Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Forget the Biz puppet, Ace was born to roll with this 'Bizcapella' version of Jeep Ass Niguh. This was available only on the clear vinyl radio promo and is not easy to come by. Heck, I stole my copy from my college radio station back in the day.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
You ever have those seredipitous moments in your life? Well I've had about 3 in the last month, and they're all record related. First, Ike Turner passed this week, about 1 month to the day after I made this post. Then the big man Cosmo Baker does a Pete Rock and a Diamond D tribute mixes right as I'm recording these two tracks: Pete's remix of "Slow Down", and Diamond's remix of "Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down". Get on MY level.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I'm a terrible eavesdropper. My girlfriend hates it cause we'll be at dinner and I'll be paying attention to the next table and not to her. But I can't help it - there's too many dumbasses and douchebags having idiotic conversations to NOT eavesdrop. Having lived in LA for 9 years, and now NYC for 7, I find the whole LA/NY competition really hilarious. I've found that most NYCers that say they hate LA have spent very little time there, and base it solely on the fact that Hollywood is there. Case in point: tonite some Becky was blabbing about "I hate LA. I hate the traffic, the fake girls, I just hate everything it stands for. I liked San Diego though." Hilarious. Like there are less folks with plastic surgery in NY, and her whole San Diego experience was celebrating New Years in the hotel bar with her parents. If she really likes hippy surfer towns better, what the hell is she doing in NY? Guess what folks? NY is filled with just as much bullshit as LA, it just smells different, and has more Europeans.
Enough bitching for one nite - work it!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Reunited with my boy MoRTaL for my monthly nite in Park Slope. Come check it...
In the meantime, here is a mix I finally finished that is going on 5 months old. (A testament to how lazy I am.) This is actually a refined version of the set I played at the Blow Your Horn party back in July. It's a (mostly) 90's hip hop set. Enjoy.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Ahhh, the gravelly voiced flavor of 9 Double M aka Nine. This dude was hot for a minute first popping up on Six Million Ways To Die with Funkmaster Flex, then blew up solo with "Whutcha Want". Me and my boys loved the b-side to his second single - "The Cypha". And I've also thrown in the harder to find Portishead remix of his first hit.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I'm gonna let you in on a little secret: I <3 DEVO. Truly one of the greatest American bands ever. These guys were really ahead of their time in my book. The progenitors of the domestic art-punk aesthetic, making their own instruments, scathing social commentary that went over a lot of people's heads, and some of the best damn videos/movies before MTV clogged the airwaves with screaming tweens shouting out their homies in the 'burbs.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Damn, what can I say about this? This song was HUUUUGE in LA at the time when it came out. This was the original line up of the The Gold State Project (Ahmad was later replaced by Xzibit after he got born again and left his major label deal) which was originally being called The Golden State Warriors. Everyone was buzzing about this with good reason. Bangin production and bad ass rhymes from 3 of the West Coast's most original rappers at the time. Thank god I was still doing college radio, cause there was no commercial 12" release for this track.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Most people think of "It's Just Begun" when they think of The Jimmy Castor Bunch. Which is understandable since it was his biggest hit and is a b-boy staple around the world. He is also mad nice about folks using it too (my dance company uses this song in our show, and the director was able to reach him directly through his website to get complete hassel-free permission), so that probably also leads to it's ubiquitousness. But here is my personal fave, an ode to a fat-bottomed girl who loves to dance.
Monday, November 19, 2007
A personal fave of mine that not too many people are hip too. In fact, I think everyone I know that knows about this heard about it from me. So there. Andre Previn goes to town on the original Rollerball soundtrack - which, by the way, sons the remake by a mile.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Hot on the heels of Self Destruction came The West Coast Rap All Stars with this number. It came up on my iPod today and it brought back so many memories. This was such a big West Coast song with so many big names on it: Digital Underground, NWA, Ice-T, Tone Loc, MC Hammer(!). So major. The crazy thing about this record, is that about half the rappers were gangster rappers. Gangster rappers rapping about stopping gang violence. Think about that for a second, and then think about what kind of crap is on the radio these days.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The only thing this guy beat better than Tina was the drums. He shoulda stuck to that. What's even more effed up is that when Tina did try to leave him and go on her own, no one would book her for shows, so she kinda had to go back to him with her tail between her legs. How's that for a mindfuck? Here's a little disco stomper from an Ike album 'featuring' Tina from 1980. It's banging.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Come on out as this is the official warm up party to Friday night's throwdown. Devilish and I will be working our super soul magic, Thursday, November 8th.
Don't pay attention to the "3rd Thursdays". We've moved to 2nd Thursdays and I've been too lazy to update the flier.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
So my boy Chuck and I have been motivating each other to record our vinyl in preparations to sell it on ebay, and I came across this little gem in his collection. Dr. York was a crazy dude: Islamic cult leader sentenced to 135 years after molesting 14 children whose parents were in his cults. Dude made a mean disco track though.
Monday, October 29, 2007
This is Part 2 of the Star Wars mix that I posted below. For the haunted house, I knew that 74 minutes of non-stop Star Wars music would be overkill, and since I had a nice collection of horror/sci-fi movie soundtracks, why not use those to the fullest? So here is a mix of classic horror and bad-guy themes
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
So I was browsing the One Day Later blog because the dude U-Tern has crazy selection and does great remixes when I noticed he posted a personal favorite of mine. Which is great because it saves me the trouble of going back and recording the dub version from the vinyl which I can't find right now. Anyways, he inspired me to share this equally great treat from the same producer under an alias. Enjoy E.V.I.A.N. And The Atlantis Posse
Monday, September 24, 2007
In honor of the Family Guy Star Wars episode, I dug up this little treat: an all Star Wars soundtrack mix I made for Halloween 1999. My buddy Zach and I participated in a haunted house, and we dorked out and did a Sith room. He was Darth Maul and I was Darth Vader. We had a cardboard Han Solo frozen in carbonite, and this soundtrack playing on repeat. It was awesome.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
So my girl and I were sacking out this Saturday eve, and we happened across NYCTV's program The Bridge doing a show about Whodini being inducted to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. They were showing footage of them performing at the The Fresh Fest tour and we decided that they were totally badass. You had Ecstasy strutting around in short shorts and a leather Zoro hat, Jalil wearing pink feathers in his hair with a matching skinny belt on his leather pants, and Grandmaster Dee - the original green eyed bandit - rocking the tables. Oh, and Dr. Ice and the Kangol Kid from UTFO were their backup dancers. Perfect.
So in honor of their induction, here's this little Thomas Dolby (yes, that Thomas Dolby) produced ditty.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Big shouts to Seattle for having out Decadance Theatre for the annual Bumbershoot Festival. We had a blast.
For those that don't know, Bumbershoot is a weekend long music and arts festival right in the heart of Seattle underneath the Space Needle. It's like a huge fairground with about 5 or 6 outdoor stages, a performing arts complex, food court, carnival rides, arena and vendors. Highlights included Lyrics Born playing with a live band, Lupe Fiasco's amazing stage presence, and 10,000 some odd fans putting up their lighters for ODB during the Wu-Tang Clan show. (yep, they all showed)
Saturday, August 11, 2007
OK, last time I was really irate because I was all hot and sh!t, but now I got an A/C thanks to my coworker, and things are back to normal again. So, just because, I'm uploading a song off of one of the first records (outside of my kiddie storybook records) that I ever owned. This one has special significance because my older brother gave it to me as a gift, and I never realized how awesome (and raer!) it really was until years later. So enjoy the theme from Shaft In Africa:
Shut Yo Mouf!
Shut Yo Mouf!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
You know what? Moving sucks. Especially when you got a sh!t-ton of records like me. And when you have to do it in the muggy NY summertime. On top of it all, they got the windows in my place boarded up cause someone cut a hole in the backyard fence. Seriously people, what...the...f*ck! Why wouldn't you just patch the hole in the fence instead of relegating yourself to live in a sweatbox? And to top it all off, the boyfriend of my floormate put the damn boards back on after I took them off! Bitch - you don't even live here and have to suffer in this god forsaken heatwave just so your lady - who has a separate and secure entrance - can have some peace of mind that no one will steal her boom box. I'm all for safety, but not at the expense of MY comfort. People are so f*cking stupid sometimes.
So the last week or so, there has been this amazing thread over at the Low-Bee message board about 'playable soul' - i.e. uptempo funky soul that you can play out at a party. There was soooo much good stuff that I had to share a track that I posted. The group: Manchild. The album: Feel The Phuff. The guitarist: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Yes, that Babyface. He's 3rd from the left on the top row in the above picture. This was, as far as I've been able to find out, his first group and there is very little info on them. Even Discogs has no info on them. But suffice to say, they got S-O-U-L. Check out his guitar work on this diddy:
Monday, July 30, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
All you little sh!tstains that are trying to dress all 80s wearing every color of the rainbow in one outfit really need to take some cues from these dudes: solid colors, people. SOLID. COLORS.*
*Yes I know Herbie is wearing a plaid blazer, but his whole outfit is in a graytone colorway so it doesn't count.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
OK, so for those of you NOT in the NYC area, we have this strange phenomenon of non-KFC KFC houses. Most notorious is the Kennedy Fried Chicken chain, which is usually in neighborhoods so ghetto that the good Colonel won't even set up shop. Well, me and a couple of the other Barjackers were doing some moving this weekend, and Derek spotted a Lincoln Fried Chicken joint. What's with all these presidential fried chicken places? What's next? NIXON fried chicken?
Monday, July 23, 2007
Let's be honest here, most people would probably agree with me that Q-Tip fell the f*ck off after he left Tribe and tried to go all commercial and sh!t. I mean, Vivrant Thing and Breathe And Stop were allright and all, but he was no longer 'The Abstract' in my book.
I was happy a few years back when he tried to make another comeback with the live band action under the Kamal moniker, but that never came out and, as per usual, I think me and my homegirl who turned me on to it were the only 2 people in the world who actually liked it.
Fast forward to 2007: it's 2am and I'm rocking out in 85 degree heat sweating my balls off in my St. Paddy's day boxers with this song on repeat for a half hour. Q-tip is back, son.
Work It Out