Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
By Bertrand Russell:
"Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:"
1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent that in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness."
Boogie Down Productions: "You Must Learn"
KRS One: "Higher Level"
Friday, December 21, 2007
SILVER. Common: Finding Forever - I've come to expect great albums from Common. He simply knows how to put a well rounded album together and get the most from his producers. Kanye's best work seems to go Com's way. "Start The Show" was a huge surprise in that I knew Kanye could put together some diverse sounds but this track blows me away. I think Com could do better on the lyrical side of things, but this Kanye production just bangs. The only track on Finding Forever that I have a problem with is "I Want You", a Will.I.Am production no less. Should've titled that one "Skip"... Otherwise, it's the best Hip-Hop record of 2007.
BRONZE. Various: Electric Soul: Twinight's Lunar Rotation Compilation - It's 40 songs deep and they're all quality soul cuts. Most of the artists I've never heard of. There are a lot of soul comps floating around out there but this is the most solid I've heard. "Yesterday's Mistakes" by Jimmy Jones and "To Love Somebody" by The Kaldirons are just two of the more esquisite soul tracks from this compilation. The fact that this comp has 40 tracks with each song as good as the next is an accomplishment to say the least. Solid from beginning to end.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
2. "Start The Show" - Common
3. "Reckoner" - Radiohead
4. "Keep The Car Running" - Arcade Fire
5. "No Ones Gonna Love You" - Band Of Horses
6. "Teenage Love Affair" - Alicia Keys
7. "Pedigree" - Brother Ali
8. "All I Know" - DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. CL Smooth
9. "Flashing Lights" - Kanye West
10. "Someone Great" - LCD Soundsystem
11. "The Limit To Your Love" - Feist
12. "Success" - Jay-Z feat. Nas
13. "Going To Acapulco" - Jim James & Calexico
14. "Sailing Away" - Anthony Hamilton
15. "In The Mood" - Talib Kweli feat. Kanye West
16. "Gilla House Check" - Redman
17. "I'm Not Gonna Teach You..." - Black Kids
18. "Paper Planes" - M.I.A
19. "Rec-Room Therapy" - Ghosface feat. Raekwon & U-God
20. "Now That I'm Free" - Outlines feat. RZA
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
My favorite list thus far comes from Junichi over at Poplicks. His "Best Quotes Of 2007" is hysterical! Here is a snippet of some of my favorites from his exhaustive list:
"Did you see Britney Spears at the Video Music Awards? I don't want to say that that performance was a disaster, but after the show, I saw Rudy Giuliani having his picture taken standing on her."-Bill Maher
"Go, Raiders."- Robert Comer's last words before being executed in Arizona
"Yeah, well maybe next time, you will estimate me."- Michael, to Jan, who said she underestimated him, on The Office
"People use music as a utensil to better themselves."- Jessica Simpson
Read his complete list here.
Oh yeah, and he just posted his "Best Songs Of 2007". All 100 of them.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
In the meantime, "The Hardest" featuring Styles P, produced by the Large Professor, is the heat for your cold winter. It's unclear as to who's track it actually is as it's also on Styles' new album Super Gangster. I don't blame them for keeping the track for their own respective albums. The Large Pro hasn't produced anything memorable in a long time but this track is superb and he's even got a cameo in this exclusive OnSmash presentation.
AZ feat. Styles P/Styles P feat. AZ - "The Hardest"
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
5 Albums you need (in no particular order):
Delegation, The Promise Of Love (Shady Brook Records, 1976):
If you're unfamiliar with this group, there's really no reason to get familiar. The short of it is that Delegation was an R&B group of three members from the UK that released The Promise Of Love in 1976. I only mention this album because it boasts the ultra-soulful "Oh Honey", one of my all-time soul classics. There's a 6-minute 12" version floating around out there that I absolutely need but for now, marinate.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I agree. STOP WITH THE CHRIS MARTIN COLLABOS! Two is two too many. "Beach Chair" and "Homecoming" are terrible. I doubt that featuring Coldplay's lead on a Hip Hop track will get their fans to buy your albums.
Oh Word! is giving away Lord Finesse's whole production catalog, practically.
Merry early X-mas.
Yes, Yes Y'all!
...And one of my favorite songs at the moment from Radiohead's In Rainbows.
Friday, November 23, 2007
The album is pretty run-of-the-mill production-wise with a couple of gems sprinkled in between. By now you've probably had your fill of the circumstances surrounding the idea for Jay-Z's American Gangster. The hype machine has been in full gear before and after the release of both the movie and album of the same name.
1. Jay-Z really embellishes on his hustler days. Saying he was inspired by some scenes in Ridley Scott's film that took him back to his hustling days, invoking those "raw emotions", sounds a little trite to me. After all, he was a small time drug dealer. It's not like he was even on the same level as Frank Lucas who upped his self worth to the hundreds of millions (in the 70's!) through a heroin dealing empire.
2. His tastes for beats is beginning to dwindle save a couple of exceptional moments like these:
"Roc Boys" - Produced by Diddy's Hitmen. Amazing interpolation of these horns. And the video is as gully as it gets...And the live horns just makes this cut exponentially ridiculous...
"Success" feat. Nas - Produced by No I.D. Now you've got to understand that this is the same producer who worked on the majority of Common's earlier work so No I.D. has got an impeccable catalog. He hasn't produced anything memorable in years, until now. The organ vamps are incredible and the way he chops this up...you've got to wonder why he's not getting more work.
3. Despite his recent shortcomings, he's arguably still one of the best rappers alive still recording. Definitely top 5. He still manages to stay relevant even though he's not really re-inventing himself. The skill he displays, even on the more lackluster production he jumps on, is undeniable. He's got the clever punchlines, the effortless delivery and style, and he's as charasmatic as they get.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Stretch does it again. He unearthed two gems from his tape collection and posted them on his site. Now remember, the cuts were digitized from audio tape so the sound is quite fuzzy, but still gems nonetheless...
O.C.'s "Step Into The O-Zone" demo is O.K. "O-Zone", which is the final Buckwild product, is far superior as it's my all-time favorite O.C. cut (and yes I dig it more than "Times Up").
I'm really disappointed that the Souls Of Mischief demo "Step To My Girl" never made '93 Til Infinity. It's breezy, nostalgic feel with horns is superb. I admit I haven't been up on much of what Heiro is doing these days. Much of their later stuff just hasn't done much for me, but their debut is on my top 10 of all time.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
The following videos lack in overall quality but these videos were once on regular rotation on BET's Rap City (before the dumbing down).
O.G.C.: "Hurricane Starang"
The D&D Allstars: "1,2 Pass It (DJ Premier Remix)"
Channel Live feat. KRS-One: "Mad Izm"
Black Moon: "How Many MC's"
Nas: "The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix)"
Wu-Tang Clan: "Can It Be All So Simple"
Friday, August 17, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson films and Rushmore is the most endearing of his work. Faces' "Ooh La La" comes at the films conclusion and all I can say is that it fits perfectly in every way imaginable.
Faces: "Ooh La La"
I've seen every Quentin Tarrantino flick. He knows how to use music in his films and he chose the perfect artist to score Kill Bill Vol. 1. The RZA plucks an angelic Nancy Sinatra tune for the film's intro and it simply draws you in and doesn't let go.
Nancy Sinatra: "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
You're sitting in movie theatre and someone cues up "Shimmy Shimmy Ya". Right as the introductory piano dabs started to fill the theatre it just occurred to me how perfect the song was for this movie. An ODB track about unprotected sex as the backdrop to the opening credits for this particular movie? Genius.
Ol' Dirty Bastard: "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (I'm not wasting time in providing a download - I know you already own this. And if you don't, "shame on a NUH!")
Monday, August 06, 2007
This is a cool list I extracted from his page. Only a geeked out music nerd would take interest in idle information like this but it's what I do.
Songs In The Key Of Life (Childhood-Adulthood)
Song You Believe Your Parents Conceived You To: Stay In My Corner by The Dells
Song That Best Makes The Soundtrack of Your Childhood Neighborhood Theme: Lovely Day by Bill Withers
Theme Song To Your Closest Sibling: Reminiscing by Little River Band
The First Album You Ever Purchased: Looking Through The Windows by The Jackson 5ive
The First Single You Ever Purchased: "Dance Wit Me" Rufus And Chaka Khan 45
Album Cover That Scared You In Your Childhood: Why Can't We Be Friends by War/Shame On The World by The Main Ingredient
Song That Scared You In Your Childhood: "If There's Hell Below....We're All Gonna Go (Don't Worry)" by Curtis Mayfield
The TV Theme of Your Childhood: Soul Train 74
Favorite Song From Sesame Street: "Take A Bweath.....Take A Bweath....Smell A Smell Sniff A Sniff Take A Bweath"
Favorite Song From Mister Rodgers Neighborhood: "You Are My Friend You Are Special"
Favorite Song From The Electric Company: "My Name Is Fred....They Call Me Fred...."
What Were You Banned From Listening To In Your Childhood: Anything by Prince
Rock Song That Rocked Ghetto/Ghetto Song That Rocked The Suburbs (as a kid): "Let Em In" Paul McCartney and Wings
Song You First Slow Dragged To: "Good Morning Sunshine" by Brick
First Cassette You Got For Your First Walkman: The Fat Boys
Best Cosby Show Theme: Bobby Mcferrin Theme
Favorite Soundtrack Of Youth: Purple Rain was more a reveloution than "soundtrack"---so imma go with Saturday Night Fever
Song That Played When You Got In Trouble And Grounded At Home: Worst ass beating as a kid ironic for me had Michael W. Smith's "More Power To You" on christian radio
Song That Played When You Thought You Was About To Get Some: "Let's Wait Awhile" video was playing when i thought i was gonna seal the deal. DOH!
Song That Played When You Got Some: "Is It A Crime" Sade
The Theme To Your First Break Up In High School: "Sweet Love" by Anita Baker (last and ONLY time a chick will EVER dump me)---this song was playing and i will forever remember this as the theme from HELL
The First Compact Disc You Ever Brought (not Album/Cassette): Vivid by Living Color/Anthology by Sly And The Family Stone
Album That You Stole From A Friend: The World Is A Ghetto by War (every hip hop producer has a story of a girl's father's record collection they pillaged. you MUST hear Chuck D's story of how he got "The Grunt"
Your Favorite Album You Think Your Friend Stole: Fantastic Vol 1--tariq won't admit it but i KNOW he stole that shit.
If Ever In Car Accident....What Song Was Playing?: "Ironic" Alanis Morrisette (SHUTUP MICHELLE!)
5 Songs You'd Put On A Mixtape For A Potential Love One: 1) "Fall" Miles Davis, 2) "Circle Of Amour" Prince, 3)"Before The Dawn" Patrice Rushen, 4)"We Work The Black Seam" Sting, 5)"Easy Goin Evening (My Mama's Call) Stevie Wonder
Song To Best Describe Your Best Relationship: "6.4=Makeout" by Gary Wilson
Song To Best Describe Your Worst Breakup: "Just To Keep You Satisfied" Marvin Gaye
First Concert You Ever Went To: Besides My Dad? The Jacksons
Magical Concert You Ever Went To: Prince Calling Me From The Audience To Play Drums.
Worst Concert You Ever Went To: Masta Ace at the Troc in 92. His shit was dope. it was the fights that sucked.
Coolest Celeb Ever Met: 3 way tie: Annabella Sciorra is more Bgirl than anyone i know, Flea is the coolest ever, Cyndi Lauper is incredible
Assholish Celeb You Ever Met: Chuck Berry. "I Ain't Signing No Gotdamn Autograph
Godlike Celeb You Ever Met: Prince
The US Weekly "Oh They Just Like Me!" Celeb You Ever Met: Samual L Jackson
Song So Hype You'd Run Your Moms Over With A Trash Truck Going 100 mph: "Welcome To The Terrordome" by Public Enemy
Song That Has The Ability To Make You Cry: "Trying People" by De La Soul
The One Song That Has The Ability To Make You A Kid Again: "Sentimental Lady" by Bob Welch
Song You Are Ashamed To Admit You Love: "I Wish" by Skee Lo
Song/Album That You Have To Gunpoint Others To: Anything by Mars Volta
If You Were To Marry Now What Song Would Be Your Wedding Song?: "Cleo's Apartment" by Marvin Gaye
What Song Best Describes Your Children/Future Children?: "Dat Dere" by Oscar Brown Jr.
Who Killed Music?: Clive Davis
Who Keeps Music Alive For You?: James "J Dilla" Yancey
Song Playing Right Now: "Cool" by The Time
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Seeing this really pains me. Don't get me wrong, the interview is very informative and I've wondered off and on what kind of progress she's been making, musically. At one point I was convinced that she was going to be the Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday of my generation. She's got that much talent and potential, not that I even know what "talent" and "potential" is. What I do know is that she's got something very unique. But during these past few years of self-imposed reclusivity and sporadic re-emergences, Lauryn Hill has been slowly disintegrating and becoming marginalized and irrelevant, all through her own doing (or undoing).
I don't care about a Fugees reunion. She doesn't need a reunion. No one even gives a fuck whether or not Wyclef or Pras are even on an album with her. Everyone wants to hear Lauryn. The Fugees didn't sell millions because of Wyclef & Pras. They were really just oversized, ornamental hype-men for the group. The success of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was not a fluke. Wyclef's Carnival was good but wasn't nearly as successful, and that was not fluke either. Ask anyone why they bought The Score and I doubt you'll get any response other than Lauryn Hill.
My advice: Just ease your clamp on the Bible and simply start to "make meaningful music".
The video interview should have never been allowed. Homey The Clown, not a good look.
Listen to these and tell me she's not the whole package (Erase the visual from the above interview from your consciousness).
"The Sweetest Thing" (It's my favorite of anything she's ever done. The sweetest thing, indeed.)
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
"Rhymes & Ammo" feat. Talib Kweli - from Phrenology
"The Mic" feat. Dave Chappelle, Skills & Truck North - from The Tipping Point
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
...And it looks like ODB's presence is sorely missed.
...And Ghostface came through and laid down three tracks.
Finding Forever is better than Be but not his strongest work by any stretch. Pretty much all three tracks I heard prior to the album's release ("The People", "The Game" and "Drivin' Me Wild") were fantastic. I put this in today and couldn't get past "Start The Show". I had it on repeat and couldn't get enough. It's the best track on the album because it's got the whole package. Common slinging verbal fire over the best track Kanye has put together in a while. It's that good. My favorite track hands down.
The rest of the album is fine although I probably won't listen to the Will.I.Am produced "I Want You" again. It's the only song on Finding Forever I don't like. All in all, good work Com (& Kanye).
I would give you a track or two but just go buy the album.
As for Camp Lo's Black Hollywood, a little disappointing. I was expecting more, production-wise, from Ski. "Sweet Claudine" and "Black Hollywood" are effective even in complacency. They're pretty much the standout tracks on this album. I really picked up the album to see what Ski had to offer. Nothing mind blowing here, just serviceable beats that kind of meander along. Now if only I was a fan of Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba, maybe it could've been a more of a pleasant listening experience. I don't know, not many quotables worth noting. Maybe you can get something more informative from him.
Monday, July 30, 2007
I was never really a Niners fan but Bill Walsh was a class act. R.I.P. (BTW, whoever coined the term "west coast offense" should be shot in the knee caps. What does it even mean anyway? Walsh himself didn't even like the term and refused to utter it.)
I don't know how or where Just Blaze finds time to blog but he's my blogroll hero right now. The Megatron Don is priceless.
Speaking of Just Blaze, the new Saigon? Most anticipated. Not sure if this is going to be the lead single from The Greatest Story Never Told but it's crazy raucous and should be. I don't know. I have a feeling the lead single's gonna have an R&B hook with bells and whistles. Don't rain on my parade like that.
Saigon: "Don't You Baby"
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
I'm sure Jay-Z has some fine tracks floating around out there. You have to figure that with the incredible talent that he has coupled with the efficiency of an assembly line, he must have recorded an astronomical amount of material during his long career - some terrible, some good. I found something good, really good.
Ski, who was instrumental in ushering in J-Hova's flow to the masses through the bulk of the tracks he produced for Jay-Z's debut Reasonable Doubt, has been relatively quiet throughout the years. Other than his work and affiliation with Harlem's Camp Lo, he's mostly known for lending his production savvy to the early, slim Roc-A-Fella roster.
Well he hasn't been docile by any means.
Ski just happens to have a mixtape for free download on his Myspace page in case you slept. It's got some nice treats on it too. The Jean Grae track is addictive with that melancholy piano loop Ski cooked up. The absolute ringer on this though is a lost Jay-Z track. It's perfect. From what I can tell from Jay's outtro it was probably meant to be a primer for his underwhelming Blueprint 2.0. I can't believe this is the first time I've heard it. It's short but the effect is undeniable. He basically lays out his naysayers over Ski's groovy 2+ minute conconction- "I hear the people talk/ Whistlin' when you walk..."
Jay-Z: "People Talking"
Monday, July 16, 2007
There are some songs that just take you there. LCD Soundsystem's current single is one of those songs. It's almost like a throwback to the 80's modern rock summer anthems. You know, the kinds of songs that transport you to a particular time and place and stirs that dormant sentimentality of yours.
"All My Friends"
Friday, July 13, 2007
"It's gonna happen. It's gonna happen because it's inevitable - it has to happen," RZA says. "[But] if it's not coming this year, it ain't comin' at all. That's my opinion. If it doesn't come this year, it don't mean nothin' no more."
The GZA & Inspectah Deck: "Yes Yes Y'all/Let Me At 'Em"
Method Man: "Mr. Mef"
Friday, June 29, 2007
Lee Fields: "Problems"
Lee Fields: "Honey Dove"
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
"It's too perverted, you heard it, so now you get murdered
Test the sound system, it throws off your equilibrium
Deep concentration can't fracture the meditation
Competition is flipped on at random
Deviant monks attack the mic is mental pandemonium
And then some, you go for your hand gun
Psychokinetic forces proceed to smash in your cerebellum
Phonetian with more stamina than a Christian
My mind, C3 H5 N3 O9 like Nitroglycerine
I bust as Afu Ra crush
Clash with us and meet Cerebus"
Monday, June 11, 2007
The J. Geils Band's Freeze Frame (1981) will always hold a special place on my imaginary favorite rock albums list. It's not one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded but it had some memorable songs on it. Although the title track was probably a bigger hit, "Centerfold" will forever be an all time summer classic. I was only 10 when this song dropped and I remember it fondly only because I wasn't suppose be listening to it. I don't even remember how I got my hands on the cassette tape. Seriously, what kind of soulless robot can deny this fuckin' song? Good times, good times...
The J. Geils Band: "Centerfold"
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Whenever I hear J-Live, I have to check myself for always forgetting to include him in my mental list of upper-eschelon MC's.
I first heard "The Lyricist" on Ritchy Pitch's Live At Home EP (2002). The production isn't mind blowing by any means but catchy nonetheless. I feel like I should go on and on about J-Live's lyrical virtuosity on this track but all I can really say is that his flow is flawless. Style, content, delivery...it's all there.
Then there's "The Epilogue", the closing track from his excellent 2001 debut The Best Part. The solemn, echoeing guitar loop is nice but, again, J-Live shines all the way through.
"When it's all said and done it should be heard and seen
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
(A McCrank's Juke collabo.)
Trashcan Sinatras - Live at The Casbah in San Diego May 14, 2005
I prefer live music, the kind you can't find in Sam Goody or any other large retail chain. This post showcases another rare music performance from the Trashcan Sinatras, a favorite of mine from back in the early nineties (Obscurity Knocks is one of their better tracks). I blame a college roommate, who sold me on these guys. It goes to show you that the record industry and labels are screwed-up for not promoting and selling live material, including bootlegs. Download the soundboard recording and take a listen... (Disc 1 / Disc 2)
Monday, May 21, 2007
It's seldom you find exceptional remixes these days. If you're diligent and have enough patience and luck, you'll stumble upon jewels like these:
Eric B. & Rakim: "Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em (Beirut Remix)"
You can check out his work here. I don't know much about him other than the fact that he's got a Myspace page. The remixes I've heard aren't bad and you can probably still download a bunch from his page. The above remix is perfect. Rakim never sounded better.
Snoop Dogg: "Signs (Siik Remix)"
Personally, I think it's better than the original. I never really liked Pharrell's track for this anyway. Siik is adept at transforming some of your favorites into something very worthwhile:
Amerie: "1 Thing (Siik Remix)"
Monday, May 07, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions album was released by Atlantic Records in 1997. It features some studio sessions and a live performance recorded for the British Broadcasting Corporation. The album was packaged as a double CD with disc 1 containing material recorded during three different BBC sessions in 1969 and disc 2 containing a concert performance at the Paris Theatre in London on April 1, 1971 (18 days prior to birth of yours truly, coincidentally).
Disc 2 has got the winners. These Led Zeppelin acoustic performances are magic AND they're played back to back.
"Going To California"
"That's The Way"
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The most reassuring point of the interview is that Ghostface's absence from Wu-Tang's next album 8 Diagrams is unlikely. We'll have to see about that.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
"...self appointed judge with power vested,
to hand down sentences from bus stop benches.
He's relentless with his it's just in his spirit
You don't want to read about it fool,
You want to feel it!"
-Brother Ali: "Pedigree"
"...move, pop, shake, drop, go, dumb, get drunk..."
-Prodigy: "Raining Guns and Shanks"
"...it's because of me she's walkin' crooked and her throat hurts"
-Big L: "Who You Slidin' Wit?"
Monday, April 09, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Cannibal Ox: "Vein" (The Cold Vein - Def Jux, 2001)
El-P: "Deep Space 9mm" (Fantastic Damage - Def Jux, 2002)
Monday, March 26, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Speaking of interviews, J. Sands of the Lone Catalysts continues to stay on the grind. (Coincidentally, he dropped a freebie Dilla tribute album Mrs. Sands: A Love Story on the internet this year. 10 songs deep. J. Sands freaking it over Dilla's work = Ill.)
O-Dub chimes in on the Amy Winehouse phenomenon. Interesting stuff.
Yes, yes, yes...Red Gone Wild drops on March 27. I've read a few Redman interviews the last couple of months but this one's got all the nooks and crannies...
Monday, March 19, 2007
"Sunny" is self-explanatory. If this tune doesn't make you feel good, you probably can't feel at all.
The 3 Sounds: "Sunny" (Live At The Lighthouse - Blue Note, 1967)
*By 1967, Bill Dowdy had left the trio and was replaced by Donald Bailey who played with the group throughout the Lighthouse performances.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Listening to this on Sunday, the day they filled the brackets for the NCAAs. Syracuse got their bubble popped, but it really doesn't even seem to matter. Davis and Coltrane breezing lazy, waxing Blackbird and Walking. Creeping into summer, these songs on the box remind me of 15th street, riding bikes, and warm beerfest. Are you feeling it?
Miles Davis and John Coltrane - Live in New York
01. Bye, Bye, Blackbird
03. It Never Entered My Mind
06. So What
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
This is one of those songs that, whenever I play it, I just want to crawl inside and become immersed in it's coolness. 2 minutes in and I feel as if I'm holding sway above the flux.
The Third Cup isn't as spectacular as The Next 100 Years which was recorded a year later. As a matter of fact, the latter is a complete contrast in style. But the title cut on Fisher's debut is a beautiful thing.
Eddie Fisher: "The Third Cup" (The Third Cup - Cadet, 1969)
Friday, March 02, 2007
Ol' Dirty Bastard - Free To Be Dirty: Live 2005
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Traffic was thick this evening and I was once again saved by the random shuffle of my Itunes. These two came back to back as my exhausted, cluttered and convoluted mind was beginning to unravel. Therapeudic, indeed.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: "The Lee Shore"
Grant Green: "Cease The Bombing"
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
"Oh No Not My Baby" is an uptempo groover. I'm digging all the elements here - the drum kicks are serious, the string arrangements, the rhythmic guitar strums, the horn jabs and Aretha's urging vocals and interplay with her background singers. A killer production all around.
The thing that strikes me the most about "Crazy He Calls Me" is the cozy intimacy of Aretha's performance. She sustains it from beginning to end. When she proclaims "I say I'll move the mountains, and I'll move the mountains, if he wants them out of the way", I'm certain she will.
"Oh No Not My Baby" (Spirit In The Dark, 1970)
"Crazy He Calls Me" (Aretha Franklin: Soul '69, 1969)
Monday, February 19, 2007
Word is Redman's Red Gone Wild will finally see a release date of March 27, 2007. That's right, this fuckin' year! Although I wouldn't necessarily put my pink slip on it (after all, this is Hip-Hop and he is still on Def Jam), I'm almost sure enough to hold my breath. While I'm not sure why this album has been pushed back for so long (remember, Malpractice dropped in 2001), it's been way too long between official releases and it's about time his elastic flows finally get a push into the radio airwaves. He hasn't remained idle as dedicated fans probably have his various Gilla House Mixtapes, including his latest pre-Red Gone Wild installment Live From The Bricks.
Truth be told, I can't wait.
I don't feel it necessary to break down his lyrical virtuosity and effortless delivery. I'm not even sure he has a technique that he's even aware of because his stream of words and syllables seem to take on a life of their own. His own description is best, "My words prac-tic-ly geronimo! off the disc!!".
Let it marinate. I guarantee you'll enjoy every unrestrained flurry...
"The Saga Continues" (J-Zone Remix)
"Lick A Shot"