Archive for September, 2010
It’s a great day whenever I get to chat it up with longtime Detroit stalwart DJ House Shoes. Although most folks know that Shoes is now located in Los Angeles, he’s still got the D on his back as the ambassador and general of Detroit hip-hop at all times. He’ll be performing in Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 30th at Soul Repair as part of the kick off night for the new hip-hop monthly called Enjoy, so I caught up with him via phone earlier this week. As always, Shoes was ready to talk much shit but also update everyone on his growth since moving to the West Coast, comment on his online popularity, and hit us with some Dilla stories as well.
Let’s talk about the Do-Over. For those that don’t know, what is it? And how did you become a part of it?
House Shoes: I went to the Do-Over the day after I got to Los Angeles, it was the first Sunday in July. I’d never seen anything like that in my life. It’s a day party, and it goes on every Sunday from Memorial Day to Halloween and goes from like 2pm to 10 pm. Sangria all day. Mad good people, and there’s a little bit of water on it now, I’m not going to front. But that’s what happens when you allow regular people into a scene like that. Anyway, they’ll book the best of anybody that’s in town. If Rich [Medina] is in town or Spinna is in town or any of the Djs Djs basically. They come through and rock. They want the best music from the best DJs. Benji B, DJ Scratch, whoever. It’s a great great event. Jamie Strong, Aloe Blacc, and Chris Haycock do a good job of putting it on. They did one in Portland, they did one in Puerto Rico. They’re really just scratching the surface.
This is pure shenanigans. Duck Sauce and the whole A-Track/Fools Gold fam brought their A++ game with this one. How the hell they got damn near everybody you can think of to make spot cameos is beyond me, but it’s definitely fun. And whatever Pitchfork… we see you. Not that we want to. Enjoy the vid, y’all. This shit makes me want to pack up and move to New York 20 minutes ago.
it’s been a minute since i did one of these, so i’m going to give you two for the price of one, which fits nicely with the theme of funky tracks about money-induced stress. first up is the billy paul classic “let the dollar circulate,” from 1975, another period of economic calamity. a couple observations: first, this video really doesn’t flow with the song. yes, the hook is “let the dollar circulate,” but c’mon. if you’re going to use 80s movies about making money (scarface, wall street, goodfellas), don’t leave out trading places! second, you might recognize this track because it’s been sampled so much, most notably by j dilla on the steve spacek track, “dollar.” less notably, young jeezy sampled it on a track called “circulate.”
next up, gwen guthrie’s great track “ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the rent” gets a chrissy murderbot re-edit. the title pretty much says it all. stream it below, and then right click for the high quality download, courtesy of mr. murderbot himself.
gwen guthrie: ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the rent (chrissy murderbot re-edit) – download
typically i don’t like posting mixtapes that i can’t stream off this blog because it’s like you shouldn’t just take my word for it, listen to the damn thing! but this one you’re just gonna have to take my word for it. batcave reggae is a mixtape of disco reggae sounds put together by some dude called kebabiman, who seems to have a whole slew of mixtapes over on his tumblr page. tracklist after the jump. (via)
When it comes to tropical Latin dance music, there are few people who’s ear I trust more than DJ Darwin’s. He’s had his brain wrapped around this quasi cumbia resurgence mania before it even happened and is in tight with the crew at ZZK Records down in Buenos Aires. Having brought the label head from ZZK and a few of their flagship artists to Seattle before, its no surprise that he’s helping to bring Frikstailers (pronounced Freak Stylers) to Seattle as well this Wednesday, September 29 at Nectar. The Argentinian duo just dropped a legitimate banger of a mixtape called Bicho de Luz earlier this month and promise to bring some serious energy when they hit Nectar in two days. Their style touches on amped up IDM-infused cumbia, kurduro, house, dancehall, techno and anything else that goes hard. Be sure to dive into their brand new ZZK mixtape which is linked below for your enjoyment, and the Bicho de Luz as well. We like to specialize in mixtapes, so we’ve got your covered.
ZZK Mixtape Vol. 10
Bicho De Luz
Hit the jump for fresh video of these space cadets going retro extraterrestrial live on Argentinian television. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Trust us on that.
One of Seattle finest choppers and Central District staples, Suntonio Bandanaz, recently released a fine music video and you should see it. You might notice plenty of Seattle music scene veterans in the video and an all around party vibe that fits well with Mr. Bandanaz’s music. Be on the lookout for more jewels dropping from him toward the end of the year and 2011.
That’s right – we’re just five days out from Das Racist burning down the town, and damn if we aren’t excited. To get you in the mood (for love?), here’s a taste of what Friday’s going to bring to you.
I believe we can rest our case. Be there.
i really dig this new song and video by el guincho. NSFW.
decibel fest is happening (and has been happening already) this week and weekend in seattle. tons of good stuff, so head on over to the decibel fest site and see what you’ve been/could be missing. of special note is the mary anne hobbs dj set on sunday at the broad street stage (beer garden too!). sadly, she just ended her BBC show. of course, she got a burial and kode9 going away mix for her troubles. she’s also featured crazy great mixes from the likes of joker and dam-funk in the last several shows, which you can stream/download below. i’m not sure why she hung it up, but it’s sad regardless. check her out this sunday, if you’ve got $10 in your pocket.
joker guest mix for mary anne hobbs – download
dam-funk: the future sound of modern funk mix – download