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As we mentioned to you earlier this year, The 5th annual Roots Picnic will take place this Saturday and Sunday at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. The festival features a diverse line-up of hip-hop, electronica, and indie rock including De La Soul, Rakim, Major Lazer, Tuneyards, James Murphy (DJ set), and of course house band / headliners, the Legendary Roots Crew.

To get you ready, the Legendary Crew has released the OFFICIAL ROOTS PICNIC 2012 MIXTAPE, available for free download on their website, complete with tracklisting. The old school style mixtape, mixed by Philly’s own DJ Low Budget, has 30+ jams and runs over an hour long. It features tracks by many of the artists that will be appear this weekend plus some others, including songs by: The Beastie Boys, Childish Gambino, De La Sol, Kid Cudi, Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem, Diplo, Tune-Yards and more. We just test blasted it in the car and it sounds SUH-WEET!

While you’re getting ROOT DOWN, check out this video of a drum ladden tribute to fallen Beastie, Adam Yauch “MCA”, performed by The Roots at last weeks UCLA’s Jazz/Reggae Fest last week.

And finally, ONCE AGAIN, The Roots will headline and serve as house band for this Summer’s Fourth of July Jam, FREE, on Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, featuring Daryl Hall, Common, and more.

Brooklydelphia… OUT!

It’s not often that we recommend spending your valuable free time going to an art museum. But when the art is by Keith Haring, this exhibit is one worth checking out.  The Brooklyn Museum, located in Prospect Park, is showing a large scale exhibition of one of our favorite artists.  Haring was greatly influenced by the graffiti in New York City in the 1980’s , the pop-art of Andy Warhol, and his devotion to numerous social causes.

Or if museums are not your thing, go check out the mural that Haring did in 1987 on the side of a house in Philadelphia at S.22nd and Ellsworth in Point Breeze. It is one of Haring’s few original public works that is still on display. Or locate his public NYC art works here.

                                Keith Haring Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum,  now through July 8, 2012

Picture a map. If Philadelphia is the left leg and Brooklyn is the right leg, that would make New Jersey the stinky twat in the middle. It’s not often that we give praise to NJ, however on your next drive thru the Garden State, you may catch a waft of something other than shit or Drakar Noir.

Yesterday, the State of New Jersey issued its first permit to allow the growing of medical marijuana to one of six non-profit organizations that it has licensed to do so. The Greenleaf Compassion Center was the first of the six organizations to find a grow location and receive local approval. Greenleaf’s grow facility is located in Montclair, NJ and now becomes the first to be granted authority by the State to grow weed. Full story here.

There are still several hurdles to overcome such as how the weed will be dispensed (we’re partial to dime bags) and how long before the Feds kick in the door.  But we are strong supporters of legalization and are remaining optimistic that one day we’ll cross the bridge to buy not only gas and alcohol but also weed.  

The only thing that we don’t like about this is the thought of Governor Chris Christie with the munchies.

In the most surprising bit of news that we’ve heard since learning that Rick Santorum has a retarded daughter, a just released study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Philadelphia as 67th out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania, or as we see it – the NUMBER 1 worst county, in it’s annual report of county health rankings by state.

The study looks at things like premature death, low birthweight, adult smoking, obesity, excessive drinking, sexually transmitted diseases, teen birth rate, access to healthy foods, violent crime rate. all things that we Philadelphians excel in.

Time to celebrate! Order a double cheese steak with mayo (have it delivered), grab your gat, a nasty skank from around the way, some cold Yuengling lagers, hop on that comfy sofa for the next 4-6 hours and enjoy the Philies/Sixer/Flyers/American Idol/John Stewart/Stephen Colbert shows and slowly fade in to your happy place knowing that we are numero uno.

PS. Union County, Pa, you finished as the 67th least unhealthiest. Your County looks like tons of fun. Do you even know what “Stop Snitchin'” means? Go fuck yourselves, losers.

 

NOTABLE HAIRCUTS OF ROCK STARS

Brooklyn boys Ben Gibson and Patrick Mulligan (a book editor and a graphic designer respectively) have tackled some great topics from beer varieties to the history of Apple Computer to notable haircuts of rock starts (left) in what they call “Culture based infographic prints.”  Check their full line of prints and apparel at www.PopChartLab.com.

And for those of you who missed my birthday, it’s not too late. These prints all ship wonderfully.

The New York Post is reporting that the two year $50 million dollar restoration of the WHALE sized McCarren Park Pool is almost complete and the pool will open on June 28th. The huge pool which is located in the north side of Williamsburg was built in 1936 and can accommodate thousands of wet bodies. After years of neglect in the 70’s and early 80’s, the pool finally closed for good in 1984. It saw a bit of a re-birth in 2006 when local indie concert promoter Jelly began throwing it’s now infamous Jelly Pool Party concerts, which drew thousands inside of the empty pool to watch their favorite bands. Those concerts were moved to the Williamsburg Waterfront in 2009. When the pool project is completed, the City is hoping to receive a LEED certification for environmental friendliness. An ice rink is expected to cover the pool in the colder months.

Taken from the City’s website, this photo rendition is what the pool will look like. Although I’m a bit confused. There doesn’t seem to be a hipster in sight. Not even ONE. I’m guessing this is what the pool will look when the Jim Beam and Coke slushie machine is on at the Bushwick Country Club or during a kickball game.

So what are you waiting for?! Head over to Groupon.com, find that 51% off bikini wax deal, and schedule for late June.

Congratulations Philadelphia and New York City for being ranked by Frommers as being among the Top 10 Cities in the World for Parks.  Though we’re not exactly sure what the judging criteria was, Philadelphians are always happy to be ranked along side of Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo in any list.  Other American cities to make the list are Chicago and San Francisco.

In their  description of New York’s parks, Frommers mostly makes mention of Central Park, that 850 acre “respite from the concrete, noise and traffic.”   Mention is also made to Brooklyn’s fine Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

For Philly, Frommers notes that Fairmount Park is comprised of 63 parks, comprising about 10% of the city’s land.

What are youse waiting for?!  Get out there and ENJOY!