there was a real James Bond doing the dark, daring and dangerous things to keep the world safe. But, just as The Dark Knight Rises reminded us, there is always a price to pay. You can’t get down in the dirt without getting dirty and the dirty little secrets always find their way into the light. Bond pays a very high price and the series is given another new start. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and found the balance between frenetic action and quiet moments perfect. Skyfall has the right James Bond, the right bad guy and the right music. The title makes sense and I sense some more great Bond movies coming.

Bond is cold, the woman is hot, the bad guy warm and the MI6 is frozen in time. This is a fine addition to the Bond franchise and glad to see the classic quote in the last frame- ‘Bond will return’. I’ll be waiting. I’m not a movie critic; I’m just critiquing a movie.