Kendrick Lamar ft. Busta Rhymes - Rigamortus (remix)
prodigious skills on display. the festive trumpet loop gives way to two rappers who are keen on demonstrating a variety of flows, from lamar’s tightrope-balancing syncopated run early on, to busta’s laughably dextrous verse to close the track out. although he’s recently been utilized in a “this track calls for a frantically aggressive rap verse, anyone have busta rhymes’ number?” kind of way, time has shown busta as being capable of delivering via whatever style the track calls for, similar to the flexibility biggie flaunted on his rapid-fire spit for ‘notorious thugs.’ the high-stepping, propulsive production in this remix is a perfect backdrop for these two elite mc’s, both of whom sound absolutely intent on tackling the challenge of staying one step ahead of the equally eager beat.
if you think you could get into these guys, i highly recommend this compilation put together on the always-exceptional parisdj’s site, which features some of their best tracks alongside a few other related projects. they were a hip-hop group on rawkus records, from colorado springs, co. who broke up in 2008 after one of their key members, mr. j medeiros, left the procussions to pursue a life in social activism. this track is from the first of their two albums, both of which featured consistently solid tracks; insightful lyrics on top of stimulating and generally uptempo beats with a pervasive jazz influence.
me playing around with some chords on my alesis micron. one long take, recorded by my computer’s external speakers…definitely need a midi cable soon. just recorded this a few minutes ago, i’ll probably listen to it later on tonight and see if i feel like adding some other parts. i spent something like a few hours on music last night before i passed out, but i hardly remember it. that’s why my first release, which i guess will be me compiling whichever of the tracks i’ve made that seem most complete, will be called go to sleep already. a bunch of the music i’ve made is on my soundcloud page, though there’s surely at least twice that on my hard drive.
i named this one some ‘cheeeeese and shiggerettes' for no particular reason and all. though i did have a bunch of cheese yesterday.
so much love for this album. it’s one of my favorite collections of beats ever, from the brilliant mind of a legendary producer, pete rock. anything from petestrumentals is pretty much an auto-reblog on my site.
the only time i was ever in a band, other than wind ensembles throughout school with woodwinds/brass/concert percussion/a conductor, etc., it was with these guys, my junior and senior year at florida state. i’ve been going through the cd’s in my car recently and found feathers of aluminum in there and decided to relive some memories. yo soybean is the project of nicholas mallis, who now lives in athens, GA and performs with as many as five other musicians now, mostly in the southeast. the music could be loosely described as ‘alternative folk,’ i suppose. he and i had an english class together and decided to play music together after sitting in the corner and discussing what else we did in our free time other than read herman melville, toni morrison, janet fitch, and ernest hemingway.
this song is his true story about a relative who died at birth; the four miles is the distance between her house and the hospital. a bit of a bummer for sure, but an interesting story. i played the clarinet and trumpet parts on this, threw in some background vocal harmonies, and arranged the horn parts for myself and my friend pat geren, who drove to alpharetta from the other side of georgia for the recording session in 2009. (he’s a friend of mine from drum corps in ‘06 and ‘07, here’s a video of a solo of his from 2010 just for the fuck of it.) anyway, if you’re in the area, i definitely recommend checking out yo soybean live sometime, and be sure to say hello for me. i’ll get another track or two up here sometime soon….a bit surprised i haven’t posted anything from that little era of my life on here before.
but jazzfest in new orleans is featuring an incredibly tempting lineup this year. i’ve been interested in going for more than five years now, since the jazz kids at fsu would make the five-hour drive pilgrimage west to nola for the weekend. tickets are apparently only around $50 bucks? i think i’ll either go to this or make it over to memphis in may for the relatively similar beale street festival. don’t think i know of anyone yet going to either.
whoa. i don’t have much time to write about this before going off to work, but it’s a fucking sweet version of an already fucking sweet boards of canada song, remixed….by boards of canada? or maybe it’s just an earlier/alternate version or something. there’s a few variations on ‘aquarius' out there that i like a lot. anyway, when i get home, i'm going to listen to this 15 times.
…pretty much the only act from coachella with a set on the livestream that i really wanted to see and wound up missing. but hey, cool. they’re on now, on channel 2. fela kuti’s youngest son (same birthday as me but four years earlier) playing with fela’s old band. amazing. it’s basically like sly & robbie, or the wailers, or the legendary jb’s, but of african music. sleep, you could’ve been cool, but now you’re just an increasingly distant afterthought. oh shit, they’re playing ‘zombie' now. it's ON.
and on channel 1, carrie from portlandia is on stage playing music? i guess she’s in a band? or she has her own band or something? had no idea. but back to seun. his older brother femi, along with his band the positive force, were one of my two favorite shows of bonnaroo ‘09, along with animal collective. i was basically in the front row for him (and then pretty lights after) because mostly everyone else was at phish. score.
update @ 5:17am CST. beats antique are on channel 2 now. great live show, sounds like they’re playing some new tracks to go along with this crazy bellydancing + silks routine that zoe’s putting on, but i can’t take any more virtual music this weekend. seun & co. were awesome though, and it was great seeing the crowd get so into it. last time i saw a human whirlpool like that was during dan deacon @ sxsw.
the hives are on channel 1 now, too. they’re hilarious. wearing top hats and coats with bow ties for the show. my best friend is obsessed with these guys. pelle cracks me up, always, but he looks particularly funny right now and just yelled ‘give me a round of applause! i’m howlin’ pelle almqvist and i came here a thousand million miles away from sweden! give me another round of applause! i’ll give you one too, here!’ class acts as always. the song just ended and he said ‘thank you, and, you’re welcome.’ must. sleep.
this computer generated 2pac at coachella is one of the most amazing uses of technology i’ve ever seen. this is so unprecedented and will absolutely go down in music history. so glad i stayed in tonight. seriously what the FUCK.
snoop just killed that ‘follow me follow me follow me follow me but don’t lose your grip’ part, whoa.
that dre and snoop rendition of ‘ain’t no fun,’ featuring kurupt, warren g, a full backing band (including members of the roots), and a slideshow of nate dogg with the rest of old school death row records, nwa, etc., gave me chills. thanks coachella livestream. exactly how a reunion should be done. though what are they doing playing ‘jump around' right now? this song is corny as shit.
bandcamp album for one probably the best one-man-band i’ve seen since moving to austin (and there are plenty around here). i posted about a recent show of his here, which wound up being a high-quality presentation of his music, expectedly received with much more enthusiasm than his performance at that sxsw interactive party. he really gets everyone involved, and it’s hard to dislike someone putting forth so many musical ideas at once without allowing them to get more out of control than he intends. he also dresses like a gentleman, indubitably.
“In Venezuela Chavez has made the co-ops a top political priority, giving them first refusal on government contracts and offering them economic incentives to trade with one another. By 2006, there were roughly 100,000 co-operatives in the country, employing more than 700,000 workers. Many are pieces of state infrastructure – toll booths, highway maintenance, health clinics – handed over to the communities to run. It’s a reverse of the logic of government outsourcing – rather than auctioning off pieces of the state to large corporations and losing democratic control, the people who use the resources are given the power to manage them, creating, at least in theory, both jobs and more responsive public services. Chavez’s many critics have derided these initiatives as handouts and unfair subsidies, of course. Yet in an era when Halliburton treats the U.S. government as its personal ATM for six years, withdraws upward of $20 billion in Iraq contracts alone, refuses to hire local workers either on the Gulf coast or in Iraq, then expresses its gratitude to U.S. taxpayers by moving its corporate headquarters to Dubai (with all the attendant tax and legal benefits), Chavez’s direct subsidies to regular people look significantly less radical.”—
yet he and castro are absolutely villainized in the US. gaddafi was made out to be an irrational old kook…..the bbc, which is my primary source of information for world news, is 100% biased against him and his anti-colonial policies, disgustingly so. unacceptable, by my personal standards. don’t view things how people instruct you to view them.
found it on youtube and figured i’d share. it’s kind of low quality but i’m still really excited that it’s up. i woke up with one of her songs in my head, after having a conversation with my old roommate in my dream this past night and taking the time to have a conversation with him about her sound and style and why her live set was so amazing yesterday. she hops into the crowd around 38 minutes in. ‘surgeon' a bit before 20 minutes in is so much cooler than i can even explain….the instrumental accompaniment, between the organ's psychedelic wall of sound, punchy syncopated drums, the bass guitar line that even touches on some parliament funkadelic stylings as the band rages, all complimented by annie clark's fuzzy guitar and deliberate vocals that occasionally get all 19th century schoolteacher'y (GET along, get-along. get. along.) ….so clutch. ‘cruel,' another single from her album strange mercy, is 30 minutes in.
i was trying to keep it all scholastic and strictly music-oriented and whatnot, but jesus fucking christ look at her. GET YOUR FACE ON MY BLOG.
i’m a bit torn. considering not watching the whole thing (now that i’ve already definitely started) because i sort of want some of their bonnaroo set to be a surprise. that is, if their setlist and stage show are the same here as it’ll be a few months from now. but for now, you can bet all the shit you have, everywhere, that i’m tuned in. and thom’s hair has got to be personal-record-settingly long right now, if anyone’s keeping track.
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dude i am going to GET THE FUCK DOWN once june rolls around.
currently, bon iver sounds amazing, much more orchestrated and with a much more impressive stage presence than when i saw him at bonnaroo in 2009. later on tonight is SBTRKT and then RADIOHEAD at 1:05 CST. i just watched andrew bird and st. vincent back-to-back before this, OH MY GOD. they should both be household names, astonishingly talented with brilliantly constructed songs and mesmerizing stage shows. st. vincent is WAY more of a badass than i had realized, dragging out a stage dive for several minutes while not missing a single line of her song, and andrew bird is a virtuoso playing with an incredibly capable backup band headed by drummer/multi-instrumentalist martin dosh.
simultaneously watched the black keys, explosions in the sky, and jimmy cliff last night. i was impressed by cliff at sxsw but he was truly on another level at coachella, running around the stage, kicking in the air, and performing in a manner that doesn’t typically befit a 64 year old who’s been performing for just about 50 years. literally more energy than any other performer i’ve seen at the fest. gary clark jr. was great and is seemingly everywhere now. some girl he used to be with when he was in austin more often is going out with my roommate tomorrow night. that was the first thing my roommate told me today. amon tobin and his ISAM show are collectively are the most technologically mind-boggling live show i’ve ever seen……on film. certainly a persuasive argument to make it to bisco ‘12…..oh wait no i’m going to be in fucking israel at the time, damn, pretty wild too. his set going cut off early for some terribly unfortunate reason. but anyway, COACHELLA, what’s up. really gets me excited for bonnaroo this summer. really giving thought to waka too.
reblogging because this track changed my perspective on music, while also enlightening me about the diversely valuable joys of marijuana. definitely my favorite cat-related piece of art ever. sorry samiyam, you did fine. i’m not necessarily saying this is the greatest musical effort ever recorded, but i will say truthfully that i don’t think any piece will ever compare to it. once this one starts up, it goes; ‘freak folk’ at its finest.
Daedelus remix of Slugabed’s Sex, taken from the album Time Team, released on Ninja Tune in May 2012.
especially if you’re into anything similar to the futuristic, nonlinear, instrumental hip-hop-influenced bass music that i often post on here, you guys need to hear this…it’s the kind of track that absolutely demands to be listened to on some good speakers or headphones. the title is unexpectedly perfect. sonically, i personally hear this as being a good old fashioned american facefucking for your ears. maybe a little bit like someone twisting and tugging on your pineal gland like an erect nipple.
i discovered this ten minutes before i had to leave for work today, and on my way there, i was desperately wanting to be back at my computer, giving it just one more listen. this is undoubtedly going on my hypothetical ‘best of april’ playlist. i barely missed slugabed during sxsw at his barcelona set (caught shigeto, mux mool, and robot koch before dropping by my house for a few minutes to prepare for the nighttime push), but saw daedelus twice, and don’t remember him playing anything like this. his set on saturday night though, at the warp/brainfeeder showcase, was extraordinary in its entirety regardless.
if this powerfully shifty track leaves you staggering, you might want to look into this la series 6 collaboration between daedelus and teebs, an album which features a hybridized sound not too far removed from ‘sex’. aside from the maniacally enveloping melody featured here, the whimsical dream phase 3/4’s of the way through is classic daedelus, particularly him in victorian alfred darlington mode, and makes the ensuing reprise hit even harder.
about my response to his shoutout to his new south african homie jonti…..i said that he needs to throw a collaboration with the two of them, as well as more stuff by him and jneiro jarel, on his new album. i think i’m gonna jump through my window now.
edit: i guess he liked a few posts on there that were thrown up as responses, including one by jonwayne. but still……SHEEEEIIIIIIITTTTT
my favorite dj set….i think i’d probably go with govinda. he’s from austin but i hadn’t seen him or his act until last weekend…..dude’s name is shane madden and he plays some sick violin and drops heavy beats while a duo of bellydancers captivate visually on stage. the show flowed really well and he kept things superfresh with a great contrast of eastern-oriented bass music and heady hip-hop-infuenced tracks. hobotech was also great, he came on afterwards and incorporated blues and early/mid-20th century rural music into his beats. zoogma was my favorite act of the fest but they’re more of a band, sort of a lotus or sts9 kind of deal. the wave farmers, also from austin, were probably my top surprise of the fest but also don’t necessarily fit the ‘dj’ categorization. and archnemesis are fuckin’ great, i’ve seen them once before and loved their set, and it would’ve been excellent at euphoria too, but the sound was maybe 40 decibels too quiet (even the sound guy was complaining when i talked to him) because of the cops and the fuckfaces walking around with sound meters. also, the crowd weren’t really too into it, i think because of the overwhelming police presence as well, and it wound up being reflected in their performance, with the two of them being visibly disappointed on stage. very good music at the fest, but all the minor details were off, for sure. still a decent situation and a real fun night considering i didn’t have to pay for a ticket. were you there too??