best interview EVER

http://www.thefader.com/2010/01/07/feature-animal-collective-interview-with-aziz-ansari/#more-21289

Aziz Ansari and the dudes from Animal Collective

Sweet

Hot and Cold

I got the first five hot things entry of the year. Im excited for the first quarter of the year because I a have a few big things lined up and I just heard about a pretty generous scholarship that I was nominated for, so Im keeping my fingers crossed and saying a little prayer for that to come through. So, onto las cosas….

-Gadget-
Sony Dash, its a touch screen multipurpose internet viewer/ minicomputer/music player/ alarm clock/ pure sexy piece of tech lol. I’ve been looking around for something like it and its due out pretty soon. I will be grabbing this as soon as its on the market.

-Book-
I think I’ve found the way to solve my whole lack of outside reading problem. I’m gonna read short story collections, That way I can quench my need for completing an entire literary thought, while not getting pulled into “wasting time” and spending too much time doing other stuff. I think Im going to borrow David Sedaris’ Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Dude seems pretty funny.

– Music-
there is so much good music coming out in January alone that I kinda forgot to look back at old stuff this week. I did however open this Coltrane, Johnny Hartman CD that i got for christmas… That ish is smooth man. Its short, only 6 songs, but those six songs are great, Lush Life especially is just plain dope.

-Shoes-
I think I’ve settled on the wing tips I want. They are by Allen Edmonds. They are the perfect shade of brown and the perfect shoe. They can be worn to the office, to church and out and about…. I think Im in love

-Grooming-
For the grooming category, I have two posts one is a trend Im into and the other a product [so i technically have 6 hot things, but whos counting? lol]. First, I have to admit that I have joined the fold… Im going beardy for the winter season. NOT  like rick ross though, more so in a 20 something, why the hell not manner. I’m not quite sure how long i wanna go, but  I’ve decided to let my inner dude out and let the facial hair fill in.

The second hot grooming find found this great pomade the other day by every man jack. Its got a good hold and nice shine to it. I like the old faithful pomade in the orange tin but its too heavy, especially if you are looking to style and not just get waves. Since I’m keeping my hair at a longer length I need something to give it a little umph and this junk does the trick.

that is all for now

Duro = Tough

Over the break I started writing this piece that I want to submit to a medical journal. Its a medical student perspective on one the patient encouners I had while OB rotation. I wrote about it earlier, on the blog, and Now that I’ve gotten most of the story and background done I feel like I hit a wall. Its like, I know what I wanna say, and kinda where I am going with the whole thing, but at the same time this part is so crucial because It is the crux of the whole piece. The encounter that happened to me is like a brief peek into this microcosm that probably embodied the experiences of thousands, dare i say millions of patients each year. What I saw wasnt unique, it couldv’e  happens all the time in Anywhere, USA and I have the feeling that these stories and people slip through the cracks.

I want to give these people, my people, a voice, and I want to let them finally be heard but at the same time I dont want to get all preachy, because I dont truly “know”. Im a greenhorn after all. This is just the tip of my professional iceberg, and I will meet thousands of Senora Esperanzas [thats the hopefull pseudonym I gave the patient] in my life time. I dont want to fall into the trap that many young people get caught up in, and look back at myself in 10 years time and scoff at how “young and impressionable” I was. I acknowledge that this is a knee jerk response for me, and I want to remain congnisant of the reality that is this experience, but I also know that all it takes is one person to exact change. The cry of one poor soul to actually catch the attention of the masses, one person can make a difference and even if it doesn’t change the world, if one person or only a few can benefit than its worth it.

I guess as I walk this thin line that every young professional walks, between idealism and reality, altruism and indifference; I find my self torn between falling in line and rocking the boat. I pray that this turns out well…

hasta luego
Julian

Contra!!!

The new album from the most hyped band of 07,Vampire Weekend,  is due out next tuesday. They have the entire album, Contra, streaming on myspace
 ( http://www.myspace.com/vampireweekend )

The  CD has that great sing-a-long quality that I love about VW.  With Contra they have obviously grown. They didnt stray too far away from their original sound on most tracks, which is great, they just experiment with a few more genres and  sounds [even a little autotune [thankfully its NOT in a very T-pain way]
There are a few gems that stick out though besides the killer lead singles, Horchata and Cousins. 


-The aptly named song Holiday is great, it feels like a banger to blast while driving away from school at the end of the year, its def gonna make a few summer soundtracks. Speaking of which, God I miss summer, especially on a day like today… its freezing like hell outside.

Taxi cab has a sleepy 80s pop feel, the strings and piano give it this great energy which is different from other VW stuff but a great change.

Run has the classic VW sound just with extra layers of goodness added to the production.

Verdict: overall I give it a solid NICE [lol] and pretty much I cant wait to get if from amazons mp3 store next week.

*** if you want an afro popy band with real Africans check out these dudes
http://www.myspace.com/blkjks

se vive una vez = you only live once

I love bolero

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

that is all… for now