Thursday, September 15, 2011

ATL


I'd never been to Atlanta before, and that's where I've been for the past few days. My wife wanted to get away from Ohio for awhile and we ended up here.

We were signed up for the CNN tour our first day here. I was able to find some treats to feed my addiction in the Braves clubhouse store on the first floor:



I've always been a fan of MLB fitteds in different colorways, so grabbing these two was a no-brainer, especially off the clearance rack. Score!

Found the New Era Flagship store on Luckie Street and they had an amazing selection of fitteds - NHL, MiLB, the standard MLB ones you find at the mall, and their alternates...but when I saw this one, I had to cop it, even at full price, an Atlanta Black Crackers Negro League fitted:



The only other Negro League New Era I've seen is a Hilldale Giants, which was broken down by fellow blogger Howfresheats.

*old man alert* Don't know if I'm just being uptight, but should the staff have been playing explicit versions of songs while customers were in the store?
I was bombarded with "b*****s s**k my d**k" and "to all my n****s, my m*********n n****s" ad nauseum for the whole time I was in the store. Would you have been surprised?

Went to the Braves/Marlins game later that evening:





I'm so used to eating Subway when I go to a Reds game, but we weren't sure if we could bring food into Turner Field. This hit the spot, though:



Braves won 7-1, McCann and Uggla had a great game.



Next day, went around Little 5 Points district:



Whoooohoooo! Records!




Found some 12-inches I didn't have and Stetsasonic's first LP:



and then:



Whooohoooo! Pizza! Again!



2 pepperoni slices, one traditional, one Sicilian, both delicious:



As you might be able to tell, I've got a soft spot for pizza (insert big belly joke here).

Later that evening, wanted to check out something other than Applebee's or Wendy's for dinner so I hit up this spot:



Fried whiting, mac and cheese, collard greens, cornbread...on some now you see me, now you don't:





And yes, I'm fully aware of the irony of washing this meal down with a diet Coke.

On the way back to Cincy, I had to stop here for lunch, as we don't have these in Ohio:






All in all, a nice break before getting back to the blue collar grind.

John

Friday, September 2, 2011

Rock The Bells



So I went to my first Rock the Bells show here in Cincy this past Wednesday. It was Mobb Deep (with Noyd) and Raekwon w/Ghostface (and Cappadonna).

The show opened up with Moxy Monster and his crew - I've performed alongside him a couple times in the past, I believe. It was good to see him on stage doing his thing. Shout out to Moxy for the shout out from the stage!

Alchemist came out on the decks right before the Infamous M-o-b-b and Noyd hit the stage.



With a mixture of bangers from The Infamous ("Survival of the Fittest", "Eye For An Eye", "Right Back At You"), and some other significant burners (Burn, Got It Twisted, Quiet Storm), Havoc and Prodigy set it off. Of course they ended the set with Shook Ones Pt.II, but I was hoping to hear "Party Over."





All in all, a great set by Prodigy and the H-A-V-O-C from the QBC, "...puttin' cowards where they supposed to be..."

Next up was Raekwon and Ghostface with Cappadonna - what a blur. Rae and Ghost ran through so many songs, I can't even remember. Rae came out to "Incarcerated Scarfaces" and he and Ghost went back and forth on a huge chunk of OBFCL.



In my opinion, Ghost totally stole the show. This was my first time seeing him live, and he just had so much energy, it was unbelievable.



All this being said, it was great to get out on a Wednesday night for a show like this.

Oh yeah, and after the show, Ghost threw a bottle of water to me from the stage. Thanks, Tony!



John