Wednesday, May 30, 2007
01 - Sh.Fe.Mc's (Feat. A Tribe Called Quest)
02 - Stix & Stonz (Feat. Grandmaster Caz, Tito, Whipper Whip LA Sunshine & Superstar)
01 - Brainwashed Follower
02 - Mack Daddy on the Left
03 - Double Huey Skit
04 - The Death of Jeff (Intro from De La Soul Is Dead)
The De La Press Kit.
Pretty cool if you've never seen it. It's from 3 feet high and rising
Monday, May 28, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Alright, busy week. Apologies, apologies. So tonight I’m serving up Ozomatli with a side of Chali 2na garnished with Cut Chemist. Ya llego (I’ve Arrived) was an EP that they sold at their shows in LA before they made it big. A friend of mine sent this to me in 97 and she would not shut up about them. Actually she sent one and it didn’t work (early CDR issues) and got another and sent it. None of this is really relevant besides the fact I was over Ozomatli long before I heard them. But then I heard them. Ozomatli is kind of a contemporary War with no harmonica and a DJ and MC. The first incarnation was with Jurassic 5’s (R.I.P.) own Chali 2na and Cut Chemist. The thing about Ozomatli is they cover funk, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and a multitude of Latin styles (pardon my ignorance but I don’t really know a mambo from a meringue) and they do all of this seamlessly. I saw them in
Pace.01 - Eva
02 - Cut Chemist Suite
03 - Come Ves
04 - Super Bowl Sundae
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
In ‘85 Richard (A.K.A. Ricky D B.K.A. Slick Rick the Ruler) met Douglas and the rest of the Get Fresh Crew and made La-di-da-di and a basically unknown b-side called “The Show.” Maybe you heard it. But our story is not about Rick’s love for hookers, Da Vinci’s work and Native American women, but with the guy who bit his style from Rick.
Dana Dane’s British accent was fake. I know, I know. Who can we trust? A fake accent isn’t really a gimmick that can spans some one’s career (see Madonna.) However, for 3 records (some say only 2 and most say only 1) he was great to listen to. I’m a big fan of stories in rhymes and Cinderfella or Nightmares were certainly goofy but well crafted especially for that time. Dane didn’t do anything groundbreaking but he did a party record really well!
The whole album “Dana Dane With Fame” was produced by that master of the shaker in almost every song Herby “Luv” Bug (seriously, if you heard a “sh sh sh” you knew it was Herb.) It was tongue in cheek fun but he was pretty dope at the time. I made the mistake of trying to rock argyles and nearly got beat up but Dane says fashion is the 5th element of Hip-Hop (yes, even if it’s Ice and fronts.) That’s it for now kiddies.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Website explanation begins (read in low voice with a lot of pauses for proper effect)….
After developing a time machine, Prof. Tanokura finds himself enwrapped in a war ignited by his creation.Missing Pages (amended version) is an award winning 24 minute short movie shot entirely with a digital still camera. The photos, manipulated using a technique lovingly dubbed "fotomation" delivers a unique visual experience.Funded by the J-Pop star Chage of Chage & Aska fame, this short is the result of 14 months of arduous work and experimentation.
Peep the trailer here.
Get it all here.
Peep 7th son here.
Resistance is futile.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
However, in 2002 he released Come Get It I Got It. Now this was a Dope fucking mix. The guy has spared us a lot of time, needles and money and dug up some really good, really obscure, really nastily-riffed records (funk and soul circa the 60’s and 70’s) and spun them together into 26 tracks and 53 minutes of aural delight. 8 of tracks are from his side project, The Free Association. The result is this marriage of dusty grooves and tripped out shit that makes you bug the fuck out. I recommend copious amounts of ganja and a six-pack of Guiness to properly enhance any of the subtle nuances you might miss whilst sober. It starts off with “Sugar Man” by Sixto Rodriguez and continues on through greats like Muddy Waters and The Staple Singers and lesser knowns like The Fascinating Musical Experience and Johnny Jones & The King Casuals. Track 8, "Mama Soul" by Harold Alexander is this ridiculous scat, flute combo that is certified dope. Check it out and then covertly slip it on the next time someone comes over and watch him or her "oo" and "ah" and either give you money, or get naked. I never believed these stories were true until it happened to me.
01 - Intro
02 - Sixto Rodriguez - Sugarman
03 - The Free Association - Effectin
04 - Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford - Nobody
05 - Muddy Waters - Tom Cat
06 – The Johnny Otis Show - Country Girl
07 - Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers - Strange Happenings
08 - Harold Alexander - Mama Soul
09 - The Free Association - Don't Mess Hair
10 - The Free Association - Start Of Something
11 - Ray Bryant - Up Above The Rock
12 - Cyril Neville - Gossip
13 - A Fascinating Musical Experience The Monster
14 - Jujus - Sweet Songs
15 - Betty Adams - Make It Real (Ride On)
16 – The Staple Singers - Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)
17 - The Free Association - This Could Be Your Sister
18 - The Free Association - Salut La Dolce Vita Pt 1
19 - The Free Association - House Music
20 - Johnny Jones And The King Casuals - Purple Haze
21 - The Free Association - Salut La Dolce Vita Pt 2
22 - Valentin Mehler's - Herbstplatte '69
23 - Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra - Stars And Rockets
24 - Andre Perry - Ode A L'affaire
25 - The Free Association - Sounds Phoney
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Second up is a Kid Koala project, Bullfrog. These guys are from Montreal and have a slightly rotating membership. I saw them in 2001 with Blurum13 (now doing groovy goodness with Oneself) and really enjoyed myself. Its funky grooves made by a tight band that certainly isn’t earth shattering but is really fun and good vibey and the songs are simple yet good. Kid Koala comes off as more of a band member than a dude who does a scratch solo in the middle of each song. Aiight, I’m out.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
1990! Check out this list of releases:
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
Brand Nubian - One For All
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Wanted: Dead or Alive
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
Digital Underground - Sex Packets
Eric B. & Rakim - Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em (The Source gave it 5 mics!)
Boogie Down Productions - Edutainment
Grand Daddy I.U. - Smooth Assassin
EPMD - Business as Usual
Poor Righteous Teachers - Holy Intellect
X-Clan - To The East, Blackwards
D-Nice - Call Me D-Nice
And Heavy D makes the poor judgment of hiring a young college student/dancer named Sean Combs as an intern. (Mr. Combs later revealed the fact that he had sold his soul and was on a mission to try and ruin the very thing we all loved so much.)
Which leaves us with the unsung hero of the mighty, mighty Juice crew, (Everyone knew Kane, G. Rap and Biz were classic, even way back then) Master (Masta) Ace. This dude killed The Symphonies. He killed Crooklyn Dodgers. SlaughtaHouse was a much needed mirror on the state of hip hop at that time. Also, and most importantly, he graduated from URI (all my 401 heads reprazent.) Ace’s “Take A Look Around” was one of those records that just kept hitting you track after track. Another Marley masterpiece in production. I just think it was one of those records that gets overlooked a lot and I think, lyrically, he was at the top of his class back then. Enjoy.
01. Music Man
02. I Got Ta
03. Letter To The Better (Remix)
04. Me And The Biz
05. The Other Side Of Town
06. Ace Iz Wild
07. Four Minus Three
08. Can't Stop The Bumrush
09. Movin' On
10. Brooklyn Battles
11. Maybe Next Time
12. Postin' High
13. As I Reminisce
14. Take A Look Around
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Cornelius is a Japanese cat that spends most of his time making music that can’t be pinned down to any specific genre. He played guitar in a Japanese band Flipper’s Guitar which was instrumental (intended pun) in
Now we know.
Anyway, if you haven’t listened to him before, Cornelius is kind of Beck-ish. Only Japanese. A lot of dissonance and a lot of tweaked out samples and a little less radio friendly. Cornelius is definitely an acquired taste but he has moments that are really exceptional. I’m putting up CM which was his remix album of artists that had remixed his album. Now cypher! As with most of his other records there are moments when you are like, “what the fuck…” and there are moments when you are like, “This shit is fucking ill!”(his remix of Money Mark’s “Maybe I’m Dead” falls into the latter.) If you’re feeling brave and a little dangerous, I’d also recommend checking out Point, its well worth the listen.
Second up we have Tenacious D’s "D Fun Pack." For me, the most important part about this was that they included Jesus Ranch (in demo/acoustic form) which was sorely missed from their first record. I feel the same way about Tenacious D as I do about Dane Cook. I think they are both brilliant and I desperately wanted people to hear them. Then they got successful. And then I got tired of them. Now, either I’m too much of a snob (my wife would agree) or they get less hungry (my theory) but either way the magic fades and I end up sitting at home curled in a fetal positionand weep while I reminisce about the good old days when the Zentradi were vanquished by Rick Hunter and the fleets from the SDF-1 and Tenacious D and Dane Cook seemed a lot cooler. (I understand there’s a 20 year gap between the references but it’s more of a feeling I’m trying to convey than a factual and chronologically accurate representation of popular entertainment.)
Finally we have a couple singles from some guy named Josh Davis. First up is a Mo Wax release with him and DJ Krush. I think the Krush track is fine but when I heard him flip “Sunday Bloody Sunday” for the first time I nearly shit my pants. Granted it’s now 10 years old, but back then it was wicked. Anyone who can sample U2 or Metallica and not sound like a total douche bag deserves props.
Second, is his track for Dark Days. It was a cheery little documentary about people living in the charming surroundings of the pitch black underground tunnels of the N.Y.C. subway system. It is a pretty potent film and definitely worth checking out if you can. You can also find out some more info here.
Alright, that’s it for now. I decided to be prolific while it’s the weekend and I’m not working so don’t feel neglected during the week because I’m not sure I’ll have the time I’d like to post. Also don’t forget to call mom tomorrow and tell her that you think she’s bangin’ like a Ron G tape.
01. UNKLE - Ape Shall Never Kill Ape
02. Money Mark - Maybe I'm Dead
03. Buffalo Daughter - Great Five Lakes
04. Coldcut - Atomic Moog 2000
05. The Pastels - Windy Hill
06. The High Llamas - Homespin Rerun
01. Cave Intro
02. Jesus Ranch (Demo)
03. Kyle Quit The Band (Demo)
04. Explosivo (Mocean's Workers Megamix)
02. DJ Krush - Kemuri
01. Dark Days (Main Theme)
02. Dark Days (Spoken For Mix)
Friday, May 11, 2007
Soulwax is headed by David and Stephen Dewaele under the pseudonym of 2 Many DJs. This album contains the first part of a 2001 Christmas Show, aired on BBC Radio 1 and originally played on the Studio Brussel radio show Hang the DJ. You can find there website here.
So that’s the first music post. If y’all dig it I’ll post the original Prodigy presents with The Beatles and Jimi included freed from the copyright purgatory. Or I can just continue on. Either way I’mma keep on keeping on.
P.S. Big up to my man Trav on the lookout tip.
01. Salt 'N' Pepa vs. The Stooges - Push It Like A Dog (Soulwax Remix)
02. Felix Da Housecat - Silver Screen Shower Scene
03. Bobby Orlando - She Has A Way
04. Bobby Orlando - I'm So Hot For You
05. Madonna - Vogue (A cappella)
06. Daft Punk - Aerodynamite
07. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Anthology 2 version)
08. 808 State - Flow Coma (AFX Remix)
09. Lio - Amour Solitaire
10. Missy Elliot - Lick Shots
11. Elastica - Connection
12. Basement Jaxx vs. The Clash - Magnificent Romeo (Soulwax Remix)
13. Thee Jamie Starr Scenario - Welcome 2 Thee Lite
14. The Jacksons - State Of Shock
15. World's Famous DJ Team - Radio Promo
16. The Beach Boys - God Only Knows (A cappella)
17. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
18. Carlos Morgan - Shake Your Body
19. Nasty Habits - Shadow Boxing
20. The B-52's vs. Natural Born Chillers - Rock The Funky Beat
21. Alphawezen - Into The Stars (Firebirds Remix)
22. David Bowie - Modern Love
23. Kenny Loggins - Footloose
24. Hairy Diamond - Givin' Up
25. Freelance Hellraiser - Stroke Of Genius
26. Kosheen - Hide U (A cappella)
27. Nas - Hate Me Now (Instrumental)
28. T99 - Anasthasia
29. Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
30. Janis Ian - Fly Too High
31. Spice Girls - Wannabe
32. Girls On Top - We Don't Give A Damn About Our Friends
33. The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotized
34. DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat (DJ LBR Remix)
35. Breakestra - Cramp Your Style
36. Hanayo with Jürgen Paape - Joe Le Taxi
37. Klein & M.B.O - Dirty Talk
38. New Order - Blue Monday / The Beach
39. Basement Jaxx - Just 1 Kiss (A cappella)
40. The Chemical Brothers - It Began In Afrika
41. The Disco Boys featuring RB - Born To Be Alive (Felix Da Housecat Remix)
42. Bentley Rhythm Ace - How'd I Do Dat (Chicken Lips Remix)
43. The Microbop Ensemble - Groove Baby
44. Dom.I.No - Up The Par (with The Beatles - Lady Madonna)
45. Nirvana vs. Destiny's Child - Smells Like Booty (Soulwax Remix)
46. Dukbreakz - Dubbreaks
47. Darkus - The Wisemen Speech
48. Lazy Dogz - I Don't Care
49. Ladytron - Playgirl (Soulwax Remix)
50. Paul Simon - Late In The Evening