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…for this article in “OC Weekly.”

Panty raid,

-Shady

…for this article in “OC Weekly.”

Now it’s just getting ridiculous,

-Shady

Back when I was living in Columbus, Ohio my friends and I started a quote wall. Whenever a bit of brilliance (or otherwise) poured out of someone’s mouth, somebody would yell “Quote!” thus nominating it for Quote Board status. The quote then had to be seconded by someone (it almost always was), and then it would be written down to be forever immortalized on the Quote Board.

This is the modern day equivalent of that classic piece of my past.

QUOTE BOARD:

“If I were your wife I’d divorce you because you’re a mental case.”

– Shady’s Doctor, 6/21/11

He thinks KB and I are already married. When my appointment was over he shook my hand and said, “I love you.”

He’s the best doctor I’ve ever had. Need proof? I said “I love you” back.

In love with a 65-year-old French man,

-Shady

…right here.

Photographs add a few feet,

-Shady

…submitted two new Muppet t-shirt designs for consideration on Threadless.

Vote for the one above here, then vote for the one below here.

This doesn’t count as a Muppet post, Ralph,

-Shady

Check it out here!

Renita,

-Shady

dead at 34.

One of my favorite Jackasses,

-Shady

A couple weeks back, KB and I had the opportunity to check out a band I’ve been a fan of for quite some time now: Bedouin Soundclash. The Toronto-based trio was in Los Angeles in support of their newest album, “Light the Horizon,” which was released on June 7th on Nat Geo Records. The album marks their fourth full-length release since their 2001 debut album “Root Fire.”

While most people are probably more familiar with their sophomore album “Sounding a Mosaic” (and its single “When the Night Feels My Song”), each of Bedouin’s albums are quality both in songwriting and musicianship. “Light the Horizon” is no different.

By dabbling in the genres of reggae, punk and soul, “Light the Horizon” blends what Bedouin is known for with a few new surprises. Sekou Lumumba’s drums and Eon Sinclair’s bass come together to serve as the perfect backdrop for Jay Malinowski’s vocals and lead guitar, yet each piece of the trio stands out on their own, both on the new album and in live performance. As a listener, it’s obvious that each of these guys are not only friends but are also doing what they love for a living. Together, Bedouin Soundclash sounds and feels like a family.

Each of the ten new tracks on “Light the Horizon” stand alone on their own, but more importantly they each serve as an important piece of the whole of the album. My favorite track, “Brutal Hearts,” is a duet between Malinowski and songstress Coeur de pirate (AKA Beatrice Martin) over an amazing bit of string orchestration.

Much of Bedouin Soundclash’s tour is now behind them, but if you live in Minneapolis (6/22 at Cedar Cultural Center), Chicago (6/23 at Subterranean) or Detroit (6/24 at Shelter) you still have a chance to catch them this week.

The show KB and I saw here in town at Hotel Cafe was a brief performance (they played for a half hour or so) held exclusively for press, but if it was any indication of what a full-fledged show is like you’re in for a treat. I’m not sure if they’ve been doing this regularly at their live performances, but when we saw them they led off their show-closer “When the Night Feels My Song” with a very brief cover of Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros’ “Johnny Appleseed.” A great band of today giving a nod to a great band of yesterday. You can’t ask for better than that.

Learn more about Bedouin Soundclash here.

Waiting for a fifth full-length,

-Shady

dead at 69.

Somewhere my Uncle John is crying,

-Shady

…right here:

I have to admit that it feels very old school,

-Shady

Old Poop!