Friday, December 24, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I've listened to Lisbon many times over but this tune has got me in a headlock.
The Walkmen have become one of my favorite groups over the years.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
It's been a minute but I've got some very quick and random shots to fire:
First off, Robbie's been outdoing himself with his "searching for the perfect remix" posts. Non-stop bangers from Da Beatminerz, Large Pro, Buckwild, and DJ Premier.
I think Jay-Z cameos are a mixed bag but his verse on Drake's "Light Up" is impressive. He's not saying anything new as usual, but I appreciate this line: "Drake, heres how they gon come at you/ With silly rap feuds/ Trying to distract you/ In disguise in the form of a favor..." The beat is a doozy too.
I didn't think I would like Curren$y (anything coming out of the dirty south doesn't do much for me), but his Pilot Talk album is solid - almost entirely produced by Ski Beatz.
Soul Sides, again, consistently delivers the classiest slices of soul/funk/latin treats. His Summer Songs series is back in fully swing as well. Hands dlown, my favorite site.
Angry and his Q&A with the Golden State Warrior's newly acquired shooting (?) guard, Palo Alto's own, Jeremy Lin.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Band of Horses' Infinite Arms is on heavy rotation right now and "On My Way Back Home" has got me something aweful.
On my way back home, by chance I thought of
All my favorite songs, where I'd gone wrong
The only words that I could think of
I'm pissing my life away in the form of a song
On my way back home
Every step, a victory it was
I was cheating death, just in time I woke
My memories start to wander off
Come to me, the remembrance of
On my way back home
I came in this way and here now I'll stay
If the unknown have to wait one more day
There's often times that it comes out wrong
But luckily I, I got a mind to know
On my way back home
Side note: I'm really taken by their album covers - simple yet quietly exquisite.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
"Rhymes Like Dimes" live.
One of the greatest Doom cuts ever recorded.
I thought I had a mental grip on Doom lyrics but Mos Def must have an exceptional memory for verses.
"After that they couldn't find a villain like Scooby"
Bonus Mos Def Lyrical Memorization Skills -
He reanimates Black Thought's "75 Bars" effortlessly - crazy.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Anyway, the PR continues to stay winning.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
"Above The Clouds" feat. Inspectah Deck - One of the greatest Gang Starr tracks of all time, from The Moment of Truth. Guru again delivers and manages to keep up with INS, who drops quotable after quotable on this. And DJ Premier, what more can I say.
"The ? Remains" - I always loved this for Premier's minimalist approach for the track. But Guru's distinct vocal tone and stream-of-conscious flow give this track a heightened effect.
I could go on but Matthew Africa put together a treat that does the Gang Starr catalog justice.
Oliver Wang's Keith "Guru" Elam LA Times obituary.
DJ Premier speaks on Guru
Peter Rosenberg and Cypha Sounds discuss the validity of Guru's supposed "last official statement" to the masses on Hot 97 (courtesy of Nahright). I've followed some of this story when news broke about Guru's cardiac arrest that ultimately lead to his coma and that Solar dude just comes off as a very sheisty individual.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
In honor of Record Store Day (which was yesterday), I offer up a couple of goodies from one of my favorite soul/funk LPs - Eddy Senay's Step By Step (Sussex, 1972):
Peep his outfit as it befits the sound of this superbly funky album.
Here are two of my favorites:
I'm really going heavy on the flashbacks here. I've been in the process of organizing my records and going through boxes of my old cassette tapes and pulled this jewel out. The Ocean Blue's self titled debut was one of my favorite albums of 1989. Consider how many classics were released that year (my senior year in high school coincidentally) - The Beastie Boy's Paul's Boutique, De La Soul's 3 Feet High & Rising, The Cure's Disintegration, The Red Hot Chili Pepper's Mother's Milk - the list is endless. I'd slide this album into that list.
The Ocean Blue was an album I discovered on the strength of the first single "Between Something and Nothing". The album itself unfolds as a very consistent collection of great songs, well produced with no filler material - a solid listen from beginning to end. I'm not saying this album was revolutionary in any way or was ahead of it's time. Not one song really blows by hair back like that. The songs just carry a kind of endearing quality that still resonates with me whenever I listen to them. That's a mark of great album.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The Psychedelic Furs' "Love My Way", from their 1982 album Forever Now, is another one of those indelible early 80's tunes that I always go back to. Richard Butler's vocals had that languishing, eery British drawl that gave this song an extra dose of melancholy.
They then followed up Forever Now nicely with 1984's Mirror Moves which boasts "Heaven", "Heartbeat", and "Ghost In You". There were so many great modern rock songs from that era and "Ghost In You" stays amazing. Again, Richard Butler's distinct vocals really carry this tune - classic material here.
All of the Furs best hits are packaged nicely in 1988's compilation "All Of This And Nothing".
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
15 years strong for an independent Hip-Hop record label is remarkable. Just hearing Buckshot run down the list of artists set to drop projects on Duck Down Records is something to get excited about.
A Smif'n'Wessun album produced entirely by Pete Rock? I'm speechless man.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
This is a perfect album. New Order's Substance 1987 never leaves my playlist because there just isn't a bad song on this compilation. The album is a collection of 12" inch versions of the band's singles and B-sides. I believe "True Faith" was the only original track that was recorded for this release.
Substance basically served as the soundtrack to my early high school years and sits atop the list of my favorite albums of all time. I still own the cassette I first bought, and I own the vinyl and CD versions. Suffice it to say, I really like this album.
If you were to hold a gun to my head to give you my favorite track...
...by way of Joy Division
Today, it's the best song of all time.
Bonus: Radiohead agrees.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
I've been spending some time with Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh. I'm enjoying this one more than it's predecessor which took some time to grow on me. It's clear that Badu took her time to craft a very well produced album.
I'm especially fond of "Fall In Love (Your Funeral)" where she channels B.I.G's "Warning" for the hook. Kareem Riggins on the track.
And the album artwork, like Part 1, is superb.
By now you've probably heard the hoopla regarding her video for "Window Seat". I don't have much of an opinion on it. I just didn't realize that her ass was so massive.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Live From The Basement is a fantastic, intimate Radiohead performance. "The Gloaming" bit by Yorke is wicked. He's got the spirit of an MC. What really differentiates this live version from the original album cut from Hail To The Thief is the bassline and live drums - an infinite improvement from the original.