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Poughkeepsie News: Update: Cop dies after shoot out with gunman who killed his own wife, 3 dead.

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Poughkeepsie cop died after being shot in the head Friday during a gunfight with a man who had fatally shot his own wife in a train station parking lot, police said. The suspect was also killed - but it wasn't clear whether he committed suicide or was taken out by a police bullet. The 44-year-old officer, who wasn't identified last night, died after undergoing surgery at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, Police Chief Ron Knapp said. "This is a tragic day in the city of Poughkeepsie for our citizens and for our uniformed personnel," Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik said. The incident unfolded about 1p.m., when police received a report of a shooting at a parking lot near a Metro-North railroad station in Poughkeepsie. The first officer who arrived at the scene spotted a man running with a toddler in his arms. He gave chase. After a brief confrontation, the officer snatched the 3-year-old from the suspect's hands, and the man took off. The cop handed the chil…

Poughkeepsie makes headlines again... "POUGHKEEPSIE CITY COP DIES AFTER SHOOTING THAT LEAVES 2 OTHERS DEAD; BABY SAFE"

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here's the journal article on something that happened yesterday, that's made the headlines though... sad news though, heres the article from the journal
POUGHKEEPSIE CITY COP DIES AFTER SHOOTING THAT LEAVES 2 OTHERS DEAD; BABY SAFE
A City of Poughkeepsie police officer has died after he was shot in the head this afternoon. Police did not release the name of the officer pending notification of his extended family. The suspect and his wife are dead, The officer underwent surgery at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, City of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Ron Knapp said during a press conference this afternoon. A 3-year-old child involved in the incident is in the custody of police. The officer underwent surgery at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. A second officer suffered a dislocated shoulder and was taken to Vassar Brothers following the incident on lower Main Street, which took place shortly after 1 p.m. The suspect was holding a 3-year-old child when confro…

2011 Grammy Award Recap

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Well, to preface this...it seems typical of award shows that there are less artist nominated for more awards. Its like 20 artist compete over 50 awards... no one leaves empty handed. somehow rappers are in 10 categories cuz they're all pop acts now, these are all signs of a dark day in music. but nonetheless here is my recap of the show...

it kicks off with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, done by Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina Mcbride, Florence (without The Machine) and Yolanda Adams others singing some Aretha songs. As the tears pour down Christina's face she belts out for redemption for her super-bowl performance. A Personal favorite though, Jennifer Hudson proves that although she may have shrank, her voice just grows bigger and bigger, she might be able to tour her next album without a microphone.

...Side note: They mention its Mick Jagger's first time on the Grammy stage, I didn't know the grammy's alway had a No british coke head policy, I figure…

You Hear Them Bells Go <--Another funny rapper parody cartoon

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This guy @BYOBent is histerical...

Shawt Bus Shawty... Southern Rappers Join Forces for ultimate banger!?!?!?

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This video is an accurate depiction of the current state of hip hop music...and to think people will debate who's the nicest outta these guys. People really compare who's the nicest retard with a mic, that must make the people debating just as dumb


Waka Flocka BLANK STARE INTERVIEW --JACKEDURSTV

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And People like this guy's music? he looks like he's retarded, or dusted...the radio guy is histerical though..check this waka flocka clip on Jackedurstv

Music Business Mistakes of 2010 -#5C Industry

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#1 – Waiting #2 – Unreasonable Expectations #3 – Poor Planning #4 – Comparing Apples To Oranges #5a – Black and White Thinking (Day Job) #5b – Black and White Thinking (Career Trajectory) #5c – Black and White Thinking (The Industry) Perhaps the most stunning example of black and white thinking for musicians is the way they interact with or react to the industry.  A large percentage of the musicians I encounter either despise the industry for reasons that don’t seem to be well articulated or are enamored with the industry and desperate for the attention, validation and information that these executives may or may not really have. I know I am not stating anything that isn’t obvious but sometimes stating the obvious is helpful.  Simply put- record label executives, music managers, music supervisors, booking agents and music publishers are really just people like any other group of people.  There are those who are brilliant and others who are dim, those who are really good and caring and others …

Music Business Mistakes of 2010 -#5b Career Trajectory

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* #1 – Waiting
* #2 – Unreasonable Expectations
* #3 – Poor Planning
* #4 – Comparing Apples To Oranges
*#5a – Black and White Thinking (Day Job) *#5b – Black and White Thinking (Career Trajectory) It’s a very odd thing to talk to your average musician about their career goals.  As I have mentioned before I often hear things like “getting to the next level” or wanting to “make it”.  Part of the problem is that statements like these aren’t specific enough to be of much use to those who utter them.   I’m not here to tell anyone that the music business isn’t difficult or isn’t filled with frustration – it is absolutely frustrating and the pace at which it moves (especially when you are starting out) makes glaciers look like Ferraris.  Many musicians need to get a grip on what the majority of career trajectories look like and stop comparing themselves to so-called overnight successes.  The harsh reality is that yes- some seemingly talentless people get rich and famous doing music and as muc…

Music Business Mistakes of 2010 -#5a B&W Thinking

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Top 5 Music Business Mistakes of 2010 #5 Black and White Thinking * #1 – Waiting
* #2 – Unreasonable Expectations
* #3 – Poor Planning
* #4 – Comparing Apples To Oranges
*#5a – Black and White Thinking (Day Job) For me personally, this is the bitch of the bunch. When I hit a speed bump along the road of life like not getting one of my client’s a much needed tour or losing out on a new client to a larger company it is often the case that my thought process and solutions to these problems are far worse than the problems themselves. When I don’t close a new client I really wanted my mind doesn’t automatically jump to “Well, I’d better find some more potential clients to pitch” it jumps to “I’m going to wind up dying homeless on the street in a cardboard box and I won’t even have any pets to love me”. The upside to my having this warped way of thinking is that it is VERY common among musicians and creative folks. Doing what I do it’s important that I relate to this issue and believe you me- …

Top Music Business Mistakes of 2010 #4

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Top 5 Music Business Mistakes of 2010 #4 Apples to Oranges #1 – Waiting#2 – Unreasonable Expectations#3 – Poor Planning#4 – Comparing Apples To OrangesOn the off chance that the title of this article is a piece of slang that was unique to my parents (I ran the title by someone who was baffled by the fact that a music blog would be discussing fruit) I am speaking about comparing two things that can’t be accurately compared.  I have found that is very common for artists to have the belief that exposure = sales and that all songs and all artists if given the same exposure would get the same response from the public.  This issue gets especially cloudy when an artist is comparing his or her own career to the career of someone in the public eye. The most hate mail I ever got was from an article I wrote that contained the words “Great bands make great managers”.  Musicians and managers alike hated this statement but it is one that I still stand by.  What did I mean when I said it?  Well, there…

Top 5 Music Business Mistakes of 2010 (#3) – Poor Planning

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Top 5 Music Business Mistakes of 2010 (#3) – Poor Planning #1 – Waiting #2 – Unreasonable Expectations #3 – Poor Planning Once again, I don’t mean to appear unsympathetic.  I know first hand how difficult it is to remain objective once you have put your heart and soul into a project but I have to point out that I have seen far too many careers that have suffered greatly due to poor planning or even worse – no planning. It sounds ridiculous but something as simple as writing out a list of goals for your business can force you to clarify that vague plan you have in your head – I highly recommend it as I have made the mistake of winging it one too many times when an organized written document would have saved me time, effort and expense.  When I am at my best I find that I am often re-visiting revising such documents for my business because I am continually moving closer to my goals.  When I am at my worst I am unable to carve out the time to extract myself from daily distractions to reflect …

Top 5 Music Business Mistakes of 2010 – #2

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Top 5 Music Business Mistakes of 2010 (#2) #1 – Waiting #2 – Unreasonable Expectations Before I start on another rant about the top mistakes let me point out that I find these mistakes frustrating because I am often guilty of them myself from time to time.  I am especially guilty of #2 – unreasonable expectations. Roughly twice per day I get an email from a musician who tells me that he or she “just wants to get to the next level.” In my head my first response is usually “Oh that’s easy just press Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right A B Select Start.”  (This got you many extra lives on the game Contra for Nintendo)  For better or for worse – there is no special code for the elusive “next level” in the music business. This kind of message is always a bit disheartening as I am pretty sure that when I ask people who send me these messages to clarify their needs they either will not have defined it for themselves or they have just started out promoting their businesses in the last 2-3 months …

Top 5 Music Business Mistakes of 2010 (#1)

Sounds innocuous enough, right? We should be good at waiting given all of the waiting that goes on with the craft of music. Waiting on our fellow notoriously late collaborators, waiting on getting things tracked right in the studio, waiting to load in, waiting on sound check.  There are a million things that we have to hurry up and wait for before we even get to the business side of things.  This is of course not the waiting I am talking about though. The biggest mistake I have seen in the past year (although admittedly it is certainly not unique to 2010) is that people wait on outside help to starting their businesses.  Anyone who has tried to raise money can tell you that it is easier to raise money when you have momentum with a project then when you only have a blueprint and some high hopes.  This is in no way saying that I think people do everything themselves.  DIY in my opinion is a condition of last resort but a condition that almost all of us are stuck with at some point or anoth…