Monday, September 27, 2010

Beef Stew

  • It's getting cold out and the perfect match for this weather is a nice stew!

  • Beef Stew

  • Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • Directions

    1. Dredge beef cubes in flour until evenly coated.
    2. Melt butter in a skillet, and cook coated beef cubes until evenly browned.
    3. Transfer beef to slow cooker and add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, cloves, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Pour in water and stir.
    4. Cover and cook on LOW 10 to 12 hours or on HIGH 5 to 6 hours. Serve hot!!

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    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    Chuck Brown Still Cranking at 74

    What do you know about go-go? Well, if you hail from the DMV - that's D.C., Maryland or Virginia - then you know as much about it as you know about crabs, cherry blossoms and Ben’s Chili Bowl.  

    One of its greatest practitioners is the legendary Chuck Brown, who’s been the leader of the go-go scene for several decades.  I just got my copy of Chuck Brown‘s new CD We Got This and it confirms what we already knew. Washington. D.C.’s Godfather of Go-Go shows no signs of slowing down at 74 years old. He invented this music almost 40 years ago and hasn’t stopped playing it since.

    The package includes three discs: a 5-song EP of new songs from the studio, a concert recording from Chuck’s birthday show at the 9:30 Club, and a DVD video recording of the same concert (you get everything but the video with a digital download). Like his last album We’re About the Business, the studio material was produced by Chucky Thompson, who plays multiple instruments on every track. So it’s not surprising that these five songs feel like an extension ofWe’re About the Business. The biggest difference being the guest stars Thompson brought in from outside the D.C. area to help out on the new EP.

    All For You features Marcus Miller who’s been mixing jazz, with funk and r&b for decades. He’s no stranger to go-go either. When he was leading Miles Davis’ band in the 80s and they were looking for a drummer to supply that funky go-go sound, Miles and Marcus pulled Ricky Wellman from Chuck’s band. He also wrote E.U.’s monster hit Da Butt for the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s School Daze. His bass parts here are way up in the mix and appropriately funky for a song about playing music and living a party lifestyle.

    Funky Stuff is a mid-tempo duet with Ledisi that features her jazzy sound over a light go-go beat.  Jingle Jangle features the call and response sound that works so great live at the go-go, but sounds a little forced on a studio recording. Love features Jill Scott. It’s a kinda sequel to her hit It’s Love which prominently used a go-go beat. If any song here become a hit locally or beyond, this is likely the one. Marcus Miller is on this one too. Seniorita has a nice Latin groove that goes back to Chuck’s days playing with Los Latinos band and also reminds me of Berro E Sombaro from the Bustin’ Loose album. I hope this one become a part of Chuck’s regular live set.

    “Love” is the first single from “We Got This!”

    </object><span>Love by Shore Fire</span>

    While the new studio material is enjoyable, the main reason to acquire We Got This is the live show — which certainly cannot be accused of lacking variety. At the 9:30 Club, Brown's rock-solid band performs everything from Beyoncé Knowles' "Single Ladies" to Kool Moe Dee's "Do You Know What Time It Is" to some jazz standards, including Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne," Lionel Hampton's "Midnight Sun," Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing," and "Moody's Mood for Love" (the King Pleasure/Eddie Jefferson-associated vocalese response to saxophonist James Moody's 1949 recording of Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields' "I'm in the Mood for Love"). But the fact that Brown's festive 9:30 Club gig incorporates jazz, blues, and hip-hop and includes songs from different musical eras doesn't mean that the go-go aesthetic is compromised; go-go is always the main ingredient, and Brown and his colleagues sound quite focused no matter how much they keep the audience guessing. Surprisingly, the only disappointing part of the 9:30 Club set is a two-minute performance of "Bustin' Loose" that is too brief for its own good; Brown's best-known song should have been savored, not rushed through and treated like an afterthought. But all things considered, We Got This is a release that die-hard go-go enthusiasts will be happy to add to their collections.

    Track list:

    Studio Album:
    1.      All for You featuring Marcus Miller
    2.      Funky Stuff featuring Ledisi
    3.      Jingle Jangle
    4.      LOVE featuring Jill Scott with Marcus Miller
    5.      Senorita

    Live Concert DVD and Live Concert CD:
    1.      Wind Me Up!
    2.      Rappaz R. N. Dainja (instrumental)
    3.      We the People
    4.      Funky Beat
    5.      I’m Your Man
    6.      It Don’t Mean A Thing
    7.      Midnight Sun
    8.      Moody’s Mood for Love
    9.      Woody Woodpecker
    10.     Give the Bass Player Some
    11.     Harlem Nocturne
    12.     Ego featuring Cherie Mitchell
    13.     Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) featuring Cherie Mitchell
    14.     Run Joe
    15.     Give It Up For Little Benny
    16.     Do You Know What Time It Is? Featuring Whiteboy and Little Benny
    17.     Cat in the Hat featuring Little Benny
    18.     Freak-A-Deek
    19.     One on One featuring Little Benny
    20.     Lock It featuring Little Benny
    21.     Chuck Baby featuring KK
    22.     Bustin’ Loose

    Bonus Music Videos:
    Block Party, The Party Roll


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    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Taz and the 3文字48

    Spent the day in the studio with Hironobu Tanaka, the production director for AKB48, working on overtures and live intros for the new additions to the franchise.  For those that didnt know, Me and Mr. Tanaka have worked together on all the intros and overtures the groups use at their live shows, over the years. Including the original AKB48, there are 5 franchises.  They are AKB48 (Akihabara), SKE48 (Sakae, Nagoya), SDN48 (Saturday Night), and the two newest additions NMB48 (Namba, Osaka) and Team OGI. Fortunately, since we were only doing overtures and intros, the girls werent there.  If they were it would be really crazy trying to get anything done because there are soooooo many (way more than 48) of them.  LOL!   Anyway, for more infor on the AKB48 franchise click the links in the paragraph above or go to the Japanese page

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    Monday, September 13, 2010

    めちゃ×2イケてるッ!オーディション! New Member Audition! めちゃ×2イケてるッ!オーディション!

    Sunday I took a trip to Odaiba to participate in the audition for the new member of Mecha Ike (めちゃ×2イケてるッ!).  Was a long day in the sun with my fate being decided with a O-X quiz.  Watch the video to see what happened:)


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    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    ○× Quiz

    we still waiting to start

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    Mecha Ike Audition

    Finally got my number. Now I wait until 1pm for the audition.

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    Mecha Ike

    Finally made it to Odaiba. I heard about an open audition for the member of Mecha Ike and decided to give it a shot. Lot of people here but they only choosing 1 person. Hope my character is enough. Wish me Luck!

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    Thursday, September 09, 2010

    The Beautiful Music (Remixes)

    Recently I had the chance to remix the song titled "Beautiful Music" by a good friend and artist named David Whitaker (  I had originally planned to to do a minimalist acoustic version only:

    Beautiful Music( OnMugen acoustic remix)

      <span>Beautiful Music(OnMugen acoustic remix) by Azian Black</span>

    but i really got into the vibe of the song and ended up making this one as well:

    Beautiful Music (OnMugen dream remix)

    Both are free to download and I hope you enjoy them.


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    Thursday, September 02, 2010

    The Pyramids: Power Plants or Tombs

    From "The Giza Power Plant - Technologies of Ancient Egypt" by Christopher Dunn 

    Page 221
    The Northern Shaft served as a conduit, or a waveguide, and its original metal lining--which passed with extreme precision through the pyramid from the outside--served to channel a microwave signal into the King's Chamber. The microwave signal that flowed through this waveguide may have been the same signal that we know today is created by the atomic hydrogen that fills the universe and that is constantly bombarding the Earth. This microwave signal probably was reflected off the outside face of the pyramid, then focused down the Northern Shaft. Traveling through the King's Chamber and passing through a crystal box amplifier located in its path, the input signal increased in power as it interacted with the highly energized hydrogen atoms inside the resonating box amplifier and chamber. This interaction forced the electrons back to their natural "ground state." In turn, the hydrogen atoms released a packet of energy of the same type and frequency as the input signal. This "stimulated emission" was entrained with the input signal and followed the same path. 

    The process built exponentially--occurring trillions of times over. What entered the chamber as a low energy signal became a collimated (parallel) beam of immense power as it was collected in a microwave receiver housed in the south wall of the King's Chamber and was then directed through the metal-lined Southern Shaft to the outside of the pyramid. This tightly collimated beam was the reason for all the science, technology, craftsmanship, and untold hours of work that went into designing, testing, and building the Giza power plant. The ancient Egyptians had a need for this energy: It was most likely used for the same reasons we would use it today--to power machines and appliances. We know from examining Egyptian stone artifacts that ancient craftspeople had to have created them using machinery and tools that needed electricity to run. However, the means by which they distributed the energy produced by the Giza power plant may have been a very different process from any we use today.

    "Mind your wants, because somebody wants your mind!" - George Clinton.

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