From the cutting edge architecture of each property to the themed scapes and swanky accoutrement, the W Hotels are known for delivering a posh, experience for trendy travelers and party goers. With such a reputation, it should come to no surprise the hotel chain has its own music director to add a unique acoustic flair to the chain's notoriety.
Last week the W-Hotel Buckhead threw an intimate shindig celebrating the release of the hotel's latest music CD, Symmetry - a collection of music compiled by their Global Music Director, style maven Michaelangelo L'Acqua.
Charged with integrating music into the overall brand of the worldwide hotel chain, L'Acqua steps out in bold fashion blending smoky ambient remixes with glam dance tracks for his latest compilation. Symmetry features music from Mike Snow, Little Dragon, Sebastien Tellier and a host of other "Ibiza-inspired" artists.
Before working for W Hotel Worldwide, L'Acqua created atmosphere for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. His production company, Onda produced fashion shows for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and a host of others.
I still remember that spring day of 1993 at my friend Josh's house when I first played Street Fighter II on Super NES. A higher echelon of gaming competition was introduced to me invoking a fury in my soul. I loved it. Most players of the game can confirm the cocky satisfaction that fills you after vanquishing your buddy with a well-timed shoryuken. Street Fighter II was the revolution of mano-a-mano gaming and became the grand pappy of many, many many fighting games to come. Like a fried Twinkie, too much of a good thing can be monstrously destructive. The genre suffered a powerful decline earlier this decade partly due to consumers being bombarded by fighting games, sequels and updates. It seemed that every few months you had a new game with the Street Fighter or Capcom name: X-Men vs Street Fighter Ex, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, SNK vs Capcom, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 3 Double Impact, Marvel vs Capcom, blah blah blah. All of these were great, but it got heavy on the wallet, and doesn't include all the other miscellaneous fighting games from Capcom, SNK or Namco (Remember Fatal Fury, King of Fighters, Samurai Showdown, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure?). I won't bother going into the 3D fighters, the point is made that there were a lot. Marvel vs Capcom 2 was truly the reason to buy a Sega Dreamcast in 2000 as it brought together all characters from five years of Capcom crossover fighting games. Sadly, we gamers later found that MvC2 represented the apparent end of 2D fighters, a depressing realization that set in as 3D gaming became the mainstream. Capcom even stated there would never be another numeric Street Fighter title. But Producer Yoshinori Ono changed the fate of world warriors when he pitched the revival of the series to Capcom bigwigs in 2006, it was a go with one condition: it had to be done proper.
Its finally here, yeah nucca - The long-awaited return on Aaron McGruder's animated series The Boondocks kick off it's third season Sunday, May 2, on Adult Swim. The premiere episode pokes fun at the hysteria and rockstar status of #44 - POTUS Barack Obama.
According to a recent post on Atlanta Magazine's website, the episode entitled "Its a Black President, Huey Freeman", Huey (voiced by Regina King) is labeled a domestic terrorist by a cable news show for befriending Obama on MySpace. From the teaser vids posted on Boondocks Bootleg, McGruder and crew seem to satire the groundswell support and sometime mindless adoration for Barack Obama.
South Park has already had their fun mocking the nation's polarized views about having a Black President the season 12 episode "About Last Night", which showed the citizens of South Park using the newly elected president as a catch-all excuse to party, while McCain supporters (including Ike) prepared for the end of days. Later we find out the Presidency is only a ruse - a distraction on a national level orchestrated by Obama, McCain and their team to pull off an Ocean's 11-styled jewelry caper.
The LA Times reports that this season will have guest appearances by familiars Ed Asner and Charlie Murphy, but also will feature Bill Mahr, Billy Dee Williams and Marion Ross. The Times (dem Bitches) also have an exclusive trailer on their site promoting the new season. Rumors on the interwebs report that the series will also