King Of The 'Ring
You aren't a performance car manufacturer worthy of your salt if your car isn't tuned, tested, or raced on Germany's infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife.
A new King has recently been crowned. Not only did this vehicle come in under the production vehicle sub-7 minute mark...a feat just accomplished 3 months ago...
It beat the previous champ Porsche 918 Spyder by a blistering 10 seconds. That's a lifetime in the world of racing.
Read on and check back now and then for the next King of the Ring.
Raptors vs Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed back the Man, The Myth, The Legend.
Kobe Bryant was in action for the first time since suffering his season ending Achilies injury during last year's campaign. On the other side was the team that he once invited to the Staples Center for an offensive clinic to the tune of 81 points.
The Lakers, fresh off a big win in Sacramento, looked to go a season high two games over .500.
Out Of The Furnace - Brotherly Love
Out of the Furnace is an interesting character study on what will take a man to his breaking point.
Much like the title implies, white hot steel can be shaped and treated to be strong, brittle, or malleable - depending on its purpose. The events following Russell's release mold him and shape him into the man he becomes by the end of the film. It's not that he needed it to happen as he was already a stand up guy, but it changes him. Completely.
Philomena - Motherly Love
The trailer was slightly misleading for Philomena. I was unfamiliar with this story (much of which is true), and I expected a quaint British film about a little old lady searching for her long lost son.
Philomena is that sort of movie at times, but for better and worse, it's deeper than that.
Yancey Boys - Sunset Blvd.
Yancey Boys consists of the late great J.Dilla as the producer, and his brother Illa J as the MC. Yancey Boys’ sophomore release Sunset Blvd. would have been a great addition to the J.Dilla catalog if it was just an instrumental album or with just guest appearances.
To be honest, Illa J would probably not have a record contract with the label Delicious Vinyl if he was not J. Dilla's brother. His voice is monotone, and he does not have the punchlines, vocabulary, metaphors nor the personality of an appealing rapper.
50 Sticks Of Dynamite - Love Dream Truth Love
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing 50 Sticks a few times, and there are always two things that stick with me:
1) How much fun I’d just had,
2) Ian really makes the banjo look cool.
The band is comprised of four members: lead vocalist / songwriter and banjo player Ian McFayden, Michael Dominguez on background vocals and bass, Chris Jenson on drums and background vocals, and last but not least - percussionist, guitar player, and background vocalist Whitey Wingland. This is the band's second album, and to my surprise it was more of a rock album than its bluesy predecessor.