Monday, January 31, 2011

Michael Rapaport talks to E! about the Tribe Called Quest documentary he directed that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. This is one of the better segments with Rapaport that's been floating around because the presumed fallout between him and Q-Tip isn't the main subject of conversation. There's actually some insight on what we can expect from the movie. Good stuff.

It's not often, in any genre of music, that a group puts out 3 consecutive near perfect albums. A Tribe Called Quest did it with Instinctive Travels..., The Low End Theory, and Midnight Mauraders - that kind of consistency is unheard of these days.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sunday, January 09, 2011

The Walkmen: "Juveniles" live on KEXP

A live performance of another one of my favorite tunes from 2010's Lisbon.

Saturday, January 01, 2011


Favorites of '10 - Old & New


10. I Learned The Hard Way - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
9. The OMD Singles - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
8. Infinite Arms - Band of Horses
7. You Need This Music - Nottz
6. This Is Happening - LCD Soundsystem
5. The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae
4. Brothers - The Black Keys
3. Lisbon - The Walkmen
2. The New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh - Erykah Badu
1. Marcberg - Roc Marciano


"Ain't No Way" - Aretha Franklin
"Round and Round" - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
"On My Way Back Home" - Band of Horses
"You Wanted A Hit" - LCD Soundsystem
"Marcberg" - Roc Marciano
"10 Mile Stereo" - Beach House
"Torch Song" - The Walkmen
"These Days" - The Black Keys
"Don't Mean To Hurt You" - Consequence
"Light Up" - Drake feat. Jay-Z
"Fall In Love (Your Funeral)" - Erykah Badu
"And So It Goes" - Billy Joel
"Neon Valley Street" - Janelle Monae
"Shiny Suit Theory" - Jay Electronica feat. Jay-Z
"Blast That" - Nottz feat. Black Milk
"Love Song" - The Ocean Blue
"Turn It Up" - Sadat X
"Taxi" - Ski Beats feat. Mos Def & Whosane
"It Ain't Necessarily So" - Mary Lou Williams
"Devil In A New Dress" - Kanye West

Of all the songs listed, Badu's "Fall In Love" got heavy, heavy rotation in 2010. Nottz put out a pretty solid effort in 2010 as well. "Blast That" is that crack. But Roc Marciano's Marcberg gets the nod for my favorite album of year, hands down. I say that because Hip Hop is my first love and this album is everything I've been waiting to hear - no other Hip Hop album has delivered like Marcberg for as long as I can remember.