Archive for ‘Music’

July 11, 2013

iPod Wars + P-RIDE

Let’s Get This Party Started… RIGHT!!!

So, some crafty friends of mine decided to organize a great event in which closet DJs (like me), play songs as requested by the judging panel, that fit into random (SERIOUSLY RANDOM) categories, and get judged on a scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (best). The end result… the winner becomes the musical overlord of all of his/her friends until the next installment of iPod Wars. BIG FUN!

Werk It

We did this last night, so I don’t have the official numerical scores yet… but here’s how I played.

BEST SONG TO GET IT ON TO:

Sweetest Taboo x Sade

BEST CHEATING SONG:

She Said OK x Big Boy (feat. Theophilus London & Tre Luce)

SONG YOU LIKED WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG, BUT ARE EMBARRASSED ABOUT NOW:

Oh-bla-di Oh-bla-da x The Beatles

BEST SONG TO GET READY FOR BATTLE:

Backseat Freestyle x Kendrick Lamar

BEST SONG TO GET MARRIED TO:

Love the Way You Lie x Eminem (feat. Rihanna)

WORST SONG ON YOUR iPOD:

All That She Wants (Is Another Baby) x Ace Of Base

BEST SONG TO CRY TO AFTER A BREAKUP:

It Ends Tonight x The All-American Rejects

BEST SONG TO CRY TO/MASTURBATE IN THE SHOWER:

Darling Nikki x Prince

BEST 80s SONG:

Dude (Looks Like A Lady) x Aerosmith

BEST SONG TO DRIVE DRUNK TO:

Ridin’ Dirty x Krayzie Bone (feat. Chamillionaire)

Going into the final round I was in 3rd place, but after hitting the judges with Ridin’ Dirty they had to recognize the superiority of my repertoire… I ended up tied for 1st place with a good buddy of mine. And the tie break got pretty interesting…

TIE BREAK: Swap devices and play THE ONE SONG THAT ONCE IT’S PLAYED YOU JUST CAN’T NOT DANCE TO IT

He played… Jammin’ x Bob Marley

I played… What is Love x Haddaway

What do you think happened? Yup, you got it! Another tie break…

TIE BREAK #2: With your own device play the BEST HOOK UP SONG ON THE “STEAK NIGHT” PLAYLIST (I have to note here that “Steak Night” is a local event that I do not attend so I was at a bit of a disadvantage)

I played… We Found Love x Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)

He played… Call Me Maybe x Carly Rae Jepsen

And he won!!!

It was an awesome night and even more awesome event! I’ll be better prepared for the next one!

To get my head right for this event, I’ve been mixing up my cross-training with some Nike Training Club workouts . I would recommend the NTC workouts for anyone who needs to mix it up a bit. NTC is a free app available on iTunes¬†or Google Play with loads of content and variety. Give it a try.

I’ve also been incorporating some indoor cycling into my training. After spending so much time working out at the Revolve NYC studio, I’m having withdrawals. So I created a ride of my own (dedicated to the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision) that I like to call the P-RIDE aka my Push It To The Limit Ride. Check out the playlist and strategy below… and please note, I’m an amateur at this. I just put together some songs that I know motivate me to work and I used the resistance to my advantage.

P-RIDE

Do you think you could own iPOD WARS? What would you say is the best song to workout to?

Signing off… ETT =)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Song number 11 in the P-RIDE playlist should be She Said OK (Big Boi feat. Theophilus Monk & Tre Luce).

December 1, 2011

Spotify, An NBA Christmas, and Stiff Joints…

… these things topped the list of thoughts that ran through my head during last night’s 12-miler. Here’s what I was thinking:

  1. SPOTIFY: Anything that has anything to do with music always catches my attention. What can I say… I can’t live without music. That’s the truth and I’m not afraid to say it. [INSERT TANGENT HERE] I once had my car radio stolen (by-product of living in the hood) right before a pre-planned four-hour¬†drive to NYC… it¬†was the longest four hours of ETT’s life, let me tell you. I can’t sing! And¬†I had to sing to myself, out loud… [END OF TANGENT]¬†I digress.¬†I’m sadly not interested in Spotify at all. Why would I want to pay $10/month for streaming¬†audio (that’s possibly not¬†streaming as fast as advertised)¬†when¬†I could just pony up¬†the¬†same amount and¬†support the artists I love by buying their album??? If I’m not guaranteed¬†gapless playback, why bother?¬†Sorry, that’s just how I feel about it. I’m going to continue to buy albums by my favorite artists and those¬†funky newbies until somebody finds a way to give me the same quality¬†while¬†compensating the musicians/artists/engineers/producers/writers/others the way they deserve to be compensated. This took up about 40 minutes of¬†the run… by the way I was listening to Drake’s new album Take Care ‚̧¬†
  2. NBA Christmas: Some people wish for snow and presents… I just want to get some Knicks tickets for me and the fam. I think it would be a very welcome change to the normal holiday schedule of events. No?
  3. Stiff Joints:¬†I’m not talking illegal substance abuse here… it was more like old lady joint pain. I mean, boy was my right ankle killing me. The crazy part was whenever I slowed down, it hurt more. What kind of sick twisted skeletal-sadism is this!?! What do you want from me, right ankle? What you’re telling me is if I run faster you won’t hurt? I oughta kick you in the you know what, you mean little ankle! Yea… I said it!

Do you daydream about randomness when you run? Most times I just focus on the music and my feet.

Signing off… ETT =)

July 26, 2011

Never underestimate your FRIENDS…

…and BEER FESTIVALS

Especially FRIENDS who invite you to BEER FESTIVALS!

Separately, the two are forces to be reckoned with. Together, on one of the hottest muggiest¬†days in Beijing… they made for one of the best experiences I’ve had in China to date. This past Saturday, we attended The Beijinger Beer Festival 2011 at Villa Castanea in Fragrant Hills.

Although the weather provided no relief for festival goers, organizers were prepared for the worst. As patrons entered the Villa they were¬†handed fans, fedoras, steins,¬†and cold beer. What more could anyone ask for (other than an ‘A/C to molest’ as my friend J put it)?

Featured tents were repping¬†everything from¬†local breweries like Great Leap and DXcel… to world renowned¬†names like Heineken and Vandergeeten… to the house brew, Villa Castanea. They even had¬†drinking contests (two liters, one straw, no hands… GO).

In a moment of national pride I cheered on one gentleman who, hailing from Northern California, drank the competition into submission… TWICE. His talents were so overwhelming, he was kindly asked¬†not to enter any of the¬†upcoming competitions. As the famous Tupac song goes… “California… know’s how to party

We munched on bratwurst with sauerkraut, beer battered¬†fish,¬†and German pretzels¬†while enjoying the entertainment. DJs¬†Patrick Yu, Usami, Nassdak, and Bitesize Buddha held down the 1s & 2s. Then beer guzzlers were in for a real treat when Bluegrass band Randy Abel Stable sang¬†classics tunes while accepting free beer from their fans. My absolute fave was Mongolian band Ajinai¬†who after joining Randy Abel Stable for a few songs took to the stage and got me ready to do my war dance. Thankfully, my friends were too busy being mesmerized by the Mongolian throat singing that they didn’t snap a picture of me doing said dance.

Ajinai

After spending 19 hours¬†awake (and¬†downing 6 7 steins of Strongbow)… the following day I was in true EarthToTrish mode. BUT like any respectable Bierleichen, I did find time to make myself some grub…

ETT's Evening After Meal

All in all, this was a wonderful¬†excursion thanks to The Beijinger¬†and my crazy, but amazing cohorts. We can’t wait to be there next year!

Did you attend? If so, what did you think about it? How was your weekend?

Signing Off… ETT!