In receiving the distinction with which your free Academy has so generously honoured me, my gratitude has been profound, particularly when I consider the extent to which this recompense has surpassed my personal merits. Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be…
utilizing that distinctive 80’s funk sound he’s been honing through his remixes, uk producer star slinger sounds more like 9th wonder here than in any other track of his i’ve ever heard. this is the first of many queued posts i’ll be submitting proxy style for the next 12 or so days. i’ll be back in here in person doing my thing once monday or tuesday of the week after next comes around.
leaving for wakarusa and bonnaroo wednesday morning!
by noon on wednesday i’ll be off to arkansas and tennessee for the wild ride of two straight four-day music festivals. should be real real interesting. i’ll queue up some music and videos to post while i’m gone, but without descriptions/context (sorry), so you guys can hopefully keep finding some new stuff while i’m gone. set up a LOT of posts for the next 12 days.
i don’t have a smart phone or anything, but i might find my way onto the internet sometime between monday and wednesday next week. will probably be spending some time in murfreesboro and nashville while i’m in limbo. speaking of in limbo, i’m going to see radiohead live next week. the one thing that bums me out, other than sorta kinda wanting to watch miami in their playoff run, is that PREFUSE 73 AND TEEBS ARE PERFORMING TOGETHER IN AUSTIN on the saturday of bonnaroo. beauty ballroom. i’m not even going to get into how much this upsets me…..let’s just say that if i had a time machine, i wouldn’t bother with the ‘time’ part of it, but i would use it to transport to austin for that show, and skip saturday night, even all saturday, of bonnaroo if i possibly could. just austin’s quirky little way of throwing me a good ol’ fashioned texas ‘fuck you’ for seeking musical euphoria elsewhere.
ANYWAY, so as of thursday, i’m spending eight out of eleven days living that music festival life, so i hope you all have a swell beginning to your june too. will return with plenty of videos, experiences with new bands, and stories to share. don’t forget about me.
sad day for lovers of creative music. after a 25+ year run of pushing an innovative style of rock that found them channeling other genres and even seemingly species of musicians (some really, really out there shit), they’re going on an indefinite hiatus from touring and recording. they were hilarious but also immensely talented and never boring in the least.
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times | The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds is still like, one of the best albums ever.
plenty excited to see these guys at bonnaroo, but i’m not going to lie, listening to bullion’s the beach boys vs j dilla - pet sounds: in the key of dee album has forever affected my perspective on pet sounds, as sacrilegious that may seem to some of you. check out his rendition of this track here, while i try and give the beach boys some due credit and appreciate the original for what it was worth when it came out back in 1966.
…..so that’s neat. pretty interesting development considering my life back when i started this blog. they’re called pi (or, perhaps are simply the symbol for pi?) are based 20 minutes south of austin in san marcos, and are a bluesy psych rock trio along the same lines as radio moscow. definitely a strong tame impala influence, as evidenced by their (more than respectable) cover of ‘half full glass of wine.’ they’ll be playing around seven pm in my backyard.
this whole situation was organized after sean, the drummer, oh and an excellent blogger as well, sent me a message on here asking about helping them book a show in austin, or potentially getting together a party for a house show. i thought the second idea sounded intriguing….and here we are today. if you live in the area and feel like checking it out, send me a message and i’ll give you more details. unless your site totally sucks. haha…..in which case, you can’t come, and my heart does truly go out to you, but i promise to gladly provide constructive criticism and get you on the right path sometime soon.
pretty damn good. sick album art. to be totally honest, after a few listen-throughs, i’m not sure it’s as distinguished as his previous efforts, a little less charismatic, which was my primary fear when i learned about his move to the pretty lights music (PLM) record label…but it’s still good stuff, free as fuck, and potentially there’s more goodness to be uncovered with future listens so i’m not going to judge it too harshly for now. ‘the snake' (aka the final, unfortunate link in the album's carnivorous food chain) is definitely an attention-grabber. i'll be giving this one more time, because i'm really interested to hear the evolution of his sound within these new circumstances.
sort of a mess. pete rock & c.l. smooth’s ’T.R.O.Y.’ (they reminisce over you)’ is without a doubt a very big deal, one of the more enduring and beloved tracks in hip-hop history, an ode to a close friend and fallen musical comrade, trouble t-roy of heavy d & the boys. for lupe’s upcoming album, food and liquor 2: ‘the great american rap album part 1’ [C’MON SON!!!], he decided to sample it for the lead single, ‘around my way (freedom ain’t free).' i've gradually started to appreciate lupe over the years, from seeing him live at florida state with a full backing band, to seeing his performances with esteemed jazz musicians like robert glasper and chris 'daddy' dave. i find this to be pretty tasteless though, and think that pete rock totally had it right when he said '.…it’s a major label idea. i can feel it.’ a needless ploy for attention. pete rock is one of my favorite producers alive and i trust that he has a pretty thorough understanding of how hip-hop is a sample-based art form. he got permission from the original musician, tom scott, for his track, which surely wasn’t necessary, but reasonable when approaching something of a deep emotional caliber. now that the track has been extensively elevated past its original form, lupe didn’t display a comparable level of respect by checking in, appalling failing to do so as it pertained to one of the greatest beatmakers of all time, and one who happened to have respect for his previous work up until that point.
lupe spins it as being a significant piece of music, one with enough power to even overshadow previous variations, but i don’t hear it. a soulful memorial was turned into a moderately deep bunch of verses; ranging into some thought-provoking topics, but also willing to sacrifice that push to incorporate a few bullshit lines about hash tags and strip clubs. it’s like the unwritten code of graffiti; you don’t tag over someone’s work unless what you’re doing is an evident improvement. that’s not the case here, and i think it’s only taking place for publicity’s sake. pete rock was rightfully disgusted, but repeatedly stressed that he’s not a hater and otherwise appreciated lupe as a musician. his main issues were with lupe’s producer (who didn’t even come CLOSE to achieving the soul brother #1’s master touch), and whoever’s idea the re-appropriation was. sort of an interesting conflict to pop up. i heard a beat from pete rock’s petestrumentals (i tell you guys all the time, GET ON THAT ONE) while refereeing beach volleyball on monday with mf doom pandora playing on the speakers outside. sorry lupe, but what are you thinking? this…..uhh…..fiasco…..definitely didn’t need to happen.
while pete sampled that tom scott track and isolated a loop from it, lupe’s producer just took the easy way out and sampled t.r.o.y. instead of the same original track. basically, it’s lazy at best, and disgustingly derivative, offensive, and capitalistically grimy at worst.
“Have I told you that I prefer “rationalism” to “atheism”? The word “atheist,” meaning “no God,” is negative and defeatist. It says what you don’t believe and puts you in an eternal position of defense. “Rationalism” on the other hand states what you DO believe; that, that which can be understood in the light of reason. The question of God and other mystical objects-of-faith are outside reason and therefore play no part in rationalism and you don’t have to waste your time in either attacking or defending that which you rule out of your philosophy altogether.”—
Isaac Asimov, It’s Been a Good Life (via zeugitae)
well gee whiz isaac asimov, i do believe i prefer the same.