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Terry Junior – It’s Been Too Long (Republic Hymn)

Posted in Art, Culture, Local Love, mainstream, Media, Music, Music News, News, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Saturday, February 15, 2020 by TSN

Sonny Knight at Lyn Lake Street Festival 2014

Posted in Concert Reviews, Culture, Life Perspectives from T.S. Niebeling, Local Love, Media, Mind Inversion Exclusive with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, June 12, 2014 by TSN

… Sonny Knight was, and is great. He came across as the kind of guy who comes from bygone era, while effectively staying relevant. His music has life. He utilized three backup singers and a full band, he was doing it right. At the peak of the numbers in the crowd, Sonny rocked the stage like a champion. The best song of the day was “Hey Girl”, naturally, but even less familiar songs moved those in attendance. From behind the performers looking out, one could see raw excitement, and the power which Sonny sustained. His set was charged and intimate, and precisely electric. It was a pleasant and unexpected surprise, having never seen him before.

Sonny played for some time, and then the show was over. The crowd was pleased. I exited the stage at about the same time in hopes of having a one-on-one conversation with the artist. I ran around back as he was being mobbed by fans and snapped at with cameras. He took time for the adoration and with a broad smile he vanished. Sonny was something; to me, he seemed like a classic soul singer from the distant past, yet he was thriving in 2014. I wondered where his time machine was parked. Searching, I found nothing…

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Happy Birthday Keith “Guru” Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010)

Posted in Culture, News with tags , , , , on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by Tim Althaus

In the movie Sandlot, Babe Ruth made a quote that I will never forget: “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die”. Keith “Guru” Elam is exactly the type of human that personifies what the Colossus of Clout was talking about. For the better part of two decades, Guru wrote some of the most insightful and intelligent rhymes in Hip-Hop. From the humble beginnings, Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal was a potent emcee, and he only became stronger as the years passed.

There are a lot of emcees out there who always use the same monotonous flow, and after hearing  a vast portion of their catalog, listening to their music becomes a chore; the same cannot be said about Elam’s work. Dubbing himself “The King of Monotone”, Guru never changed his style or delivery once in his career, and it’s one of the biggest reasons that he remains an unforgettable emcee. If Bald Head Slick was on a track, everyone and their brother was looking for it.

One of my favorite albums of all-time without a doubt is Gang Starr, Moment of Truth; to me, it’s by far one of the most polished albums I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. I would never discredit anything that Gang Starr released because I’m a huge fan of every album in their catalog, but Moment of Truth towers over everything else in my opinion. From rhyming with Inspectah Deck on the fan favorite “Above The Clouds”, to spitting bar-for-bar along side Freddie Foxxx and Big Shug on “The Militia”, Guru makes sure that every one of his stanzas are heartfelt and memorable.

One of my favorite songs of all-time is the title track from Moment of Truth. Guru spits forty-eight bars of real-life lyrics; everything that he says makes perfect sense, and if you take a minute to deeply digest the lyrics, you can apply it to situations in your own life:

“Sometimes you gotta dig deep when problems come near/don’t fear, things get severe for everybody everywhere/why do bad things happen to good people?/seems that life is just a constant war between good and evil/the situation that I’m facin’ is mad amazin’/to think such problems can arise from minor confrontations”

Guru would have been fifty-one years old today, and rest assured, he would still be rhyming with the best of them. I can personally say that he rests comfortably among my top ten favorite emcees of all-time, and I know a lot of people would put him in the same category. There’s no denying that Guru’s presence is missed greatly in Hip-Hop culture, and it will continue to leave a void for many years to come.

A couple of years back DJ Premier stated that he had enough Gang Starr material to compile a posthumous LP, but it’s never made its way into seeing the light of day. Personally, I would love to see another Gang Starr album, but if there isn’t one, it wouldn’t bother me; between the Jazzmatazz series and his work with DJ Premier, Guru has already left behind a legacy that most emcees would die to have.

The Sunday Show, Episode 9 “The Golf Episode”

Posted in Culture, The Sunday Show, Video with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, June 29, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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This week’s episode of your favorite podcast about nothing in particular is about golf. To be honest, I think golf is a great sport and I truly wish I played more so I could get better at it, I just don’t seem to have the time or patience anymore. The guys shot this episode up north (as well as episode 10) and it looks like a great place to chill out and have a good time. This is the type of crew that I can see myself golfing with, they like to have a good time and have a few drunks while hitting the links. It looks like they had a lot of fun, and if Officer Barbrady was there I wouldn’t be surprised if he would be having a field day (due to all of the shenanigans). It looks like Timberstone & Oak Crest are nice places to golf if you get the chance and are an avid golfer.

As always you can catch the guys over at

The Sunday Show, Episode 8 “Back to Our Roots”

Posted in Culture, The Sunday Show, Video with tags , , , , , , on Sunday, June 28, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here we have episode 8 of your favorite podcast about nothing in particular, “Back to Our Roots”. This episode features Nic & Chad (and of course Union Dan) recapping interesting stories and events (much like the 1st episode, hence the name). For all of you iTunes users, you can now also download each episode of The Sunday Show on iTunes as well. As usual Chad & Nic give you a rundown of what they are currently drinking (the “not so pale ale” sounds delicious) (on a separate note, I highly suggest you try some of these beers, I’ve had the pleasure of trying a few and they have been great), and jump into the news bits.

Apparently there has been trace amounts of cocaine found in Red Bull (no fucking way…) and it has been banned in a few coutries, but as the guys point out it’s really not a whole lot. I think I am going to try what Chad is talking about with drinking a few ice colds in a hot shower sometime, I can see that starting off a night really well. Nic mentioned that Hulu is going to have an app for TV viewing. On another side note, I love Hulu and if you don’t know about it, I would highly suggest that you check it out. But the app will allow users to install an application onto their desktop and it will team with the media center on your computer to bring you everything you need. As Nic mentions, this truly is an epic thing. For some people, they may never need cable television ever again. Make sure you check this episode out guys, a lot of valuable information with great opinions here. The story on the kid in the mortuary is just ridiculousness folks.

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The Sunday Show, Episode 7 “The Wine Tasting”

Posted in Culture, The Sunday Show, Video with tags , , on Sunday, June 28, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Hey guys, sorry it’s been a while since we’ve heard from the guys over at The Sunday Show. I hadn’t realized that they got a new domain which you can all go to here. Episode 7 of your favorite podcast about nothing in particular is about wine tasting. This episode was shot at Blatz Market & Liquor (which you may recall from episode 3) and these guys delve into a few different wine selections (2 whites, 2 reds). If you are a fan of wine, or alcohol in particular (much like myself) there is a lot of factual information that you can learn here. Notice Emiko & Nic’s scale of rating (so precise), I love it.

The Sunday Show Episode 3, “The Beer Tasting”

Posted in Culture, The Sunday Show with tags , , on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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That’s right folks, it’s that time of the week again for your favorite podcast about nothing in particular The Sunday Show. This week’s episode is brought to you from the Blatz Market and Liquor in downtown Milwaukee. The beginning of this episode has the owner talking about the historic Blatz brewing company and what it has evolved into now. Throughout the episode you will see these guys tasting various beers (which I enjoy very much, I’m a beer snob) and telling you how they feel about them. I am absolutely loving these guys’ episodes because it seems like they are constantly getting better and better (thanks for the Mind Inversion shout out last week). If you consider yourself to be a fan of beer, this one is truly for you.

Make sure you stay tuned to The Sunday Show. You are going to be seeing a lot of collaboration going on between Mind Inversion and The Sunday Show in the future, something for all of you to look forward to.

The Sunday Show, Episode 2 “The Lonestar Episode”

Posted in Culture, The Sunday Show with tags , , on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here we are again folks with another episode of  “your favorite podcast about nothing in particular”. This week’s episode is about the live Diggnation show at SXSW, as well as Nic’s trip to Texas, music, movies and wine. This is shaping up to be one of my favorite things to watch on the net. Make sure you check out the video, and don’t forget to check out their site here.

Jon Stewart and The Daily Show eat Jim Cramer/CNBC alive

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , on Friday, March 13, 2009 by Ryan Buege

In an appearance that just begs getting talked about on the “interscape”, The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart invited CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer to his show for a one-on-one to air their differences in front of the camera for a full episode last night. Though the lead-in intro was noticeably lighthearted, mocking the nature of their recent “feud”, the interview was one of the hardest hitting and most rewarding that I’ve seen Stewart ever give. The interview opened with a few softball questions, but while it proceeds, Stewart grows more resolute as he realizes Cramer is ducking his questions and giving him answers he can’t stand behind. With an arsenal of stock interview footage at his back, Stewart goes in for the kill. So far, this is the most satisfying commentary on the media that I’ve seen during the financial crisis. Stewart is taking on some great opponents, and he’s taking them to the cleaners.

Jim Cramer unedited interview with The Daily Show, Part 1WATCH: Part 1

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The Sunday Show, Episode 1 “Diggnation Tribute”

Posted in Culture, The Sunday Show with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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My cousin Dan hit me up on Facebook yesterday about a new podcast that him and his friends are doing called The Sunday Show. I was immediately interested because they are actually doing video podcasts. You may ask “Tim, what are these video podcasts going to be about every week?”, and my response would be, “Their tag line at The Sunday Show is: Your favorite new podcast about nothing in particular”. That’s right, there will be a different theme with every podcast that these guys put out. Judging by the first one, these guys could have one hell of a project on their hands. I was laughing my ass off while I was watching this.

The first episode of The Sunday Show is called “Diggnation Tribute”. These guys are all avid Diggers, and they are pulling out all of the stops and discussing some of their recent favorites from the site. There are a few of these that almost had me crying I was laughing so hard. I highly recommend that you guys watch this because it’s some great insight and entertainment from the Midwest. ALSO, if you have a Facebook and are interested in joining their fan page you can do that here. Make sure you stay tuned to Mind Inversion for all of the updates on future episodes of The Sunday Show.

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